Floral designs on display at Goochland Campus Library

floral design 1The Goochland Campus library is showcasing displays from one of David Pippin’s Floral Design Classes.  Drop by the library to study, read a book or newspaper, use one of our new computers, laptops or iPads and be surrounded by these beautiful floral designs.

The library has numerous books in the collection to help guide you through tFloral design 1he creative process of floral design.  Our premiere Floral Design instructor, David Pippin, is well-known in Virginia’s horticultural world, and is a sought-after designer of floral arrangements throughout the Commonwealth.  His “taste and skill in floral design have a refinement and cutting edge to them that can match the best New York has to offer.”

Reynolds offers a Career Studies Certificate in Floral Design. Read  about our instructor, David Pippin, at his website http://www.davidpippin.biz or better yet, sign up for one of his floral design classes!  Classes can be found on the Reynolds Community College homepage.

Advance College Academy Students Pilot The Source Deck at Reynolds Library

Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.

source deckThe Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.

The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.

aca 2These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.

In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.

The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.

 

Local Event: Two Best-Selling YA Authors Coming to Richmond!

ifistayhbGood news for all you YA fanatics!

Next Wednesday, January 28th Fountain Bookstore is hosting a discussion and book signing with bestselling authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay – now a major motion picture!, Just One Day, I Was Here) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, The Shiver Series). They will be discussing their latest books, answering questions, and signing books for fans. (Copies will be available for purchase at the event.)

Date: Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: Free!
Venue: Richmond Public Library – Main Branch
Address: 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA

Library to library outreach: Reynolds librarians present to college-bound seniors at Hermitage High School

Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.
Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.

Denise Woetzel, Information Literacy Librarian, and Suzanne Sherry, Parham Campus Library Coordinator, presented the information session “College Libraries and Research: Top 10 Things to Expect” on December 8, 2014 to students at Hermitage High School.

College-bound senior English students participated in the six sessions, and the Reynolds librarians reached almost 400 students during the event. Students were interested in hearing about college libraries and research, especially the cafes in many large libraries. Students also shared their own experiences visiting other colleges.

Hermitage High School is located near Reynolds Parham Road Campus in Henrico County.

Anita Tarbox, one of the librarians at Hermitage High School, hosted the event. “High School students need help preparing and transitioning academically, particularly with the research skills they will need in college. The advice to ALWAYS ASK your professor or librarian will assist our students as they enter the adult world of college.”

Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School
Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School

Librarians are committed to helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Though this collaboration was one small step for librarians, it was one giant leap for student success.

All photographs courtesy of Anita Tarbox.

 

Goochland Campus in Virginia Gardener Magazine

ImageScott Burrell, agriculture specialist at the Goochland Campus, has just had his 21st and 22nd article published in the February Issue of Virginia Gardener Magazine.

His article Maximum Garden, Minimum Time, features a photograph of the landscaping at the Goochland Campus (look for it on page 26.) His article In the Green Zone mentions Reynolds in the first sentence and features a photograph of Horticulture Head David Seward (page 58.)

The upcoming March Issue of Virginia Gardener will feature an article and photographs of Mr. Burrell’s home garden.

Virginia Gardener is available at the Goochland and Parham Campus Libraries.

Interested in more gardening magazines? Other titles include:

  • Birds and Blooms (Goochland only)
  • Fine Gardening (Goochland and Parham)
  • Organic Gardening (Goochland and Parham)

Reynolds Library also has gardening books for check out.  Goochland has the largest collection, but books can be transferred to any of our three campuses on request.

Don’t know how to place a hold on a book? Check out our video tutorial on finding and reserving books from Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel. Or contact any campus library via phone, email or chat.

Spring is coming!

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running…the Richmond Marathon

The Richmond Marathon is one of the top 15 marathons in the US, and was named America’s Friendliest Marathon by Runner’s World Magazine. On Saturday, November 16 almost 20,000 runners will run (and walk) on Richmond’s streets in the marathon, half marathon and 8k.

Planning on running, cheering, or staying as close to your couch as possible? Here’s some titles from Reynolds Library help you get up to speed on the sport of running.

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Strides: Running through history with an unlikely athlete by Benjamin Cheever

Explores the role of running in human history from Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon in 490 B.C. (bringing news to Athens of the Greek victory on the plains of Marathon), to our own soldiers in Iraq today, interspersed with recollections of Cheever’s own decades-long devotion to the sport, and an exploration of the impulse to run, described by Cheever as “the desire, the need, to escape into ecstasy.”

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (Audiobook)

Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami’s four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Author and runner Murakami is considered to be an important figure in postmodern literature.

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Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

McDougall reveals the secrets of the world’s greatest distance runners–the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico–and how he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of super-athletic Americans. This book brought barefoot and minimal running to mainstream culture.

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The non-runner’s marathon trainer by David A. Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener, and Tanjala Mabon Kole

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer is based on the highly successful marathon class offered by the University of Northern Iowa. This is marathon running for real people, people with jobs and families and obligations outside of running.

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Running for mortals: a commonsense plan for changing your life through running by  John “the Penguin” Bingham and Jenny Hadfield

You don’t have to run fast or competitively to reap the rewards that running has to offer. What you do need is the courage to start. That is the “Penguin mantra” that has enabled John Bingham to inspire thousands of men and women to take up the sport for fitness and the sheer enjoyment that running brings them.

Details: Click on the images for more info about the book or to place a hold. All books are available for checkout with your Reynolds ID! Descriptions taken from the library’s catalog.

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013 at the Library of Virginia

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Virginians love their pets—and not only dogs and cats!

The Library of Virginia has a new exhibition called The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013.

The collection includes Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives, along with contemporary images.

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Browse the photos online, or check out the collection in person at The Library of Virginia (800 East Broad Street) through February 22, 2014.

Contribute to the collection! Submit your own pet photos.

Check The Importance of Being Cute site for details. Enjoy the vintage LOLcats – no Cheezburger needed!