African American History Month

                      African American history is American history. Brush up on your history! Come into the Library during February and take a look at the displays celebrating African American History Month. Featured books include the topics of politics, new fiction, literature of the Harlem Renaissance, essays by noted African Americans from the 19th century, music, autobiographies, poetry and more. GVSU student's Craigslist ad seeking someone to write his write essay for me Easily! Professional academic essay writers are working for You on Your essay.…continue reading →

The Ig Nobel Prize

The world is a strange, fascinating and sometimes hilarious place. Nothing brings that idea to light better than the Ig Nobel Prizes awarded by the Improbable Research organization. Motto: Research that makes people LAUGH then THINK. This year’s honors, presented September 12 in the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, were conferred by actual Nobel Prize winners. Honorees included a study on dung beetles using the Milky Way for navigation, whether listening to opera music prolongs the life of mice with heart transplants and, my personal favorite, in psychology, "'Beauty Is in…continue reading →

Oh My Bears!

Bear feeding at the Wildlife Center of Virginia on May 23, 2013. Spring 2013 has not been kind to the black bears in Virginia. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted 19 black bears for treatment—a record number. The center, located in Waynesboro, cares not only for black bears but for all native wildlife—birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians. During the cubs’ treatment you can join internet users from all over the world in watching the black bear cubs and other patients on the center’s live Critter Cam.  Two video cameras are trained on…continue reading →

The Great Gatsby

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father told me something that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” With the release of the movie are you thrilled by all things Gatsby? If so, you might want to check out the Princeton University Digital Library. You can view F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscript—in its original longhand form. (Fitzgerald used not a computer, not a typewriter, not even a pen to write. The manuscripts you can see are written in pencil.) The Princeton Digital Library has high-resolution digital images of The Great…continue reading →

For the Birds

Looking for an outdoor adventure that is both cheap and nearby? You might want to take a trip downtown to view the great blue heron rookery in the middle of the James River. Now is the best time to go before the trees leaf out and obscure your view of the herons’ nests. Parking along Byrd Street, walk to 12th street, turn toward the river and follow the signs to the Pipeline Walk. Climb a short ladder down to the metal walkway. Across the river you can see the island with dozens of…continue reading →

How does your garden grow?

Or should I ask does your garden grow? Here in central Virginia we have had colder than normal temperatures this spring. Despite that the longer hours of daylight have many people thinking of planting, tilling and eventually reaping a bountiful harvest. Gardening tips abound both on the web and in print. The Virginia Cooperative Extension, part of Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, has tons of information on gardening and landscaping for both homeowners and farmers. It also has links to county extension offices including… the Chesterfield County Extension Office which is offering…continue reading →

So you want to be President…

Or a teacher or an artist or a nurse or maybe you don’t even know what you want to be when you “grow up.” Because that is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make and there are so many paths to choose this is a good time for you to examine your options closely. Fortunately there are lots of resources to support your investigations. If you have taken SDV100 you are probably familiar with Ginny and the Virginia Education Wizard. Some other websites that offer career advice and planning are: CareerOneStop…continue reading →

Flashback Friday: Vintage Library Posters from the Work Projects Administration

While library services have been changed with technology through the years, our mission remains the same, to provide communities with a space to convene, discuss, educate, challenge, and enlighten. Don't believe us? In today's Flashback Friday, one of a three part series, we explore government funded artwork for libraries across the United States. We start with these charming and eccentric Great Depression era silkscreen posters. Created by artists working in the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1943, most of these posters wouldn't feel out of place in a library today. The Work…continue reading →

Old Newspapers

Want to travel to the past? You can by reading a century-old issue of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Without leaving your home you can view issues from 1903-1913 through the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project. The database includes papers published between 1836 and 1922 throughout the U.S. And just to illustrate how history sometimes repeats itself, check out the July 11, 1912 edition of the TD. It includes a story of the bitter resignation of a university president who clashes with the Board of Visitors. This time the conflict was at Virginia Tech.…continue reading →

High Bridge Trail

High Bridge Trail Looking for nearby (tame) adventure? The High Bridge Trail, part of the Virginia State Park system, runs 31 miles between Pamplin City to Burkeville and through the town of Farmville. Once a railroad bed, the trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. With little elevation change and no traffic it is the perfect spot for bicyclists wanting to enjoy the Virginia countryside. Make a stop in Farmville for a tasty lunch and you have the ingredients for a perfect day. As of early April all 31 miles are…continue reading →