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 →