February Blooming!

In honor of the annual corn plant bloom, here’s a post we shared way back in February of 2012!:

“The two resident corn plants (Dracaena fragrans), located by the south entrance of the library, are in bloom!  When in bloom, the surrounding air is filled with a burst of floral fragrance – but only in the evening and sometimes the early morning.  I have never seen (much less smelled) a corn plant in bloom before.  Naturally my curiosity led me to our plant expert and Circulation Specialist, Supie Wolf.  Supie shared (and I am re-sharing) the following informative piece written about the blooming corn plants.  This piece was written by Librarian, Paula DeRoy for our library’s 2009 Spring newsletter.

While it looks like we’re on the tail end of this round of sweet smells, we should get another burst of bloom and fragrance later on this year!”

Black History Month

Come to the library to read up on the important figures and events during Black History Month! Here are a few titles that may be of interest:

Mary McLeod Bethune & Black women’s political activism



The Autobiography of Malcolm X


The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass


The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement


From NBC Washington:

“Black History Month has officially started. Check out eight events happening around the city to commemorate the month, learn more about important historical leaders and celebrate black history.

1. See Civil Rights Movement exhibits at the Newseum

2. Attend the 27th Annual Black Film Festival at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library: Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 23

3. Celebrate Frederick Douglass’ Birthday at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and around Anacostia: Feb. 12 from 1:30 to 10 p.m. & Feb. 13 from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. See “Queen Nur’s Voices of Courage: Profiles of 19th Century African-American Women”: Feb. 18, 10:15 a.m. & 12 p.m.

5. Attend “Ashes and Embers: A Screening and Discussion with Ava DuVernay“: Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

6. See “From History to the Dream” at Zenith Gallery: Feb. 5-March 5

7. Take a Black History Month Lunch Cruise on the Potomac: Feb. 20, boarding at 11 a.m.; sailing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

8. Attend “Blacktivism: The New Generation” at The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs: Feb. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.”

STAR WARS! (No Spoilers!)

Needless to say, we’re pretty excited about Episode VII: The Force Awakens here at the Annandale Campus Library…

BB8 rolls in front of the library tech specialist




Ok, really excited…

The millenium falcon flies in front of the library media specialist





So excited, in fact, that we decided to travel to a galaxy far, far away to make a list of our favorite Star Wars books…

A librarian flies through space





Here’s what we found!

Star Wars: Crimson Empire by Mike Richardson and Randy Stradley

From revenge to redemption, the story of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard, Kir Kanos, takes him from the deserts of Yinchorr, to the halls of Imperial power, and to the inner circle of the New Republic.


William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

A fun Shakespearean twist on (in my humble opinion) the best Star Wars film of all time! Clever and hilarious, you can read this one out loud with your friends while standing in line for the movie!



Star Wars Art: Comics

Filled with beautiful artwork spanning the history of Star Wars comic publishing, this book features hand-selected works from George Lucas.




Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology,
Edited by Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka

Take an intellectual dive into Star Wars fandom and culture through this collection of essays. Maybe it will provide some inspiration for your next research paper!



You can check out any of these books at the Annandale Campus Library. Until then, have fun seeing the movie, and may the force be with you!


A librarian puts on a storm trooper helmet