Check out the new titles available in the Manassas Library!

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Research Workshop to be held at the MIP Location during National Library Week


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What’s New in the Library for February?

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Underground Railroad quilt codes on display at NOVA-Manassas

Quilts designed and created by master quilter Sharon Tindall will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Feb. 3 to 28 in honor of Black History Month. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at or 703-257-6657.

The exhibition is called “The Underground Railroad Quilt Codes, Fact or Fiction?” Tindall has performed considerable research into how African-American slaves used patterns in quilt blocks to pass along Underground Railroad routes. Her examination of these quilt codes has taken her to such places as Charleston, S.C., and Monrovia, Liberia.

“The Underground Railroad quilt codes are about the freedom of African-American slaves and their daring escape,” Tindall said. “Quilts that hung in plain sight on clotheslines and porches contained secret codes that enabled slaves to follow paths to freedom.”

Tindall employs quilt patterns to preserve and share her African heritage. “Before conducting research on the existence of the Underground Railroad quilt codes, I wondered why my quilts were so unlike other quilter’s pieces. Now I understand that my textiles reflect my style and my unique heritage.”

Tindall received professional textiles training at Montclair State University in New Jersey and has more than 25 years of experience in quilting and sewing. She enjoys sharing her passion for textiles as an instructor, speaker and commissioned textile artist. She teaches for G-Street Fabrics, Northern Virginia Community College and Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Tindall’s quilts have been exhibited in museums throughout Virginia, and she regularly shares her knowledge of the Underground Railroad quilt codes at schools, colleges, museums and organizations. Grants from the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Folklife Program have helped her pursue her avocation. She lives in Centreville.

Media Contact: Carlene Mackereth | 703.257.6658 |Underground Railroad Quilts

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Check Out Our New Books!


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Spring 2013 Hours

Spring Semester starts Monday, 1/13/14. Please visit us in the library:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you this semester!

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Exam Cram Fall 2013 is a success!

Manassas Students Enjoying the Snacks for Exam Cram.

Manassas Students Enjoying the Snacks for Exam Cram.


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Manassas Campus Library – Upcoming Special Hours

Normal hours through Saturday, 12/7/13

Exam Cram! Monday, 12/9/13 – Thursday 12/12/13 8:00 am – 11:00 pm   

Friday, 12/13/13 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Saturday, 12/14/13 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Exam Cram! Monday, 12/16/13 – Tuesday, 12/17/13 8:00 am –11:00 pm  

Wednesday, 12/18/13 – Friday, 12/20/13 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 

Saturday, 12/21/13 – Wednesday, 1/1/14 CLOSED 

Thursday,  1/2/14 – Friday, 1/3/14 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 

Monday, 1/6/14 – Friday, 1/10/14 8:30 am – 5:00 pm  

Spring 2014 Hours begin Monday, 1/13/14

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It’s that time of year again! EXAM CRAM FALL 2013 is fast approaching! The Manassas Library will offer extended hours and much needed snacks to the hard working students studying for final exams! Stay Tuned for more information as Finals Week approaches!!!

Exam Cram Fall 2013

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Flora of Virginia Dedication Ceremony

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Faculty Emeritus Marion Lobstein spoke at the Manassas Campus Library and presented a copy of Flora of Virginia to Lynn Bowers, Director of Learning Technology Resources & IT.  Lobstein generously donated copies to all six NOVA campuses in honor of longtime Virginia Native Plant Society leader Nicky Staunton.

Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project Inc. and Botanical Research Institute of Texas Press have collaborated to publish the Flora of Virginia, the first formal update to the state’s flora since 1762!  Flora of Virginia describes approximately 3,200 taxa in 200 families and features 1,400 captioned, scaled, and botanically accurate illustrations.

Students, faculty, staff, friends and members of the Prince William Wildflower Society attended and enjoyed a wonderful reception.  The ceremony was held in conjunction with the opening reception for an exhibition of art by Eric Garner, hosted by Barbara Lash.

The book is now available for check-out at all NOVA Libraries, it is a treasure in our collection!


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