Book Spine Haiku Contest 2019

Do you Haiku?
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Annandale Campus Library, CG 3rd floor, announces that its Second Annual Book Spine Haiku Contest is officially open.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to peruse the library’s book shelves and choose three books whose titles create a Haiku poem when they are stacked together. (Traditional Haiku of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables is encouraged but not required to enter) Just bring your 3 library books to either the Circulation or Research Help and Information desk and fill out an entry form.

Deadline for entries is 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 12th.

Winners will be announced at the NOVA Reads Book Chat on Tuesday, April 23.  An awards reception will be held in the library on Tuesday, April 30 to honor the contestants. There will be prizes for Best Student, Best Faculty/Staff, Best In Show, and People’s Choice Haikus.  All entries will be on display in the library lobby beginning April 15 with People’s Choice voting until April 19.  – by Kevin Simons

NOVA Reads & Eats

A group of enthusiastic readers attended the library’s monthly Book Chat on February 26.  Some people took a chance on a “Blind date with a book,” while others just chatted or experimented with creative concoctions at the Hot Chocolate Bar provided by Student Activities.
Our next no-stress Book Chat is Tuesday, March 26 at 2:00 in the library. Food theme is TBD but be sure to come in and join us.  You’ve got a month and a half to finish 6 books and submit your completed passport for the drawing to win one of three top of the line Kindles.  – by Paula DeRoy

Library Technology Highlight: Laptop Kiosks

Do you hate lugging your computer all the way from home? Does your laptop’s battery die in the middle of class? Or maybe your laptop crashed entirely and you can’t get a new one right now? The Annandale Campus Library’s got you covered! Borrow a laptop for 4 hours for free from the kiosks in the Library Lobby (CG 3rd Floor)! All you need is an active NOVACard and your MyNOVA username and password. The kiosks are stored outside the library, so you can borrow one even when the library isn’t open. Kiosk hours are Mon-Thurs 7am to 10pm and Fri-Sat 7am to 7pm. The library offers 36 Dell laptops running Windows 10 and 6 MacBooks running Mojave. All laptops have Office 2016 installed and are set up to wipe all of your information once you return the laptop to the kiosk. (Note: Overdue laptops result in a $4 fee for every hour or part of an hour that the laptop is overdue. Fines can be paid at the Circulation Desk.)

Visit for more info or contact with any questions! – by Michelle Echols

Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and other Asian countries. Since it is based on the Lunar calendar, there is no set date for Chinese New Year. It occurs on February 5th this year and it is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese Zodiac. People celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts with special food, fireworks, and a variety of festivals. If you want to get a feel of what the celebrations are like, please check out the link here to see where the celebrations take place in D.C.  You can also stop by the Annandale Campus Library to check out some books and DVDs to better understand Chinese culture and people. Have a Happy Chinese New Year!

NOVA Reads 2018 – 2019

On November 27th, the Annandale Campus Library and Annandale Student Life launched NOVA Reads, a reading challenge that aims to nurture a culture of pleasure reading on campus. Over forty students, staff, and faculty attended the kickoff party in the library. The challenge is simple: read books from six different categories (or more) by May 2, 2019. Participants select their own titles to fulfill the challenge categories. Students who turn in a completed challenge sheet/form/passport by May 2, 2019 will be entered into a grand prize drawing. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to discuss their choices and find new recommendations during monthly book chats in the library. Meetings will take place on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM, beginning January 22nd. Registration will continue through the rest of the semester. Visit for more information, and to view book recommendations in each challenge category.  Or stop by the library! – by Melanie Medina