Category Archives: Display

What Movie Terrified You as a Child?

It’s not always the horror movies that leave us with nightmares, especially as kids! We had an informal survey asking students and patrons to answer the question: what movie terrified you as a child? Some of the movies are obviously spooky, like Psycho or It. But what about a classic like Wizard of Oz? Check out this list and let us know which of these movies you’ve seen! Is there a movie that terrified you as a child that isn’t on this list? Leave us a comment to let us know!

-Wizard of Oz (the monkeys!) -Nightmare on Elm Street -Psycho -Rambo -Jaws -Fern Gulley -The Labyrinth -The Lovely Bones -Paranormal Activity -Aliens -Insidious -It -Jeepers Creepers

Zombie Technology Display

Beware! Technology from decades past are haunting the Annandale Campus Library.

Record Player

Few things are more terrifying than imagining life before smartphones, but these ghostly remnants remind us of what came before and what served as the building blocks of modern technology.


Interact with these historic remains, and learn a little bit about when they lived and died.  Some items are in the display case, while others are out and about for you to test for yourself!

Watchman, a portable television
Princess Rotary Phone



Library Rorschach Display

Library Rorschach Display

For one week in October we asked library visitors what they saw on the table. The most common response was “spider” (also “scorpion”).  Other interpretations were:

  • Throne
  • Ewok
  • WALL-E
  • Child embracing a post
  • Face latching alien
  • An embrace
  • Hair salon chair with dryer,sculpture
  • Exoskeleton
  • Rocks
  • great canyon
  • Ribcage
  • Monarch butterfly
  • A cool octopus shaped chair
  • Altar
  • Head and embrace
  • paper

And the most biting interpretation of all – mediocre art.

The display was the creative genius of three library staff members who were just acting independently.  One person brought in a pile of packing paper and put it on the table.  Another person didn’t care for the mess, so she arranged it into the shape.  A third person decided it should be a Rorschach test* and put up the sign and survey sheet.  Voila!  The library had an interactive display!

What do you see on the table, dear reader?

* defines Rorschach test as ”a test for revealing the underlying personality structure of an individual by the use of a standard series of 10 inkblot designs to which the subject responds by telling what image or emotion each design evokes.”

Mandala: Art Installation — A Sacred Space

Mandalas are spiritual symbols representing the Universe. In some traditions, they establish a sacred space.  At the end of spring semester, the Learning and Technology Resources department embarked on a creative project of upcycling old CDs.  The CDs were transformed into works of art as a creative outlet for staff.  The results were so impressive that the Library decided to open the activity to the students and staff of the NOVA-Annandale community.  The culmination of the fine works of art inspired us to install the CDs on a blank wall next to our instruction room.  A great big thank you to all who participated, designed, installed, and admired. Come see our latest creation!

Layout design of installationTwo people on ladders installing art with an observerGroup of staff responsible for project.

New June Displays

The summer is a great time to catch up on reading and movie-watching that’s been put on hold. If you need some ideas for what to read or watch, the library has several displays you can browse.

You can re-watch your favorite movies or discover new movies. Perhaps there’s a classic movie that you haven’t seen. This display is located in the library’s lobby.

Film Display Film Display

Do you want to learn a new (and useful) skill? Why not try your hand at growing herbs? You don’t need a huge yard–many herbs can be grown in an apartment with just enough sunlight, water, and TLC.

Books about Herbs

Perhaps there is a hidden gem within this Father’s Day display….

Father's Day Display

Or, if you’re unfamiliar with the life and works of Maya Angelou, you can read some of  her works and become acquainted with her.

Maya Angelou Display

Of course, all of these items are available for check out. A staff member would be more than willing to help you. If you’re unable to visit the Annandale Campus Library, never fear! Visit our New Books Pinterest board to check out what we have to offer. Follow our board to keep up with our latest purchases. You can request books online and pick them up at a NOVA campus of your choice.

Annandale Campus Library on Pinterest.

We hope to see you around the library this summer!