Crocuses, baseball, hay fever – all sure signs that spring is hard upon us! Perhaps the most telling signpost of spring in the NOVA Libraries is the arrival of National Library Week (NLW). First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It highlights the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The theme for this year’s events scheduled for the week of April 13-19 is “Lives Change @ your library”, and the National Honorary Chair this year is author Judy Blume. Check out this video of Ms. Blume talking about the importance of libraries in her life.
ESL professor Shirley Nuhn and her students help the NOVA Annandale Library celebrate National Library Week and School Library Month (April ) every year by recording podcasts giving their perspectives on the value of libraries. Take a few moments and listen to these students and Professor Nuhn talk about why the library is important in their lives:
And please stop by the Annandale Library and help us celebrate National Library Week!
Come share and experience poetry in the library for National Poetry Month.
Once again, this year Professor Shirley Nuhn’s ESL students are creating podcasts that discuss Banned Books Week, which runs from Sept. 22-28. Links to their podcasts are included below. NOVA Annandale ESL students have been helping the library recognize Banned Books Week for many years, with their podcasts on the subject first added to the library’s website in 2009.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating essential American freedoms: to read, to seek knowledge and to express ideas. Even if the ideas are unorthodox or unpopular, we are supposed to have access to them without limitations. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to censorship and its results. It is sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, among others.
The books displayed in the library during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, these books have remained available. Come on in and check them out!
Hear what everyone has to say:
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Prof. Shirley Nuhn
Don’t know what to do with old books? Recycle, donate, throw away? or… do something CRAFTY! The staff at the Annandale library has strong leanings toward the creative arts.
Paula DeRoy, Supie Wolf, and Sarah Lawless put their talents together to create a whole new vision for an old book. By folding pages in different patterns, an old out of date book became a decorative flower vase with a bouquet of roses. Learn to repurpose your old books http://www.blog.designsquish.com/index.php?/site/book_origami/. Stop by and see the wonderful works of art they have created. You will be inspired!
Enjoy some aromatherapy and browse our collection. Staff have brought in herbs from their gardens. They have also picked out books that can teach you the fascinating history of herbs and spices.