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!

Submitted by Melanie Medina

Student Organization Book Display: SGA!

This semester, the Annandale Campus Library is working with student organizations to create book displays, showcasing topics relevant to our own campus community. Last month, Dreamers Empowered offered book recommendations on issues surrounding undocumented immigrants. This month’s display comes from the Annandale Student Government Association!

Annandale Student Government Association

Photo: 4 SGA members stand with library books

What we do:
“The Student Government Association (SGA) is a permanent standing entity which acts as the liaison between the student body and the campus administration. Our mission is to promote awareness of campus issues, foster a sense of health and well-being, and recognize student excellence by maintaining an open dialogue between students, faculty, and administration. Our vision is to empower the NOVA students to make the most of their college experience.”

Why we want you to read these books:
“The books we chose show leadership, strength, and what our Student Government strives to be. We are a community college student government that tries to make the campus better for all NOVA students. We show leadership in all our work and many of our books  show different sides of leadership, critical thinking, working with others, and cultural understanding.”

A few of the books we chose:

Redesigning America’s Community Colleges – Thomas R. Bailey

Start with Why – Simon Sinek

The Art of War – Sun Tzu

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor


To check out more recommendations, come visit the SGA’s book display in the Annandale Library, CG 3rd floor!

To learn more about the Annandale SGA, please contact

To create your own book display, please contact

Happy reading!

National Library Week: Faculty Podcast!

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Hello everyone! Thanks for sticking with us for National Libray Week! As you might recall from Monday’s post, we are celebrating with a podcast a day from Shirley Nuhn’s English as a Second Language class. Our last podcast comes from Professor Nuhn herself. Happy listening!

“Hi everybody. One day in spring I occupied a library table at the Chicago Historical Society. I was looking for background on buildings and streets I knew from long ago. I love my hometown of Chicago, rich in beauty and history. Among the news clippings I found was a story about my cousin. Happy day! He was a leader, multilingual, and helped people in so many ways. Years passed. Now, we have the Chicago History Museum and its library collections make up a research center. No matter the name or place, the concept of a library is timeless. Grade schools to high schools to college campuses to private firms, the influence of libraries is vibrant. Libraries lead to many of my eureka moments. Every April, we celebrate National Library Week, and NOVA students have lots to say about libraries, reading, and much more! Libraries transform our lives. Happy reading to all! I’m Shirley Nuhn, professor of ESL at NOVA Annandale.”


National Library Week Student Podcast: Nhi Pham

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Hello everyone! Thanks for tuning into our third podcast for National Library Week! As you might recall from Monday’s post, we are celebrating with a podcast a day from English as a Second Language students! Today’s podcast comes from Nhi Pham, ESL 51:

“Libraries! I don’t know why, but for some reason, every time I’ve been been at one, I feel extremely nostalgic. Maybe it’s because they have classic ancient styles and historical books from long ago ages. If you want to have a silent place to read, to study, or even to take a deep break (because why not?), you nailed it. It is definitely the library!

A library in people’s view may have a astronomical number of books, books, and books. And they’re right! But those books are invaluable. They record the milestones of millions of people who have been taken by war and other factors. It’s just like when people realize that their lives have nearly run out of time. But they want to keep something lasting about themselves. They write books that one day could be at the public library. And of course, everyone will know and they could learn or put it down to experience.

Currently, libraries have changed a lot. Some of them are way more confident and modern, with advanced technology that others. But libraries and education still inevitably depend on each other.. It’s hard to find a school that doesn’t have at least one library, isn’t it? That’s the power of libraries, the ones that have existed for millennia but show no signs of  downfall. However, for me, the libraries with the old-school styles are way more nostalgic and memorable.”

National Library Week Student Podcast: Nael Lozano

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Hello everyone! Thanks for tuning into our second podcast for National Library Week! As you might recall from yesterday’s post, we are celebrating with a podcast a day from English as a Second Language students! Today’s podcast comes from Nael Lozano, ESL 51:

“Hi, my name is Nael Lozano, and I’m taking ESL 51: advanced composition. In my opinion, the library is a place where we can get books from medicine to biographies to novels. Furthermore, libraries provide information about rec centers to computer classes and more. Nowadays, books are expensive, and libraries like the one at NOVA provide us with some books to borrow and used books to buy at affordable prices. Therefore, every time I go to the library, I like to read, research for information, and study.

I remember that every Sunday, my mom used to take my brother and me to the library to read and get some books for the week. Since then, I have fallen in love with all the Harry Potter books! As a foreign student, every time I get these books, I was always happy to look for the meaning of words that I did not understand. Furthermore, I believe books enrich our brains and expand our vocabulary. Finally, I love that when I get new books, I gain knowledge and learn more–because we never stop learning.”