RIP, Harper Lee

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee has died. Lee gained worldwide renown as the author of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a story of racial injustice in a small Alabama town. The book sold more than 40 million copies and is one of the most beloved, most read, and most taught works of fiction authored by an American.

The award-winning 1962 film based on the novel was similarly well-received. Maureen Badham, won an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Jean “Scout” Finch in the movie.  Ms. Badham, pictured, visited the Manassas Campus in 2011 as part of NOVA’s Reading Across the Curriculum program.

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And the Oscar Winner is…

Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time for February’s other highly-anticipated television event: The Academy Awards! An enormous amount of books have been made into Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films. Our collection has Academy Award-worthy books and movies from the 1930s to this year’s upcoming ceremony. You can see many of them on our Oscars display! Some Oscar-nominated actors and actresses have even graced the display with their presence. The 88th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28. Check out one of our display DVDs and watch a former Oscar favorite to prepare!

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Mindfulness Monday Tip: Get Your Forty Winks!

Hard to be mindful when exhausted

It’s hard to be mindful when you’re exhausted! Approximately 30% of adults in the United States don’t get enough sleep each night.  Sleep is the way that our bodies get replenished and the mind processes what happened during the day. When we don’t get enough, learning, memory, mood, and reaction time all take a hit.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to hormonal imbalances, greater chance of illness, accidents, and depression. Check out these tips from Mindful magazine for getting enough zzz’s to feel and be your best!