Celebrate the Fourth of July!

Fourth of July

Fireworks Display

The Fourth of July is coming up next Thursday and we are excited to celebrate Independence Day!  In celebration of this national holiday, all NVCC campuses and offices will be closed on July 4th including the MEC Library.  Don’t worry though, we will be open and ready to help you with all of your library needs on Friday, July 5th.

Since we like to celebrate here at MEC, come join in on the campus celebration at the campus summer cookout on July 2nd from 11am-3pm on Corkers Patio.

Check out some other Fourth of July activities happening here in the Northern Virginia area.

Northern Virginia

  • Fireworks on the National Mall Viewing – Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Air Force Memorial on Columbia Pike, Long Bridge Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • An American Celebration at Mount Vernon – 8am to 5pm
  • Long Bridge Park – All day festival. Noon – after fireworks at 9:15pm
  • Fairfax City, Independence Day Parade – 10am. Musical entertainment (7pm) and fireworks at Fairfax High School
  • Falls Church, George Mason High School – live music starting at 7pm followed by fireworks at 9:20pm
  • Herndon, Herndon Community Center – Rides open at 5pm.  Music, crafts, bingo, games at 6:30pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm
  • Leesburg, Ida Lee Park. Gates open at 6pm.  Fireworks 9:30pm
  • Manassas – Live Music, children’s activities, food and fireworks.  Entertainment begins at 4pm.  Fireworks 9:15pm
  • McLean, Langley High School – Open at 8pm, fireworks at 9:15pm
  • Reston, Lake Fairfax Park – Fireworks 9:15pm
  • Vienna, Vienna Community Center – Arts and crafts, food, live music, vendors, and games.  Starts 11am.  Fireworks 9:15pm
  • Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg – Live entertainment, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, fireworks.  Begins 5pm.  Fireworks 9:20pm

Washington, DC

First Day of Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!

SummerMake sure you take a break from your studies and enjoy the sunshine.  Don’t forget to protect yourself when doing activities outside.  Here are some tips from the American Heart Association on how to stay healthy while staying active in the summer months.

  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

New Bestsellers

Pick up some summer reading at the MEC Library.  We have new additions to our bestsellers collection.  Come in and check it out!

The Burgess Boys I'll See You Again
NOS4A2 Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
New Fiction New Non Fiction
  • 12th of Never – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • A House Divided – Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Daddy’s Gone a Hunting- Mary Higgins Clark
  • Decadence – Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Honor Thy Thug – Wahida Clark
  • Mirror Image – Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa
  • NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
  • Six Years – Harlen Coben
  • The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout
  • The Man in 3B – Carl Weber
  • Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
  • Whiskey Beach – Nora Roberts
  • Becoming a Supple Leopard: The ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance –  Dr. Kelly Starrett
  • Cooked: A natural history of transformation – Michael Pollan
  • Gulp: Adventures on the alimentary canal – Mary Roach
  • I’ll See You Again – Jackie Hance and Janice Kaplan
  • Lean In: Women, work, and the will to lead – Sheryl Sandberg
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc. – David Sedaris
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the food giants hooked us – Michael Moss
  • The Tapping Solution: A revolutionary system for stress-free living – Nick Ortner
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian – Josh Hanagarne