Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

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Even librarians like to kick back and watch football while we digest turkey and pumpkin pie!  Our hours for the week of November 23-29 have been adjusted to make room for extra turkey:

  • Monday: 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed

We’ll see you back after the holiday for the last push of the semester! Have any questions? Feel free to comment below or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22, 2013

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Today is Earth Day and we here at MEC are celebrating our beautiful planet.  Check out the Earth Day Celebration happening on the MEC campus from 11am to 3pm.

You can also help contribute to keeping our planet healthy by participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 27th, 10am-2pm.  MEC, along with the Alexandria campus, is serving as a collection site.  Bring in your unused/unwanted/expired medication for proper disposal.

There are activities going on throughout the week on many of the NOVA campuses.  Join in on the fun and learn about how you can help protect the planet.

Mon., April 22:

11am-3pm Earth Day Celebration – Medical  Campus

11am-3pm Earth Day: ‘Green Heads – Create your own Plant’ – Woodbridge Campus

12pm-4pm Climate Change Symposium – Annandale Campus

12pm-3:30pm Earth Day Celebration – Alexandria Campus

5pm-9pm Terra Secundum: ECO-Art – GMU Fairfax

Tues., April 23:

2pm-4pm Green Town Hall – Alexandria Campus

Thurs., April 25:

11am-10pm Environmental Film Festival – Alexandria Campus

Fri., April 26:

1pm-4pm Environmental Movie & Discussion: “The 11th Hour” – Manassas Campus

Sat., April 27:

10am-2pm National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Medical Campus, Alexandria Campus


Be still, my beating heart!

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Valentine’s day is a holiday of the heart.  Most people celebrate by showing that special someone they care with flowers and chocolates; but here at the MEC Library, we take things a little more literally.  This Valentine’s Day, we are celebrating the human heart!  Check out some of the resources listed below to learn more about this fascinating organ.

American Heart Association is a great place to find statistics, practice guidelines, educational materials, and information on heart disease from arrhythmia to stroke.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has lots of heart friendly information on its website targeted at both healthcare professionals and the general public.  Find funding and research opportunities, clinical trials, or calculate your 10 year risk of having a heart attack.

The Center for Disease Control’s Heart Disease page has facts and statistics, risk factors, prevention tips, and educational materials for professionals and patients.  The CDC also has an Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke where you can view county level maps of heart disease and stroke across the United States.

Hungry?  Why not try some heart healthy recipes from the Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association, Food Network, or Heart Healthy Living!

Don’t forget MEC library has lots of books about the heart and heart disease.  You can search the Library Catalog for terms such as heart, heart disease, cardiac care or cardiovascular system.

MEC library also has a human heart model at the front desk available for in-library use.  Come check it out!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the MEC Library!

Thanksgiving is November 22nd

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Don’t forget that NOVA closes at 12pm on Wednesday November 21, 2012.  The school will reopen on Monday November 26, 2012.

For the chefs out there, try the Thanksgiving Recipe pages on websites like, FoodNetwork, and

While you are home munching on Turkey and watching football, check out this Thanksgiving by the Numbers infographic from the History Channel.  You can also check your Thanksgiving knowledge by reading articles like Thanksgiving, Fact or Fiction.

If all that turkey has you stuffed (pun intended)  check out some Thanksgiving videos before you sleep off that tryptophan!

How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday

Mayflower Deconstructed

Virtual field trip to Plymouth Plantation

Are you interested in learning more about Thanksgiving?  Stop by the MEC library where a librarian can take you on a tour of databases, ebooks, online videos and more!  All  available to NOVA students and visitors to the library!

Happy Thanksgiving!!