Building Reynolds Textbook Bank – a Holiday Gift to Reynolds Students!

The ever increasing booktreecost of textbooks is making education more and more prohibitive to students.  Many of our students are using financial aid to pay for textbooks or attempt to complete a class without purchasing a textbook.

Textbooks are the #1 demanded books at Reynolds Libraries!

Reynolds Libraries are undertaking a Reynolds Textbook Bank project – that is to collect at least one copy of textbooks for each campus at which every course is taught and allow Reynolds students to check them out for a limited time.

As Dr. Pando has championed, we shall seek every opportunity to provide the resources to support our economically disadvantaged students.  We believe the Textbook Bank project, along with Reynolds OER initiative, will play a big role in making education more affordable to Reynolds students!

We count on faculty members to build the Reynolds Textbook Bank with us.  Before you head off for a joyful holiday season, please bring a copy of you textbooks to Reynolds Libraries for spring 2019.   This will be your holiday gift to Reynolds students!

We thank you on behalf of Reynolds students for making education more affordable to them.   Feel free to contact Hong Wu (, x5324) if you have any questions!.

Musical Stress Busters in the Library

At the library, we are no stranger to the fact that finals are a stressful time for everyone. Next week, students will be able to relax to the music of our very own Jackson Wright right in the library! (Jackson is not only a library tech specialist, he is also the bassist of the band Wylder. Check them out on Spotify!)

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Join us at noon at the Parham Road Campus library on Monday December 10th and Tuesday December 11th for this limited engagement.


Your Holiday Reading Just Got a Boost!

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Recently the Chronicle of Higher Education asked scholars what they thought was the most influential book from the past 20 years….

Find their answers in “The New Canon” and get an intellectually stimulating boost for your holiday reading list.

Enjoy the break!



Parham Library debuts MakerSpace with gift tags and snowflake


Have yourself a merry little moment. Stop by Parham Library’s new MakerSpace table to create a few customized gift tags or snip a snowflake. The crafty tag above is KC Frankenburger’s art. Maudisa Blanken (left) and Meada Anderson get creative in the pictures below.

Community College Transfer Students Making an Impact at Elite Colleges

NPR recently reported on how Princeton admitted 13 transfer students this fall – the first time Princeton has done so in THREE DECADES!

Because of the success of those students, Princeton has decided to reinstate the transfer program by encouraging students from “low-income families, the military and from community colleges.”

Reynolds Librarians wanted to highlight some of the article’s findings and encourage you all to read it – and apply to Princeton!

  • Community colleges enroll 41 percent of all U.S. undergraduates.
  • 56 percent of Native American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 52 percent of Hispanic undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 43 percent of African American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.

You can find the article here:

We are so proud of all of you!

Scott Bakal for NPR

Enrolled, Employed or Enlisted: The Role of Libraries in Preparing Students for Life After High School

The College Readiness Committee, whose members include both Central Virginia high school and college/university librarians, presented a session at the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) annual conference in Williamsburg, VA. Committee members worked together to research issues surrounding our high school graduates – whether they enroll in college, get a job, or enlist in the military. During the session, attendees participated in a engaging discussion that addressed how we can: better prepare students, partner with teachers, and communicate with school/district leadership.