Happy Mother’s Day (in advance) to all the mothers at Reynolds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers at Reynolds!

FACT: A mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success.*Thoria Wassef and Naema Tawadrous

Thoria Wassef (standing) and her daughter Naema Tawadrous (seated), who came to the U.S. from Egypt less than five years ago. Mother and daughter are both students at Reynolds.

We applaud them and all students who are—or will be—mothers!

*From READ Center Annual Report 2015-2016


Books To Love

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Recommended by the library staff

The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting / by Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt (audio CD)

Elizabeth Cohen, a Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reporter, tells her story of being a single mother to her daughter Ava, as well as the home caregiver to her aging father, Sanford, who is suffering from mid- to late-stage Alzheimer’s.*  Recommended by Lisa.

Just Kids / by Patti Smith (audio CD and print)

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.*  Recommended by Denise: “I loved Patti Smith’s memoir of her younger years.”

Love in the Time of Cholera /  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (print)

Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.* Recommended by Loftan: “I just re-read Love in the Time of Cholera and fell in love with it all over again. I read it in college so revisiting it was pretty special.”

Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days / by Vanessa Farquharson. (print)

No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don’t use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what’s doable and what’s too hardcore.*  Recommended by Maureen.

Waiting to Exhale / by Terry Macmillan (video DVD and print)

From the critically acclaimed author of Mama and Disappearing Acts, a wise, earthy story of a friendship between four African American women who lean on each other while “waiting to exhale”, waiting for that man who will take their breath away.*  Recommended by Anne: “These women lived large!”

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love /  by Kristin Kimball (audio DVD and print)

 “This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming – that dirty, concupiscent art – and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.” – the author.  Recommended by Maureen.
*Descriptions from the Reynolds’ library catalog.

Meet the new JSRCC Librarians!

Suzanne Sherry
Suzanne Sherry

Suzanne Sherry’s first library job was shelving books at age 16 for the Chesterfield Public Library. She went on to receive a BA in English from William and Mary and an MLS online from Florida State University. Between the two degrees, she spent a year in Ireland, married, and had two children. Suzanne, who counts vegetable gardening, running and knitting among her interests, came to us from John Tyler Community College. She works at the JSRCC’s Parham Road Compus Library.

Kimberley Carroll

Kimberley Carroll has spent much of her library career at the Multnomah County Library in Oregon where she grew up. There she created programs, worked with local schools, conducted staff trainings and co-chaired the annual Storytelling Festival. Her family moved to Richmond in 2012 where she continues her interests in storytelling and running. Her new position is at the Downtown Campus of JSRCC.

Cheer on both librarians as they run the Monument Avenue 10K race on April 13, 2013.

New Printer/Copier/Scanner in Parham and Downtown Library!

                                                                                                             To Print:                                                                                              

      Users who want to print from a computer use the same procedure as they have done in the past.

Two identical copy machines report for duty in the Parham Rd. library.
Two identical copy machines report for duty in the Parham Rd. library.


      To Copy:

  • Insert print card into device on the left of the computer monitor.The Copy function.
  • Load the original on the glass or the input tray.
  • Select #2   (Menu comes up)
  • Press start

To change the number of copies:  Push button ”10Keypad”  Type in the number of copies.  Notice that the 1 is already there.



To scan:  Insert flash drive and scan!

Insert flash drive here.
Insert flash drive here.

JSRCC Library Professional Development Day 12/17/2012

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Bringing together library staff members of the three campuses, the Professional Development Day provided customer service training led by Terri Britt, a vision for the future of libraries presented by John Ambrose, and a discussion of how JSRCC libraries would meet that challenge led by Hong Wu. The day also provided opportunity for social networking among the staff—and delicious fare. Participants left recharged and satiated.

John Ambrose
John Ambrose
Terri Britt & Arielle Boone
Terri Britt & Arielle Boone

Take a look at the Parham Road Graphics Collection!

From Journey into Mohawk Country by H.M. van den Bogeart; Artwork by George O’Conner
From Journey into Mohawk Country by H.M. van den Bogeart; Artwork by George O’Conner

A small but growing collection is  waiting to be viewed by you.  From the trend-setting, award-winning MAUS to our new Gone to Amerika by Derek McCulloch, the drawn characters are sitting just inside of the library’s entrance doors, poised in anticipation of their visit with you.


Select  a book from the shelf and sit down in a comfy chair to peruse it, or check it out and take it home!