Reynolds Libraries Promote A Healthy Mind and Body

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Students at Reynolds Libraries are taking a holistic approach to their studies. Not only do they exercise their minds with the many resources the library has to offer, they exercise their bodies using the FitDesk stationary bike, found at both the Goochland and Parham Road locations.

Regular exercise not only enhances brain health, but working out before or after a study session awakens your mind and helps you retain information longer, potentially giving your test scores a welcome boost, according to the Scientific American.

So what are you waiting for? It’s science, ya’ll. 

Parham Library Commemorates 1969

The year 1969 was a big one for the US, pop-culture, and news. It was the year of the first moon landing, Woodstock, and of course the first ever episode of TV’s The Brady Bunch, just to name a few.

If you have a chance, stop by the Parham library where we have set up a display in honor of this iconic year.

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If you simply can’t wait, take a minute to check out our 1969 Spotify Playlist which includes many popular songs from the day. It is sure to inspire nostalgia and will definitely get your feet tapping. (Perhaps they’ll tap all the way over to the library?)

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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.

 

The Great Reynolds Read

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This summer, PBS is on a quest to find out what novel is America’s favorite. They’ve surveyed Americans of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds, and put together a list of our 100 favorite books for The Great American Read. You can vote for your favorite at PBS.org.

Meanwhile, at Reynolds libraries, we’ve selected 52 titles from PBS’ list and we’re putting it to a vote! Drop by at any of our campus locations, find the white board, and vote for your favorites. There will be new books to vote on almost every day! We’re calling it The Great Reynolds Read. Stop by today to help us decide!

The Polls Are Now Open!

Technically, yes, you can already vote (absentee) for president here in Virginia!

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In case you missed it, the Parham Road Campus Library has put up a display all about this up-coming election, with a little information about the good old electoral college. Stop by to take a closer look at the display while you mull over the decision ahead.

In the meantime, here are some important links that you may want to check out before the big day.

What if I want to vote absentee?: Remember, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, Nov 5th!

What’s even on my ballot anyway? I’m sure this isn’t your first time hearing this, but POTUS is not the only thing that you’ll be voting on come November 8th! Find out everything that will be on your ballot by entering your address at the link above.

Where exactly is my polling place? Not sure where to go? Fill in your address at the link provided to find out! Remember, you have to vote at the polling place that correlates to the address where you’re REGISTERED to vote!

Do I need I.D.? Yes! Some forms of ID are as simple as a valid Driver’s License or a Virginia Voter Photo Identification card. Check here for a list of all acceptable forms of ID. If you don’t have one, you can get the aforementioned VA Voter Photo ID by visiting any general registrar’s office. Do it quickly! (More information is available at the link!)

Happy Columbus Day!

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Die Schiffe des Columbus by Gustav Adolf Closs

“The great thing about revisionist history is you have the freedom to go back and correct these misconceptions about the past, as long as you’re doing it in a scholarly and authentic and well-researched sort of way.”

– Candace Gibson
Stuff You Missed in History Class – Did the Chinese Reach America Before Columbus?

Happy Columbus Day everyone!

In honor of this (sometimes polarizing) holiday, let’s all take a moment to go back and see if what we learned about Columbus’ ‘discovery’ in elementary school still holds true today.

Lucky for us, the folks at the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast have done some of the work for us already. Take a listen to this short episode, where they discuss Gavin Menzies book 1421: The Year China Discovered America? and whether or not Menzies theory holds water.

Inspired to do your own investigation after listening to the podcast? You’re in luck! We’ve got the book and its sequel – Who Discovered America? – right here in our collection!

If you’re especially inspired, we’ve also got Lies My Teacher Told Me to tide you over.

Happy hunting/researching/de-bunking!

Choose Your Direction at the Library!

Reynolds Libraries will be hosting three open house events this fall. We would like each of you to join us in the library for access to all of the tools you will need for succeeding in your future. Plus, we will be giving away three Kindle Fires! (One at each event.) We would love to see you there and we have lots of informative and fun activities planned for each day!

Downtown Campus: Sept 20th 11AM-1PM

Parham Road Campus: Sept 21st 11AM – 1PM

Goochland Campus: October 26th 11AM – 1PM

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