FIVE WAYS TO USE THE LIBRARY YOUR FIRST WEEK OF CLASS

COOL YOUR JETS
Whether you’re looking for a place to beat the heat, a quiet place to collect your thoughts, or just a comfy spot to eat your lunch, the library is the away-from-it-all refuge you’ve been looking for. So come in, find a comfy chair, and take a breather.

GET THAT WORM, EARLY BIRD!
Now that you’ve got your syllabus in-hand, it’s time to start strategizing. What’s that, you say? You’ve got an assignment on Othello in two weeks? Your instructor wants you to pick a novel to read for class next month? What’s stopping you from getting a head start and seeing if you can find what you need right here on campus? (Nothing! That’s what!)

DO THE LIBRARY OVERDUE WALK OF SHAME
Hate to tell you, but the jig is up! We know there are a few of you out there. What’s more? We know what it’s like. Summer semester ended and maybe you went to the beach for a few days. Not only that, your cousin Jasper invited you to his house in North Carolina for a week-long shin-dig and you just totally forgot about those books you had out. We totally get it. Don’t be shy! Bring those books in while you’re still thinking about them and before you get wrapped up in your assignments. We promise to spare you the librarian glare of death just this once.

CATCH UP ON MAD MEN
Before you get bogged down in term papers and reading assignments galore, why don’t you swing by to check out that DVD you’ve been dying to watch while you still have the free time? No tests to study for yet, no essays due for at least a few days! This, my friend, is what freedom feels like. And we’ve got tons of DVDs of any variety you can think of, movies, TV shows, you name it! So stop by and check out our collection. Come on, you know you want to!

FORGET GOING GREEN
As paperless as we try to be, sometimes you just have to print something. So bring two bucks (cash only, no coins or credit/debit cards) and get yourself a print card. You’ll need it to print all those class schedules/syllabi/essays/etc. Trust me, you don’t want to wait until the last minute! Stop by and ask one of our tech specialists or librarians for help. We’ll keep you in paper and ink!

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We’ve Got That! Volume One

You already know that the library has you covered when it comes to academics. With over 180 electronic databases and over 97,000 print titles available to you at a moment’s notice, we are the number one place to be when you need the four-one-one on all your school-related projects. But I’m willing to bet that some of our dear readers don’t know that Reynolds libraries are also a pretty fun place to hang, even when you’re not studying. Skeptical? Well, just sit right there: I can prove it to you!

This week, I’m introducing a new, recurring, column to the library blog called We’ve Got That! In it, I will highlight some of the lesser-known – and super fun/useful/awesome/rad/unique – gems that the library has hidden inside its (virtual and literal) walls.

In our first edition, we’ll be highlighting something I know everyone will love:

Movies Starring Liam Neeson

(as everyone’s favorite well-spoken, kinda angry, rule-breaking, heart-stealing, former special forces agent/mythical lion/1980s tv personality/bad LEGO cop/good LEGO cop/jedi master/list-maker/grieving widower with a heart of gold and a set of very particular skills)

1-4. Taken, Taken 2, The Unknown, & The A-Team

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If you love Liam Neeson, and you love car chases, explosions, hand-to-hand combat, quiet confidence, well-tailored suits, and plenty of gunplay, then these four films are calling your name!

5. The LEGO Movie

Liam flexes his acting chops in this animated blockbuster from 2014 by playing not only Bad Cop and Good Cop, but also Pa Cop!

6-8. The Chronicles of Narnia Series

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(The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Mr. Neeson again shows off his voice-acting skills as the mythical lion, Aslan, in The Chronicles of Narnia Series.

9. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

He’s a Jedi in this one. Enough said.

10. Love Actually

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In this popular Christmas movie, Liam plays a widower who helps his young son figure out what love means… and more importantly, shows him that a last-minute mad dash through an airport/train station is pretty much required in any romantic comedy.

11. Schindler’s List

In this World War II drama, and 1994 Best Picture winner, Liam portrays the real-life Oskar Schindler, a businessman who secretly helped to save at least 1,200 Jews from the Nazis. Not for the faint of heart.

These are just some of our favorites. Check our catalog for more and let us know in the comments section which film starring the always-dapper Liam Neeson is your personal favorite!

Plan Your Valentine’s Weekend with Help from the Library

Today is February, Friday the 13th, but triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number thirteen) is the least of your worries, because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and you’re completely out of ideas!

Why don’t you let the library help plan your romantic weekend?

1. Take a look at this Thursday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch on the library’s periodicals shelf. Every Thursday, there’s a weekend insert that gives you the skinny on all the great events going on in the Richmond area over the weekend! Check out info on concerts, theater tickets, and special events. Maybe there’s something perfect happening right around the corner to surprise your sweetie with.

2. Come to the library early to get all of your studying done in time for your big date. If you need a quiet space, you can always check in to a study room for maximum concentration.

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3. Pick up a romantic movie! We’ve got plenty of DVDs ready to be checked out that will be great to cuddle up with on this cold weekend.

4. Check out Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (or one of our many other stellar cookbooks) and whip up a gourmet meal that will knock your valentine’s socks off! (We’ve got another copy at Parham Road Campus too!)

5. Brush up on your date’s favorite hobby, interest, or pastime so you can impress them with your dedication to learn more about the things they love. Stop by the reference desk and a librarian will help you find exactly what you need.

You buy the popcorn, we’ll supply the movie!

Before you head over to your local Blockbuster store to rent some movies for the weekend, save yourself some money to buy popcorn and check out the library’s popular DVD collection.   You can check out up to 2 DVDs at any one time and bring them back within the week.  Click here to see a sampling of our latest DVD titles.

A Plethora of Resources for Black History Month

Browse through our  library catalog to find print & online books as well as popular DVDs on a wide variety of African-American history topics and events.