International Game Day – Take 3?

Feeling a bit frazzled?


Then come to the library this Saturday from 9-12 to unwind with some board games!  Test out some brand new games or some old favorites.  Challenge a friend (or the librarian).  Nothing kicks stress/frazzle butt like a good fist shake!

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Show Us Some Love!

Help us show Texas that we love our libraries!  Today is Texas Library Snapshot Day at NVC Library.  Stop by and take a selfie with Elvira (#NVCLibrary).  Fill out a survey:

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We look forward to seeing you!

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Current Events Spotlight – Refugee Crisis in Europe

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Picture: Reuters

If you been watching the news lately you know that there is a huge influx of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa flooding into Europe right now. If you want to learn more about what is actually happening there, the library is a great place to go to do that!

First you can check out our display on this issue – we have lots of books on the histories of the various countries people are fleeing from as well as more broad looks at The Middle East, North Africa and Europe. All of this will help you develop a deeper understanding of why people are having to face grave dangers to leave their homelands and make it to Europe.

For the most current, credible news on this issue here are some suggestions:

Time’s piece on why refugees are migrating now from wars that have been ongoing for many years

National Public Radio’s ongoing coverage of this issue is a great place to look – here is an article talking about the migrant crisis with the most current statistics.

The British Broadcasting Company’s informative article on Germany’s role in the crisis

While places like the BBC, CNN, NPR, and New York Times are the best places to go for the most current day-to-day news, our online databases also have some great information on the many facets of this crisis:

Global Issues in Context – SyriaSyrian Civil WarArab SpringHungary

Global Road Warrior – Eritrea , Afghanistan

And as always, you can stop by the Reference Desk and get personalized research help on this or any other topic you are interested in! Hope to see you all soon!


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Every day should be Earth Day!

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  April is the month when we all actually enjoy being outside and what better month to celebrate Earth Day then when we have such beautiful weather and all the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing! Technically Earth Day is on April 22, but we are choosing to focus on it for the whole month of April.  The library has a great display here in RLC with lots of great books and DVDs covering all aspects of how we can all help our planet. So come and check one out and make the planet a better place to live!

There are also some great online resources available through our databases:

Opposing Viewpoints topic pages on Environmentalism, Carbon Offsets, Biofuels, Local Food Movement, Organic Food

Issues & Controversies pages on Climate Change, Energy, Hydrofracking


Also on Wednesday April 22 the library is hosting a movie screening in RLC 116 – show times are 11am and 12:30pm

The film is Plastic Paradise, a documentary about the effect our garbage is having on the Pacific Ocean – come by and take a look!


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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere (and not a drop to drink?)

I love October!  The weather is starting to get colder…apple cider is being offered all over the place…and the B-Movie Contest is back!  WOOOHOOO!!  We had some really great entries last year.  We hope to get more this year!

B-Movie Contest Rules and Help

To help your creative juices flow, here’s a very short movie some NVC employees made using a laptop, a video app, a wig, a mask, a knife, and about five minutes.

This video did not follow all of the criteria listed on the guide.  We didn’t have a storyline/arc – so we’d lose points for that.  We know you can make something even better than this and we’d love to see it.

Pumpkins.  There – we did talk about pumpkins.  This post even has a pumpkin/gourd frog in it.

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Banned Books Week 2014


Like the fact that you are free to ready anything you want? This is the week to really celebrate that freedom! Books are being banned or challenged all the time !!

Click here to see the American Library Association’s Banned Book Week page and learn more.

There’s also a YouTube channel of famous authors reading banned books.

AND the NVC Library also has two great displays – with activities and prizes! If you think you are up to the challenge come and see if you can match the quotes to the banned books they are from or if you can figure out which “destroyed” book is which! Did we mention there are PRIZES?!!! Come by the Reference Desk and be an instant winner!

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B-Movie Contest and Marathon!!!!

Second annual B-Movie Contest and Marathon!!! We are so excited about it, that we can’t stop using the exclamation mark!! We hope you are, too!
Check out our guide for more information about contest rules, previous entries, marathon details, and more:
We’re still looking for judges and video entries.

We’ve already started getting ready…have you?!

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Welcome to Fall Semester 2014!

Just a little note from your friendly NVC library to welcome you to campus and help get you oriented to what the library can do for you!

We are located right in the middle of campus in the Redbud Learning Center on the first floor.

If you want to check out a book,
read a reserve textbook,
or use a group study room, go to
The Circulation Desk.

If you need help with printing,
using a copier, or computer applications,
go to The Computer Desk.

And if you need help with research,
finding print and online resources,
or using the online Library Modules,
visit The Reference Desk.

We also have a new Quiet Study Area with plenty of desks and lots of quietness…

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May: Celiac Disease Awareness Month

“What do you mean I can’t eat bread, for the rest of my life? Are you sure?” That was my reaction three years ago when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. By then, I was willing to try anything to feel better again. I was feeling tired all the time, my stomach hurt constantly, I was losing weight, I just wanted to feel normal again. I did not know what was happening to me. These symptoms are shared by many other diseases and it used to take doctors a while to diagnose celiac disease, especially in adults. Children are diagnosed with celiac disease much faster. Some other symptoms of this illness are: anemia, bloating, delay growth, depression, diarrhea, fatigue. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. In other words, your body is not getting nourished from any food you eat if the food you are consuming contains gluten. What is gluten? Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley and rye. The only solution to the problem is stop eating food that contains gluten, forever. There is no medications, no surgeries. Easy, you think. Not so. Almost everything you eat on a daily basis contains gluten. Things like bread, pasta, cookies, donuts, cakes, salad dressings, soups all contain gluten. Because doctors are becoming more aware of the disease, people suffering from it are diagnosed sooner. Doctors can find out if a patient is suffering from celiac with a blood test or a biopsy of the lining of the small intestine. Starting a gluten free diet can feel almost impossible at first but, with a little creativity anyone can make and enjoy delicious gluten free meals. These days there are more and better selection of gluten free items at our grocery stores and more restaurants are offering gluten free alternative entrees in their menus. So get ready to start a new and better life. Come by the library and check out our new display on Celiac Disease Awareness Month. You can find out more about celiac disease and also many cookbooks with delicious gluten free recipes.   Also take some time to check out these links:

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Go Green! Earth Day 2014



Earth Day  is coming up on April 22nd, but here at NVC we are already celebrating it! Stop by the library and check out our display and pick up some free stuff :) plus we have a ton of books on how you can be a more earth-friendly person. Using the library is one of the best ways to be environmentally friendly – READ! RETURN! REPEAT!

Tomorrow we will celebrate all day here on campus —  here is the Earth Day Schedule of Events  for NVC.  And make a special note of the film screening here in the library from 10am-noon in RLC116 – we will be showing the film YERT – about three friends who take an environmental road trip for a year and don’t throw away any of their trash — there will be drinks and snacks!

One thing we all need to remember is that if we all just did a little something each day to be green, it would make a huge impact for our planet!  Need some scary facts to get you motivated? Check out these !!!!

Where can you find more info? and What can YOU do?

San Antonio Recycling Info

San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas

Take Care of Texas

Texas chapter of the Sierra Club

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