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!
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.
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!
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: http://nvcguides.libguides.com/bmovie2014
We’re still looking for judges and video entries.
We’ve already started getting ready…have you?!
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…
“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:
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
Every New Year’s Eve as we wait for the New Year to begin we start making resolutions. We at the NVC library asked our students to share their resolutions with us. Here is a list of some of the resolutions they posted:
Be a better mother, wife, person
Go to church more often
Turn off my smart phone
Get better grades
Get into Nursing School
Transfer to a university
Thank you for participating. Hope you have the energy and dedication to work on your resolution for 2014.
Make sure to contact us January of next year to tell us how you did. Have a great year!!
February is here and we’re celebrating Relationship Wellness in the library! Woo hoo! Let’s get started with some quick quizzes:
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships – the quick version
(BTW, these signs can apply to any relationship – dating, married, friends, parents, children, etc.)
In a healthy relationship:
- Both people feel respected, supported, and valued
- Decisions are made together
- Both people have friends and interests outside of the relationship
- Disagreements are settled with open and honest communication
- There are more good times than bad
In an unhealthy relationship:
- One person tries to change the other
- One person makes most or all of the decisions
- One or both people drop friends and interests outside of the relationship
- One person yells, threatens, hits, or throws things during arguments
- One person makes fun of the other’s opinions or interests
- One person keeps track of the other all the time by calling, texting, or checking in with friends
- There are more bad times than good
This is taken from HealthFinder.gov – Talk with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships
Want more information? Check out our Relationship Wellness Guide or visit the Student Wellness Center!
Hooray! The Fall semester is almost done! You are so close to having all kinds of time to relax and do fun stuff! And during winter break one of the best things to do is go to the movies! But something even better then seeing the movie is reading the book it is based on and THEN going to see the movie! Or seeing the movie and being so inspired that you want to read the book — either way the library can help you out!
We have a library full of good books to read – so come by and stock up on your FUN reading for the holidays!
Your NVC Librarians :)