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Turn Collecting Books Into Collecting Cash!

Students, turn your prized book collection into a first prize of $750 by entering McConnell Library’s 7th Annual Winesett Book Collecting Contest.

McConnell Library will be hosting the Winesett Book Collecting Contest to showcase students’ personal book collections and celebrate the joys of reading. Your book collection can be anything you treasure – themed collections,favorite books from your childhood, graphic novels, even Japanese manga if that’s your passion.

The Winesett Book Collecting Contest is open to all students (part-time, full-time, undergraduate and graduate) and the contest awards cash prizes of $750, $500, and $150 for first, second, and third place, respectively. The first place winner has the opportunity to be entered into the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, which carries a top prize of $2,500. The winner’s books will be on display at McConnell Library.

Entering is easy. Just draft a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay describing the creation and growth of your personal collection, provide an annotated bibliography of 20 books in the collection, and compile a list of 10 books that you would like to add to their collection. The deadline is midnight, Friday, November 6th, 2015 and more contest guidelines and the contest submission form are located at tinyurl.com/winesett.

McConnell Library and the Scholar-Citizen Initiative are also hosting a concurrent book drive to benefit Smart Beginnings reading programs in New River Valley childcare centers. Children’s books of all types are welcome and picture books are most appreciated. Please consider sharing the joys of reading with local children by contributing to the book donation box in the Main Reading Room of McConnell Library.

Submissions will be judged based on the creativity and thoughtfulness exercised in developing the collection, the overall strength of the essay, and what the collection means to the owner. Questions? Contact Bethany Mott at 540-831-6126 or bmott2@radford.edu.

The entry deadline for submissions is Friday, November 6th, 2015 at midnight, with an Awards Ceremony and Illuminated Pages and Spineless Volumes Exhibition slated for November 17th at 4 p.m.

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APA Survivors

On our campus, the most commonly used style format is APA. In tour Survivor workshops, you will get hands-on practice creating APA references and in-text citations, using our color-coded APA guide

  • Thursday, September 24, 2-3:15 pm
  • Monday, October 12, 6:00-7:15 pm
  • Wednesday, November 4, 5:00-6:15 pm

Full details available at: http://library.radford.edu/index.php/generated/instruction/apa-library-survivors1

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Big Read NRV Events & Free Books

Get involved in reading “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a collection of short stories about a troop of American soldiers in Vietnam, the Big Read NRV book selection. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read grant supports innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

Join us for the Kickoff Event Kickoff Event: “Field Notes on The Things They Carried” by Alex Vernon ,James and Emily Bost Odyssey Professor of English at Hendrix College, and expert on Tim O’Brien. It will be followed by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, October 3, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at New River Community College, Rooker Hall, Dublin VA.

Big Read NRV will run from October 3rd to November 14th throughout the New River Valley. View the list of events at http://bit.ly/bigreadnrv.

Pick up a free copy of the book at McConnell Library beginning on Monday, September 21st. Books will be available one per person on a first come, first serve basis. Limited supplies, copies may not be reserved in advance.

McConnell Library is soliciting presenters and/or panelists who are experts on the selected literary work, the artistic interpretation of it, the Vietnam War and/or era, and veterans’ issues, who may be interested in taking part in a symposium entitled “The Things They Carried. Storytelling: The Art of Building Community.” This symposium will take on November 9 and 10 on Radford University’s campus.

If you would like more information please contact Lisa Vassady at ljvassady@radford.edu or 831-5686, Jennifer Resor-Whicker at jrwhicker@radford.edu or 831-5691, Alyssa Archer aarcher2@radford.edu or 831-5688

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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McConnell Library receives Big Read grant

Radford University’s McConnell Library has received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read this fall. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Big Read strengthens communities through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. McConnell Library, one of 75 organizations to receive a grant to host an upcoming Big Read project, has chosen “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien as this year’s book.

More details at: http://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/releases/2015/june/mcconnell-library-receives-grant-to-host-the-big-read.html

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