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National Library Week events at Regent

by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library

“Freedom is found through the portals of our nation’s libraries.”
—David McCullough, American historian

Next week (April 13 – 19) is the 56th annual celebration of National Library Week, a yearly observance sponsored by the American Library Association. The purpose of National Library Week is to draw attention to the contribution libraries make in the cultural and civic life of our country.

To mark this special week, the Library has planned four events:

1. Monday: Student Appreciation Day
We love and appreciate our students! Join us for a fun day at the library—games, snacks, surprises, and a chance to win a bookstore or Ordinary gift certificate.

2. Monday – Thursday: NLW Essay & Video Contest Announcements
Regent students were invited to submit essays and videos on the 2014 National Library Week theme, “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Winning essays will be announced daily, followed by the winning video.

3. All Week: Share your Library Selfies and Shelfies
Library guests are invited to snap a library selfie telling their story about how libraries have changed their lives. Bubble signs are at the reference desk and we will snap your photo and send it to you. Alternatively, you may share your shelfies (selfies with book shelves) on our Facebook group page.

4. All Week: Faculty Recommends Posters
Six Regent faculty members share their favorite reading quotes, books, periodicals, music and movies, and Scripture verses. The posters are in the main Library Lobby and on bulletin boards throughout the campus.

To help us kick off our National Library Week festivities, Regent Student Services today released its latest question of the week video: “What book character would you be?”

Essay & Video Contests deadline extended!

Libraries are where it all begins.
-Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate, 1993-1995

National Library Week will be celebrated from April 13 to April 19, and the nationwide theme for 2014 is “Lives change @ your library.” This year, our most important observance will be essay and video contests open to all current Regent students. Simply tell us, in words or video, how libraries change lives, and you may win a cash prize*:

  • 1st place video and essay: $150 each
  • 2nd place video and essay: $75 each
  • 3rd place video and essay: $50 each

Entries may take the form of history, biography, stream-of-consciousness, rhythmic montage, etc.—unleash your creativity—as long as they conform to our judging criteria:

Essays: Must be no longer than 500 words and submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Essays will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
  • Creativity
  • Writing quality

Videos: Must be no longer than 3 minutes, posted on YouTube and the link submitted via our contest webform by midnight on April 6, 2014. Videos will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the theme “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
  • Creativity
  • Production quality

All winners will be announced during National Library Week and posted on the Library website. The 1st place entries will be posted on the Library blog and YouTube channel.

Please direct questions about the contests to Harold Henkel at or 757-352-4198.

*If participants are Regent employees (such as GAs), prize money will be in their paycheck and subject to tax withholding.

Library now on Twitter

TweetThe Library’s Facebook and Google+ editors enjoy sharing enriching or humorous anecdotes about libraries and books, but we also realize that some of our subscribers would appreciate a place to get “just the facts.” By following us on Twitter, you will receive tweets on important information regarding the Library—e.g. exam hours, weather-related closings, special events times—with none of the fun stuff that we post on our other social media sites.

Follow us today, and get up-to-the-minute info on what you need to know about the Library.

Library Book Sale: November 19 – 21

On November 19 – 21, the Library will hold its first book sale in two years. We have thousands of new and old books in all subjects, making the sale a perfect opportunity to find Christmas gifts or build your personal library.

All books just 50¢! Only cash or personal checks accepted. Please bring your own bags or boxes.

Location & Hours

  • Library Atrium
  • Tuesday, November 19: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 20: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 21: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Want free books?

Bring in a canned good for our food drive and receive a free book!

Urgent Care for your final projects

Ah, November: The smell of crisp autumn air outside and cinnamon and cloves inside; the anticipation of Thanksgiving with family and friends; the approaching doom of research papers coming due…

If the above scenario matches your typical experience of late fall, then you need to come to the reference librarians’ Research Paper Urgent Care Workshop. We will demonstrate simple techniques you can begin using immediately to find the best books, articles, images, and videos for your final projects.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room and online via Google Hangouts. An RSVP, either through Facebook, Google+, or e-mail to, while not required, is much appreciated!

Hangout Link for distance students:




Image Credits:

Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, “Pumpkins”,

 Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, “Rotating Wall Clouds”,