Take the Dragons Unplug Challenge

Do your fingers twitch at the buzz or bing of an incoming text?

Does your anxiety rise when your phone runs out of juice? 

Consider giving you and your phone a break in the Dragons Unplug Challenge.

This month, design your own screen-cation (a.k.a. net-cation, tech-cation, tech sabbatical)- and perhaps join Coach Hall and Ms. DeGroat by completing an “I Unplug To _______” sign for the library’s Take the Dragons Unplug Challenge wall.

You could also participate in Unplugged Lunch on March 30th.

All participants who contribute a sign for the library wall or take part in a lunchtime library activity on March 30th will be entered in a prize drawing. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 31st.

Before deciding whether to take the unplug challenge, reflect on why you’d like to try it. Would you like to observe more closely the mental, emotional, or physical associations you have with technology, sort of like a scientist would? Would you like to see if taking a tech break has positive benefits for you?  Would you like to evaluate what the drawbacks are? Or perhaps you’d just like to determine to what extent such a practice might be useful to you…or to see if you CAN take a break from it. Whatever the answer, invest a few minutes to figure out what the point of unplugging might be for you.

If you decide to unplug, select how long of a break you’ll take and what you’ll unplug – will it be Snapchat? texting? all social media? anything that requires the Internet? anything with a screen? Here are some pro-unplugging resources that might help with your plans…

And in the interest of sparking further discussion and reflection, check out the findings from a study about Psychological Stress and Social Media Use and an opinion essay that questions the benefit of unplugging: The Pointlessness of Unplugging.  What do you think?  Consider discussing this topic with friends and family.


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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in news



What does mealtime typically look like for you?

Are people texting or looking at their phones, or perhaps even in different rooms, instead of engaging with each other?  Does mealtime mean  gobbling down food while standing, walking, driving a car, or riding a bus rather than sitting down at all? Or is it a relaxed, noisy affair that fills a whole hour or more, emulating the slow food approach that Ms. Hefty and Mr. Ross teach about in the Mediterranean Foods seminar?  Are you perhaps having a distant friend or relative join you at the table via Skype or Facetime?

Consider this. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, Loblaws, a major supermarket chain in Canada, has launched a nationwide #eattogether campaign.

The project description reads “When we eat together, good things happen. We share a bit of our lives. We talk, we laugh, and we share the foods we love. We get a little closer. That’s why in 2017, for Canada’s 150th birthday, Loblaws and its President’s Choice brand are on a mission to get Canadians to eat together. To put down their phones, turn off the TV, and sit down to share a meal. Whether it’s poutine, pad thai, paella or perogies. Nothing brings us together like eating together.”

Sure, a grocery store could benefit from increased revenues if people buy their food for such meals from them, but let’s remove the purchasing component for a moment.

What might happen if there were an #eattogetherrva spinoff?  What might that look like in your neighborhood? Is it already happening? What scents and tastes fill the room?

Here’s the video promotion for the #eattogether campaign in Canada:

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in news


Digital magazines via Library of VA

Through a partnership with the Library of Virginia, MLWGS students have access to a variety of art magazines and magazines in other languages.

Visual Arts

  • American Craft
  • Aperture
  • ARTNews

International Languages

  • Scientific American – Chinese edition
  • L’Officiel Art (French)
  • Sport Life (Spanish)
  • Personal Computer y Internet (Spanish)

All you need is a current public library card – then follow the instructions on this PDF to set up your access: ziniodigitalmagazines_lva_feb2017

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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in news


Hand-built ceramics by Art 2 students

Drop by the library to see hand-built ceramics by Ms. Mosley’s Art 2 students – inspired by their study of Japanese ceramics and the history and aesthetics of Japanese art.


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Posted by on February 7, 2017 in news