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Decipher historical documents AND earn community service hours

historical document in cursiveDo you watch Sherlock or Elementary?

Does cryptic cursive writing make your fingers twitch for a magnifying glass?

Do you need community service hours?

Then stop by the MW Library to reserve your spot in a workshop with Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist for the Library of Virginia, on Thursday, Sep. 21, from 3:45pm to 4:45pm, about Transcribe, a crowdsourced transcription project “documenting over 400 years of VA history, people, and culture.”

She’ll give an overview of Transcribe, the types of historical documents in need of transcription, and tips for transcription, then participants will dive into the archives and start decoding documents. She’ll also have free LVA bling!

This is the perfect opportunity to dive into the Library of Virginia’s collections AND earn community service hours right here @ MLWGS. “From peace to wartime, court records to letters home, and conspiracies to political statements, there will be something for everyone.”

In October through May of this school year, I’ll host a Transcribe-a-thon in the library after school on the second Wednesday of each month (October through May) from 3:30-5pm. There will also be an opportunity to transcribe at designated tables in the library during lunch the next day.

For enthusiastic volunteers, LVA holds similar events each month hosted by HandsOnRVA, and volunteers with a Transcribe account can decode documents from home too.

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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in news


Did you witness the eclipse?

If so, what did you think/feel? Write your response of 1 to 3 words on the library’s chalkboard wall during the month of September.


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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in news


Hello, breath! (a relaxation technique)

Feeling edgy, over-caffeinated, or distracted? Enhance your focus and sense of calm with this simple relaxation technique that combines the powers of touch and breath.

Step 1. Bring your attention to one of your hands. Clench your hand, then open it and stretch the fingers wide for a moment before letting the muscles relax, keeping your hand open – like it might look if you were about to wave “hello” to yourself.


silhouette of hand

Step 2. With your other hand, rest a finger near the base of the thumb on your open “hello” hand. You may close your eyes if you wish, or leave them open.

Step 3. Now slowly trace the edges of your open hand, inhaling a slow, steady breath as you trace upward on your thumb, and gently releasing your breath as you trace downward. As you trace your open hand, focus on the sensations of touch and/or breath, tuning in to the touch of your finger and/or the rise and fall of your breath. Continue breathing slowly and steadily until you’ve traced the edges of the thumb and fingers of your open hand. When you finish, slowly open your eyes if you had them closed.

You’ll likely feel a bit calmer after completing this brief exercise.

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Posted by on August 29, 2017 in news, stress management


New for 2017-18: WSJ and Genderwatch

Historical Newspapers iconThere are two changes in the MW Library’s online resource toolbox this year, both related to our ProQuest resources (available at

Our historical newspaper subscription now includes articles from the Wall Street Journal (1889-1999) in addition to the New York Times (1851-2013) and the Guardian/Observer (1791-2003). You may search these three newspaper archives simultaneously or separately.

From the same ProQuest interface, you may also search Genderwatch, a database that supports gender, LGBTQ, family, ethnic, and societal studies with over 300 titles, 250 of which are available in full-text. These sources provide coverage from 1970 to the present and include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books, conference papers & proceedings, dissertations & theses, reports, trade journals, and working papers. Many sources are from a Western perspective, yet the database also contains international titles like the feminist quarterly Sister Namibia.

If you’re enrolled in Gender and Culture in the Middle East and North Africa or Gender, Politics, and Consumerism, or you’re exploring topics like sexuality, religion, societal roles, feminism, masculinity, eating disorders, or healthcare for your GS10 or mentorship paper, consider searching ProQuest’s Genderwatch database.

You’ll find the 2017-18 passwords for access to all of the MW Library’s online resources in the Student Information course of itslearning or in the library.

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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in news