BIG thanks to the book-movers!

Abundant gratitude to Harrison and Megan who moved ALL books off the library’s freestanding bookcases – while keeping them in shelf order –  in preparation for a shift of those bookcases this Thursday.  They moved more books that would fit in one photo! Well done, both of you! May you get some hard-earned rest this afternoon.

If you’d like to earn community service hours by helping put the library back together on Monday, June 25, email me at wdegroat [at] gsgis [dot] k12 [dot] va [dot] us.

Harrison and Megan posing with empty book carts in front of stacks of books they emptied from the library's freestanding bookcases

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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in news


Small team of student volunteers needed!

Thanks to creative input from student focus groups this spring, I’m excited to share that the library will be getting a fresh look before students return in September!

In order to prepare for these changes, I need the assistance of a small team of three to six reliable students willing to shift furniture, remove books from shelves (while keeping the books in order), return books to shelves, and other tasks.

The related community service dates are as follows:

Monday, June 18th: Shift furniture, remove books from shelves, remove posters and wall hangings, and complete other preparatory tasks

Tuesday, June 19th (all or part of the day, if needed): complete any remaining preparatory work

[The facilities team will make more changes after this prep work is complete.]

Monday, June 25th: Return books to shelves, spruce up furniture, and rehang wall art on walls not scheduled for painting

Tuesday, June 26th (all or part of the day, if needed): Complete any remaining post-rearrangement cleanup.

If you’re interested in this community service opportunity, please stop by the library to talk with Ms. DeGroat between now and next Wednesday, June 13th.

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Posted by on June 6, 2018 in news


3D printed objects using Mathematica

Stop by the library to see 3D objects printed by students in Mrs. Reed’s Multivariable Calculus class. They will be on display through June 8th.

3D objects printed with Mathematica

Dr. Christopher Hanusa showed students how to export 3D designs created in Mathematica to .stl files which then can be used with a 3D printer to “make real.”  He also brought examples of his creations that were 3D printed in a variety of media.

The students self-selected to use Mathematica to create either a curve, a surface, or a solid (closed surface).  Each finished design was either printed using the MakerBot or the Statasys machines.

Mrs. Reed extends warm thanks to Mu Alpha Theta and the Foundation for their financial support in bringing Dr. Hanusa to our campus.  Additional thanks to the Foundation for providing the 3D printers and printing materials.  Lastly, she and her students appreciate Mr. Boyle, Mr. Webb, and Mr. Hall for their support of these 3D design projects.

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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in news


Scatch-n-sniff and color-your-own bookmarks in the library this week

Stop by the library during Stress Less, Laugh More week (April 30 – May 4) for a playful diversion from the library’s Creativity and Calm station.  You’ll find magnetic poetry kits, origami paper, and special scratch-n-sniff and color-your-own bookmarks (with new scents and designs each day).

Stress less, laugh more display


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Posted by on April 30, 2018 in news