Library houses more than just books

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Cassidy Lawson


The McConnell Library offers many services to Radford University students. Over the academic year, students flock to the library every day for a quiet place to study, snacks and coffee from the Au Bon Pain cafe, a selection of popular books, DVDs, and music to choose from, computers and printers to use, and academic workshops to attend.

While students on campus use the library every day, the Student Advisory Board for McConnell Library is hard at work bringing Radford students the resources they need to make the library a better place. During the next few weeks, McConnell Library will be hosting some autumn events that could benefit any student greatly.

For most classes at RU, if a student writes a research paper they will have to use the American Psychological Association (APA) format. Therefore, on Oct. 18, the library will be hosting an APA Library Survivor Workshop at 6:30 p.m. These workshops are a great way for students to know exactly what the APA format is for their papers and what their professors expect when students do their research.

Students will learn how to use the library’s color-coded APA guide to find relevant examples, create references, and create in text citations. I know when I was in high school, my teachers never taught me how to use APA format, so a workshop like this will be extremely beneficial to myself and to others who are in the same boat.

Over the years, I have accumulated basically my own miniature library of books through book fairs, gifts, classes, and my own personal buys. I have my own book collection of mostly postmodern fiction from authors like Toni Morrison, James Joyce, and Kurt Vonnegut. As a result, I intend to enter the Third Annual Winesett Book Collecting Contest sponsored by the McConnell Library.

If you have a book collection yourself, then entering would be a great way to earn some extra money: the first prize is $400. Each contestant must submit a proposal on the books they collect and the significance to the collector, such as fantasy, science fiction, or even graphic novels. All submissions are due by Nov. 4 and the winners will be notified shortly afterward.

November is also National Novel Writing Month. For that matter, the McConnell Library is hosting a Write A Book in 30 Days Contest. Participants will begin on Nov. 1 and the idea is to have written a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. It seems to be a hefty task ,but if you have the drive and talent, by all means participate in National Novel Writing Month.

The McConnell Library isn’t just a building with lots of books and computers. It is a resource in and of itself that offers students chances to succeed by sponsoring workshops and contests. If you have the time, check out these events and for more details go to the McConnell Library homepage or contact Keith Hagarty at