Library Hours for Easter Weekend

April 14, 2014



Friday, April 18 – 7:45 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 19 – Closed
Sunday, April 20 – Closed

Back to regular hours on Monday, April 21

Intro. to Finding Funders workshop

April 7, 2014

Free Introduction to Finding Funders Workshop

The VC/UHV Library will host a free workshop on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  The Introduction to Finding Funders workshop will be led by Amanda Breu, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, and will provide an overview of the funding research process for nonprofits seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.

Ms. Breu will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your nonprofit organization, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for free at The VC/UHV Library. The workshop will include a demonstration of Foundation Directory Online, the Foundation Center’s premiere searchable database that provides information on more than 110,000 grantmakers and more than 3 million grant records. FoundationCenterLogo


Friday, 2 May 2014

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


VC/UHV Library

2602 N. Ben Jordan

Room 106

Victoria, TX  77901


Online at:

Registration is limited to 24 participants.

For questions or further information, please contact Amanda Breu at 361-570-4169 or

The VC/UHV Library is a Funding Information Network affiliate of the national Foundation Center.


National Poetry Month

April 3, 2014

It’s National Poetry Month.

Most of us have sat down, pencil in hand, and attempted to write a poem – whether as a class assignment or just as a way to record feelings rolling around in our hearts or minds.  I never was much good at it, but I tried.  Mostly I look to others  much better at expressing their thoughts and feelings through the exacting discipline of poetry.  I have favorites – I even have some lines of poetry memorized.

wordsThis month, the library will be hosting a magnetic poetry board (loaned to us by VC English instructor Michelle Paulsen).  You can come over and scramble some words to create your own poetry or read the poems scrambled by others.

Here are some poetry links -  from the Academy of American Poets.  The Academy was founded to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.  This site provides links to poetry events and readings across the country, search to find a poem or poet, as well as a section for educators.

Poet Laureate of the United States: Natasha Trethewey - web page from the Library of  Congress.  In addition to information about the current Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, the site also includes links to information about past laureate.

Favorite Poem Project - started by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States.  During the one-year call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote volunteering to share their favorite poems.  From the submissions, several projects were created.  The coolest is the video project – a collection of 50 short video documentaries showcasing individual American reading and speaking personally about poems they love.  27 of the videos are available on this website.  The others are available on a DVD for purchase.  Real people reading poetry.  Very neat.

Best Poems Encyclopedia - a free poetry site with poems in many categories – by nationality, by topic, by poet…

Twentieth Century American Poetry – one of our databases – a collection of 52,000 poems by over 300 poets. Searchable by keyword, first line, poet, and many other options.

Twentieth  Century English Poetry – another on of our databases – a collection of 594 volumes of poetry by 282 poets from 1900 to the present day.

Post by Karen Locher, Associate Director


Sleeping Beauty (DVD)

March 24, 2014

March Media Item of the Month

 Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

With the upcoming release of Disney’s Maleficent hitting theaters May 30, why not catch up with the Disney classic that started it all and created one of the most evil villains of all time?

When the youngSleepingBeauty princess Aurora is cursed at birth by the evil fairy Maleficent, the baby is kidnapped by a trio of good fairies who raise the girl themselves, hoping to avoid the spell’s fulfillment. Nevertheless, at the age of 16, the beautiful Aurora falls into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. Knowing that Phillip intends to save Aurora, Maleficent takes him prisoner. When the good fairies launch a rescue attempt, Maleficent transforms herself into a spectacular fire-breathing dragon, forcing Phillip to defeat her in mortal combat.

This film tells of the the classic story that true love conquers all with true love’s first kiss. This is certainly something you would want to watch with the family over and over again. A true classic at its best.

Sleeping Beauty is available for checkout on DVD at the VC/UHV Library Media Center on the 2nd floor. You’ll find it in our Feature Films collection.

Free Genealogy Workshop

March 13, 2014


Free genealogy workshop for beginners sponsored by the

Victoria County Genealogical Society.

Presented by Patsy D. Hand, Dr. Martha Jones, and Doris Obsta, this workshop is a great opportunity for area residents to learn how to start doing genealogy research. These genealogists will teach participants about where to find information – online and in your community. Computers and handouts will be available for all participants.


     Saturday, 26 April 2014

     1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


     VC/UHV Library

     2602 N. Ben Jordan

     Room 106

     Victoria, TX  77901


     Call Patsy Hand at 361-575-0049 to reserve your seat.

     Space is limited!

Dr. Martha Jones will also be teaching two genealogy classes in June 2014 through Victoria College Continuing Education. The class Beginning Genealogy 101 will be held June 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The advanced genealogy class, Breaking Through Brick Walls, will be held on June 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. There will also be a research trip to the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston on Tuesday, July 1. Please call the Victoria College Continuing Education Department at (361) 582-2528 for registration information.

Spring Break

March 6, 2014

Holy cow! Can you believe spring break is here already? spring breakWhere has this semester gone?

If you are going to be staying around Victoria over the break, be aware that the VC/UHV Library hours will be changing. Our hours for spring break will be:

  • Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9: Closed
  • Monday, March 10 – Thursday, March 13: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday, March 14 & Saturday, March 15: Closed
  • Sunday, March 16: 1 PM – 6 PM

We’ll be back to our regular hours starting Monday, March 17. You can always check our hours on the library calendar.

VC/UHV Library Study Rooms

February 28, 2014

Hey students – did you know the VC/UHV Library has 6 study room that you can reserve for individual or group use? You can reserve a study room up to 48 hours in advance by calling 361-570-4199 or by booking online at

Our study rooms come with a variety of equipment so just let us know what you need or make sure to review the room descriptions before booking online.

Study rooms are available anytime the library is open.


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