Dec 26, 2007

Pick of the Week

The Care of Fine Books
by Jane Greenfield
"Indispensable to collectors, librarians and booksellers, both professionals and amateurs alike, not only for the sound guidance it contains, but just as much for the grace and accessibility of its style and the directness of its Writing." Here is a thorough, readable guide to caring for books of value.

Website of the Week

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
This website for the Library of Congress is full of so much information it is almost impossible to describe it here, so click on the link to enter and tour the site yourself!

Dec 20, 2007

Library Holiday Closings

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Monday December 24, Tuesday December 25, Monday December 31, and Tuesday January 1. All branches will be open during regular business hours on Wednesday December 26 through Saturday December 29 and Wednesday January 2. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Dec 13, 2007

Pick of the Week

Polar bears and the Arctic : a nonfiction companion to polar bears past bedtime

by: Mary Pope Osborne

Find out why the Arctic is so cold, how polar bears cross thin ice, and how people have learned to survive in harsh climates, in this nonfiction companion to "Polar Bears Past Bedtime."

Website of the Week

This entertaining and educational site is loaded with information about animals, pet care, careers in animal care, animal issues, and plenty of fun and games. Sponsored by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Dec 11, 2007

Friends of the Atlee Library Meeting

The Friends of the Atlee Library cordially invites you to their next meeting.
When: Tuesday December 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Atlee Library meeting room, 9161 Atlee Road
On the agenda will be the presentation of a slate of officers for 2008 and planning for an author speaker in January 2008 as well as for a Book Sale in early February 2008. Please come to offer your input and support.
Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Dec 5, 2007

Pick of the Week

Never shower in a thunderstorm : surprising facts and misleading myths about our health and the world we live in
by Anahad O'Connor
"The" "New York Times's" intrepid health reporter investigates the truth about sex, eating, exercise, and other health conundrums For more than two years, the "New York Times's" science and health columnist Anahad O'Connor has tracked down the facts, fictions, and occasional fuzziness of old wives' tales, conventional-wisdom cures, and other medical mysteries. Now in this lively and fun book, he opens up his case files to disclose the experts' answers on everything, from which of your bad habits you can indulge (yo-yo dieting does not mess up your metabolism and sitting too close to the television does not hurt your eyes) to what foods actually pack the punch advertised (you can lay off the beet juice!). A compendium of answers to the curious and nagging questions of how to keep healthy, "Never Shower in a Thunderstorm" will provide guidance and amusement to anyone who has ever wondered if the mosquitoes really are attacking her more than everyone else. (Yes, they are.)

Website of the Week

Healthcare 411 is a news series produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency in the effort to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.
Using the latest podcasting technology, these weekly audio and video programs feature news and information on current health care topics with synopses of AHRQ’s latest research findings. This innovative tool provides consumers with information they can use to improve the quality of their health care. In addition, the series gives AHRQ researchers and grantees an opportunity to share their findings and to be heard beyond the research community.

Nov 26, 2007

Pick of the Week

Christmas stockings : 18 holiday treasures to knit
by Lipson, Elaine, 1957-

Focusing solely on patterns and techniques for knitting Christmas stockings, these 18 eclectic projects are simple enough for the beginner and unique enough to interest experienced knitters who want to go beyond the traditional holiday stocking. Each step-by-step lesson is shown in full color and includes instructions and charts.

Website of the Week


This site is all about snow crystals and snowflakes--what they are, where they come from, and just how these remarkably complex and beautiful structures are created, quite literaly, out of thin air.

Nov 15, 2007

Pick of the Week

Blood on the River: James Town 1607
By Elisa Lynn Carbone
This title is the 2007 Jefferson Cup Award winner. (The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished American Biography, historical fiction or history book for young people. It has been awarded annually since 1982 by the Youth Services Forum of the Virginia Library Association.)

When 12-year-old Samuel Collier boards a ship bound for the New World, he can't believe his good fortune. Collier learns he can be whomever he wants in the New World settlement of Jamestown.

Website of the Week

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has a great website in which you can explore, learn, act, give and connect. The purpose of the website is to save our National Treasure,
The Chesapeake Bay.

Nov 13, 2007

Hanover Branch Library's 65th Anniversary

Celebrate the Hanover Branch Library's 65th anniversary
Tuesday November 13 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Libby Lewis, from the Library of Virginia
Join the Friends of the Hanover Library and receive a special "thank you" goodie!
Bid in our Silent Auction featuring works by local crafters and artists. Proceeds benefit our Friends group.
Artwork from students at Kersey Creek Elementary School will be on display.
Take a tour of the historic Hanover Courthouse.
For more information, call (804) 365-6210 or e-mail

Nov 7, 2007

Page to Stage: "The Crucible"

Page to Stage: "The Crucible"
Saturday November 17 from 7:00 to 11:30 p.m.
Pre-show discussion - 7:00 p.m.; Performance - 8:00 p.m.; Post-show Talkback follows performance

The Hanover Library is pleased to be a part of Page to Stage! Follow the evolution of Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible" from written text to full stage production. Start with a discussion of the play’s historical, dramatic, and literary context, followed by a free performance at the Cobb Theater at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. After the play, enjoy refreshments and an informative talkback session with the director and crew members.

Sponsored by the Randolph-Macon Drama Department, Randolph-Macon Drama Guild, and the Randolph-Macon Department of Alumni Affairs.

Spanish Storytime at the Mechanicsville Library

Saturday November 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Mechanicsville Branch Library 7179 Stonewall Parkway (804) 746-9615
Listen to Ms. Anita Nadal read stories in Spanish & English and you will go home knowing a few more Spanish words than you did before.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Hanover Jr. Women's Club.

Nov 6, 2007

Pick of the Week

Comic book century : the history of American comic books
by Krensky, Stephen.

Provides a history of comic books in America during the twentieth century, showing how it has influenced and been influenced by American culture. Includes an epilogue about comics in the early twenty-first century.

Website of the Week

Cheese lovers can now watch cheese age 24 hours a day on the Internet.
West country farmers set up the Cheddarvision website featuring a 25 kg block of cheddar, reports ITN.
Farmer Tom Calver said: "How many other cheeses do you know of on the internet that have their own webcam and a live feed to the internet? I don't think many."
The highlight of the day on is at around 10am when the cheese at the Somerset dairy is turned.
"We've had 47,000 hits on our website, so somebody must like it somewhere," Mr Calver added. Marion Harris who is in charge of the live webcam said: "I think if this website actually gets people to think a little bit more about where cheese comes from and the process it gets through before it gets in the shops, then I guess it's a good thing."

Oct 30, 2007

2nd Annual Halloween Open House

Wednesday October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the Hanover Branch Library
Join us for our annual open house. Those in costume will receive a special favor!
Spooky, tasty treats and punch served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Hanover Branch Library.
Call (804) 365-6210 or visit the library at 7527 Library Drive for more information.

Oct 24, 2007

Pick of the Week


By: Brian Jacques

Lord Asheye of Salamandastron has a prophecy that new Badger Lord must reign over the legendary badger fortress. But who is this young warrior, and how is he to be found? Meanwhile, the unsuspecting future Badger Lord has been captured by a scurrilous group of Sea Raiders.

Website of the Week

This is a website companion to a museum exhibit "that let[s] visitors investigate their perception of sound." It features guides to listening to nature, and listening to get around, to make music, to solve problems, and to process sound. Also it includes audio clips, online activities and real-world projects, samples from the museum exhibit, and links to related websites. Note: Headphones are recommended when using this site. From the Exploratorium.

Oct 18, 2007

Two Children's Programmer positions open at the library

Go to our Employment at the Library page for full details about this exciting job working with kids.

Oct 17, 2007

Random Acts at the Library!

Hey teens! Don't miss the Random Acts comedy troupe on Thursday October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ashland Branch Library at 201 S. Railroad Ave. in downtown Ashland. Celebrate Teen Read Week with your friends and LOL as the library transforms into a cool comedy club featuring "Richmond's fastest and funniest comedy show." Snacks served! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Oct 15, 2007

Teen Read Week October 14-20

Vote for your favorite title at Teen's Top Ten!
Make your voice heard at SmartGirl's Teen Read Week survey.
Win a visit with author Tiffany Trent, too!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the third time through a generous donation by the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, the library was able to purchase 14 new titles related to breast cancer. You can find these titles by searching for "breast cancer" in our library catalog at Pictures of previous donations and branch displays can be found here. New photos will be added soon.

Oct 11, 2007

Pick of the Week

Diamondback McCall--Island Lost
by Robert Middleton
Middleton reprises his eponymous cowboy hero in a western adventure with more narrow escapes than a movie serial. Jack Diamondback McCall now calls Spirit Feather, an Anasazi village in Arizona Territory, home. But he still loves a challenge.

Website of the Week

Environmental Education for Kids
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
This site is published in Wisconsin, but it is loaded with lots of information and ideas about the earth, animals, and other neat stuff including what kinds of jobs are available for people interested in the environment.

Oct 8, 2007

Tuesday October 9 is the deadline for voter registration

Have you registered to vote yet? Want to know more about your local candidates or the political process? Election Day is Tuesday November 6, and the library wants to keep you informed. Visit our Voting and Election Related Web Sites page for the latest information on Election 2007.

Oct 5, 2007

Librarian Wanted

Are you a new or recent MLS/MLIS/MIS graduate or are you a current librarian with fresh and exciting ideas about libraries? Then the Pamunkey Regional Library wants YOU to join our Reference and Training Dept. as a Librarian. Job details and the PRL employment application are available at
Questions, comments, or suggestions? Call (804) 365-6211

Oct 4, 2007

Pick of the Week

Diabetes fit food : over 200 recipes from the world's greatest chefs
by: Ellen Haas

In Diabetes Fit Food, Haas and the FoodFit team bring together leading experts in nutrition and fitness, as well as a network of nationally recognized chefs, to produce a collection of recipes and nutrition advice that disproves the myth that delicious food can't be diabetes friendly.

Website of the Week

U.S. Government Printing Office
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program and has grown out of Public Law 103-40, known as the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act of 1993.

Oct 1, 2007

Happy 10th Birthday, Atlee Branch Library!

Atlee Library's 10th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday October 9, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate the 10th Birthday of the Atlee Library! Everyone is invited to this free event to honor all the generous patrons and excellent staff of our library. There will be balloons and door prizes, too.

Birthday cake and other light refreshments will be served in the lobby.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Atlee Library.


Meet Local Author, Emyl Jenkins
Tuesday October 9 at 7:00 pm

Emyl Jenkins will discuss her critically praised mystery novel, Stealing with Style. Ms. Jenkins has written 13 nonfiction books, but this is her first work of fiction. This free program is open to the public. As an extra treat to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the library, a drawing will take place to pick a winner to receive an autographed copy of Stealing with Style.

Refreshments from Jenkins’s cookbook, From Store Bought to Homemade, will be served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Sep 27, 2007

Pick of the Week

The Lemonade War
by Jacqueline Davies
With a clever blend of humor and math fun, this funny, fresh, and poignant novel about competing lemonade stands captures the one-of-a-kind bond between brother and sister, and subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone's intent.

Website of the Week

Take a look at the Family Caregiving 101 Web site. If you're caring for a loved one who is ill or disabled, this site was created for you. It's a great place to find assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful advice — for you and your loved one.

Celebrate Banned Books Week Sept. 26 - Oct. 6

"Ahoy! Treasure Your Freedom to Read
and Get Hooked on a Banned Book"
September 29 - October 6, 2007

Photos from the Goochland Branch Library's Banned Books Week 2007 display

First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read, hear, or see them. Intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Sep 20, 2007

Pick of the Week

The Looming Tower : al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11
By Lawrence Wright

This book won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted

Website of the Week

Connecting young thinkers around the world, is an online community for academically talented youth.

On Cogito, you can read news and features on topics ranging from global warming and biostatistics to cold fusion and bioethics, and beyond. You can explore the intersection of science and the arts, from computer animation to science fiction. You can find great resources including book reviews, "Best of the Web" guides, and listings and reviews of summer and distance-education programs, internships, and academic competitions.

Sep 18, 2007

Antiques Appraisal Bonanza at the Mechanicsville Library

Antiques Appraisal Bonanza
Saturday September 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
at the Mechanicsville Branch Library,
7179 Stonewall Parkway, (804) 746-9615

Local professional appraisers will provide free verbal appraisals for your antiques and collectibles. Please, only three (3) items per person. No oil paintings, jewelry, or dolls, please. Items must be brought in without assistance.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Appraisers include:
Joe Lipscomb from Antique Village (toys, ads, glassware, and more)
John Whiting from Whiting’s Old Paper (any paper memorabilia)
Fred Schneider of The Civil War Room (Civil War relics, documents, and other militaria)
Betty Hubbard of Betty's Bookhouse (books)

Sep 14, 2007

Pick of the Week

Way off the road : discovering the peculiar charms of small-town America

by William Geist
Coming on the heels of Geist's 5,600-mile RV trip across America is a hilarious and compelling mix of stories along with some observations on his 20 years of life on the road.

Website of the Week

Medline Plus--Herbal Medicine

This site leaves no herbal medicines unexplored. As part of the Medline Plus omnibus site which was created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this particular section covers many aspects of the world of herbal medicine.

Sep 12, 2007

Discontinuation of SIRS databases

Effective September 15, the Pamunkey Regional Library will no longer offer access to SIRS databases, including the Interactive Citizenship Guide, Discoverer, Government Reporter, Renaissance, and Researcher on our Electronic Resources pages ( and

These resources are used primarily by grades K - 12. To make sure that students and teachers (as well as other patrons) still have access to the information provided in these databases during the school year, the library suggests the following as substitutions:

1. Interactive Citizenship Guide - use Britannica Online and/or the Gale Virtual Reference Library

2. Discoverer - use EB Online for Kids, InfoTrac Kids, Junior, and Student Editions, and/or Kids InfoBits

3. Government Reporter - use LegalTrac, Military and Intelligence Database, and/or Britannica Online

4. Renaissance - use Grove's Dictionary of Music, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Literature Criticism Online, InfoTrac Religion and Philosophy, and/or Britannica Online

5. Researcher - use InfoTrac OneFile, General Reference Center Gold, Expanded Academic ASAP, and/or eLibrary
If you have any questions about the library's electronic resources, please contact or your local branch library.

Sep 11, 2007

Yoga at the Library

The Basics of Yoga
Thursday September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Ashland Branch Library, 201 S. Railroad Ave., 804-798-4072
Jennifer Smith will talk about the benefits of yoga and demonstrate a few exercises.
A brief video presentation will follow.
Refreshments served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Sep 6, 2007

Pick of the Week

Someone like summer : a novel

by M. E. Kerr

An upper-middle-class white girl from Long Island and an immigrant worker from Colombia fall in love despite objections from both their families and their community.

Website of the Week

The Fruit Pages contain everything you could possibly want to know about fruit. Those who aren’t fruit enthusiasts will probably think Fantastic Fruit is the pits, but it’s actually quite informative.

Sep 4, 2007

Spotlight on the Richmond Times-Dispatch Archive

The Richmond Times Dispatch Archives provides full-text articles and obituaries from the Richmond Times Dispatch back to 1985. (Please have your library card number handy when using the archives at work, home, or school.)

Aug 29, 2007

Pick of the Week

I don't like to read!
by Carlson, Nancy L.

Henry likes most things about first grade except for reading, that is. Everyone else loves to read; classmate Tony can even read upside down! But when Henry is called on in class, he freezes. His teacher soon discovers that its not that Henry doesnt like reading, its that he cant.

Website of the Week

This site translates Internet acronyms and terms commonly used in email, chat rooms and text messaging into readable text. This is especially useful for people whose children and grandchildren are now talking in virtual tongues while communicating online.

Bookmobile 2007-2008 Schedules are now available!

The Pamunkey Regional Library's Bookmobile is our "library on wheels," bringing books and other materials to library patrons in each of the four counties we serve. Printed schedules are available at every branch or online at For more information about the Bookmobile, please call (804) 559-4073.

Aug 28, 2007

Fall Storytime Schedule Now Available!

Fall Storytimes at the Library
September 10 - December 7

Pamunkey Regional Library's Storytimes are a fun learning experience that parents and children can share together. Storytimes include stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts for children. If you need more information about Storytime, please call or visit your local branch library or go to

Aug 22, 2007

Pick of the Week

The Road

By Cormac McCarthy

This is the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction. A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray.

Website of the Week

Since its creation in 1779 in England, “Amazing Grace” has grown in popularity to become one of the best-known hymns in America. This Web site explores its history through items from the collections of the Library of Congress, from the earliest printing of the song to various performances of it on sound recordings. Also included is a searchable catalog of the Chasanoff/Elozua Amazing Grace Collection at the Library of Congress, which comprises published recorded performances of the hymn “Amazing Grace” by more than 3000 different individual musicians or musical ensembles.

Aug 20, 2007

Goochland Anime Club, Thursday August 23 @ 6:00 p.m.

Ages 8 and up.
Test your rhythm with Dance Dance Revolution and watch previews of new anime films & series. Free pizza, rice crispies sushi, and drinks available.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.
For more information call (804) 556-4774
or visit the Goochland Branch Library at 3075 River Road West.

Aug 15, 2007

Announcing exciting new updates to Power Search!

Power Search is a great way to search up to 10 of our electronic resources at once! Now when you use Power Search, you’ll see features like:
  • Search Alerts using RSS feeds
  • Did You Mean?/Also Try gives you alternate spellings and preferred search terms to find better results.
  • Search Within Results lets you pinpoint specific information by adding or excluding more terms within search results.
  • Enhanced Limiting gives you the option of selecting subject terms, subdivisions, article types and publications to get the best results.
  • Enhanced Navigation includes the creation of document tools (print, email, cite, download, translate) that appear on each document.
  • Enhanced Tabs displays the number of results on each color-coded tab.
  • Enhanced Bookmarks gives you direct access to individual documents, searches and collections of documents.
  • Improved "How-to-Cite" Functionality provides MLA and APA formats for citations, with accurate elements, correct spacing, and formatting.
  • Publication Details provides more information about each publication, including publisher address, contact information, and publication descriptions.
See the new Power Search features in action by logging in to Find It Virginia. Select “Pamunkey Regional Library” from the drop-down menu and type in your library card number. If you have any questions about our electronic resources, e-mail or use our Ask-A-Librarian online form.

Aug 14, 2007

Pick of the Week

Gymnastics Skills: Beginning tumbling

By Jen Jones

A guide for children and pre-teens on basic tumbling skills needed for gymnastics.

Website of the Week

This site has a veritable wealth of weather information that includes a glossary, terms, jokes, experiments, folklore, an "ask" section, and even access to Doppler sites, hurricane tracking charts, and charts for wind chill, heat index, and temperature conversions.

Aug 2, 2007

Pick of the Week

The Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

2007 Newbery award winner

Website of the Week

From the Metropolitan Museum of art, this website is an online exhibit exploring the life and work of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Some of the topics covered include Degas' artistic style, subjects of his art (including laundresses, ballet, and women bathing), and art collected by Degas.