Jul 31, 2007

Mother Nature's Travelin' Road Show

Mother Nature's Travelin' Road Show
Learn about life in the woods and meet some fascinating critters from the Virginia Living Museum. For information about this program at your local branch library, please see our Kids' Program page.

Jul 23, 2007

Testing and Education Reference Center Unavailable 8/3/07- 8/6/07

The Testing & Education Reference Center database will be unavailable from 6:00am on 08/03/2007 to 7:00am on 08/06/2007 so that critical hardware updates can be installed. An outage notification page will be displayed during this time if you try to log on to the database.

This scheduled maintenance will not affect any other database on our Electronic Resources pages.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have general questions please contact us by phone at 804-365-6211 or by email at information@pamunkeylibrary.org. If you need specific test information during the outage, our Reference Librarians and library staff may be able to help. Use the Ask-a-Librarian form or call your local branch library.

Jul 18, 2007

Website of the Week

Hurricane Hunters

Photos and information from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve. Especially cool is the Cyberflight into the Eye.

Pick of the Week

By Marilynne Robinson

2005 Pulitzer Prize winning title in fiction.

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.

Pick of the Week

The Hello, Goodbye Window
ill. by Chris Raschka; text by Norton Juster
2006 Caldecott Winner

The first picture book by the author of the classic "The Phantom Tollbooth" tells the story of a little girl who finds a magic gateway in the kitchen window of her grandparents' house, and the voyage of discovery she takes.

Website of the Week


Brought to us by Earth Day Canada, EcoKids is a site for children everywhere to discover cool things about science and nature, wildlife, environmental issues and more through games and activities.

Jul 17, 2007

Summer Reading is HOT in July!

Rainbow Puppets "From the Sea to the Sky" at the historic Hanover Courthouse on Thursday July 12.
The Summer Reading Program is in full swing at each of our ten branch libraries and the Bookmobile. Don't miss Mother Moose this week or Mahone's Forge next week. Program details are in our Summer Reading Program booklets and brochures for children and teens, available at every branch and online at http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/Default.htm.

Jul 11, 2007

Pick of the Week

A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
A memoir of drug and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation experience examines addiction and recovery through the eyes of a man who had taken his addictions to deadly extremes, describing the battle to confront the consequences of his life.

Website of the Week

National Barbecue Association

This trade association is "dedicated to all things barbecue with the single exception of providing sanctioning services and rules for BBQ cook-offs." Its site features a FAQ (on topics such as how to clean a grill and the best type of wood), tips and recipes, and a calendar of barbecue events and festivals. The "About NBBQA" section includes a listing of member barbecue restaurants throughout the U.S.

Introducing Literature Criticism Online

Literature Criticism Online is our newest database. It's the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available and covers scholarly and popular commentary and analysis from sources like encyclopedias, books, and periodicals. Includes all content from the print sets of Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, which are available at our Ashland (CLC), Atlee (TCLC), and Mechanicsville (CLC & TCLC) branch libraries.
Go to Literature Criticism Online in the Library or from Work, Home, or School

Jul 9, 2007

POSITION: Librarian

POSITION: Librarian

LOCATION: Pamunkey Regional Library, Hanover, VA

DESCRIPTION: Join a fast-growing suburban/rural four-county regional public library system in beautiful Central Virginia. Pamunkey Regional Library seeks an enthusiastic, flexible and tech-savvy Librarian to join our five-person Reference and Training Department. The successful applicant will provide general reference service, training for staff and patrons, and participate in collection development.

REQUIREMENTS: An ALA accredited MLS/MIS, demonstrated ability and experience in providing reference services to all ages in all formats. Develop, implement, and promote a variety of training programs. Have knowledge of current trends in technology and collection development. Work independently and in a team environment. Have a strong work ethic and a willingness to embrace change. Position is full-time, requires two evenings a week and one Saturday a month and reports to the Supervising Librarian for Reference and Training.

SALARY: Starting salary is $36,245 with competitive benefits. Job description and application are available at www.pamunkeylibrary.org/library_­jobs.htm Email application, letter and resume to rlapplication@pamunkeylibrary.org or fax same to (804) 365-6389 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2007. Interviews begin August 13, 2007.
TDD #730-6140 EOE/MFH.

Jul 7, 2007

Encyclopedia Britannica Online is unavailable

Encyclopedia Britannica Online (http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/databases_by_subject.htm) will be down for maintenance until Monday or Tuesday at some branches and outside of the library. If you have a reference question, please call or visit your local library or use our Ask-A-Librarian form (http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/askalibrarian.htm). We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Jul 5, 2007

Pick of the Week

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Levitt (economics, U. of Chicago) and writing collaborator Dubner (a writer for the New York Times and The New Yorker) dub the material in this work "freakonomics" because Levitt uses analytical tools from economics to address a range of questions that, at first glance, might seem to be far removed

Website of the Week

Earth from Space

See our amazing planet from the perspective of an orbiting satellite. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution, this website complements the national traveling exhibition, which may be coming to a city near you!

Jul 3, 2007

Library Closed for July 4!

All branch libraries will be closed on Wednesday in observance of the July 4 holiday. They will re-open on Thursday July 5 at their regular business hours. Have a safe and happy holiday!

What Do I Read Next?

What Do I Read Next? is a reader's advisory database that we get thanks to the Library of Virginia. Here you can create a personalized reading profile, customize reading lists, and find read-alikes and suggested titles. You can also see selections of award winners, upcoming titles, and monthly subject-specific title lists.