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.)