Dec 31, 2010

Library Closings

All libraries will be closed on New Year’s Eve, December 31 and New Year’s Day, January 1. All libraries will resume regular hours on Monday, January 3rd.

Dec 28, 2010

Today at the Library (12/28/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
There will be no Bookmobile stops this week.

Dec 27, 2010

Pick of the Week


by David Wondrich
A lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to classic American cocktails! Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks-and the ultimate mixologist's guide-in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar. Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about this larger-than-life nineteenth-century figure, along with definitive recipes for 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, plus twenty new recipes from today's top mixologists, created exclusively for this book. This colorful and good-humored volume is a must read for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of a well-made drink-and the uniquely American history behind it.

Website of the Week


Kate Beaton started out with just a history degree, and has managed to put it to good use in her online comic Hark, A Vagrant. The comic takes as its source history and literature, and is generally updated a couple times a week. Whether she draws her inspiration from the book covers of Edward Gorey, the life of Nicola Tesla, or (a favorite strip of this author's) Bram Stoker's Dracula, the resulting comics tend to be smart, irreverent, and very funny.

Dec 24, 2010

Library Closings

All Pamunkey Regional Library branches will be closed on Friday December 24, Saturday December 25, and Monday December 27. All libraries will resume regular hours on Tuesday December 28.

Dec 23, 2010

Today at the Library (12/23/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
The Learning Connection (Pole Green Rd.) 9:15 - 10:15 (see map)
Cool Spring Day Care (Cool Spring Church) 10:30 - 11:15 (see map)
King's Charter Village Center 1:30 - 2:00 (see map)
Pooh Corner Day Care (Lakeridge Pkwy.) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Dec 22, 2010

Today at the Library (12/22/10)

Storytimes
Sorytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Salem Pre-School (Salem Baptist Ch., Cardwell Rd.) 10:00 - 11:30 (see map)
Elk Hill Farm 12:45 - 1:45 (see map)
Courthouse Commons Shopping Center 2:15 - 3:15 (see map)

Dec 21, 2010

Today at the Library (12/21/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Childtime (7452 Old Hickory Drive) 10:00 - 11:00 (see map)
Tuckaway Child Care (6857 Cold Harbor Rd.) 11:15 - 12:00 (see map)
Christian Village (Lee Davis Road) 1:30 - 2:15 (see map)
Cool Well Townhouses (Community Center) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Dec 20, 2010

Today at the Library (12/20/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
King William County
King's Grant (McKendree Church) 11:00 - 11:30 (see map)
Marle Hills (Oxford Lane) 11:45 - 12:30 (see map)
McCauley Park 1:30 - 2:00 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commons Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Pick of the Week


by Helen Simonson
You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart. The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition? (Also available in large print and as a talking book.)

Website of the Week

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight. Come back each day to receive updates from the North Pole and to discover new surprises in the Kids' Countdown Village.

Dec 17, 2010

Today at the Library (12/17/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Call 559-0654 or 559-4073 for current stop information.

Due to inclement weather, the Goochland Branch Library will open at 10:00 a.m. Please call your local branch library for its current opening times.

Dec 16, 2010

Snow Closings

All Hanover County branches will be closing at noon today due to inclement weather.

This post will be updated as we receive information from our other counties.

UPDATE: The King & Queen Branch Library is closed today.

UPDATE 2: The Goochland Branch Library is closed today (11:00 AM).

UPDATE 3: The Upper King William Branch Library is closed today (11:00 AM).

UPDATE 4: The West Point Branch Library is closed today (11:00 AM).

Today at the Library (12/16/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Goddard School (Sliding Hill Rd.) 9:30 - 10:45 (see map)
Omni Park Place (101 Omni Rd.) 11:15 - 12:00 (see map)
Primrose School (Atlee Commons Rd) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)


In case of inclement weather, call (804) 559-0654 or (804) 559-4073 for information or check the Community Closings on NBC 12's web site.

Programs & Events
Atlee Branch Library
6th Annual Make It & Take It Ornament Class
Thursday December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 11 and up.
Make an ornament to take home or give as a gift.
Class size is limited. Registration required by December 9.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

In case of inclement weather, call (804) 559-0654 for information or check the Community Closings on NBC 12's web site.

Goochland Branch Library
Board Game & Crafting Night for Teens
Thursday December 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Play board games and make a themed craft at the library.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert served!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

In case of inclement weather, call (804) 556-4774 for information or check the Community Closings on NBC 12's web site.

Dec 15, 2010

Today at the Library (12/15/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Bundle of Joy Day Care (74 Plaza Dr.) 10:15 - 11:30 (see map)
Dover Baptist Church (Rt. 621) 12:00 - 12:30 (see map)
Broadview Shopping Center 1:45 - 2:30 (see map)
James River Estates (East Brook Run Dr.) 3:00 - 3:30 (see map)

Dec 14, 2010

Today at the Library (12/14/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of December 3

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Atlee Christian Academy (8391 Atlee Rd.) 9:15 - 10:30 (see map)
Rainbow Station (8218 Atlee Road) 10:35 - 11:15 (see map)
Toddler University (Rt. 301) 11:30 - 12:30 (see map)
Covenant Woods (7090 Covenant Woods Drive) 2:00 - 2:45 (see map)

Dec 13, 2010

Pick of the Week


by Jennifer Ackerman
Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. In Ah-Choo!, Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it's really possible to "fight one off." Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. They've also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments-what works, what doesn't, and what can't hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues.

Website of the Week

Founded by children's author Donna Cuthrie, Meet Me at the Corner, Virtual Field Trips for Kids, is a dynamic, interactive site which encourages individual expression and participation through video submissions from children worldwide. Through these video pod casts they hope to create a community of children, who learn the art of self-expression and storytelling through video. The site includes "How to" videos, such as How to Film a Video Podcast. A great resource for elementary and middle school-aged kids!

Today at the Library (12/13/10)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 3.

Bookmobile Stops
King William County
Guardian Angels (2372 King William Road) 9:45 - 10:15 (see map)
Rehoboth Baptist Church (5904 Acquinton Church Rd.) 10:45 - 11:15 (see map)
Mattaponi Indian Reservation (Rt. 640 to Rt. 625) 1:45 - 2:30 (see map)
King William Courthouse (Rt. 30) 2:45 - 3:15 (see map)

Dec 11, 2010

Today at the Library (12/11/10)

Programs & Events
Goochland Branch Library
Saturday Morning Movie
Saturday December 11 at 10:00 a.m.
See a great family movie about a group a very talented penguins. After the movie, make a fun craft to take home.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Dec 10, 2010

Today at the Library (12/10/10)

Storytimes
Today is the last day of the Fall Storytime Session. Winter/Spring Storytimes will begin during the week of January 3.

Hanover Branch Library
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.

West Point Branch Library
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
King & Queen County
Scott’s Store (Walkerton) 10:30 - 11:00 (see map)
King & Queen Senior Ctr. (Bethlehem Baptist Ch., Rt. 14) 11:15 - 11:45 (see map)
King and Queen Courthouse (Rt. 14) 1:15 - 2:00 (see map)


Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie Night
Friday December 10 at 6:00 p.m.
See a great movie at the library. Bring a friend!
Pizza served!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Dec 9, 2010

Today at the Library (12/9/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Kiddie Kingdom (813 Thompson Street) 9:30 - 10:45 (see map)
Bundle of Joy Day Care (3322 King's Charter Dr.) 11:00 - 11:45 (see map)
The Pines at Cold Harbor (Stonewall Pkwy.) 1:30 - 2:15 (see map)
All Aboard Child Dev. Center (7147 Stonewall Pkwy.) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Atlee Branch Library
6th Annual Make It & Take It Ornament Class
Thursday December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Grades K-5.
Make an ornament to take home or give as a gift. Class size is limited. Registration required by December 2.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Dec 8, 2010

Today at the Library (12/8/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:30 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Salem Pre-School (Salem Baptist Ch., Cardwell Rd.) 10:00 - 11:30 (see map)
Elk Hill Farm 12:45 - 1:45 (see map)
Courthouse Commons Shopping Center 2:15 - 3:15 (see map)

Dec 7, 2010

Today at the Library (12/7/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Mother Goose 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.
Family/Bedtime Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Advent Day Care (Advent Christian Church, Studley Road) 9:45 - 10:45 (see map)
Liberty Christian School (8094 Liberty Circle) 11:00 - 11:45 (see map)
Christian Village (Lee Davis Rd.) 1:30 - 2:15 (see map)
Minnieland Private Day School (7386 Creighton Pkwy.) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Hanover Branch Library

The Origin of Nutcrackers
Tuesday December 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Local artist Glen Crider will talk about the origins of nutcrackers and display some of his work. We’ll have a Nutcracker-themed Storytime for children, too. Hanover Branch Library ornaments will also be on sale.
Refreshments served. Sponsored by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

Dec 6, 2010

Today at the Library (12/6/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
King William County
King's Grant (McKendree Church) 11:00 - 11:30 (see map)
Marle Hills (Oxford Lane) 11:45 - 12:30 (see map)
McCauley Park 1:30 - 2:00 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commons Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Pick of the Week

At the risk of being partisan, I have to say this writer is TEAM UNICORN. Zombies are gross.
Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, eds.
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?(Also available as a talking book.)

Website of the Week

This week's website is actually an online game: the goal of Cursor*10 is to move your cursor up to the 16th floor by clicking on the stairs. Sometimes the stairs might be hidden in boxes, or you may have to press down on a panel for them to appear. You only get a limited time per cursor, and then the next round you run the course right along with your previous cursors. In order to make it to the top floor, you essentially have to collaborate with yourself: only by having all your cursors work together will you be able to succeed. Fun and challenging, and maybe a little addictive!

Dec 4, 2010

Today at the Library (12/4/10)

Programs & Events
Goochland Branch Library
Beads & Wire Jewelry Class
Saturday December 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Make a fun necklace or bracelet using different beading and wire techniques. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own beads if you prefer.
Class size is limited. Call or visit the library to sign up.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Mechanicsville Branch Library

Holiday Make 'n' Take
Saturday December 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Children 3-12 years old are invited to make a crafts, listen to holiday stories and enjoy refreshments.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.


Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Parents' Morning Out
Saturday December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Need to run some holiday errands? Drop the kids off at the library for a super Saturday of books, crafts, and fun. Lunch will be served, followed by a great movie for kids.
Refreshments served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Dec 3, 2010

Today at the Library (12/3/10)

Storytimes
Hanover Branch Library
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.

West Point Branch Library
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
King & Queen County
Kiddie Korner (Rt. 629, Walkerton) 10:00 - 11:15 (see map)
Bruington Baptist Church (Rt. 14) 11:30 - 12:00 (see map)
Walkerton Post Office 1:15 - 2:30 (see map)

Dec 2, 2010

Today at the Library (12/2/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:00 a.m.

King & Queen Branch Library
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Goddard School (Old Hickory Rd.) 9:45 - 11:30 (see map)
New Hanover Christian School (10058 Chamberlayne Rd.) 1:00 - 2:00 (see map)
Bon Secours Child Care (8210 Meadowbridge Rd.) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Last day to register for Atlee Branch Library's Make It & Take It Ornament Class on
December 9.

Dec 1, 2010

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Today at the Library (12/1/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:30 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Bundle of Joy Day Care (74 Plaza Drive) 10:15 - 11:30 (see map)
Broadview Shopping Center 1:45 - 2:30 (see map)
James River Estates (East Brook Run Drive) 3:00 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Write On! Kids Talk about the Library
Submissions accepted Wednesday December 1 – Friday December 31
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cochrane Rockville Library building. We want kids 6 – 18 years old to bring in their original poetry, essays or short fiction pieces (2000 words or less) about the library and what it means to you. All participants will be recognized at our finale celebration in January.

Nov 30, 2010

Today at the Library (11/30/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Mother Goose 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.
Family/Bedtime Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Nov 29, 2010

Today at the Library (11/29/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Genealogy Databases Workshop
Monday November 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Find out more about the library's genealogical databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.

Call (804) 798-4072 for more information.

Pick of the Week

She's a killer, boys!
by Douglas Perry
There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special - worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a "girl reporter" for the Chicago Tribune, the city's "hanging paper." Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins, a minister's daughter from a small town, zeroed in on murderers instead. Looking for subjects to turn into a play, she would make "Stylish Belva" Gaertner and "Beautiful Beulah" Annan - both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers - the talk of the town. Love-struck men sent flowers to the jail and newly emancipated women sent impassioned letters to the newspapers. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on "Murderesses' Row" as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins's favorites. In the tradition of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City and Karen Abbott's Sin in the Second City, Douglas Perry vividly captures Jazz Age Chicago and the sensationalized circus atmosphere that gave rise to the concept of the celebrity criminal. Fueled by rich period detail and enlivened by a cast of characters who seemed destined for the stage, The Girls of Murder City is crackling social history that simultaneously presents the freewheeling spirit of the age and its sober repercussions.

Website of the Week

America's Story is a site brought to you by the Library of Congress. It was designed especially with young people in mind, but there are great stories for people of all ages, and children and their families will want to explore this site together. You can discover what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets on the night he was assassinated. (You will be surprised.) Or you can read about Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West" show; the heroism of Harriet Tubman, who helped many slaves escape bondage; the music of jazz great Duke Ellington; or the inventions of Thomas Edison. (You will even be able to see his first motion picture!) So take some time to explore what the site has to offer!

Nov 27, 2010

Today at the Library (11/27/10)

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system will be closed Thursday November 25, Friday November 26, and Saturday November 27. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 29.

Nov 26, 2010

Today at the Library (11/26/10)

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system will be closed Thursday November 25, Friday November 26, and Saturday November 27. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 29.

Nov 24, 2010

Today at the Library (11/25/10)

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system will be closed Thursday November 25, Friday November 26, and Saturday November 27. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 29.

Today at the Library (11/24/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:30 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Salem Pre-School (Salem Baptist Ch., Cardwell Rd.) 10:00 - 11:30 (see map)
Elk Hill Farm 12:45 - 1:45 (see map)
Courthouse Commons Shopping Center 2:15 - 3:15 (see map)

Nov 23, 2010

Today at the Library (11/23/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Mother Goose 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.
Family/Bedtime Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Childtime (8266 Windmill Watch Drive) 9:15 - 10:00 (see map)
Bell Creek Child Development Center (7620 Left Flank Rd.) 10:15 - 11:30 (see map)
Legacy Park (Pole Green Road) 11:45 - 12:30 (see map)
Covenant Woods (7090 Covenant Woods Drive) 2:00 - 2:45 (see map)

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Computer Basics II
Tuesday November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Find out how to do basic tasks in Microsoft Word and how to use Internet Explorer to surf the web.
Space is limited, so call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up.

Nov 22, 2010

Today at the LIbrary (11/22/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m.


Bookmobile Stops
King William County
Guardian Angels (2372 King William Road) 9:45 - 10:15 (see map)
Rehoboth Baptist Church (5904 Acquinton Church Rd.) 10:45 - 11:15 (see map)
Mattaponi Indian Reservation (Rt. 640 to Rt. 625) 1:45 - 2:30 (see map)
King William Courthouse (Rt. 30) 2:45 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Resume Workshop
Monday November 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn tips on how to improve your resume for today's job market.

Space is limited, so call (804) 746-9615 or visit the library to sign up.

Pick of the Week

That's a bit unusual, I must say!
by Libba Bray
Can Cameron find what he’s looking for? All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most. (Also available as a talking book.)

Website of the Week

Shorpy.com is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of images from the 1850s to 1950s. You can search the site by topic, or you can browse the photos as they're posted. The photos provided are high-definition and frequently quite beautiful. They make history come alive! (The site itself is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.)

Nov 20, 2010

Today at the Library (11/20/10)

Programs & Events
Atlee Branch Library
Saturday Cinema
Saturday November 20 at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a great movie filled with laughter and adventure for all ages.
Popcorn and drinks served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Nov 19, 2010

Today at the Library (11/19/10)

Storytimes
Hanover Branch Library
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.

West Point Branch Library
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
King & Queen County
Kiddie Korner (Rt. 629, Walkerton) 10:00 – 11:15 (see map)
Bruington Baptist Church (Rt. 14) 11:30 - 12:00 (see map)
Walkerton Post Office 1:15 - 2:30 (see map)


Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie Night
Friday November 19 at 6:00 p.m.
See a great movie at the library. Bring a friend!
Pizza served! Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Nov 18, 2010

Today at the Library (11/18/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Mother Goose Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:45 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Goddard School (Sliding Hill Rd.) 9:30 - 10:45 (see map)
Omni Park Place (101 Omni Rd.) 11:15 - 12:00 (see map)
Primrose School (Atlee Commons Rd) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Goochland Branch Library
Teen Movie Night
Thursday November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a movie and pizza with your friends.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert served.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Hanover Branch Library
Lunchtime Book Group
Thursday November 18 at 12:30 p.m.
The World to Come
by Dara Horn
Drinks and dessert served.
Sponsored by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Finding Thalhimers
Thursday November 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Local author Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt will talk about her new book, Finding Thalhimers.
A book signing will follow.

Refreshments served.

Nov 17, 2010

Today at the Library (11/17/10)

Storytimes
Atlee Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Goochland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 10:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:30 a.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Goochland County
Bundle of Joy Day Care (74 Plaza Dr.) 10:15 - 11:30 (see map)
Dover Baptist Church (Rt. 621) 12:00 - 12:30 (see map)
Broadview Shopping Center 1:45 - 2:30 (see map)
James River Estates (East Brook Run Dr.) 3:00 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Hanover Branch Library

Teen Gaming Night

Wednesday November 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 11 and up.
Try your hand at some fun Wii and board games.
Snacks served! Sponsored by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

Nov 16, 2010

Today at the Library (11/16/10)

Storytimes
Richard S. Gillis, Jr.,/Ashland Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Mother Goose 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.
Family/Bedtime Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Childtime (7452 Old Hickory Drive) 10:00 - 11:00 (see map)
Tuckaway Child Care (6857 Cold Harbor Rd.) 11:15 - 12:00 (see map)
Christian Village (Lee Davis Road) 1:30 - 2:15 (see map)
Cool Well Townhouses (Community Center) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Nov 15, 2010

Pick of the Week

WHERE'D THE SPOON GO???
by Sam Kean
The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in this book follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark buried mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in The Disappearing Spoon.