Dec 30, 2011

Library Closing Monday January 2

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed Monday January 2. They will re-open at their regular business hours on Tuesday January 3.

Dec 26, 2011

Pick of the Week

by Paul Tremblay
Raymond Chandler meets Jonathan Lethem in this wickedly entertaining debut novel! Mark Genevich is a South Boston P.I. with a little problem: he’s narcoleptic, and he suffers from the most severe symptoms, including hypnogogic hallucinations. These waking dreams wreak havoc for a guy who depends on real-life clues to make his living. Clients haven’t exactly been beating down the door when Mark meets Jennifer Times—daughter of the powerful local D.A. and a contestant on American Star—who walks into his office with an outlandish story about a man who stole her fingers. He awakes from his latest hallucination alone, but on his desk is a manila envelope containing risqué photos of Jennifer. Are the pictures real, and if so, is Mark hunting a blackmailer, or worse? Wildly imaginative and with a pitch-perfect voice, The Little Sleep is the first in a new series that casts a fresh eye on the rigors of detective work, and introduces a character who has a lot to prove—if only he can stay awake long enough to do it.(Also available as a talking book!)

Dec 23, 2011

Library Closing Saturday December 24 and Monday December 26

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Saturday December 24 and Monday December 26. They will re-open at their regular business hours on Tuesday December 27.

Dec 20, 2011

Today at the Library (12/20/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 9.

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)
The Pines at Cold Harbor 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Family Movie Night
Tuesday December 20 at 6:30 p.m.

See a great holiday family movie at the library on the big screen. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Dec 19, 2011

Today at the Library (12/19/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 9.

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)
Jack Pen Lane 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commerce Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Pick of the Week

by Geoffrey Miller
A leading evolutionary psychologist probes the hidden instincts behind our working, shopping, and spending Evolutionary psychology-the compelling science of human nature-has clarified the prehistoric origins of human behavior and influenced many fields ranging from economics to personal relationships. In Spent, Geoffrey Miller applies this revolutionary science's principles to a new domain: the sensual wonderland of marketing and status seeking that we call American consumer culture. Starting with the basic notion that the goods and services we buy unconsciously advertise our biological potential as mates and friends, Miller examines the hidden factors that dictate our choices in everything from lipstick to cars, from the magazines we read to the music we listen to. With humor and insight, Miller analyzes an array of product choices and deciphers what our decisions say about ourselves, giving us access to a new way of understanding-and improving-our behaviors. Like Freakonomics or The Tipping Point, Spent is a bold and revelatory book that illuminates the unseen logic behind the chaos of consumerism and suggests new ways we can become happier consumers and more responsible citizens.

Dec 16, 2011

Today at the Library (12/16/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 9.

Bookmobile Stops
King & Queen County
Kiddie Korner (Rt. 629, Walkerton) 10:00 - 11:15 (see map)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Dec 15, 2011

Today at the Library (12/15/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 9.

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
Atlee Branch Library
The 7th Annual Make It & Take It Holiday Ornament Class
Thursday December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 11 to Adult

Enjoy a fun holiday class with friends and family. Refreshments and supplies provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library. Pre-registration is required; call or visit the library before December 1 to sign-up.

Dec 14, 2011

Today at the Library (12/14/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume during the week of January 9.

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

Dec 12, 2011

Pick of the Week

by Dale Peterson and Karl Ammann
Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann's gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature's greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals who are at once enigmatic, individual, mysterious, elusive, and iconic. In riveting prose, Peterson introduces the work of field scientists in Africa and explains their recent astonishing discoveries. He then explores the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and discusses the politics of ivory. Elephant Reflections is a book that could change the way the world thinks about elephants while we still have some measure of control over their fate.

Today at the Library (12/12/11)

Storytimes
Storytimes will resume the week of January 9.

Bookmobile Stops
King William County
Guardian Angels (2372 King William Road) 9:45 - 10:15 (see map)
Rehoboth Baptist Church (5409 Acquinton Church Rd.) 10:45 - 11:15 (see map)
Mattaponi Indian Reservation (Rt. 640 to Rt. 625) 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Twin Rivers Professional Building (Rt. 360, Aylett) 2:45 - 3:15 (see map)

Dec 10, 2011

Today at the Library (12/10/11)

Programs & Events
West Point Branch Library

Second Saturday Matinee
Saturday December 10 at 1:00 p.m.
See a great family movie at the library on the big screen.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Dec 9, 2011

Today at the Library (12/9/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie & Pizza Night
Friday December 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Bring a friend!
Pizza & drinks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Dec 8, 2011

Today at the Library (12/8/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 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)
All Aboard Child Dev. Center (7147 Stonewall Pkwy.) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Atlee Branch Library
The 7th Annual Make It & Take It Holiday Ornament Class
Thursday December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 11 & under (accompanied by a parent)

Enjoy a fun holiday class with friends and family. Refreshments and supplies provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library. Pre-registration is required; call or visit the library before November 30 to sign-up.

Dec 7, 2011

Today at the Library (12/7/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 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)

Dec 6, 2011

Today at the Library (12/6/11)

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 Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Advent Day Care (Advent Christian Church, Studley Road) 9:45 - 10:45 (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
Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Genealogy Workshop
Tuesday December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Take a free hands-on class to learn details about your ancestors' lives and build your family tree with our online databases, Ancestry Library Edition & HeritageQuest. Call (804) 749-3146 to register for the class.

Dec 5, 2011

Today at the Library (10/5/11)

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)
Jack Pen Lane 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commerce Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Pick of the Week

by David Rakoff
The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Get Too Comfortable, defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won't come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff's reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight-as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde-worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he's lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist's flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity.

Dec 3, 2011

Today at the Library (12/3/11)

Programs & Events
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Holiday Make-n-Take (with stories)

Saturday December 3 at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3-12. Listen to stories and make holiday crafts at this fun holiday program.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library

Teddy’s Overnight at the Library

Friday December 2 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday December 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3 and up. Bring Teddy (or your favorite plush friend), tuck him into bed, and then enjoy bedtime stories. Come back to the Library on Saturday morning for breakfast and see what adventures Teddy had overnight.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Parent’s Morning Out
Saturday December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join your friends at the library for a super Saturday of fun books, crafts, a movie, and lunch, provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.


Dec 2, 2011

Today at the Library (12/2/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Programs & Events
Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Teddy’s Overnight at the Library
Friday December 2 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday December 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3 and up. Bring Teddy (or your favorite plush friend), tuck him into bed, and then enjoy bedtime stories. Come back to the Library on Saturday morning for breakfast and see what adventures Teddy had overnight.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
First Friday Films
Friday December 2 at 4:00 p.m.
See a great movie on the big screen at the library.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Dec 1, 2011

Today at the Library (12/1/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 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 (Chamberlayne Rd.) 1:00 - 2:00 (see map)
Bon Secours Child Care (8210 Meadowbridge Rd.) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Nov 30, 2011

Today at the Library (11/30/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Nov 29, 2011

Today at the Library (11/29/11)

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 Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Nov 28, 2011

Today at the Library 11/28/11

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 (5409 Acquinton Church Rd.) 10:45 - 11:15 (see map)
Mattaponi Indian Reservation (Rt. 640 to Rt. 625) 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Twin Rivers Professional Building (Rt. 360, Aylett) 2:45 - 3:15 (see map)

Pick of the Week

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman were so successful in Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession that they reteamed for this, the director's first melodrama masterpiece. Young hunk Rock is a strapping son of mother nature, a gardener who woos middle-aged, middle class widow Wyman to the snooty disapproval of her conservative social circle and embarrassment of her self-centered children. Wyman discovers a new life with his open-armed friends and back-to-nature lifestyle, but struggles with life-changing decisions in the face of social pressure and vicious gossip. Living the Henry Thoreau dream, Rock inhabits his personal Walden in a rustic country cabin by a bubbling brook, a dream house lit by a giant picture window overlooking an idyllic countryside where deer pose just outside the window. Wyman's elegant but sterile suburban home transforms into a tomb when she sacrifices her love for the "good name" of her children, and the lonely widow sees her future in the pale, colorless reflection of her TV screen. But don't despair just yet: Sirk's heroines are dynamic and resourceful and no Sirk melodrama ends without a heart-tugging, over-the-top twist.

Nov 23, 2011

Today at the Library (11/24/11 - 11/26/11)

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Thursday November 24, Friday November 25, and Saturday November 26. They will open at their regular business hours on Monday November 28.

Today at the Library (11/23/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 a.m.

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

Nov 22, 2011

Today at the Library (11/22/11)

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 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
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Genealogy Workshop

Tuesday November 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Find out more about the library’s genealogical databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest and get an opportunity to explore and search these two useful tools. Call 746-9615 to register for the class.

Nov 21, 2011

Pick of the Week

by Stephen McCauley
What do you do when you discover your spouse has an insignificant other? How about when you realize your own insignificant other is becoming more significant than your spouse? There are no easy answers to these questions, but Stephen McCauley—"the master of the modern comedy of manners" (USA Today)—makes exploring them a literary delight. Richard Rossi works in HR at a touchy-feely software company and prides himself on his understanding of the foibles and fictions we all use to get through the day. Too bad he’s not as good at spotting such behavior in himself. What else could explain his passionate affair with Benjamin, a very unavailable married man? Since Richard is not entirely available himself -- there’s Conrad, his adorable if maddening partner to contend with -- it all seems perfect. But when cosmopolitan Conrad starts spending a suspicious amount of time in Ohio, and economic uncertainty challenges Richard’s chances for promotion, he realizes his priorities might be a little skewed. With a cast of sharply drawn friends, frenemies, colleagues, and personal trainers, Insignificant Others is classic McCauley—a hilarious and ultimately haunting social satire about life in the United States at the bitter end of the boom years, when clinging to significant people and pursuits has never been more important—if only one could figure out what they are.

Today at the Library (11/21/11)

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)
Jack Pen Lane 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commerce Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Computer Basics II Class

Monday November 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Learn how to accomplish basic tasks in Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, like how to create and save documents and how to search online. Call 746-9615 to register for the class.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Read to Sam

Monday November 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet Sam, our friendly dog, who just "barks about books." Find a cozy corner in the library and read a short story to Sam.

Nov 19, 2011

Today at the Library (11/19/11)

The Bookmobile will be at the King & Queen Branch Library parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today.

Nov 18, 2011

Today at the Library (11/18/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Teen Movie & Pizza Night
Friday November 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Bring a friend!
Pizza & drinks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Tales in the Telling
Held on the fourth Friday of every at 10:00 a.m.
Next meeting: Friday November 18 (this is a change)
Relax and enjoy light and lively tales at this Storytime for adults.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Tie-Dye Party
Friday November 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Tie-dye a t-shirt and enjoy pizza with your friends.
Pizza, drinks and dessert provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Nov 17, 2011

Today at the Library (11/17/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 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
Paint a Bookend Workshop
Thursday November 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Brighten up the library by painting colorful bookends.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert provided courtesy of the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Hanover Branch Library
Books at Lunchtime
Thursday November 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Join us at lunchtime for a brief discussion of "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake. Dessert and drinks will be provided by the Friends of the Hanover Library. Please bring your own lunch and a friend!

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

"Paws" to Read to Vera

Thursday November 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Meet a furry friend who loves to be read to! Vera is a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog who can’t wait for you to share your favorite book with her. Sign up for your special twenty-minute reading session with her when you visit the library.

Upper King William Branch Library
Computer Basics Class

Thursday November 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Interested in learning how to use a computer? We can help! Find out about the parts of a computer, learn how to use a mouse, begin to explore & search the Internet, and set up an e-mail account. Call 769-3731 to register for the class.

Nov 16, 2011

Today at the Library (11/16/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 a.m.

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

Nov 15, 2011

Today at the Library (11/15/11)

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 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)
The Pines at Cold Harbor 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Seeing Trees with Nancy Hugo
Tuesday November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Local author & gardening expert, Nancy Hugo, will talk about her newest book, Seeing Trees: Discover the Secret Lives of Everyday Trees. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Refreshments served.

Nov 14, 2011

Today at the Library (11/14/11)

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 (5409 Acquinton Church Rd.) 10:45 - 11:15 (see map)
Mattaponi Indian Reservation (Rt. 640 to Rt. 625) 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Twin Rivers Professional Building (Rt. 360, Aylett) 2:45 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Computer Basics Class

Monday November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in learning how to use a computer? We can help! Find out about the parts of a computer, learn how to use a mouse, begin to explore & search the Internet, and set up an e-mail account. Call 798-4072 to register for the class.

Pick of the Week

by Steve Almond
A self-professed candyfreak, Steve Almond set out in search of a much-loved candy from his childhood and found himself on a tour of the small candy companies that are persevering in a marketplace where big corporations dominate. From the Twin Bing to the Idaho Spud, the Valomilk to the Abba-Zaba, and discontinued bars such as the Caravelle, Marathon, and Choco-Lite, Almond uncovers a trove of singular candy bars made by unsung heroes working in old-fashioned factories to produce something they love. And in true candyfreak fashion, Almond lusciously describes the rich tastes that he has loved since childhood and continues to crave today. Steve Almond has written a comic but ultimately bittersweet story of how he grew up on candy-and how, for better and worse, the candy industry has grown up, too. Candyfreak is the delicious story of one man's lifelong obsession with candy and his quest to discover its origins in America. (Also available as an audiobook!)

Nov 12, 2011

Today at the Library (11/12/11)

Programs & Events
Atlee Branch Library
Saturday Cinema
Saturday November 12 at 3:00 p.m.
See a great family film at the library on the big screen.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Upper King William Branch Library
Start Your Saturday with Starbucks
Saturday November 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Join Michelle Baskerville of Starbucks Coffee for some coffee education and a
sampling of tasty coffee & complementary treats. Seating is limited. Please call (804) 769-3731 or visit the library to sign up.

West Point Branch Library

Second Saturday Matinee
Saturday November 12 at 1:00 p.m.
See a great family movie at the library on the big screen.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Nov 11, 2011

Today at the Library (11/11/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Nov 10, 2011

Today at the Library (11/10/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 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)
All Aboard Child Dev. Center (7147 Stonewall Pkwy.) 2:30 - 3:15 (see map)

Programs & Events
Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
An Evening with Gypsy Roots
Thursday November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of toe-tapping Latin, blues, swing, and jazz music by Gypsy Roots.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Nov 9, 2011

Today at the Library (11/9/11)

Programs & Events
Goochland Branch Library

Genealogy Workshop

Wednesday November 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Find out more about the library’s genealogical databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest and get an opportunity to explore and search these two useful tools. Call 556-4774 to register for the class.

Nov 8, 2011

Today at the Library (11/8/11)

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

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

Programs & Events
Hanover Branch Library
Movie Morning
Tuesday November 8 at 10:30 a.m.

See a great kids' movie at the library!

Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Computer Basics Class

Tuesday November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in learning how to use a computer? We can help! Find out about the parts of a computer, learn how to use a mouse, begin to explore & search the Internet, and set up an e-mail account.Call 749-3146 to register for the class.


Today is Election Day! Two library branches, Ashland and Cochrane Rockville, are polling places. For voter information, be sure to check out our recommended voting web sites and the Richmond Times-Dispatch Voting Guide for a list of candidates in your area.

Nov 7, 2011

Today at the Library (11/7/11)

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)
Jack Pen Lane 1:45 - 2:15 (see map)
Fun Farm (Commerce Park Drive) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Read to Sam

Monday November 7 and 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet Sam, our friendly dog, who just "barks about books." Find a cozy corner in the library and read a short story to Sam.

West Point Branch Library

Computer Basics Class
Monday November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Interested in learning how to use a computer? We can help! Find out about the parts of a computer, learn how to use a mouse, begin to explore & search the Internet, and set up an e-mail account.Call 769-3731 to register for the class.

Pick of the Week

Don't kill me bro!
by Douglas T. Kenrick
What do sex and murder have to do with the meaning of life? Everything. In Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life, social psychologist Douglas Kenrick exposes the selfish animalistic underside of human nature, and shows how it is intimately connected to our greatest and most selfless achievements. Masterfully integrating cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, and complexity theory, this intriguing book paints a comprehensive picture of the principles that govern our lives. As Kenrick divulges, beneath our civilized veneer, human beings are a lot like howling hyenas and barking baboons, with heads full of homicidal tendencies and sexual fantasies. But, in his view, many ingrained, apparently irrational behaviors—such as inclinations to one-night stands, racial prejudices, and conspicuous consumption—ultimately manifest what he calls “Deep Rationality.” Although our heads are full of simple selfish biases that evolved to help our ancestors survive, modern human beings are anything but simple and selfish cavemen. Kenrick argues that simple and selfish mental mechanisms we inherited from our ancestors ultimately give rise to the multifaceted social lives that we humans lead today, and to the most positive features of humanity, including generosity, artistic creativity, love, and familial bonds. And out of those simple mechanisms emerge all the complexities of society, including international conflicts and global economic markets. By exploring the nuance of social psychology and the surprising results of his own research, Kenrick offers a detailed picture of what makes us caring, creative, and complex—that is, fully human.

Nov 5, 2011

Today at the Library (11/5/11)

The Bookmobile will be at the King & Queen Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today.

Programs & Events
Goochland Branch Library
Crochet Workshop
Saturday November 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 11-adult
Want to learn how to crochet? Bring your crochet hook and we'll show you the basic stitches. Yarn provided. Class size is limited. Call 556-4774 or visit the library to sign up.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Nov 4, 2011

Today at the Library (11/4/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Programs & Events
Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
First Friday Films

Friday November 4 at 4:00 p.m.
See a great movie with your friends at the library. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Nov 3, 2011

Today at the Library (11/3/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 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 (Chamberlayne Rd.) 1:00 - 2:00 (see map)
Bon Secours Child Care (8210 Meadowbridge Rd.) 2:30 - 3:30 (see map)

Programs & Events
Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
"Paws" to Read to Vera
Thursday November 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Meet a furry friend who loves to be read to! Vera is a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog who can’t wait for you to share your favorite book with her. Sign up for your special twenty-minute reading session with her when you visit the library.

Nov 2, 2011

Today at the Library (11/2/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 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)

Nov 1, 2011

Today at the Library (11/1/11)

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 Storytime 6:45 p.m.

Bookmobile Stops
Hanover County
Advent Day Care (Advent Christian Church, Studley Road) 9:45 - 10:45 (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)

Oct 31, 2011

Today the Library (10/31/11)

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.



Pick of the Week

by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben
Before Watchmen, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book The Swamp Thing. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, Swamp Thing's stories became commentaries on environmental, political and social issues, unflinching in their relevance. Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book One collects issues #20-27 of this seminal series including the never-before-reprinted Saga of the Swamp Thing #20, where Moore takes over as writer and concludes the previous storyline. Book One begins with the story "The Anatomy Lesson," a haunting origin story that reshapes Swamp Thing mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond. (Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2 is also available!)

Oct 28, 2011

Today at the Library (10/28/11)

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

Rockville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:15 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)
King & Queen Branch Library parking lot 2:00 - 6:00 (see map)

Programs & Events
Mechanicsville Branch Library
Tales in the Telling
Held on the fourth Friday of every at 10:00 a.m.
Next meeting: Friday October 28
Relax and enjoy light and lively tales at this Storytime for adults.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Oct 27, 2011

Today at the Library (10/27/11)

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 10:45 a.m.

Mechanicsville Branch Library
Toddler Storytime 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

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)

Oct 26, 2011

Today at the Library (10/26/11)

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 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:15 a.m.

Lois Wickham Jones/Montpelier Branch Library
Mother Goose 9:15 a.m.
Family Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Upper King William Branch Library
Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 a.m.

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

Oct 25, 2011

Today at the Library (10/25/11)

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 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
PAWS to Read
Tuesday October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Ages 5-8. Dolly the dog will listen when read a book to her. Call or visit the library to reserve your child's session with Dolly.
Sponsored by the Ashland Branch Library and Sprite's HERO.

Richard S. Gillis, Jr./Ashland Branch Library
Ashland during the Civil War

Tuesday October 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Bob Krick, of the National Park Service, will speak about the Civil War’s effect on life in Ashland and military involvement in the area. Mr. Krick is a recognized authority on the Civil War for the Richmond area.