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)