Apr 30, 2012

Friday at the Library (5/4/12)

Storytimes

Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.

Programs & Events
First Friday Films at 4:00 p.m.
See a great movie with your friends on the big screen.  Popcorn and drinks provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Thursday at the Library (5/3/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
 

Wednesday at the Library (5/2/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
 
Mother Goose at 9:15 a.m.
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
 
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime at 11:15 a.m.

Programs & Events
 
Computer Basics II Class at 5:30 p.m.
Find how to do basic tasks on the computer using Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, including how to create and save a document in Word and how to search in Internet Explorer.  You must call (804) 556-4774 to register for the class.

Tuesday at the Library (5/1/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 6:45 p.m.

Programs & Events
Genealogy Workshop at 6:30 p.m.
Learn details about your ancestors’ lives and build your family tree!  Take a free hands-on class to learn about our genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  Basic computer skills are preferred.  You must call 749-3146 to sign up for the class.

Pick of the Week

by Jane Lindaman and Nancy Carlson
Parents are too busy. They're wrapped up in their own dramas, and they don't listen when their kids have important things to tell them. Zip It! is one such cautionary tale. When Joe and his dad rush out the door to run errands on a Saturday morning, Joe notices that his motormouth father forgot a crucial detail when he got dressed. But will Joe's dad listen? Of course not. As they drive all over town, Joe tries every trick he can think of to get his dad's attention. But Dad just won t zip it!

Website of the Month

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.)

Apr 24, 2012

Saturday at the Library (4/28/12)


Programs & Events

Lego Block Party at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3 & up.  Bring your imagination and dig through our pile of Legos.  Build something great and display it at the library during May.  Duplo blocks will be available for younger children.
 
Meet Author Brad Parks at 1:00 p.m.
Award-winning mystery author Brad Parks will discuss the recently released third book in his "Carter Ross" series The Girl Next Door.  Following the discussion, there will be a book signing and light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.


Friday at the Library (4/27/12)

Storytimes

Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.

Programs & Events
Snapshot Day starting at 10:00 a.m.
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library makes a difference in your life.
 
Snapshot Day starting at 11:00 a.m.
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library makes a difference in your life.

Thursday at the Library (4/26/12)

Storytimes 

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.

Programs & Events
 
Snapshot Day starting at 10:00 a.m.
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library makes a difference in your life.
 
Springtime's Rhymes at 7:00 p.m.
All ages.  Local poet Shann Palmer will read her original poetry, followed by an open mic where you can share your own poetry or that of a favorite poet.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.
 

Wednesday at the Library (4/25/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
 
Mother Goose at 9:15 a.m.
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
 
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime at 11:15 a.m.

Programs & Events
 
Snapshot Day starting at 10:00 a.m.
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library makes a difference in your life.

Apr 23, 2012

Pick of the Week

by Jeanne Bourin, John Feltwell, Nathalie Bailleux, and Pierre Labanne
Chocolate, the world's favorite confection, was unknown in Europe before the sixteenth century, when it was brought back from the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors. Originally consumed as a highly spiced drink and attributed with curative, even aphrodisiacal powers, by the eighteenth century chocolate, served steaming hot with milk and sugar in delicate porcelain cups, had become a favorite indulgence in elegant aristocratic homes and royal courts. Chocolate prices fell dramatically in the 1830s increasing its popularity. In England, the great Quaker chocolate-producing families, like the Cadburys, promoted chocolate as a "healthful, flesh-forming" drink, which they hoped would replace gin in the cups of the working class. Cadbury introduced "French Eating Chocolate" in 1842, and the commercial chocolate bar was born, though it was not to gain in popularity until the end of the century. This stunning volume traces the history and production of chocolate from the tropical plantations where the cacao bean is cultivated to the finest manufacturers in Europe and the United States.

Apr 19, 2012

Tuesday at the Library (4/24/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library


Mother Goose
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 6:45 p.m.

Location:
Mechanicsville Branch Library


Programs & Events

Genealogy Workshop
at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

Learn details about your ancestors’ lives and build your family tree! Take a free hands-on class to learn about our genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Basic computer skills are preferred. You must call 746-9615 to sign up for the class.


Snapshot Day
starting at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library
makes a difference in your life.

Computer Basics II Class
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Upper King William Branch Library

Find how to do basic tasks on the computer using Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, including how to create and save a document in Word and how to search in Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 769-3731 to register for the class.

Monday at the Library (4/23/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library

Saturday at the Library (4/21/12)

Programs & Events

Snapshot Day
starting at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Atlee Branch Library
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library
makes a difference in your life.

Pinkalicious Tea Party
at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library

Ages 3 and up. Dress up in pink, make Pinkalicious crowns & sparkly wands, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.


Friends of the Ashland Library Book Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library

Lots of great books, DVDs, videocassettes, CDs, and more. Call (804) 798-4072 for more information.

All Things Scottish!
at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

All ages. Celebrate Scottish culture with a Celtic Legends Storytime, Scottish-themed activities, and tasty treats provided by the Scottish Society of Richmond.

Earth Day Craft Program
at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library

Ages 11 and up. Make your own eco-friendly notebooks and journals from recycled papers and other materials.

LEGO Building Competition Awards Lunch at Noon

Location: King & Queen Branch Library

All ages. Winners of the library’s LEGO Building Competition will be announced at this pizza lunch provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library.

Friday at the Library (4/20/12)

Storytimes

Family Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Hanover Branch Library


Toddler Storytime
at 10:15 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library


Family Storytime
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: West Point Branch Library

Programs & Events

Snapshot Day
starting at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library
makes a difference in your life.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Upper King William Branch Library

Ages 2-5. Hey Preschoolers! Put on your Fancy Nancyiest outfit and join us for our annual tea party. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Upper King William Library.


Apr 16, 2012

Thursday at the Library (4/19/12)

Storytimes

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

Preschool Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library

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


Programs & Events

Snapshot Day
at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library makes a difference in your life.

Let's Celebrate Poetry!
at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Join us for a relaxed evening of shared poetry and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Wednesday at the Library (4/18/12)

Storytimes

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

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


Toddler Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library


Mother Goose
at 9:15 a.m.

Toddler Storytime
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Montpelier Branch Library


Preschool Storytime
at 10:30 a.m
.
Mother Goose Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Upper King William Branch Library


Programs & Events

Snapshot Day
starting at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Montpelier Branch Library
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library
makes a difference in your life.

Tuesday at the Library (4/17/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library


Mother Goose
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 6:45 p.m.

Location:
Mechanicsville Branch Library


Programs & Events


Snapshot Day
starting at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library
Stop by the library today and complete a survey to help us show how the library
makes a difference in your life.

Monday at the Library (4/16/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library


Programs & Events

Computer Basics I Class
at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

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. You must call (804) 746-9615 to register for the class.


Living with Diabetes
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Brenda Payne, RD, a Certified Diabetes Educator, will discuss diabetes, its causes, and how to live with it. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Pick of the Week

by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Audrey Colman
Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers. Walter, farting contentedly near Father, wonders why. When a man offers ten dollars for Walter, Father readily agrees. Walter wonders why. Walter is sad to leave his family behind, but relieved to discover that his new owner is a clown. Walter figures he will help the clown bring joy to children on their birthdays. But the clown has a dastardly plot: he will use Walter's gas to inflate balloons and then pop them to stun guards during bank robberies. Will Walter turn to the dark side? Of course not! He comes out a hero is reunited with his family by doing what he does best.

Apr 11, 2012

Saturday at the Library (4/14/12)

Programs & Events

Recycling Reads Book Swap
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

Celebrate Earth Week with a book swap. Bring any book in good condition and swap it for a "new" book for free. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.


Second Saturday Matinee
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: West Point Branch Library

See a great family movie on the big screen. Refreshments provided by the Friends if the West Point Library.


Worm-a-thon: Make-n-Take a Worm Compost Bin
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library

Want a better garden? Build a worm composting bin at the library during spring break. All supplies provided (including worms!). Call 752-4310 or email lynnj67@vt.edu to sign up for your family's half hour session and location.

Apr 10, 2012

Friday at the Library (4/13/12)

Storytimes

There will be no Storytimes this week.

Programs & Events

Teddy Bear Tea Party
at 11:30 a.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Ages 3-8. Dress in your partytime best and bring a plush friend for stories, songs, and teatime treats provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.


Teen Movie Night
at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library

Ages 11-16. See a great movie on the big screen with your friends. Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.


Rockin' around the Library
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Montpelier Branch Library

Join us for a rockin' evening of fun and 50s music at the library. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Branch Library.

Thursday at the Library (4/12/12)

Storytimes

There will be no Storytimes this week.

Programs & Events

Worm-a-thon: Make-n-Take a Worm Compost Bin
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Atlee Branch Library

Want a better garden? Build a worm composting bin at the library during spring break. All supplies provided (including worms!). Call 752-4310 or email lynnj67@vt.edu to sign up for your family's half hour session and location.

Wednesday at the Library (4/11/12)

Storytimes

There will be no Storytimes this week.

Programs & Events

Worm-a-thon: Make-n-Take a Worm Compost Bin
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Hanover Branch Library

Want a better garden? Build a worm composting bin at the library during spring break. All supplies provided (including worms!). Call 752-4310 or email lynnj67@vt.edu to sign up for your family's half hour session and location.

Apr 9, 2012

Pick of the Week

by Patton Oswalt
Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertain­ment scene today. Widely known for his roles in the films Big Fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt--a staple of Comedy Central--has been amusing audiences for decades. Now, with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual, and lovable, mindscape. Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch. Then there's the book's centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will home in on one of three story lines: zom­bies, spaceships, or wastelands. Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since he has been mining our society's wasteland for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is an inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt's wildly insightful worldview, sure to indulge his legion of fans and lure many new admirers to his very entertaining "wasteland."

Apr 5, 2012

Tuesday at the Library (4/10/12)

Storytimes

There will be no Storytimes this week.


Programs & Events

Worm-a-thon: Make-n-Take a Worm Compost Bin
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library

Want a better garden? Build a worm composting bin at the library during spring break. All supplies provided (including worms!). Call 752-4310 or email lynnj67@vt.edu to sign up for your family's half hour session and location. Sponsored by the Hanover Extension Service and the Pamunkey Regional Library.


Computer Basics II Class
at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Find how to do basic tasks on the computer using Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, including how to create and save a document in Word and how to search in Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 749-3146 to register for the class.

Monday at the Library (4/9/12)

Storytimes

There will be no Storytimes this week.


Programs & Events

Worm-a-thon: Make-n-Take a Worm Compost Bin
at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Want a better garden? Build a worm composting bin at the library during spring break. All supplies provided (including worms!). Call 752-4310 or email lynnj67@vt.edu to sign up for your family's half hour session and location.

Sponsored by the Hanover Extension Service & Pamunkey Regional Library

Computer Basics II Class at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library

Find how to do basic tasks on the computer using Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, including how to create and save a document in Word and how to search in Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 798-4072 to register for the class.

Saturday at the Library (4/7/12)

Programs & Events

LEGO Building Competition
(begins today during regular library hours)
Location: King & Queen Branch Library

Ages 5-18. Bring in your LEGO construction in a box to enter through Wednesday April 18. Winners will be announced at a pizza lunch on Saturday April 21 at noon.

Friday at the Library (4/6/12)

Storytimes

Family Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Hanover Branch Library


Toddler Storytime
at 10:15 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library


Family Storytime
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: West Point Branch Library

Programs & Events


First Friday Film
at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
See a great movie with your friends on the big screen. Popcorn and drinks provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Apr 2, 2012

Thursday at the Library (4/5/12)

Storytimes

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


Preschool Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library


Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: King & Queen Branch Library


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

Wednesday at the Library (4/4/12)

Storytimes

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

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


Toddler Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library


Mother Goose
at 9:15 a.m.

Toddler Storytime
at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Montpelier Branch Library


Preschool Storytime
at 10:30 a.m.

Mother Goose Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Upper King William Branch Library


Programs & Events

Computer Basics I Class
at 6:00 p.m.

Location:
Goochland Branch Library
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. You must call (804) 556-4774 to register for the class.


Building the Writers' Toolkit
at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Grades 6-12. Local authors Gigi Amateau and Meg Medina will show you how to find ideas for your writing using hands-on exercises to ignite your creativity. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Tuesday at the Library (4/3/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library


Mother Goose
at 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Family Storytime
at 6:45 p.m.

Location:
Mechanicsville Branch Library

Monday at the Library (4/2/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime
at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Storytime
at 10:45 a.m.

Preschool Storytime
at 11:15 a.m.

Location: Ashland Branch Library


Programs & Events

Computer Basics II Class
at 5:30 p.m.

Location: West Point Branch Library

Find how to do basic tasks on the computer using Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, including how to create and save a document in Word and how to search in Internet Explorer. You must call (804) 843-3244 to register for the class.

Pick of the Week

by Jean Hegland
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.