Aug 31, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this holiday weekend?  May we suggest:


by Craig Ferguson

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer. To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

Aug 25, 2012

Library Closing (9/1/12 and 9/3/12)

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Saturday September 1 and Monday September 3.  They will re-open at their regular business hours on Tuesday September 4.  Please note the new branch hours for the King & Queen, Upper King William, and West Point Branch Libraries effective Sept. 1.

Tuesday at the Library (8/28/12)

Programs & Events

Genealogy Workshop at 9:00 a.m.
Want to learn more about your family tree?  Try out the library's genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest in this hands-on class.  You must call (804) 746-9615 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Aug 24, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend?  Why not consider this book:


by Karen Joy Fowler
If you loved The Jane Austen Book Club, you'll revel in Wit's End, a sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue, and virtual reality. Wit's End is many things: a quest novel a young woman s search for the truth about her dead father's past; a mystery the story of a long-ago murder in which that father might have been complicit; and a game one that ensnares readers in cunning deceptions, challenging them to separate the true from the fictive. Set in contemporary Santa Cruz, the novel centers on Rima Lanisell, a young woman at loose ends, having just lost her father to cancer. Now she has come to coastal California at the behest of her godmother, Addison Early, who once knew Rima's father well. Perhaps too well. Wit's End is Karen Joy Fowler at her most subversive and witty, creating characters both oddball and endearing in a voice that is uniquely and memorably her own.

Also available in large print and as a CD talking book!

Aug 17, 2012

If You Liked "Fifty Shades of Grey"...

...You may also enjoy this book:

by Susan Andersen
Jane thinks nothing can make her lose her cool. But the princess of propriety blows a gasket the night she meets the contractor restoring the Wolcott mansion. Devlin Kavanagh's rugged sex appeal may buckle her knees, but the man is out of control! Jane had to deal with theatrics growing up—she won't tolerate them in someone hired to work on the house she and her two best friends have just inherited. Dev could renovate the mansion in his sleep. But ever since the prissy owner spotted him jet-lagged, exhausted and hit hard by a couple of welcome-home drinks, she's been on his case. Yet there's something about her. Jane hides behind conservative clothes and a frosty manner, but her seductive blue eyes and leopard-print heels hint at a woman just dying to cut loose!

And for more recommendations, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Friday at the Library (8/24/12)

Programs & Events

Summer Reading Celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with an ice cream treat and a special performance by Other Voices.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Thursday at the Library (8/23/12)

Programs & Events

Summer Movie Night at 7:00 p.m.
Bring a friend and join us for a fun movie night.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Wednesday at the Library (8/22/12)

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I at 6:30 p.m.
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks.  You must call (804) 746-9615 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Monday at the Library (8/20/12)

Programs & Events
Computer Basics II at 9:00 a.m.
Learn how to do basic tasks in Microsoft Word, how to set up an e-mail account, and internet search strategies. You must call (804) 746-9615 or visit the library to sign up for this class.
 
School Days Organization at 6:30 p.m.
Shannon Houser of Amazing Spaces will show parents how to get organized with lots of helpful tips for a new school year.  Beverages provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Aug 9, 2012

Monday at the Library (8/13/12)

Programs & Events

Learning Microsoft Word at 6:30 p.m.
Find out how to do more with Microsoft Word, from using templates to formatting.  You must call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Saturday at the Library (8/11/12)

Programs & Events

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

Aug 6, 2012

Friday at the Library (8/10/12)

Programs & Events

Friday Morning Movie at 10:00 a.m.
See a great movie on the big screen at the library. 
Popcorn provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.
 
Summer Reading Finale at 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with food, fun, and frolic.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.
 
Salad Supper and Book Review at 6:30 p.m.
Share your favorite summer reads and enjoy a delicious salad supper provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Thursday at the Library 8/9/12

Programs & Events 
 
Teen Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.
See a movie on the big screen, socialize with your friends, and enjoy pizza, drinks, and dessert provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Monday at the Library 8/6/12

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I at 6:00 p.m.
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks.  You must call (804) 843-3244 or visit the library to sign up for this class.
 
Sweet Talk with Books at 6:30 p.m.
Share your sweetest summer reads and enjoy dessert and tea provided by the Friends of the Upper King William Library.

If You Liked "The Hunger Games"...

...You may also enjoy this book:

by Robinson Wells
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he's trapped in a school that's surrounded by a razor-wire fence, where video cameras monitor his every move—and where breaking the rules equals death. All Benson wants is to find a way out. But when he stumbles upon the real secret the school has been hiding, he realizes that escape may be impossible.


And for more recommendations, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Aug 1, 2012

Spotlight on: p4a Antiques Database


MULLER FRERES chandelier with a bowl and three fixtures of mottled frosted glass in canary yellow, orange and indigo, complete with original brass mount. Signed Muller Fres Luneville. 34` x 22` 
Are you paying too much for that antique sterling silver tea set you have to have?  Make sure you’re armed with accurate market information the next time you go antiquing online or in the flesh with p4a Antiques Database.  P4a has the latest estimates and selling prices from reputable dealers coast-to-coast for furniture, fixtures, gold & silver items, coins, Americana, primitive antiques, and so much more!  Visit p4a Antiques Database today at http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/databases_by_subject.htm#arts before you buy (or sell!), because everyone deserves a great deal.

Be sure to have your library card number handy if you’re at work, home, or school.  If you have any questions about p4a Antiques Database or our other online resources, e-mail ask@pamunkeylibrary.org or ask a friendly staff member.