Nov 30, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend?  Here's a book we recommend! 


by Michael Allin
In October 1826, a ship arrived at Marseille carrying the first giraffe ever seen in France. A royal offering from Muhammad Ali, Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, to King Charles X, she had already traveled 2,000 miles down the Nile to Alexandria, from where she had sailed across the Mediterranean standing in the hold, her long neck and head protruding through a hole cut in the deck. In the spring of 1827, after wintering in Marseille, she was carefully walked 550 miles to Paris to the delight of thousands of onlookers. The viceroy's tribute was politically motivated: he commanded the Turkish forces then fighting the Greeks in their war of independence, and hoped his gift would persuade the French not to intervene against him. But the viceroy and his intentions were quickly forgotten as France fell in love with its "beautiful stranger." This book chronicles the full story of this remarkable animal, revealing a kaleidoscope of history, science, and culture that opens an exotic window on the early nineteenth century. And through Michael Allin's narrative skill, Zarafa stirs the imagination as it provides a new context for the history of a distant age.

Even when the library is closed, our OverDrive service is still available for you to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks!

Nov 28, 2012

Saturday at the Library (12/1/12)

Programs & Events

What Gift Can I Give? at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Begin your season of giving by making a gift to give to someone special.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.
 
Parents' Morning Out from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Drop the kids off at the library for a super Saturday of books & crafts, followed by lunch and a movie.
Lunch provided the Friends of the Rockville Library.
 
Make -n- Take Holiday Ornaments at 12:00 p.m.
For ages 18 & up.  Make -n- take your very own ornament for the holidays.

Friday at the Library (11/30/12)

Storytimes 

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

Toddler Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library

Thursday at the Library (11/29/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 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.
 
Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
 
Programs & Events

Hanover Lunchtime Book Club at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Please bring a bag lunch and a friend.  Dessert and drinks provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.
 
How to Borrow eBooks from the Library at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Do you have an eReader, smartphone, tablet, or laptop and want to get eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library?  We'll show you how to use OverDrive to find, checkout, and download your favorite titles.

Nov 26, 2012

Tuesday at the Library (11/27/12)

Storytimes


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

Computer Basics I at 5:30 p.m.
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks.  You must call (804) 769-3731 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Nov 23, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend?  Here's something to give you a new perspective on the start of the holiday season!


by Monte Beauchamp
In the early Christmas traditions of Europe, the Krampus was Saint Nicholas' dark servant -- a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehaving children the creeps! Whereas Saint Nick would reward children who'd been good all year, those that had behaved badly were visited by the Krampus, who would stuff the child in its sack and carry the frightened child away to its lair. This new and improved edition includes an introduction, a historical survey of the character, and over 180 lavish pre-World War I Krampus postcards. Krampus: The Devil of Christmas is a lush, hair-raising collection guaranteed to give even Stephen King the creeps!

And remember that even when the library is closed for the holidays, you can always check out eBooks and eAudiobooks using our OverDrive service!

Nov 20, 2012

Monday at the Library (11/26/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose 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

UKW Adult Book Club at 7:30 p.m.
Call or visit the library for the book title to be discussed.

Thursday (11/22) & Friday (11/23) at the Library

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23.  They will re-open at their regular business hours on Saturday November 24.

Wednesday at the Library (11/21/12)

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

Tuesday at the Library (11/20/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 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 6:45 p.m.

Programs & Events
 
MADD's Power of Parents, It's Your Influence at 7:00 p.m.
Keith Cartwright of Hanover Cares will share strategies to help you keep your children safe from the dangers of underage drinking.  Receive a free parent handbook just for attending.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Nov 16, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for an eBook to read this weekend?  If you have an eReader, might we suggest the following title:
by B. A. Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye. Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Claire's search for the truth about the painting's origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro's razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it's a dazzling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

And be sure to check out our OverDrive service to find other eBooks for you to borrow and read on your eReader, smartphone, or tablet device!

Nov 15, 2012

Monday at the Library (11/19/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Stoytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Programs & Events

Computer Basics II at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
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.

Saturday at the Library (11/17/12)

Programs & Events

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Do you have an eReader, smartphone, tablet, or laptop and want to get eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library?  We'll show you how to use OverDrive to find, checkout, and download your favorite titles.

Engineer Expo at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
Ages 11 and up.  Let your imagination run free as you build creations to display in the library.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Nov 12, 2012

Friday at the Library (11/16/12)

Storytimes

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

Toddler Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library

Thursday at the Library (11/15/12)

Storytimes

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

Pajama Storytime at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
Ages 2 & up.  Wear your PJs and bring your favorite snuggly friend.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

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.

Wednesday at the Library (11/14/12)

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

Tuesday at the Library (11/13/12)

Storytimes

Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 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 6:45 p.m.
 
Programs & Events

LitWits Book Club at 6:00 p.m.
Share your favorite "must-reads" and find out what others are reading.
 
BINGO at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 4-12.  Shout the word and win the prize at a fun night of BINGO at the library.
 
Genealogy Workshop at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
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) 749-3146 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Nov 9, 2012

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend?  Having just lost a button on my shirt, I know what I will be reading!


by Erin Bried
"Waste not, want not" with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Nowadays, many of us "outsource" basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer-and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself! Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country-as well as modern-day experts-and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to polish your image by shining your own shoes grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter) sweeten your day by making your own jam use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals feel beautiful by perfecting your posture roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection waltz without stepping on any toes Complete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.

And for suggestions of what to read based on your favorite books, fiction or non-fiction, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Nov 8, 2012

Monday at the Library (11/12/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Stoytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Programs & Events

Learning Microsoft Word at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Learn formatting tips, how to edit documents, and how to use templates. You must call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.
 
What's in a Soldier's Pockets at 6:30 p.m.
Find out what kind of money and tokens Northern and Southern soldiers carried in their pockets.

Nov 6, 2012

Saturday at the Library (11/10/12)

Programs & Events

Family Movie Matinee at 12:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
All ages.  See a great movie on the big screen.  Popcorn, punch, and cookies provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Gaming @ Your Library at 1:00 p.m.
Ages 11-18.  Play board games and socialize with your friends.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Friday at the Library (11/9/12)

Storytimes

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

Toddler Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library

Programs & Events

Teen Movie & Pizza Night at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
See a great movie on the big screen with your friends.
Pizza and beverages provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Thursday at the Library (11/8/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 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.
 
Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I at 5:30 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks.  You must call (804) 769-1623 or visit the library to sign up for this class.
 
Digging up Dinosaurs at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Bob Simon will talk about his experiences digging up dinosaurs in the American West and show you some real dinosaur fossils.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Wednesday at the Library (11/7/12)

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.
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
 
Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Mother Goose Storytime 11:15 a.m.
 
Programs & Events

Queen Elizabeth II in the USA at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee with a book talk by Wayne Dementi on Lord Watson of Richmond's new book, "The Queen in the USA."

Nov 2, 2012

Tuesday at the Library (11/6/12)

Storytimes
 
Toddler Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
 
Programs & Events

Computer Basics II at 10:00 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) 556-4774 or visit the library to sign up for this class.
 
No School Day Movie Matinee at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
Ages 5-11.  See a great movie on the big screen with your friends.
Popcorn and drinks provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

Monday at the Library (11/5/12)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Stoytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I at 6:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
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.

Saturday at the Library (11/3/12)

Programs & Events

The Life & Letters of Mrs. Hugh Watt of Watt House at 10:00 a.m.
Learn about an antebellum lady who cared for Texas soldiers in her home during the Civil War and the history of Watt House.  Presented by Art Taylor, President of the Hanover County Historical Society.

Make a Glass Pendant Necklace at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 18 and up.  Make a glass pendant necklace using a photograph or vintage images.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

The Civil War in Ancestry Library Edition at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Johnny Reb or Billy Yank?  Enlisted or Officer?  Soldier or Civilian?  Join us as we search through Civil War records in Ancestry Library Edition, one of our genealogy databases, and find out more about YOUR Civil War history.

LEGO Create-a-thon at 1:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Ages 5-11.  Put your creative construction skills to work with freestyle LEGO building, contests, and games.  Check out our new LEGO books, too!
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Saturday Cinema at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 2-11.  Join us for a great family film on the big screen. 
Popcorn and drinks provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend?  Having just weathered Hurricane Sandy, may we suggest:


by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid's Pocket Guide and Hypochondriac's Handbook, this indispensable, indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age. Because you never know...

And for suggestions of what to read based on your favorite books, be sure to check our NoveList service!