Mar 29, 2013

Pick of the Week

Looking for a book to read this weekend?  Then may we suggest:


edited by Dr. Ken Ashwell
Just two handfuls in size and made of billions of nerve and ganglial cells, the living brain controls our thoughts, movements, behavior and emotions. It is the seat of our consciousness, yet scientists are still discovering how the living brain actually works. The Brain Book combines the latest image technology with easy-to-understand authoritative text. Written by an international team of medical experts on brain science, it covers all aspects of brain function, from development and disorders, to the nature of consciousness, through to the aging brain and brain diseases. Topics include brain chemistry, memory, the teenage brain, illusions and hallucinations, music and the brain, sleep and wakefulness, anesthetics, degenerative brain disease and much more.

And for suggestions of what else to read, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Mar 28, 2013

Monday at the Library (4/1/13)

No Storytimes today.

Programs & Events 

Re-Leaf at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Participants will plant & take a free seedling, along with instructions on transplanting and care. Presented by Hanover Master Gardeners. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the Hanover County Extension Office at lynnj67@vt.edu, or 752-4310 to reserve your half-hour slot. Part of our Spring Break Family Program series.

Learning Microsoft Word at 6:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Learn how to format, edit, and save documents in Word. You must call (804) 843-3244 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Saturday at the Library (3/30/13)

Programs & Events

Re-Leaf at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
Participants will plant & take a free seedling, along with instructions on transplanting and care. Presented by Hanover Master Gardeners. Reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the Hanover County Extension Office at lynnj67@vt.edu, or 752-4310 to reserve your half-hour slot. Part of our Spring Break Family Program series.

Friday at the Library (3/29/13)

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

Mar 25, 2013

Thursday at the Library (3/28/13)

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

Make Your Own Spring Wreath at 6:30 p.m.
The Hanover Town Garden Club shows you how to make a beautiful silk flower wreath for your door...just in time for spring!  Pre-registration required by Friday March 15.
Supplies and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Movie Night @ the Library at 7:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Ages 13 & up.  See a great movie at the library on the big screen.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Wednesday at the Library (3/27/13)

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. 
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m. 
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library 

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

Tuesday at the Library (3/26/13)

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

Learning Microsoft Word at 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to format, edit, and save documents in Word. You must call (804) 769-3731 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Monday at the Library (3/25/13)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library 

Programs & Events

UKW Adult Book Club at 7:00 p.m. (new time) 
Location: Upper King William Branch Library 
Please call or visit the branch for the title of the book to be discussed. 

The King & Queen Branch Library will open at noon today.

Mar 22, 2013

Pick of the Week

Looking for a book to read this weekend?  Then may we suggest:


by Michael P. Belfiore
The first-ever inside look at DARPA--the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency--the maverick and controversial group whose futuristic work has had amazing civilian and military applications, from the Internet to GPS to driverless cars America's greatest idea factory isn't Bell Labs, Silicon Valley, or MIT's Media Lab. It's the secretive, Pentagon-led agency known as DARPA. Founded by Eisenhower in response to Sputnik and the Soviet space program, DARPA mixes military officers with sneaker-wearing scientists, seeking paradigm-shifting ideas in varied fields--from energy, robotics, and rockets to peopleless operating rooms, driverless cars, and planes that can fly halfway around the world in just hours. DARPA gave birth to the Internet, GPS, and mind-controlled robotic arms. Its geniuses define future technology for the military and the rest of us. Michael Belfiore was given unprecedented access to write this first-ever popular account of DARPA. Visiting research sites across the country, he watched scientists in action and talked to the creative, fearlessly ambitious visionaries working for and with DARPA. Much of DARPA's work is classified, and this book is full of material that has barely been reported in the general media. In fact, DARPA estimates that only 2 percent of Americans know much of anything about the agency. This fascinating read demonstrates that DARPA isn't so much frightening as it is inspiring--it is our future.

And for suggestions of what else to read, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Mar 21, 2013

Saturday at the Library (3/23/13)

Programs & Events

Marshmallow "Peep" Out at 1:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
What can you do with a Marshmallow "Peep?" Find out when we make edible & take home crafts with this seasonal sugary treat. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Friday at the Library (3/22/13)

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

Mar 19, 2013

Thursday at the Library (3/21/13)

Storytimes 

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

Computer Basics I at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library 
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 (3/20/13)

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 (3/19/13)

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.

Mar 17, 2013

Monday at the Library (3/18/13)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Programs & Events

Learning Microsoft Word at 10:00 a.m.
Learn how to format, edit, and save documents in Word. You must call (804) 746-9615 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Mar 15, 2013

Pick of the Week

Looking for a book to improve your parenting skills this weekend?  Then may we suggest:


by Pamela Druckerman
When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy. Of course, French parenting wouldn't be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They're just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal -sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents.

And for suggestions of what else to read, be sure to check our NoveList service!

Mar 14, 2013

Saturday at the Library (3/16/13)

Programs & Events

Meet a Chincoteague Pony at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
Riding instructor Ann Draine brings a few of her four-legged friends for a visit and shares how she takes care of them.

Teen Wii Scene at 3:00 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Play Wii Games on the big screen at the library. Part of Teen Tech Week. Pizza & drinks provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Friday at the Library (3/15/13)

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

Check in @Your Library: APP-etizers at 5:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Ages 11-18. Bring your mobile device and share your favorite apps and tools with your friends. You can use our computer lab to play games, visit your favorite sites, or try out our eBook collection on OverDrive. Tasty APP-etizers provided by the Friends of the West Point Library. Part of Teen Tech Week.

Learn Windows Movie Maker at 5:30 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Want to put your photos to music, add special effects, and create your own movie? Bring a CD or flash drive with 25-50 photos and 2 of your favorite songs. We’ll use Windows Movie Maker to put it all together. Part of Teen Tech Week. Pizza, drinks, & dessert provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Check in @ Your Library: Computer Games & Crafts at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Ages 11-18. Compete with your friends in computer games and create a duct tape craft. Pizza provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library. Part of Teen Tech Week.

Wordle with Us at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Make your own word art poster or just doodle with Wordle. Part of Teen Tech Week. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Mar 12, 2013

Thursday at the Library (3/14/13)

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

Find Your Civil War Ancestors Workshop at 5:30 p.m.
Find out more about using Ancestry Library Edition to search for military records during the Civil War era.  You must call (804) 769-3731 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Wednesday at the Library (3/13/13)

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

Learning Microsoft Word at 10:00 a.m.
Learn how to format, edit, and save documents in Word. You must call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Tuesday at the Library (3/12/13)

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

Check in @ Your Library: Computer Games at 5:30 p.m.
Ages 11-18. Learn about the computer games you can access at the library and try them out with your friends. Pizza & drinks provided by the Friends of the UKW Library. Part of Teen Tech Week.

Supper with Seuss at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Cat in the Hat and a surprise guest reader for an evening of foolishness served up with a light dinner provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

LitWits Book Club at 7:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Share your favorite "must-reads" and find out what others are reading.

Mar 8, 2013

Pick of the Week

Are you looking for a short eBook to read this weekend that also might be educational? May we suggest the following title:


by Rupert Colley
Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. In 1917 the world changed for ever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today. This book neatly covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview: from the circumstances behind the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, to the consequences of their struggle for a new socialist utopia. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour is engagingly written and accessible for all history lovers.

Other books in the series include The American Civil War, Ancient Egypt, and World War One.  Check them all out!

Mar 7, 2013

Monday at the Library (3/11/13)

Storytimes

Mother Goose at 10:00 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Programs & Events
 
Check in @ Your Library: Game Night at 5:30 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
Ages 11-18. Play computer games and enjoy pizza provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library. Part of Teen Tech Week.

Check in @ Your Library: Wordle at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
Ages 9-16. Make your own word art with Wordle and enjoy snacks provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends. Part of Teen Tech Week.

Saturday at the Library (3/9/13)

Programs and Events

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library at 10:00 a.m.
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.  Call (804) 559-0654 to register for this class.

Family Movie Matinee at 12:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
See a great family movie on the big screen at the library. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Friday at the Library (3/8/13)

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

Wii Games & More Night at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Ages 11-18. Play computer games & games on the Wii with your friends. Part of Teen Tech Week.  Snacks provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Youth Art Month Artists' Reception at 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Celebrate the arts and enjoy the creative efforts of the students of South Anna Elementary and Liberty Middle Schools. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Thursday at the Library (3/7/13)

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.