May 31, 2013

Pick of the Week

This weekend, might we suggest for your reading enjoyment:


by Emily Anthes
For centuries, we've toyed with our creature companions, breeding dogs that herd and hunt, housecats that look like tigers, and teacup pigs that fit snugly in our handbags. But what happens when we take animal alteration a step further, engineering a cat that glows green under ultraviolet light or cloning the beloved family Labrador? Science has given us a whole new toolbox for tinkering with life. How are we using it? In Frankenstein's Cat, the journalist Emily Anthes takes us from petri dish to pet store as she explores how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends. As she ventures from bucolic barnyards to a "frozen zoo" where scientists are storing DNA from the planets most exotic creatures, she discovers how we can use cloning to protect endangered species, craft prosthetics to save injured animals, and employ genetic engineering to supply farms with disease-resistant livestock. Along the way, we meet some of the animals that are ushering in this astonishing age of enhancement, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the worlds first cloned cat. Through her encounters with scientists, conservationists, ethicists, and entrepreneurs, Anthes reveals that while some of our interventions may be trivial (behold: the GloFish), others could improve the lives of many species--including our own. So what does biotechnology "really "mean for the worlds wild things? And what do our brave new beasts tell us about ourselves? With keen insight and her trademark spunk, Anthes highlights both the peril and the promise of our scientific superpowers, taking us on an adventure into a world where our grandest science fiction fantasies are fast becoming reality.

And for more suggestions about bizarre animal experiments, be sure to use our NoveList service!

May 30, 2013

Monday at the Library (6/3/13)

Programs & Events

Volunteen Training at 6:00 p.m.
Looking for a teen volunteer opportunity for the summer?  Find out how you can help the library during our Summer Reading Program.
Pizza & drinks provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

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 (6/1/13)

Programs & Events

American Girl Morning Movie at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Join us for a special American Girl movie and activities. No doll is required, but you are welcome to bring your doll if you like to have fun with the girls.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Ice Cream Social and Art Exhibit Summer Kick-off at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
Enjoy ice cream and see amazing art from Kersey Creek Elementary School students.
Refreshments provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

May 24, 2013

Pick of the Week

For this Memorial Day weekend, might we suggest for your reading enjoyment:
by Brian McGrory
Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Though Brian’s only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. While Buddy loves the women of the house, he takes Brian's presence as an affront, doing everything he can to drive out his rival. Initially resistant to elements of his new life and to the loud, aggressive rooster (who stares menacingly, pecks threateningly, and is constantly poised to attack), Brian eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and her two girls that he wants for himself. The rooster is what Brian needs to be – strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing. As he learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy, Brian’s nemesis, becomes Buddy, Brian’s inspiration, in this inherently human story of love, acceptance, and change. In the tradition of bestsellers like Marley and Me, Dewey, and The Tender Bar comes a heartwarming and wise tale of finding love in life’s second chapter - and how it means all the more when you have to fight for it.

And for more suggestions about heart-warming animals, be sure to use our NoveList service!

May 23, 2013

OverDrive to release OverDrive Media Console v2.6.5 on 5/28/13

If you use the OverDrive Media Console app for iOS or Android, this is just a heads up that OverDrive will be releasing version 2.6.5 on Tuesday May 28. For more info, go to http://overdriveblogs.com/library/2013/05/21/overdrive-media-console-for-android-and-ios-out-may-28th/.

May 22, 2013

Upcoming Library Closings 5/24 - 5/27/13

All branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library will be closed on Saturday May 25 and Monday May 27. Additionally, the Goochland Branch Library will also be closed on Friday May 24.

May 21, 2013

Thursday at the Library (5/23/13)

Programs & Events

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.

May 17, 2013

Pick of the Week

For no other reason than because I love it, may I suggest for your entertainment:

starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck
Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap.

And for suggestions of books all about dames and saps, be sure to use our NoveList service!

May 15, 2013

Monday at the Library (5/20/13)

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I at 9:00 a.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.

Poetry Contest Celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
Celebrate poetry with us as we acknowledge our Poetry Contest participants and winners. Everyone is invited! Refreshments provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library.

UKW Adult Book Club at 7:00 p.m.
Join for our monthly book discussion group at the library.  Please call or visit the branch for the title to be discussed.

Thursday at the Library (5/16/13)

Programs & Events

Pajama Storytime at 6:30 p.m.
Bring your favorite snuggly friend and enjoy a special evening Storytime. PJs and slippers are great! Milk & cookies provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Learning Microsoft Word at 6:30 p.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.

May 14, 2013

Wednesday at the Library (5/15/13)

Programs & Events

Children's Book Week Family Storytime at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Celebrate the wonder and joy of children’s books new & old with special guest readers.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Pirate & Princess Party at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Children’s Book Week and dress up as your favorite pirate, prince, or princess. Enjoy fun, crafts and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Don't forget to stop by the library today (May 15) to pick up your free children's book and write your story in our storybook!  Happy Children's Book Week!

Tuesday at the Library (5/14/13)

Programs & Events

Computer Basics II at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Learn how to do basic tasks with Microsoft Word and how to surf the web with Internet Explorer.  You must call (804) 749-3146 to sign up for this class.

Children's Book Week PJ Storytime at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Celebrate Children’s Book Week at this special evening Storytime. Wear your PJs and bring a plush friend for tall tales and a cool craft.
Bedtime snacks provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

May 10, 2013

Monday at the Library (5/13/13)

Programs & Events

Family Movie Night at 6:00 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
See a powerful family movie on the big screen. Call or visit the library for title information. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library.

Computer Basics I at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks.  You must call (804) 798-4072 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Computer Basics II at 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to do basic tasks with Microsoft Word and how to surf the web with Internet Explorer.  You must call (804) 559-0654 to sign up for this class.

This week is Children's Book Week!  Don't forget to stop by one of our branch libraries on Wednesday May 15 to get your free children's book (one book per child, please).

Pick of the Week

In honor of the passing of special effects master Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday, might we suggest for your enjoyment:
by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton
The huge ape of Mighty Joe Young. The fighting skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts. And, of course, the angry T. Rex of Island of the Gwangi. All these creations and many more, seared into our collective consciousness, are the work of one man-- Ray Harryhausen . The father of special effects, Ray Harryhausen is revered among film historians, animators, special-effects designers, and everyone who's ever seen his inspired stop-motion creations. In 2004, Watson-Guptill published Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life to critical acclaim and sales of over 20,000 copies. Now WG is pleased to present a companion book: The Art of Ray Harryhausen. Concise essays and lavish illustrations look at each of Harryhausen's many specialties, including aliens, prehistoric creatures, mythological monsters, and much more. At last, fans of Harryhausen can see the progression of his work over time, in a visual celebration of his art and artistry.

And for more suggestions for books with pictures of giant apes and aggressive skeletons, be sure to use our NoveList service!

May 8, 2013

Saturday at the Library (5/11/13)

Programs & Events

The Montpelier Branch Library will close at 1:30 p.m. today.

Tea for Mommy & Me! at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Spend a fun, creative afternoon together listening to stories and sampling tea & light refreshments. Make a teacup candle to take home. Registration is required. Seating is limited to 25 attendees.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

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 (5/10/13)

Storytimes

Today is the last day of Storytime.  They will resume the week of June 10.

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 
Ages 11-18. See a great movie on the big screen with your friends.
Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library. 

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library 
Do you have an eReader, smartphone, tablet, or laptop and want to get eBooks and audiobooks from the library?  We'll show you how to use OverDrive to find, checkout, and download your favorite titles.  Call (804) 746-9615 to register for this class.

Thursday at the Library (5/9/13)

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

May 6, 2013

Wednesday at the Library (5/8/13)

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 (5/7/13)

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

 Genealogy Workshop at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Find out more about the genealogy databases Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  You must call (804) 749-3146 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library at 6:30 p.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.

Monday at the Library (5/6/13)

Storytimes

(Storytimes end this week.  They will resume on Monday June 10.)

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

May 3, 2013

Pick of the Week

In honor of Arbor Day -- sure, it was last Friday, but who's counting? -- might we suggest for your perusing pleasure:
by Nancy Ross Hugo, Jeff Kirwan and Robert Llewellyn
This stunning collaboration between the noted garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo and the photographer Robert Llewellyn showcases the fruits of an effort begun in 2004 to research, locate, and photograph Virginia's most remarkable trees. Four years later, more than one thousand trees had been officially nominated to the project and many others suggested for possible inclusion. The results, presented in this elegant, four-color volume, are astounding. Hugo and Kirwan have selected a sample of trees and "tree places" that illustrate the enormous variety, startling beauty, and fascinating history of Virginia's trees. Here you will see, through Llewellyn's incomparable lens, not only some of Virginia's largest trees, including a newly discovered national champion overcup oak in Isle of Wight County, but also some of the state's oldest, including baldcypress trees over 800 years old in Southampton County and red cedars over 450 years old in Giles. You will find trees associated with famous people and events as well as trees associated with ordinary people in extraordinary ways. Perhaps best of all, you will learn about communities that have gone to great lengths to protect their trees and about places where the public can visit some of the best trees and "treescapes" in the state. Hugo, Kirwan, and Llewellyn present a treasury of Virginia's trees that is, indeed, remarkable.

And for more suggestions for books about trees, be sure to use our NoveList service!

May 2, 2013

Saturday at the Library (5/4/13)

Programs & Events

Munchkin Morning Movie at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hanover Branch Library
See a fun family movie and enjoy donuts, popcorn & drinks provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

No Sew Trivet Workshop at 12:30 p.m.
Hate to sew?  Create a trivet for any occasion with only cording and fabric strips.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Upper King William Library.

Engineer Expo at 2:00 p.m.
Ages 11 & up. Bring your favorite LEGO model and put it on display at the library. Make new friends and create ideas to design. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day at the library!  Stop by any branch to pick up your free comic book and fill out our survey to enter our prize drawing.  Thanks for helping to make our collection of graphic novels, manga, and anime DVDs great!

May 1, 2013

Friday at the Library (5/3/13)

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

First Friday Films at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Round up the neighborhood crew and catch a great family movie on the big screen at the library. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.