Apr 28, 2014

Thursday at the Library (5/1/14)

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

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library

Mother Goose 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 (4/30/14)

Storytimes

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

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

Mother Goose 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 Storytime at 9:15 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library

Tuesday at the Library (4/29/14)

Storytimes

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

Mother Goose Storytime 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

Apr 24, 2014

Monday at the Library (4/28/14)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Saturday at the Library (4/26/14)

Programs & Events

Parents' Morning Out (in the Garden!), 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Ages 3-12. Are you attending the Ashland/Hanover area Garden Week tour?  Drop the kids off at the library for a super day filled with stories, activities, garden-themed crafts, a movie, and lunch.
Lunch provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Friday at the Library (4/24/14)

Storytimes

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

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Music, Movement, & More Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library

Programs & Events

Make 'n' Take Gift Bag Workshop, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
Ages 16 and up.  Design your own gift bag.  Basic supplies will be provided, but you can bring your own embellishments to make it extra special!  Call 804-769-3731 or visit the library to reserve your spot.

Apr 23, 2014

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend? Might we suggest:

by Rachel Joyce
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise -- and utterly irresistible -- storyteller. (Also available as a CD talking book or eBook!)

For more suggestions of what to read, be sure to check out our NoveList service!

Apr 21, 2014

Thursday at the Library (4/24/14)

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

Mother Goose 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

Movie Night @ the Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Ages 13 & up.  See a great movie on the big screen and have a fun night out.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

Wednesday at the Library (4/23/14)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:00 a.m.

Toddler Storytime at 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library

Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Goochland Branch Library

Mother Goose 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 Storytime at 9:15 a.m.

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

April 23 is also Snapshot Day at the library.  Stop by and share your library story with us!

Tuesday at the Library (4/22/15)

Storytimes

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

Mother Goose Storytime 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, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Find out what's on your family tree using our family history databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  You must call 804-746-9615 to sign up for this class.

Learning Microsoft Word, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
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.

Apr 18, 2014

Pick of the Week

by Liz Moore
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career -- if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene's unexpected phone call to Arthur-a plea for help-that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel's own quirky and lovable voices, this book tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.

For more suggestions of what to read, be sure to check out our NoveList service!

Apr 17, 2014

Monday at the Library (4/21/14)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Friday at the Library (4/18/14)

Storytimes

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library

Programs & Events 

Spring Break @ the Library: Re-Leaf, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Hanover Branch Library
All ages. Learn about trees and their importance in a healthy environment. Adults will receive 2 tree seedlings and instructions on how to plant them. Space is limited – reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Hanover County Extension Office, lynnj67@vt.edu, or 804-752-4310 to reserve your 30 min. slot. Presented by the Hanover Master Gardeners.

Apr 14, 2014

Thursday at the Library (4/17/14)

Storytimes

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library

Programs & Events

Spring Break @ the Library: Re-Leaf, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Ashland Branch Library
All ages. Learn about trees and their importance in a healthy environment. Adults will receive 2 tree seedlings and instructions on how to plant them. Space is limited – reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Hanover County Extension Office, lynnj67@vt.edu, or 804-752-4310 to reserve your 30 min. slot. Presented by the Hanover Master Gardeners.

Meet the Author: Brad Parks, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
Hear about Mr. Parks's "Carter Ross" mystery series, including its latest addition, The Player.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the UKW Library.

Wednesday at the Library (4/16/14)

Storytimes

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library

Programs & Events

Spring Break @ the Library: Re-Leaf, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
All ages. Learn about trees and their importance in a healthy environment. Adults will receive 2 tree seedlings and instructions on how to plant them. Space is limited – reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Hanover County Extension Office, lynnj67@vt.edu, or 804-752-4310 to reserve your 30 min. slot. Presented by the Hanover Master Gardeners.

The Pleasure of Poetry, 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library
All ages. Share your poetry with friends and neighbors at our evening reception.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Tuesday at the Library (4/15/14)

Programs & Events

Spring Break @ the Library: Re-Leaf, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
All ages. Learn about trees and their importance in a healthy environment. Adults will receive 2 tree seedlings and instructions on how to plant them. Space is limited – reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Hanover County Extension Office, lynnj67@vt.edu, or 804-752-4310 to reserve your 30 min. slot. Presented by the Hanover Master Gardeners.

Apr 11, 2014

Monday at the Library (4/14/14)


Programs & Events

Spring Break @ the Library: Re-Leaf, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
All ages. Learn about trees and their importance in a healthy environment. Adults will receive 2 tree seedlings and instructions on how to plant them. Space is limited – reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Hanover County Extension Office, lynnj67@vt.edu, or 804-752-4310 to reserve your 30 min. slot. Presented by the Hanover Master Gardeners.

Computer Basics I, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
Learn the parts of the computer, how to use a mouse, and try out some basic computer tasks. You must call 804-559-0654 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Apr 10, 2014

Saturday at the Library (4/12/14)

Programs & Events

Family Movie Matinee, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library
Bring the whole family for a great movie on the big screen at the library.
Popcorn & punch provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

And don't forget the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library Book Sale at the Mechanicsville Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m!

Friday at the Library (4/11/14)

Storytimes

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

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. 
Music, Movement, & More Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library 

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library 

Programs & Events

Teen Movie Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Ages 11-16.  See a great movie on the big screen.  Bring a friend!
Pizza provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

And don't forget the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library Book Sale at the Mechanicsville Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m!

Apr 9, 2014

Pick of the Week

by Scott Stossel
As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion's myriad manifestations and the anguish anxiety produces but also the countless psychotherapies, medications, and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety's human toll -- its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyze -- while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it. My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

For more suggestions for something to read, be sure to check out our NoveList service!

Apr 7, 2014

Thursday at the Library (4/10/14)

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

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library

Mother Goose 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

Poetry Art, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library
Ages 11-18.  Create a work of art using words, pictures, and discarded books.  All materials provided, just bring a friend and your creativity. Pizza provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Wednesday at the Library (4/9/14)

Storytimes

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

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

Mother Goose 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 Storytime at 9:15 a.m.
Preschool Storytime at 10:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library

Programs & Events

Let's Celebrate Poetry, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
All ages. Share your favorite poetry with friends and neighbors. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Tuesday at the Library (4/8/2014)

Storytimes

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

Mother Goose Storytime 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

Gardening with Native Plants & Perennials, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
Ages 18 and up. Have the best looking garden while preserving our botanical heritage! Laura Maxey, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, will show you the best native plants and perennials to use in our climate zone.

Apr 3, 2014

Monday at the Library (4/7/14)

Storytimes

Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m.
Family Storytime at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library

Learning Microsoft Word, 6:00 - 8:00 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.

Programs & Events

Pajama Storytime, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
Bring your favorite snuggly friend for a special Storytime.  PJs & slippers are great!
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Saturday at the Library (4/5/14)

Programs & Events

American Girl Movie Morning, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Ages 5-12. Enjoy a great morning full of American Girl books and movies.  No doll required, you just need to like to have fun.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

An Eric Carle Celebration. 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Ages 3-12. Join us for a special Storytime with fun activities and tasty snacks based on your favorite books by Eric Carle.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

Friends of the Atlee Library Spring Book Sale
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (sale open to the general public)
Hardcover books, CDs, and DVDs, are $1.00 each. Paperback books and VHS tapes are only 50 cents each. Purchase a Friends’ book/tote bag for $12.00 and fill it to the brim for free!

The Friends will also collect nonperishable food items, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning products for the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) during the Spring Book Sale. Thank you for your generosity!

Friday at the Library (4/4/14)

Storytimes

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

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Music, Movement, & More Storytime at 11:15 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library

Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Point Branch Library 

Programs & Events

First Friday Films, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Bring the whole crew for a great movie on the big screen!
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Rockville Library.

Friends of the Atlee Library Spring Book Sale
Location: Atlee Branch Library
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (sale open to the general public)
Hardcover books, CDs, and DVDs, are $1.00 each. Paperback books and VHS tapes are only 50 cents each. Purchase a Friends’ book/tote bag for $12.00 and fill it to the brim for free!

The Friends will also collect nonperishable food items, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning products for the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions (MCEF) during the Spring Book Sale. Thank you for your generosity!

Apr 2, 2014

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend? Might we suggest:


by Jennifer L. Scott
When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth Arrondissement apartment in Paris as a foreign exchange student, she was greeted by the woman who would become her mentor and the inspiration for the way she lived long after her time abroad was over. Madame Chic took the casual California teenager under her wing, revealing the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned while under Madame Chic's tutelage-tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the ten-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living a la francaise. From entertaining with easy flair and formality to cultivating allure while living an active, modern life, Lessons from Madame Chic is the essential handbook for anyone wanting to incorporate that Parisian je ne sais quoi into her daily life.

For more suggestions for something très chic to read , be sure to check out our NoveList service!