May 29, 2014

Saturday at the Library (5/31/2014)

Programs & Events

5 Year Celebration, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Celebrate the library’s fifth anniversary with activities for the whole family, children’s crafts, and a performance by the Lee-Davis Jazz Band. Don’t forget to enter our prize drawings for Kindles, too!
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Mechanicsville Library.

May 27, 2014

Spotlight On: Ideas for Crafty Kids Pathfinder




Looking for something to keep little hands busy this summer?  Try our Ideas for Crafty Kids pathfinder.  We’ll show you where to find books and DVDs on arts & crafts in the library and recommend some excellent websites to get you started.  You'll find everything from coloring sheets &  papercrafts to recipes for fingerpaint, magic mud, & craft dough.

The complete list of Pamunkey Regional Library pathfinders is located at http://prlsubjectguides.pbworks.com/. If you have any questions about the pathfinders, please ask a staff member or e-mail ask@pamunkeylibrary.org.

May 20, 2014

Library Closed (5/24/14-5/26/14)

All branch libraries will be closed Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26.  They will re-open at their regular business hours on Tuesday, May 27.

Pick of the Week

Looking forward to seeing X-Men: Days of Future Past in the movie theater this weekend? Let us suggest another story about young mutants feared and despised by humanity...


by John Wyndham
In a future set after a devastating global nuclear war, a boy named David lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God’s creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction—unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. David grows up ringed by admonitions: "Keep pure the stock of the Lord; watch thou for the mutant." At first he does not question. Then, however, he realizes that the he too is out of the ordinary, in possession of a power that could doom him to death or introduce him to a new, hitherto unimagined world of freedom.

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

Thursday at the Library (5/22/14)

Programs & Events

Computer Basics II, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Learn how to do basic tasks with Microsoft Word and how to surf the web with Internet Explorer. You must call 804-746-9615 to sign up for this class.

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 (5/21/14)

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I, 9:00-10:30 a.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.

May 15, 2014

Monday at the Library (5/19/14)

Programs & Events

Poetry Celebration, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
Celebrate with our Poetry Contest participants and winners!
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library.

UKW Adult Book Club, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
Call the branch (804-769-3731) for the title of the book to be discussed.

Saturday at the Library (5/17/14)

Programs & Events

American Girl Morning Movie, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Upper King William Branch Library
Ages 5-12. Enjoy a great morning full of American Girl books and a special movie.  No doll required (but you can bring yours if you like).
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the UKW Library.

"A Pirate Party!"
Rainbow Puppets presents "A Pirate Party, " a salute to the beach movies of the Sixties, with villainous pirates, surfer dudes, a beautiful mermaid, a talking octopus, and a legendary movie star. It's an all-star extravaganza featuring the voices of Mickey Rooney as Captain Mick and Carol Channing as the Octopus. Join in during the pirate shout-out contest and the big dance finale! 
Location: Goochland Branch Library, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Garth is in the Library, 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Hanover Branch Library
Bring your favorite children's book to read to Garth the therapy dog. Refreshments provided by the Hanover Branch Library Friends.

Don't forget to pick up your free children's book at the Ashland Branch Library, Goochland Branch Library, and the Hanover Branch Library (limit one per child).

Friday at the Library (5/16/14)

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

Last Day of Winter/Spring Storytime session.  Storytimes will resume the week of June 9.

Don't forget to pick up your free children's book today at the Cochrane Rockville Branch Library and the West Point Branch Library (limit one per child).

May 14, 2014

Pick of the Week

Looking for something to read this weekend? Might we suggest


by Nelson George
When it debuted in October 1971, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone before, showcasing the cultural preferences of young African Americans and the fashions and sounds that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music. The brainchild of radio announcer Don Cornelius, who was the show's producer and host for decades, Soul Train featured a diverse range of stars, from James Brown and David Bowie to Gladys Knight and R. Kelly; from Marvin Gaye and Elton John to the New Kids on the Block, Stevie Wonder, and the Beastie Boys. From acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, The Hippest Trip in America tells the full story of this legendary pop-culture phenomenon. A landmark program in black music and culture, Soul Train, which premiered just seven years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, presented a positive image of black America--for black America--and became destination television every Saturday. It also enjoyed a wide crossover audience, and for years served as a cultural nexus for the entire nation. As pulsating and colorful as the show itself, this book is a vivid and vital portrait of a revered cultural institution--the longest-running syndicated program in television history--that has left an indelible mark on our national consciousness.

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

May 12, 2014

Thursday at the Library (5/15/14)

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

Family Movie Night, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: King & Queen Branch Library
See a great movie on the big screen.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the King & Queen Library.

Children's Book Week Celebration, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland Branch Library
Ages 3-12. Join us for great readings of your favorite children's stories by special guest readers.
Sweet treats provided by the Friends of the Ashland Branch Library.

Don't forget to pick up your free children's book today (limit one per child) at the King & Queen Branch Library!

Wednesday at the Library (5/14/14)

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

"Swap-a-Book!," 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library
Ages 4-10. Bring a book and swap it for another book you really want to read.
"Book snacks" provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Pirate, Prince, and Princess Party, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library
Ages 4-10. Dress up as your favorite pirate, prince, or princess for crafts, games, and lots of fun.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Don't forget to pick up your free children's book today at  Montpelier Branch Library and Upper King William Branch Library.  (limit one per child)

Tuesday at the Library (5/13/2014)

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

Don't forget to pick up your free children's book at the Mechanicsville Branch Library today (limit one per child)!

May 9, 2014

Monday at the Library (5/12/14)

Storytimes

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

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! Don't forget to pick up your free children's book for Children's Book Week.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

Computer Basics II, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
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.

Saturday at the Library (5/10/14)

Programs & Events

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Goochland 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 804-556-4774 to register for this class.

Nutrition & Healthy Eating, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Location: Mechanicsville Branch Library
Learn more about the nutritional benefits of quinoa and healthy eating with chef Samantha Miller, a certified dietary manager.  She'll show you how to safely store fresh fruits and vegetables, and you can sample Asian quinoa salad and fresh strawberry lemonade. Q&A to follow.

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.

Friday at the Library (5/9/14)

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

How to Borrow eBooks from the Library, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Ashland 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 804-798-4072 to register for this class.

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.

Pick of the Week

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

by Nick Offerman
Growing a perfect mustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?  Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop — Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois — “I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield” — to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.   It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes. (Also available as an eBook!)

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

May 5, 2014

Thursday at the Library (5/8/14)

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 (5/7/14)

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

Learning Microsoft Word, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Goochland Branch Library
Learn how to format, edit, and save documents in Word. You must call 804-556-4774 or visit the library to sign up for this class.

Tuesday at the Library (5/6/14)

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

Programs & Events

Genealogy Workshop, 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Cochrane Rockville Branch Library
Find out what's on your family tree using our family history databases, Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.  You must call 804-749-3146 to sign up for this class.

May 1, 2014

Monday at the Library (5/5/14)

Storytimes

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

Programs & Events

Computer Basics I, 6:30-8:00 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.

Saturday at the Library (5/3/14)

Programs & Events

Making Jewelry, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Montpelier Branch Library
Ages 9-18. Have fun creating jewelry for your Mom or special someone.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

Engineer Expo, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Atlee Branch Library
Ages 11 and up.  Show off your creativity with LEGO® bricks!  Display your creations, share your design ideas, and make new friends.
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

And don't for get to stop by your local library and pick up your free comic book for Free Comic Book Day!  Fill out our survey for a chance to win nifty comics prizes, too!