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Appomattox Regional Library System

DEC 2016 - FEB 2017

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Astronaut Academy Page 5

Escape Room! Page 8

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Hopewell Library Evening | Last Wednesday 6:30 p.m. December. . . . . . No meeting January 25. . . . . Be Frank With Me by Julia Johnston February 22. . . . We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman



804-458-6329 209 E. Cawson Street Hopewell, VA 23860

804-458-6329, ext. 2930 10010 County Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Burrowsville 804-458-6329, ext. 2950 18701 James River Drive Disputanta, VA 23842


Carson Depot

Prince George

804-458-6329, ext. 2940 20707 First Street McKenney, VA 23872

804-458-6329, ext. 2910 16101 Halligan Park Road Carson, VA 23830

804-458-6329, ext. 2970 6605 Courts Drive Prince George, VA 23875



804-458-6329, ext. 2920 14103 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Dinwiddie Library | Third Thursday 7:00 p.m. December. . . . . . No meeting January 19 . . . . . Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard February 16. . . . My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

McKenney Library | Third Thursday 1:00 p.m. December. . . . . . No meeting January 17 . . . . . One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni February 21 . . . . The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

804-458-6329, ext. 2960 7301 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803

OUR MISSION The Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) fosters life-long learning, the availability of information, and the exchange of ideas using library resources and emerging technology.

BOARD of TRUSTEES Mary Benjamin

Jacqueline Shepperson



Libbie Dragoo

Martha Sykes



Doris Gallup

Pamela Tuggle

Prince George

Prince George

Bertha Judge

Sharon Bonner Yates

Prince George


Fran Halupka

New Library Opening Soon at the Robert & Betty Ragsdale Community Center in McKenney No date set for the Grand Opening of the new McKenney Library Branch at 20916 Old School Road in the new Community Center but the library staff is looking forward to the move. Please watch our website for updates on the progress of the move and opening.


Library Board Meetings CONTENT AND ENDORSEMENT: The content of ARLS publications, classes, and events does not necessarily reflect the views held by the Library, nor does mention of companies or organizations imply endorsement.

PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE STATEMENT: By attending ARLS, or ARLS co-sponsored classes or events, at any location, the attendee agrees that: ARLS shall have the unrestricted right and license to use his or her image, likeness, name, voice, comment, or other proprietary or public rights, and that of any minor accompanying attendee, in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, video, audio sound, audiovisual, and/or other recording taken in connection with the class, event, or other transmission, distribution, public performance, or reproduction, in whole or in part, of the class or event for all purposes, worldwide, in perpetuity, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, without compensation. ARLS is the exclusive owner of all copyrights, and other proprietary rights. The rights granted herein to ARLS are assignable.


The Appomattox Regional Library Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month as follows: December 6, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dinwiddie Library January 17, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McKenney Library February 21, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prince George

Library Closings December 23, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 24, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 25, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 26, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 31, 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 2, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 16, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February 20, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Christmas Eve observed Christmas Eve Christmas Day Christmas Day observed New Year’s Eve Day Close at 6:00 New Year’s Day Observed Dr. Martin Luther King Day Presidents’ Day

ADULT PROGRAMS Photography Exhibit: “Roam” Begins Month of February Resolve to see more of our great continent this year. For inspiration, visit Hopewell and Prince George and take a tour of our National Parks through the photography of Wally Kanak. This exhibit continues through March with the works of Allen Gatewood.

Alzheimer's and Dementia 411 Cindy Hamlin, the Tri-Cities Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting these informational sessions about Alzheimer’s.

Preparing for the Holidays December 15, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m

Dinwiddie Library This program gives you insight on how to plan for the holidays when you have a loved one who is suffering with Alzheimer’s or dementia.


Healthy Living for Body and Brain February 9, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Art Exhibitions Wanted Now seeking applications to exhibit at ARLS in 2017. Please visit our website, for details and the application.

Prince George Library For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior February 16, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinwiddie Library

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Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.


ADULT PROGRAMS Fitness @ the Library

Hopewell Library

Hopewell Library: Sit and Be Fit

Display of Antique Doll House Furniture and Dolls

Tuesdays December 6 - February 28: 10:30-11:30 a.m. No class on January 13 This full-body workout is designed to be done from both a seated chair and a standing position. The class will emphasize exercises to improve flexibility, muscle and bone strength, circulation, and balance. It is fun and easy and suitable to people of all fitness abilities.

Prince George Library: Yoga for Beginners Thursdays December 1 - February 23 : 12:00-1:00 p.m. No class on December 15 Receive the abundant benefits of yoga. This gentle class offers flowing movements at a gentle pace with attention to breathing and postures. You will see improvement in muscle strength, circulation, flexibility, and balance. It is suitable to people of all fitness levels. Please bring a yoga mat to class.

Dinwiddie Public Library Holiday Open House hosted by the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie (FOLD) December 2, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. You are invited to the Annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments, story time, and door prizes. Shop at the Holiday Book Sale through December 23.

Display presented courtesy of Mr. Michael Natoli. The walk in closet doll house is a reflection of Mr. Natoli’s home which is in the style of the hunt country of Albemarle County, Virginia. Originally created for his granddaughter, it has since become an expression of his own world. The residents are 16” and 17” tall dolls beautifully sculpted by a renowned artist. Come check out this wonderful collection which will be hosted at the Hopewell Library.

American Sign Language Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 1 - February 28: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. No class on January 5 Interested in sign language? Do you want to learn how to communicate with a friend or loved one? Well, we have the perfect class for you. Come learn beginning sign language for free at the Appomattox Regional Library at Hopewell. Classes will be taught by Mr. Darrell Avery, a graduate of Gallaudet University in Deaf Education.

Family Nutrition Program

Get Your Tech On With Our Librarians

Hopewell Library December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

January 23, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Family Nutrition program is free and open to the public. The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limitedresource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. The program will focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. We invite patrons of all ages to come to these informational sessions.

Did you get new electronic devices over the holidays? You may need help getting used to a new smart phone or tablet and the ARLS librarians are here to help! Bring your new device to the library and find out about applications to make your life easier. Interested in a tablet or e-reader? We plan to have a “petting zoo” with devices so you can try different ones to find out which tablet or phone would work best for you.


December 1 - December 31

Don’t forget to visit The Reader’s Friend Book Store at the Hopewell Library to find gently used books, CDs and DVDs. The Book Store is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Proceeds from the bookstore and the ongoing sales at libraries like Dinwiddie, Carson, and McKenney help support programming for adults and children throughout the Appomattox Regional Library System.

ADULT PROGRAMS Prince George Library Poetry, Prose and Pizza Thursday, January 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Nathan Richardson, published poet and youth mentor, will host an evening to share original or favorite poetry or prose selections on Thursday, January 26, beginning at 6 p.m. The Hopewell/PG Friends of the Library host this event with sponsor Luca Italian Restaurant. So stop by to enjoy a slice of pizza and participate in this family friendly evening.

Southside From the Heart Join our knitters and crocheters as they create items for local hospitals, nursing homes and shelters. Crafters of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Hopewell 1st & 3rd Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. *No meetings December 24th and 31st

Carson Every Monday afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. *No meetings December 26th, January 2nd, January 18th or February 15th, 2017

Dinwiddie 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Prince George 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

YOUTH PROGRAMS Little Scientists PK ages 3-5 Do you have a Little Scientist at home? Is your little one brimming over with curiosity? Then we have just the program for them! Bring them to this fun and educational program designed especially for preschoolers! A different topic each month! December - Shadow Science January - The Three Little Pigs February - Excellent Explosions

Babies, Toddlers, & PreSchool

December 12, January 9, February 13 Hopewell Library, 11:15 a.m.

(Birth to Pre-K)

December 15, January 12, February 16 Prince George Library, 11:15 a.m.

Winter Story Time

Music ‘n’ Movement: PK ages 3-5

November 28 - December 30 January 9 - February 18 Baby and Me: A storytime for babies and their caretakers. A great introduction for you and your new family member to the wonderful world of books, rhymes and songs. For babies ages birth to 18 months old, this program is limited to 15 babies and will last approximately 30 minutes. Hopewell Library 10:00 a.m. on Mondays (11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13) Prince George Library 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays (12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16)

December 14, January 11, February 15 Dinwiddie Library, 11:15 a.m.

Want to get your preschoolers up and moving? This fun, highly-interactive program will have them moving and grooving! With a different theme each month, there’s no way your child will get bored! December - Silly in the Snow January - Astronaut Academy February - Rowdy Robots January 23 - Hopewell Library, 11:15 a.m. December 28, January 25, February 22 Dinwiddie Library, 11:15 a.m. December 29, January 26, February 23 Prince George Library, 11:15 a.m.


YOUTH PROGRAMS All ages Story Time programs aim to instill a love of reading by encouraging parents and other special adults to read aloud to children. Activities in Story Time promote brain and language development for children from birth to age 5. At Story Time, children and caregivers are introduced to six early literacy skills that are essential for learning to read including print motivation, narrative skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and print awareness. Please join us! Story Time sessions will now run 6 weeks at a time, usually with a one-week break in between. No registration is required.

November 28 - December 30 (No Story Times December 23 and December 26)

Saturday Story Time

January 9 - February 18

Story Time for families that are unable to make it during the week! Fun stories and a cool craft!

(No Story Time January 16 at the Hopewell Library)

February 27 - April 8 Monday - Hopewell - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday - Rohoic - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday - Dinwiddie - 10:30 a.m. Thursday - Prince George - 10:30 a.m., Disputanta - 4:00 p.m. Friday - Carson - 10:30 a.m.

Evening Story Time A special offering for families not able to attend during the day. Rohoic Library - Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (No Story Time February 21) Pajama Story Time – Bring a pillow, a blanket, your favorite stuffed animal, and settle in for some fun bedtime stories. Make sure to wear your pajamas, because we’ll be wearing ours! Prince George Library - December 19, 6 p.m. Dinwiddie Library - January 23, 6 p.m.

Early Literacy Classes for Families featuring Rhonda Lee, Literacy Specialist Early literacy is everything a child knows about reading and writing before he or she can read or write. Developing these skills will help your child become a strong, independent reader. It is never too early to start! Join Ms. Lee, an Early Literacy specialist, after select Story Time sessions at the Hopewell, Dinwiddie, and Prince George libraries to learn ways to encourage early literacy skills in your children. Parents and caregivers will receive helpful tips and tricks as well as easy, inexpensive ways to help your child develop valuable skills and love reading!

Print and Word Awareness Hopewell - Monday, January 30 - after the 10:30 a.m. Story Time session Dinwiddie - Wednesday, February 1 - after the 10:30 a.m. Story Time session Prince George - Thursday, February 2 - after the 10:30 a.m. Story Time session


Special Story Times

Prince George - December 10, January 14, February 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Holiday at the Library – December 10 This special family Story Time is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Join us at the Prince George Library for holiday stories, songs, and a craft. Prince George - December 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Winnie the Pooh Day Themed Story Times – January 17 - January 20 January 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day! Celebrate that silly old bear with us during normal Story Time hours with bear-themed stories and a craft.

Valentine’s Day Themed Story Times – February 13 - February 17 Come have some Valentine’s Day fun with stories and a craft during the normal Story Time hours.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover! – February 13 If you ask your best stuffed animal friend, I’ll bet they would say they would LOVE to spend the night at the library! Bring ONE stuffed animal to Pajama Story Time on February 13 at 6:00 p.m. and they will get to do just that! Your stuffed animals will have a fun adventure once you go home, and when you come back to pick them up, not only will they tell you all about it, but they will also have a great keepsake to show you exactly what they did overnight at the library! Hopewell Library - February 13, 6:00 p.m.

YOUTH PROGRAMS Winter Reading Program ”Snuggle Up With a Book” from February 1 to March 1 with our Winter Reading Program. We are excited to bring back “30 Books in 30 Days” for babies, toddlers and preschool-aged children and one book a week for elementary, middle, and high schoolers. Visit the library each week for a prize book! Please visit your branch to learn more and to register!

Homeschool Monthly Meetup December 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m. Hopewell Library Homeschool Huddle will take a look at and learn more about how different holidays are celebrated around the world. January 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Hopewell Library ARLS is SO excited to welcome NBC12’s Andrew Freiden! Do you fancy yourself an amateur meteorologist? Make sure to come to this program and hear Mr. Freiden talk about his job and answer your questions! February 21, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Hopewell Library ARLS celebrates Black History Month - join us for a special program that honors key figures in Black History.

Kids (Grades K to 5) Take Your Child to the Library Day – February 4 We would love to see you and your kids EVERY day at the library, but February 4 is the official day to do it! Each branch will have a fun scavenger hunt and a simple craft, so stop in and have fun at the library with your child! All open branches - February 4, All day

Kick back and enjoy a movie at the library! Perfect for all ages, come see the stars at the library! All movies are shown at the Hopewell branch. December 17, 3:30 p.m. The Polar Express, Rated G (Make sure to come a little early for this one!)

February 25, 3:30 p.m. The Secret Life of Pets, Rated PG

The Appomattox Regional Library System is very excited to bring back Lego Club! If you are already a Lego Master Builder or even if you’re a first timer, this is the place for you. The library will provide the Legos, while the kids provide the imagination! Ages 6-12 Tuesdays December 27, January 31, February 28 - 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Movies at the Library

January 28, 3:30 p.m. Finding Dory, Rated PG

Lego Club!


Dinwiddie Library, Hopewell Library and Disputanta Library

S.T.E.A.M. Scene - K - 5th In this new program, the library steams up your elementary student’s afternoon! With different themes each month, and two levels to choose from, your student will have fun while learning! Parents, please be aware that there will be two levels of each program offered! December - Ready for Rockets January - Astronomical Art February - Engineer It! Kindergarten - 2nd Grade December 20 - Hopewell Library, 4:30 p.m. January 17 - Dinwiddie Library, 4:30 p.m. February 21 - Prince George Library, 4:30 p.m. 3rd Grade - 5th Grade December 22 - Hopewell Library, 4:30 p.m. January 19 - Dinwiddie Library, 4:30 p.m. February 23 - Prince George Library, 4:30 pm.


YOUTH PROGRAMS Tweens & Teens (Grades 6 to 12)

Volunteer Orientation January 19 Teens interested in volunteering at the library can learn more at the Teen Volunteer Orientation, on Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m. at the Prince George Library. Please submit your application in advance on the website at Call Jan Rowley at 804-458-6329 extension 2001 to register.

Blind Date with a Book February 13 - 18 Come into any of our branches during the week of Valentine’s Day for a date you will not forget! The best part is you don’t have to pay for it and we have plenty of options...oh, did we mention that we mean books? Read each book’s dating profile and choose your perfect match. Hopefully, you’ll end up with the book of your dreams!

Make and Take Make and take cool crafts! There will be a different crafting project each month! Have fun, hang with friends, make cool crafts! Grades 6-12 Snow Globes December 12, 6:00 p.m. Prince George Library Watercolor Fireworks January 30, 6:00 p.m. Hopewell Library Pop-Out Cards February 27, 6:00 p.m. Dinwiddie Library

Winter Origami Express your creativity through the paper art form of origami. December 15, 6:00 p.m. Dinwiddie Library

Iron Chef: Battle Cupcake Do you think you have what it takes to decorate the winning cupcake come show us! January 26, 6:00 p.m. Prince George Library

Escape Room! You’re locked in a room... and time is ticking...only an hour on the clock...can you escape???

Library Visits Need a field trip? Don’t have the funds? We’ve got you covered! Come visit the library for a great educational experience for FREE. We offer tours of the library and customized storytimes suitable for your group. Younger kids are exposed to the library system while older children can learn and work on research projects. To set up a trip or to get more information, contact Youth Services at (804) 458-6329 ext. 1019. We look forward to working with you!

February 16, 6:00 p.m. Hopewell Library

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