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YOUTH PROGRAMS

Carson Caboose O PE N H O US E

Friday, May 9, 2 - 4 In honor of National Train Day (Saturday, May 10), the Appomattox Regional Library System will be hosting an open house of our historic Norfolk and Western Carson Caboose, located next to the Carson Depot Library. Highlights include train stories read by Youth Services staff at 3 and simple crafts. Rain or shine.

All Ages Homeschool Meetup NEW! Homeschool families with children of all ages are invited to this casual program. Join us to make new friends and connections and discuss a classic book. All ages are welcome. Most of the books chosen are available in a variety of reading levels, from the original to abridged for younger readers. If you need assistance finding a copy of one of the titles, please contact your local branch.

Hopewell/Prince George Group: Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. March 25 - Hopewell Library April 28 - Prince George Library

Dinwiddie Group: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. March 27 - Dinwiddie Library May 1 - Dinwiddie Library

March selection (for both groups): Black Beauty by Anna Sewell April/May selection (for both groups): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Please join us! No advanced registration is required.

Seasonal crafts: At the Hopewell, Prince George, Carson, McKenney, Rohoic, Disputanta and Dinwiddie Libraries! Typically held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

MAR-MAY 2014

Friends of the Library Corner Children and caregivers are introduced to six early literacy skills essential for learning to read including print motivation, narrative skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and print awareness.

Tweens & Teens Red Cross Youth Leadership Meetings

Tuesday: Hopewell— 7:00 p.m. (see schedule) and Rohoic— 7:00 p.m.

Prince George— April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Dinwiddie — 10:30 a.m.

American Red Cross Youth Leadership/Preparedness meeting for teens 13-17. We will learn a leadership topic, discuss how to get involved as a Red Cross youth volunteer, as well as learn about steps to prepare yourselves and your community, in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Friday: Carson Library—10:30 a.m

Evening Story Time Special offerings for families not able to attend during the day.

Hopewell— March 8 at 1:00 p.m. Dinwiddie— May 10 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail Christy (804-731-5682 or Christy.Carneal@redcross.org)

Homeschool Meet-up (See description in All Ages section)

Rohoic Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Hopewell Alternating Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m April 1, April 22, May 6

Read to a Dog!

Canine Book Buddies at the Hopewell Library April 10 & June 12 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Gary Robertson performs

An Evening with Mark Twain Storytellers Judith Onesty & Les Schaffer

There will be no Story Time the following week: April 14-18

Kids (Grades K to 5)

V2 N3

(Grades 6 to 12)

Monday: Hopewell— 10:30 a.m.

Thursday: Prince George— 10:30 a.m. and Disputanta 4:00 p.m,

Appomattox Regional Library System

Stream FREE video, music, & audiobooks.

Two Tellers Telling

March 10 April 21 (Third Monday - Special Earth Day craft!) May 12

Join us to make a fun craft with friends! Children under 8 should attend with an adult that can assist them.

Let Your Inner Book-Geek Out Reviews, discussions, polls, and more.

Babies, Toddlers, & PreSchool (Birth to Pre-K) Spring Story Time: March 24 - May 9 NEW! Story Time is now being offered in 5 branch locations, as well as the headquarters library in Hopewell. 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.

Children gain confidence in reading by reading aloud to therapy dogs! Join clever canines handlers and therapy dogs for a fun way to practice reading skills! The program is for students in grades 2-4. Sign up for a 15 minute reading slot from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration Required. Call 804-458-6329 ext. 1005 to register.

Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone with only your ARLS library card! No software to install,  no holds lists, no late fines… no waiting.

Celebrate National Train Day! Carson Caboose Open House

• May 9, 2 - 4

ADULT PROGRAMS

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

Burrowsville 757-866-0659 18701 James River Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Carson Depot 434-246-2900 16101 Halligan Park Road Carson, VA 23830

Disputanta 804-991-2403 10010 County Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Dinwiddie 804-469-9450 14103 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841

McKenney 804-478-4866 20707 First Street McKenney, VA 23872

Prince George 804-458-6329 x3700 6605 Courts Drive Prince George, VA 23875

Rohoic 804-732-4119 7301 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803

bookgroups Carson Depot Library | Third Thursday 6:00 p.m. March 20

Jane Austin— Any title by her or based on her work

April 17

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 15

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Hopewell Library Evening | Last Wednesday 6:30 p.m. March 26

Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt

April 30

The Orphan Train by Christina Kline

May 28

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Hopewell Library Afternoon | Third Thursday 1:00 p.m.

OUR MISSION

March 20

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) will provide services and programs to the communities it serves through support of life-long learning, general information, and the exchange of ideas with effective use of traditional library resources and emerging technology.

April 17

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

May 15

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Dinwiddie Library | Third Thursday 7:00 p.m.

BOARD of TRUSTEES Mary Benjamin Dinwiddie

Libbie Dragoo Hopewell

Doris Gallup Prince George

Pat Hale Prince George

Fran Halupka Hopewell

Jacqueline Shepperson Hopewell

Martha Sykes Dinwiddie

Pamela Tuggle Prince George

Sharon Bonner Yates Dinwiddie

March 20

Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors

April 17

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

May 15

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker

Hopewell

Prince George

April 5, 2:00 p.m.

March 17 – April 26

Two Tellers Telling with Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2014

Come listen to humorous stories presented by seasoned story tellers. From traditional folktales to current family adventures, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer bring alive the stories. The Hopewell/ Prince George Friends of the Library are sponsoring this event and will provide refreshments following the presentation. April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Building a Rain Barrel & Water Conservation Come build your own rain barrel at this class offered by the Prince George Master Gardeners!! Registration is required for the class and will require a $50 fee for each rain barrel constructed. The class will be limited to 35 barrels. Families are welcome to attend the class. Checks should be made payable to VCE-Prince George County. Registration and checks must be received prior to the class.

J.O.B.S WORKSHOPS ARLS in partnership with the J.O.B.S. Program (Job Opportunity Basic Skills) is offering a series of workshops for everybody who would like to work on their job searching skills. If attendance is strong at these initial workshops, we will offer them again in the future.

Introducing Book Group to Go! Want to start your own Book Group? It’s easy! Check out one of our Book Group Kits and gather friends! Each kit contains 10 copies of the title, a discussion guide, book and author background, and other goodies to make your book discussion successful. Titles currently available: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Street Dreams by K’wan. May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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.

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Library Board Meetings The Appomattox Regional Library Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month as follows and alternates meeting places within the library system: March 18 Hopewell

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April 15 | Prince George

May 20 Hopewell

Library Closings

All branches of the Appomattox Regional Library System will be closed: May 26 | Memorial Day

J.O.B.S Workshop— Be Prepared in Writing The first step in looking for a job is to gather information about yourself on paper so you can write a resume and fill out applications. Come and learn the basics of resume writing, completing applications, and lining up personal references. May 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop— How to Look for a Job There are many ways to search for employment in our information age. Come find out about search strategies online and elsewhere, networking, and your social media presence while job searching.

ADULT PROGRAMS Dinwiddie May 5, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening with Mark Twain

This travelling exhibit is on loan from The Library Of Virginia in partnership with Dominion. This is an annual project that honors eight African Americans living or deceased for their contributions to the Commonwealth. We have one of our own celebrities from Dinwiddie on that list, Ms. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly, the famous seamstress to Mrs. Lincoln. Please come enjoy this inspiring exhibit!

Gary Robertson will perform as Mark Twain at the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie spring meeting. Prepare yourself for an evening of insights and stories from the entertaining Mr. Twain. Refreshments will be served. The Dinwiddie Historical Society will provide the venue at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, adjacent to the Dinwiddie Library.

April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape Come and join Prince George Master Gardeners in learning about annuals and perennials. You will learn about low maintenance plants to fit our environment, selecting the right plant for your location, and general care and pruning needs. Bring your questions to discuss with the Master Gardeners and attendees. No fee. Pre-registration requested for materials preparation. April 28 – May 16, 2014

Art Exhibit “Still Life” “Still Life” is an exhibit of oil on canvas paintings by local artist Rebecca Rose featuring animals from field and home. The subjects reflect this season of outdoor life and farmer’s markets, but curiously caught at rest. The term “still life” usually refers to images that are neither living nor moving; for this exhibit it describes the quiet pause of otherwise lively creatures captured in the paintings. Rebecca Rose currently resides in Prince George on property acquired by her great grand parents in 1905, and work in Hopewell. She studied Fine Arts from Carnegie–Mellon University and completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. May 15, 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop - Be Prepared to Interview After applying for a job, the potential employer will want to talk to you over the phone and/or in person. Come learn about interviews, appropriate appearance, and introductions/elevator speeches. April 3, 6:00 p.m.

Poetry, Prose and Pizza Come share your original poetry, prose or a selection from another writer. Or just come to enjoy a slice of Luca Italian pizza and a drink while you listen to other poets and writers. Nathan Richardson, emcee, maintains a family friendly and supportive atmosphere for all ages. Nathan is a published poet and speaker from Virginia’s Tidewater area.

Southside From the Heart

Join knitters and crocheters as they craft items for hospitals, nursing homes and shelters. Crafters of any age and skill level 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.

♥ Carson 1st & 3rd Monday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

♥ Dinwiddie 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. George ♥ Prince 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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F R I E N D S of the library The Hopewell/Prince and Dinwiddie Friends of the Library, invite you to join them as “Fun and Friend Raisers” for your local libraries. Share your love of books and reading. Join the Friends of the Library today! For more information, stop by your local branch or contact Jan Rowley by email at jrowley@arls.org or by phone at (804) 458-6329 extension 2001. Membership fees are $10 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership in the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie. Basic membership fees for the Hopewell/PG Friends of the Library are $10 for an individual, $20 for a family, and $100 for a life membership. The Board of the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie, meets at the Dinwiddie Library at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of February, May, (general meeting), August and November. The Board of the Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library meets on the first Thursday of January, March, June and September at 6:30 p.m. General membership meetings are usually scheduled in April and October. The Hopewell/PG Friends sponsor “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” at the Prince George Library on a quarterly basis. The next event is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring original poetry, prose or a selection from a favorite poet. Nathan Richardson emcees this event in a family friendly atmosphere so come by, sign up to read, and enjoy a piece of pizza from co-sponsor, Luca Italian Restaurant, while discovering the talents of your neighbors. The Hopewell/PG Friends will host a spring meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. at the Hopewell Library. Two Tellers Telling, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer of the The Tell Tale Hearts, will present humorous stories appropriate for all ages and the event will include refreshments and a chance to win door prizes. And 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. and friendly volunteers will help you find an amazing read. Proceeds from the bookstore and the ongoing sales at libraries like Dinwiddie, Rohoic, Carson, and McKenney help support programming for adults and children throughout the Appomattox Regional Library System.

ADULT PROGRAMS

EXPL RE Volume 2 | Number 3

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

Burrowsville 757-866-0659 18701 James River Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Carson Depot 434-246-2900 16101 Halligan Park Road Carson, VA 23830

Disputanta 804-991-2403 10010 County Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Dinwiddie 804-469-9450 14103 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841

McKenney 804-478-4866 20707 First Street McKenney, VA 23872

Prince George 804-458-6329 x3700 6605 Courts Drive Prince George, VA 23875

Rohoic 804-732-4119 7301 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803

bookgroups Carson Depot Library | Third Thursday 6:00 p.m. March 20

Jane Austin— Any title by her or based on her work

April 17

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 15

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Hopewell Library Evening | Last Wednesday 6:30 p.m. March 26

Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt

April 30

The Orphan Train by Christina Kline

May 28

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Hopewell Library Afternoon | Third Thursday 1:00 p.m.

OUR MISSION

March 20

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) will provide services and programs to the communities it serves through support of life-long learning, general information, and the exchange of ideas with effective use of traditional library resources and emerging technology.

April 17

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

May 15

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Dinwiddie Library | Third Thursday 7:00 p.m.

BOARD of TRUSTEES Mary Benjamin Dinwiddie

Libbie Dragoo Hopewell

Doris Gallup Prince George

Pat Hale Prince George

Fran Halupka Hopewell

Jacqueline Shepperson Hopewell

Martha Sykes Dinwiddie

Pamela Tuggle Prince George

Sharon Bonner Yates Dinwiddie

March 20

Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors

April 17

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

May 15

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker

Hopewell

Prince George

April 5, 2:00 p.m.

March 17 – April 26

Two Tellers Telling with Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2014

Come listen to humorous stories presented by seasoned story tellers. From traditional folktales to current family adventures, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer bring alive the stories. The Hopewell/ Prince George Friends of the Library are sponsoring this event and will provide refreshments following the presentation. April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Building a Rain Barrel & Water Conservation Come build your own rain barrel at this class offered by the Prince George Master Gardeners!! Registration is required for the class and will require a $50 fee for each rain barrel constructed. The class will be limited to 35 barrels. Families are welcome to attend the class. Checks should be made payable to VCE-Prince George County. Registration and checks must be received prior to the class.

J.O.B.S WORKSHOPS ARLS in partnership with the J.O.B.S. Program (Job Opportunity Basic Skills) is offering a series of workshops for everybody who would like to work on their job searching skills. If attendance is strong at these initial workshops, we will offer them again in the future.

Introducing Book Group to Go! Want to start your own Book Group? It’s easy! Check out one of our Book Group Kits and gather friends! Each kit contains 10 copies of the title, a discussion guide, book and author background, and other goodies to make your book discussion successful. Titles currently available: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Street Dreams by K’wan. May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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.

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Library Board Meetings The Appomattox Regional Library Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month as follows and alternates meeting places within the library system: March 18 Hopewell

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April 15 | Prince George

May 20 Hopewell

Library Closings

All branches of the Appomattox Regional Library System will be closed: May 26 | Memorial Day

J.O.B.S Workshop— Be Prepared in Writing The first step in looking for a job is to gather information about yourself on paper so you can write a resume and fill out applications. Come and learn the basics of resume writing, completing applications, and lining up personal references. May 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop— How to Look for a Job There are many ways to search for employment in our information age. Come find out about search strategies online and elsewhere, networking, and your social media presence while job searching.

ADULT PROGRAMS Dinwiddie May 5, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening with Mark Twain

This travelling exhibit is on loan from The Library Of Virginia in partnership with Dominion. This is an annual project that honors eight African Americans living or deceased for their contributions to the Commonwealth. We have one of our own celebrities from Dinwiddie on that list, Ms. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly, the famous seamstress to Mrs. Lincoln. Please come enjoy this inspiring exhibit!

Gary Robertson will perform as Mark Twain at the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie spring meeting. Prepare yourself for an evening of insights and stories from the entertaining Mr. Twain. Refreshments will be served. The Dinwiddie Historical Society will provide the venue at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, adjacent to the Dinwiddie Library.

April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape Come and join Prince George Master Gardeners in learning about annuals and perennials. You will learn about low maintenance plants to fit our environment, selecting the right plant for your location, and general care and pruning needs. Bring your questions to discuss with the Master Gardeners and attendees. No fee. Pre-registration requested for materials preparation. April 28 – May 16, 2014

Art Exhibit “Still Life” “Still Life” is an exhibit of oil on canvas paintings by local artist Rebecca Rose featuring animals from field and home. The subjects reflect this season of outdoor life and farmer’s markets, but curiously caught at rest. The term “still life” usually refers to images that are neither living nor moving; for this exhibit it describes the quiet pause of otherwise lively creatures captured in the paintings. Rebecca Rose currently resides in Prince George on property acquired by her great grand parents in 1905, and work in Hopewell. She studied Fine Arts from Carnegie–Mellon University and completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. May 15, 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop - Be Prepared to Interview After applying for a job, the potential employer will want to talk to you over the phone and/or in person. Come learn about interviews, appropriate appearance, and introductions/elevator speeches. April 3, 6:00 p.m.

Poetry, Prose and Pizza Come share your original poetry, prose or a selection from another writer. Or just come to enjoy a slice of Luca Italian pizza and a drink while you listen to other poets and writers. Nathan Richardson, emcee, maintains a family friendly and supportive atmosphere for all ages. Nathan is a published poet and speaker from Virginia’s Tidewater area.

Southside From the Heart

Join knitters and crocheters as they craft items for hospitals, nursing homes and shelters. Crafters of any age and skill level 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.

♥ Carson 1st & 3rd Monday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

♥ Dinwiddie 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. George ♥ Prince 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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F R I E N D S of the library The Hopewell/Prince and Dinwiddie Friends of the Library, invite you to join them as “Fun and Friend Raisers” for your local libraries. Share your love of books and reading. Join the Friends of the Library today! For more information, stop by your local branch or contact Jan Rowley by email at jrowley@arls.org or by phone at (804) 458-6329 extension 2001. Membership fees are $10 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership in the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie. Basic membership fees for the Hopewell/PG Friends of the Library are $10 for an individual, $20 for a family, and $100 for a life membership. The Board of the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie, meets at the Dinwiddie Library at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of February, May, (general meeting), August and November. The Board of the Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library meets on the first Thursday of January, March, June and September at 6:30 p.m. General membership meetings are usually scheduled in April and October. The Hopewell/PG Friends sponsor “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” at the Prince George Library on a quarterly basis. The next event is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring original poetry, prose or a selection from a favorite poet. Nathan Richardson emcees this event in a family friendly atmosphere so come by, sign up to read, and enjoy a piece of pizza from co-sponsor, Luca Italian Restaurant, while discovering the talents of your neighbors. The Hopewell/PG Friends will host a spring meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. at the Hopewell Library. Two Tellers Telling, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer of the The Tell Tale Hearts, will present humorous stories appropriate for all ages and the event will include refreshments and a chance to win door prizes. And 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. and friendly volunteers will help you find an amazing read. Proceeds from the bookstore and the ongoing sales at libraries like Dinwiddie, Rohoic, Carson, and McKenney help support programming for adults and children throughout the Appomattox Regional Library System.

ADULT PROGRAMS

EXPL RE Volume 2 | Number 3

www.arls.org •

••

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

Burrowsville 757-866-0659 18701 James River Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Carson Depot 434-246-2900 16101 Halligan Park Road Carson, VA 23830

Disputanta 804-991-2403 10010 County Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Dinwiddie 804-469-9450 14103 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841

McKenney 804-478-4866 20707 First Street McKenney, VA 23872

Prince George 804-458-6329 x3700 6605 Courts Drive Prince George, VA 23875

Rohoic 804-732-4119 7301 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803

bookgroups Carson Depot Library | Third Thursday 6:00 p.m. March 20

Jane Austin— Any title by her or based on her work

April 17

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 15

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Hopewell Library Evening | Last Wednesday 6:30 p.m. March 26

Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt

April 30

The Orphan Train by Christina Kline

May 28

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Hopewell Library Afternoon | Third Thursday 1:00 p.m.

OUR MISSION

March 20

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Appomattox Regional Library System (ARLS) will provide services and programs to the communities it serves through support of life-long learning, general information, and the exchange of ideas with effective use of traditional library resources and emerging technology.

April 17

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

May 15

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Dinwiddie Library | Third Thursday 7:00 p.m.

BOARD of TRUSTEES Mary Benjamin Dinwiddie

Libbie Dragoo Hopewell

Doris Gallup Prince George

Pat Hale Prince George

Fran Halupka Hopewell

Jacqueline Shepperson Hopewell

Martha Sykes Dinwiddie

Pamela Tuggle Prince George

Sharon Bonner Yates Dinwiddie

March 20

Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors

April 17

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

May 15

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker

Hopewell

Prince George

April 5, 2:00 p.m.

March 17 – April 26

Two Tellers Telling with Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2014

Come listen to humorous stories presented by seasoned story tellers. From traditional folktales to current family adventures, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer bring alive the stories. The Hopewell/ Prince George Friends of the Library are sponsoring this event and will provide refreshments following the presentation. April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Building a Rain Barrel & Water Conservation Come build your own rain barrel at this class offered by the Prince George Master Gardeners!! Registration is required for the class and will require a $50 fee for each rain barrel constructed. The class will be limited to 35 barrels. Families are welcome to attend the class. Checks should be made payable to VCE-Prince George County. Registration and checks must be received prior to the class.

J.O.B.S WORKSHOPS ARLS in partnership with the J.O.B.S. Program (Job Opportunity Basic Skills) is offering a series of workshops for everybody who would like to work on their job searching skills. If attendance is strong at these initial workshops, we will offer them again in the future.

Introducing Book Group to Go! Want to start your own Book Group? It’s easy! Check out one of our Book Group Kits and gather friends! Each kit contains 10 copies of the title, a discussion guide, book and author background, and other goodies to make your book discussion successful. Titles currently available: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Street Dreams by K’wan. May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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.

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Library Board Meetings The Appomattox Regional Library Board of Trustees meets at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month as follows and alternates meeting places within the library system: March 18 Hopewell

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April 15 | Prince George

May 20 Hopewell

Library Closings

All branches of the Appomattox Regional Library System will be closed: May 26 | Memorial Day

J.O.B.S Workshop— Be Prepared in Writing The first step in looking for a job is to gather information about yourself on paper so you can write a resume and fill out applications. Come and learn the basics of resume writing, completing applications, and lining up personal references. May 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop— How to Look for a Job There are many ways to search for employment in our information age. Come find out about search strategies online and elsewhere, networking, and your social media presence while job searching.

ADULT PROGRAMS Dinwiddie May 5, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening with Mark Twain

This travelling exhibit is on loan from The Library Of Virginia in partnership with Dominion. This is an annual project that honors eight African Americans living or deceased for their contributions to the Commonwealth. We have one of our own celebrities from Dinwiddie on that list, Ms. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly, the famous seamstress to Mrs. Lincoln. Please come enjoy this inspiring exhibit!

Gary Robertson will perform as Mark Twain at the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie spring meeting. Prepare yourself for an evening of insights and stories from the entertaining Mr. Twain. Refreshments will be served. The Dinwiddie Historical Society will provide the venue at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, adjacent to the Dinwiddie Library.

April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Master Gardeners: Annuals and Perennials for the Landscape Come and join Prince George Master Gardeners in learning about annuals and perennials. You will learn about low maintenance plants to fit our environment, selecting the right plant for your location, and general care and pruning needs. Bring your questions to discuss with the Master Gardeners and attendees. No fee. Pre-registration requested for materials preparation. April 28 – May 16, 2014

Art Exhibit “Still Life” “Still Life” is an exhibit of oil on canvas paintings by local artist Rebecca Rose featuring animals from field and home. The subjects reflect this season of outdoor life and farmer’s markets, but curiously caught at rest. The term “still life” usually refers to images that are neither living nor moving; for this exhibit it describes the quiet pause of otherwise lively creatures captured in the paintings. Rebecca Rose currently resides in Prince George on property acquired by her great grand parents in 1905, and work in Hopewell. She studied Fine Arts from Carnegie–Mellon University and completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. May 15, 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

J.O.B.S Workshop - Be Prepared to Interview After applying for a job, the potential employer will want to talk to you over the phone and/or in person. Come learn about interviews, appropriate appearance, and introductions/elevator speeches. April 3, 6:00 p.m.

Poetry, Prose and Pizza Come share your original poetry, prose or a selection from another writer. Or just come to enjoy a slice of Luca Italian pizza and a drink while you listen to other poets and writers. Nathan Richardson, emcee, maintains a family friendly and supportive atmosphere for all ages. Nathan is a published poet and speaker from Virginia’s Tidewater area.

Southside From the Heart

Join knitters and crocheters as they craft items for hospitals, nursing homes and shelters. Crafters of any age and skill level 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.

♥ Carson 1st & 3rd Monday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

♥ Dinwiddie 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. George ♥ Prince 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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F R I E N D S of the library The Hopewell/Prince and Dinwiddie Friends of the Library, invite you to join them as “Fun and Friend Raisers” for your local libraries. Share your love of books and reading. Join the Friends of the Library today! For more information, stop by your local branch or contact Jan Rowley by email at jrowley@arls.org or by phone at (804) 458-6329 extension 2001. Membership fees are $10 per year or $50 for a lifetime membership in the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie. Basic membership fees for the Hopewell/PG Friends of the Library are $10 for an individual, $20 for a family, and $100 for a life membership. The Board of the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie, meets at the Dinwiddie Library at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of February, May, (general meeting), August and November. The Board of the Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library meets on the first Thursday of January, March, June and September at 6:30 p.m. General membership meetings are usually scheduled in April and October. The Hopewell/PG Friends sponsor “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” at the Prince George Library on a quarterly basis. The next event is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring original poetry, prose or a selection from a favorite poet. Nathan Richardson emcees this event in a family friendly atmosphere so come by, sign up to read, and enjoy a piece of pizza from co-sponsor, Luca Italian Restaurant, while discovering the talents of your neighbors. The Hopewell/PG Friends will host a spring meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. at the Hopewell Library. Two Tellers Telling, Judith Onesty and Les Schaffer of the The Tell Tale Hearts, will present humorous stories appropriate for all ages and the event will include refreshments and a chance to win door prizes. And 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. and friendly volunteers will help you find an amazing read. Proceeds from the bookstore and the ongoing sales at libraries like Dinwiddie, Rohoic, Carson, and McKenney help support programming for adults and children throughout the Appomattox Regional Library System.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Carson Caboose O PE N H O US E

Friday, May 9, 2 - 4 In honor of National Train Day (Saturday, May 10), the Appomattox Regional Library System will be hosting an open house of our historic Norfolk and Western Carson Caboose, located next to the Carson Depot Library. Highlights include train stories read by Youth Services staff at 3 and simple crafts. Rain or shine.

All Ages Homeschool Meetup NEW! Homeschool families with children of all ages are invited to this casual program. Join us to make new friends and connections and discuss a classic book. All ages are welcome. Most of the books chosen are available in a variety of reading levels, from the original to abridged for younger readers. If you need assistance finding a copy of one of the titles, please contact your local branch.

Hopewell/Prince George Group: Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. March 25 - Hopewell Library April 28 - Prince George Library

Dinwiddie Group: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. March 27 - Dinwiddie Library May 1 - Dinwiddie Library

March selection (for both groups): Black Beauty by Anna Sewell April/May selection (for both groups): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Please join us! No advanced registration is required.

Seasonal crafts: At the Hopewell, Prince George, Carson, McKenney, Rohoic, Disputanta and Dinwiddie Libraries! Typically held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

MAR-MAY 2014

Friends of the Library Corner Children and caregivers are introduced to six early literacy skills essential for learning to read including print motivation, narrative skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and print awareness.

Tweens & Teens Red Cross Youth Leadership Meetings

Tuesday: Hopewell— 7:00 p.m. (see schedule) and Rohoic— 7:00 p.m.

Prince George— April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Dinwiddie — 10:30 a.m.

American Red Cross Youth Leadership/Preparedness meeting for teens 13-17. We will learn a leadership topic, discuss how to get involved as a Red Cross youth volunteer, as well as learn about steps to prepare yourselves and your community, in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Friday: Carson Library—10:30 a.m

Evening Story Time Special offerings for families not able to attend during the day.

Hopewell— March 8 at 1:00 p.m. Dinwiddie— May 10 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail Christy (804-731-5682 or Christy.Carneal@redcross.org)

Homeschool Meet-up (See description in All Ages section)

Rohoic Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Hopewell Alternating Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m April 1, April 22, May 6

Read to a Dog!

Canine Book Buddies at the Hopewell Library April 10 & June 12 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Gary Robertson performs

An Evening with Mark Twain Storytellers Judith Onesty & Les Schaffer

There will be no Story Time the following week: April 14-18

Kids (Grades K to 5)

V2 N3

(Grades 6 to 12)

Monday: Hopewell— 10:30 a.m.

Thursday: Prince George— 10:30 a.m. and Disputanta 4:00 p.m,

Appomattox Regional Library System

Stream FREE video, music, & audiobooks.

Two Tellers Telling

March 10 April 21 (Third Monday - Special Earth Day craft!) May 12

Join us to make a fun craft with friends! Children under 8 should attend with an adult that can assist them.

Let Your Inner Book-Geek Out Reviews, discussions, polls, and more.

Babies, Toddlers, & PreSchool (Birth to Pre-K) Spring Story Time: March 24 - May 9 NEW! Story Time is now being offered in 5 branch locations, as well as the headquarters library in Hopewell. 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.

Children gain confidence in reading by reading aloud to therapy dogs! Join clever canines handlers and therapy dogs for a fun way to practice reading skills! The program is for students in grades 2-4. Sign up for a 15 minute reading slot from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration Required. Call 804-458-6329 ext. 1005 to register.

Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone with only your ARLS library card! No software to install,  no holds lists, no late fines… no waiting.

Celebrate National Train Day! Carson Caboose Open House

• May 9, 2 - 4

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Carson Caboose O PE N H O US E

Friday, May 9, 2 - 4 In honor of National Train Day (Saturday, May 10), the Appomattox Regional Library System will be hosting an open house of our historic Norfolk and Western Carson Caboose, located next to the Carson Depot Library. Highlights include train stories read by Youth Services staff at 3 and simple crafts. Rain or shine.

All Ages Homeschool Meetup NEW! Homeschool families with children of all ages are invited to this casual program. Join us to make new friends and connections and discuss a classic book. All ages are welcome. Most of the books chosen are available in a variety of reading levels, from the original to abridged for younger readers. If you need assistance finding a copy of one of the titles, please contact your local branch.

Hopewell/Prince George Group: Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. March 25 - Hopewell Library April 28 - Prince George Library

Dinwiddie Group: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. March 27 - Dinwiddie Library May 1 - Dinwiddie Library

March selection (for both groups): Black Beauty by Anna Sewell April/May selection (for both groups): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Please join us! No advanced registration is required.

Seasonal crafts: At the Hopewell, Prince George, Carson, McKenney, Rohoic, Disputanta and Dinwiddie Libraries! Typically held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

MAR-MAY 2014

Friends of the Library Corner Children and caregivers are introduced to six early literacy skills essential for learning to read including print motivation, narrative skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and print awareness.

Tweens & Teens Red Cross Youth Leadership Meetings

Tuesday: Hopewell— 7:00 p.m. (see schedule) and Rohoic— 7:00 p.m.

Prince George— April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Dinwiddie — 10:30 a.m.

American Red Cross Youth Leadership/Preparedness meeting for teens 13-17. We will learn a leadership topic, discuss how to get involved as a Red Cross youth volunteer, as well as learn about steps to prepare yourselves and your community, in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Friday: Carson Library—10:30 a.m

Evening Story Time Special offerings for families not able to attend during the day.

Hopewell— March 8 at 1:00 p.m. Dinwiddie— May 10 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail Christy (804-731-5682 or Christy.Carneal@redcross.org)

Homeschool Meet-up (See description in All Ages section)

Rohoic Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Hopewell Alternating Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m April 1, April 22, May 6

Read to a Dog!

Canine Book Buddies at the Hopewell Library April 10 & June 12 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Gary Robertson performs

An Evening with Mark Twain Storytellers Judith Onesty & Les Schaffer

There will be no Story Time the following week: April 14-18

Kids (Grades K to 5)

V2 N3

(Grades 6 to 12)

Monday: Hopewell— 10:30 a.m.

Thursday: Prince George— 10:30 a.m. and Disputanta 4:00 p.m,

Appomattox Regional Library System

Stream FREE video, music, & audiobooks.

Two Tellers Telling

March 10 April 21 (Third Monday - Special Earth Day craft!) May 12

Join us to make a fun craft with friends! Children under 8 should attend with an adult that can assist them.

Let Your Inner Book-Geek Out Reviews, discussions, polls, and more.

Babies, Toddlers, & PreSchool (Birth to Pre-K) Spring Story Time: March 24 - May 9 NEW! Story Time is now being offered in 5 branch locations, as well as the headquarters library in Hopewell. 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.

Children gain confidence in reading by reading aloud to therapy dogs! Join clever canines handlers and therapy dogs for a fun way to practice reading skills! The program is for students in grades 2-4. Sign up for a 15 minute reading slot from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration Required. Call 804-458-6329 ext. 1005 to register.

Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone with only your ARLS library card! No software to install,  no holds lists, no late fines… no waiting.

Celebrate National Train Day! Carson Caboose Open House

• May 9, 2 - 4


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