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Free Events March 2014

An Evening with

Andrew McCarthy Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. The Alden at the McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. • McLean, VA Meet acclaimed actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, author of The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. Books available for sale and signing. Cosponsored by the McLean Community Center. Sign up online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or call 703-324-8428 beginning March 4.

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Also inside: • Book Clubs • Book Sales • Computer and eBook clinics • Children’s events


Join us as we celebrate 75 years of service to Fairfax County

Commemorative 75th Anniversary library cards are available now at your local branch. Burke Centre Library 5935 Freds Oak Road Burke, VA 22015 703-249-1520 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays, March 1 & 22, 10:30 Teen Advisory Board Meeting. TAB meets once a week to help shape the library’s young adult collection, programming and outreach projects. Age 13-18. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Read! Build! Play! Let’s read a story, build with Duplos® and play with friends! Age 3-5 with adult.

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Thursdays, March 6, 20, 27, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice English with others and improve your skills. Adults.* Friday, March 7, 10:30 Tiny Tots Storytime. Develop your child’s early literacy skills with stories, songs and play! Age 1-2 with adult. Wednesday, March 12, 3:00 - 6:00 Thursday, March 13, 1:00 - 9:00 Friday, March 14, 10:00 - 6:00 The Friends of Burke Centre Library Book Sale. A variety of spring reads can be purchased. All Ages.

Don’t forget to register...

You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 My Gym - Preschool. Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 My Gym - Babies. Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for babies. 12-23 months with adult. Presented by local My Gym instructor. Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 My Gym - Toddlers. Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for toddlers. Age 2 with adult. Presented by local My Gym instructor.

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Thursday, March 20, 4:30 My Gym - School Age. Develop large motor skills, learn basic gymnastics and have fun! Presented by local My Gym instructor. Age 6-12.

Centreville Regional Library 14200 St. Germain Dr. Centreville, VA 20121 703-830-2223 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March Basic Internet and Microsoft Office Tutoring. Call for an appointment with a technology volunteer. Adults.

Friday, March 21, 10:30 Animal Crackers. Develop your child’s early literacy skills with stories, songs and activities about animals! Age 3-5 with adult. Monday, March 24, 3:30 39 Clues Reading Club. Let’s read and discuss book three in the series The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis. Print copies available at the library service desk. Age 8-12. Tuesday, March 25, 1:30 Short Book Conversations. Join our lively discussion of short books! Call library for book title. Adults. Thursday, March 27, 4:30 Library Orientation and Tour. The public library offers many educational online resources. Learn how to find and use them for homework projects. Designed for public, private and homeschool students. Age 8-12.

Mondays in March, 7:00 ESL Book Club. Adults learning English meet to discuss a book chosen by the group. Ask for title. Adults.* Tuesday, March 4, 11:00 Monday, March 17, 11:00 Time for Tots. Stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. Tuesdays in March, 4:00 - 8:00 AARP Tax Assistance. Preference given to older adults. Adults.* Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 Thursday, March 20, 7:00 Starlight Storytime. Stories and fun for the whole family. Pajamas and stuffed friends welcome! Age 4-10.

Saturday, March 8, 10:30 Thriving Three to Fives. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Saturdays, March 8 & 22, 3:00 Practice Your English Conversation Group. English conversation practice opportunity for adult learners of English. Volunteer led. Adults. Monday, March 10, 3:00 Afternoon Adventures: Geronimo Stilton Celebration. Meet and greet storybook character Geronimo Stilton. Play cheesy games, break a coded message and wrap a mummy. Geronimo Stilton book door prizes. Age 8-12. Tuesday, March 11, 11:00 Thriving Three to Fives: Down on the Farm. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Thursday, March 13, 7:00 Civil War Lecture. “Battle of New Market, Virginia, May 1864,” by author and historian Scott Harris. Cosponsored by the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. Adults plus school age & up.*

Thursday, March 6, 11:00 Small Wonders. Stories and activities. 13-23 months with adult.

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Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 Middle School and High School Book Clubs. Come share your ideas about what sort of books and discussions you would like to see within the book club and maybe volunteer to lead a discussion, or two. All ideas are welcome. No registration, drop-ins welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Grades 7-12. Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 Creating Comics with Matt Dembicki for Teens. A hands-on approach to making comics, from creating characters to learning about panels and backgrounds — and then putting it all on paper yourself! Age 12-18. Monday, March 24, 1:00 Sully Book Club. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. Adults.* Tuesday, March 25, 11:00 Wheee! High-octane storytime. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 A Novel Society. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. Adults.* Monday, March 31, 3:00 Afternoon Adventures: Amphibians Abound! Spring is the time for frogs, toads and salamanders to wake up. Meet live native amphibians at all stages of their metamorphosis. Discover how

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these fascinating creatures are also environmental indicators. Age 6-12.

Chantilly Regional Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd Chantilly, VA 20151 703-502-3883 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March Basic Internet and Microsoft Office Tutoring. Get one-on-one help with computers, basic Microsoft Office applications and navigating the Internet. Call the library to schedule an appointment. Adults. March One-on-One English Conversation Practice. Practice your English with an ESL volunteer. Register in person only. Call branch for details. Adults. Saturdays in March, 10:00 VITA Tax Assistance. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.*

Don’t forget to register...

You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

Saturday, March 1, 10:30 Kaleidoscope Storytime: An Adaptive Storytime. Family sensory storytime focusing on the strengths and adapting to children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental challenges. Stories, songs and movement in a welcoming atmosphere. All ages. Mondays in March, 10:30 Fridays, March 7 & 21, 3:00 Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26, 3:00 Saturdays, March 15 & 29, 11:30 Bouncin’ Babies. Rhymes, songs, stories and activities for you and your baby. Build an early literacy foundation for your child while enjoying time together. Birth-11 months with caregiver. Mondays in March, 11:30 Fridays, March 7 & 21, 4:00 Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26, 4:00 Saturdays, March 15 & 29, 10:30 Small Wonders. Rhymes, songs, stories and activities for you and your baby. Build an early literacy foundation for your child while enjoying time together. 12-23 months with adult. Monday, March 3, 2:00 Frying Pan Farm at Chantilly Library. Meet and learn about a small farm animal, hear a story and take home a craft. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library. Grades K-6.

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 Dr. Seuss Reads: Toddlin’ Twos Storytime. Celebrate “Read Across America.” Stories, rhymes and song in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Age 2 with adult. Tuesdays in March, 10:30 English Conversation Group. Practice your English with other students. Adults. Tuesday, March 4, 11:30 Dr. Seuss Reads: Three to Five Storytime. Celebrate “Read Across America.” Stories, rhymes and song in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays in March, 1:30 Storytime for Three to Fives. Early literacy program with stories and activities. Age 3-5 with caregiver. Wednesdays, March 5 & 19, 10:30 Read! Build! Play!: Duplo® Storytime. New! Duplo® play storytime to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. Have fun with your little one while building early literacy foundations for reading success. 18-36 months with adult.

Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 Mystery Book Club. Mystery book discussion group. Ask for title. Adults.* Thursdays, March 6, 20, 27, 10:30 & 11:30 Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25, 10:30 & 11:30 Toddlin’ Twos. Early literacy storytime with stories, songs and activities. Age 2 with caregiver. Thursday, March 6, 5:00 eBook Help. Get your eBook questions answered. No prior experience required. Please bring your tablet or eReader and library card. Adults. Thursdays in March, 6:00 VITA Tax Assistance. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.*

Thursdays in March, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice your English with other students. Adults. Thursday, March 6, 7:00 TBCTeen Book Club. A book discussion group for teens. Ask for title. Grades 7-9.

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Saturdays, March 8 & 22, 11:00 ESL Book Club. Adults learning English meet to discuss a book chosen by the group. Ask for title. Adults.* Saturday, March 8, 3:00 Paws for Reading. Read aloud for a 15-minute session with one of our therapy dogs. Bring your own book or choose a book from the library. Age 5-12. Monday, March 10, 2:15 Kinder-Budds: Book Buddies for Kindergarteners. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Kindergarteners. Mondays, March 10 & 24, 6:45 Writers of Chantilly. Share your work, and give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults.* Wednesdays, March 12 & 26, 10:30 Read! Build! Play!: Duplo® Storytime. New! Duplo® play storytime to help develop and reinforce early literacy skills. Have fun with your little one while building early literacy foundations for reading success. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 Chantilly Book Discussion Group. Ask for title. Adults.*

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Saturday, March 15, 2:00 Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 Wednesday, March 26, 1:00 eBook Help. Get your eBook questions answered. No prior experience required. Please bring your tablet or eReader and library card. Adults. Monday, March 17, 2:00 Hidden Pond Nature Center at Chantilly Library. Presented by the staff of Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of Chantilly Regional Library. Grades 1-6.

Thursday, March 27, 7:30 Book Discussion. Call for title. Grades 5 & 6. Friday, March 28, 1:30 Ready for School Storytime. Early literacy storytime program for children ready to be on their own without caregivers or siblings. Age 4-5. Monday, March 31, 2:15 Book Buddies: Book Group. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 1 & 2.

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 Magic and Mayhem. A sci-fi/fantasy book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 6-8. Saturday, March 22, 10:30 Peaceful Paws. Children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental challenges meet and read to a trained therapy dog. Dakota, a gentle giant Bernese mountain dog, is an ideal reading buddy for children with special needs. Bring your own book or choose a book from the library; however, reading is not required. Parents and siblings are welcome to join. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. All ages. Monday, March 24, 2:15 Bookalicious!: Book Group. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 3 & 4.

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City of Fairfax Regional Library 10360 North Street Fairfax, VA 22030 703-293-6227 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March Personalized Internet/Microsoft Office Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or increase your computer skills. Call for appointment. Age 13 & up.

Don’t forget to register...

You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

Saturdays in March, 1:00 Wednesdays in March, 7:00 Fridays in March, 2:00 Genealogy Help Desk. Bring your family history stumpers to the experts. Accomplished genealogists and library staff will be on hand to assist you. Ask at the Virginia Room desk or call 703293-6227, option 6. Adults. Saturdays in March, 2:00 GIVE. GIVE - Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education. Volunteers from Thomas Jefferson H. S. and Robinson H. S. will offer to tutor students in math, reading, writing, science, social studies and ESL. This is an opportunity for students to become tutors and also for students and parents who seek help with their homework.* Mondays in March, 11:00 Tuesdays in March, 2:00 Library eBook Tech Help. Learn to use the library’s eBook collection and compatible devices with a library staff member. Adults.* Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 25, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English with others and improve your skills. Adults.* Wednesdays in March, 10:30 English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English with others and improve your skills. Adults.*

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Wednesdays in March, 10:30 Fairfax County’s Take Control of Your Health Program. Fairfax County’s Take Control of Your Health Program of Stanford University includes a FREE six week workshop series designed for individuals who have one or more on-going health conditions or concerns. Caregivers are also welcome to attend. The workshops are held once a week, for six consecutive weeks. Registration required, call Colleen Turner at 703-324-5489. Adults. Thursday, March 6, 10:30 Mother Goose Storytime. Come enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays and lay a foundation of early literacy skills for your baby. Birth-23 months with adult.

more information on how to enroll call 703-537-3019. Cosponsored by JCC of Northern Virginia. 6 months-5 years with adult.

Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 Evening Book Discussion. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Adults.*

Thursday, March 13, 10:30 Toddler Time. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Library staff share with children a love for books, and parents learn to cultivate early literacy skills. Age 2-3 with adult.

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 YA Book Discussion Group. Fun, snacks and book discussion. Call for book title. Age 10-14.

Saturday, March 15, 10:00 City of Fairfax Library Friends Spring Children’s Book Sale. Join the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library for the Spring Children’s Book Sale. Choose gently used books for children, for yourself or as gifts. All ages.*

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 Volunteer Festival. Need service hours? Interested in community service? Come visit with a variety of civic and service organizations in Fairfax to learn about the volunteer opportunities that they offer. Parents welcome, too. Cosponsored by the Fairfax InterService Club Council. Age 12 and up.* Monday, March 10, 10:30 PJ Library Book Buddies. Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and all who love books are welcome to listen to Jewish storybooks! Please join us on the second Monday of the month as we read selections from the PJ Library (PJ as in “pajamas”), and make a craft to take home. For

Thursday, March 20, 1:00 Afternoon Reading Group. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Adults.* Friday, March 21, 10:00 Saturday, March 22, 10:00 Sunday, March 23, 1:00 City of Fairfax Library Friends Spring Book Sale. Join the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library for the Spring Book Sale. Choose gently used books for all ages, for yourself or as gifts. All ages.* Monday, March 24, 4:30 Brain Games at the Library. Have fun and win prizes with our board games and card games that challenge your thinking and build your skills. Age 8-12.

Monday, March 17, 4:30 Tuesday, March 18, 4:30 Thursday, March 20, 4:30 Saturday, March 22, 10:30 Tales to Tails. Need practice reading? Read aloud to a friendly, trained therapy dog. Age 6-12.

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Thursday, March 27, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Build your child’s early literacy skills while enjoying stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

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Monday, March 31, 10:30 & 11:30 Music and Movin’ with Miss Susan. Musical St. Patrick’s Day Fun with Miss Susan. Bring your wee ones for some Saint Patrick’s Day fun. Come enjoy Celtic music and learn a simple circle dance! Cosponsored by Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. 6 months-5 years with adult. Dolley Madison Library 1244 Oak Ridge Ave. McLean, VA 22101 703-356-0770 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, March 3 & 17, 10:30 Tiny Tot Time. Stories, songs and rhymes. 13-23 months with adult. Tuesdays in March, 11:00 Improve Your English Skills. Get focused help with reading, writing, speaking and listening. Adults. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Dazzling Dinosaurs. Can you move like a dinosaur from long ago? Join us for stories and songs about dinosaurs, and learn the dinosaur dance! Age 2-3 with adult.

Monday, March 10, 1:30 Star Language Learners. Become a language star! Presented by a native-speaking teacher with exciting games and fun activities. No previous experience needed. Age 5 & up. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Book Discussion Group. Ask for book title at the circulation desk. Adults.* Wednesdays, March 12 & 19, 10:30 Windy Days. Blustery winds roar like a lion, gentle breezes are soft as a lamb. Join us for seasonal stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Animals Underground. Discover how exciting life is under the soil. Learn who is digging tunnels, chewing on roots and kicking the dirt around. Get creative and play games to see what it would be like to live underground. Meet one of our underground creatures. Presented by Riverbend Park. Cosponsored by the Friends of Dolley Madison Library. Age 2-5 with adult.

Wednesdays in March, 1:00 English Conversation Group. Practice your English in a conversational setting. Adults.

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Don’t forget to register...

You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

George Mason Regional Library 7001 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003 703-256-3800 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays in March, 11:00 eBook Workshop. Learn how to use OverDrive to download free eBooks. Please bring your charged device and library card. Tuesdays in March, 2:00 Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27, 2:00 English Conversation Group. Practice and improve your English. Adults.* Thursday, March 6, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Enjoy short stories, fingerplay and songs as we model early literacy skills. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays, March 11 & 24, 11:00 Thursday, March 13, 11:00 Storytime. Enjoy short stories, songs and fingerplay with your toddler. Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 Library Board of Trustees. A maximum of 10 people may speak during the public comment period. To sign up to speak, call 703-324-8324. Adults.* Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 Road Scholar. Find out about various all-inclusive travel programs offered by

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Elderhostel, Inc., a not-for-profit leader in lifelong learning. Adults. Thursday, March 20, 10:30 Small Wonders. Enjoy stories, fingerplay and songs with your baby as we demonstrate early literacy skill building. 6-23 months with adult. Thursday, March 20, 2:00 George Mason Book Discussion Group. The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser. The true story of the largest art heist in history. Adults.* Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 Garden Maintenance - Spring: Gearing Up. Learn tips for your lawn and garden to prepare for a resplendent growing season. This Green Spring Garden Master Gardeners program is sponsored by Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Adults. Thursday, March 27, 11:00 Preschool Storytime. Get ready for kindergarten with stories and activities that model and reinforce early literacy skills. Age 3-5 with adult.

Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike Great Falls, VA 22066 703-757-8560 | TTY: 711 Mon. – Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Books & Babies Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Birth-2 with adult. Wednesdays in March, 2:00 ESL Conversation Group. Wednesdays in March, 4:30 Pokemon League. Come play Pokemon with your friends! Age 5-15.*

Monday, March 17, 4:00 Kids’ Book Club. Call branch for title. Age 8-12. Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 Morning Book Group. Call Branch for title. Thursday, March 20, 7:30 Evening Book Group. Call Branch for title.

Herndon Fortnightly Library 768 Center St. Herndon, VA 20170 703-437-8855 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 11:00 Terrific Twos. Join us for an early literacy storytime with stories and rhymes about the color yellow. Age 2 with adult.

Fridays in March, 1:00 Drop-In Chess. Saturday, March 8, 10:30 Saturday Storytime. Join us for stories songs and activities. Age 2 & up with adult. Saturday, March 8, 2:00 Monday, March 24, 2:00▼ Lego® Club. Drop in and play with Legos®. Age 3 & up. Monday, March 17, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

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Wednesday, March 5, 11:00 Wonderful Ones. “Spring Green” stories and rhymes for you and your 1-year-old. 12-23 months with adult. Monday, March 10, 7:00 Writers’ Group. WRITERS UNITE. All levels of writing experience are welcome to join our group to receive support and feedback. The group reviews works-in-progress from up to 3 members each month. Adults. Wednesday, March 12, 11:00 Preschool Storytime. Boost your child’s early literacy skills with stories and rhymes about balloons for your preschooler. Age 3-5 with adult. Continued on next page

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Monday, March 17, 7:00 Evening Preschool Storytime. Boost your child’s early literacy skills with stories and rhymes about the color yellow. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, March 19, 11:00 Wonderful Ones. Songs, stories and rhymes about opposites for you and your 1-year-old. 12-23 months with adult. Wednesday, March 26, 11:00 S. T. E. A. M. Storytime. All aboard for a S. T. E. A. M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) storytime for your preschooler. Join our Breakfast “Feast” where we’ll explore the element of iron in a popular breakfast food. Includes hands-on and interactive activities. Age 3-5. Saturday, March 29, 2:00 Saturday Smiles Preschool Storytime. Boost your child’s early literacy skills with stories and rhymes about balloons for your preschooler. Age 2-5 with adult.

John Marshall Library 6209 Rose Hill Dr. Alexandria, VA 22310 703-971-0010 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres. Join us for an interactive children’s show that celebrates Spanish language and Latin American Culture. All ages.

Saturdays in March, 1:00 eBook Workshop. Get your eBook questions answered. Bring your eBook reader and your library card. No experience necessary. Adults.

Kings Park Library 9000 Burke Lake Rd. Burke, VA 22015 703-978-5600 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, March 3, 10:30 & 11:00 Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 & 11:00 Fun for 2’s & 3’s. Come for stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Toddler Time. Come for stories and activities. Birth-23 months with adult.

Monday, March 17, 7:15 Book Discussion Group. Call branch for title. Adults.

Saturdays in March, 11:00 & Noon eBook clinic. Learn to use the library’s eBook collection and compatible eBook readers with our one-on-one technology volunteer. Registration required. Adults. Tuesday, March 4, 2:00 Genealogy 101. Introduction to genealogy research and resources at the library, presented by Virginia Room Librarian Laura Wickstead.

Thursdays in March, 2:00 English Conversation. Practice your English in a relaxed setting. Adults. Mondays, March 10 & 24, 10:30 A to Zoo. Come for stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Real Kids Read. Come talk about what you are reading with other teens. Age 10-13 with adult.

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You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Wednesdays in March, 11:00 Fridays in March, 2:00 Keeping Up With Kids — Learn About Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype. Learn the basics with our one-onone technology volunteer about the social networking tools that can help you stay in touch with your kids and grandkids. Adults. Wednesdays in March, Noon eBook clinic. Learn to use the library’s eBook collection and compatible eBook readers with our one-on-one technology volunteer. Registration required. Adults. Thursday, March 6, 7:00 North Carolina and the French and Indian War. Author John Maass, Army Historian, will discuss his book, North Carolina and the French and Indian War. Book signing to follow. Adults and teens. Fridays in March, 1:00 Basic Computer Skills Training. Learn basic computer skills with our one-on-one technology volunteers. Adults. Saturday, March 8, 2:00 Mystery Writers Panel. Local mystery authors Barb Goffman, Art Taylor, Sandra Parshall and Shari Randall will discuss their writing and publishing processes. Book signing to follow. Monday, March 10, 10:30 Celebrate Seuss Storytime. Stories, songs and fun with Dr. Seuss books for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult. Mondays, March 10 & 17, 4:00 Imagination Hour with Author Ichabod Ablegoose. Bring your funny bone and creative

spirit to hear and help children’s author Tom Nochera (aka Ichabod Ablegoose), read poems from his book, A Place That’s Fun. Book signing to follow. Age 6-12.

Tuesday, March 18, 10:00 Small Oneders. Rhymes, stories, songs and activities for you and your toddler. 12-23 months with adult.

Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 Pokémon Club. Bring your Pokémon trading cards to trade and play the Pokémon game. Age 6-12.*

Tuesday, March 18, 1:30 Afternoon Book Discussion Group. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler. Adults.*

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Calling All Guys. Book discussion group for boys. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry. Age 8-12 with adult. Thursday, March 13, 1:30 Gentle Yoga. Chair yoga: stretching and breathing exercises designed to relieve stress, calm the mind, and increase mobility and balance. No yoga mat needed. Designed for adults 55 and over. Saturday, March 15, 1:00 Traveling Toy Trains. Learn how you can become a toy train hobbyist. Christopher Haag shares his model train collection and expertise on collecting, restoring and scene building. Cosponsored by Friends of the Kings Park Library. Age 6-12.

Tuesday, March 18, 2:00 Great Decisions Seminar. Roundtable discussion of U. S. foreign policy. Topic: Defense technology. Adults. Wednesday, March 19, 4:00 Legos® in the Library. Have fun making friends and Lego® creations with our supply of Lego® bricks. Cosponsored by Friends of the Kings Park Library. Age 6-12.* Thursday, March 20, 7:00 Archaeology of Old Colchester. A Fairfax County historian will describe the efforts and results of excavations of historic artifacts from the Old Colchester area. Adults and teens. Friday, March 21 Game On! Test your prowess with our Wii Mario Kart. Age 6-16.* Monday, March 24, 4:00 - 5:00 Paws to Read. Practice reading with Grace, a trained therapy dog. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12 with adult.

Monday, March 17, 7:00 Let’s Hear It for the Girls! All-girl book discussion group. Millicent Min, Girl Genius, by Lisa Yee. Age 9-12 with adult female.

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Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 Kings Park Library Friends Meeting. Adults.*

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Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes. Storytime with a focus on early literacy skills. Age 2-3 with adult. Monday, March 31, 4:00 Signs of Spring. Hidden Pond Nature Center staff present what you may hear and see in early spring including frogs and their sounds with other signs of the season. Age 6-12.

taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.* Saturdays, March 1 & 22, 10:30 - 11:30 Wag a Tale. Need a little practice reading or just love dogs? Register to read to Chester, our reading therapy dog. Age 5-12. Monday, March 3, 10:30 Early Words. Early literacy storytime with stories and songs. 12-23 months with adult. Monday, March 3, 3:30 Wild and Wonderful: Hidden Pond at the Kingstowne Library. Amphibians! Presented by a naturalist from the Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Kingstowne Library. Age 6-12.

Kingstowne Library 6500 Landsdowne Centre Alexandria, VA 22315 703-339-4610 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March Genealogy One-on-One Tutorial. One-on-one sessions with a genealogy volunteer using library online resources. Call for an appointment. Adults. March One-on-One Internet/Computer Training. One-on-one sessions with a technology volunteer. Call for an appointment. Saturdays in March, 10:00 VITA Tax Assistance. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help

Wednesday, March 5, 12:15 Daytime Book Discussion. Creole Belle by James Lee Burke. Adults.* Thursday, March 6, 1:30 Independent Living Project. Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project is a free six-week series of educational seminars of interest to older adults. Participation in the full project is advised. Pre-registration is required. To sign up for the series, please call Jennifer Edge at 703-324-7210. Adults. Saturday, March 8, 10:00 Friends of the Kingstowne Library Book Sale. Gems and finds for all readers. All ages.* Saturdays, March 8 & 15, 10:30 - 11:30 Wag a Tale. Need a little practice reading or just love dogs? Register to read to Bella or Fire, our reading therapy dogs. Age 5-12. Monday, March 10, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes. Early Literacy storytime with stories and songs. Age 2-3 with adult.

Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 Sweet Dreams. Stories and songs for children and their families. All ages. Wednesdays in March, 10:15 Thursdays in March, 7:00 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.*

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Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Second Tuesday Book Group. My Life in France by Julia Child. Visit the group’s blog at secondtuesdaybookgroup.blogspot. com. Adults.* Wednesday, March 12, 2:00 KNCAA Book Group. A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester. Meet next door at Kingstowne Center for Active Adults (KNCAA). Cosponsored by KNCAA. Adults.*

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27, 1:30 Chronic Disease Management Series. From the Stanford University program “Take Control of Your Health SelfManagement,” this is a free sixweek series of educational seminars presented by the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. A Partnership with the Kingstowne Center for Active Adults. To register, please call 703-324-5489.

Saturday, March 8, 11:00 - 12:00 Paws to Read. Practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog. 15-minute sessions available. Age 6-12. Saturday, March 8, 2:00 Lorton Junior Chess Club. Practice chess and learn new moves. Age 8-12. * Wednesday, March 12, 11:00 Blue Skies. Stories and activities about the weather. Age 2-3 with adult. Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27, 6:00 Homework Help. Drop-in homework help for students. Age 6-12.*

Monday, March 17, 10:30 Rainbow Readers. Early Literacy storytime with stories and songs for children. Age 3-5 with adult.

Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway Lorton, VA 22079 703-339-7385 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays in March, 5:15 English Conversation Group. Practice your English conversation skills. Adults.* Thursday, March 6, 7:00 Jammin’ Book Party. Explore fun stories and games. Snacks provided. Age 9-12.

Martha Washington Library 6614 Fort Hunt Rd. Alexandria, VA 22307 703-768-6700 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 10:30 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Stories, games and more Seuss-related activities to celebrate “Read Across America.” Cosponsored by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. All ages. Monday, March 3, 2:00 - 3:00 Read to the Dog. Read aloud to Rocco, a trained therapy dog. Call or register online for a 15-minute reading session. Age 6-12. Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 Mardi Gras Storytime. Join the parade with stories, rhymes and movement. Age 1-5 with adult.

Monday, March 17, 11:00 Small Wonders. Rhymes and fingerplay. 12-23 months with adult. Saturday, March 22, 11:00 Create Your Own Computer Game. Learn how to program a computer to create your own computer game. Age 8-12. Wednesday, March 26, 11:00 Nature Awakens. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

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Tuesdays in March, 8:00 One-on-One Internet/Computer Training. One-hour session with a technology volunteer for help with basic computer skills and navigating the Internet. Call for an appointment. Adults. Saturday, March 8, Noon Chapbook SWAP. Join us for a Chapbook SWAP and discussion. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library Adult.*

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Monday, March 10, 7:00 Cliffhanger Book Club. This read-aloud event is guaranteed to leave you in suspense. Bring your library card so you can find out what happens next! Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. Age 8-10. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. Adults.* Thursday, March 13, 7:00 Movies at Martha. Call or visit for film title. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. Age 13 & up.

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 Potomac Poets Series. The Poetry Society of Virginia, Northern Region, presents Potomac Poets Series. An open mic will follow the featured readings. Adult.* Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 Fine Feathered Friends. Stories, songs and fun early literacy boosting activities about birds. Age 4-5 with adult. Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 Tips for Buying a TV. Please join us for an informative presentation on what to look for when buying a television. An explanation of the features of digital TVs, including clarity of the pictures displayed and

advantages of the newest digital sets such as access to the Internet. Presented by Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services. Thursday, March 20, 7:00 Martha’s Poetry Discussion Group. The poetry of Hart Crane. Adults.* Tuesday, March 25, 10:30 Baby Animal Fun! Stories, songs and movement activities for you and your little one. Birth-23 months with adult. Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 Martha’s Mystery Book Discussion Group. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. Adults.*

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 Martha’s Family Movie. Call or visit for film title. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. All ages. Saturday, March 29, 10:30 Wolf Trap Family Involvement Workshop. Movement Matters. Presented by Rachel Knudson, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist. Come explore the magic of dance with props, rhythm instruments and a wide variety of music. Learn how to support and encourage your child’s growth through movement activities that engage all types of learners. This workshop focuses on fun and appropriate movements for building the body and the brain. Age 3-5 with adult.

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Oakton Library 10304 Lynnhaven Place Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-4020 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, March 3, 10, 31, 10:30 English Conversation Group. English practice for non-native speakers in a friendly group setting. Adults.* Monday, March 3, 3:30 Brain Games: Intergenerational. Bring your friends or meet some new ones. Play chess, Blokus, Battleship, Rush Hour and other fun strategy games. Age 6-adult.* Tuesdays in March, 1:30 Thursdays in March, 4:00 English Conversation One-on-One. English practice for a non-native speaker with a library volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults. Tuesdays in March, 4:00 Computer One-on-One. Learn the basics of the Internet, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Call for appointment. Adults. Wednesdays, March 5 & 12, 10:30 eBook Help. Walk-in assistance in using library eBook resources. Bring library card and eBook device. Adults.*

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Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Small Wonders Storytime. Short stories for you and your child. 13-23 months with adult.

Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Rhyming Storytime. Rhyming stories and songs for you and your child. Ages 3-5 with adult.

Wednesdays in March, Noon Computer One-on-One. Learn the basics of the Internet, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or eBooks. Call for appointment. Adults.

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 Oakton Book Discussion Group. Come and join Oakton’s book discussion group. The March title is For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard. New members welcome. Adults.*

Saturday, March 8, 10:30 Saturday Storytime. Fun and fabulous stories for everyone. Age 2-5 with adult. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Money Matters Book Group. Consider how emotions lead to investment mistakes. March title is The Little Book of Behavioral Investing, by James Montier. New members welcome. Adults.* Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Masterpiece Book Group. March title is Longbourn, by Jo Baker. New members welcome. Adults. Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Toddler Tales. Stories and activities for you and your toddler. Ages 2-3 with adult. Wednesday, March 12, 1:00 Mystery Book Club. Join in the monthly unraveling of a whodunit or thriller. Please call branch for the March title. Adults. Thursday, March 20, 1:00 - 9:00 Friday, March 21, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 5:00 Book Sale. Choose from wide selection of donated books, DVDs and CDs in excellent condition. Children, teen, adult, fiction, nonfiction and reference. All proceeds benefit the library. Sponsored by the Friends of Oakton Library.*

Patrick Henry Library 101 Maple Ave. East Vienna, VA 22180 703-938-0405 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, March 3, 4:00 - 5:00 Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 - 5:00 Saturday, March 29, 10:00 - 11:00 Woof, and Paws - Read to a Dog. Need a little reading help? Sign up to read with a reading therapy dog. Age 6-12. Tuesdays in March, 10:30 Toddlin’ Twos. Join us for an early literacy enhanced storytime featuring stories and songs. Age 2 with adult. Tuesdays in March, 11:00 & Noon Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 2:00 & 3:00 One-on-one Computer Tutoring. Work with a volunteer tutor to learn about using the Internet, setting up an email account, and using basic software. Adults.

Saturday, March 1, 10:30 Dr. Seuss Day. Have a Seuss-ational Saturday @ the library! Join us for a celebration of everything Seuss, including stories, songs and more. Age 6-8. Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:00 & 11:00 Wednesdays in March, 1:00 & 2:00 One-on-One English Conversation Practice. Practice speaking English with volunteer partner. Call for appointment. Adults.* Monday, March 3, 10, 24, 31, 10:30 Treasured Threes to Fives. Join us for stories and songs. Age 3-5 with adult. Monday, March 3, 1:00 First Mondays with Supervisor Hudgins. Walk-in hours to share your thoughts with Hunter Woods District Supervisor Hudgins. Adults.*

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Tuesday, March 4, 2:00 Consumer Resources from Your County. Find out more about resources available in Fairfax County to address landlord-tenant disputes, consumer fraud and identity theft in this presentation from the Consumer Affairs Division during Consumer Awareness Week. Library staff will showcase online tools to evaluate products and services. Adults.

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Wednesdays in March, 10:30 Small Wonders. Join us for an early literacy enhanced storytime, featuring stories, rhymes, songs and activities for you and your child. 12-23 months with caregiver. Thursday, March 6, 7:00 Scratch Programming for Kids 2.0. Join us for an introduction to Scratch computer programming for children. It is recommended that participants bring a laptop with Scratch already downloaded. Age 8-12. Fridays in March, 10:00 English Conversation Group. English conversation group. Adults.* Fridays in March, 3:00 Pokemon League. Learn and play. Age 5-18.* Saturday, March 8, 10:30 Goodlife Theatre Puppet Show. Join Joe Pipik and Goodlife Theatre for the Little Red Rocket Hood puppet show. All ages with adult. Monday, March 10, 3:30 Game On Afternoon Edition. Test your prowess at our Wii Mario Kart or Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament. Age 6-16.* Monday, March 10, 7:00 Goodnight, Sleep Tight. Come in your pajamas and join us for stories and songs. All ages.* Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Vienna-Area AAUW Program: “I want to be just like her”: Women in Mathematics Special guest speaker Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Dean for Mathematics and Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University will share her initiatives to promote STEM careers for girls. AAUW District Representative

Sandy Lawrence will describe the “Girls+Math+Science=Success” Conference in Woodridge. Adults.* Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26, 11:45 Rock-a-Bye Baby. Join us for an early literacy enhanced storytime, featuring rhymes, stories and songs. Birth-12 months with adult. Thursday, March 13, 7:00 Teen Tech Week Makerspace. Come celebrate Teen Tech Week, and learn how to make pvc marshmallow shooters, duct tape wallets or Nintendo-themed beaded keychains. Age 11 & up. Monday, March 17, 10:00 Vienna VIP. Support for individuals with vision impairments. Adults.* Thursday, March 20, 1:00 Classic Books Discussion Group. Join writer/ scholar Amanda Holmes Duffy for a discussion of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Adults and teens.* Thursday, March 20, 7:00 “Not Just for Teens” Adult Book Club. Are you an adult who loves YA lit? If so, join us for discussion, fun and dessert. Call the library for more information. Adults.

explore the art of printmaking with local experts from the Vienna Arts Society. You can learn about different techniques and take home your own prints! Cosponsored by the Vienna Arts Society. Age 7-12. Thursday, March 27, 1:00 Patrick Henry Book Club. Call for title. Adults. Thursday, March 27, 7:00 Weird Crafts. Join us to learn how to make some quirky crafts, from needle felting and mixed media sculptures to funky knits and more. Call library for this month’s craft. Age 12-up.

Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Rd. Burke, VA 22015 703-644-7333 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March eBook Basic Training. Help with using e-readers, tablets and mobile devices to access library eBooks. Call to schedule a session. Adults. Saturday, March 1, 1:00 - 2:00 Read to the Dog. Read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12.

Saturday, March 22, 10:30 Ninja Storytime. Join us for some fun stories, songs and cool martial arts. Ages 3-5. Tuesday, March 25, 4:00 Printmaking Workshop for Kids. Discover your inner artist! Come

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Monday, March 3, 2:30 Legos® at the Library - Vehicles. Thousands of Legos® await you and your creativity. Come with friends or make new ones, and create things. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Age 5-10.

navigating the Internet and using library eBooks on eReaders. Adults.* Tuesday, March 11, 10:30 Stories for Three to Fives: Feeling Lucky. Join us for stories, songs and activities with a bit o’ Irish blarney. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, March 11, 1:00 Pohick Daytime Book Discussion Group. The Twentieth Wife by Indy Sundaresan. Adults.* Monday, March 17, 10:30 Tiny Tots. Short stories and activities for young children. 13-17 months with adult.

Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Tales for Twos: Animal Babies. Join us for stories, songs and activities about different animal babies and the things they do. 24-35 months with adult. Wednesdays in March, 7:00 Pohick English Conversation Group. Practice English with others and improve your skills. Adults.* Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 Pohick Writers’ Roundtable. Discuss your work with other writers. Adults.*

Monday, March 17, 11:15 Small Oneders. Stories and activities for you and your toddler. 18-23 months with adult. Monday, March 17, 3:30 Chess Club. Learn openings, strategy, tactics and more. Players paired with others of similar skill. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Age 8-16. Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 Pohick Evening Book Discussion Group. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Adults.* Monday, March 24, 7:00 Pohick Prose Society. Teens talk about books. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Age 13-18.*

Thursdays in March, 10:00 Computer Basics and eBook Training. Help with basic computer skills,

Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 Bedtime Stories: Night Songs. Stories, activities and lullabies to sing you to sleep. Come in your jammies, if you’d like. Age 3-6 with adult.

Friday, March 28, 10:30 Fun Flicks. Watch movies based on children’s stories. See The Great Fuzz Frenzy, Frog Goes to Dinner and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. All ages. Monday, March 31, 4:00 Impressions Theater: Night at the Library. Dewey the Librarian hires Inspector Clue to figure out why all the library stories are mixed-up. Find out what he discovers in this live show. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Age 6-12.

Reston Regional Library 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. Reston, VA 20190 703-689-2700 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2:00 Greatest Generations: Lessons from Personal and Family History. Leesburg author Deborah L. Parker shares her personal family chronicles beginning with her pre-civil rights era upbringing in Waverly, Va. Monday, March 3, 3:00 Kids Science. Explore scientific topics through activities. Age 6-8.

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Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 Ballet Class. Marisa Bain of Bain Dance Academy teaches basic motor skills, coordination, balance and rhythm. Cosponsored by the Friends of Reston Regional Library. No younger or older siblings permitted. Age 3-4 with adult. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Good Beginnings Tour. Tour and storytime. Age 4 with adult. Thursday, March 6, 10:30 Toodler Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. Age 2 with adult. Thursdays, March 6, 13, 27, 6:00 ESL 12-Week Course. Adults.* Friday, March 7, 2:00 VIP Reston. Support group for visually impaired persons. Adults.* Monday, March 10, 10:00 Baby Lapsit. Enjoy nursery rhymes, songs and stories. Build an early literacy foundation for your child while enjoying time together. Birth-11 months with adult. Monday, March 10, 3:00 Frying Pan Farm at Reston Regional Library. Meet spring chickens. Learn what makes them special birds and build a kite to take flight in the March winds. Cosponsored by the Friends of Reston Regional Library. Age 6-11.

We have all your favorite children’s book authors, plus teaching materials. Come browse and buy. All ages.*

Tuesday, March 11, 10:30 Monday, March 31, 10:30 Storytime for Threes to Fives. Early literacy program with stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:00 Read to the Dog. Read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Bring your own book or choose a book from the library. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. Age 5-11. Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 Wednesday Book Club. The title for this week’s discussion is Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. Adults. Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Good Beginnings School. Tour and storytime. Age 4 with adult. Thursday, March 13, 10:30 Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Baby Steps Storytime. Interactive storytime for you and your child. 12-23 months with adult. Thursday, March 20, 10:00 - 8:00 Friday, March 21, 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday, March 23, 1:00 - 3:30 Children’s Book Sale.

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Thursday, March 20, 4:00 Magic Tree House Book Club. This is a book club for kids who love the Magic Tree House series. This month`s title is Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne. Read it at home and join us for discussion and activities. Age 6-9. Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 Director’s Choice Book Club. Sam Clay, director of the Fairfax County Public Library, leads a monthly book discussion. The title this month is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Adults. Tuesday, March 25, 10:30 Toddler Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. Age 2 with adult. Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 Rise and Shine, Busia. Family springtime stories to help wake up our favorite hibernating bear! All ages. Thursday, March 27, 4:00 - 5:00 Reading Buddies. Reading Buddies encourage children to read in a fun, low-stress environment. Bring your own book or choose a book from the library. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. Age 6-9. Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Friday, March 28, 2:00 Great Decisions. Adult discussion program offered by the Foreign Policy Association. Each annual edition provides essential background and impartial analyses of eight far-reaching challenges facing the world. The program helps participants to gain better understanding of global topics affecting America’s role in the world. Adults. Saturday, March 29, 2:00 Researching Your Veteran’s Story. Do you have family members who fought during WWI, WWII, or the Korean or Vietnam wars? Learn how to use military records to research their service history.

Monday, March 31, 3:00 Reston Kids Book Discussion. A book discussion group for girls and boys. This month’s title is Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America by Gordon Korman. Read it at home and join us for discussion. Age 8-10.

Richard Byrd Library 7250 Commerce Street Springfield, VA 22150 703-451-8055 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays in March, 10:00 VITA Tax Assistance. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.* Tuesdays in March, 2:30 Thursdays in March, 7:00 eBooks. Learn how to browse the collection, check out books and download to PC, Mac and eBook readers. Call the library to schedule an appointment. Adults. Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 Bedtime Storytime. Come in your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy bedtime stories and music. Birth-5 years with adult. Tuesdays in March, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice and improve your English. Adults.* Thursday, March 6, 7:00 Springfield Writers’ Group. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults.*

Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Fun with Ones. Enjoy books, songs and rhymes in a special story time just for ones. Age 1 with adult. Thursday, March 13, 1:30 Afternoon Book Club. Do you enjoy reading and appreciate the company of other book lovers? Join our afternoon book club, make new friends and chat about books. This month’s title: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Adults.*

Thursday, March 13, 4:30 Richard Byrd Explorers: NASA Science4Girls. Come enjoy NASA-themed handson educational activities while learning about our solar system. A NASA Science4Girls event celebrating Women’s History Month with the Einstein Fellows, the nation’s top science teachers. Boys welcome to participate. Age 8-12. Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 Classics Book Club. Title to be announced. Adults.*

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Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 Things That Go! Join us for stories and activities about cars, trains and other types of transportation. Age 3-5 with adult.

March Basic Personalized Computer Training. One-hour sessions with a technology volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults. Monday-Thursday in March, 10:15 - 2:00 & 5:00 - 8:00 Fridays & Saturdays in March, 10:15 - 2:00 AARP Tax Assistance. Free tax help. Preference given to older adults. Arrive one hour before session closes. Adults.

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 Springfield Writers’ Group. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults.*

Thursdays in March, 7:00 Fridays in March, 10:30 Saturdays in March, 10:30 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.*

Monday, March 24, 2:30 Hidden Pond Monday: Amphibians. Presented by the staff of Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of Richard Byrd Library. Age 6-12. Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Time for Twos. Join us for a story time focusing on early literacy skills just for twos. Age 2 with adult. Sherwood Regional Library 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln. Alexandria, VA 22306 703-765-3645 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 6:45 Sherwood Poetry Read-Around. Share your favorite poems — your own, or a work by your favorite poet — in a small group setting. Peter Lattu, formerly of Olssen’s Books, will facilitate. Adults.* Wednesdays, March 5 & 19, 4:30 - 5:30 Mondays, March 10 & 24, 3:30 - 4:30 Reading Buddies. Kids in grades 1-3 have special time with an older Reading Buddy. Bring your own book or grab one when you get here. Call or sign up online for a 20-minute session. Age 5-9. Thursdays in March, 10:30 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.* Thursday, March 6, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes. Stories, fingerplays and songs. Age 2-3 with adult. Monday, March 10, 7:30 Books and Ideas. Book Discussion. How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. Adults.*

Saturdays, March 1 & 15, 1:00 NaNoWriYer Writers Group. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, this group will explore new avenues of writing, including fiction and nonfiction. The group will meet the first and third Saturday of each month. Monday, March 3, 10:30 Dr. Seuss Across America. Celebrate “Read Across America” day with stories and activities from Dr. Seuss books. Age 2-5.

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Tuesday, March 11, 10:30 Small Wonders. Stories, fingerplays and songs. 12-23 months with adult. Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Survival PowerPoint. Learn how to create slides and simple presentations. Must know how to use mouse and keyboard. Adults Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Rising Words, Rising Images. Book discussion. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Age 13-18.

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Saturday, March 15, 10:30 Preschool Story Time. Stories, songs and fingerplays to encourage early literacy. Age 3-5 with adult. Monday, March 17, 4:00 Airplane Science. Explore man-made flight through experimenting with paper airplanes! Age 6-12. Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 Harambee Readers. Book Discussion. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adults.* Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 Today’s Politics and Social Justice with Maria Teresa Kumar. Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, MSNBC political analyst and frequent guest on NPR, discusses current issues pertaining to our government, civic engagement and social action. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library. Adults and teens.

Thomas Jefferson Library 7415 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA 22042 703-573-1060 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesdays in March, 3:30 Chess Club. Learn to play chess. Age 6-12. Wednesday, March 5, 10:30 Time for Twos. Early Literacy storytime with songs, stories, and activities. Age 2-3 with adult.

Saturdays, March 1 & 22, 10:00 Affordable Care Act Help. One-on-one help session with a healthcare navigator. Adults.

Thursdays in March, 3:00 One-on-One Computer Tutoring. Adults.

Saturdays in March, 10:00 VITA Tax Assistance. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.*

Monday, March 10, 7:00 Short Book Group. Don’t have time for a book group? Each month we will read a book under 250 pages. Sula, by Toni Morrison. Adults.*

Saturdays in March, 1:00 eBook Office Hours. Get your eBook questions answered. Bring your eBook reader and library card. Adults.

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 Writers’ Group. Sharing work for mutual tips. Adults. Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult.

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 Evening Story Time. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. All ages. Monday, March 31, 4:00 Art Smart. Learn about art and create your own artwork! Age 6-12.

Mondays in March, 3:30 Paws to Read. Get some reading practice with Jam-Jam, our trained therapy dog. Age 5 & up.* Mondays in March, 3:30 Tuesdays in March, 6:30 Thursdays in March, 4:30 Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.

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Thursday, March 20, 1:30 Book Discussion Group. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. Adults.

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Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 Small Oneders. Rhymes, stories, songs and activities for you and your baby. Build an early literacy foundation for your child while enjoying time together. 12-23 months with adult. Monday, March 31, 7:30 Beginner Yoga. Join us for an easy yoga class for beginners. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Jefferson Library. Age 12 & up.

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 7584 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043 703-790-8088 | TTY: 711 Sun.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturdays in March, 10:00 & 11:00 Personalized Internet Training. A 1-hour one-on-one Internet training session with a technology volunteer. Can include training on Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Call for appointment. Adults.

Thursday, March 6, 7:00 Saturday, March 22, 11:00 Financial Planning 101. Paying for college? Planning for retirement? Financial Planning Association member Jim Sprung will help you navigate your financial waters. Adults.

Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 29, 10:00 Mondays in March, 4:00 VITA Tax Preparation. Tax help. IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earned up to $52K. Adults.*

Tuesdays, March 11 & 25, 10:30 Tuesday Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Age 1-2 with caregiver.

Mondays & Thursdays in March, 2:00 Tuesdays in March 4, 6:30 Wednesdays in March, 2:00 & 3:00 Thursdays in March, 2:00 One-on-One English Conversation Practice speaking English with a volunteer partner. Call for appointment. No more than one appointment per person every four weeks. Adults.

Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 Spring into Meditation. David Newcomb leads a meditation seminar. Adults. Thursday, March 13, 7:00 Mad Scientist’s Club. Find out how awesome science can be with fun hands-on experiments. Age 6-12.

Tuesdays in March, 2:30 & 3:15 Personalized Internet Training. A 45-minute one-on-one Internet training session with a technology volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults.

March Personalized eBook/e-eader Instruction. Call for an appointment with a trained staff member to learn more about your e-reader and downloading eBooks. Adults.

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You can register online and also call or visit the branch beginning two weeks before the event. Make arrangements for sign language interpreters, listening systems or real-time captioning at least two weeks in advance at the branch where the event takes place.

Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 Mystery Book Discussion. Please join the mystery book discussion group. Ask at the information desk for title. Adults.*

Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 Model Investment Club of Northern Virginia. Learn more about investing following an investment club model. This group will meet on the third Wednesday all year. New visitors welcome. Adults.* Thursday, March 20, 7:00 What a Headache! Understanding Migraines. Migraine headaches can be debilitating. What causes them? What is the best way to treat or prevent a migraine? This INOVA HealthSource seminar addresses the physiology of migraines and provides answers to these questions. Adults.

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 Book Talk for Book Lovers. Book discussion. Please ask for title at the information desk. Adults.* Thursday, March 27, 10:30 Small Wonders. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays. Birth-1 year with caregiver.

Woodrow Wilson Library 6066 Leesburg Pike, Main Level Falls Church, VA 22041 703-820-8774 | TTY: 711 Mon.–Tues.: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs.: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 Hacked! Cybersecurity consultant Don Goff, PhD, discusses what you need to know about cyber security. Find out what’s out there, what your risks are and steps you can take to protect yourself. Adults.

Saturday, March 22, 2:00 Legos® in the Library. Come join the fun and make your own Lego® creations! Age 5-12.

Support the Library Become a Friend!

Help raise funds to support library events and services. Meet local library lovers and also advocate for the public library. For more information and to apply, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/friends

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Today’s Politics and Social Justice with Maria Teresa Kumar Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Sherwood Regional Library Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, MSNBC political analyst and frequent guest on NPR, discusses our government, civic engagement and social action. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library. Adults and teens. Sign up online or call 703-765-3645 beginning Feb. 26.

Saturday, March 8 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington-Lee High School 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA

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Meet your favorite authors of young adult fiction at a free event featuring panel discussions, special speakers, book signings and fun. Scan here for updates and more information.

Guests include: Marie Lu, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Jenna Black, Kristin Simmons, Ellen Oh and Victoria Schwab.

Cosponsored by the Arlington Central Library, One More Page Books, Fairfax County Public Library, Fall for the Book, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Arlington Public Schools. See novateenbookfestival.tumblr.com for updates and more information. Teens. Marketing and Communications, Fairfax County Public Library, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 324, Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-3100. Š2014 Fairfax County Public Library.

A Fairfax County, Va., publication March 2014 To receive this information in alternative formats call 703- 324-8380 or TTY 703-324-8365. Printed on recycled paper

Editorial Staff: Mary Mulrenan Ted Kavich Bobbie Conners

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