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Free Events May 2014

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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. Thursdays in May, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice English with other and improve your skills. Adults.* Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:30 Teen Advisory Board Meeting. TAB is a group of young adult volunteers. Board members meet to plan and implement projects that will benefit the library and the community. To apply please contact nancy.klein@ fairfaxcounty.gov for an application. Age 13-18. Monday, May 5, 10:30 PJ Library Book Buddies. Story and craft program. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Read! Build! Play! Let’s read a story, build with Duplos® and play with friends! Age 3-5 with adult. Friday, May 9, 10:30 Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 Tiny Tots. Develop your child’s language and social skills with music, songs and play! Age 1-2 with adult. Saturday, May 10, 2:00 Puppet Show. Monday, May 12, 2:00 My Gym — Preschool.

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Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult. Monday, May 12, 3:30 My Gym — School Age. Develop large motor skills, learn basic gymnastics and have fun! Presented by local My Gym instructor. Age 6-12. Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Floral Arrangement 101. By following the scientific principles presented in this interactive workshop, you can create flower arrangements rivaling those of professional floral designers. Adults. Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 My Gym — Babies. Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for babies. Presented by local My Gym instructor. 12-23 months with adult. Wednesday, May 14, 11:30 My Gym — Toddlers. Develop your child’s large motor skills with physical exercise designed for toddlers. Presented by My Gym instructor. Age 2 years with adult. Monday, May 19, 3:00 Magic Tree House Club. Let’s read the second story, The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne, and discuss. Print copies are available at the library service desk. Age 6-8. Thursday, May 22, 4:30 Legos®: School Age. What can you build in an hour? Join us for thematic activities building with Legos®. Age 6-12. Friday, May 23, 10:30 Animal Crackers. Develop your child’s early literacy

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.

skills with stories, songs and activities about animals! Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, May 27, 1:30 Short Book Conversations. Join our lively discussion of short books! Call library for book title. Adults. Thursday, May 29, 4:00 Fancy Nancy Tea Party. Wear a fancy outfit, listen to a story, make a craft and enjoy herbal tea and pastries! Presented by Ms. Emily Murphy of Emily’s Teas. Age 4-6.

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. May Basic Internet and Microsoft Office Tutoring. Call for an appointment with a technology volunteer. Adults. Thursday, May 1 Friends Spring Book Presale 6:00 - 8:00. Friday, May 2, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday, May 4, 1:00 - 3:00 Friends of Centreville Library Spring Book Sale. Find bargains and treasures. All ages.*

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


Wednesday, May 7, 11:00 Tuesday, May 20, 11:00 Time for Tots. Stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult.

Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 Starlight Storytime. Stories and fun for the whole family. Pajamas and stuffed friends welcome! Age 4-8.

Thursday, May 8, 11:00 Small Wonders. Stories and activities. 13-23 months with adult.

Saturdays, May 17 & 31, 3:30 Practice Your English Conversation Group — Saturdays. English conversation practice opportunity for adult learners of English. Volunteer led.

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 Civil War Lecture. Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 1864, by author and historian Ed Bearss. Cosponsored by the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. Adults plus school age & up.* Monday, May 12 & 19, 7:00 ESL Book Club. Adults learning English meet to discuss a book chosen by the group. Ask for title. Adults.* Tuesday, May 13, 11:00 Wheee! High-octane storytime. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Tools for Caregivers. As a family caregiver, how do you know when and how to help? Learn strategies to help you manage your important role whether you are the local caregiver or managing long distance. Adults.

Monday, May 19, 1:00 Sully Book Club. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Adults.* Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 Ravenous Readers. Do you love reading and talking about books? Then this is the group for you! We will discuss a different title each month, along with other fun titles you are currently reading. No registration, drop-ins welcome. Refreshments provided. Contact branch for current title. Grades 7-12. Tuesday, May 27, 11:00 Thriving Three to Fives. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 A Novel Society. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Adults.* 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.

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May 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. May Book-a-Librarian. Reserve a free 30-minute session with a professional librarian for personalized research help. Call branch to request an appointment. May One-on-One English Conversation Practice. Practice your English with an ESL volunteer. Register in person only. Call branch for details. Adults. Thursday, May 1, 10:30 & 11:30 Ready for Potty Training Storytime. For children who are ready to ditch the diapers and begin potty training. Stories and games to help motivate boys and girls. 18 months-3 years with caregiver. Thursdays in May, 7:00 Tuesdays in May, 10:30 English Conversation Group. Practice your English with other students. Adults. Fridays, May 2, 16, 30, 3:00 Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 10:30 Wednesdays, May 14, 21, 28, 3:00 Saturdays, May 24, 10:30; May 31, 3:00 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. Continued on next page

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Fridays, May 2, 16, 30, 4:00 Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 11:30 Wednesdays, May 14, 21, 28, 4:00 Saturdays, May 24, 11:30; May 31, 4:00 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 caregiver. Saturday, May 3, 10:30 Kaleidoscope Storytime: An Adaptive Storytime. Family sensory storytime focusing on the strengths of and adapting to children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental challenges. Stories, songs and movement in a welcoming atmosphere. All ages. Saturdays in May, 10:30 Master Gardeners. A neighborhood plant clinic. Master Gardeners provide horticultural tips, information, techniques and advice to home gardeners. Adults.*

Monday, May 5, 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.

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.

Monday, May 5, 2:15 Kinder-Budds: Book Buddies for Kindergarteners. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Kindergarteners.

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 Mystery Book Club. Mystery book discussion group. Ask for title. Adults.*

Mondays, May 5 & 19, 6:45 Writers of Chantilly. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults.* Tuesdays in May, 10:30 & 11:30 Thursday, May 8, 10:30 & 11:30 Toddlin’ Twos. Early literacy storytime with stories, songs and activities. Age 2 with caregiver. Tuesdays in May, 1:30 Thursday, May 22, 2:00 Storytime for Three to Fives. Early literacy program with stories and activities. Age 3-5 with caregiver.

Saturdays, May 3, 17, 31, 11:00 ESL Book Club. Adults learning English meet to discuss a book chosen by the group. Ask for title. Adults.* Saturday, May 3, 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.

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Tuesday, May 6, 4:00 TBC Teen Book Club. A book discussion group for teens. Ask for title. Grades 7-9. Tuesdays, May 6 & 20, 7:00 Pajama Party! Bring your favorite cuddly friend and a blanket. Wear your pajamas and get ready for a rockin’ good time. Age 3-5 with adult. Wednesdays, May 7 & 21, 10:30 Read! Build! Play!: Duplo®

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.

Thursday, May 8, 5:00 Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 Saturday, May 24, 2:00 Wednesday, May 28, 1:00 eBook Help. Get your eBook questions answered. No prior experience required. Please bring your tablet or eReader and library card. Adults. Fridays, May 9 & 23, 2:00 Ready for School Storytime. Early literacy storytime program for children ready to be on their own without caregivers or siblings. Age 4-5. Saturday, May 10, All Day National Train Day: A Model Railroad Display by the National Capital Trackers. Join us in celebration of National Train Day. The meeting room will be set up with model trains traveling across an expansive track. Model train specialists will be on hand to answer your questions. All ages. Monday, May 12, 2:00 Hidden Pond Nature at Chantilly. Discover and explore local nature. Live birds, reptiles or amphibians may be present. Presented by the staff of Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of Chantilly Regional Library. Grades 1-6. Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Monday, May 12, 2:15 Bookalicious!: Book Group. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 3-4.

Saturday, May 24, 12:30 Lego® Mania K-2. Come show off your Lego® building skills! Grades K-2.

Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 Magic and Mayhem. A sci-fi/fantasy book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 6-8.

Saturday, May 31, 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 one from the library; however, reading is not required. Dakota is a perfect companion to sit with and spend special time together. Parents and siblings are welcome to join. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. All ages.

Wednesdays, May 14 & 28, 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 years with adult. Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 Chantilly Book Discussion Group. Ask for title. Adults.* Thursday, May 15, 7:30 The End (or is it?) Book Club. Book discussion. Call for title. Grades 5 & 6. Monday, May 19, 2:15 Book Buddies: Book Group. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Grades 1 & 2. Thursday, May 22, 7:00 Lego® Block Party. Come show off your Lego® Building Skills! You bring your creativity and we will provide the Legos®. Grades 3-6.

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. May Personalized Internet/Microsoft Office Tutoring. Learn how to use the Web or increase your skills. Call for appointment. Age 13 & up. Thursday, May 1, 10:30 Bilingual Storytime. In English and Spanish. Build your child’s early literacy skills while enjoying stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Fridays in May, 2:00 Saturdays in May, 2:00

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Wednesdays in May, 7:00 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 703-2936227, option 6. Adults.

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 2:00 GIVE — Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education. Volunteers from Thomas Jefferson H.S. and Robinson H.S. offer tutoring in math, reading, writing, science, social studies and ESL. Grades K-8.* Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 11:00 Tuesdays in May, 2:00 Library eBook Tech Help. Learn to use the library’s eBook collection and compatible devices with a library staff member. Adults.* Tuesdays in May, 7:00 Wednesdays in May English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English with others and improve your skills. Adults.* Thursday, May 8, 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. Continued on next page

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Monday, May 12, 10:30 PJ Library Book Buddies. Enjoy Jewish storybooks from the PJ Library and make a craft. Cosponsored by JCC of Northern Virginia. 6 months-5 years with adult. Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 Legal Tools for Caregivers. Learn about legal tools you can use to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are carried out, including durable power of attorney, trusts and advanced medical directives. Adults.* Thursday, May 15, 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. Thursday, May 15, 1:00 Afternoon Reading Group. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Adults.* Saturday, May 17, 2:30 Microsoft Excel. Introduction to creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. Adults. Monday, May 19, 4:30 Tuesday, May 20, 4:30 Thursday, May 22, 4:30 Saturday, May 24, 10:30 Tales to Tails. Need practice reading? Read aloud to a friendly, trained therapy dog. Age 6-12. Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 Evening Book Discussion. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. Adults.

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Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 YA Book Discussion Group. Fun, snacks and book discussion. Call for book title. Age 10-14. Thursday, May 22, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Build your child’s early literacy skills while enjoying stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesday, May 27, 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. Saturday, May 31, 2:00 Alan Rems Local Author Talk & Book Signing. Local author Alan Rems discusses his new book, South Pacific Cauldron, which details World War II’s great forgotten battlegrounds. Adults. 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, May 5 & 19, 10:30 Tiny Tot Time. Stories, songs and rhymes. 13-23 months with adult. Tuesdays in May, 11:00 Improve Your English Skills. Get focused help with reading, writing, speaking and listening. 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.

Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Wiggly Giggly Things. Do you wiggle in the park or giggle in the dark? Join us for wiggly stories, songs and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. Wednesdays in May, 1:00 Monday, May 12, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice your English in a conversational setting. Adults.

Monday, May 12, 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, May 13, 10:30 Parenting Coaching Workshop. How to approach and handle tantrums and stress in toddlers, kids and teenagers. The first in our series of parenting coaching workshop presented by Lara Fayed Akhras, CPC and ELI MP. Adults only. Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Book Discussion Group. Ask for book title at the circulation desk. Adults.* Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 On the Farm. Can you strut like a rooster or quack like a duck? Join us for stories, songs and activities all about our farm friends. Age 3-5 with adult.

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Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 Rabbit Romp. Hop on over for stories, songs and activities about bunnies and more. Age 3-5 with adult.

Tuesdays in May, 2:00 Thursdays, May 15, 22, 29, 2:00 English Conversation Group. Practice and improve your English. Adults.*

Tuesday, May 27, 10:30 Parenting Coaching Workshop. How to raise happy kids and sustain a happy family life. The second in our series of parenting coaching workshops presented by Lara Fayed Akhras, CPC and ELI MP. Adults only.

Thursday, May 8, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Enjoy storytime as we model and encourage early literacy skill building. Age 3-5 with adult.

Wednesday, May 28, 10:30 Hop Fly Run. Who is the fastest runner, the highest jumper and the best climber? Find out as we discover how different animals escape, chase, climb and play. You will get to meet some animals and try out some animal moves yourself. Presented by Riverbend Park. Cosponsored by the Friends of Dolley Madison Library. Age 2-5 with adult. 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. Thursday, May 1, 5:00 - 9:00 Friday, May 2, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 5:00 Semi-Annual Book Sale. Books for all ages, plus CDs, videos, recorded books and rare books. Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. All ages.*

Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 11:00 eBook Workshop. Learn how to use OverDrive to download free eBooks. Please bring your charged device and library card. Tuesdays, May 13 & 27, 10:30 Toddler Time. Enjoy stories, fingerplay and songs as we model early literacy skills. Age 2-3 with caregiver. Wednesday, May 14, 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.* Thursday, May 15, 2:00 George Mason Book Discussion Group. Join us for a book discussion of My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayer. The first Hispanic on the Supreme Court tells the story of her life.

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Tuesday, May 20, 10:30 Small Wonders. Model early literacy skills with your baby with short stories, songs and fingerplay. 6-23 months with caregiver. Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 Eco-Savvy Gardening: Outside. Learn how to meet the challenges of gardening in small lots with unattractive views and harsh conditions. This Green Spring Garden Master Gardeners program is sponsored by Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Adults. 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. Thursday, May 1, 4:30 Reading Buddies. Grab a book, grab a buddy! Beginning readers practice reading with a teen student. Teens earn service hours. Fridays in May, 1:00 Drop-In Chess. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Monday, May 5, 2:00 Lego® Club. Drop in and play with Legos®! Age 3 & up. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Babies and Books Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Birth-2 years with adult. Wednesdays in May, 2:00 ESL Conversation Group. Wednesdays in May, 4:30 Pokémon League. Come play Pokémon with your friends! Age 5-15 Thursdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:30 Reading Buddies. Encourage your child’s love of reading by pairing with a teen reading buddy for one-on-one reading time. Thursday, May 15, 7:30 Evening Book Group. Call branch for title. Friday, May 16, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, May 17, 10:00 - 5:00 Friends of the Great Falls Library Book Sale. Monday, May 19, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Age 3-5 with adult.

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. May Learn to Use Library eBooks and eAudioBooks. One-on-one instruction on accessing library eBooks and eAudioBooks. Call branch to schedule an appointment. Adults. Wednesday, May 7, 11:00 Wonderful Ones. Come celebrate May with gardening stories, songs and rhymes for you and your 1-year-old. 12-23 months with adult. Saturday, May 10, 2:00 The Nicolo Whimsey Show. Meet Nicolo the Jester with his hilarious theater skills, unique character acting and amazing juggling, storytelling, poetry and music. Come celebrate children, literacy and tolerance at this fabulous show! Adults attending also need to register for this event. Age 5 & up.

Monday, May 19, 4:00 Kids Book Club. Age 8-12. Call branch for title. Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 Morning Book Group. Call branch for title.

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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.

Monday, May 12, 7:00 Writers’ Group. 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 three members each month. Adults. Wednesday, May 14, 11:00 Terrific Twos. Come and join the barnyard fun with stories, songs and rhymes for you and your 2-year-old. Age 2 with adult. Wednesday, May 21, 11:00 Wonderful Ones. Dig deeper into gardens to find out how seeds grow. 12-23 months with adult. Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 Young Science Explorers. All aboard for a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) storytime that features building materials and strength. Includes handson, interactive activities. Age 3-5. 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. Thursday, May 1, 2:00 English Conversation. Practice your English in a relaxed setting. Adults. Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 1:00 eBook Workshop. Get your eBook questions answered. Bring your eBook reader and your library card. No experience necessary. Adults. Events subject to change. Check the library’s website for up-to-date listings. * = No registration necessary


Monday, May 5, 10:30 & 11:00 Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 & 11:00 Fun for 2’s and 3’s. Come for stories and activities. Age 2-3 years with adult. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Toddler Time. Come for stories and activities. Birth-23 months with adult. Mondays, May 12 & 19, 10:30 A to Zoo Storytime. Come for stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Thursday, May 15, 7:15 Book Discussion Group. Call branch for title. Adults.

Saturday, May 17, 10:30 I Love My Pet. A fun, upbeat, interactive music show about loving our pets. Original songs, kazoos, dancing and a special guest appearance from “Lucky Dog” (a human-size puppy)! Thursday, May 22, 7:00 Real Kids Read. Come talk to other teens about what you are reading. Age 10-13 with adult. Thursday, May 29, 7:30 Meet author James Waggoner. Author James Waggoner will host a meet-the-author event. Copies of his latest book, The Wages of Sin, will be available for sale.

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.

Saturdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:00 Master Gardeners — Plant Clinic. Masters Gardeners from the Fairfax County Cooperative Extension will host plant clinics each Saturday morning through the summer to answer your gardening questions. Adults.*

Fridays in May, 10:00 English Conversation Group. Practice your English conversation skills. Adults.*

Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 Small Oneders. Rhymes, stories, songs and activities for you and your toddler.12-23 months with adult.

Fridays in May, 1:00 Basic Computer Skills Training. Learn basic computer skills with our one-on-one technology volunteers. Adults.

Tuesdays, May 13 & 27, 4:00 Pokémon Club. Bring your Pokémon trading cards to trade and play the Pokémon game. Age 6-12.*

Fridays in May, 2:00 Wednesdays in May, 11:00 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. Saturdays in May, 11:00 & 12:00 Wednesdays in May, 12:00 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, May 8, 10:00 - 8:00 Friday, May 9, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, May 10, 10:00 - 5:00 Friends of Kings Park Library Book Sale. Children’s book sale ends at noon on Saturday. All ages.*

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Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Calling All Guys. Book discussion group for boys. Powerless by Matthew Cody. Age 8-12 with adult. Thursday, May 15, 7:00 The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Dr. Jared Peatman will discuss his book The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Book sale and signing to follow. Adults and teens. Friday, May 16, 4:00 Game On! Test your prowess at our Wii Mario Kart. Age 6-16.* Continued on next page

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Saturday, May 17, 11:00 Aloha! Ukulele Phil and the Hula Kids. Come and listen to the sound of Hawaii with Ukulele Phil and the Hula Kids. Cosponsored by Friends of the Kings Park Library. All ages. Monday, May 19, 10:30 How Does Your Garden Grow? Stories, songs and fun about gardens for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult. Monday, May 19, 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.

Thursday, May 22, 3:00 Spanish Class for Children. Spanish conversation class for children. Age 7-13. Thursday, May 22, 7:00 Hiring In-Home Care. As a caregiver, you may need help caring for your loved one at home. Learn what to consider before choosing to hire an independent aide or choosing an agency provider. Presented by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium. Adults.

Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 Great Decisions Seminar. Roundtable discussion of U.S. foreign policy. Topic: Turkey’s challenges. Adults.

May Genealogy One-on-One Tutorial. One-on-one sessions with a genealogy volunteer using library online resources. Call for an appointment. Adults. May One-on-One Internet/Computer Training. One-on-one sessions with a technology volunteer. Call for an appointment.

Monday, May 19, 7:00 Let’s Hear It for the Girls! All-girl book discussion group. Sarah’s Ground by Ann Rinaldi. Age 9-12 with adult female. Tuesday, May 20, 1:30 Afternoon Book Discussion Group. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Adults.*

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.

Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 Kings Park Library Friends Meeting. Adults.* Wednesday, May 28, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes. Storytime with a focus on early literacy skills. Age 2-3 with adult.

Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 Evening Book Discussion Group. Doc Holliday: The Life and the Legend by Gary L. Roberts. Adults.*

Thursday, May 29, 7:00 Twilight Tales. Come in your pajamas (with your blanket and your favorite stuffed animal) to listen to stories before bedtime. Age 3-6 with adult.

Wednesday, May 21, 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.*

Saturday, May 31, 1:00 Brain Health Awareness. Learn how to promote and protect your brain function. Presented in conjunction with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Adults and teens.

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Thursdays in May, 7:00 Wednesdays in May, 10:15 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.* Friday, May 2, 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. Saturdays, May 3 & 24, 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.

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Monday, May 5, 10:30 Early Words. Early literacy storytime with stories and songs. 12-23 months with adult. Monday, May 5, 3:30 Wild and Wonderful: Hidden Pond at the Kingstowne Library. Pond Life! Learn about animals in nature. Presented by a naturalist from the Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Kingstowne Library. Age 6-12. Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 Sweet Dreams. Stories and songs for children and their families. All ages. Wednesday, May 7, 12:15 Daytime Book Discussion. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Adults.* Saturday, May 10, 10:00 - 5:00 Friends of the Kingstowne Library Book Sale. Gems and finds for all readers. All ages.* Saturdays, May 10 & 17, 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, May 12, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes. Early Literacy storytime with stories and songs. Age 2-3 with adult. Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Second Tuesday Book Group. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Visit the group’s blog

at secondtuesdaybookgroup.blogspot. com. Adults.* Wednesday, May 14, 2:00 KNCAA Book Group. Flood by Stephen Baxter. Meet next door at Kingstowne Center for Active Adults (KNCAA). Cosponsored by KNCAA. Adults.*

Wednesday, May 7, 11:00 May Day. Stories and activities about May. Age 2-3 with adult. Thursday, May 8, 6:00 Homework Help. Drop-in homework help for students up to grade 8.*

Monday, May 19, 10:30 Rainbow Readers. Early literacy storytime with stories and songs. 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. Thursday, May 1, 7:00 Jammin’ Book Party. Explore fun stories and games. Snacks provided. Age 9-12. Saturday, May 3, 11:00 - 12:00 Paws to Read. Practice reading aloud to a trained therapy dog. 15-minute sessions available. Age 6-12. Saturday, May 3, 2:00 Lorton Junior Chess Club. Practice chess and learn new moves. Age 8-12.* Tuesdays in May, 5:15 English Conversation Group. Practice your English conversation skills. Adults.*

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Monday, May 12, 11:00 Small Wonders. Rhymes and fingerplay. 12-23 months with adult. Wednesday, May 14, 1:00 Lorton Library Adult Afternoon Book Club. Call library for book title. Adults.* Wednesday, May 28, 11:00 Color Carnival. Stories and activities about colors. Age 3-5 with adult. 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. Monday, May 5, 2:00 - 3:00 Read to the Dog. Read aloud to Rocco, a trained therapy dog. Register for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12. Continued on next page

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Monday, May 5, 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, May 6, 7:00 Movies at Martha. Call or visit for film title. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. Age 13 & up. Thursday, May 8, 7:00 Container Gardening — Flowers, Foliage and Food. Don’t have much space or time? Try Container Gardening! Green Spring Master Gardeners will walk you through ways to design and prepare a container garden. What type of container should be used? What types of plants should be chosen? Planting container gardens using native plants, tropical, perennials, annuals, herbs, trees and shrubs will be presented. Saturday, May 10, 2:00 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. Monday, May 12, 7:00 Meow! Books, stories, songs and other purrfectly fun activities about cats and kittens. Age 1-5 with adult.

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Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 How to Get the Best from Your Cable Company. Learn how to deal with cable service problems, including customer service, outages, billing, unclear or distorted picture or sound, timely telephone response and missed service appointments. Question & answer period will follow. Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Martha’s Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Adults.* Thursday, May 15, 7:00 Martha’s Poetry Discussion Group. The poetry of Dana Gioia. Adults.* Friday, May 16, 1:00 - 5:00 Saturday, May 17, 10:00 - 4:00 Book Sale. Shop our semiannual book sale. Sponsored by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. All ages.* Thursday, May 22, 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, May 24, 10:30 Native American Story Program. Join Renée Gokey, Shawnee and Sakn-Fox Tribes, as she shares Native American stories, and participate in a hands-on activity to take home. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Martha Washington Library. Age 5-8. Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 Martha’s Mystery Book Discussion Group. Night Rounds by Helene Tursten. Adults.*

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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, May 5, 12, 19, 10:30 English Conversation. English practice for non-native speakers. Adults.* Monday, May 5, 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.*

Tuesday, May 6, 10:30 Mystery Author Judy Hogan. Come hear the author of Killer Frost and Farm Fresh and Fatal read selections from her books and poetry. Cosponsored by the Friends of Oakton Library. Tuesdays in May, 1:30 English Conversation One-on-One. English practice for a non-native speaker with a library volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Small Wonders Storytime. Short stories for you and your child. 13-23 months with adult.

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Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 - 8:30 Money Matters. Monthly group discussion. We will be discussing the importance of fundamentals in investing starting with How to Read a Financial Report by John Tracy. Open to all whether you have read the book or not. Adults.*

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. May 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. Call for appointment. Adult.

Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 Oakton’s Masterpiece Book Discussion Group. Do you enjoy reading a mixture of fiction, nonfiction and classics? If so, come and join us for Oakton’s Masterpiece Book Club. This month’s title will be Precious Bane by Mary Web. Adults. Wednesdays, May 14 & 28, 10:30 Toddler Tales. Stories and activities for you and your toddler. Age 2-3 with adult. Thursday, May 15, 7:00 Oakton Book Discussion Group. We will discuss Embers by Sandor Marai. Adults.* Saturday, May 17, 10:30 Saturday Storytime. Fun and fabulous stories for everyone. Age 2-5 with adult. Wednesday, May 21, 1:00 Mystery Book Club. Join in the monthly unraveling of a whodunit or thriller. The May title is Wine of Violence, by Priscilla Royal. Adults.

May One-on-One English Conversation. Practice speaking English with volunteer partner. Call for appointment. Saturday, May 3, 10:00 Sunday, May 4, 11:00 Book Sale. Friends of Patrick Henry Library sponsor a semiannual used book sale to benefit our branch.* Mondays, May 5 & 12, 10:30 Treasured Threes to Fives. Join us for stories and songs. Age 3-5 with adult. Tuesdays in May, 10:30 Toddlin’ Twos. Join us for an early literacy enhanced storytime featuring stories and songs. Age 2 with adult. Wednesdays in May, 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.

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Thursday, May 8, 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, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 English Conversation Group. Adults.* Friday, May 9, 2:00 French Language Storytime. Come and learn French through stories and songs with Language Stars. All ages with adult. Fridays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 3:00 Pokémon League. Learn and play. Age 5-18.* Saturday, May 10, 10:30 Mother’s Day Storytime. Help us celebrate mothers with stories and songs. All ages with adult. Monday, May 12, 7:00 Goodnight, Sleep Tight. Come in your pajamas and join us for stories and songs. All ages.* Wednesdays, May 14, 21, 28, 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, May 15, 1:00 Classic Books Discussion Group. Join writer/scholar Amanda Holmes Duffy for a discussion of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Adults and teens.* Continued on next page

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Monday, May 19, 10:00 Vienna VIP. Support for individuals with vision impairments. Adults.* Thursday, May 22, 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. Saturday, May 24, 10:30 Teach Early Literacy Skills through Storytelling. Join us for a parent workshop on how to teach early literacy skills through storytelling, and feel free to bring the kids! Thursday, May 29, 1:00 Patrick Henry Book Club. Call for title. Adults. Thursday, May 29, 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. May eBook Basic Training. Help with using eReaders, tablets and mobile devices to access library eBooks. Call to schedule a session. Adults. Thursdays in May, 10:00 - 12:00 Walk-in eBook & Computer Clinic. Help with using eReaders, tablets, computers and mobile devices to access library eBooks and basic computer skill training. Adults.*

Thursday, May 1, 3:00 - 6:00 Preview Book Sale: Pohick Friends Members Only. Preview book sale, available to Pohick Friends members only. May join at the door.* Friday, May 2, 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday, May 4, 1:00 - 4:00 Friends of Pohick Library Used Book Sale. Choice selections offered by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. All ages.*

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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.

Saturday, May 3, 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. Sundays, May 4, 11, 18, 1:00 - 4:00 Tuesdays in May, 10:00 - 1:00 Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and advice. Adults.* Monday, May 5, 2:30 Legos® at the Library — Machines. 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. Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:30 Walk-in eBook Clinic. Help with using eReaders, tablets, computers and mobile devices to access library eBooks. Adults.* Tuesday, May 6, 10:30 Tales for Twos: The Merry Month of May. Join us for stories and fun celebrating the joys of spring. 24-35 months with adult. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Small Oneders. Join in with stories and activities for you and your toddler together. 13-23 months with adult. Wednesdays in May, 7:00 Pohick English Conversation Group. Practice 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


Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 Pohick Writers’ Roundtable. Discuss your work with other writers. Adults.*

Share stories, songs and activities about wishing on stars at night. Come in your jammies if you’d like. Age 3-6 with adult.

Monday, May 12, 10:30 Stories for Three to Fives: Frogs Jump. Hop on in — hear stories, sing songs and join in activities such as jumping like frogs. Age 3-5 with adult.

Thursday, May 22, 10:30 Peter McCrory: The One-Man Band. In a lively, upbeat program, Peter McCrory plays multiple musical instruments and sings with help from his audience. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Age 1-5 with adult.

Tuesday, May 13, 1:00 Pohick Daytime Book Discussion Group. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris. Adults.* Thursday, May 15, 10:30 Preschool Duplos®. Thousands of Duplos® await you and your creativity. Come with friends or make some new ones. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. Age 2-4 with adult. Monday, May 19, 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. Monday, May 19, 7:00 Pohick Prose Society. Teens talk about books. Call for title. Age 13-18.* Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 Pohick Evening Book Discussion Group. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji. Adults.* Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 Bedtime Stories: Star Light, Star Bright.

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 5:00 Free Comic Book Day. In celebration of National Free Comic Book Day, stop by the library to pick up your free comic (while supplies last). Tuesday, May 6, 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, May 7, 10:30 Baby Steps Storytime. Interactive storytime for you and your child. 12-23 months with adult.

Friday, May 30, 10:30 Fun Flicks. Watch movies based on children’s stories. Call for titles. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library. All ages. 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. Thursday, May 1, 10:00 - 9:00 Friday, May 2, 10:00 - 6:00 Saturday, May 3, 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 Friends Spring Book Sale.

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Thursday, May 8, 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.

Thursday, May 8, 6:00 ESL 12-Week Course. Friday, May 9, 2:00 VIP Reston. Support group for visually impaired persons. Adults.* Monday, May 12, 10:30 Baby Lapsit. Enjoy nursery rhymes, songs and stories. Build an early literacy Continued on next page

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foundation for your child while enjoying time together. Birth-11 months with adult. Mondays, May 12 & 19, 11:00 Conversations with Candith. ESL conversation group. Monday, May 12, 3:00 Frying Pan Farm at Reston Regional Library. Meet a goat and learn why she lives at Frying Pan Farm Park. Make a dairy animal craft. Cosponsored by the Friends of Reston Regional Library. Age 6-11.

Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 Toddler Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. Age 2 with adult. Tuesday, May 13, 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, May 14, 10:30 Wednesday Book Club. The title for this week’s discussion is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Adults. Monday, May 19, 3:00 Reston Kids Book Discussion. A book discussion group for girls and boys. Ask for title. Age 8-10.

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Tuesday, May 20, 10:30 Storytime for Threes to Fives. Early literacy program with stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Thursday, May 22, 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 Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne. Read it at home and join us for discussion and activities. Age 6-9. Thursday, May 22, 7:00 Calling All Poets. An open mic evening for all poetry lovers, writers and readers. Share your favorite poems — your own, or a work by a favorite poet. Coffee and light refreshments. Adults. Thursday, May 29, 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. Friday, May 30, 2:00 Great Decisions Series. A roundtable discussion about the U.S. foreign policy process. May’s topic is Energy Independence. Discussion materials will be available two weeks before the event. 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.

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May 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. Thursdays, May 1 & 15, 7:00 Springfield Writers’ Group. Share your work, give and receive feedback in a supportive setting. Adults.*

Tuesday, May 6, 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, May 6, 13, 20, 7:00 English Conversation Group. Practice and improve your English. Adults.* Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Fun with Ones. Enjoy books, songs and rhymes in a special storytime just for ones. Age 1 with adult. Thursday, May 8, 1:00 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: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende. Adults.*

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


Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 Picnic Time! Join us for picnic-related stories and activities! Age 3-5 with adult. Thursday, May 15, 4:30 Richard Byrd Explorers: Exploratory Launch Vehicles from Launch to Landing. Create a launch vehicle, explore the effects of the laws of motion and test your creations! Presented by NASA Einstein Fellows, the nation’s top science teachers. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library. Age 8-12.

Monday, May 19, 2:30 Hidden Pond Monday: Pond Life. Presented by the staff of Hidden Pond Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of Richard Byrd Library. Age 6-12. Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 Classics Book Club. A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt. Adults.* Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 Time for Twos. Join us for a storytime 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.

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 Race to the Top of the World. Historian and author Sheldon Bart discusses Admiral Byrd’s North Pole adventures and the controversy surrounding them. Books available for sale and signing. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Saturday, May 17, 12:00 Classics Book Reading Group. Join Professor Roger Lathbury and explore classics in literature in a casual setting. This month’s title: Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger. Geared toward adults and students of high school level or above. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library. Adults.*

May Basic Personalized Computer Tutoring. One-hour sessions with a technology volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults.

Thursdays in May, 7:00 Fridays and Saturdays in May, 10:30 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.* Saturdays, May 3 & 17, 1:00 NaNoWriYer Writers Group. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, this group will explore new avenues of writing, including fiction and nonfiction. Tuesday, May 6, 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.* Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 Resource of the Month: Zinio. Get an overview of Zinio, which offers free access to current digital editions of many popular magazines for a variety of devices. Adults and teens. Monday, May 12, 7:30 Books and Ideas. Book Discussion. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Adults.*

Thursdays in May, 10:30 English Conversation. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.*

Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 Small Wonders: Up, Up and Away. Stories, fingerplays and songs about balloons. 12-23 months with adult.

Thursday, May 1, 10:30 Terrific Twos and Threes: Buggy. Stories, fingerplays and songs about critters that creep, crawl and fly. Age 2-3 with adult.

Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 Rising Words, Rising Images. Book Discussion. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Age 13-18.

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Saturday, May 17, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and fingerplays to encourage early literacy. Age 2-5 with adult. Monday, May 19, 7:00 Introduction to Excel, Part 1. Learn basic text formatting. Must know how to use the mouse and keyboard. Adults. Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 Harambee Readers. Book Discussion. When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided By Race by Judith Stone. Adults.* Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 Introduction to Excel, Part 2. Learn basic formulas and additional techniques. A continuation of Excel, Part 1. Adults.

Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. Thursdays in May, 7:00 Adult Chess Group. Learn to play chess or hone your skills at our weekly chess club meeting. New players welcome. Adults.* Saturdays in May, 1:00 eBook Office Hours. Get your eBook questions answered. Bring your eBook reader and library card. Adults. Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 3:30 Paws to Read. Get some reading practice with Jam-Jam, our trained therapy dog. Age 5 & up.*

Monday, May 19, 7:15 Beginner Yoga. Join us for an easy yoga class for beginners. Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 12 & up.

Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 Music and Movin’ with Miss Susan. Join Miss Susan for music and activities for toddlers, caregivers and parents. 9 months-5 years old. Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 Time for Twos. Early Literacy storytime with songs, stories and activities. Age 2-3 with adult. Register children only.

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

Monday, May 12, 7:00 Short Book Group. Don’t have time for a book group? Each month we will read a book under 250 pages. Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Adults.*

Thursdays in May, 4:30 Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 3:30 Tuesdays in May, 6:30

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 Writers’ Group. Sharing work for mutual tips. Adults.

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Thursday, May 15, 1:30 Book Discussion Group. The Iliad by Homer. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Books 1-12. Adults.

Tuesdays in May, 3:30 Kids’ Chess Club. Learn to play chess. Age 6-14.

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 Evening Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. Pajamas and stuffed animals welcome. All ages. 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.

Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs and activities for preschoolers. Age 3-5 with adult.

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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. May Personalized eBook/eReader Instruction. Call for an appointment with a trained staff member to learn more about your eReader and downloading eBooks. Adults.

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Thursdays in May, 2:00 One-on-One English Conversation Practice. Practice speaking English with a volunteer partner. Call for appointment. Limit one appointment per person per week. Saturdays in May, 10:00 Plant Clinic hosted by the Master Gardeners. Masters Gardeners from the Fairfax County Cooperative Extension will host plant clinics each Saturday morning through the summer to answer your gardening questions. Adults.* Saturday, May 3, 10:30 Adagio Dance Company. Come and watch as the Adagio Dancers present multiple pieces representing both classical ballet and original choreography.

Saturday, May 3, 2:00 Mother’s Day Crafts. Create and design gifts for Mother’s Day. Age 6-12. Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 2:00 Tuesdays in May, 5:30 Wednesdays in May, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 One-on-One English Conversation Practice. Practice speaking English with a volunteer partner. Call for appointment. Limit one appointment per person per week. Adults.

Mondays, May 5 & 19, 3:00 Steps to Reading. Alphabet activities designed to encourage early reading. Age 4-7 with caregiver. Tuesdays, May 6 & 27, 10:30 Tuesday Storytime. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Age 1-2 with caregiver.

Saturday, May 24, 1:00 Zombie Invasion! May is Zombie Awareness Month! Come join the herd and compete for prizes by creating your own zombie look, doing your best zombie shuffle and testing your zombie knowledge! Age teen-adult.

Tuesdays in May, 2:30 & 3:15 Personalized Internet Training. A 45-minute one-on-one Internet training session with a technology volunteer. Call for appointment. Adults. Tuesdays in May, 6:30 English Conversation Group. Practice speaking English with other students. Volunteer led. Adults.* Thursday, May 8, 7:00 Mad Scientist’s Club. Find out how awesome science can be with fun hands-on experiments. Age 6-12. Saturday, May 17, 10:30 Legos® in the Library. Come join the fun and make your own Lego® creations. Age 5-12. Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 Mystery Book Discussion. Please join the mystery book discussion group. Ask at the information desk for title. Adults.* Wednesday, May 21, 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.*

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Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 Book Talk for Book Lovers. Book discussion. Please ask for title at the information desk. Adults.* Wednesday, May 28, 3:00 Medicare 101. Learn the facts about health insurance for seniors. Presented by the staff of the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program. Adults. Thursday, May 29, 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.

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New at the library! National Geographic Kids will take children on fun, amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Just visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/dbsremote and select travel or scan below.

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Explore the world one language at a time. Now available through the library website and apps, Mango Languages uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Over 50 popular languages are at your fingertips. log on to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/dbsremote and select languages or scan here to begin your language adventure: Marketing and Communications, Fairfax County Public Library, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 324, Fairfax, VA 22035, 703-324-3100. ©2014 Fairfax County Public Library.

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