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V7 • N1 MARCH MAY 2019 Volume 7 · -Number 3 September–November / Fall 2019

Appomattox Regional Library System Appomattox Regional Library System

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Sponsored by the Friends of the Library






Animals Along the Appomattox Battle of Blandford Page 3

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Author Homeschool Meet & Greet Huddle Page 6

LEGO Club page 7 FOLD Spring Meeting Author Libby McNamee Page 5

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Volume 7 · Number 3 September–November / Fall 2019


LOCATIONS Hopewell—HEADQUARTERS (804) 458–6329 209 E. Cawson Street Hopewell, VA 23860

Disputanta (804) 458–6329, ext. 2930 10010 County Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

Burrowsville (804) 458–6329, ext. 2950 18701 James River Drive Disputanta, VA 23842

McKenney (804) 458–6329, ext. 2940 20916 Old School Road McKenney, VA 23872

Carson Depot (804) 458–6329, ext. 2910 16101 Halligan Park Road Carson, VA 23830

Prince George (804) 458–6329, ext. 2970 6605 Courts Drive Prince George, VA 23875

Dinwiddie (804) 458–6329, ext. 2920 14103 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie, VA 23841

Rohoic (804) 458–6329, ext. 2960 7301 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg, VA 23803

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Last Wednesdays at 6:30 pm September 25 / The Nature of the Beast by Louis Penny October 30 / Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow by Dr. Jan Pol November 20 / A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers

OUR MISSION The Appomattox Regional Library System fosters lifelong learning, the availability of information, and the exchange of ideas using library resources and emerging technology.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Carly Baskerville Dinwiddie

Martha Sykes Dinwiddie

Lillian K. Boyd Prince George

William Thomas Prince George

Susan Eliades Hopewell

Juanita Thorne Prince George

Dave Harless Hopewell

Ann Williams Hopewell

Carol J. King Dinwiddie CONTENT & ENDORSEMENT The content of ARLS publications, classes, and events does not necessarily reflect the views held by the Library, nor does mention of companies or organizations imply endorsement. PHOTO / VIDEO RELEASE STATEMENT By attending ARLS, or ARLS co-sponsored classes or events, at any location, the attendee agrees that: ARLS shall have the unrestricted right and license to use his or her image, likeness, name, voice, comment, or other proprietary or public rights, and that of any minor accompanying attendee, in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, video, audio sound, audiovisual, and/or other recording taken in connection with the class, event, or other transmission, distribution, public performance, or reproduction, in whole or in part, of the class or event for all purposes, worldwide, in perpetuity, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, without compensation. ARLS is the exclusive owner of all copyrights, and other proprietary rights. The rights granted herein to ARLS are assignable.

DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Third Thursdays at 7:00 pm September 19 / First Star I See Tonight by Susan Phillips October 24 / Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow by Dr. Jan Pol November 21 / Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

LIBRARY BOARD MEETINGS The Appomattox Regional Library Board of Trustees meets at 1 pm on the third Tuesday of each month as follows: September 17


October 15




LIBRARY CLOSINGS September 2 / Labor Day October 14 / Columbus Day November 11 / Veterans Day November 28 / Thanksgiving November 29 / Day after Thanksgiving



Reviews from Librarians


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Reviewed by Cathy Field

Written in the style of a Rolling Stone interview, Daisy Jones and the Six gives a full access look at the love, drugs, and sex of the 1970s rock scene. The interview style allows for an intimate tone and deep character understanding as a vibrant cast of witty, humorous characters narrate a band’s rise to fame and allow readers to see events from multiple perspectives. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Reviewed by Chris Wiegard Bestselling literary author Patchett is back with a tale that resembles a modern-day spin on Charles Dickens. A brother and sister of a wealthy Pennsylvania family lose both their parents and have to make their way in the world together in the mid to late 20th century. As always, Patchett shines, with emotion hiding beneath the keenly-observed surface of character and dialogue. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich Reviewed by Anne Rappe-Epperson Probationary Constable Peter Grant longs to be a detective but seems destined to push paperwork until he gets a tip about a murder—from a ghost. In this fast-paced novel, Grant grows from bumbling probationary constable to magicwielding policeman. Grant’s reactions to learning magic are realistic and witty. This the first book in the Rivers of London series; the rights were recently auctioned for a TV series.

Sit & Be Fit

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Tuesdays, from 10:30–11:30 am This full-body workout is designed to be done from both a seated chair and a standing position. The class will emphasize exercises to improve flexibility, muscle and bone strength, circulation, and balance. It is fun, easy, and suitable for people of all fitness abilities.

Tai Chi for Health

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesdays, from 12:30–1:30 pm beginning September 11 Improve your health with Tai Chi, a low-impact, slow-motion program that addresses muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and conditioning that is endorsed by the CDC. This exercise method has been practiced for centuries. As an introductory course, it is suitable for most people.

Yoga for Beginners PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursdays, from 12–1 pm

Receive the abundant benefits of yoga. This gentle class offers flowing movements at a gentle pace with attention to breathing and postures. You will see improvement in muscle strength, circulation, flexibility, and balance. It is suitable to people of all fitness levels. Please bring a yoga mat to class.

Working Out for Arthritis HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesday, from 10:30–11:30 am September 11–October 16

This class was designed by the Arthritis Foundation and is geared for people with all forms of arthritis. It will include gentle stretching and movement of all joints, ligaments, and tendons. Even a person who has not exercised in years will be able to participate. This class, conducted in both sitting and standing positions, will improve balance, increase lower body strength to prevent falls, improve upper body strength, and aid in normal daily activities.


Southside from the Heart Join our knitters and crocheters as they create items for local hospitals, nursing homes and shelters. Crafters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. HOPEWELL LIBRARY 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursday mornings from 10 am–12 pm 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings from 5:30–7:30 pm DINWIDDIE LIBRARY 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1–3 pm PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesday afternoons from 2–4 pm MCKENNEY LIBRARY 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 3–5 pm

Quilting Angels

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, from 10 am–2 pm Join the Quilting Angels as they create works of art out of fabric! Skilled quilters are available to answer questions, but all skill levels are welcome for a time of community and craft. No sewing machines provided, and workers must bring their own supplies.

Attracting Birds with Water HOPEWELL LIBRARY Thursday, September 12 at 10:30 am Bob Schamerhorn will provide a program with informative stories, award-winning photography, bird songs, and video clips. He will also discuss how a little water can greatly improve both your backyard garden and your enjoyment of nature.

Buck–A–Bag Book Sale

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday, September 21, from 11am–2pm Everything you can fit into a bag costs just $1.00! Fill as many bags as you wish.


Adults who register for their first library card with ARLS at any ARLS location this September will be included in a prize drawing at the end of the month.

Invest In Yourself: Financial Wellness Series Credit, Scams & Identity Theft

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesday September 4, from 5–8 pm & Saturday September 28, from 10:30 am–12:30 pm Register online at the Library’s Facebook Page Begin by learning how to understand and read a credit report; how to dispute inaccuracies; how a healthy credit report is important in finding, sustaining and maintaining affordable housing and in meeting other credit needs. The second half will focus on awareness of current scams; how to protect against identity theft; indicators of scams and identity theft; how a victim of a scam or identity theft can move forward towards recovery; how being a victim of a scam or identity theft can impact an individual’s ability to secure, afford and sustain housing. Pizza will be served.

Budget Building

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesday September 11, from 6–8 pm Register online at the Library’s Facebook Page Explore how to track expenses; make spending adjustments; understand the difference between needs and wants; how a sound budget is important in finding, sustaining, and maintaining affordable housing.

Introduction to Home Ownership

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday September 14, from 10:30 am–12:30 pm & Monday September 23, 6–8 pm Register online at the Library’s Facebook Page Explore the decision to buy or not buy and the early steps towards pursuing homeownership such as: financial readiness; the importance of the credit report and score; introduction to loan options and lender guidelines; available resources.

Profiles of Honor WWI and WWII Scanning Program

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Tuesday, November 12, from 9 am–3 pm The Hopewell Library will host a scanning program with the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia. Project: Document Digitization and Access Profiles of Honor Scanning Program focuses on manuscript materials that reflect social, political, military, business, and religious life in Virginia during the periods of the World Wars. Many original manuscripts concerning the World Wars are still held and maintained in private collections. By scanning these items and providing online access, the Profiles of Honor Project will allow individuals to retain their original items, yet preserve the intellectual and historical content of these valuable documents.

ANIMALS ALONG THE APPOMATTOX! Every pet has a story. Start your tale at a local shelter today. The Appomattox Regional Library System is teaming up with local animal shelters for the month of October! Check out your local branch for information on adoptable animals in your area. Bring items for donation—a full list of items requested can be found at www. or at your local branch. Join us for adoption fairs with animals from local shelters!

Check out our Mascot, Max’s, Story!


Max was adopted from the Dinwiddie Animal Shelter in 2017, by Christy, one of our great library assistants at McKenney. Dinwiddie Animal Control found Max abandoned on the streets, and even though Christy went in to adopt a cat, Max won her and her husband over with his happy-go-lucky personality. As mascot, Max excels at making new friends and supervising storytime. Max loves to read the Andy Carpenter mystery series by Dave Rosenfeld, and the occasional bird identification guide.

Pet Adoption Fair with the Prince George Animal Services Center

Pet Adoption Fair with the Dinwiddie County Animal Shelter

Pet Adoption Fair with Hopewell Animal Services

Secretariat: The Legend Lives On

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Friday, October 4, from 11 am–2 pm

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Friday, October 11, from 10 am–1 pm

Showtime at ARLS

These movies are intended for adults or mature teens. HOPEWELL LIBRARY Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 pm — Jurassic Park Friday, September 13 at 10:30 am — Jurassic Park Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 pm — Fried Green Tomatoes Friday, September 27 at 10:30 am — Fried Green Tomatoes Thursday, October 3, 5:30 pm — Best in Show Thursday, October 17, 5:30 pm — Secretariat Thursday, October 31 at 10:30 am — Creature from the Black Lagoon Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm — Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 pm — Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious

DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Friday, October 18, from 10 am–1 pm

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday, October 26, 2 pm

If you love horses and history, please join us to hear the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of Virginia-born Secretariat, America’s Super Horse, by the authors Kate Chenery Tweedy, Penny Chenery, and Leanne Meadows Ladin.

Genealogy 101 Learn the basics of using Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, and Heritage Quest to dig through your family history and start your family tree. Local Historian Jeanie Langford and Librarian Anne Rappe-Epperson will share their favorite tips and tricks on using these databases. PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Tuesday, September 24 at 6 pm HOPEWELL LIBRARY Thursday, September 26 at 6 pm ROHOIC LIBRARY Thursday, October 10 at 6 pm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Exhibit HOPEWELL LIBRARY October 10–11, from 5–7 pm VMFA’s new state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio will be coming to Hopewell in October in partnership with LAMB Arts. The climate-controlled, 53–foot Volvo trailer includes Wi-Fi to connect visitors with VMFA educators and interactive components. 5

Poetry, Prose & Pizza

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursday, October 24 at 6 pm Nathan Richardson, published poet and youth mentor, will host an open forum for participants to share original or favorite works of poetry and prose. Join us for this family friendly event and enjoy a slice of pizza from Luca’s. Sponsored by The Hopewell / Prince George Friends of the Library.

Author Meet & Greet with Hope Whitby HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm Join the Hopewell / Prince George Friends of the Library for their annual fall meeting, presenting author and poet Hope Whitby. Growing up in rural, southern Virginia, Hope Whitby planted marigolds in the garden with her mother, canoed the Nottoway River with her father, and waited for the bookmobile on the porch with her sisters Vicky and Kelly. Her debut poetry collection captures with great intimacy and warmth a girlhood immersed in the natural world, and a poet’s coming of age. Traveling the River is a book about strong roots, new beginnings, and the timeless redemptive power of art and nature. “Give my words seed,” Whitby writes, “and they will take root.” There will be an open mic, refreshments, and door prizes.

BUTTON—PALOOZA Drop in and make a button! Any photo or drawing you want can be turned into a button 2.25 inches in diameter. Perfect for buttons of school photos to show your support! Bring a photo and be prepared to cut it. HOPEWELL LIBRARY Monday, November 18 / 11:30 am–2 pm MCKINNEY LIBRARY Tuesday, November 19 / 11:30 am–1 pm DISPUTANTA LIBRARY Tuesday, November 19 / 2–3:30pm BURROWSVILLE LIBRARY Tuesday, November 19 / 4–5 pm DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Wednesday, November 20 / 11:30 am–1:30 pm ROHOIC LIBRARY Wednesday, November 20 / 3–4:30 pm PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursday, November 21 / 11:30 am–2 pm CARSON LIBRARY Friday, November 22 / 11:30 am–1 pm 6


All Ages

Mystery Movie Monday What movie will you see? Who knows! It’s a mystery! Join us on the following dates at 5:30 pm for an exciting movie and snacks. HOPEWELL LIBRARY / Mondays at 5:30 pm September 9 & 23 / October 7 & 21 / November 4 & 18

Classic Movie Saturday

Join us at the Hopewell Library for a classic film and snacks! HOPEWELL LIBRARY / Saturdays at 11 am Saturday, September 7 — The Mighty Ducks Saturday, September 21 — 101 Dalmatians Saturday, October 5 — Beethoven Saturday, October 19 — Hocus Pocus Saturday, November 2 — Mary Poppins Saturday, November 16 — Space Jam Saturday, November 30 — The Santa Clause 2

Sensory Story Time HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday, September 14 at 10:30 am Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 am Saturday, November 9 at 10:30 am Sensory Storytimes are specially designed to meet the needs of youth with sensory issues and their families. These storytimes will engage children through movement, music, stories and play. While open to all children, sensory friendly storytimes are especially geared to children on the autism spectrum, those with sensory integration challenges, or children who have di�iculty sitting.

Family Craft Night

HOPEWELL LIBRARY Thursday, September 12 at 6 pm — Paint Night Thursday, October 10 at 6 pm — Sculpture Night Thursday, November 14 at 6 pm — Recycled Art Night An evening full of crafting? Family night has never been this fun!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK! September 22–28, 2019 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It brings together the entire book-loving community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Various ARLS branches will have displays of banned books to celebrate.

Babies, Toddlers & Preschool Story Time

Story time programs aim to instill a love of reading by encouraging parents and other special adults to read aloud to children. *There will be no story time on September 2, October 6–12, November 11 and November 25–30* HOPEWELL LIBRARY PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Mondays at 10:30 am Thursdays at 10:30 am MCKENNEY LIBRARY Tuesdays at 10:30 am

ROHOIC LIBRARY Thursdays at 10:30 am

DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Wednesdays at 10:30 am

CARSON DEPOT LIBRARY Fridays at 10:30 am

Yoga Story Time PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Tuesdays at 10:30 am We’ll read a story, play with words to boost literacy skills, and then go on a yoga adventure to retell the story with our bodies. Staying quietly on a mat is not a requirement in this class. This class is recommended for families with kiddos from birth through 6 years, but all are welcome. Please bring a mat, if you have one. *There will be no story time on September 24, October 8 and November 26*

Baby & Me  (September–November)

A great introduction for you and your new family member to the wonderful world of books, rhymes and songs. For babies ages birth to 24 months. *There will be no story time on September 2, October 6–12, November 11 and November 25–30* HOPEWELL LIBRARY New time! Mondays at 9:30 am NEW! MCKENNEY LIBRARY Tuesdays at 10 am

Shake, rattle and roll your way through this fun and interactive class! This class is designed for children ages 2–5. HOPEWELL LIBRARY Monday, September 23 at 11:15 am Monday, October 28 at 11:15 am DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Wednesday, September 25 at 11:15 am Wednesday, October 30 at 11:15 am PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursday, September 26 at 11:15 am Thursday, October 31 at 11:15 am

Little Scientist Join us for an interactive program designed to introduce your child to some of the aspects of STEAM. This program is for children ages 3–5. HOPEWELL LIBRARY Monday, September 30 at 11:15 am Monday, November 4 at 11:15 am DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Wednesday, September 4 at 11:15 am Wednesday, October 2 at 11:15 am Monday, November 6 at 11:15 am PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Wednesday, September 5 at 11:15 am Wednesday, October 3 at 11:15 am Wednesday, November 7 at 11:15 am

Pajama Story Time

Put on your jammies and grab your favorite stuffed animal for this special story time! DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Wednesday, September 18 at 6 pm CARSON LIBRARY Wednesday, October 16 at 6 pm PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Wednesday, November 20 at 6 pm

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursdays at 10 am

Elementary & Tweens

Stay & Play

Stay and Play is a drop-in playdate program for children from birth to 24 months. Stay after Baby and Me story time or just come in for the playdate to chat with other caregivers while your baby has fun with our toy collection. *There will be no Stay and Play on September 2, October 6-12, November 11 and November 25–30* HOPEWELL LIBRARY Mondays at 10 am

Music & Movement

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursdays at 10:30 am


ALL BRANCHES Tuesdays, September 24, October 29, & November 26, 5–6 pm Whether you are a LEGO Master Builder or a first timer, this is the place for you! The library will provide the LEGO, while you provide the imagination! Designed for ages 6–12 and their caregiver(s). 7

Homeschool Huddle

Join your local homeschool families for an educational afternoon at your local library! NEW! PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Monday, September 9 at 1 pm / Animal Control O�icer Visit Monday, October 7 at 1 pm / The Titanic HOPEWELL LIBRARY Tuesday, September 10 at 1 pm / Rockets Tuesday, October 8 at 1 pm / Photography (please bring your own camera) Tuesday, November 12 at 1 pm / Makerspace fun! MCKENNEY LIBRARY Wednesday, September 11 at 1 pm / Banking Wednesday, October 9 at 1 pm / Bees Wednesday, November 13 at 1 pm / Electricity


Stop on by for a science, technology, reading, engineering, art or math–themed program. Themes will be:

September: Coding / October: Art / November: Electricity HOPEWELL LIBRARY

Monday, September 16 at 5 pm & Monday, November 18 at 5 pm

MCKENNEY LIBRARY Wednesday, September 18 at 4 pm, Wednesday, October 16 at 4 pm, & Wednesday, November 20 at 4 pm

PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Thursday, September 19 at 5 pm, Thursday, October 17 at 5 pm, & Thursday, November 21 at 5 pm


Teen Jewelry Making

Learn to make your very own jewelry. All supplies will be provided, just bring your imagination! HOPEWELL LIBRARY Saturday, October 12 from 2–3 pm

Teen Scene Movies

Join us in the teen room for these amazing movies! PRINCE GEORGE LIBRARY Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm / Ghostbusters Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm / Beetlejuice Saturday, November 16 at 2 pm / The Goonies

Culture Club

Take a journey around the world! Learn about different cultures and try some of their foods. Please inform Youth Services of any food allergies at programs start. HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesday, September 25 at 5 pm & Wednesday, October 30 at 5 pm 8

Thank You to Our 2019 Summer Reading Program Sponsors! The Hopewell–Prince George Friends of The Library The Friends of The Dinwiddie Library The Woman’s Club of Prince George County CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR LIBRARY DATABASES:

Overdrive Want to listen to audiobooks on your phone or digital device? What about reading a book on a Kindle or tablet? All ARLS patrons will now have access to over 8,000 eBooks and 1,000 eAudiobooks through OverDrive. This service is provided through SOVALUe, an association of southern Virginia libraries who share this ebook collection and you can check out up to five items at a time. For more information, see our website or ask a librarian for a demonstration. Check out Overdrive’s new app—Libby!

Hoopla Borrow free music, movies, and videos to play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet—with eBooks, audiobooks, and comics too. Titles are always available, no holds needed. Check out up to four items per month. For more information, see our website or ask a librarian for a demonstration.

The Reader’s Friend Book Store HOPEWELL LIBRARY Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays 10:30 am–2:30 pm Purchase gently used books, CDs and DVDs. Proceeds from the bookstore and the ongoing sales at libraries like Dinwiddie, Carson, and McKenney help support programming for adults and children throughout the Appomattox Regional Library System.

The Hopewell—Prince George Friends of The Library A 501(c)(3) organization serving the libraries of Hopewell, Prince George, Burrowsville, Carson, Disputanta, McKenney, and Rohoic. Meetings are held at the Hopewell Library.


Dinwiddie Historic Courthouse Illumination DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Tuesday, December 3, 7 pm In celebration of the holiday spirit and in conjunction with Dinwiddie County the Dinwiddie Library will be open late on the evening of the grand illumination and will have a craft for children. Come inside to say hello and warm up.

Dinwiddie Library Open House & Books Sale DINWIDDIE LIBRARY Friday, December 6, 3–6 pm Mark your calendars for the Dinwiddie Library Christmas Open House. This annual tradition will have story time, refreshments and door prizes. Looking for a bargain on books? The Dinwiddie Library will host a half price book sale December 6–31.

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