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News and Events from Norfolk Public Library and the Friends of NPL

City Manager Names New Director of Norfolk Public Library, Sonal Rastogi ..................................................................................................................................................................

On Monday, October 14, 2013, City Manager Marcus Jones announced that Sonal Rastogi, Acting Library Director, will serve as Director of Libraries for Norfolk Public Library (NPL). Mr. Jones made the announcement at the Library’s Annual Staff Training Day. ..................................................................................................................................................................

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onal has a wonderful history with the library system,” said Jones. “From her early days as a volunteer, Sonal has demonstrated a passion for helping residents reach their full potential through programs and services offered at our libraries. I’m pleased to have her on the team.” “I am very thankful and excited for this position, and I look forward to serving the community in this new capacity,” said Rastogi. Rastogi began her career with NPL in October 1995. She has served in several positions, and in 2006 became the Assistant Director of Libraries. Rastogi was named Acting Library Director in July 2013 when the former library director retired. Rastogi is treasurer of EMIERT (Ethnic Multicultural Information

Exchange Round Table), a roundtable division of the American Library Association. She is also a member of the Public Library Association and the Virginia Library Association. She holds master’s degrees in Library Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., and in Public Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

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A Day of Learning and Collaborating – Staff Training Day 2013

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Norfolk’s Public Libraries closed for good reason on Monday, October 14, 2013. Staff was busy working on professional development, and for a rare occurrence, together—all in one place. NPL hosted its 3rd annual staff training day at Norfolk’s beautiful Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. .................................................................................................................................................................

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he day started with a presentation by keynote speaker, Valerie J. Gross, president and CEO of Howard County Md. Library System (Library Journal’s 2013 Library of the Year). Gross shared the history, background and principles of Choose Civility, an ongoing communitywide initiative created under her leadership in partnership with the Howard Staff practice the art of civility by giving one another Community constructive feedback during a breakout session. College and Leadership Howard County. The initiative has spread to include nearly 50 government agencies in Howard County

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and has inspired other organizations across the U.S. to Choose Civility, which aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance. Staff had the option of choosing two-of-three additional breakout sessions to attend during the day: Reaching Out: Serving the Mentally Ill in Crisis @ NPL; It Starts With Us: Practice the Art of Civility; and The Power of Nice. In these sessions, staff learned strategies, practical tips and resources for serving the mentally ill in our libraries; how to put the guiding principles of Choose Civility into action in their own lives; and that the old adage, “it pays to be nice” is really true! Excitement was heightened with a visit from City Manager Marcus Jones and Assistant City Manager Wynter Benda to announce the appointment of Sonal Rastogi as the new Director of Libraries. The day continued with teambuilding exercises, lunch, games and prizes furnished by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library. As training concluded, many staff expressed that they held renewed intentions from an informative and affable day together.

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Vanica Makes a Splash!

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Van Wyck Branch Welcomes New Literary Mermaid

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ast summer, the Van Wyck Branch Library received Vanica Wyck, a literary mermaid who now resides in the front of the Library in the Ghent neighborhood. Vanica was refurbished from a mermaid formerly located on Shore Drive at the Little Creek Amphibious Base, and was restored and designed by local artist, Georgia Mason. The two books in her hand, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and A Wrinkle in Time, were chosen by library staff and customers. The idea for a mermaid at the Library evolved when the Shomaker Family, regular customers of the Van Wyck Branch, made a donation as a thank-you to staff after reading every Caldecott Medal and Honor book together as a family. The Branch Manager at the time, Sarah Townsend, wanted to find a way to use that donation to create something lasting at Van Wyck Branch. Vanica was a way to support a local artist and to also create public art in Ghent. On August 27, 2013, she was completed and fully installed!

Vanica the Literary Mermaid

Homework Help is Just One Click Away

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Google may seem to have the answer to everything, but for students, it is important to know the credibility of the source. This can be difficult to determine in the free and open Internet. Look no further; NPL has credible online help for students in all grade levels.

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ind databases, websites and even live tutoring options! Simply go to www.npl.lib.va.us and click on the “Research” tab from the homepage. From there, you can access a variety of databases. Some are segmented by grade level, making it easy to match the readability of the information with the student. You will also discover a wide assortment of resources in core academic areas of study, encyclopedias, newspapers and personal improvement. For students in grades 3-12, online tutoring is available with certified teachers at Literati Public from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Through the use of a chat dialog box and an interactive white board for demonstrations, teachers can guide students in their specific areas of study. If you need homework help this school year, let NPL be your first stop. We’re only one click away.

UMIGO – You Make It Go

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orfolk Public Library is proud to be one of three libraries in the country selected to pilot a project in children’s education and media called UMIGO (You-Make-It-Go). The program is funded by the company UMIGO and a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Initiative. The primary goal of UMIGO is to promote school readiness and increase student achievement in math for early learners in grades K-2. UMIGO offers a unique “Maker Math” approach to learning which addresses a wide range of early math concepts and

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skills. “We are really excited to be part of the UMIGO project since it focuses so heavily on math skills for young children. Our selection as one of three library systems in the country to be involved is a direct result of being a Family Place Library,” said Terri Raymond, NPL Youth Services Coordinator. Materials such as books, videos, board games, interactive games and mobile apps will be used to engage children in the exploration of mathematical ideas and concepts in fun and engaging ways. Materials host a cast of cool and quirky characters — Bean, Dizzy and Bit — to help learners. Stay posted for more information about UMIGO in upcoming months. Published by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library

Tales to Tails Therapy Dogs Take to the Pool! .............................................................................................................

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very dog indeed has its day! On September 14, 2013, therapy dogs, handlers and volunteers from the Friends-sponsored Tales to Tails program participated in the City’s 5th annual Dogs Gone Swimming event at the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center. There was plenty to do for families and fourlegged friends — dog bathing suit contests, Musical Sit and pet tricks — but for the dogs of Tales to Tails, it was all about the swimming pool! And boy did they swim—the normally reserved therapy dogs cut loose! From large to small, they all had one thing on their minds (and it wasn’t being read to). They all wanted tennis balls! Some dived for balls in the deep

end of the pool while others stayed closer to the shallow end making sure the balls didn’t escape. No matter what their mission, they all took it very seriously and had a ton of fun. The event was truly a treat for the dogs that are normally in the libraries being read to by school-aged children. The dogs and their handlers work tirelessly throughout the year not only for library programs, but also volunteering for other organizations. The FNPL, volunteers and Tales to Tails dogs were honored to be a part of the Dogs Gone Swimming event. Proceeds support increased adoption programs animal foster care, senior animal adoptions, volunteer programs and low-cost spay and neuter clinics at the Norfolk Animal Care Center.

NPL Receives Book Donations through Reading is Fundamental Program

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Norfolk Public Library has a long-standing relationship with The Literacy Partnership, a non-profit organization that works daily towards the achievement of a literate Hampton Roads.

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n 2013, the Literacy Partnership started a program with NPL to reach more at-risk children through Storytime programs at several branches. Through the Literacy Partnership’s signature program, Reading is Fundamental, books are provided for children to build their own home library. Additionally, the Literacy Partnership hosts a Scrabble for Literacy fundraising event every winter which includes

a free tournament for kids’ teams from schools around the region. In January, Scrabble Play & Learn sessions will be held at several NPL branches to boost interest. The student event is February 21, 2014, and the adult fundraising event is February 28, 2014. Learn more at the Literacy Partnership website at www.LiteracyPartnership.org. Proceeds from this event support grants for programs like Babygarten.

Anyone up for SCRABBLE ? ®

Caught Caring!

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The following staff member was caught providing exceptional customer service! .........................................................

Sam Richards Computer Aide at Janaf Branch

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Scrabble Play & Learn ....................................................................

Whether you’re a spelling champ or just learning the game, drop in for word formation FUN! (Family, Ages 8 & up) Monday, January 13 @ 4 PM ~ Little Creek Branch Library Thursday, January 16 @ 4 PM ~ Barron F. Black Branch Library Saturday, January 25 @ 1 PM ~ Horace C. Downing Branch Library Monday, January 27 @ 4 PM ~ Lafayette Branch Library

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Christmas Diwali Ramadan Hanukkah Solstice Kwanzaa

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Thursday, December 19 Barron F. Black Branch @ 10:45 AM Lafayette Branch @ 4:30 PM ........................

Westcott delivers a trainload of fun celebrating the cultural diversity of winter festivals around the world! Through magic, music and a wonderful story, children will be inspired to read and set goals. (Family)

For a complete listing of holiday events, go to www.npl.lib.va.us/holiday

Couldn’t We All Use a Little More Kindness?

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Celebrate TREK for Civility Week — January 18–January 26, 2014 Join NPL in its efforts to spread civility to the Norfolk community by participating in special events during TREK (Tolerance, Respect, Empathy and Kindness) for Civility Week!

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Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

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January 1 – January 29 Lafayette Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2842 Help combat bullying. Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each age category. (Age categories: 6-9, 10-14, & 15-17)

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Saturday, January 18 @ 1:30 PM Horace C. Downing Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1968 Stand up to bullying. Watch and discuss The Karate Kid. Professionals will be on hand for Q & A. (School-Age & Teens) Tuesday, January 21 @ 4 PM Little Creek Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1751 Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a short film and activity. (Family)

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Theatrical Performances

Wednesday, January 22 @ 4 PM Little Creek Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1751 Say NO to bullying. See the movie Chrissa Stands Strong. (Family)

Saturday, January 11 @ 11 AM Blyden Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2852 Phi Delta Kappa Sorority presents a Readers Theater production titled The Story of a Dream, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. (Family)

Thursday, January 23 @ 3 PM Van Wyck Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2844 Filmmaker Charles Guggenheim captures the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement in the award-winning short documentary, A Time for Justice. (Tweens & Teens)

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Concerts

Arts & Crafts

Saturday, January 18 @ 2 PM Blyden Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2852 The Voices of Norfolk Concert Choir honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Family)

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*All materials provided while supplies last

Saturday, January 18 @ 1 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2843 Gather for creative circle time, songs and crafts that feature everything about kindness, courtesy and helpfulness. (Preschool) ............................................................................

Storytimes

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Saturday, January 18 @ 2 PM Janaf Branch Library ~ (757) 441-5660 Keep Dr. King’s dream alive by sharing the book I Have a Dream and listening to his original speech. (Family)

Tuesday, January 21 @ 4 PM Larchmont Branch Library ~ (757) 441-5335 Make & Take Friendship bracelets. (School Age)

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Tuesday, January 21 @ 4 PM Lafayette Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2842 This special Storytime honors Dr. King’s legacy of peace, equality and civility. (Preschool & School Age)

Tuesday, January 21 at 4:30 PM Pretlow Anchor Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1750 Make & Take Friendship bracelets. (School Age)

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Thursday, January 23 @ 4 PM Barron F. Black Branch Library ~ (757) 441-5806 Create caring cards for local senior citizens. (School Age & Teens)

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Thursday, January 23 @ 10:30 AM Horace C. Downing Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1968 Learn about kindness from a reading of the story Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. (Preschool)

Friday, January 24 @ 3 PM Little Creek Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1751 Make and send a friendship card to someone you have been thinking about. (Family)

Thursday, January 23 @ 10:30 AM Little Creek Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1751 Let’s be friends! This Storytime focuses on understanding what bullying really is. (Family)

“We Have a Dream” Poster

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Thursday, January 23 @ 10:30 AM Pretlow Anchor Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1750 Children will learn to be friendly and accepting of their neighbors, and to embrace differences in a Diversity Storytime. (Preschool)

Author Visit

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Saturday, January 25 @ 1 PM Park Place Branch Library ~ (757) 441-7330 Local author Demia Lindsey-Mitchell hosts a lively book discussion of TyToonz, a children’s book series that focuses on character building principles of forgiveness, balance and moderation, and identity and self-worth. (Family)

Wednesday, January 15 @ 2:30 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2843 Be inspired to create your own poster of peace, hope and equality. (Family)

Teamwork

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Wednesday, January 22 @ 3 PM Van Wyck Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2844 The force of kindness is with you! Your group goal is to build the tallest tower you can with marshmallows and toothpicks in 10 minutes. If you can cooperate and share with others, you might win! (Preschool & School Age) ............................................................................

Friday, January 24 @ 3 PM Van Wyck Branch Library ~ (757) 441-2844 Good manners make you hip! Play a game, read a story and do a skit! Remember to show kindness to everyone you meet. (Family)

Norfolk Public Library Gears Up to Celebrate African American History Month – February 2014 ................................................................................................................

For special event details, go online to www.npl.lib.va.us/AAHM

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Things Are Looking Greener B y T e r r y W a n s e r , Family Place Librarian .............................................................................................................................................................

With the help of a Go Green Grant, NPL is going a little greener. The Youth Services Department announced in October that they have been awarded a $500 mini-grant from askhrgreen.org.

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plush toys, flannel board stories, magnetic learning boards, music CDs and other educational tools that will teach respect for the planet while emphasizing how to keep the environment healthy and beautiful. Karen Tiller, Youth Services Librarian, is selecting books that promote being green and support the Science Standards of Learning (SOL) for Kindergartners.

skHRgreen.org is a public awareness program of the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads, which encourages environmental stewardship among all residents in southeastern Virginia. They promote the education and understanding of earth-friendly landscaping ideas from pointers for keeping local waterways debrisfree to recycling tips and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment. The Youth Services Department will use the funding to develop an earth-friendly kit to share with young readers during preschool Storytime at the branches. The kit, A Beautiful World, will contain stories,

One of the books chosen for the kits is The Earth and I, by Frank Asch.

Considering an eReader Purchase for the Holidays?

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Whether you are buying one for yourself or someone else, you can find your favorite reads anytime, anywhere by accessing NPL’s new eBook collection!

Christmas Eve Close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24

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New Year’s Eve

Close at 5 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 31 ..........................................................

New Year’s Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

eBooks are downloadable to mobile devices and computers 24/7 for NPL cardholders. All you need is an Internet connection, a library card number and PIN! Simply go to www.npl.lib.va.us/eBooks. Customers who live outside of Norfolk, or don’t work in or own property in Norfolk are required to pay a $35 annual fee.

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Presidents Day Sunday, Feb. 16 & Monday, Feb. 17 ..........................................................

Sign up for eBook Training Classes! Go to www.npl.lib.va.us/technology. C r e a t i n g

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Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month October 2013: Nicholas Muriel .......................................................... Nicholas Muriel volunteers at the Horace C. Downing Branch as coach for the Teen Advisory Step Team, and holds regular practices to help the kids learn their step routines. He is reliable and consistently maintains a professional demeanor. One staff member says, “You can always count on Nicholas to be here.” Muriel has a great rapport with the kids and they interact well with him. He keeps a good balance between coach, friend and teacher in order to help kids achieve success. He is also pleasant and helpful to library staff. Away from the Library, he works as an office clerk for Jacox Elementary School. He is also a senior at Norfolk State University and an active member of Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Mu Chapter fraternity. His passion for the Library and youth is reflected by the volunteer time he gives.

Thank YOU, Nicholas, for all you do for NPL!

We appreciate your dedication to the Library’s volunteer program.

The Volunteer of the Month receives a $10.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble and a certificate of appreciation.

Calling All Young Readers!

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Enter the 2014 Friends of the Norfolk Public Library Book Review Contest

The NPL Foundation’s 2014 Norfolk Historical Calendar On Sale Now!

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All Norfolk public, private and home-school students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in the 2014 FNPL Annual Book Review Contest. Read any book of your choosing (for enjoyment or for a school assignment) between now and March 7, and write a review. Be sure to include your impressions and why you feel the way you do about the work, and send it to us! Reviews will be read by independent judges to determine first, second, and third place winners for each grade level, and one overall winner. Winners will be notified in April, and details for a reception will follow.

Deadline for Book Review Submissions: Wednesday, March 7, 2014 For information, contact Elizabeth Woodard at elizabeth.woodard@norfolk.gov or (757) 664-7328 x353 No reviews will be accepted after the deadline. *Public school teachers may forward their reviews through the pony system to the English Department, in time to meet the March 7, 2014 deadline.

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The 7th Annual Norfolk Historical Calendar features vintage images and fascinating tidbits of information from 100 years of Norfolk architectural history! The calendar is on sale for $10.00 with proceeds going to support the new Sargeant Memorial Collection in the Slover Memorial Library (opening late 2014). Available for purchase at all NPL locations, select retailers and online. For information, go to www.npl.lib.va.us/HistoricalCalendars. Published by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library

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Coming Late 2014! Slover Memorial Library

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Barron F. Black Branch Library

6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. 441-5806

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Lafayette Branch Library 1610 Cromwell Dr. 441-2842

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Larchmont Branch Library 6525 Hampton Blvd. 441-5335

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Little Creek Branch Library

879 E. Princess Anne Rd. 441-2852

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Blyden Branch Library

7853 Tarpon Pl. 441-1751

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Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

555 E. Liberty St. 441-1968

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Janaf Branch Library

620 W. 29th St. 664-7330

Horace C. Downing Branch Library

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111 W. Ocean View Ave. 441-1750

Park Place Branch Library

124 Janaf Shopping Ctr. 441-5660

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Jordan-Newby Branch Library

1368 DeBree Ave. 441-2844

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961 Park Ave. 441-2843

Van Wyck Branch Library

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Board of Trustees Roy B. Martin, Chairperson Ann Morgan, Vice Chair Dr. Charles H. Ford Dr. Bernadette Holmes Charles E. Johnson, Jr. Janelle M. Morris Andrew Nusbaum Daymen W. X. Robinson James Washington Officers, Friends Board Co-Presidents: Elizabeth Woodard, Sue Doviak Vice President: Crystal Manuel-Bowman Membership VP: Perry Bussard Treasurer: Paula Cook Co-Secretaries: Anne Blanchard and Nicole Hostutler Director of Libraries Sonal Rastogi

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