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@ Your Library MARCH I APRIL I MAY I 2014

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

NPL Announces New Mascot – River the Reading Ranger ..................................................................................................................................................................

The opening of the Slover Memorial Library is still months away, but excitement is building at the Norfolk Public Library with the introduction of a new mascot in March. The first of its kind, the new mascot is an adorable fox named River who wears a red cape .

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librarian for the Norfolk Public Library. Every evening, e dons the cape because his official job at the River curled up on Elizabeth’s lap as she read aloud to him Library is the “Reading Ranger.” River will be an by the fire. In time, River began to understand Elizabeth’s NPL ambassador in the community who advostories. His favorite books were about superheroes, and he cates for books and literacy. If you are anxious decided that he wanted to be a superhero too! When River to get a sneak peek at River, his first big public appearance dons his red superhero cape, he becomes the “Reading will be in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean View Ranger,” champion of the Library and defender of literacy! on Saturday, March 15. In upcoming weeks, you may also catch a glimpse of River as he makes impromptu visits to all Norfolk Public Library branches and at Storytimes to Look for River the Reading Ranger to be out and about engage children in reading. Norfolk celebrating the benefits of public libraries and In 2012, The Friends of the Norfolk Public Library reading as enthusiastic citizens await the opening of the (FNPL) came up with the idea of creating an official new Slover Memorial Library. River the Reading Ranger mascot to increase community awareness about the new Slover Memorial Library that is expected to open in winter 2014/2015. The FNPL kicked off the Read & Rethink Everything Read-a-thon in September 2012 for Norfolk’s K-12 students. Norfolk elementary and All Norfolk public, private and home-school students in grades 4 through 12 middle school students participated in the FNPL read-a-thon for are invited to participate in the 2014 Friends of the Norfolk Public Library an opportunity to vote for a mascot character type and name. When Annual Book Review Contest. For information, contact: the read-a-thon wrapped up in late spring 2013, it culminated in the Susan Paxton Rhonda Price Emily Peltz development of a marvelous reading superhero: River the Reading stpaxton@aol.com rbprice4@gmail.com ehmccoy@hotmail.com Ranger! The FNPL began working with a vendor to bring the costume 757-227-4394 757-489-7696 757-233-6868 character to life. .................................................................................

2014 FNPL Book Review Contest

River has an official backstory! As a young fox, River lived in a wooded area near the Lafayette River. One night as River hunted, a severe storm hit the area causing massive damage and flooding. Disoriented, River could not find his way back to the family den and was swept away in the Lafayette River clinging to a log that eventually became lodged under a bridge. The bridge provided protection against the storm as it passed, but River was helpless. Fortunately, a woman in a boat who was clearing the river of debris stumbled upon the fox. She took him home to care for him and nursed him back to health. She named him River because she discovered him floating on the Lafayette. Her name was Elizabeth, and she was a

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National Volunteer Week

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Deadline for Book Review Submissions: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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No reviews will be accepted after the deadline. Norfolk Public school teachers may forward their reviews through the pony system to the English Department in time to meet the March 5, 2014 deadline. Please submit all reviews to the Children’s Department of the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, VA 23503.

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage & Commitment

Book Review Contest Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 15 @ 3 PM MacArthur Memorial Auditorium

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Teen Tech Week: March 9 - 15

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


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Love Your Library? Join the Friends!

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f you love the Norfolk Public Library, consider joining the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library (FNPL). The FNPL is made up of volunteers who provide invaluable help and support to NPL by raising money and increasing public awareness about library services. Did you know that many of the multicultural events and programs at NPL such as Tales to Tails and the Summer Reading Program are made possible by the FNPL? Become a friend TODAY and make YOUR difference. To join online, go to www.npl.lib.va.us/friends.

When You Recycle, We all WIN!

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Scan this QR code to activate your free and private Recycling Perks account, and Perks will donate $1 to the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library (FNPL). You may also sign up at www.npl.lib.va.us/Perks.

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his spring, NPL is partnering with Keep Norfolk Beautiful to promote Recycling Perks. Recycling Perks is a reward program that motivates people to recycle. It works to improve household recycling and promote local businesses by offering great savings and exclusive deals to recyclers. Register at www.npl.lib.va.us/Perks. Perks will award $1 to the FNPL for every unique user that signs up for the program in the city of Norfolk using the above web address or QR code. Visit the Library March 3-8, 2014 to pick up your recycling booklist and to view book displays highlighting titles about recycling.

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 6-13, 2014

Calling All NPL Volunteers! Save the Date!

NPL appreciates the enormous contributions that volunteers make at our libraries every day. Take time during National Volunteer Week to recognize the ordinary people in our community who are doing extraordinary things!

Look for your invitation to arrive in March!

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Annual NPL Volunteer Luncheon Saturday, April 5 @ 11:30 AM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 INFO: (757) 664-7328 X340

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2014 Theme: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage & Commitment ...................................................................................

Obtain a complete list of events and a Women’s History Month booklist at www.npl.lib.va.us/WHM.

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M A R C H 2 014 Recorders of History: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

True Stories Book Club: Lean In .................................................

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Saturday, March 1 @ 12:30 PM Blyden Branch ~ (757) 441-2852 Blyden Branch recognizes the achievements of Anne Boone, Mae Breckenridge, and Diana Chappell-Lewis in their efforts to record African-American history through words and to establish local African-American historical museums. (Adults)

American Girl Book Club: Samantha

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Monday, March 3 @ 4 PM Larchmont Branch ~ (757) 441-5335 Read about Samantha, a bright and generous girl living at the turn of the twentieth century. Have a discussion, and enjoy crafts and snacks! (School Age)

Friday, March 7 @ 3:30 PM Larchmont Branch ~ (757) 441-5335 Read and discuss “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. (Adults)

Some Norfolk Women of Note with City Historian Peggy McPhillips ...................................................................... Wednesday, March 19 @ 6 PM Pretlow Anchor Branch ~ (757) 441-1750 Take a look at some of Norfolk’s most historic female figures. (Adults)

Holistic YOU! ...................................................................... Registration is required by March 3 Saturday, March 22 @ 12 - 4 PM Horace C. Downing Branch ~ (757) 441-1968 Kinky Koily Sistahs presents an au naturel holistic workshop with a licensed stylist and herbal specialist. Get advice on your hair and body, and participate in a product swap (donate your gently used products). Win prizes and see demos! (All Ages)

National Library Week: April 13-19, 2014

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Take part in cultural festivities that are centered on NATO countries. Each branch will highlight a different country. Go online to www.npl.lib.va.us for event details! ............................................................................................

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Wii Champions Wanted! .....................................................

Teen Tech Week: March 9 - 15, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl™ for Wii Gaming Tourney

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Compete in the 6th annual TTW Tourney. The top three winners from each branch will advance to the championship round! (Tweens & Teens, ages 10-18)

Branch Tournaments:

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Monday, March 10

Horace C. Downing Branch @ 4 PM ~ (757) 441-1968

Practice Sessions:

Tuesday, March 11

Tuesdays @ 4 PM (Mar. 4 & 11)

Wednesday, March 12

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Van Wyck Branch @ 3 PM ~ (757) 441-2844

Wednesdays @ 3:15 PM (Mar. 5 & 12)

Little Creek Branch @ 4 PM ~ (757) 441-1751 Barron F. Black Branch @ 4:30 PM ~ (757) 441-5806 *Registration is required for Barron F. Black Branch. Only 32 can play!

Janaf Branch ~ (757) 441-5660

Thursday, March 13

Little Creek Branch ~ (757) 441-1751

Larchmont Branch ~ (757) 441-5335

Jordan-Newby Branch @ 3 PM ~ (757) 441-2843 Lafayette Branch @ 4 PM ~ (757) 441-2842 *Registration is required for Lafayette Branch

Wednesday, March 12 @ 4 PM

Monday, March 17

Monday, March 10 @ 5 PM

Lafayette Branch ~ (757) 441-2842

Janaf Branch @ 4 PM ~ (757) 441-5660 Larchmont Branch @ 5 PM ~ (757) 441-5335

Thursday, March 13 @ 4:30 PM

Tuesday, March 18

Pretlow Anchor Branch ~ (757) 441-1750 Park Place Branch ~ (757) 664-7330

Pretlow Anchor Branch @ 4:30 PM ~ (757) 441-1750

Thursday, March 20

Park Place Branch @ 4:30 PM ~ (757) 664-7330

TTW Championship Round

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Come cheer on the top three winners from each branch as they battle for the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy 3! Saturday, March 22 @ 2 PM Pretlow Anchor Branch ~ 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2014

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Enjoy kid-friendly activities, origami, karate demonstrations, Polynesian dance performances, a concert by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a workshop for stress-free living. Go to www.npl.lib.va.us/APAHM for a complete listing of events and to obtain a booklist.

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Karate Demonstration

Learn the Art of Origami

Learn discipline and self-confidence through this Japanese martial art! (All Ages)

Paper artist Rich Gray teaches you how to transform ordinary paper into extraordinary objects! (All Ages)

Eagles Self-Defense Academy .................................................

Tuesday, May 6 Larchmont Branch @ 5:30 PM

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Saturday, May 10 Park Place Branch @ 1 PM

Saturday, May 10 Little Creek Branch @ 12 PM ..............................................

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Saturday, May 24 Van Wyck Branch @ 2 PM

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Performed by Lui Chong-Berz Silhouettes come to life in a dramatization that draws on ancient Chinese culture and techniques. (All Ages)

Polynesian Dance Workshop ‘Ohana Arts & hula Studio

Hawaiian island culture blooms in an interactive hula demonstration. (All Ages)

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Wednesday, May 7 Horace C. Downing Branch @ 4 PM

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Sunday, May 4 Pretlow Anchor Branch @ 2 PM

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Thursday, May 22 Lafayette Branch @ 4:30 PM

Chinese Shadow Puppet Show

Musical Voyages with the Virginia Symphony A VSO quintet will perform music written by Asian-Pacific composers. (Family) ..............................................

Saturday, May 17 Park Place Branch @ 1 PM ..............................................

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Wednesday, May 14 Barron F. Black Branch @ 11 AM

Success without Stress

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Saturday, May 17 Janaf Branch @ 2 PM

Discover techniques to relax and calm your mind and body. This is a Meet, Learn & Discover Series event. (Adults)

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Saturday, May 31 Jordan Newby Branch @ 2 PM

Wednesday, May 21 Pretlow Anchor Branch @ 6 PM

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The Art of Living Foundation

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Ring in Spring!

Little Creek Branch Library ~ (757) 441-1751

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Annual Spring Festival & Used Book Sale Saturday, May 10 @ 10 AM – 2 PM

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‘ Visits and special Storytimes with Pete the Cat ‘ Face painting ‘ Popcorn treats ‘ Loads of used books at cheap prices! ‘ Live beehive and learning with the Tidewater Beekeepers Association ‘ Free children’s ID badges with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Safety Print Program ‘ Origami with paper artist Rich Gray C r e a t i n g

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You’re Only One Click Away

You’ve Been Caught Caring

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eAudiobooks Coming in March!

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The following NPL staff members were caught extending goodwill toward others. Keep up the good work!

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If you already like NPL’s books on CD, you will love the opportunity to listen to the recorded works of your favorite authors on your mobile devices, tablets, computers and MP3 players. Beginning in March, you will be able to download eAudiobooks

Jennie Radovsky

from the Library’s website anytime, anywhere!

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Books & More tab. Then select eAudiobooks

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to create an account and download the app. You may borrow up to five titles

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at a time for 21 days and can place 10 eAudiobooks on hold at a time. You will

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Go to www.npl.lib.va.us and click on the

never experience overdue fines. Books automatically expire at the end of

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your term. Click, and enjoy listening!

Congratulations to NPL’s Volunteers of the Month! November 2013: Joseph Daus ................................................................. Joseph is a freshman at Maury High School in the medical program. He swims, plays piano, and is a member of the scholastic bowl team. He participates in JROTC and has received straight A’s since kindergarten. Joseph has volunteered at NPL for just a short time, but he has made a tremendous impact. He has stuffed hundreds of bags with library materials for the Children’s Festival, manned an outreach table at Scholarfest, and helped run prize drawings at the Tech Tune-Up event. Staff members speak very highly of his professionalism and solid work ethic.

December 2013: Nafissa Akers ................................................................. Nafissa was born in Senegal and moved to California in the mid 90s. She is fluent in French, loves reading, and is quite the international cook! She has a daughter who attends Lake Taylor High School and is involved in several sports activities. Nafissa started volunteering at the Barron F. Black Branch Library in November 2013 shelving materials, cleaning books and toys, and assisting with children’s programs. She always comes in ready to volunteer with a smile on her face.

January 2014: Jelly Riedel ................................................................. Jelly Riedel is an Alabama native who moved to Virginia in 2006 to serve aboard the USS George Washington. Recently, she has been enjoying shore duty at the Little Creek Amphibious Base. Jelly has volunteered at the Little Creek Branch Library since June 2013 shelving materials, cleaning books and toys, and assisting with programs. In addition to working and volunteering, her main job is playing the role of wife and mommy. She does manage to squeeze in a few books from time to time and prefers nonfiction books about science or nature.

Thank YOU, Joseph, Nafissa and Jelly, 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 as well as a Certificate of Appreciation. 6

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U.S. Navy Lends a Hand

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On Friday, November 22, 2013, the Barron F. Black Branch Library had 15 volunteers from the U.S. Navy help out at the branch. Volunteers lent their hands dusting shelves and raking leaves and debris outside. The Barron F. Black Branch would like to thank Amanda Lloyd, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Miss Lois Smith, Mr. Zachary Moran, and the members of the U.S. Navy for their help that splendid day!

How Do I Use This Thing?

The Library is here to help with downloadables on your new devices. Learn how to get free eBooks on your tablet or e-Reader by signing up for NPL’s eBooks classes. For information, go to www.npl.lib.va.us/eBooks. All technology classes are free and open to the public.

Summer Reading Program is Just Around the Corner!

A Groovy Blue Cat to Visit NPL

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Meet Pete the Cat during Children’s Book Week May 12-18, 2014 ..........................................................................

Pete likes movin’, groovin’ and schoolin’ and no matter what, he always keeps his cool! .........................................................................

Go to www.npl.lib.va.us for Storytime dates, times and locations with Pete the Cat. Don’t forget your camera! (Family)

Paws to READ ~ June 21- Aug. 2, 2014 .....................................................................

Library Closings

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Easter

Sunday, April 20 ..........................................................

Memorial Day

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Friends of the Norfolk Public Library P.O. Box 3234 Norfolk, Virginia 23514

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Coming Early 2015! 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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Van Wyck Branch Library

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