Category Archive: Children

Home School Open House!

Home school families are encouraged to visit the library for books, resources, and a quiet space to study and learn. The library is currently working to expand its program offerings for home school families, and we need your help! Join us for an open house to learn about the library’s services and collections and how they can benefit you and your family. There will be fun activities and an opportunity to meet the Youth Services staff and ask questions. Bring your gently used curriculum materials to swap with other families for something new! Also, please bring ideas or requests you have to share  for future programming. Your input will help the staff plan new and exciting events for homeschoolers.

Hopewell Library

Tuesday, September 9th, 2:00pm

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Fall Story Time begins in September!

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NEW! Join us on Saturdays at Prince George! Also, check out early literacy classes for families after select sessions.

Details below.

Fall story Time starts again in September! See below for the new schedule.

The Appomattox Regional Library System hosts story time series throughout the year. Join us for an entertaining and educational half hour of books, songs and rhymes with Youth Services Assistants Ann Moore, Andrea Pina and Jeanine Albiges.

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YS staff, from left: Youth Services Assistants Andrea Pina, Ann Moore and Jeanine Albiges with Youth Services Manager Tara Franzetti.

Story time programs aim to instill a love of reading by encouraging parents and other special adults to read aloud to children.   Activities in story time promote brain and language development for children from birth to age 5. At story time, children and caregivers are introduced to six early literacy skills that are essential for learning to read including print motivation, narrative skills, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and print awareness.

Fall Story Time Schedule

September 8 – November 21

No classes: October 20-25

 

Monday – Hopewell – 10:30 (No Story Time on September 15th), Disputanta 10:30

Tuesday – Rohoic – 7:00pm

Wednesday – Dinwiddie – 10:30

Thursday – Prince George – 10:30

Friday – Carson – 10:30

**Saturday – Prince George – 10:30  NEW!!

** Saturday Story Times will take place at the Prince George Farmer’s Market during the month of September. Beginning the first week of October, Story Time will move inside the branch for the remainder of the season.

Stories at the Market! September 2014

September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30

A fun, all ages Story Time held on September Saturdays at the Prince George farmer’s market, adjacent to the Prince George Library!

In the event of inclement weather, Story Time will be held inside the library. October-November Saturday Story Times will take place inside the Prince George branch.

Evening Story Time

A special offering for families not able to attend during the day.

Rohoic – Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

No classes: October 20-24

Early Literacy Classes for Families featuring Rhonda Lee, Literacy Specialist

Early literacy is everything a child knows about reading and writing before he or she can read or write. Developing these skills will help your child become a strong, independent reader. It is never too early to start! Join Ms. Lee, an Early Literacy specialist, after select Story Time sessions at the Hopewell and Prince George libraries to learn ways to encourage early literacy skills in your children. Parents and caregivers will receive helpful tips and tricks as well as easy, inexpensive ways to help your child develop valuable skills and love reading!

Oral Language and Phonological Awareness

Monday, September 22nd – after the 10:30 Story Time session at Hopewell

Thursday, September 25th – after the 10:30 Story Time session at Prince George

Alphabet (Letter) Knowledge

Monday, October 27th – after the 10:30 Story Time session at Hopewell

Thursday, October 30th – after the 10:30 Story Time session at Prince George

 

For more information about the current and upcoming story time programs, call 804-458-6329 ext. 1013.

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Talk to the Animals

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Detail from Still Life: German Shepherd

Visit the Prince George Library during the county’s Community Day Saturday May 3rd for an opportunity to admire, talk to, and read about the animals. Community Day activities in the library will be a visit from an area therapy dog group, a book sale, an new art exhibit, and a craft for our young visitors.  The Clever Canines Therapy & Obedience Club will perform and mingle from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While browsing the sale, enjoy the library’s newest  art exhibition, Still Life. All events are free and no registration required.

The Woman’s Club of Prince George County sponsors Community Day, to be held at Scott Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3, rain or shine. Activities at the park include children’s games with prizes, live DJ and entertainment, and food and craft vendors.

 

 

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An Evening with Mark Twain

Mark Twain portrayer, Gary Robertson, will be at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse,  May 5 at 7 p.m. for a FREE presentation.

Mark Twain portrayer, Gary Robertson, will be at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, May 5 at 7 p.m. for a FREE presentation.

Gary Robertson, historical interpreter,  will perform as Mark Twain at the Friends of the Library, Dinwiddie spring meeting on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Prepare yourself for an evening of insights and stories from the entertaining Mr. Twain.  Refreshments will be served.  The Dinwiddie Historical Society will provide the venue at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, adjacent to the Dinwiddie Library.

Mr. Robertson, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, has been a newspaper reporter for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, director of special projects for Virginia Commonwealth University, an adjunct professor of journalism at Randolph-Macon, and a disc jockey.  He says that channeling Mark Twain is his favorite pursuit.

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910), is an American legend — steamboat pilot, novelist, and the nation’s most celebrated storyteller.  As a man who could make anybody laugh,  he always sprinkled his humorous sayings with a little vinegar. “Heaven goes by favor,” Twain said. “If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”  He scolded politicians, praised the common man and found humor in nearly everything.  As Twain would say, “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

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Month of the Young Child Art Exhibit

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ARLS and Smart Beginnings celebrate the Month of the Young Child with art from local children from Hopewell, Prince George and Dinwiddie. Look for these colorful displays in any branch library throughout the month of April.

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Poetry, Prose & Pizza at Prince George Library

POETRY, PROSE & PIZZAThe Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library invite you to an evening of “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” at the Prince George Library, 6605 Courts Drive, on Thursday, January 30, at 6:00 p.m. Luca’s Italian Restaurant and the Friends of the Library provide refreshments and Nathan Richardson, Virginia author and poet from the Suffolk area, hosts this community gathering.

Mr. Richardson founded the “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” program in the Chesapeake area of Virginia, as an open mic event that allows participants to share their own poetry or prose or recite favorite selections from other writers. This quarterly program continues to draw new talent and new fans. Participants may register for 5 minutes of mic time when they arrive at the library. This event is open to all ages and registration is not required.

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Poetry, Prose & Pizza at the Prince George Library July 25

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All ages are welcome at this open mike event.

The Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library invite you to an evening of “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” at the Prince George Library, 6605 Courts Drive, on Thursday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. Luca’s Italian Restaurant is providing pizza, the Friends of the Library will offer drinks and Nathan Richardson, Virginia author and poet from the Suffolk area, will host this community gathering.

Mr. Richardson founded the “Poetry, Prose, and Pizza” program in the Chesapeake area of Virginia, as an open mic event that allows participants to share their own poetry or prose or recite favorite selections from other writers. He brought this program to the Prince George Library in April of 2012 with great success and the quarterly program continues to draw new talent.

All ages are welcome to attend this event and enjoy a slice of pizza from Luca’s before listening to the talented writers from our area or sharing a poem or selection of prose of their own. Participants may register for 5 minutes of mic time when they arrive at the library.

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ARLS Youth Programming Survey

ARLS wants your feedback! We are looking to expand/revisit  programming offerings for youth in our Dinwiddie and Prince George branch locations. Please take a moment to complete the two surveys below. Thank you in advance for your time.

 

Dinwiddie County Youth Programming Survey

 

Prince George County Youth Programming Survey

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Local History: Archeology Display and Program on Fort Lee at Prince George

Native Americans, colonial settlers, British and Patriot Revolutionary War soldiers, civil war troops, and turn of the century farmers visited the land that became Camp Lee and eventually Fort Lee. Visit the Prince George Library any time this July to see a special display of artifacts from Fort Lee’s grounds, on loan from the Regional Archaeological Curation Facility.

 

Amanda Vtipil at work at City Point.

Amanda Vtipil at work at City Point.

On July 18th, 6:30 p.m., hear a presentation from Amanda Vtipil, Curator with the Regional Archaeological Curation Facility. Ms. Vtipil, a Prince George County native, will discuss the archeology of this historically rich property. The presentation is free and open to all ages, and no registration is required.

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2013 Poetry Contest Winners


Congratulations and a big thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 Poetry Contest. With so many great poems to choose from, competition was fierce. The votes are in and the winners are…

Grades K – 3
No entrants

Grades 4 – 8
Elizabeth M. – “Untitled”

Grades 9 – 12
Brittany M. – “My Musical Muse”

Ages 18 and Up
Ronald U.. – “The Captain Said”

 

Read the winning poems below
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