Category Archive: Children

Carson Caboose Open House

Carson Caboose Open House

Friday, May 9, 2 – 4

Have you visited the the Carson Caboose yet? If not, this is the perfect opportunity! All ages are welcome.

In honor of National Train Day (Saturday, May 10), the Appomattox Regional Library System will be hosting an open house of our historic Norfolk and Western Carson Caboose, located adjacent to the Carson Depot Library. The branch, a renovated 1888 train station, opened as the Carson Depot Branch Library in October of 1991.

Highlights include train stories read by Youth Services staff at 3 and simple crafts. Rain or shine.

 

Carson Caboose with children

 

 

 

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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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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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Knitters and Want-to-Be Knitters: Four ARLS Locations Host Southside From the Heart

Share your expertise, or learn a new skill: four ARLS branches are hosting knitting and crocheting meetings in 2014. The schedule is:

Hopewell

  • 1st & 3rd Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • 2nd & 4th Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Carson NEW!

  • 1st & 3rd Monday afternoons from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dinwiddie

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Prince George NEW!

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00  p.m.

Southside From the Heart is a nonprofit group organized to teach knitting and crocheting and to provide blankets, chemo caps, and other items to area hospitals, nursing homes, and veterans’ homes. Everything produced during the knitting/crocheting sessions will be donated to these organizations so they may make them available for their patients and residents.

Yarn and needles are provided free of charge for those who need them but donations of yarn and needles are welcome. All ages and levels of experience are invited to participate. No registration required.

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Spring Story Time starts on March 24th!

Spring Story Time begins March 24th!

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 Youth Services Manager Tara Franzetti and Youth Services Assistant Ann Moore.

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.

*NEW* Story Time is now being offered in 5 branch locations, as well as the headquarters library in Hopewell.

 

During seasonal series, joins us at these ARLS locations:

Monday – Hopewell – 10:30

Tuesday – Hopewell – 7:00pm (see schedule below) and Rohoic – 7:00pm

Wednesday – Dinwiddie – 10:30

Thursday – Prince George – 10:30 and Disputanta 4:00 pm

Friday – Carson – 10:30

No Story Time April 14-18

Evening Story Time (meets the same weeks as the classes listed above)

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

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

Hopewell – Alternating Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m: April 1, April 22, May 6

There will be no Story Time the following week:

April 14-18

 

 

For more information about the current and upcoming story time programs, call 804-458-6329 ext. 1019.

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

audience w kids

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.arls.org/2013/06/local-history-archeology-display-and-program-on-fort-lee-at-prince-george/

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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May 4 is Community Day

The Appomattox Regional Library System is participating in two community festivals in your area on May 4. Join us in Dinwiddie County at the McKenney Library and in Prince George County at the Prince George Library for fun and some book bargains. Read the rest of this entry »

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