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J.O.B.S Workshops At the Appomattox Regional Library System


ARLS in partnership with the J.O.B.S. Program (Job Opportunity Basic Skills) is offering a series of workshops for anybody who would like to work on their job searching skills.  


Be Prepared in Writing

May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The first step in looking for a job is to gather information about yourself on paper so you can write a resume and fill out applications. Come and learn the basics of resume writing, completing applications, and lining up personal references. Presented by Rosemary O’Steen, HR Director, Ft. Lee Federal Credit Union.

How to Look for a Job

May 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

There are many ways to search for employment in our information age.  Come find out about search strategies online and elsewhere, networking, and your social media presence while job searching. Presented by Melissa Lawrence, Administrative Services Director, ARLS.


Be Prepared to Interview

May 17, 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

After applying for a job, the potential employer will want to talk to you over the phone and/or in person.  Come and learn about interviews, appropriate appearance, and introductions/elevator speeches. Presented by Mark Burns, Instructor, Logtech (at Ft. Lee) & Army Reserves Staff Sergeant.

For more information on this and other programming at ARLS, please call 804-458-6320 or visit the

library website at


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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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Month of the Young Child Art Exhibit

@All ARLS BranchesMonthoftheYoungChild

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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Now Hiring: Youth Services Assistant II

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Book Group To Go!

Everything you need to start a book group of your own!

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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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