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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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Virginia Author Showcase – Mr. Randall Jimerson

Hopewell Library

October 9th, 12:00-1:30 pm:

The Appomattox Regional Library invites you to come spend an interesting time with Mr. Jimerson, Professor of History & Director, Archives and Records Management at Western Washington University. He will be here to speak about his book, “Shattered Glass in Birmingham: My Family’s Fight for Civil Rights, 1961-1964”.

The narrative begins in Hopewell, where his father served as chaplain at the Federal Reformatory, located between Hopewell and Petersburg. Come and be entertained by this key element of our history.


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Virginia Author Showcase – Lydia Netzer

Dinwiddie Library

September 13th, 4:00-5:00 pm

ARLS is happy to host Norfolk based author Lydia Netzer at the Dinwiddie Library on the 13th of September. The event will be held at the Dinwiddie Historical Courthouse building, adjacent to the library. Ms. Netzer will here to discuss her latest book, “How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky”.

Her novel “Shine Shine Shine” is a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and was shortlisted for the LA Times Book Prize in Fiction and the Virginia People’s Choice Awards. Come spend an entertaining afternoon with Ms.Netzer.


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Art Exhibit “Harvest” in All ARLS Branches


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Harvest Exbihits

“Harvest” is the summer art exhibit finale and can be visited at any branch near you.  Revisit this summer’s exhibit pieces in new locations:

Burrowsville: Robert E.Lee by Laci Brockwell

Carson: Tiger Lilies by Laci Brockwell

Dinwiddie: Tiki Head by Laci Brockwell; Manana Island by Patricia Munford

Disputanta: Peanut Digger by Brad Hale

Hopewell: Home Life by Rebecca Rose

McKenney:  Hibiscus by Laci Brockwell

Prince George: Cooling Waters by Patricia Munford

Rohoic:  Sun and Moon by Laci Brockwell

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Ask us how to borrow a Kindle!

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download free movies, music and audiobooks with your library card!

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Book Group To Go!

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

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