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Lunch & Lecture Series 2015

Historic Hopewell Foundation’s

Lunch & Lecture Series 2015

All programs start at noon and are free and open to the public

Programs are held at the ARLS Hopewell Library from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Bring a bag lunch and HHF will supply drink and dessert!

 For more information please contact HHF at 804-458-4682 or

*Please note that the opinions expressed by the presenters do not necessarily reflect those of HHF

May 20 – Jean Langford: The Wild Blue Yonder: The Story of the Hopewell Airport

May 27 – George Fickett: The History of Civil War Site Preservation in Chesterfield County, Virginia 1888-2015

June 3 – Bill Young: Wanted: Dead or Alive–John P. Boone, U.S. Army (costumed interpreter)

June 10 – Chris Durham: Turning a Boxwood Shrub into a Topiary Plant

June 17 – Chip Mann: The Influence of the British Monarchy on the Commonwealth of Virginia

June 24th – Pat Hamrick: Rolling Thunder, Inc. –Vietnam Vets

July 1 – Paula McDonough: Dolly Madison: Her Life and Legacy (costumed interpreter)

July 8 – Charles Wissinger: Frances Scott Key (costumed interpreter)

July 15 – Barclay DuPriest: Peter Francisco–After the Revolutionary War

July 22 – Chris Calkins: The Final Bloodshed: The Battles at Appomattox, April 8-9, 1865

July 29 – Mike Schoenenberger: Reminiscences of a Historian

August 5 – Johnny Jones: Music from Hank Williams to Bob Dylan, etc. 

August 12 – Marie Pearson: New Bohemia, Virginia

August 19 – Richard Cordle: Do You Know Your Local Tax Collector?

August 26 – Jon Hatfield: The Virginia War Memorial, 60 Years

September 2 – Jean Langford: Two Brothers and a Dream: Celebrating the 100th Year of Hospital Care in Hopewell

September 9 – Ed Hatch: An Artist at Work: A Demo in Oil

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Carson Caboose Open House

Join us for fun and games to celebrate National Train Day!

Friday, May 8th at 10:30am at the Carson Depot Library

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Beekeeping @ the library

Hopewell Library

April 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Do you like honey? Have you always wondered about bees and the process of making honey. New to the world of beekeeping, or a seasoned beekeeper? Come listen to Mr.Radford talk about bees and beekeeping and you might even get to see a small hive. Bees might start buzzing in your head about starting your own hive soon. This will be a family program and children, teens and adults are most welcome.


Please call 804-458-6320  for more information.



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American Sign Language Classes

Interested in sign language? Do you want to learn how to communicate with a friend or loved one? Well, we have the perfect class for you.

Come learn beginning sign language for free at the Appomattox Regional Library at Hopewell. Classes will be taught by Mr. Darrell Avery, a graduate of Galluadet University in Deaf Education. Galluadet University located in Washington DC, was the first university in America to offer programs specifically designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The classes will also be co-taught by Ms. Connie Pierett, a Hearing Specialist and Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the Hopewell Public Schools.

Location:  Hopewell Library

Dates: April 14, 16,  21, 23, 28, 30

Time: 6:00pm-7:30 pm


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Book Report Fair

ARLS would like to invite all students to participate in our Homeschool Book Report Fair, Tuesday May 12th at 10:30am at the Hopewell Library. It’s like a science fair, but with books instead of experiments! We will divide participants into different age groups and judge presentations on creativity. All ages can participate.

Registration is required, so please contact the Youth Services department in advance at 458-6329 ext. 1013 or fill out a paper form at Hopewell.

Use the links below to view and download more information and the form.

Homeschool Reading Fair Letter

Homeschool Reading Fair Registration Form

Homeschool Reading Fair Checklist K-2

Reading Fair Project Checklist 3-5, Middle and High School

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Early Literacy Classes

Upcoming classes are as follows:

Transitioning into Kindergarten

Mon. May 4 – after 10:30 Story Time at Hopewell

Thurs. May 7 – after 10:30 Story Time at Prince George

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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“Reading Along the Appomattox”

Reading Along the Appomattox

The Appomattox Regional Library System will begin its inaugural Community Read project this Spring entitled “Reading Along The Appomattox.” The intent of the project is to promote reading, research, discovery, and sharing of perspectives among the citizens of Hopewell, Dinwiddie, and Prince George by encouraging them to read the same book and to participate in related programs.


The book selected for this year is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, a popular nonfiction book in which a young man compares his life to that of a man with the same name and age, who grew up in almost the same neighborhood, who is in prison. We are encouraging everyone in the library’s service area to read this book. You may check one out at the library, or purchase one for the discounted price of $5. We have plenty! You may also see some of your county or city representatives, community and church leaders, and of course librarians reading this same book in the coming months!

Once citizens have had a chance to read the book and think on it, we will be holding events related to The Other Wes Moore that are open to all. We hope to facilitate discussion between community members, library staff, and city leaders, that will be a positive, interactive, and engaging opportunity for everyone, so we hope to see you there!

Book Discussion Meetings

Prince George Library –  April 9th at 7pm
Dinwiddie Library – April 16th at 7pm
Hopewell Library – April 28th at 7pm

Chief TunstallPanel Discussion With Community Leaders

Saturday, April 18, 2pm at the Hopewell Library

The panel discussion event is sponsored by the Hopewell/Prince George Friends of the Library, and will feature several community leaders who will be sharing their stories and thoughts, answering questions, and engaging in discussion with other readers on what can be learned from the book and each other.

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ARLS will commence fitness classes at its Prince George and Hopewell locations this spring. The classes will be taught by instructor Terri Spicer. Ms. Spicer has been a fitness instructor for over 30 years. The classes will be one hour in length.


Prince George
Yoga for Beginners

Thursdays 3/5-5/28 – 12:00-1:00. There will be no class on April 9 and May 7

Receive the abundant benefits of yoga. This gentle class offers flowing movements at a gentle pace with attention to breathing and postures. You will see improvement in muscle strength, circulation, flexibility, and balance. It is suitable to people of all fitness levels. Please bring a yoga mat to class.


Sit and Be Fit

Tuesdays 3/3-5/26 – 10:30-11:30

This full-body workout is designed to be done from both a seated chair and a standing position. The class will emphasize exercises to improve flexibility, muscle and bone strength, circulation, and balance. It is fun and easy and suitable to people of all fitness abilities.


For further information please  call us at 804-458-6320.




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