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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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Check out a Nabi 2 tablet at Hopewell or Prince George!

New! “Check out” a Nabi 2 tablet!

Borrow an educational game-loaded tablet at the Hopewell and Prince George Libraries. Tablets check out for up to 2 hours of in-house use. See the circulation desk for details!

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Now Hiring: Youth Services Assistant II

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Spring Gardening Series

The Appomattox Regional Library System is excited to announce a series of gardening events at the Hopewell and Prince George Libraries, conducted by the Prince George Master Gardeners.

Building a Rain Barrel and Water Conservation
Hopewell Library
April 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Come build your own rain barrel at this class at the Hopewell Library. The Prince George Master Gardeners will be here to help you construct your rain barrel.
Registration is required for the class and will require a $50 fee for each rain barrel constructed. The class will be limited to 35 barrels. Families are welcome to attend the class. Checks should be made payable to VCE-Prince George County. Registration and checks must be received prior to the class and can be dropped off at the library by April 11 (call (804) 458-6329 x1005 to reserve your seat).

Annuals and Perennials for the landscape
Prince George Library
April 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Come and join the Prince George Master Gardeners in learning about annuals and perennials. You will learn about low maintenance plants to fit your environment, selecting the right plant for your location, and general care and pruning needs. Bring your questions to discuss with the Master Gardeners and attendees. No fee. Pre-registration requested for materials preparation; call (804) 458-6329 x3700 or x1005 to pre-register.

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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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