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McKenney Library Survey, Public Comment Opportunities

Do you have ideas and opinions about how the library should look, or what sort of programs we should have? Or are you just curious to hear more about it? Come to one of several public meetings, or visit our table at the Farmer’s Market, for an opportunity to discuss the new McKenney Library.

The meetings are scheduled for July 30th, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 the McKenney Town Hall. And visit our table at the McKenney Farmer’s Market on July 31 (the market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Can’t make it in person?  Take our online survey, or fill out a paper form at McKenney, Dinwiddie, Rohoic and Carson branches.

Create your own user feedback survey

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New Exhibit: Visit “Life in Color” at Three Library Locations

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Virginia Living Museum

If an animal could talk, what kind of story would it tell? How did it get its name? Where does it live? What does it eat? What is its family like? Visit with some animal friends and hear about the fascinating stories of their lives. Shows will be held on July 29 at the Dinwiddie Library at 11:00am, and at the Hopwell Library at 2:00pm. This event is for children of all ages and is part of the Summer Reading Program “Read to the Rhythm”!

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Read To The Rhythm – ARLS Summer Reading Program

Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program! @ All Libraries

Summer is finally here and it is time for our annual Summer Reading Program. Check out our exciting program Read to The Rhythm, and win cool prizes. Pick up an Explore at your local library for the fun events we have planned for the month of July. You don’t want to miss it!


Birth through Kindergarten: Read 30 books with your child during the month of July. Fill in the registration form and return it at the end of July to be entered to win a 4-pack of tickets to the Richmond Zoo.

First through fifth grade: Read two books per week, stop by the library each week to pick up a prize book! Return your form at the end of July and get entered in our Grand Prize Drawing!

Teens: Read one book per week; stop by the library each week to pick up a prize book!

Read four books in four weeks, return your form at the end of July and get entered in our Grand Prize Drawing!

Adults: Read one book a week (turn in your slips by Thursday of that week) to be entered in a weekly drawing for the prize of two tickets to a show at the new Beacon Theater! Turn in your completed registration form at the end of the summer reading program and be entered for a grand prize drawing of an iPad Mini!

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Summer Story Time Series

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Story Time at the Farmers Market

Starting May 9th, there will be Story Time held at the Prince George Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning at 10:30am through the summer.

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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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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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ARLS will continue with fitness classes at its Prince George and Hopewell locations this summer. 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 6/4-7/30 – 12:00-1:00

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 6/2-7/28- 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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