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Learn to Make Wreaths in Prince George

Fall into the holiday season by learning how to make decorative wreaths at the Prince George Library Tuesday, November 15th at 2:00 pm.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to make bows

  • See how you can make wreaths with straw, grapevine, evergreen and other materials

  • Techniques for fastening

PLUS all attendees will have the chance to win door prizes, including a wreath!

Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please call 458-6329, extension 3700 to register.

~Light refreshments will be served ~

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Learn about a Prince George WWII Veteran at the Prince George Library

Pay tribute to our Veterans at the Prince George Library on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 pm as the library welcomes author James Breig. Mr. Breig is the author of Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of World War II which chronicles the life of Army Sgt. James Boisseau Bailey, a Prince George man serving in World War II.

Inspired by letters found in an antique shop, James Breig began to search them for telltale clues to the soldier’s life and for hidden hints about Sgt. Bailey’s fears, worries, and hopes. Through this search Searching for Sgt. Bailey was born and Mr. Breig reclaims one forgotten serviceman from obscurity while also capturing Army life during this time.

Edward Zapletal, publisher for History Magazine, says “It’s a human failing that we take for granted the efforts of those who toil in the background … James Breig gives us reason to pause and live a few moments in the life of Sergeant Bailey, an average World War II soldier. Let’s not forget him or any of the others, regardless of the conflict or the size of their sacrifices.”

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Best on the Web – Learn a New Language

Has learning a new language been on your to do list for ages? You already know the advantages of being multilingual, but the difficulties associated with learning a new language are holding you back. Perhaps you don’t have the time or money for formal classes, and online tutorials advance too quickly or don’t meet your unique needs. Fortunately, now there are online resources that reduce or eliminate these obstacles. The following free and low-cost online language instruction systems are self-paced and allow students to decide how much or how little time and effort they devote to learning.

BBC Languages provides free audio, video and print lessons in more than 40 different languages. Beginner courses contain 12 weeks worth of material and optional email tips.

Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages.

Check out foreign language books at your local ARLS branch!

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Best on the Web – Aprender Inglés Hoy

U.S.A. Learns es un recurso gratuito en línea para hablantes nativos de español que buscan mejorar sus habilidades básicas de lectura Inglés, escritura, expresión oral y habilidades para la vida. Los visitantes de este sitio web pueden registrarse y comenzar los cursos en línea en cuestión de minutos. La instrucción es a su propio ritmo y está disponible en Inglés y Español. U.S.A. Learns es un programa del U.S. Departamento de Educación y pretende dotar a los adultos estadounidenses con las habilidades básicas que necesitan para ser trabajadores productivos, miembros de la familia, y los ciudadanos.

U.S.A. Learns is a free online resource for native Spanish speakers seeking to improve their basic English reading, writing, speaking and life skills. Visitors to this site can register and start online courses in minutes. Instruction is at your own pace and is available in English and Spanish. U.S.A. Learns is a program of the U.S. Department of Education and aims to provide U.S. adults with basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.

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ARLS participating in the McKenney Block Party, July 16th

McKenney Branch Library

The McKenney Branch Library will be open Saturday, July 16th from noon until 3p.m. for the  The Bank of McKenney Block Party. Cookies and lemonade will be served while they last.

The McKenney Block Party will be held on First Street, McKenney, and will feature tables sponsored by local businesses, raffles, craft sales, a car show, pet adoption, face painting, moonwalk, and more community family fun. Free and open to all.

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Best on the Web – Your Summer Adventure Awaits

No summer is complete without a family road trip. Don’t let rising gas prices stop you from getting out and seeing the great family-friendly attractions Virginia has to offer. Check out free and affordable adventures within a day’s drive and in your own backyard on the official Virginia tourism website, www.Virginia.org. This website features customizable maps, planning guides, visitor ratings, and travel advice. Whether you’re interested in hiking, biking, restaurants, or rest and relaxation, this site has everything you need to get started.

Join us for Affordable Adventures on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Hopewell Library. Marie Henderson of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will be presenting information about parks, trails, vineyards, museums, and other fun destinations. Everyone in attendance has a chance to win free tickets to one of five exciting local attractions!

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Get Credit Smart Thursday

What do taxes, fools and spring cleaning have in common?  They all share the month of April, also known as National Financial Literacy Month. To be financially literate is to better understand your financial issues and to make informed choices, a subject that often becomes more relevant at tax time.   The Rohoic Branch of the Appomattox Regional Library System will welcome Aisha Quarles of Virginia Supportive Housing to present information on managing credit. The Virginia Supportive Housing

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office offers counseling and financial literacy programs as well as assistance in finding affordable housing solutions. At this presentation you may learn how to use credit wisely and avoid credit pitfalls.  Do a spring cleaning on your bottom line at Rohoic Branch, Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m.   It’s free and open to the public.

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Best on the Web – Share and Store Your Digital Pictures

Digital camera technology has advanced steadily over the past decade. Digital cameras now offer professional grade image and video capturing in a compact, easy-to-use device. With this improved quality comes larger image and video files that can take up a lot of storage space on your computer’s hard drive, diminishing your computer’s speed. You could purchase an external hard drive to store your pictures and video, but in order to share your files with friends or upload them to the web, you have to access your external hard drive multiple times. Many digital camera users are now turning to free online storage and sharing spaces for their image and video files.

Flickr
With a free Flickr account, you can upload two videos and up to 300MB worth of photos every calendar month. You can also share files with groups or individuals; edit and organize your photos; transfer images between Flickr and Facebook; comment on and save photos you find; and order prints, posters, books, and more at a low cost.

Snapfish
Snapfish’s free membership guarantees you unlimited photo storage. This site is a scrapbooker’s dream with easy photo editing and slideshow features; free photo sharing; and customizable print projects including cards, posters, calendars, and more.

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Best on the Web – Free Calling and Video Chat

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a better way to communicate with all of the people in your life here, there, and everywhere? Skype’s FREE video chat, instant messaging, file sharing, and Skype-to-Skype calls make it easy for you to stay connected with friends and family down the street, across the country, and around the world. The ability to share work projects and hold video conference calls makes Skype an ideal tool for businesses and non-profit organizations too! It is simple to download and install, but you will need a microphone and webcam to take full advantage of Skype’s array of free services. Click here to learn more about Skype’s history and how it works.

Want to learn more about communication? Check out these titles:

Are We Communicating Yet : A Practical Guide for Everyone in Your Organization
By Carl Mays
302 May

Communicate with Confidence! How to Say It Right the First Time and Every Time
By Dianna Booher
651.73 Boo

Eye to Eye: How People Interact
By Peter Marsh
302.34 Mar

Say It–Right: How to Talk in Any Social or Business Situation
By Lillian Glass
808.56 Gla

You Say More Than You Think : Use the New Body Language to Get What You Want!
By Janine Driver and Mariska van Aalst
153.69 Dri

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