Quarterly library news, events, books and more for families.
August 2016
Check Out an Outdoor Adventure!
We launched our newest lending program earlier this summer: Nature Backpacks

Made possible through a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia, each backpack checks out for 14 days and contains information and materials to make a trip to one of Virginia's 36 state parks a fun learning experience for the entire family.  

Nature Backpacks contain the following: 
  • Parking Pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia State Parks 
  • Pocket Naturalist Bugs and Slugs Guide 
  • Pocket Naturalist Animal Tracks Guide 
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Birds Guide 
  • Pocket Naturalist Mammals Guide 
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Trees & Wildflowers Guide 
  • Port-A-Bug Field Observation Container 
  • Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card 
  • Magnifying Lens 
  • Dip Net 
  • Activities
For the Birds
In early October, we are introducing another awesome lending program: Birdwatching Backpacks!

Like the Nature Backpacks, our birdwatching kits are an adventure just waiting to happen. They will check out of 14 days and are a great way to introduce young children to the wonders of the natural world and the fun hobby of birdwatching. Birdwatching Backpacks contain a child-friendly pair of binoculars, a selection of picture books about birds, an easy-to-use field guide for identifying birds and various activities sheets.

Join us for one of our Intro to Birdwatching programs, when we will make our Birdwatching Backpacks available for borrowing:

Join us as we learn about birds and the fun hobby of birdwatching. We will gather to share some bird books and discover tips for spotting and identifying birds in the wild. We will then take a short walk outside to look for birds in their natural habitat! Registration Required. Recommended for children 4-8 with an adult.

Libbie Mill Library: Saturday, October 1 @ 10:30 am
Varina Library: Saturday, October 8 @ 10:30 am
Twin Hickory Library: Monday, October 10 @ 10:30 am
Tuckahoe Library: Saturday, October 15 @ 10:30 am

Staff Picks
Our library staff love helping connect kids with great books. Here are a handful of books we have been enjoying!
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
When Owl hears a tiny sound right before bed, he proceeds to tear his home apart in search of the offending source. Riffing off Arnold Lobel's classic Owl at Home, Greg Pizzoli takes us into the home of an outrageous owl who is just a little more than slightly nervous. This charmingly silly picture book will have little one rolling in the aisles. (Ages 3-6)

Who's reading this? 
Rick, Youth Services Coordinator
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bear spies some tasty eggs in a nest only to have them hatch into little goslings and "attach" to him. He doesn't want to be a parent, but he is stuck! A fun read. (Ages 3-6)

Who's reading this? 
Laurie, Tuckahoe Library
Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently (Illus. by Helen Oxenbury)
Continues the adventures of Jack, Zack and Caspar begun in King Jack and the Dragon by the same author and illustrator. The brave boys set out to battle a pirate crew during a day at the beach, end up marooned on an island, and finally discover the pirates' treasure. A delightful voyage of the imagination! (Ages 3-7)

Who's reading this? 
Diane, Fairfield Library
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
A robot named ROZZUM unit 7134 is shipwrecked on a deserted island where she is accidentally activated by an otter. As her sentience develops she learns survival and creates community among the animals. Her experiences are mirrored by the pace and sophistication of the vocabulary and description. Pen and ink illustrations expertly blend with comedy and tragedy. (Grades 3-5)

Who's reading this? 
Gay Lynn, Twin Hickory Libray
When Stick Cat and feline bestie Edith witness the musician across the street get stuck in a piano he is tuning, they embark on a daring quest to save him from their twenty-third floor apartment. Stick cat's high wire act is sure to please third- to- sixth grade cat lovers and Stick Dog fans everywhere. (Grades 3-6)

Who's reading this? 
Bunny, Twin Hickory Library
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
The sweet story of a boy whose family is preparing to move from Oman to Michigan, even though he desperately wants to stay. His beloved grandfather helps him to see the possibilities of a new adventure in the U.S. Recommended for children who want to learn about a Middle East country with no mention of political tension or warfare. (Grades 3-7)

Who's reading this? 
Sue, Tuckahoe Library

Upcoming Storytime Dates
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Storytime sessions for Spring and Summer:

September 6 - October 8
October 24 - December 17

All storytimes are drop-in, no registration required. Don't forget we have evening and weekend storytimes for working families!

Our storytimes are designed for specific ages. We recommend you choose the best-fit storytime for maximum learning and fun!

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