April 9, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
The Gloucester Library Extends Far Beyond its Four Walls

Throughout this week, Gloucester County has been recognizing National Library Week by promoting the idea that the local library system extends far beyond the four walls of a building. This proves especially true for the Gloucester Main Library and its Point Branch, which routinely hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for adults, youth, and teens.
Though the pandemic has curtailed some of the Library’s events this past year, plans for summer programs are in the making. These include the annual Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1 through July 31. This program is for all ages and includes monthly prize drawings, a grand prize package and much more.
The Library is also planning outdoor story times this summer. To stay up to date on when these are planned and all other programs going on, visit “Gloucester County Library – Virginia” on Facebook.
“One of the most exciting things is that we are now fully open, and no appointments are needed,” said Diane Rebertus, Director of Library Services. “Just pull on the door handle, and ‘voila!’ walk right in!” For those who still wish to enjoy the Library from afar, a variety of digital books, magazines, and databases are always available.
“During the pandemic, I feel like our Library went above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding resources and continuing to meet the needs of Library users,” Rebertus added. “Whether people visit in person or virtually, our Main Library and its Point Branch offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and help to facilitate their growth through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs – and we are thrilled the Library is being recognized this week.”
“We look forward to seeing YOU at the Library,” Rebertus said. The Gloucester Main Library’s hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Point Branch is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon – 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Bookmobile, considered the Library’s “Third Branch” also provides services to those who cannot come to the Library. Those wishing to be on the route for a Bookmobile visit can fill out the form found on the Library’s website, https://www.gloucesterva.info/148/Library

Household Harmful Waste Collection Scheduled for April 17

This free collection is open to Gloucester County residents only. Commercial quantities, quantities that exceed a reasonable residential household amount, and/or hazardous waste generated by businesses will not be accepted. 

Accepted Items
This collection allows residents an opportunity to dispose of:
  • Automobile hazardous waste - antifreeze, brake and transmission fluids, gasoline (and mixtures thereof), batteries, etc.
  • Gardening/Outdoor supplies - pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals, etc.
  • Household items - small propane canisters and propane tanks for grills, fire extinguishers, toxic household cleaners, drain cleaners, mercury, batteries, electronics, etc.
  • Painting supplies - paints, thinners, solvents, epoxies, wood preservatives, etc.

Items NOT Accepted
Items that cannot be accepted:
  • Ammunition, explosives, fireworks, and marine and other flares
  • Asbestos
  • Drugs, medicines, and medical waste (drug dropbox at Sheriff’s office, 7502 Justice Dr.)
  • Household trash (can be taken to any convenience center)

Collection of Harmful Waste
The average household has between three and ten gallons of materials that are potentially hazardous to human health or the environment. Many products in daily use (cleaners, pesticides, solvents) are toxic in our environment to people and ecosystems when disposed of improperly. Gloucester County and Waste Management provide residents two opportunities annually to safely dispose of these items for no charge. Household Harmful Waste Collections are generally held on the third Saturday of April and October.

The April Household Harmful Waste Collection is usually held at the Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Center located at 3714 Waste Management Way, Saluda. The October collection is usually held at the Guinea Convenience Center located at 7599 Guinea Road, Hayes. Household Harmful Waste collections are typically held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the designated days. Please verify the dates and times prior to taking harmful waste to the designated location. Email cleancommunity@gloucesterva.info to verify. 

Also, be sure to check out our latest podcast, published this week, about "Going Green in Gloucester," where more information is provided about this event. To tune in, visit: https://www.gloucesterva.info/1299/Current-Conversations-Podcast

The Gloucester Victim Witness Assistance Program Presents: The Mock Trial

Join the Gloucester Victim Witness Assistance Program for an interactive and educational production in which they explore the elements of a criminal preliminary hearing. Local organizations will be in attendance to expand on the services they provide the county.

There is no charge to attend this event. This event will also be Live Streamed from the Gloucester Victim witness Assistance Program Facebook page.

This event will be held in-person with COVID-19 protocols in place. This event has an in-person occupancy limit of 25, so please reply in advance.

Check out these Upcoming Opportunities from Parks, Recreation and Tourism!
For more information, or to sign up, visit: gloucesterva.info/civicrec

Gloucester Arts Festival Set for June 2021

Don’t just save one date this June. Save the entire month.

The Gloucester Arts Festival will return to rural coastal Virginia for its fifth year, kicking off June 3, 2021 with an unveiling of sculptures on Main Street and culminating with a U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band concert.

Throughout the month, guests can watch as plein air artists from across the mid-Atlantic paint the Heart of the River collection, competing for over $20,000 in prize money; a Virginia Symphony Orchestra free community performance under the stars; Meet the Artists during the Brews & Brine event at historic White Marsh Farm; a blue grass concert at Abingdon Church; Cocktails in the Garden with the artists at Brent & Becky’s Bulbs; and the visit of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Art Mobile.
“If there is anything we all have learned in the last year, it’s the importance of coming together, being together, and of community,” said Mollie Stewart, the 2021 Gloucester Arts Festival Chairman.
“We are delighted to bring the Gloucester Arts Festival back safely and use this important cultural event to celebrate the artist community, the Gloucester community, our community.”

As it has in year’s past, the event draws from all over, allowing the Gloucester region to showcase its bounty. “We’re delighted that in addition to the artists themselves who will be participating in the plein air painting event, we have attracted an esteemed sculptor to showcase his work on our Main Street and an incredible judge for the show,” Stewart said of Larry Moore who will serve as the 2021 Gloucester Arts Festival judge and sculptor Jay Lagemann.

Lagemann is most widely known for creating animated, playful characters from metal. He created the monumental bronze Swinging Jenny, of which an 18-foot by 22-foot version is publicly on display in New York City.

All events will be held outdoors and will remain in compliance with current COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Learn more about the Gloucester Arts Festival and view a detailed calendar of events at gloucesterartsfestival.com.

Upcoming Courses Offered by the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Community Services Board

ACE Interface Training - Adverse Childhood Experiences
When: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Online Registration:

For a complete list of course offerings, visit: www.chvc.online

Current Job Openings with Gloucester County, Virginia Government

Purchasing Coordinator: $41,531 annually

Workplace Safety and Training Specialist: $62,237 annually

Utility Maintenance Worker: $29,476 annually

Utility Inspector: $46,507 annually

Park Aide (part time - as needed): $11.30 hourly

For more information or to apply, visit:
New Post on Money, Health and Other Things

Over the next two weeks, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will discuss life insurance.

Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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