Welcome to your library news update! As we continue our phased reopening, we are excited to offer research help and reading recommendations by phone once again.

There are only a few weeks left in the 2020 census. Participating in the census is easy, safe, and absolutely vital for our community. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, and we've partnered to offer a comprehensive list of elected officials, so you can be ready.

Stories and commemorations about the tragic events of September 11, 2001 continue to be produced, even 19 years later. We're also celebrating a Libraries Transform Book Pick and a beloved banned book.

Going back to school and learning from home can be challenging. We think you'll find the live, online tutoring powered by Tutor.com invaluable, along with The Great Courses in eAudio and streaming video.

In addition to PAWS for Reading we're now offering Time with a Therapy Dog, for grade 7 through adults. Retired FBI agent Peter Ashooh takes us behind the scenes of FBI investigation. On Fridays, you can Lunch & Learn about a new topic from the comfort of your home. We continue to provide Computer Basics in English and Spanish, and are anticipating some real masterpieces being submitted in our Teen Stop Motion Video Contest.

Library staff are hard at work in branches, processing your returns and filling holds to deliver materials by curbside pickup. If your branch is always busy when you show up, remember you can change your pickup location. Step-by-step instructions are here, or just call us at 540-372-1144 or 804-472-3820.

The big news is that our expert library staff is available by phone once more to answer your research questions, help you with your account, or recommend your next great read!