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Provided by Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS)


PWPLS Enhances Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program

Prince William Public Library System has added 27 new hotspots, for a total of 37,  to enhance their mobile hotspot lending program. This initiative helps to expand free internet access to patrons beyond the library’s 11 public service locations. Hotspots are available to borrow at the Bull RunChinn ParkHaymarket GainesvilleMontclair, and Potomac Libraries on a first come, first served basis. Patrons must be at least 18 years of age and have their library card and picture ID with them when checking out a mobile hotspot.
The hotspots are loaned out for a three-week period and each Wi-Fi hotspot kit contains a hotspot device, charging adaptor, and instructions.
“Prince William Public Library is committed to removing barriers to digital access … [We] … are striving to achieve our vision in being the hub connecting people to the transforming power of information, both in and beyond our buildings,” said Deborah Wright, PWPLS Director. “The hotspot lending program is just one approach we’re taking to be help the greater Prince William Community stay connected.”
T-Mobile is the provider of mobile hotspots and will provide technical support for the devices. Each library branch also has staff available to help with troubleshooting and answer any questions.

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There’s Still Time to “Imagine Your Story” During Summer Reading

From now until Aug. 15, “Imagine Your Story” this summer. The Summer Reading Program has something for all ages! To participate, register online, use the Beanstack Tracker app on your smartphone, or grab a game card when you pick up your holds via Contact-Free Pick Up. Track your progress by checking off activities! Come in after 10 activities for a free book and to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Complete all the activities for a bonus entry for the grand prize drawing.
All our programs are virtual this year. Visit us at to watch awesome programs online!

What is the Summer Reading Program?

Summer Reading at PWPLS is an annual program that combines quality programs, challenges, and incentives to keep children, young adults, and adults reading and coming to libraries throughout the summer. This year, use your imaginations and creativity with the theme “Imagine Your Story.”

The libraries are offering virtual programs conducted by trained staff, community partners, and live performers. These include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) elements that spark a love of learning through music, puppetry, theatre, story times, crafts, and other great programs. In addition, challenges with prizes and incentives along the way excite and engage people of all ages.

Summer Reading is developed in close collaboration with area public schools. The program supports school system initiatives by aligning public library programs with school literacy goals.

Thank You Sponsors

By supporting their local library system, sponsors provide children and young adults the ability to continue succeeding in education.

Since 1952, PWPLS has provided the citizens of the greater Prince William community with free access to books, computers, and education. Sponsors enable PWPLS to continue offering quality educational programs, such as Summer Reading, at no cost.

This year’s Naming Sponsors, Kids Choice Sport and Fun Center and Prince William Ice Center, are both local businesses committed to making a difference by supporting Summer Reading. Premium Sponsor Sky Zone Manassas shares that same commitment. In total, 28 sponsors have joined the Prince William Public Library System to support literacy, learning, and fun!

August 2020 Highlights

All programs from Aug. 1 to Nov. 30 will be offered virtually.
June 15 – Aug. 15
All Ages
Virtual programs and activities for all ages! Learn more:
Monday, Aug. 3, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12
Join a panel of college professionals as they help high schoolers understand how to succeed when transitioning to college. Registration required.
Monday, Aug. 3, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Get non-partisan voter information from local experts and up-to-date information about election deadlines and changes in Virginia. Presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters. Registration required.
Wednesday, Aug. 5, All Day
All Ages/Families
It’s time for a Unicorn Party! We’ll have a special virtual story time with unicorn activities.
Saturday, Aug. 8, All Day
All Ages/Families
Meet a mermaid in this virtual story time for the whole family!
Saturday, Aug. 15, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Young Adults and Adults
Get ready for a virtual library dance party unlike any other! Registration required.
Monday, Aug. 17, 5:00 p.m.
All Ages/Families
Meet in a WebEx Online Room for this inclusive program where we are building friendships, networks and fun throughout our special needs communities. Everyone is welcome!
Tuesday, Aug. 25, All Day
Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, this video presented by Candid will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

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