Best-Selling Author to Visit Local Library

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D.J. MacHale, a New York Times number one, best-selling author, will be at the Bull Run Regional Library at 1:00 p. m. on Sunday, September 25, for a book signing and discussion on “The Curse of the Boggin” – his first book in the new series “The Library.” The series is about a haunted library where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories. The first book is about 13-year old Marcus O’Mara and his friends, who find mysteries and adventures while trying complete the spooky stories. As MacHale’s website says, “It’s about finishing the books, before the books finish them.”

MacHale is best known for his “Pendragon” series of books, which are about 14-year-old Bobby Pendragon whose uncle, a time traveler, recruits him into a mission to save humanity from the evil demon Saint Dane. Bobby learns that he is a Traveler, one of a small group of people who are the only ones capable of standing in Saint Dane’s way and saving the world.

Tracy McPeck, programming and outreach librarian, said getting a visit from MacHale is a big deal. “Prince William Public Libraries is excited to welcome D.J. MacHale. For the first time, in a long time, we have a New York Times best-selling author who is internationally acclaimed come to visit our library, and we’re very excited about it.”

MacHale will speak to the crowd beginning at 1:00 p. m., and attendees will have an opportunity to buy some of his books and have them autographed afterward.

In addition to the visit from MacHale, the library system has several other fall programs that people might find interesting, said Communications Services Division Chief Andrew Spence.

There will be a family-friendly event at Independent Hill Library between 10:30 a. m. and 1:00 p. m. Saturday, September 17, with a balloon artist and a live animal petting zoo complete with a photogenic parrot, unusual reptiles, and fuzzy ferrets. Explore the library and then enjoy some refreshments. At 11:30 a. m., Supervisor Marty Nohe will give a short presentation on Independent Hill’s new pavilion.

On Saturday, October 22, Chinn Park Regional Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a fall festival and book sale at the library, Spence said. “We’re asking everyone to bring the whole family. We’ll have a petting zoo, face painting, live music, food, story time, games and crafts for kids of all ages.” The book sale runs between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p. m., and the festival runs between 11:00 a. m. and 3:00 p. m.

There will also be a fall festival at the Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library on Saturday, October 15 between noon and 4:00 p. m. with the Mary Jo Rigby Room Dedication Ceremony at 11:00 a. m. There will be fun activities for all and everyone is welcome, Spence said.

The library is calling on all high school students to participate in designing the limited-edition library card to celebrate the system’s 65th anniversary in 2017. The winning design will be printed on library cards that will be issued for a year.  Artwork can be submitted online or by disc at any library branch. The last day to submit the designs for the contest is October 15. An online voting period will be held from October 16 through November 1. Visit the library system’s website to see the complete list of rules and register for the contest.



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