Prince William Public Library April Highlights

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The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) offers a number of programs throughout the year for all ages. Some of these programs and events are highlighted below. Please visit our website to learn more about all of the events offered for the month.

Spring has Sprung!

Now that spring has officially sprung, we have so much to look forward to: the cherry blossoms bloom, we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, and we can now enjoy our national pastime, baseball!

Did you know that two authors known for horror novels and courtroom drama also wrote fun novels about baseball? Calico Joe by John Grisham and Blockade Billy by Stephen King show off these two blockbuster authors’ versatility.

As for Arbor Day and Earth Day, check out our extensive gardening collection. Grow Something Different to Eat or Gardening with Junk are just two of our newer titles. The cherry blossoms, as we know, will bloom when they want to, and not necessarily when your out-of-town company arrives to see them. Should that happen, come to one of the many programs at the library to keep company entertained.

If you still want to enjoy the great outdoors in April, you could take advantage of resources such as our guides to national parks (we are surrounded by those here in this area) or sightseeing guides to Washington museums.

And, if all else fails, there are always movies you can access with your library card from our Digital Library through AccessVideo and hoopla or check out DVDs with Washington stories, such as Night at the MuseumThe Post, or Remember the Titans. Whether you’re stuck indoors with those April flowers bringing in May flowers, or you get the opportunity to enjoy Virginia outside this spring, April promises to be an entertaining month at the Prince William Public Library System!

Programs and Events during April

Book Signing with Author Leland Melvin Join us on April 6 at Chinn Park Regional Library and meet Leland Melvin, astronaut, former NFL player, and author for a book signing of Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances. All ages.

Kindergarten ReadinessDo you want practical tips for getting your child ready for kindergarten? A successful transition to kindergarten is possible for all children and there are things you can start doing right now to ensure that your child is ready! Multiple dates and locations. 

Maternity Health FairHaving a baby? Thinking about having a baby? Come learn about having a healthy pregnancy and baby. Representatives from local and regional agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide handouts to help residents manage their prenatal and postnatal health.

American Girl Doll Tea PartyYou are cordially invited to a VERY American Girl Doll Tea Party. Join all of your favorite American Girl Dolls for tea tasting, crafts, and games, and feel free to bring your own American Girl as your plus one! All ages.

The Story of Ravensworth
Ravensworth was the largest colonial land grant in Fairfax County, some 24,112 acres. This is a story of colonial settlement, early government, tobacco plantations, slavery, civil war, economic expansion, the rise and decline of family farms and suburban development – next door to the nation’s capital – involving people, places, and events, both famous and obscure. 

Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing and BudgetsThis grant-focused webinar will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal for winning grants. It will include the basic elements of a proposal and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. It will also cover the components of a project budget and the financial documents you may need to submit with your proposal. Registration required.

Goats and KidsMeet the kids and goats from the Little Goat Farm at the Lake. A free, drop-in program. 

Baby Animal Petting Zoo Pat the bunnies, ducks, chicks, and sheep from the Bar C Ranch. A free, drop-in program for all ages. Tickets for timed intervals available beginning Wednesday, March 28. Tickets are necessary only if there is inclement weather.

Baby Parade Join us for a special music and movement program to encourage and delight babies beginning to discover their range of motion.  

How Did We Get Here? A History of the Prince William Public Library System In honor of National Library Week, join us to learn more about the history of the Prince William Public Library System! Refreshments provided. No registration required. 

Rainbow PuppetsJoin us for a musical review that shares the joy of reading through music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. All ages. No registration.

Easter Egg Hunt

Come join the activities at Nokesville Neighborhood Library. Search for eggs, hear a story, and do a craft. All ages.


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