Prince William Public Library August Highlights

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The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) offers a number of programs throughout the year for all ages including families, children, teens, and adults. PWPLS would like to highlight some of those programs and events below. Please visit our website to learn more about all of the events offered for the month.

Remembering Woodstock 50 Years Later

August 1969: 50 years later, we’re still listening to the music that was performed at the Woodstock Festival. Like nearly everything about that event, even the name was a bit confusing. The festival was actually held in Bethel, New York, 50 miles from Woodstock. Whether you are a baby boomer reliving those glory days, or just a fan, there’s plenty for you in our collections, both in digital and physical form.
As with the name of the festival, the attendance – an estimated 400,000 – has actually grown through the years. If every Boomer who claimed to have gone was actually there, that crowd would have been one million or more. Let’s face it, though, the music of the era can transport you to that time and place. Look for music on our hoopla digital app or in CD form by any of these seminal artists: Neil Young; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; The Who; Jimi Hendrix; Jefferson Airplane; Joan Baez; the Doors; Janis Joplin; the Grateful Dead; and so many more.
Should you want some reading to accompany the music, check out Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story by Leon Hendrix or Graham Nash’s Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, among many biographies in print and on hoopla digital or Libby, by OverDrive’s app. If you didn’t live through the era, Clara Bingham’s book, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul is a comprehensive account of a year of upheaval and turmoil.
If you prefer live music instead of reliving the past glories, consider attending an August music program at one of our libraries. We’ll have music for kids by Tony M. Music, and performances for everyone by the George Mason University Jazz Duo and the barbershop quartet Special Blend. Music is in the air, and you just need to decide which tunes you want floating your way.
Filled with music, literature, and storytelling, Tony’s program is high-energy, interactive fun for the whole family! Multiples dates and locations. All ages with caregiver.
Have you always wanted to be an artist, but can’t draw a straight line with a ruler? Perfect! Join us for a morning of fun and silliness as we let our inner artists create art without high expectations. During this program, we’ll be using everything but the kitchen sink to create artistic “masterpieces.” All ages.
Enjoy stories and songs about riding the bus, and then climb aboard a school bus to learn what riding the bus is all about. Multiple dates and locations. Ages 2 and up with caregiver.
You’ve watched her on Disney, and read Vampirina books, now meet the creator, Anne Marie Pace. Join us for a Spooktacular afternoon of dancing, games, and stories all about Vampirina. Costumes encouraged, but not required. All ages with caregiver.
Volunteers from the Lions Club of Woodbridge will visit Potomac Community Library and Chinn Park Regional Library to provide free hearing and vision screenings. For the vision test, a baby or child must be able to hold still. The hearing test is available for ages 4 and up. No registration.
Join the Lake Ridge Staff at a fun filled event at the Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library. Games and prizes for all. All ages.
After the library closes, middle and high school students get the whole place to themselves to play laser tag! Register in person by picking up a REQUIRED parental permission form beginning two weeks before the program. Form must be submitted on or before the program date. Entering grades 6 – 12.
Love creating art or just want to come learn how to paint? Come join us for some fun and creative painting with inspiration from Frida Kahlo. Supplies will be provided so just come, have fun, and take home some art. Registration required. Adults.
Join us for a screening and discussion of the PBS American Creed documentary. This screening discusses the five values that America represents. We will discuss the focus of the documentary and opinions on whether you think these values are followed in today’s society. Adults.
DNA testing for family history is all the rage. Maybe you are curious, maybe you already have your results. Are you asking yourself, now what? Shannon Combs-Bennett will teach you how to decipher your autosomal DNA through online tools and case studies. Adults.

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