Prince William Public Library June Highlights

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Provided by Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS)

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.

It’s the “Get Ready” Season

It may be summer, but if you are graduating, or are the parent of a graduate, it isn’t just summer – it is the “get ready” season. Get ready, if you are the grad, for life on your own. You might want to consult The Naked Roommate: and 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen or maybe you really need Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani. College Hacks by Keith Bradford may help too (seriously, topics such as getting stains out before a big interview or what to do when you’re out of clean dishes – this is life on your own!). If all this stresses you out, turn to hoopla in our Digital Library and read a great comic, listen to music, or watch a silly movie.

Meanwhile – parents of the college-bound – get ready to enter a brand-new phase of life as empty nesters. Fear not – advice abounds! Everything from The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make from those genius cooks at America’s Test Kitchen to The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids are Grown by Todd Lawson and Tom Connor will guide parents into the next chapter.
If that nest isn’t quite empty, but your youngster needs to get ready to move to a new level, books such as Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park and Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate will help with those transitions.
Should you prefer digital access, searching “graduate” or “graduation” in hoopla and OverDrive, through our Digital Library, will offer you movies such as the classic film “The Graduate” and eaudios such as Ann Patchett’s famous graduation speech, “What Now?” and so much more. There are plenty of resources at your fingertips and in your libraries: Grads and parents, we are ready to help you get ready. 
Be transported to a magical world filled with juggling, balloons, tricks, and the incredible Wonderbunny himself! Multiple dates and locations. All ages.
Miss Emily, a professional vocalist, shares favorite children’s songs that have been transformed into picture books, for a program sure to design the whole family. Multiple dates and locations. All ages.

Bob Brown Puppets brings together art, music, and storytelling that will delight both the young and young at heart. Multiple dates and locations. All ages.
Get a free photo ID of your child from the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple dates and locations. All ages with parent.
Rainbow Rock
Rock the rainbow with the Rainbow Lady and Bassious Berry as they teach shapes, colors, and movement through music, dance, and lots of participation. Multiple dates and locations. All ages.
Dinosaurs with Dinoman
With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, go on a fun trip through the Mesozoic era. Multiple dates and locations. Ages 3 and up.
Meet and pet animals in a backyard petting zoo, or learn about animal’s amazing adaptations. Multiple dates and locations. 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. The form must be submitted on or before the program date. Space is limited.
Poison Ratenstein is in town for a killer concert, but his fans may be looking for a refund after this twisted tour turns tragic with a murder and a mystery to solve. Help the crowd and the detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular night, so everyone can, like, take a chill pill. Adults.
This step-by-step project will build confidence and offer the opportunity to create beautiful art beginning to end to take home or share with loved ones. Create a delicate floral composition watercolor inspired by Rose Ann Hayes, an American watercolorist. Adults.
Author and genealogist, Char McCargo-Bah, presents her book, “Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom,” which examines the struggles of escaped slaves as they fled to the city of Alexandria from all over Virginia, and the search for their descendants. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Registration required. Adults.

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