Prince William Public Library March Highlights

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Provided by Prince William Public Library System

The Prince William Public Library System (PWPLS) offers a number of programs throughout the year for all ages. 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.

Volunteer For Summer Reading: You Make a Difference

We’re excited to introduce our 2019 Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, beginning June 11 through August 11. As we continue planning for Summer Reading, we look forward to welcoming you (or welcoming you back!) as a Volunteer. Last summer, 444 volunteers contributed 7,907 hours of volunteer service to the Library System during Summer Reading.
Returning Volunteers: we will open registration for those that have volunteered in the past beginning Feb. 28. Please note: acceptance of your registration is contingent upon available openings within each branch. Contact is primarily through the email you provide us on the application. Summer Reading volunteer applicants for full-service libraries must have completed 7th grade. Summer Reading volunteer applicants for neighborhood libraries must have completed 6th grade or be 12 years old by July 1, 2019. All applicants must provide a valid email address on their application. Applications must be signed by a parent or guardian.
All applications for previous volunteers must be printed and returned to the PWPLS Volunteer Office, 13083 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192-5073 no later than April 2.
General registration for the public opens April 2.

Library Programs in March

Roda Ahmed’s programs at Chinn Park Regional Library and Central Community Library have been canceled. You can still participate in Greater Prince William Reads by reading her book, Mae Among the Stars. We will also be hosting Chasing Space Book Discussions throughout the month of March.
Join us for the annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2). Stories, crafts, and activities to recognize the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Multiple dates and locations.
Join us for a musical review that shares the joy of reading through music, dance, puppetry, and story-telling. All ages. Multiple dates and locations.
This reality-based self-defense course focuses on practical applications that anyone can do. The course covers various safety tips and awareness training to keep women and girls ages 13 and up, safe. A parent is strongly encouraged to attend along with younger teens.
The Foundation Center staff will reveal what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. Registration required.
Archaeologist and cartographer Patrick O’Neill will describe his research at Thoroughfare Gap, owned by the Chapman family. It contains the iconic structure, also known as Beverley Mill, which ground corn for the community for over 200 years. Registration required.
Bring your doll or guest to our American Girl Doll Tea Party for STEM activities, tea, and cookies. We will have special guest, Erin Teagan, the author of some of the American Girl Doll books and be revealing two new dolls to our collection. All ages.
We will examine examples of objects inside and outside our solar system and address the issues as to whether or not they should be considered an example of a planet. All ages.
Join us to make your very own Fairy House with upcycled materials. Design a tiny home for fairies and gnomes. Supplies will be provided and your craft is yours to keep when we are finished. Registration required. Ages 5 and up. Register in person, via phone, or online beginning Feb. 23.

We Can Do It! Women’s History Month at the Library

March is a month for many celebrations – St. Patrick’s Day, National Puppy Day (yes, really), and many more. It is also Women’s History Month, and a great time to focus on important historical moments as experienced by women. Many new fiction titles for adults center on the experience of women here and abroad during World War II – books such as Lilac Girls, Manhattan Beach, Dear Mrs. Bird, and The Light Over London. Young readers may enjoy Resistance, a novel by Jennifer Nielsen or Fly Girls: the Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WW II by P. O’Connell Pearson.

Researchers wishing to know more about women of the era will find in-depth information in the Digital Library, such as the Ebsco E-Book History Collection, Masterfile, JSTOR, and Washington Post Historical Newspapers. Dig into these sources for accounts of the Native American woman who developed aircraft for Lockheed during the war, to find articles about women shipbuilders, or to read contemporary news of the home front, to name just a few topics. If your grandmother or your mother was Rosie the Riveter and worked in a factory to support the war, you can envision her life by reading novels like The Wartime Sisters or Dream When You’re Feeling Blue. In between all the other March celebrations, spend a little time this month getting to know the remarkable and courageous women of World War II.

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