Prince William Public Library May 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 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 in May.

Call Your Mother!

May is full of many celebrations and special days, but one stands out: Mother’s Day. Whether you are a mother’s child or a mother yourself, May is a great month to celebrate mothers in stories. One of the more famous mothers in fiction is Marmee, the mother of the girls in the classic, Little Women.

Interest in this book has never waned, and the 2019 about-to-be released movie version starring Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and many more big names has generated new interest. Check out all of the versions of this story you can explore this Mother’s Day. We have DVDs of the 1934 Academy Award winning film starring Katherine Hepburn, and copies of the 1994 Susan Sarandon and Clare Danes remake. There are also DVDs of the BBC series starring Emily Watson. If you prefer e-editions, on hoopla and Overdrive you can stream, download, watch, or listen to this iconic tale. Of course, there are plenty of print copies too!

On the other hand, if you want some newer tales of mothers, you can go for the funny — try Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now so I can Correct It? A Mother’s Suggestions by cartoonist Roz Chast and humorist Patricia Marx, or the serious, such as The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page. No matter what you decide to read, watch, or listen to, you should be sure, if you are able, to call your mother. She will undoubtedly be interested in what you have been doing – after all, she is your mom!

Other May Programs

Mom and Me Spa Day We are bringing the spa to you! Mothers and daughters are invited to a special hour of pampering and relaxation for an early celebration of Mother’s Day. Treats will be provided. Please register online, in person, or by phone. Ages 8 and up.

Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers. Dr. Stephen Robertson of George Mason University presents a program on the “graffiti houses” of Northern Virginia, including Prince William County’s Ben Lomond, personalizing the social and cultural history of the Civil War by examining ordinary individuals who left behind their mark for generations to see. Register by phone or online. Adults.

Mother-Daughter American Girl Tea. Join us for a tea party in honor of mothers and mother-figures. Enjoy some treats and learn about the different cultures of American Girls. Register in person, by phone, or online beginning Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a. m. All ages.

Harry Potter Trivia Night. Are you obsessed with Harry Potter? On the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, come to Chinn Park Library to test your knowledge of the Harry Potter Universe. Wear your Potter gear and come battle it out to see WHO is the biggest Harry Potter fan. Adults.

Introduction to Corporate Giving. The Foundation Center will show us how corporate grant makers are different from traditional foundations. This class will cover the following relating to grants: different types of corporate giving, what motivates corporations to give, and how to find potential corporate partners. Register in person, by phone, or online. Adults.

Art Attack: Pointless Painting. 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, you’ll create the worst painting you can using library-supplied materials. Then, participants will vote on their favorite piece of bad art. All ages.

Opioid Abuse in Your Community. “Move over, car crashes. Overdoses are the nation’s number one killer.” Did you know Americans are more likely to die of a drug overdose than in a car crash? How did drugs, particularly prescription drugs, become the nation’s number one killer, and what can we do to keep our families safe? Join Steve Linga, CEO of ACTS in Prince William County, as he discusses the American drug overdose epidemic and what is being done to keep your family safe. Adults.

Ramadan Through the Eyes of a Child Learn why over a billion Muslims throughout the world fast from sunrise to sunset during this month. We will show a short movie for elementary/middle school ages about how a young girl journeys through the month of Ramadan with her family. This will be followed by a Q & A session facilitated by retired school teacher Taalibah Hassan. We will make a Ramadan craft and Mehndi artists will provide simple temporary henna tattoos. No registration. Grades K-8.

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