Prince William Public Library October 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. Some of those programs and events are highlighted below. Please visit our website to learn more about all of the events offered for the month.

2019 Summer Reading Survey

We want your feedback: help Prince William Public Library System improve Summer Reading. As a special thanks, five winners will be randomly selected to win a PWPLS Nalgene® Water Bottle!

Discover Your Genealogy at Your Local Library

Getting ready for all the family celebrations in the next few months might make you wonder about your heritage. Why does your mother sing that lullaby? Are you the only one in the family who can wiggle your ears? Who else had red hair? Why does your grandmother insist on using certain plates on the table at Thanksgiving and where did those come from? These gatherings are an excellent time to find out about your family.
The library also has many resources to help you discover your ancestors and their past. Montclair Community Library will be offering a Family History Fair this month, with a tour of the historic Barnes house, instruction in genealogy, and much more. Every library also provides you with free unlimited access to Ancestry.com, which saves you money and helps you learn about your family history. Ancestry.com can only be accessed by being in one of our buildings. Other resources such as America’s Obituaries and Death NoticesHeritageQuest OnlineThe New York Times Historical Newspaper Collection and The Washington Post Historical Newspaper Collection can be accessed from any computer, anywhere and can be used to find census data, vital records, and much more.
In addition to all the sources above – easily found on our website under the Digital Library heading – the Library has many books of instruction for beginning genealogists, and even some guidebooks for children, such as Roots for Kids. For inspiration, check out DVDs of the PBS series, Finding Your Roots, or stream them through hoopla digital. Best of all, RELIC at Bull Run Regional Library offers specially trained staff to help you get started as you begin to explore your family’s past.

Other October Programs

Get tips from a professional on making educated Medicare decisions in preparation for the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.
Meet representatives from local history organizations, explore genealogy resources, and enter to win a raffle prize! Tour the Barnes House and help us unveil the new historical marker.
Enjoy a showcase of National Garden Club prizing-winning floral designs by the Trowel Garden Club, Eastern Prince William County’s oldest garden club. Learn about the benefits and enjoyment of gardening and get inspired by creations from club members’ own gardens. All ages.
Join us for an evening of musical mystery and bliss. This child-friendly musical story will keep young and old at the edge of their seats as they are transported to a land far, far, away… All ages
Get ready to have a spooky good time at our Halloween events. Multiple dates and locations.
In today’s society with social media, people —   especially children —  are exposed to emotional predators online causing emotional, mental, and physical harm. Learn from Law Enforcement and local schools on how to fight against Cyberbullying and bullying. Young adults and adults.
Join us for a special community celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights! Multiple dates and locations. All ages.
The Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia partnered to create a WWI and WWII online collection. Bring your WWI- and WWII-related images, letters, and documents to be scanned, preserved, and made accessible in the Library of Virginia’s archives.
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