Prince William Public Library September 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 for the month.

This September, Fall into the Library!

September is full of anniversaries and festivals, all of which can be enriched by stopping by your local library branch or the Digital Library for inspiration. September is Hispanic Heritage Month, a good time to check out bilingual picture books for children. These titles are great tools for English speakers learning Spanish as well as Spanish speakers practicing their English. Checking the catalog using the keyword “bilingual” can help you discover these gems.
This month will also feature a Friday the 13th, which provides the opportunity to scare yourself silly with books by Stephen King and DVDs such as Stranger Things or Dracula. On hoopla digital, you can find even more frightening stories to listen to or watch. If you decide that exploring a superstition would make a great research paper, our Digital Library resources can provide the background you need. For example, searching Explora is how you can find out why wearing red underwear on New Year’s Day is considered good luck by some.
This is the month for state and local fairs and the State Fair of Virginia begins on September 27. If you can’t attend the Fair, check out Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America’s State & County Fairs by chef George Geary. After all, doesn’t everyone need a good recipe for caramel corn, maple bacon doughnuts, fried Oreos, and so much more deliciousness?
Finally, September is when college football and the NFL begin to dominate sports news. The most fascinating recent look at football has got to be Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urschel. This math genius, who played for Penn State and the Baltimore Ravens and who earned a doctorate in math from MIT, writes a fascinating tale of his twin passions – math and football. This is the perfect combination for September, as it mixes sports with academics.
As a new season comes to Virginia, we’re here to fill those shorter days and cooler nights with some fun at the library!

September Programs

All Aboard! Watch the model trains run throughout the weekend and learn about this fascinating hobby. Multiple dates and locations. All ages.
Now is your chance to climb aboard all kinds of trucks at Chinn Park Regional Library! Kids can see, hear, climb on, and touch! The truck drivers will be there to answer everyone’s questions. All ages.
Join Heather Martinsen at Central Community Library. She is Facilitator for Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William, a regional coalition to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide. The “Governor’s Challenge” energized this program to prevent suicide among veterans, service members, and families. Young adults and adults.
Learn the latest tips on finding the right college fit, researching colleges, finding scholarships, and financial aid. Multiple dates and locations. Young adults and adults.
Learn about managing your finances and mastering household responsibilities with Prepare 2 Adult creator, DeAndréa Johnson. Participants will apply basic financial literacy strategies and critical thinking skills to real-world activities. Multiple locations. For grades 9 and up. Registration required.
Listen to Tracey Kyle read from her new bilingual picture book about an alpaca that is heartbroken to learn that her fancy fleece will be sheared in the spring at Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. You’ll learn about alpacas, speak a little Spanish, and do some alpaca activities as we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. All ages.
Enjoy well-known cover tunes and originals from local Latino rock band in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at Montclair Community Library! All ages.
Candy Land, LEGO® bricks, games and crafts. What more could you ask for? Join us at Potomac Community Library for loads of fun for the whole family to kick off fall! All ages.
Join us at Haymarket Gainesville Community Library for a musical afternoon thrilling to the music of famed composer/guitarist Les Paul, as performed by local musicians George Bowley and Laurie Dupuis. George and Laurie will also treat us to original works in a performance not to be missed! Adults.

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