Prince William Public Library System February 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. 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.

Notice of Upcoming Upgrade

“As part of the Library’s modernization program.” This aligns us with the County and the library’s efforts to modernize legacy technology.

The Events Calendar and Room Reservation features on the website will be unavailable from Monday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 a.m. for a scheduled upgrade. To see programs during this time, visit our Family-Friendly Programs Group and Adult Programs Group on Meetup. To book a Study Room at Chinn Park (703-792-4800), Haymarket Gainesville (703-792-8700), or Montclair (703-792-8740) during this time, please call each branch directly.

The 2020 Census and Your Library

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the U.S. As a public library, we’re here to help make your experience completing the census a little easier. You may wonder why is it important for me to complete the census? Besides the mandate (did you know that the U.S. Constitution requires that everyone in the country be counted every 10 years?), the census helps with the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities based on the census data.
For Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park residents, this means you are impacting everything from:
  • Planning public transportation services. Imagine: the potential for more – and easier – ways for more residents to get to and from the library.
  • Planning future government services. What is needed in the greater Prince William community? The census data can help determine that.
  • Planning budgets for government at all levels. Yes, that includes county government!
  • Directing services to children and adults with limited English-language proficiency. For the library, this helps us determine what books, resources, and programs we should be adding to our collections and offering to patrons.
How is the library helping to support the 2020 Census?
  • We’ve been awarded a grant from the American Library Association to bolster our service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Join us on Census Day, April 1. We’ll on the Woodbridge NoVA campus! Get help completing the U.S. Census online. We’ll also have people help you register to vote and apply for a U.S. Passport. Have fun with a live DJ, free food from local food trucks, and free Census 2020 swag!
  • We’re offering our community rooms so that citizens can be trained to collect census data.
  • You can take the survey on our computers (or by using our Wi-Fi!) If you don’t have a computer at home, or you’d just rather complete the census at the library, our computers and free Wi-Fi are available for you.
Still not convinced? Did you know that for every Virginian not counted in the census,  the region loses $1,200 per year for 10 years until the next census (that’s $12,000 total!) in federal funds for programs like education, hospitals, roads, and other public works projects. While completing the census is mandatory, it’s also a way for you to participate in our democracy and say “I count!”

More February Events

Growing our own food, using nature as a guide, and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth. This series is taught by the Master Gardener Cook’s Garden Team. Register at 703-792-7747 or

Trained volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program will complete simple federal and state returns. Service is provided on a first come, first served basis. Multiple dates and locations.
Join us as we read a story written and illustrated by famous African American artist Faith Ringgold, then make your own art project inspired by her Flag Story Quilt art piece.

Groovy Nate creates fun and educational shows in which children will sing, play instruments and games, engage in creative play, and move to original and traditional music.

Bring your doll or guest to our American Girl® Doll Tea Party for crafts, tea, and cookies. We will be revealing new dolls to our collection.

Meet artist Anthony Silver and watch him in action while he creates line drawing portraits of famous African American figures. An exhibit of portraits by “A J Silver Art” will be on display.

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