52 Book Pickup: Up the Ante in 2014
April's Challenge - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Read a Graphic Novel

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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning to how to knit or crochet? Are you an experienced knitter or crocheter who would like to share your skills with others? Bring your recent project, yarn, needles, and hooks and participate in a lively yarn crafting group. All skill levels are welcome (ages 8 through adult).
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
This month's book is Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, April 28, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, April 28, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
In this class you will learn how to create an email account, send an actual email message, learn the features of an email inbox including how to delete unwanted emails, and, if time permits, learn how to send attachments. Prerequisite: knowledge of mouse and keyboard.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, April 28, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Need help creating or updating your resume, drafting a cover letter, or completing an online job application? A library volunteer will be available between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings for one on one job assistance.
Library
Greenbrier Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us in the conference room for help with resumes, job applications, job searches, and other employment-seeking activities. Computers will be available for use. No registration is required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us any Tuesday from 10 am. until 12 p.m. in Harry's Hangout for assistance with resumes, job search, email, or filing an unemployment claim and registering with the Virginia One Stop Virtual Recruiter. We can help you reach your goals by providing information on educational, community or training opportunities. We are friendly and look forward to working with you.
Location
Harrys Hangout
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
For the beginner, this class provides basic information about the Internet, browsers, search engines and Internet safety. There will be computers available for hands-on practice. Prerequisite: knowl...
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Sign up for our One-on-One Basic Computer Class. Class Choices Include: Computer Basics (Mouse and Keyboard), Introduction to Email, Basic Internet, Keyboarding 101, All About Jump Drives, and Introduction to Microsoft WORD. Call 410-7075 one week in advance to register. Space is limited.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Are your friends afraid to bring up current events with you in the room? Do strangers walk away while you’re explaining your take on this crazy world? It’s time to be heard!
Russell Memorial Library presents a weekly current events discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring a cup of coffee and engage in conversation with other interested people.
Join us every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a lively discussion. Registration is not required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning to how to knit or crochet? Are you an experienced knitter or crocheter who would like to share your skills with others? Bring your recent project, yarn, needles, and hooks and participate in a lively yarn crafting group. All skill levels are welcome (ages 8 through adult).
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Join us for lively discussions of books written by and about African Americans.

The selection for May 1 is Antebellum by R. Kayeen Thomas
Location
Indian River Meeting Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Friday, May 02, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Join us at Indian River Library for a fun and relaxing afternoon of knitting and crochet. Get solutions to any knitting problems. Don't know how to knit? Come and learn! Ages Teen and Adult.
Location
Indian River Meeting Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
We all have a journey to follow in our lives no matter who we are or what we have done. Journeying through our souls can bring about many wonderful life changes, including all of the spectacular wonders of life: love, pain, joy, heartbreak, miracles, disappointments, and beyond. Do not spend time comparing your journey to others. Understand that there is no one else on earth able to fulfill your journey as you can.Please join us as Ronette D. Jacobs leads us through an inspiring and fulfilling excursion of a “Journey Through the Soul”. She will also be reading poetry from her book “Heartbeats: A Journey Through the Soul.”
Location
Meeting Room A (Large)
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
On Saturday, May 3rd, the K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club will hold an all-day outdoor demonstration* of amateur satellite radio for teens and adults at the Major Hillard Library. Beginning at 3:00 pm, the club will give a presentation in the Meeting Room describing the world of amateur radio and how this knowledge can lead to a career in electronics and wireless communication. No registration required.

*Weather permitting
Location
MH Meeting Room
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Monday, May 05, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us any Tuesday from 10 am. until 12 p.m. in Harry's Hangout for assistance with resumes, job search, email, or filing an unemployment claim and registering with the Virginia One Stop Virtual Recruiter. We can help you reach your goals by providing information on educational, community or training opportunities. We are friendly and look forward to working with you.
Location
Harrys Hangout
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us in the conference room for help with resumes, job applications, job searches, and other employment-seeking activities. Computers will be available for use. No registration is required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Sign up for our One-on-One Basic Computer Class. Class Choices Include: Computer Basics (Mouse and Keyboard), Introduction to Email, Basic Internet, Keyboarding 101, All About Jump Drives, and Introduction to Microsoft WORD. Call 410-7075 one week in advance to register. Space is limited.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Presented by the Chesapeake Knitting Guild.
Come knit with us! It doesn’t matter whether you are just beginning or have years of experience. Registration is not required.


Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Are your friends afraid to bring up current events with you in the room? Do strangers walk away while you’re explaining your take on this crazy world? It’s time to be heard!
Russell Memorial Library presents a weekly current events discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring a cup of coffee and engage in conversation with other interested people.
Join us every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a lively discussion. Registration is not required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning to how to knit or crochet? Are you an experienced knitter or crocheter who would like to share your skills with others? Bring your recent project, yarn, needles, and hooks and participate in a lively yarn crafting group. All skill levels are welcome (ages 8 through adult).
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
The Indian River Library invites you to the Political Pundits Book Club, where we read and discuss a variety of books across the political spectrum. Diverse opinions are welcome.

Location
Indian River Conference Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Want to learn to knit or learn new knitting skills? Are you tearing out your hair over annoying knitting problems? Come knit with us at Indian River Library! Bring an existing project or learn knitting basics on our needles and yarn. Crocheters welcome too!
Location
Indian River Meeting Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
CRW, a local chapter of Romance Writers of America, meets at Russell Memorial Library on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Meetings begin at 10:30 and workshops begin at 12:30 PM. For more information about meetings or joining CRW, please contact Kathy Alexander at crwsecretary@gmail.com, or phone (757) 621-9602.
Location
Meeting Room A (Large)
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Holiday Closing
Library
All Branches

Title
Date
Monday, May 12, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Monday, May 12, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Join Sisters in Crime, a group of mystery writers, who meet the second Monday of each month at the Greenbrier Library to network and enhance their writing craft. Writers of all genres are welcome to attend.
Location
Greenbrier Conference Room
Library
Greenbrier Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us any Tuesday from 10 am. until 12 p.m. in Harry's Hangout for assistance with resumes, job search, email, or filing an unemployment claim and registering with the Virginia One Stop Virtual Recruiter. We can help you reach your goals by providing information on educational, community or training opportunities. We are friendly and look forward to working with you.
Location
Harrys Hangout
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us in the conference room for help with resumes, job applications, job searches, and other employment-seeking activities. Computers will be available for use. No registration is required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come interact, learn and have fun with your neighbors in the community. Discover activities and services available to persons 55 and better!
Location
MH Meeting Room
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
Conference Room B
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
Cuffee Conference Room
Library
Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
Indian River Conference Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
MH Conference Room
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Want to feel confident at your next interview? Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, importance of body language, good attitudes, and making the “best” first impression. Interview follow-up and salary negotiation are also discussed.
Location
Greenbrier Conference Room
Library
Greenbrier Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Sign up for our One-on-One Basic Computer Class. Class Choices Include: Computer Basics (Mouse and Keyboard), Introduction to Email, Basic Internet, Keyboarding 101, All About Jump Drives, and Introduction to Microsoft WORD. Call 410-7075 one week in advance to register. Space is limited.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Are your friends afraid to bring up current events with you in the room? Do strangers walk away while you’re explaining your take on this crazy world? It’s time to be heard!
Russell Memorial Library presents a weekly current events discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring a cup of coffee and engage in conversation with other interested people.
Join us every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a lively discussion. Registration is not required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join the members of the Tidewater Distaff Spinners at the Central Library in Great Bridge to learn about making your own yarn with a spinning wheel or drop spindle. Registration is not required.
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning to how to knit or crochet? Are you an experienced knitter or crocheter who would like to share your skills with others? Bring your recent project, yarn, needles, and hooks and participate in a lively yarn crafting group. All skill levels are welcome (ages 8 through adult).
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Description
Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastern Virginia Medical School will present information on sickle cell disease - what it is, how to treat it, and available local services. Participants will be invited to join in a research study for the disease. Call 1-855-247-9531 for more information regarding the research study. No registration required.
Location
MH Conference Room
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all Tweens...do you like to read? Yes? Then you will love the Tween Readers Book Club. Call 410-7024 or stop by Russell Library to receive additional information and to pick up a copy of the book.
Location
Childrens Activity Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
The Yadas read both fiction and nonfiction and discuss their monthly selection every third Thursday of the month. Meetings begin at 6:30 at Russell Memorial Library.
Location
Meeting Room B (Small)
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning how to knit or crochet while helping your community at the same time? If yes, then come participate in this program. Members from Newborns in Need will teach you how to knit or crochet baby blankets, hats, booties, toys, and other baby items. All finished projects will be donated to infants in need. Yarn will be provided as supplies last. Bring a size 6 crochet hook or size G pair of knitting needles.
Location
MH Meeting Room
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Monday, May 19, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us any Tuesday from 10 am. until 12 p.m. in Harry's Hangout for assistance with resumes, job search, email, or filing an unemployment claim and registering with the Virginia One Stop Virtual Recruiter. We can help you reach your goals by providing information on educational, community or training opportunities. We are friendly and look forward to working with you.
Location
Harrys Hangout
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us in the conference room for help with resumes, job applications, job searches, and other employment-seeking activities. Computers will be available for use. No registration is required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Enjoy reading? Like to discuss books with interesting people? The River Readers Book Club is the group for you!
Join us @ 1pm on the Third Tuesday of each month @ the Indian River Library. We read one book per month and get together to enjoy a lively discussion. We read mostly fiction with occasional non-fiction titles. Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends!

Reader's Choice Month. Come and bring your book selection to share with the group.
Location
Childrens Activity Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Let our trained library staff help you get ready for the job market. We can assist you with resumes, online applications, cover letters and interview techniques. No registration required.
Location
History Room
Library
South Norfolk Memorial Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Sign up for our One-on-One Basic Computer Class. Class Choices Include: Computer Basics (Mouse and Keyboard), Introduction to Email, Basic Internet, Keyboarding 101, All About Jump Drives, and Introduction to Microsoft WORD. Call 410-7075 one week in advance to register. Space is limited.
Location
Computer Lab
Library
Major Hillard Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Free gardening program
Location
Downstairs Meeting Room
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Join us at Indian River Library to meet other people researching their family history.
Featured topic is Genealogy and Literacy.
No registration required.
Location
Indian River Meeting Room
Library
Indian River Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Join the African Mahogany Reading Club's discussion of books African American authors. The book group meets the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required, bring a friend!
Location
Greenbrier Meeting Room
Library
Greenbrier Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Presented by the Chesapeake Knitting Guild.
Come knit with us! It doesn’t matter whether you are just beginning or have years of experience. Registration is not required.


Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Are your friends afraid to bring up current events with you in the room? Do strangers walk away while you’re explaining your take on this crazy world? It’s time to be heard!
Russell Memorial Library presents a weekly current events discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring a cup of coffee and engage in conversation with other interested people.
Join us every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a lively discussion. Registration is not required.
Location
Conference Room
Library
Russell Memorial Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Are you interested in learning to how to knit or crochet? Are you an experienced knitter or crocheter who would like to share your skills with others? Bring your recent project, yarn, needles, and hooks and participate in a lively yarn crafting group. All skill levels are welcome (ages 8 through adult).
Library
Central Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Step up to the mic and share your favorite poetry appropriate to a family audience. Adults ages 17 and up are invited to join the Greenbrier Library's monthly Open Mic Nite led by Synnika Lofton, Nathan Richardson and the Java Poets. Registration is not required.
Location
Greenbrier Meeting Room
Library
Greenbrier Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Love to read? Then you'll enjoy "talking books" with the Novel Ladies who meet at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday night of each month at Russell Memorial Library, 2808 Taylor Road.
Location
Meeting Room A (Large)
Library
Russell Memorial Library

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Important Messages
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Reviews
Title
Chasing Perfect
Author
Susan Mallery
Review
Can City Planner Charity Jones get involved with world reknown cyclist Josh Golden and not get her heart broken? Read to find out.
Title
Summer Days
Author
Susan Mallery
Review
Rafe Stryker is stuck in Fool's Gold with a land dispute when he meets Heidi Simpson. Can they figure out who gets what without legal issues?
Title
The Rook
Author
Daniel O'Malley
Review
Myfanwy Thomas is a Rook, who protects our world from supernatural villains as she tries to piece together who she was and is. What a great story that kept me listening for over a week. I still have questions that I hope a sequel might answer.
Title
Umbrella Academy
Review
I decided to read this graphic novel in honor of April's theme. The beginning was very interesting to me, "Simultaneously seven babies were born" One popped out while the mother was on the bus, and the women did not even know they were pregnant! To me, this was the most exciting part.