We are open for limited hours and services. We ask that our patrons be mindful to limit their time in the building to help reduce traffic and maintain social distancing. Face coverings are required. If you are unable to wear a face covering, we can arrange curbside accommodations for you. Please use the outdoor book drop or designated containers inside the library to return materials. Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours, and there will be a delay before items are removed from your account. We are currently not charging late fees for materials. Our community meeting room and genealogy research room are currently closed to the public.
We are offering these services to help you stay connected during this difficult time:
Curbside materials checkout and pickup. Place materials on hold through your online account or over the phone. Call us at 804-443-4945 when you are on your way, and staff will take your materials outside for contactless pickup. You can also use our Book Bundles request form and pick up your bundles through curbside service.
“Grab and Go” materials checkout is available inside the library.
Book Bundles are available to help expedite your trip to the library. We can customize our Book Bundles to meet the needs of your family. Simply submit your order through our Book Bundles request form.
Public computer and fax use by appointment. Call 804-443-4945 to reserve a computer or make an appointment for faxing.
Public Wi-Fi network access from the parking lot. The password is posted on the front door. You may use your own device inside the library, but our furniture has been arranged to meet social distancing guidelines, and seating is limited.
Curbside mobile printing services. Click here for mobile printing instructions. Exact change is required for payment. Call the library at 804-443-4945 for more information.
A listing of upcoming virtual events and programs can be found on our event calendar.
Be sure to also check out our online resources. See our Research & Learn page for a variety of online classes and learning tools. Go to Read & Listen to learn how to access free e-books, audiobooks, and magazines with your library card.
Join us this summer to “Imagine Your Story!” Our 2020 Summer Learning Program is going virtual. Families are invited to participate in online reading challenges (for all ages!), virtual performances, and “Take and Make” activity packs for kids, available for curbside pickup at the library. Simply register for the reading challenge through Beanstack, then stop by the library and give us a call at 804-443-4945. We will bring your Take and Make bags out to you for contactless curbside pickup.
All of our performances this summer are happening online. Our presenters have worked hard to create special events, just for us! As performance videos become available, we’ll include the links below.
Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More!
Imagine how he does that! See for yourself, and learn a few tricks of your own while you’re at it. Here’s Jonathan Austin: Magician, Juggler, and More! For ages 6 and up. Watch this performance on YouTube.
New Moon Theater Presents “Tales from the Good Earth” With two tricksters, a magical lake, and an epic battle between the weeds and the vines, Julie Kurzava takes us on a fantastic journey through traditional folklore takes from Canada, Estonia, Liberia and Laos. Ages 4 and up. Click here to watch this performance.
ScienceTellers Present “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress”
A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and science!) for the answer. For ages 6 and up. Click here to watch this performance (Available through August 31, 2020).
Brightstar Theater Presents: Once Upon a Time
Join Lenny and Mable, “the greatest actors in the world,” as they bring classic tales to the stage. Dance at the ball with Cinderella and challenge the giant with Jack and the Beanstalk. Fun for everyone who’s young at heart! For ages 4 and up. Click here to watch this performance. Available through July 27, 2020.
During the last few years, DNA testing for genealogical purposes has become extremely popular. Projects such as National Geographic’s Genographic Project and “family search” television programs have prompted millions of genealogy enthusiasts to pay between $100 and $200 for saliva swab tests in hopes of confirming their research and adding to their family tree. These tests can provide valuable information, but it is important to understand what they can and cannot do.
There are three types of DNA tests: yDNA, mtDNA, and autosomalDNA, and dozens of companies you can order these tests from. Each of these three tests measure different aspects of one’s DNA and provide different results: paternal or maternal lineage, ethnic background, migration patterns, etc. No one test serves all needs. Indeed, more often than not, only one of these three tests will suit a specific genealogical goal.
You will be sent a kit which you send back with a saliva sample obtained usually by swabbing your cheek. The company then tests the DNA contained in the sample. From 12 to 112 chromosomal “markers” are examined and the results are mailed back in 6-8 weeks. The more markers examined, the more information obtained, but the more expensive the test. It is important to understand which types of tests are being offered by a company and how many markers are used, so you can choose the one that suits your genealogical needs.
Since the underlying science is complicated, here is a link which explains the basics and purpose of each test, in a simplified, understandable fashion: www.worldfamilies.net/dnatesting
After reading this information, you can make an informed choice and order the appropriate test.