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2020 Summer Learning Performances

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Web Banner with Puss in Boots that Reads "Imagine Your Story"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.


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Curbside Takeout Menu

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Want to pick up some books or DVDs through our curbside service, but don’t have anything particular in mind? Check out our takeout menu and let us select a bundle of materials for you!

Menu featuring book and DVD takeout option


Considering a Genealogical DNA Test?

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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.

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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:

After reading this information, you can make an informed choice and order the appropriate test.

For those who would like to investigate further, here is a page that explains in some depth the science behind DNA testing:

If you are interested in genealogical DNA testing, take a little time and read up on the subject before paying a substantial sum for a DNA test that may not suit your purpose.

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Library Lovers’ Bingo Fundraiser

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Ad for Bingo Event

Want to show some love for your community library? Join the Friends of the Essex Library for Library Lovers’ Bingo on Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Old Beale Sanctuary, located at 202 S. Church Lane in Tappahannock. The cost is $15, paid at the door. Entry includes 12 Bingo games and light refreshments.

Prizes include a range of fun experiences, food and entertainment, donated by local businesses and organizations, including the Essex County Museum, To-Do Cafe, Ingleside Winery, 17 South Restaurant, and themed gift baskets.

February is National Library Lovers Month, so it’s time to show your library some love and win some lovely prizes during this fun Bingo event.

Funds raised by the Friends of the Essex Library support special library programs and events serving Essex County and the greater Tappahannock community.

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