Adventure Begins at Your Library

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NEW! Celebrate summer with friends and loved ones by checking out outdoor yard games and indoor activities from our new Library of Things! Borrow these games and activities for up to seven days with your library card!

  • Pickleball paddles & balls
  • Spikeball
  • Kan Jam Disc Toss Game
  • Giant Jenga
  • Stomp Rockets
  • Activity Flyers
  • Bounce Battle
  • Boules/Bocci Ball Set
  • Croquet Set
  • Board games, puzzles and MORE for all ages!
croquet set

Reading Challenges

Stretch your mind this summer! Join one of our summer reading challenges, available for readers of all ages.

Kids

Read for at least 30 days between May 30 and July 31. Win prizes for every 10 days you read! Complete all 30 days of reading to be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $500 Virginia 529 plan contribution.

Also explore fun things to do around town to earn raffle tickets for monthly drawings to win a Compass Entertainment Complex gift card.

Participate online through our Beanstack page or on the Beanstack app. Prefer paper? Use the printable kids' reading log (also available at the library).

Teens & Adults

Pick up a scratch-off ticket at the Library's front desk and discover genre "destinations."  Read a book from one of those genres to get your ticket "punched." Complete 4 tickets and return them to the library to get a prize!

Kid and Teen Events 

Register online through the online event calendar.

Storytime for Families
Thursdays at 10:30
Join Ms. Beth for good stories, fun rhymes, songs and activities! For ages 8 & under with caregivers.

Adventure Begins Kick-off Party
Thursday, May 30   3:30-6:30PM
Our summer adventure takes off with games & prizes, face painting, a photo booth and hot dogs provided by the Tappahannock Rotary Club! All ages.

Tabletop Adventures
June 3, 17 and July 1, 15 & 29
2:30-4:00PM
Bring your own or choose from our games and puzzles during this time set aside for nothing but fun. Snacks and drinks provided. For ages 9 and up.

ART-venture: Some Strings Attached - Make a Marionette
Wednesday, June 5   11:00AM - 12:30PM
Build your own marionette puppet and learn a bit about their history before doing a performance in our puppet theater. Ages 7-12. Registration required.

"Giants, Grand Adventures and Great Ideas" with storyteller Shelia Arnold
Monday, June 10   1:00 - 2:00PM
Ms. Shelia takes us to BIG places to meet BIG people, some of whom had BIG ideas through her stories, songs and games. All ages.

Full STEM Ahead: 2-D Design
Saturday, June 15   1:00-3:00PM
Learn the basics on how to make 2D computer graphics and using A.I. to make custom designs and laser engrave them. For ages 9 and up. Registration required.

ART-Venture: Resist Batik Wall Hanging
Friday, June 21   3:30-5:30PM
Learn a little about the history of batik and get inspired by contemporary artists before making your own work of art! For ages 9 and up. Registration required.

That's Impossible! Magic Show
Tuesday, June 25   1:00 - 2:00PM
Be astounded by the marvelous magic of Joe Romano in "Books! The Magic is Real." All ages.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Kitchen Edition
Thursday, June 27  3:30-5:00PM  Top Ramen
Thursday, July 25   3:30-5:00PM  Cheese & Carbs
Use herbs, spices and easy-to-prepare healthy ingredients to turn bland basics into flavor adventures in this hands-on cooking adventure with Just Harvest. For ages 9 to adult.  Registration required.

LEGO Adventures
Friday, June 28   4:00-5:15PM
Friday, July 26   4:00-5:15PM 
Spin the wheel and find out where your LEGO adventure begins! For ages 6 and up.

Full STEM Ahead: Bristlebots
Tuesday, July 2   4:00-5:30PM
Brush up on all things STEM in this fun workshop to make your own small robot. For ages 8-12. Registration required.

Go Wild! With Jack's Jungle
Friday, July 12   3:30-5:30PM
Snuggle with a 10-ft Burmese python and get nose to snout with an American alligator in this program with Jackson Baugus and his live wild animal friends. All ages.

ART-Venture: Let's Sparkle with Mirror Ball Painting                         Wednesday, July 17   4:00 - 5:30PM
Learn how to paint the brightest trend around: the disco ball! For ages 10 - 17. Registration required.

Welcome to the School Bus
Wednesday, July 24    4:30-6:30PM
Enjoy a fun bus story and song before touring a real school bus and learning about bus safety. For rising pre-K, kindergartners and 1st graders.

Global Beats with Tampa Taiko
Saturday, July 27    11:00AM-12:00PM
We've got the beat and so will you in this interactive program for all ages.

Fort-Night
Wednesday, July 31    6:30 - 7:30PM
Boxes? Check. Tape? Check. Imagination? You bring it - and maybe a stuffed animal friend. It's time to build the perfect fort! For families and children ages 8 and under. Registration required.

The StoryWalk at Hutchinson
Ongoing through July 31
Enjoy Can You Hug a Forest? by Frances Gilbert & Amy Hevron while strolling through the shady woods at the Hutchinson Unit of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. All ages.


Adult & Teen Events

Register online through the online event calendar.

Adventures in Beekeeping
Thursday, June 6    6:00-7:30PM
Nancy Burgess, President of the Northern Neck Beekeepers, presents this program on the amazing honeybee. Hear about getting started in beekeeping and building a bee friendly environment.

Board Game Café
Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, July 11     6:00-7:30PM
Try your hand at adventurous board games. Bring your own or try one of ours. Coffee and tea provided. 

Discover the Dragon
Thursday, June 20    6:00-7:00PM
Come meet the Dragon Run.  This local treasure was ranked second in ecological significance among 232 others studied by the Smithsonian. Jeff Wright, President of the Friends of Dragon Run, will share photos and tales of some of the amazing sights along its 40 mile stream and swamps.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Kitchen Edition
Thursday, June 27  3:30-5:00PM  Top Ramen
Thursday, July 25   3:30-5:00PM  Cheese & Carbs
Use herbs, spices and easy-to-prepare healthy ingredients to turn bland basics into flavor adventures in this hands-on cooking adventure with Just Harvest. For ages 9 to adult.  Registration required.

Pickleball 101
Wednesday, June 26    6:00-7:00PM
Learn the basics with local pickleball expert, Kelsey Pollit, and get ready to take to the courts.

Stitch It! Knit & Crochet Club
Tuesdays   10:30AM-12:00PM
Join this friendly, informal gathering of crafters. Get help with a project, share ideas and inspiration or just enjoy the company of others!