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March Events at Augusta County Library



There’s lots going on at the Augusta County Library during March. Be sure to check the website for all the latest, and to sign up for the e-newsletter to stay informed of upcoming events. Below are the special events for March. Happy reading!


The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
March 2017   |  www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org
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February 2017’s Volunteer of the Month

Meet Keith! Keith Bell is a student at Riverheads High School, but is a well known young man around the library.As a child, he loved the library and began volunteering in middle school.  His favorite subject in school is English and he loves reading and writing as well as movies and music of all kinds. Learn more.

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Inter-Library Loans Will Soon Begin Between ACL and BRCC

Augusta County Library 2The Augusta County Library announced a new lending program between the library and Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) that will begin soon, as announced in this press release:

The Augusta County Library will soon be offering reciprocal borrowing with Houff Library at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Va. Materials from BRCC’s library can be placed on hold to be delivered once a week to Augusta County Library at no charge to our patrons. Waynesboro Public Library and Staunton Public Library will also be participating in this reciprocal borrowing with BRCC.

To request an Interlibrary Loan from BRCC, call the main Fishersville Library at 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354, or visit the Help Desk to fill out a form. Be sure to have the title and author of the book you are looking for, as well as the publication date, if relevant. To browse BRCC’s library catalog, visit www.brcc.edu/library/library-catalog.

Once the requested materials arrive, patrons will receive a notification call or email. Delivery may take up to one week, and materials can be picked up at our main Fishersville Library as well as our branches. Additionally, Augusta County Library patrons will be able to pick up their arrived holds at Houff Library at BRCC.

If you have any questions, please contact the Augusta County Library at 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 or ask@augustacountylibrary.org. For more information about the Augusta County Library and our branches, visit www.augustacountylibrary.org.

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Augusta County Library: Can Your Fines Now Through Jan. 8


From now through January 8, 2017, patrons of all Augusta County Library locations will have the chance to swap out their fines for canned items. This annual food drive raises goods for our local Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and includes donations of non-expired canned goods and dried food items.

Each item donated will waive a single fine for overdue materials. (Please note that this does not include the cost of lost items or collection agency fees.) Visit any Augusta County Library location, the Staunton Public Library, and the Waynesboro Public Library now to drop off a donation and waive your fines.

Can Your Fines will run through January 8 at all ACL locations and at the Staunton Public Library, and will run through January 3 at the Waynesboro Public Library.

Augusta County Library has locations in Churchville, Craigsville, Deerfield, Fishersville, and Middlebrook.  For questions and information, contact the library at 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 or  visit http://www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.


Augusta County Library: Cookies With Santa at Churchville Branch


‘Tis the season — ho ho ho — to join jolly old Santa for holiday cookies and pictures at the Churchville branch of the Augusta County Library. While you’re there, why not find a book to read as the days get colder?

Pictures and cookies with Santa will be Monday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library located at 3714 Churchville Avenue in Churchville. We’ll be waiting for you!

If you’re going:

Cookies With Santa
Monday, December 5, 2016
Churchville Branch, Augusta County Library
3714 Churchville Ave.
Churchville, Va 24421
Phone: 540.245-5287


Augusta County Library partnership wins national award

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Augusta County Library received a 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its Read & Feed program. NACo holds this awards program to recognize innovative county government programs. Award recipients created programs that offered new services to county residents, filled gaps in available services, and promoted intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in addressing shared problems.

Read & Feed is a literacy and nutrition outreach program for children and their families. Augusta County Library collaborated with the nutritionist of Augusta County Public Schools, H.K. Cassell Elementary, Craigsville Elementary, the town of Craigsville, and community volunteers to create and launch Read & Feed. This free program provides elementary school-aged children, their parents, and siblings with nutritious meals, literacy and STEAM programming, and access to library books during the summer months.

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Summer programs at Augusta County Library

Books 1From Augusta County Library’s Rebecca Lamb:

FISHERSVILLE, Va.—Augusta County Library is offering children ages birth to grade twelve the opportunity to Read For the Win June 8 through July 30. Children can register online at www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org and log their reading hours to earn prizes. Both the theme and the prizes for this year’s summer reading games relate to the Summer Olympics—except the library’s games are officiated by a skateboarding book character named Froggy.

The library is also hosting a series of special summer programs at all five of its locations. Events for grades K to 5 include learning about the food chain with critters from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, playing historical games with The Frontier Culture Museum, Wacky Olympics, yoga, crafts and an interactive trivia show. Teens can participate in gaming, a fandom cupcake workshop and a Teen Movie Night. Preschoolers will like story times and puppet shows and the entire family will enjoy Movie Night on Mondays.

This summertime programming is not only designed to be fun, but also serves an important role. Children’s Services Librarian Tammy Coulter says, “Studies have shown that children who do not read over the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall. However, children who participate in a summer reading program can actually improve their test scores on reading and math.”

Read for the Win is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Augusta County Library. Augusta County Library has locations in Churchville, Craigsville, Deerfield, Fishersville and Middlebrook.  For additional information and a complete schedule of programs, contact the library at 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 or visit www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org.


Augusta County Library hosts free ‘Yoga for a Cause’ on Saturday

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From Augusta County Library’s Rebecca Lamb:

FISHERSVILLE, Va.—The Augusta County Library will host a yoga class at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at its Fishersville Location. The class features Vinyasa Flow yoga and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate levels. The instructor is Trish LaGrua.

The yoga class is free, but participants are encouraged to make a donation to the charity of month. June’s charity is the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Participants should also bring their own mat.

“Yoga for a Cause” will be offered monthly during the summer. Additional classes will be offered on Saturdays, July 9 and August 13 at 9:15 in the Fishersville Library.

For additional information, contact the library at 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 or visit http://www.AugustaCountyLibrary.org. The Augusta County Library is located at 1759 Jefferson Hwy. in Fishersville.


National Library Week 2016 celebrated at Augusta County Library

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

Where can you sign up for tech classes, use a computer, enjoy free internet, discover your family’s genealogy, learn about local history, sit in on a book discussion, enjoy a moms night out, take a class in arts and crafts, experience the zen of a yoga class, enjoy regularly scheduled study sessions, have the movie world at your fingertips, or the world’s adventures shelved in front of you?

You can find all that and more at the Augusta County Library and other public libraries nationwide. In addition, this week fines are forgiven for that check-out item that got misplaced or forgotten.

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Augusta County: Tracy Pyles wins re-election in Pastures District

Tracy PylesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County’s Pastures District, on the western edge of the county and bordering with Bath and Highland counties, has three library branches, more than any of he seven districts. That is a direct result of Supervisor Tracy Pyles’ work to bring that community resource to his far-reaching areas of Deerfield and Craigsville in addition to Churchville.

That is just one of the improvements Tracy has brought to Pastures, where there is more national forest land than private land, and houses can be few and far between.

Tracy won a close re-election Tuesday night against Chris Morrison whose family owns the IGA grocery store in Craigsville, bringing in 52 percent to 48 percent.

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Augusta Library Exhibit: ‘Virginia Women in History’

Augusta County Library 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Augusta County Library at Fishersville announced a new exhibit on loan from the Library of Virginia that will be on display through October 23:

The Augusta County Library will host the Virginia Women in History exhibit through October 23. The exhibit was developed by the Library of Virginia as part of its annual celebration of the accomplishments of the state’s women, both past and present.

The eight women featured include the first African American woman to become a certified public accountant in Virginia, the first woman to preside over the House of Delegates’ powerful budget-writing committee, a doctor, and a poet who uses language to raise awareness of social. The exhibit is at the library in Fishersville as part of its year-long tour of cultural institutions across the state.
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Design & Edit @ the Augusta County Library

Augusta County Library 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Augusta County Library continues to add to its inventory of business tools for companies, entrepreneurs, and personal use.  There is no charge — all that’s needed is a library card.

Instead of purchasing expensive software that may be needed for occasional needs by your business, stop by the library to use the latest additions, Adobe Photoshop and Premier Elements, used for editing photographs and videos. Coming soon will be Adobe Pro which is used to edit PDFs.

Also available at the library are WiFi, printing, faxing, laptops for in-library use, and ample working space. Augusta County Library … it’s not just about books anymore.

For more information, call 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 /email ask@augustacountylibrary.org.  #VABiz  #toolbox

H/T Augusta County Economic Development

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Your public library at work

Books 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Bookmarks! That was the subject at the Augusta County Library when young readers channeled their creative side into designing colorful, decorative bookmarks that were then judged and five winners chosen by library staff.

The winners were:
– Ages 4 and under: Ceci Martino, Stuarts Draft
– K-2: Rigdon Wright, Mt. Sidney
– 3-5: Kaili Wheeler, Fishersville
– 6-8: Emma Hunter, Fishersville
– 9-10: Olivia Hathaway, Spottswood

Read more about the contest and how winners were selected (see Young readers recognized for unique bookmarks by Laura Berg at The News-Virginian).


Augusta County Library branches offer free Internet service

Augusta County Library 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

Unable to access Internet in their rural homes, many Augusta County residents have resorted to the Augusta County Library where free WiFi connections are available at the five locations — Fishersville, Middlebrook, Churchville, Craigsville, and Deerfield.

A feature article in Sunday’s News Leader highlighted the difficulties faced by those who live in the scenic yet electronically remote areas of the county (see Dead zones: Cell, Internet service woes by Megan Williams):

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The 12 Days of Christmas … Day 7: Holiday offerings at the Augusta County Library

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Churchville Branch of the Augusta County Library.

There’s Kindles and laptops and video games and smart phones and every other device available out there but the wonderful thing is that libraries are still as popular as ever. With a wide selection of seasonal reading selections, a trip to the library provides hours of entertainment for kids and parents during school vacation over the holidays.

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