Hello, Church Hill Readers!
Our Summer Reading Program is in full swing over here at the East End Branch, and we have had so many good programs already! We’ve already had hundreds of you and your neighbors sign up for our Bingo Challenge, and several have already turned in bingo cards that have a “Blackout” on them. They are that much closer to winning the East End Branch’s Grand Prizes: a membership to the Children’s Museum, a family pack to Great Wolf Lodge, a season pass to King’s Dominion, or an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot (depending on the age of the reader).
In addition to reading, we’ve also got a variety of fun programming that we’ve been doing to help entertain kids and adults alike during these hot summer months. This month alone, we’ve had
- AWARE bring in live local animals like owls, possums, turtles, and more;
- Jesse the Beekeeper came with his observation hive and talked about the world of honeybees and beekeeping;
- and yesterday we had teens from the neighborhood decorating cupcakes for our very own version of Cupcake Wars!
But we have plenty more to come! Still happening in July we have
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens coming by to talk about patterns in nature on the 17th;
- Family friendly movies every Thursday at 3:15 (including a light snack and juice box) – last week was Finding Dory, and this week we will be watching The Parent Trap.
- Sequoia Ross from Tricycle Urban Ag will do a special storytime with healthy foods on July 20th;
- A firetruck from Firehouse #1 will be here on the 24th and firefighters will be on hand to talk about fire safety and prevention;
- The VMFA will present a storytime for toddlers and other young children on the 26th that explores the five senses;
- And Chris Campbell will be on hand for an exciting, interactive musical performance on the 30th.
Whew! As you can see, there is a lot going on over here at the East End Branch! In addition to the events we have coming up, we are always happy to provide our normal services for the residents of the East End. Did you know that we have DVDs available for checkout? Blockbuster may be a thing of the past, but if you’re frustrated that there don’t seem to be any new releases on Netflix or Amazon Prime, come look through the library’s collection before you go to Redbox. We have more than a thousand dvds – including the hottest new titles – and ranging from major theater releases to documentaries to tv series.
And if you absolutely can’t leave the house this summer, we’ve still got you covered. You can get our e-card by clicking here, and can get a free library card at any location as long as you bring your photo ID that has your current address on it (or proof of your address, like a bill or a lease). Once you have an e-card or a regular card, you have access to tens of thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming tv and movies through our subscriptions like Hoopla and Overdrive, all from the comfort of that comfy chair in front of the a/c.
Enjoy the rest of the month, Church Hill, and we hope to see you soon!