Curious about the library that’s right in our midst (and two blocks from my house!) I got nosy and was granted interviews – first, with Kathleen Teaze, director of the library system for all of Prince George’s County, (photo here) and later with Ellen Utley, manager of the Greenbelt Branch (photo coming).
The result of all that is a series of blog stories here about the Greenbelt Branch, including a regularly monthly feature like this one that’s a round-up of all upcoming events at our branch. Thanks to budget cut-backs, the county no longer has a staffer to promote library events, so they can use our help.
(And heads up: I’ll be changing the weekly feature about Greenbelt Arts and Entertainment to include talks and other events at the library, at local churches, and more. Got ideas for more inclusions? Let me know. Only the fun stuff, though – no meetings!)
I found out that the county library system develops all sorts of programs and events, from which the local branch staffers choose the ones they’ll present at their location. So if you see a regular service or event going on at another branch but not ours, ask staff about the possibility of bringing it to Greenbelt.
Friday, March 1, 2013 (All day) African American History & Culture Lecture Series
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 11:00am) Read Across America: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Read-a-thon
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 10:30am Storytimes: Ages 3-5. This is a weekly event.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 4:00pm Bookids It’s a book discussion for children ages 8-13, and this month they’re discussing Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. This is a regular event, held the second Tuesday of every month.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 10:30am Storytimes: Ages 3-5.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 – 10:30am Storytime: 18-35 months with caregiver. Bringing infants is fine, too. This is a weekly event.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 – 2:00pm Read to Rover. Children ages 6-11 read aloud to specially trained therapy dogs (including a beagle, and an Irish Lurcher) who are glad to listen. Each child reads for 15 minutes. Registration is requested – or just show up. Dogs provided by Pets on Wheels, which trains animals for an assortment of good causes.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 7:00pm Book Discussion. This month discussing Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 10:30am Storytime: Ages 3-5
Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 10:30am Storytime: 18-35 months with caregiver
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 7:00pm African American History & Culture Lecture Series. The title of this talk by C.R. Gibbs is “The Harlem Renaissance: A 21st Century Reappraisal.” Gibbs is an accomplished author and international lecturer, a noted historian of the African Diaspora.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 10:30am Storytimes: Ages 3-5
Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 10:30am Storytime: 18-35 months with caregiver.
Also, March 30 is the deadline for artists of all ages to enter the PG Library System’s First Annual Summer Reading Bookmark Design Contest, for ages pre-K through adult. The winning design will be printed not just on bookmarks but on T-shirts, too! Stop by and pick up an entry form.
Reference: the Prince George’s Library website. To find events by branch (or by other sort criteria, like audience or activity), go click”more” under Upcoming Events in lower left column of the library website. Here are the Greenbelt events.