All branches will be closed for Labor Day on Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7. 

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07/22/2015 - 1:29pm
Patawomek village coming to HQ

Fifty members of the Patawomeck tribe will recreate one of their villages at the library. On the front lawn, you’ll smell venison and fish roasting on an open fire, hear live Patawomeck music, explore a longhouse, sit in a 13-foot canoe, and see Patawomeck dancing. You and your family can pound cornmeal, play Indian football, play drums, and meet a Pocahontas reenactor. Inside the theatre, you’ll see artifacts that are 10,000 years old, learn how regalia is made, hear Patawomeck storytelling, watch a movie, and make crafts.

Save the date: Saturday, August 1, from 9:00-3:00 at Headquarters Library. Rain or shine.

07/22/2015 - 5:08pm
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

How They Croaked begins with a clear warning: "If you don't have the guts for gore, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK." They are not kidding.

American icon Billy Joel once sang, "Only the good die young," but before modern medicine, almost everyone died young. The only difference was whether it was quick or slow and gruesome. Infections, malaria, gout, and tuberculosis were pretty common ways to go. King Tut, Christopher Columbus, Pocahontas, and Edgar Allan Poe were victims of such illnesses.

01/09/2012 - 1:56pm

Published under the dual auspices of the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this Civil War anthology [has] about 30 writings …  Editor Ayers, a reputable scholar in Civil War studies, categorizes his selections into several topics for participants to debate: reaction to the secession crisis of 1860-61; the experience of war as exemplified by the 1862 Battle of Shiloh; and the end of slavery.

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