Thursday, March 28, 2013

Events at NQP; What's Happening at your library in April

Geocaching at New Quarter Park on April 13

March 28, 2013   


Join Ann Walters, volunteer and avid geocacher, at New Quarter Park to learn more about the outdoor treasure hunting game called Geocaching on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All you need to play is a handheld GPS or a GPS-enabled Smartphone and access to the official Geocaching website on the Internet at

Geocachers navigate to specific sets of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the Geocache container hidden at a location. There are about a dozen caches hidden at New Quarter Park and about 60 others located within 5 miles. But that's not all: geocaches are hidden in nearly 2 million locations worldwide.  Geocaching is a great way to see places you wouldn't normally find.  It's a great activity for families, Individuals, or couples. Kids of all ages love a good treasure hunt!

New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood.  For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).


Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on April 6 to Celebrate New Book

March 27, 2013   


Donna Ware, curator emeritus of the College of William and Mary herbarium and Flora of Virginia Project member, will lead a Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on Saturday, April 6, from
10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Flora Foray will celebrate the publication of Flora of Virginia, a landmark botanical reference book which describes 3,164 plant species and natural variants growing wild in the diverse habitats of the Old Dominion. After discussing the Flora of Virginia, Ware will lead a foray through New Quarter Park's forests and ravines to find living specimens of some native Virginia plants described in the Flora. 

More than 10 years in the making, the Flora is the first comprehensive catalog of Virginia plants since Flora Virginia, published in 1762, when the Commonwealth was still a colony and the Virginia landscape was dominated by the American Chestnut tree.

The Flora Foray is part of New Quarter Park's 2013 Saturdays in the Park education and recreation program series. The 545-acre park includes diverse mature forest, ravine, and wetland habitats.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).


What's Happening at Your Library in April

March 28, 2013   


The York County Public Library offers a wide variety of programs, activities and fun for all ages during April. All programs are free and open to the public.

Programs for Youth:
Children ages 6-12 are invited to Peepapalooza on Tuesday, April 2, from 2 to3 p.m. in the Tabb Library meeting room. Enjoy a story and have some fun decorating peeps.  Bring your imagination and we'll provide the rest.  Registration is not required.  For more information, contact the Tabb Youth Services Department at 890-5110.  Tell all your peeps!

On Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., the Tabb Library is hosting a Spring Break Movie night for teens.  The featured movie is "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" directed by Peter Jackson.  The movie is based on the novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage.  This movie is rated PG-13 and runs for 169 minutes.  Registration is not required.  All ages are welcome.  An adult must accompany children ages 12 and younger.

Teens, ages 13-18, are invited to the Teen Book Club meeting on Thursday, April 18.  Read and bring your favorite mystery/thriller book.  Teen Book Club meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tabb Library Youth Services Activity Room.

Teens, if you're thinking about applying for your first "real" job, then sign up for "The Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Your First Job" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, in the Tabb Library meeting room. This fun, interactive workshop will give students confidence and knowledge as they prepare to take that first big step into the working world.  Register online through the event calendar on the library's website,

The Tabb Library will host a summer job fair for area high school students on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.  This event does not require registration.  For more information, call 890-5110.

Children, ages 6 to 12, are invited to read to a certified pet therapy dog during our monthly Paws to Read program on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Tabb Library meeting room.  Reading to dogs is fun, and these dogs are great listeners.  A signed parental permission slip is required.

Join us this spring for story hours at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries.  Children who are ages 6 to 14 months will enjoy Tiny Tales; Toddler Tales is for ages 15 to 30 months; and Preschool Story Time is for children ages 2½ to 5.  The story hour schedule is available on the library's website, The next session of Tiny Tales, Toddler Tales and Preschool Story Time begins Tuesday, April 30, and runs through Thursday, May 30.  Tiny Tales and Toddler Tales registration begins on Monday, April 22, while Preschool Story Time registration begins on Tuesday, April 23.

Students in grades three through twelve can get free homework help in math, reading and writing from a live, online tutor.  All you need is your library card and an Internet connection. Homework Help is available from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.  Access Homework Help via the Research and Homework link on the library's website,

Programs for Adults:
The Library's free technology programs for adults continue with iPad Calendar App classes on Thursdays, April 11 or 25.  Why keep a paper schedule when you can use your iPad's Calendar app to manage your time?  Learn how to add events and alerts to your calendar to become more efficient and productive.  Classes begin at 4 p.m. and last approximately one hour.  Bring your own iPad, if possible.  Register online through the "Event Calendar" link on the library's website,, beginning Monday, April 1.

York County will host the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' mobile customer service center on Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yorktown Library.  DMV2Go is a full service office on wheels that conducts DMV transactions that would usually have to be done at a DMV office including applying or renewing driver's licenses and ID cards, obtaining vehicle titles and license plates, ordering disabled parking placards or plates, and more.

The Yorktown Book Club will discuss "Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons From my Grandmothers" by Adriana Trigiani at their meeting on Tuesday, April 30.  This adult book discussion group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Yorktown Library.  New members are always welcome.  Contact the Yorktown Reference desk at 890-5207 for more information.

Programs for All Ages:
The Library, in cooperation with the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, will celebrate National Library Week by hosting Virginia's Civil War 150 HistoryMobile.  This "museum on wheels" uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.  The HistoryMobile will be open to the public on Sunday, April 17, and Monday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Tabb Library.  Admission is free.

For more information, visit our website at or contact the Tabb Library at 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at 890-5207.  Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692.  Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.


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