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The first two weeks of school has come and gone and time is just rolling by. Soon we will be welcoming fall and some new programs for the season. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and the J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library welcomes you to come apply or update a library card. This card gives you access to books, movies, magazines, books on audio CD, and downloadable e-books and audio books. Open up a whole new world of possibilities with a simple 3 ½ by 2 inch card, your own library card!

The library has plenty of resources to help you with your studies and research projects, but just in case you need online help, we will feature some free-access websites to get you started. This week we would like to highlight the following; HippoCampus (, which offers free educational resources for students in middle school through college. They specialize in math, natural science, social science and humanities. The site includes multimedia content, like videos, animations and simulations.

The Jamerson Library has partnered with The Library of Virginia for a statewide pilot program, “Read This Way; 1,000 Things Before Kindergarten.” This program helps lay the foundation for the love of reading, and improves vocabulary and spelling skills. According to statistics a child that has had five books a day read to them, since birth, will have heard over 1 million words by the time they are five years of age. If your child is pre-K, they can participate and earn a free book for every 100 books read or activities you do with them. Just come into the library and pick up a folder at the front desk with a reading / activity log and get started. This program is long-term, and the library will be here to help your child step into reading, opening up the world to them through education and entertainment.

For the Wednesday, Aug. 14, Story & Craft Time, library employee Katharine Bloodworth read the book “Specs for Rex” by Yasmeen Ismail. Rex is a young lion going to school, and he hates his new glasses. Follow Rex throughout the day as he tries to hide his glasses and how he overcomes his dislike for them with the help of his friends and family. We followed by making a color and paste image of Rex wearing his new glasses. We would like to thank an ACLA (Appomattox County Library Association) member for providing the juice and oatmeal cookies.

The library is in a time warp back to the 80s! We are featuring some really gnarly movies from our childhood. We are going totally tubular to the max, so all you dweebs and couch potatoes come checkout some of the bodacious titles we have on display.

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, the library will be closed on Monday, Sep. 2; we will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3. We will be introducing our new extend hours: We will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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