Get civic-minded with Virginia Beach Public Library

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Virginia Beach Public Library is the community hub for civic-minded folks who want to stay informed. September happens to be National Preparedness Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month. VBPL has a treasure trove of resources to help you prepare for a variety of situations, whether it's a dinner-table debate or an impending hurricane.

Check out books on disaster preparedness, first-aid and survival skills; or attend the hurricane preparedness program on Sept. 20 at Bayside Area Library.

Use your library account to conduct online research on hot topics via Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Subjects run the gamut from the right to bear arms to the New Green Deal. You can also join us for one of our "Living Room Conversations," where a facilitator guides small group through civil discussions about contentious topics. The next conversation, at Kempsville Library on Sept. 21, is about privacy infringement versus national security.

Just in time for back-to-school, our website has a new School Research Resources page, where youth and teens can find encyclopedia entries, biographies and age-appropriate reading lists. Students enrolled in Virginia Beach City Public Schools automatically receive year-round digital public library access.

If you don't yet have your library card, now is a great time to come in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to join you. During your library visit, you can register to vote in the Nov. 5 election, when local and state candidates will be on the ballot. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 15. Visit the registrar's website for more information.

Before making decisions about the future, it's important to understand the past. The Central Library has a collection of 13,700 items relating to local history and genealogy. Materials include books, microforms, digital materials and periodicals. Customers needing access to the original archival documents can call 385-0150 to set up an appointment with a staff member.

Strong communities are made up of well-informed citizens. We hope you take advantage of the many resources at Virginia Beach Public Library. ​

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