Read Together

Reading is often viewed as an introvert's dream. People, places, and plots come alive in a magical fantasy, teaching us new things and allowing us to explore possibilities from the comforts of our own homes. Yet, reading can also serve as a building block for communities. When we read together, we learn new information, learn about each other, and get a deeper understanding of the world by listening to different perspectives.

This March VBPL is focusing on building our community of readers. Join us for these free programs:

Youth Programs

Our youngest readers can learn more about their global communities at Windsor Woods Area Library on March 7 at 1 p.m. for Tagalog Bilingual Storytime, at Bayside Library on March 14 at 6 p.m. for the Goodnight, Children of the World, or at the Joint-Use Library on March 30 at 10:30 a.m. for Multicultural Storytime: Bulgaria.

Have you heard about our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge? Make sure you download the Beanstack app and start keeping a log of all the books you read with your child. Reading to preschool aged kids not only enhances vocabulary and language skills, but also helps strengthen a child's first community—his/her family.

For our school-aged children, March kicks off with another epic Battle of the Books for our local fifth graders. For students who would like to blow off a little STEAM, come to any Adventures with Cubetto: Storytime, offered throughout the month at multiple library locations. Check out these events and more at www.vbgov.com/library-events.

Adult Programs

Learn more about your cultural community this month by discovering your own family history with the Genealogy Book Tour at Central Library. VBPL also has a number of book clubs for adults, including several Books on Tap where you can enjoy a drink while discussing the monthly title.

March launches the new year-round program Adults Read! Log 12 books read to win a prize and complete optional seasonal challenges to enhance your experience. You can join this new reading challenge anytime between now and February 2020.

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