Thursday, February 06, 2014

Potomac Library Presents--February 2014‏

February 2014
2201 Opitz Blvd.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
703-494-8126 (Voice)
703-494-8129 (TTY)

No registration required unless otherwise noted.
Mystery Theme Contest at Potomac Community Library!
Adult patrons, come in, play the game and check out the books. Guess the theme that ties into the covers of the books on display for the month.  Some months the theme is easy to see right away, some months it’s quite difficult. Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to an area business. 
Prince William Reads – A Reading Program for Adults
February 1- March 31
Prince William Reads provides adults a chance to win weekly prizes just for just kicking back and reading library books. Participants 18 years of age or older read or listen to any adult fiction or nonfiction titles of their choice and then simply fill out an entry form for each title and drop it in a box located at the Information Desks at any of the full service libraries including Potomac. A prize-winning entry will be selected by random drawing at each branch every Monday for the duration of the program. Four grand prize winners will be drawn on March 31, 2014. The Friends of the Library are generously funding the prizes for this program.
English Discussion Group
Friday, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 12:30 p.m.
Potomac Community Library has an English Discussion Group which meets in our Community Room. This is not a class but an opportunity to practice English in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  Join others from all over the world as you sharpen your English skills. Drop-ins welcome; no registration required. 
Historical Fiction Book Discussion Group
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Tuesday, February 11, 1 p.m.
This month’s selection is “Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka. “Buddha in the attic” presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment. Please join us in our community room to discuss this month’s selection. Bag lunches are welcome. New participants are always welcome.
African-American Book Discussion Group
Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman who Changed a Nation by Rosa Parks and Gregory Reed
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.
This month’s discussion is “Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman who Changed a Nation”, by Rosa Parks and Gregory Reed. On June 15, 1999, Mrs. Rosa Parks was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor- a tribute to the power of one solitary woman to influence the soul of a nation. But awards are influence were far from her mind, when on December 1, 1955, she refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was not trying to start a movement. She was simply tired of social injustice and did not think a woman should be forced to stand so that a man could sit down. Yet her simple act of courage set in motion a chain of events that changed forever the landscape of American race relations. Quiet Strength celebrates the principles and convictions that guided her through a remarkable life. Group will meet in the community room; no registration required.
Latino Reads
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Colombia)
Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.
In the city of Bogota, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. the article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellin cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960’s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficing trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare. You can chose to read the book in English or Spanish. New members are always welcome. Drop-in; no registration required.
Third Thursday Thrillers Book Group
Deadly Politics by Maggie Sefton
Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Shortly after learning her niece is having an affair with a congressional chief of staff, Molly Malone finds her niece shot dead, and soon finds herself entangled in the web of a shady political group that is willing to kill its opposition. Please join us not only to discuss this mystery, but to enjoy tea and cookies. 
Meet the author—Civil War Author Bob O’Connor
Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, Potomac Community Library will have Bob O’Connor discuss his book “The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison,” the account of the 103 black soldiers at the prison and a biography of each. Registration is not required but recommended. You may register beginning Saturday, February 8 in person, by phone or online.
This month’s book display for adults:
African American authors (Celebrating black history month)
Glass Display Case:
Lego Display from the collection of Daniella and Matthew Vilchez
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