Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bull Run Library Presents: October 2014 Adult and Family Programs

Bull Run Library Presents: October 2014 Adult and Family Programs

All programs are free but registration is requested and begins three weeks prior to the program unless otherwise noted. Registration is in person, by phone at 703-792-4530, or online at www.pwcgov.org/library using Online Calendar of Events.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 pm and

Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10 am

English class. Contact Literacy Volunteers at 703-670-5702 for information.

*Fear in the Dark Movie Series #1

Thursday, October 2, 7 pm

Tonight’s film is The Ghost Ship (1943), produced by the legendary Val Lewton. It was withdrawn from release in 1944 due to a lawsuit and is one of the rarest of films we’ve ever presented. No ghosts on this ship….something worse. Plus Laurel and Hardy get shanghaied on a ship in The Live Ghost. Free popcorn! Trivia quiz! Bring your own covered soft drink. No registration.

*English Conversation Club

Mondays, October 6, 20 and 27 at 6 pm and

Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10 am

This is an opportunity for new speakers of English to practice their speaking skills in a fun and friendly environment. No registration. New members always welcome.

Monday’s Page Turners

Monday, October 6, 1 pm

The Language of Sand by Ellen Block. When a series of mysterious crimes strikes the island, Abigail finds that she must face down her deepest fears if she is to save herself, her neighbors, and the new life she’s unexpectedly come to cherish. No registration required.

*Memoirs Writers

Tuesday, October 7, 10:15 am

Group meets monthly to share their writings and offer encouragement and constructive criticism. No registration required. New members always welcome.

Spanish for Fun

Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 12 noon – 2 pm

Bring your lunch and chat with new friends in Spanish. We’ll supply coffee and dessert! A native Spanish speaker will be available for help. No registration required. Todos bienvenidos.

*Fear in the Dark Movie Series #2

Thursday, October 9, 7 pm

Isle of the Dead (1945) is another Val Lewton masterpiece with a wonderful performance by Boris Karloff. A small group of people flee from a terrible plague and end up on an island that may harbor something worse than the plague! Plus Popeye visits the Isle of Sinbad in a newly restored version of Popeye Meets Sinbad the Sailor. Free popcorn! Trivia quiz! Bring your own covered soft drink. No registration.

Writers of Adult Literature

Saturdays, October 11 and 25, 2 pm

Group meets twice a month to share their writings and offer encouragement and constructive criticism. No registration required. New members always welcome.

Bull Run BookTalkers

Tuesday, October 14, 7 pm

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. James A. Garfield was born into abject poverty, rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate. Just four months after his inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker. Although he survived the attack, he became the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power—over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Read the book and join the discussion. No registration required.

Random Reads Book Club

Monday, October 20, 1 pm

Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo. In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Read the book and join the discussion. Feel free to bring your lunch! No registration required.

Your Library for Dummies (and Others with Questions)

Thursday, October 23, 10:30 am

Your library is so much more than shelves of books! Find out what you can do from our website, including electronic resources, e-books and downloadable magazines. Join library staff members as they present an overview of what is available and work one-on-one to help you access it. Please bring your laptops and/or e-gadgets! No registration required.

*Fear in the Dark Movie Series #3

Thursday, October 23, 7 pm

Cry of the Werewolf (1944) is not a Val Lewton film, but is done in much the same manner. It’s a subtle werewolf story with a unique twist. Plus Lon Chaney attempts to find a cure for his werewolf affliction in an excerpt from House of Dracula, entitled The Wolfman’s Cure. Free popcorn! Trivia quiz! Bring your own covered soft drink. No registration.

Lecture: The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution and the Fate of the Empire

Tuesday, October 28, 7 pm

This book won Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy both the 2014 George Washington Book Prize, which recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history, and the 2014 New York Historical Society’s annual American history book prize. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and Professor of History at The University of Virginia. To register for this free program, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or email relic2@pwcgov.org

*North of 50: Lunch and Learn – Memory Magic

Thursday, October 30, 12:30 pm

Learn how to keep your memory sharp with rejuvenating techniques as quick and easy memory habits will be described and demonstrated. Simple materials and household objects will be used to aid short-term and long-term memory. Register online or by phone beginning September 25.

*Fear in the Dark Movie Series #4

Thursday, October 30, 7 pm

The Seventh Victim (1943) is possibly Val Lewton’s best film, certainly his darkest, and stars Oscar winner, Kim Hunter. It is said to have inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous scene and is the precursor to Rosemary’s Baby. Plus our short will be horrifying (and funny) as you experience The Jon. Free popcorn! Trivia quiz! Bring your own covered soft drink. No registration.


*Special thanks to the Friends of Central and Bull Run Libraries for their programming support.

Bull Run will be closed on Monday, October 13 for Columbus Day.


Bull Run Regional Library
8051 Ashton Avenue
Manassas, VA 20109-2892
703-792-4500
TTY 703-792-4524 / Metro 631-1703 ext. 4500




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