When the weather is cold, it’s time to find a hot read and join Virginia Public Library’s annual “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” reading program.  This is the 18th year that “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” is being sponsored by the Friends of Virginia Public Library.  Area residents over 18 are invited to register in the library or online to participate.  To register online, click on this link and select the Hot Reads program.

This program is designed to promote reading for adults since reading is equally important for all ages. Each book read during the program will earn one entry in a big giveaway on February 29th. Participants must visit the library to check out library books and submit their entries.

Hot Reads Tuesdays will continue on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-12:00. Each week, members of the Friends of the Library will provide coffee and bakery to area readers.  This is a great time to find out about new books and visit with your neighbors.

Mandala Coloring Pages for Adults | SelfColoringPages.comThe Hot Reads celebration continues with the launch of the 2015 Winter Brown Bag Lunch Series beginning on January 14that noon with our first Adult Coloring Program. Adult coloring books have become very popular and libraries across the country are bringing this stress-relieving activity to their users.  Bring your own coloring pages and pencils, or use pages and pencils provided by the library.  

http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=9781609613624/LC.GIF&client=arrop&upc=&oclc=Our first Cook the Book program was so successful in December that we will be doing it again at noon on January 28thRegistration is open until Tuesday, January 26th, for Cook the Book:  Soups & Breads.  How does it work?  Come to the Reference desk to sign up and to choose your recipe from the book we have chosen to use.  Whip up your creation at home and bring it to the library to share with other participants.  The library will provide participants with copies of the selected recipes.  Please note:  Registration for this program is required.

http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=1503947688/LC.GIF&client=arrop&upc=&oclc=What would February be with out the annual Book Lover’s Tea?  This year’s Tea, on February 11th, will feature author Ava Finch–nom de plume of Sarah Stonich.   ‘They’ will talk about the writing life, adopting a pen name, and how their Minnesota roots inspire them. Both are hoping there will be potica at the tea.  Please note:  Advanced registration for the tea is essential!  Reservations must be made by February 5th

http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=9780979217531/LC.GIF&client=arrop&upc=&oclc=Many of you know Mark Munger, District Court Judge.  Thursday, February 25th, at noon is your opportunity to meet with Mark Munger, Minnesota author!  Mark is the feature speaker for our final event for this Hot Reads season.  Using examples from his own work, he will talk about The Other:  Exploring Issues of Ethnicity, Religion, and Gender in Fiction.  

For more information on these events and more, visit the event calendar at www.virginia.lib.mn.us or call 748-7525.

-Susan Hoppe, Public Services Librarian