Holiday Closing: All branches will be closed starting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 and continuing Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.


09/08/2015 - 11:23am
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Library

Ahoy, Mateys! Talk Yerself Into a Coupon! On Saturday, the 19th o' SeptembARrrrr, 'tis Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. If ye natter to a library crew member like a scurvy pirate, yer gonna receive a jolly coupon fer a doubloon ($1) off yer fines or for one free book from the Buckoes of the Library booksale.* Not sure how a band o' pirates speak? No worries! Ye can learn how usin' Mango Languages at our research portal.

*One coupon per sailor!

Translation: Hello, Friends! Talk yourself into a coupon! Saturday, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day at the library. If you talk to a library employee like a pirate, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off your fines or for one free book from the Friends of the Library booksale.*  Brush up on your Pirate using Mango Languages at  *One coupon per customer!

10/28/2014 - 2:55pm

When Astrid Lindgren was a little girl, a friend read her stories about the giant, Bam-Bam, and the fairy, Viribunda. Astrid Lindgren loved these stories. Some part of the author never grew up and the result is the enchanting adventures of The Children of Noisy Village, Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, and, of course, Pippi Longstocking.

"I write books for the child I am myself. I write about things that are dear to me--trees and houses and nature--just to please myself."

11/12/2013 - 3:02am
Pirates of the Carolinas by Terrance Zepke

The Age of Pirates has been so thoroughly romanticized in the popular imagination that many people do not know about the real lives of pirates. Films ranging from Captain Blood to the Pirates of the Caribbean series create the idea of piracy as freedom from the boring drudgery and stress of life on land. But how much did pirates’ real lives resemble those of the fantastic swashbucklers of the silver screen?  Terrance Zepke’s book, Pirates of the Carolinas, is a series of short biographies of some of the best-known pirates who operated out of North Carolina. Although not as in-depth as some other accounts, such as Daniel Defoe’s A General History of the Pirates, the book provides concise, factually accurate information on some of the most notorious figures in American history.

07/22/2015 - 3:43pm
A Pirate's Guide to First Grade

School is almost out, but pirates are most definitely still in, which is why it is wonderful to come across a picture book like A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade. In it, a young boy gets ready for his first day of school, accompanied by all of his imaginary pirate friends. He awakens to his scurvy dog happily licking his face, but there’s no time to wait! Ye must set sheets to the wind and sail!

The text, all in pirate talk, might be a bit distancing at first, but with a glossary in the back and the clear illustrations, I think most young first mates will be able to figure out what’s going on. A parent could even make up a game with their child, figuring out what “Gangway me hearties!” could possibly mean.


01/27/2010 - 11:07am

Professor Carter L. Hudgins of UMW's Department of History and American Studies will give a free lecture on Blackbeard, scourge of the Chesapeake Bay and Caribbean, on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Dodd Auditorium.  The talk is part of the university's Great Lives Lecture Series.


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