Pamela Smith

03/23/2017 - 12:48pm
A kite in rainbow shades flies high on a sunny day

To celebrate National Kite Month, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy these colorful beauties the entire month of April, and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.  

The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child.

School-aged children, teens, and adults are welcome to join us at Porter Branch on Saturday, April 29, 9:30-12:00, to build, decorate, and (weather permitting) learn to fly your very own kite! Please sign up at the Research Desk, or call 540-659-4909.

03/10/2017 - 12:47pm
Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is the Small Business Administration's (SBA) free national program designed to introduce veterans and their spouses to the basics of small business ownership, including techniques for evaluating the feasibility of their business concepts, the components of a business plan, an introduction to private and public resources, and opportunity recognition. In addition, participants are introduced to SBA resources available for start-up capital, technical assistance, and contracting opportunities. This program is also recommended for those who wish to grow an existing veteran-owned small business. 

Marci Posey, Economic Developer with the SBA, will offer the one-day Boots to Business: Introduction to Entrepreneurship course on Thursday, March 23, 8:00-5:00 at Porter Branch. Register online at www.boots2business.org/rebootapply (select Stafford, VA location) or by calling (804) 253-8906. Registration is preferred but not required. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

03/09/2017 - 3:08pm
Fraud Watch: Keeping Your Money Safe

In today’s world, many of us have experienced identity theft firsthand or have worried that what seems like an opportunity may really be a scam. If you would like to learn how to spot and avoid identity theft or fraud so that you can protect yourself and your family, come to Porter Branch on Thursday, March 16, 6:30-8:00. Steven Scheibe will be presenting this program for adults of all ages, which is brought to you by the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

02/01/2014 - 3:03am
Birds of North America Online

Whether you are an avid birdwatcher, a student preparing a report on the state bird of Virginia, or just interested in hearing the real drumming sound of a woodpecker, then Birds of North America Online is for you! In addition to the sound recordings of each bird, there are also photographs and often video clips of each species. Articles about the bird’s appearance, food habits, migration, life cycle and much more are also available.

10/20/2014 - 11:54am
Crash Course in Genealogy

Genealogical research is a profession for some and a hobby for many.  With the advent of TV shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the multitude of resources available online, there are some interested novices entering the field who need a little help knowing where to start.  The following brief overview is for these beginners.

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