Deaf village history at Samuel’s Public Library

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Samuels Public Library is featuring the Lantz Mills Deaf Village History exhibit until December 30, 2023.

This unique traveling exhibition, presented by the Library of Virginia with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Sorenson Foundation.

The intriguing history of a shared signing community in Shenandoah County, Virginia, from 1740 to 1970, similar to that of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Lantz Mills Deaf Village exhibit is more than a historical showcase; it’s a celebration of diversity and communication within a community setting.

It serves as a vital educational tool, offering insights into the rich tapestry of Virginia’s deaf culture.

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FRWC accepts applications to support local women’s endeavors

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The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is now accepting applications for the 2024 Dare to Dream grants.

Each year, FRWRC awards grants to Warren County women to help make their dreams a reality.

Recipients can use the funds to start or build their small business, purchase equipment for their business, support a certification or continue their educational efforts.

Applicants can request up to $1,000 in their grant which would be paid directly to the school or vendor by the Resource Center.

This flagship program has expanded over the years and provided nearly 200 grants totaling $150,000 to empower women of Warren County.

The Dare to Dream grants are available to any woman 18 and up in Front Royal or Warren County.

Applications will be reviewed and then finalists will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are considered based on merit of the project, research and efforts made toward the dream, and financial need.

The application deadline is January 12, 2024 and recipients will be announced the following March.

Applications are available now by clicking here.

They are also available at Samuels Public Library, or by calling or emailing the FRWRC office at 540-636-7007 and wrc@frwc.org.

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Seed saving workshop

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The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association is hosting a free event on Thursday, October 19th at Samuel Public Library.

Come learn how you can save seeds for your own use and support your local Seed Lending Library.

They will cover why you should save seeds, harvesting seeds and proper storage, how your seed lending library works and how to contact a Master Gardener if you have questions.

This event is free to the public, but attendees should register at Samuels Public Library’s event page, space is limited.

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News Maker Erin Rooney on Samuel Library’s SamiCon

The annual SamiCon event is coming to Samuel’s Public Library September 9.

We spoke to Samuel’s Public Library’s Adult Reference Supervisor Erin Rooney about the event in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Erin tells us that the event is a local chance to cosplay or costume play and go as your favorite character.

She tells us the history and idea behind the event.

The fact that it is happening September 9 gives you a good amount of time to get that costume together.

Erin tells us of all the activities involved with this year’s event including the theme and the fact that the whole thing is free and open to everyone.

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Samuel’s Public Library appoints an interim Director

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Samuels Public Library (SPL) Board of Trustees reports the appointment of Eileen Grady as interim director of the library.

This following the resignation of former director Michelle Ross who is exploring career opportunities at larger libraries.

Grady has held the position previously and was most recently the Director of Operations at SPL.

Grady was instrumental in moving the library to its current location in 2009 and has participated in all aspects of the library.

She will take the position immediately at the Library.

Additional information is found here or contact Mark Hubbard at 804-385-3772.

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News Maker Dion Leonard on his visit to Samuels Library

Samuel’s Public Library will host world renowned author Dion Leonard with his dog Gobi July 1.

We talk with the author, motivator, extreme runner Dion about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Dion tells the fascinating story of how he found Gobi and then lost her.

He will tell the rest of the story at Samuel’s Public Library starting at 11 a.m. July 1.

Dion and his wife will have Gobi with them at the family friendly event at the library.

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Warren Coalition hosts fentanyl discussion with special guest

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The Warren Coalition is holding a presentation titled “Fentanyl 101: Understanding the New Weapon of Mass Destruction” on Tuesday, May 23rd at Samuels Public Library.

The event will have a special guest speaker to start the presentation in the Honorable James “Jim” Carroll, a former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The presentation will be offered at noon and again at 6:30 pm.

Carroll will only be attending the noon session.

Warren Coalition Executive Director Christa Shifflett will speak at both sessions about the basics and trends surrounding fentanyl including how opioids affect the body, tips for preventing misuse, and how to help those struggling with addiction.

A Q&A session will follow each presentation and feel free to bring lunch or dinner with you.

For more information on the event, email wc@warrencoalition.org.

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Winter Reading at Samuels Public Library

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 Youth and Adult Winter Reading programs will start Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.

For youth reading come enjoy some special activities during our Winter Reading kickoff! Register to become a “Winter Reader” and earn a prize each week!

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Balloon designs!
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Face & hand painting

For the first month of Adult Winter Reading, we’re having a writing contest for all adults. The prompt: write up to two pages about a magical wintry day in the Shenandoah Valley! It can be real or fictional; we accept poetry, too. Submission forms and details are available at the Adult Reference Desk. You must have a submission form. Submissions are due by Tuesday, January 31st midnight, and will be judged by our very own Pen & Prose Creative Writing Group! Winners will be announced at the end of Winter Reading. Email us at reference@samuelslibrary.net for any questions.

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News Maker Michelle Ross on SPL’s help with C4H

Samuel’s Public Library (SPL) has been a great partner with the River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450’s Camping for Hunger (C4H) Campaign for years.

This year SPL is stepping up their participation and at the same time helping out their patrons as well.

We spoke with the Library’s Director Michelle Ross about the effort in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Michelle explains the Food for Fines campaign to encourage donations for C4H.

She explains how much a person can save on fines just by donating a nonperishable food item.

Michelle also tells us of the extension of the library’s campaign as well.

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The first volunteer fair is scheduled for Sat. 5/14

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Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and the Wednesday Group are hosting the first Warren County Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The fair was announced at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce website to be held at Samuel’s Public Library.

Nonprofits that will be there include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Warren Coalition and more.

Any nonprofits interested in participating in the fair should contact Samuel’s Public Library in Front Royal.

Contact Michelle Toss at Samuel’s Public Library at (540) 635-3153.

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