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Bonding Through Books: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Story Times

In a recent episode of "Important Library Stuff," host Emily Bickers talks with returning cohosts Amanda Thompson, Youth Services Librarian ...

Prince William Public Libraries' Book Clubs are About More Than Just Books

Prince William Public Libraries isn't just about borrowing books; it's also a place to bring people together for community engagement in inviting ...

Just Because Your Library Doesn't Have It Doesn't Mean We Can't Get It for You

Written by Kirk Johnson, Materials Services Division Prince William Public Libraries is strongly committed to maintaining a robust public library ...

Committing to a Greener Future: Sustainable Actions at Prince William Public Libraries

Written by the Sustainability Work Group From transforming unwanted plastic bags into new benches to installing water bottle filling stations so ...

The Perks of Being a Teen Summer Reading Volunteer

Gaining volunteer hours, refining interpersonal communications, and sitting in A/C in 90-degree heat? It might seem a little early, but the latest ...

Prince William Public Libraries' Lit Con: A Diverse Celebration of Fandom

Prince William Public Libraries is gearing up for its inaugural Lit Con, a five-week celebration of fandom, comics, manga, and more. In the latest ...

Empowering Accessibility: Assistive Services, Devices, and Resources at Prince William Public Libraries

In a recent episode of "Important Library Stuff," host Emily Bickers is joined by Laura Lily Bell from Montclair Library to discuss assistive ...

Prince William Public Libraries Celebrates New Mobile Library at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

As Prince William County’s population grows, Prince William Public Libraries seeks new opportunities to meet people where they live, work, and play. ...

Unleashing Literacy: The Joy of Reading to Dogs

In a recent episode of “Important Library Stuff,” our host Emily is joined by a special four-legged cohost, Chewie, his person and volunteer, Becky, ...

Exploring English Language Learning at Prince William Public Libraries

In a recent episode of the Prince William Public Libraries’ podcast, "Important Library Stuff," host Emily Bickers meets with dedicated staff members ...

AARP Tax Services at Bull Run and Chinn Park Libraries

Prince William Public Libraries is working with AARP to provide free tax services at Bull Run and Chinn Park Libraries through April 15, 2024. ...

New App Gives You Access to the Library Anytime from Anywhere

Prince William Public Libraries is launching a new mobile app to make it even easier to find your next read, see upcoming events and programs, and ...

Memory Cafés at the Library: Supporting Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Memory Cafés at Prince William Public Libraries offer a unique and supportive space for older adults in all stages of aging. These cafés, offered ...

PWPL Strategic Plan Builds on Previous Successes, Identifies New Opportunities

Prince William Public Libraries will start the new year with a new Strategic Plan focused on leveraging the successes of the 2019 – 2023 Strategic ...

Did Your Favorites Reach PWPL’s “Most Popular” Lists in 2023?

Every year, Prince William Public Libraries looks back on the most popular books, movies, and music you checked out. There may be a few surprises ...

Get Yeti for Winter Reading

Embracing the chill of winter doesn't always mean bundling up and braving the cold. Okay, maybe just a little bit to get to the library, but it's ...

Prince William Public Libraries Launches New Podcast About “Important Library Stuff”

Prince William Public Libraries has officially launched "Important Library Stuff," a podcast where library staff share the inside scoop on all ...

Lake Ridge Library Closing for Renovations Beginning November 20

Prince William Public Libraries will temporarily close Lake Ridge Library beginning November 20 for renovations. The renovations are expected to last ...

We Are a Welcoming Library

Prince William Public Libraries has been selected as one of 12 public libraries in Virginia to receive the Welcoming Library: Traveling Collection, a ...

Prince William Public Libraries Celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week in October

Prince William Public Libraries will be spending the week of October 15–21, 2023, celebrating its Friends of the Library groups as part of the 18th ...

Watch Something New This Weekend

The pleasures of rewatching a favorite film or binge-watching a beloved TV show are not to be denied. Part of the fun of seeing a summer blockbuster ...

Get in Your Element this Fall with a Library Card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Prince William Public Libraries joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries ...

New Books on the Way to Prince William Public Libraries

Summer Reading is here, which often means a mad rush for the same titles as students from schools all over Prince William County and the City of ...

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading

Between summer camps, vacations, and visits to the pool, you’ve been having so much fun, you forgot to sign up for Summer Reading. Don’t worry – ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with Seven Marketing Awards

Prince William Public Libraries’ creative marketing efforts have earned recognition from two renowned professional organizations – the American ...

World Cinema Added to World Languages Collection

Prince William Public Libraries Selectors have been building a more robust and comprehensive World Languages collection for books and magazines. We ...

Learn About Community Services at Potomac Library, June 6

Potomac Library welcomes the public to its Community Services Fair on Tuesday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This year’s event will bring ...

Prince William Public Libraries Summer Reading 2023: All Together Now!

Prince William Public Libraries’ 2023 Summer Reading program is centered around kindness, friendship, and unity with the theme, “All Together Now.” ...

Job Fair at Chinn Park Library on Thursday, May 11

Prince William Public Libraries is hosting a Job Fair on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Chinn Park Library. The Job Fair will bring ...

Celebrate National Small Business Week with Prince William Public Libraries

In support of small businesses in Prince William County and the City of Manassas, Prince William Public Libraries will host the “National Small ...

Celebrate Spring with Prince William Public Libraries

Join Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) for a Spring Festival, Earth Day events, gardening programs, and recycling and upcycling activities this ...

Connect with a Live Resume Coach Through Your Library

Are you looking to make a career change or re-enter the workforce? Connect with a live resume coach and get personalized advice on writing a resume ...

Self-Improvement Right Off the Shelf at Prince William Public Libraries

With fiction books, there are times when readers want a complex or challenging book with rich character development and a well-developed authorial ...

This March, Prince William Public Libraries Wants to Hear from You

Prince William Public Libraries is offering three opportunities this month for people of all ages to participate in contests and feedback to improve ...

Tackle Special Winter Challenges and Book the Library this February

While February may be the shortest month of the year, there’s no shortage of programs and services offered at Prince William Public Libraries. ...

Get Your New “Fiscal Year” Off to a Solid Start

With a new calendar year comes a new tax year, new contribution limits, and in general, a reset of your household and personal finances. Your local ...

Get Your “Read in ‘23” Off to a Quick Start

If you’re hoping to get more reading done in 2023 than you managed in the past year, you can take comfort in knowing that Prince William Public ...

Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions at the Library

Resolutions are always made with the best of intentions, and when they lead to even partial success, that’s a win. But many people find it tough to ...

AARP Tax Aide Free Tax Assistance – 2022 Tax Returns

AARP Tax Aide: Bull Run FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 15: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – ...

Expanding Library Programs to Meet Community Interest

Prince William Public Libraries staff is always curious about how they can enhance programming throughout its 12 branches. Haymarket Gainesville ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with Two Viddy Awards

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has been awarded two Viddy Awards that honor excellence in a digital world. PWPL received a Gold Award for its ...

200 YEARS, 200 STORIES: AN EXHIBITION Celebrates the Library of Virginia’s 200th Anniversary and Highlights Fascinating Virginians From its Rich Collections

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – The Library of Virginia, one of the oldest state libraries and archives in the nation, will mark its bicentennial in 2023 with a ...

Enjoy Festive Holiday Events and Winter Reading at Libraries

The winter season brings beloved holidays, and there are never too many opportunities to breathe in the smell of ginger cookies, showcase your ...

Digital Library Features: November 2022

Prince William Public Libraries’ Digital Library features nearly 100 different databases, digital platforms, and streaming services, offering a wide ...

Not Sure What to Read? Be Thankful for Choices!

November is when the nights get longer, the weather starts to cool down, school semesters ramp up for the final stretch before winter break, and the ...

Unusual Books and Where to Find Them

Books are comforting. Despite the peculiarities of every author, each genre has its predictable elements. When a reader rests their fingers on the ...

Creative Arts Contest Highlights Local Young Talent

People waiting to hear the results of the annual Creative Arts Showcase recently filled the community room at Chinn Park Library where art by middle ...

What’s Cooking? Whatever you Want, Thanks to Your Library

The internet has changed how we get information, and almost anybody with internet access has likely turned to websites, blogs, and YouTube for recipe ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with MarCom Award

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has been awarded a Gold MarCom Award for its “Visit Prince William Public LiBEARies” video that promotes ...

National Friends of Libraries Week Highlights Local Friends Groups Supporting Prince William Public Libraries

Prince William Public Libraries will be spending the week of October 16–22, 2022, celebrating its Friends of the Libraries as part of the 17th annual ...

Books and Snacks Ready for Pick Up? Teens, Check Out a YA Book Box from Prince William Public Libraries

Are you struggling to pick your next read but know what genre you like? Looking for a new book, but would love some recommendations from a librarian? ...

Bull Run Library Reopens with New Look and Modern Technologies

As residents walked through the doors of Bull Run Library, they were greeted with an updated look, open and inviting spaces, enhanced services, and ...

It’s No Mystery: Crime Novels, Detective Series, and Thrillers Abound at Prince William Public Libraries

Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of fiction available—and with good reason. Many readers find the lure of a good mystery irresistible, ...

Prince William Public Libraries Celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month with Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, when libraries nationwide join the American Library Association (ALA) to remind parents, caregivers, and ...

Prince William Public Libraries is Here to Help You Head Back to School

Sharpened pencils? Check. New backpack? Check. Your library card? Now you’re ready to go back to school! Explore all that Prince William Public ...

TAG! Teens, You’re It at Prince William Public Libraries

While a good ol’ game of tag is always fun, so are Prince William Public Libraries’ Teen Advisory Groups (TAG). Over the past few years, our ...

Library Programs that Think Outside the Page

What comes to mind when you think of library book clubs? While the traditional book club is a classic mainstay of library programming, Prince William ...

Public Libraries and Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center Collaborate on Introducing Life Skills, Self-Improvement

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has been awarded a grant that will fund the extension and enhancement of library services to the Prince ...

We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia Exhibition Coming to Montclair Library

We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, a free exhibition from the Library of Virginia running August 2 – September 10, 2022 at Montclair Library, ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with Three dotCOMM Awards

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has been awarded three dotCOMM Awards for digital communications campaigns designed to engage and share PWPL ...

Did You Find What You Were Looking For? You Talked and We Listened

The staff at Prince William Public Libraries are always looking for ways to improve the services and materials we provide to patrons. We analyze ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with Award, in New Book Release at ALA Annual Conference

(Washington, DC – Monday, June 27, 2022) – In addition to celebrating coming together after two years of the virtual American Library Association ...

Too Good to Waste: Composting in Our Community

On the western side of Prince William County, an elementary school student pauses to empty their milk carton and sort the extra milk and container ...

Planning for Summer Vacation? Your First Stop: The Library

Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or staying close to home this summer, Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has fun programs, ...

Enjoy the Outdoors – and the Library – at Central Green

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) celebrated Earth Day by opening a new environmental education space, Central Green. This outdoor library space ...

Here Are a Few Things We’re Cooking Up at Prince William Public Libraries

There is no shortage of recipes to be found online. It seems that any amateur chef with an internet connection has a blog or Instagram account ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognized with Two Hermes Creative Awards

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) has been awarded two coveted Hermes Creative Awards, a Gold Award for its Strategic Marketing Campaign, “PWPL ...

Connect with Prince William Public Libraries During National Library Week, April 3 – 9

This week, Prince William Public Libraries encourages all community members to visit their library in person or online to explore and access services ...

Prince William Libraries: Your Very Own Digital “How To” Portal

The Prince William Public Libraries website, pwcva.gov/library, is a far cry from what it used to be. What was once intended for just a small group ...

Prince William Public Libraries: Your Digital Partner in Education

Your public library is a civic institution that serves as many different purposes as patrons. In support of our mission to bring people, information, ...

Books We Love to Hate

Every month, we ask patrons at Haymarket Gainesville Library to answer questions on our “Library Window,” like:  “What is your bucket list ...

Look To Your Library for Career Resources, Life Skills

There is no shortage of instructional videos available online. On YouTube alone, there are thousands of videos covering just about any topic or ...

Urban Libraries Council Recognizes Prince William Public Libraries With 2021 Innovation Award

(Prince William, Virginia – Friday, January 21, 2022) – The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) as one of ...

Teens, Read Books and Complete Activities Before Graduation for the Chance to Win Prizes

Prince William Public Libraries is relaunching its “100 Books Before College” program, now called 100 Books Before Graduation. The 100 Books Before ...

What’s Hot at Prince William Libraries: December 2021

Even though the holidays are winding down, maybe you're still in the holiday spirit? There are few better ways to unwind and relax during the ...

Finding Great Movies Just Got Easier (Hint: Grab Your Library Card)

What’s better than bundling up with a cozy blanket, hot drink, and new movie? FREE new movies, courtesy of Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL)! ...

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Warm Knitted Scarves, and Prince William Public Libraries: It’s the Holiday Season!

As the days get shorter and we bring out the heavy sweaters, this season is a time to celebrate. Of course, this means we need ...

Prince William Public Libraries Supports the Arts in Montclair and Beyond

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) are open for business, and art is happening at Montclair Library. Enjoy exhibits by regional artists featured ...

Does Your Contractor Have a Library Card?

If you asked a hundred different people, “Why do you think people go to the library?” you will likely get a hundred different answers—and possibly ...

Bull Run Library Scheduled to Close for Renovations Beginning Monday, December 13

UPDATE: Bull Run Library will reopen Monday, September 12, 2022. - Bull Run Library is scheduled to close for renovations beginning ...

Compost Montclair!

Funded by a $3,000 ChangeX grant to the Friends of Montclair Community Library, area residents and library staff teamed up to spark community-wide ...

Always Wanted to Try Out a 3D Printer? Central Library's Makerspace Will Print Your Design (For FREE!)

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Central Library’s new Studio 8601 Makerspace yet, here’s a quick rundown of what a Makerspace is and ...

Prince William Public Libraries Announces New Book Recommendation Service BookBrowse.com

Patrons of Prince William Public Libraries now have free access to BookBrowse.com, the leading book recommendation and review website, through its ...

Prince William Public Libraries Recognizes Its Friends of the Library in Celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week

Prince William Public Libraries will be spending the week of October 17 – 23, 2021 recognizing the contributions and efforts of its Friends of the ...

SAD Lamps Now Available at Prince William Public Libraries

With fall weather coming and October already well underway, the days are getting shorter. Shorter days mean less sunlight and a higher percentage of ...

Chinn Park Library Reflects on 30 Years, Looks Toward the Future with Community Event

Chinn Park Library, located in Woodbridge, VA, has been a cornerstone of Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) for 30 years as one of its two ...

Prince William Public Libraries Puts the Archive on Your Screen & What's Hot: September 2021

Prince William Public Libraries Puts the Archive on Your Screen Written by Kirk Johnson, Materials Services Division Summer is over, and the ...

Library Cards Empower Students and Fuel Academic Success

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when Prince William Public Libraries joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries ...

What’s Hot at Prince William Libraries: August 2021

August represents the final days of summer: Many families will be trying to get one last vacation in and many students will be hoping to enjoy one ...

Dale City Library Scheduled to Close for Renovations

Dale City Library Scheduled to Close for Renovations (WOODBRIDGE, VA – Wednesday, July 28, 2021) – Dale City Library is scheduled to close for ...

Prince William Public Libraries to Go Fine-Free Beginning July 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Prince William Public Libraries to Go Fine-Free Beginning July 1 (WOODBRIDGE, VA – April 28, 2021): Prince William Public ...