Adult & Youth Programming

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of S.T.E.M.-related topics. This week, we will learn the how and why of elephant toothpaste! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It's time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    When two things are so very different, we call them opposites. Enjoy some great stories about opposites with Miss Pattie. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Tech Kids: Live with Sarah

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Welcome to Tech Kids! In this series of programs, we will explore the history and function of many kinds of technology. Kids will learn about how technology impacts our lives as well as society, including our past, present, and future.   

    During this session, participants will meet together through Zoom, and explore the technology used with robots. Children are encouraged to watch the Tech Kids: Robots recording on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel in advance.

    Please register for this event online with a valid email address, for connecting on Zoom.

  • Boo to You! Virtual Story Time

    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 
    2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Listen to some fun stories as you get ready for your evening celebrations! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of S.T.E.M.-related topics. We’ll learn about engineering-planning and making things-during this week’s club. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Meet the Author: Scott Bradley Hesson

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Want a quick escape into the local lore? Please join local author, Scott Bradley Hesson, during our virtual discussion of his new book There Might Be Ghosts Inside Those Hills. This book is about the personal experiences he had working in several of the caverns in the area. Scott finds to be one of the more relaxing places on earth, or in earth. He has worked in caverns for most of his life. The book is an account of his and his friends’ experiences within the caverns. Not just the beauty of the formations and the chambers, but things that might curl the hair of most. Scott will relay a sample of his stories and discuss the process of writing and publishing his book. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540-635-3151 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond Discussion

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us for our adult book club discussion time! This program will take place over Zoom. You will need to provide an email as well as a device that has Zoom on it. Zoom is accessible as a website or as an app you can download to your phone. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540.635.3153 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    What season is it? Each season is special, and we’ll explore the seasons through books during our story time this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Wind Energy Development & Bird Conservation

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    FOSL, in conjunction with Audubon and Shenandoah University, hosts a unique virtual program. Please join Joel Merriman of the American Bird Conservancy for this presentation on Wind Energy Development and Bird Conservation. During this presentation, we will explore how these two goals can coexist.

    The United States is one of the world's leading producers of wind energy, with tens of thousands of wind turbines in operation and many more planned. While this is positive from a climate change abatement perspective, bird mortality from collisions is escalating with each new turbine installed. The annual loss of birds from collisions with wind turbines now exceeds 500,000 and is expected to grow to 1.4 million by 2030. This is particularly problematic in areas where turbines and their associated power lines have been poorly sited from a bird conservation perspective. Renewable energy is critically important to address reverse the effects of climate change, but we must ensure that the benefits of this development exceed the impacts on wildlife. Our Bird-Smart Wind Energy Program's primary goal is to promote best practices for development that provide clean energy while minimizing bird mortality.

    Joel Merriman grew up fascinated by the great outdoors and got hooked on birds while earning a B.S. in Wildlife Science at Purdue University. This led him to complete an M.S. in Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University, where his thesis focused on bird-aircraft strike hazard. His 15+ years of professional experience include ecological consulting in the Pacific Northwest, conservation planning at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and facilitating corporate conservation at Wildlife Habitat Council.

    Register for this event online.

  • Photography & Beyond

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come explore the world of photography and beyond. Our photography group meets virtually, every other week, using Zoom technology. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. During this session, we will explore techniques using photography to create stories and express emotions. The theme will be on giving thanks. Photographers of all levels using any type of cameras are welcome to join us. Register for this event online.

  • Tech Kids

    Monday, November 9th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Welcome to Tech Kids! In this series of programs, we will explore the history and function of many kinds of technology. Kids will learn about how technology impacts our lives as well as society, including our past, present, and future. We’ll explore cloning during this week’s meeting. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of S.T.E.M.-related topics. Emulsion Explosion will be this week’s theme! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    Our stories will explore Outer Space this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Front Royal Writer's Group

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    We're a supportive, non-judgmental group of writers who meet and share our mutual love of writing and to help each other get better at it! Join us for a special Zoom discussion session. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of S.T.E.M.-related topics. Dancing turkeys will help us learn the concept of static. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Books & Beyond

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    New members of all ages are always welcome to the library's book club! This month's book is The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. This program will take place over Zoom. You will need to provide an email as well as a device that has Zoom on it. Zoom is accessible as a website or as an app you can download to your phone. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540.635.3153 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    Thankful Hearts will be the theme of our stories this week, as we prepare for Thanksgiving Day! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Tech Kids: Live with Sarah

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Welcome to Tech Kids! In this series of programs, we will explore the history and function of many kinds of technology. Kids will learn about how technology impacts our lives as well as society, including our past, present, and future.   

    During this session, participants will meet together through Zoom, and explore how technology is used in cloning. Children are encouraged to watch the Tech Kids: Cloning recording on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel in advance.

    Please register for this event online with a valid email address, for connecting on Zoom.

  • Photography & Beyond

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come explore the world of photography and beyond. Our photography group meets virtually, every other week, using Zoom technology. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. During this session, we will share photographs taken by group members that tell their stories of giving thanks. Emphasis will be placed on techniques to enhance the stories within the photos. We will review key points of composition and other techniques. Using a free editing tool, suggestions for enhancing photos will be demonstrated. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Discuss This

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 12 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join Ms. Michal for a virtual teen discussion group. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Sign up in advance to participate on a platform to be determined. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Thanksgiving Story Time

    Thursday, November 24th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    All Ages


    Gobble, Gobble! Let’s get ready for Thanksgiving with some great stories and a craft. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Tumblebook Preview

    Monday, November 30th, 2020 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Ages 11 & Under


    Learn all about Tumblebook Library, an online collection of e-books for children (K-6), that is featured on the Samuels Library website. Miss Pattie will be demonstrating how parents and children can use this resource for enjoyment and learning. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Books & Beyond Discussion

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us for our adult book club discussion time! This program will take place over Zoom. You will need to provide an email as well as a device that has Zoom on it. Zoom is accessible as a website or as an app you can download to your phone. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540.635.3153 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Photography & Beyond

    Saturday, December 5th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come explore the world of photography and beyond. Our photography group meets virtually, every other week, using Zoom technology. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. During this session, we will explore techniques for capturing the winter holidays through photography. In addition, suggestions for creating photography-based gifts and crafts will be provided. Photographers of all levels using any type of cameras are welcome to join us. Register for this event online.

  • Front Royal Writer's Group

    Thursday, December 10th, 2020 
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    We're a supportive, non-judgmental group of writers who meet and share our mutual love of writing and to help each other get better at it! Join us for a special Zoom discussion session. Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond

    Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    New members of all ages are always welcome to the library's book club! This month's book is Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie. This program will take place over Zoom. You will need to provide an email as well as a device that has Zoom on it. Zoom is accessible as a website or as an app you can download to your phone. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540.635.3153 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Photography & Beyond

    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come explore the world of photography and beyond. Our photography group meets virtually, every other week, using Zoom technology. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. During this session, we will share photographs taken by group members. We will review key points of composition and other techniques. Using a free editing tool, suggestions for enhancing photos will be demonstrated. Register for this event online.

  • Front Royal Writer's Group

    Thursday, January 14th, 2021 
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    We're a supportive, non-judgmental group of writers who meet and share our mutual love of writing and to help each other get better at it! Join us for a special Zoom discussion session. Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us for our adult book club discussion time! This month's book is The Housekeeper & the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. This program will take place over Zoom. You will need to provide an email as well as a device that has Zoom on it. Zoom is accessible as a website or as an app you can download to your phone. If you need help setting up Zoom on your device, please call the Adult Reference desk at 540.635.3153 ext. 105. Register for this event online.

  • Front Royal Writer's Group

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    We're a supportive, non-judgmental group of writers who meet and share our mutual love of writing and to help each other get better at it! Join us for a special Zoom discussion session. Register for this event online.