Adult & Youth Programming

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Science Scouts

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! Planetary orbits will be the theme this week, as we discover how long it takes to orbit the sun. Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! We’ll have a great time as we read stories about apples!

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! We’ll have a great time as we read stories about apples!

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, September 30th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, September 30th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Honey Heist

    Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Interested in trying out Tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder, but don't know where (or with whom) to start? Join us for a Tabletop RPG session of the game Honey Heist, a simple and fun introductory Tabletop RPG where you play as a bear intent on robbing the local aviary of its honey! Registration is required as attendance is limited. Register to play in the Baxter-Bowling Conference Room or the Lou Benson & Naomi Salus Conference Room.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! We Love Hiking will be the theme of our stories, songs and finger plays this week. Each child will receive a take-home craft kit. Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! We Love Hiking will be the theme of our stories, songs and finger plays this week. Each child will receive a take-home craft kit. Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, October 7th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, October 7th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Discuss This

    Saturday, October 9th, 2021 
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 12 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    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. Register for this event online.

  • Bad Romance

    Monday, October 11th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Virtual Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic? Are bad romances a guilty pleasure of yours? Can you quote every line from your favorite rom-com? Then you should join us for another special meeting of Bad Romance. Indulge us with your favorite romance books, movies, music or other media, and possibly discover new titles! Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Science Scouts

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. During this week’s club, we will explore density as we make a spider leg lava lamp. Register for this event online.

  • National Geographic Photo Ark

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Virtual Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Are you an animal lover? Do you appreciate incredible photographs? Please join Mary Ladrick, Director of Education, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), for a presentation about the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries—inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. Beginning September 25th, The Museum will be hosting an inspiring traveling exhibition that showcases this important project and features the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 15,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. These iconic photo portraits have captured the imaginations of people around the world and have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

    You will not want to miss this presentation at Samuels Public Library and do take time to visit the MSV from September 25th, 2021, through February 13th, 2022, to view more than 40 of Sartore's most compelling images. This is our opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. Register for this event online.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 
    7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Virtual Event
    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.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! First Responders will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! First Responders will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Genealogy Club

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Interested in your family's history? Already done extensive research and wanna be able to share your finds? Join our virtual genealogy club where both novices and experts alike can come together and talk about different genealogy topics. Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, October 14th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, October 14th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Monday, October 18th, 2021
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Virtual Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of October, we will be discussing Simone St. James' The Sun Down Motel. Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Science Scouts

    Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Event
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. Geometric designs in spider webs will be the focus of our exploration and activities this week. Register for this event online. This program will also be available to watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of October, we will be discussing Simone St. James' The Sun Down Motel. Register for this event online.

  • Toddler Story Time

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 
    10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs, and a cute craft! Fall Fun will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft! Register for this event online.

  • Preschool Story Time

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    In-Person Event
    Ages 3½ - 5  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, finger plays, and a nifty craft! Fall Fun will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft. Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, October 21st, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, October 21st, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Photography & Beyond: Autumn Photography Workshop

    Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Off-Site Event | Seven Bends State Park, Lupton Entrance
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Mother Nature offers photographers a magical time to capture the changing foliage in beautiful light. Join local photographer and educator Sharon Fisher at Seven Bends State Park for a hands-on workshop. The workshop will begin with a review of camera settings and composition. Field photography, including both macro (close-up) images and landscape vistas, will be covered. This workshop is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced photographers using all types of cameras from smartphones to advanced cameras with adjustable settings and special lenses. Co-sponsored with the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Register for this event online.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Science Scouts

    Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Hybrid Virtual/In-Person Event
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Come in on Tuesday afternoons for a time to explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will investigate a different STEM-related topic each week. Our activities this week will teach us what ghost chromatography is all about! Register for this event online. This program will also be available to watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, October 28th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, October 28th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • Horror Movie Film Festival

    Saturday, October 30th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit? Join us for a day of classic horror movies. At 11:00 a.m. we will be screening Night of the Living Dead and at 2:30 p.m. House on Haunted Hill. Register for this event online.

  • GED Class

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • GED Class

    Thursday, November 4th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Free General Education Development test preparation classes are held each week at the library (except on school holidays or closings). Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. For more information and to sign up, visit needmyged.org or call 800.435.5945.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Discussion Group

    Thursday, November 4th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event


    Join us for a free conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This class is led by a teacher from Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education as a partnership between Samuels Public Library and Lord Fairfax Community College.

  • Virtual Book Talk: Cousins

    Thursday, November 4th, 2021
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Virtual Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Co-Sponsored With the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Hadley Regional Library's Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, and Samuels Public Library

    What happens when a white woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery? Join the co-authors of Cousins, which explores each woman's dramatic story and how they came together on a path toward reconciliation. Presented in partnership with Handley Regional Library's Stewart Bell Jr. Archives and Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.

    Registration is free but please consider donating what you can to MSV. Register by November 3. Visit www.themsv.org or call 540.662.1473, ext. 240. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link for the program.

    Dr. Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin grew up in rural Culpeper and Warren counties, Virginia, one of five children. Thanks to her father’s determination, she entered and graduated from Warren County High School after suing the school board, based on the landmark Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. Baldwin started her employment as a factory worker and climbed the corporate ladder to achieve executive management employment. After she retired, she wrote and published her autobiography, Wit, Will & Walls. Based in Texas, she is actively involved in Coming to the Table, and speaks frequently with Phoebe Kilby about making connections across the racial divide to create a more just and peaceful world.

    Phoebe Kilby grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lived with her physician father, mother, and sister. Kilby had a long career as an urban and environmental planner, working on contracts with local, state, and federal governments. She studied at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. A descendant of enslavers, Phoebe was inspired by the Coming to the Table movement to connect with descendants of persons her family enslaved. She is dedicated to helping others uncover and explore the truths of their experiences and move toward racial reconciliation.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of November, we will be discussing Hope Jahren's Lab Girl. Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    In-Person Event
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of December, we will be discussing John Grisham's Skipping Christmas. Register for this event online.