Adult & Youth Programming

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 
    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 rain, using a sponge as a cloud! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Genealogy Club

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     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.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 
    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, April 15th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    They come out while you are sleeping . . . Nocturnal Animals. Listen to their stories this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Photography & Beyond: Waterfalls

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Our photography group meets virtually, every other week via Zoom. During this presentation, we will share places and techniques for photographing the valley’s waterfalls. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. Register for this event online.

  • Minecraft Mashup

    Saturday, April 17th, 2021 
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 9 - 18  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Calling all teens! Do you enjoy Minecraft? Are you familiar with Discord? If so, join our very own Discord server, where Miss Sarah will be hosting survival Minecraft hangout time! You must have a version of Minecraft that is capable of joining servers and a Discord account (free to make!) in order to join. If interested, please sign up online. Please contact Michal Ashby or Sarah May at Samuels Public Library at 540.635.3153 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Please be sure to provide your Minecraft username and email address when signing up. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 
    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. Watch how one “act of pollution” can spread across the world, using milk, dish soap, and food coloring. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, April 21st, 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 I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. 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.

  • Virtual Aspiring Artists

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ages 7 & Up


    Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children's art class. Create your own art using the unique acrylic pour method. Learn about famous artists who have created abstract art. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 
    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, April 29th, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    All Ages


    We all live on Planet Earth! Listen to some wonderful books about our home during this week’s story time. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Photography & Beyond: Out of this World Editing Techniques

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us as we kickoff the celebration of Star Wars month by demonstrating some out of this world photo editing techniques! During this presentation, you will learn how to use filters and other editing techniques to transform our photographs. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. Register for this event online.

  • Origami Yoda Scavenger Hunt

    May 1st - 31st, 2021 
    All Ages


    This month, search the Children’s Garden to help Dwight and Tommy find Origami Yoda and his friends! Pick up the clues at the Children’s reference desk, and get your prize when you are finished.

  • Minecraft Mashup

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 9 - 18  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Calling all Minecrafters! Are you familiar with Discord? If so, join our very own Discord server, where Miss Sarah will be hosting survival Minecraft hangout time! You must have a version of Minecraft that is capable of joining servers and a Discord account (free to make!) in order to join. If interested, please sign up online. Please contact Michal Ashby or Sarah May at Samuels Public Library at 540.635.3153 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Please be sure to provide your Minecraft username and email address when signing up. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In celebration of Star Wars Day on May the 4th we will be highlighting space science all month long. May the force be with you! This week we’ll be doing some Stormtrooper fractions! Request a S.T.E.M. kit from the Children’s desk after watching this program. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 
    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.

  • Books & Beyond Informal Discussion

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our informal adult book club meeting where each month members catch up and discuss the different books they are reading outside the group’s choice for the month. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    It’s Picnic Time! Our stories this week will remind us of the fun and adventures we can have when we are on a picnic. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! It’s Picnic Time! Our stories this week will remind us of the fun and adventures we can have when we are on a picnic. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Earthrise: A Journey of Discovery With NASA

    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Ever look at the sky and wonder what it would be like to explore this vast universe? Join Alan Sturgis, NASA aerospace engineer, on a virtual journey to explore the International Space Station, experience Earthrise from the Apollo 1968 mission, learn about Artemis and other current missions, and much more. Using stunning videos and images, Alan shares his journey and challenges us to think about our place in the universe. This presentation will fascinate a wide audience including adults, teens, and middle schoolers. Register for this event online.

  • Younglings Mask Blast

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Younglings! Express your love of the Star Wars universe by joining us in the Children's Garden to make a Star Wars-themed mask and lightsaber! Contest winners will receive prizes. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Register for this event online.

  • Younglings Mask Blast

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Younglings! Express your love of the Star Wars universe by joining us in the Children's Garden to make a Star Wars-themed mask and lightsaber! Contest winners will receive prizes. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In celebration of Star Wars Day on May the 4th we will be highlighting space science all month long. After learning about the planets, you can make a model of the earth! Request a S.T.E.M. kit from the Children’s desk after watching this program. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 
    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

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Miss Pattie will read beautiful stories this week, for our In the Garden theme. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Genealogy Club

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     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.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 13th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Miss Pattie will read beautiful stories this week, for our In the Garden theme. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Aliens Among Us? Help Fight the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly

    Thursday, May 13th, 2021 
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Why do we care about the spotted lanternfly invading Virginia? The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive planthopper native (alien species) to China, India, Vietnam. The Spotted Lanternfly causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many other types of plants. Join us through Zoom to learn how to identify, report, and stop the Spotted Lanternfly. Register for this event online.

  • Bad Romance

    Friday, May 14th, 2021 
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic? Are bad romances a guilty pleasure of yours? Can't get enough puns? Can you quote every line from your favorite rom com? Then you should join us for Bad Romance, where you can indulge us with your favorite romance books, movies, music or other media, and possibly discover new titles! Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond Evening Discussion

    Monday, May 17th, 2021
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Love talking about books? Join our adult book club where each month we discuss a different interesting read! For the month of May we will be discussing Susannah Stapleton's The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In celebration of Star Wars Day on May the 4th we will be highlighting space science all month long. You can make a model of an eclipse after learning about the two different kinds that you can see. Request a S.T.E.M. kit from the Children’s desk after watching this program. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 
    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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
    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 Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime by Susannah Stapleton. 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.

  • Virtual Story Time

    Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Let’s Go Fishing! Will be the theme of our stories this week. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 20th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Let’s Go Fishing! Will be the theme of our stories this week. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Darkside of the Universe

    Thursday, May 20th, 2021 
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Join us for a virtual presentation through Zoom on dark matter and energy by local amateur astronomer Dane Toler. Learn how to be a citizen scientist and help astronomers identify things out in space. Register for this event online.

  • Photography & Beyond: Wildflowers & Other Spring Delights

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
     REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Our photography group meets virtually, every other week via Zoom. During this presentation on we will share wildflower and other spring images. This interactive forum is facilitated by local photographer, Sharon Fisher. Register for this event online.

  • Younglings Mask Blast

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Younglings! Express your love of the Star Wars universe by joining us in the Children's Garden to make a Star Wars-themed mask and lightsaber! Contest winners will receive prizes. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Register for this event online.

  • Younglings Mask Blast

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Younglings! Express your love of the Star Wars universe by joining us in the Children's Garden to make a Star Wars-themed mask and lightsaber! Contest winners will receive prizes. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Register for this event online.

  • Virtual Science Scouts

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 6 - 11


    Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In celebration of Star Wars Day on May the 4th we will be highlighting space science all month long. Learn about the pictures in the night sky, made by stars! You can make your own constellation after that! Request a S.T.E.M. kit from the Children’s desk after watching this program. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 
    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

    Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 
    1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    All Ages


    Bugs are all around us! Enjoy some great stories about these fascinating creatures. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

  • Garden Story Time

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021 
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Ages 5 & Under  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


    Bring in your child for an enjoyable time filled with amazing tales, exciting sing-alongs, and finger plays in our Children's Garden! Bugs are all around us! Enjoy some stories about these fascinating creatures. Seating is limited, so every child who attends must be registered in advance. For everyone's health and safety, please plan on social distancing and wearing masks. Register for this event online.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
    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 Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
    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 Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
    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 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
    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 Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
    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 Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
    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 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. 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.

  • Books & Beyond Morning Discussion

    Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
    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 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. 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.