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Message from Chairman Scott K. York, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I am proud to present the 2014 Loudoun County Public Library Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! bringing a summer of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fun to the library. The annual event offers hands-on experiences, educational programs, first-class entertainment and fun for every age. Loudoun County is fortunate to have such a dynamic library system that provides our community with free and equal access to a full variety of resources and information throughout the entire year. Please join me in thanking our business sponsors, the Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Boards and Friends of the Library who help make this annual program possible. Enjoy your summer!

It’s not just for kids anymore!  While the tradition of our Summer Reading Program remains strong, there are a lot of new things happening in the library.

Join us for this year’s program Fizz, Boom, Read!  June 16 through August 11. Learn about the connection between our everyday world and the universe through the family-oriented and NASA-sponsored program: Here, There, Everywhere, consisting of exhibits, posters and hands-on activities. Adults can challenge their writing skills by participating in the 4th Annual Write On! Contest and attending the Writers’ Conference. Teens can showcase their artistic talents in the Lights, Camera, Action! film competition and at the MiniCon anime convention. Our youngest learners can experience a sense of wonder at programs featuring musicians, storytellers, animals and scientists.

If the Summer Reading program sounds like a lot of fun, that’s because it is! It is also built upon the education fundamentals of learning and discovery to help our children avoid the summer slide and keep all of us engaged during summer vacation time.

Remember to mark your calendar for the Loudoun Library Foundation’s Annual Book Sale. It takes place from  June 20–22 at Smart’s Mill Middle School in Leesburg. You’ll find something for every age and interest and all proceeds directly benefit Loudoun libraries.

We look forward to seeing you and sharing in a summer of learning and fun!

Chang Liu, Director of Loudoun County Public Library

Current  Archive    
Thank you, James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund!
Saturday, July 19, 2014 (0 reads)

Join us Saturday, August 2 at 2:00 pm for The Singing Tree, an all-ages program hosted by
Billy B., aka, the Natural Science Song and Dance Man. Sing with the trees, grow with the moss and learn the pollination dance!

This program requires advanced registration, which opens online on July 8th.

This program was made possible by a generous donation from the James Horton for the Arts Trust Fund. The Fund was created as a lasting celebration of the life and creative spirit of James Fontaine Horton; avid reader, musician, aspiring poet, fiction writer and frequent patron of the Cascades Library. The annual summer performance encourages young people to enjoy the arts, and find their own creativity by sparking their imagination.

Tom Lilly: Books Are a Blast!
Monday, July 28, 2014 (0 reads)

Tom Lilly was here at Cascades today with his fantastic show, Books Are a Blast! Do not miss this hilarious magic show! He'll be traveling to all our library branches this week--click here to see when he'll be at your branch!

TED Talks Discussion Series: Hans Rosling – The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
Monday, July 28, 2014 (0 reads)

Join us at 7:00 pm tonight at the Cascades Branch for another in our TED Talks Discussion Series. The TED Talks Discussion Series centers on the innovative lecture conferences that have become a global phenomenon. Although you can view all TED Talks for free on the website, www.ted.com, the library’s program will enable you to view the featured presentation and then discuss it with other patrons in attendance. No advanced preparation on your part is required, just show up with an inquisitive mind! If the TED Talk piques your curiosity, supplemental information on the topic will be available to read and check out.

First presented in 2006, Hans Rosling’s lecture on global trends in economics and health has since been viewed on the TED website more than eight million times. Rosling is a professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, and many of his presentations explore the fallacies in our assumptions about the developing world. Come to the Cascades Branch ready to discuss and experience a statistical slideshow that will truly amaze.

Get Creative
Saturday, July 26, 2014 (0 reads)

Do you know that librarians love Pinterset? Pinning book recommendations, seasonal reads, program ideas, and yes, even library humor keep us entertained.

Check out our Pinterest boards to see what we are reading.
Do you have a teen in your life who needs a good book? Check out our Teen Reads board. 
Look at these pins from authors who have visited our libraries.
See what books have been turned into films.

You may get a few ideas to fulfill those last few Challenges in your Summer Reading Program Challenge Card!

Fourteen Thousand People
Saturday, July 26, 2014 (0 reads)

The Verizon Center holds 18,506 hockey fans during each Capitals game.

The number of people currently registered for the Summer Reading Program is at 14,764.

That means all participants could nearly fill the Verizon Center! That's pretty incredible!

The Summer Reading Program ends Monday, August 11. Make sure you bring your completed Challenge Card back by then to be entered into the raffle for the iPad Mini, and other prizes.

Still need a Challenge Card? Click below for the correct one for your age group:
0-5 years old
6-11 years old (K-5th grade)
Teens (6-12th grade
Adults (18 and up)

Thank you being a part of our summer! 

Dog Days of Summer
Thursday, July 24, 2014 (0 reads)

This Saturday at 2pm, the Virginia Association of Search and
Rescue Dogs will be presenting at the Sterling Library. Watch as real life search and rescue dogs
demonstrate their sniffing skills! For all ages. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014 (0 reads)

We at Loudoun County Public Library would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all of our teen volunteers for the summer. From signing people up for the Summer Reading Program to assisting with programs like Reading Buddies, you all have been a magnificent help throughout the summer. Keep up the good work!

Summer Reading Champions
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (0 reads)

These kids were all smiles when they completed the Summer Reading Challenge!  Congratulations to those who have finished already, and for those of you still going strong, don't worry--you still have several weeks to finish those books and challenges!  Keep reading, Loudoun!

Time is Running Out!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (0 reads)


All summer reading challenge cards must be turned in by Monday, August 11 to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. Complete your challenge card, drop it off at the library, and you might be the happy and excited winner of an ipad mini. Good luck and happy reading!

Intriguing Nonfiction Reads
Monday, July 21, 2014 (0 reads)

This quotation is credited to many people, but I first had it from Frank Zappa: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Fail again. Fail better.” This should lead you to the new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle. This book has MANY examples, MANY stories. Perhaps the most familiar is of a single mother, on welfare, who of all things is a writer. She not only got a rejection slip; she got another, and another and… Of course, she is J. K. Rowling, and the rejection slips finally stopped and the HARRY POTTER series saw print.
Not all of us will become the richest person in the world (or close), but all of us can identify with the sinking feeling of failure, and EVEN WORSE, the decision NOT TO TRY, just to avoid failure. This book encourages us to try, and shows us how to fail well.

What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last. Not at all what you’re used to hearing, and from a different point of view. About a third of the way into the book, Mr. Last admits that he is completely anti-abortion, and not “liberal” at all. But by then it is clear to you that it wouldn’t matter if he were Mr. Rosewater’s “three seed in the spirit Baptist” or an Atheist. He “gives you just the facts” like Sgt. Friday. Although, as the title implies, he deals thoroughly with America, he shows the global reach of the decline in fertility, why it is so attractive, and how it can be deadly.
My dad was one of eight children. He had four. I had two. You see where this is going. A bracing read.

After learning Judo, then Karate, Zen meditation, Aikido, Tai Chi and Yoga, I decided I would never again learn anything where I had to breathe differently. So I can so much appreciate Dan Harris’ skeptical approach to all self-help schemes in 10% HAPPIER: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story. Mr. Harris, a television personality, had a meltdown on network TV, so he needed SOMETHING. We follow his search, and are mildly rewarded with something we can do. No special breathing…

Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer. If you look at the few reviews of this book that dispraise it, you’ll find why we recommend it for summer reading.  Most reviewers praise Langer’s thorough treatment of the many many benefits of mindfulness (no one argues there) and of her UNIQUE effort to show how simple it is--not requiring a degree in Zen meditation, really quite easy. Those against it feel that it has just too many studies, too many anecdotes--it could all be done more simply. Whether or not this criticism is valid (it isn’t), THE STRUCTURE MAKES FOR IDEAL SUMMER DIPPING. Read some, go away and think about it. Pick it up again ANYWHERE and get right back into it. Author had a recent appearance on NPR with Krista Tippett.

A Murder Mystery at Lovettsville!
Friday, June 27, 2014 (0 reads)

On Tuesday, June 24th, a heinous crime took place at the Lovettsville Library… a murder!  Never fear, though, for the crime was solved by a clever band of sleuthing patrons and the criminal has been brought to justice.


Stay connected during the 2014 Summer Reading Program!

You can access STEM Resources and activities, participate in our Summer Snapshots Photo Challenge, collaborate with us on our Pinterest Boards, and view photos from our programs!

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