The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library has a November packed with special events and activities at various locations.
All month long, children can drop by the Meadowbrook Library in Shawsville for grab-and-go-crafts, free crafts that the children can take home to make. Each week will feature new crafts.
All month long the Blacksburg Library at 200 Miller St. will feature an exhibit titled Ali Wieboldt’s Jewelry Habitats. Wieboldt will be showing habitat boxes for her one-of-a-kind jewelry. On display will be miniature hand-painted portraits of birds and animals made into unique pins and pendants. These jewels are given homes in mixed-media shadow boxes that portray the environments where the creatures live.
StoryWalk will be offered all month long at the Christiansburg Library, 125 Sheltman St. Patrons get the chance to read while they walk.
The Junior Artist Program will take place all day on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd. The library has rotating art exhibits in “Miss Jessie’s Gallery” that change every two months. To encourage the youngest patrons to look at art and begin to engage with it, the library has brief question cards specific to each exhibit. There are cards available for children ages 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10. When five cards are completed the child gets a real artist sketchbook.
Celebrating Elephants at the Meadowbrook Public Library requires registration for a basket celebrating elephants with a stuffed parent and a baby elephant, books, a DVD and more. Registration begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, and goes through Friday, Nov. 21.
A virtual meeting of Talking about Books will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. until noon at the Christiansburg Library. This month’s book for discussion is Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk.
A virtual meeting of Talking about Books will also be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library. The book for discussion will be Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger. Call ahead to reserve your copy.
Talking about Books: Nonfiction will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the Blacksburg Library. To be discussed is A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. Call ahead to reserve a copy.
Talking about Books on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 11:00 PM at the Meadowbrook Public Library will discuss The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. Call to reserve your copy.
Also on Thursday, November 12, but at 2:00 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library in Floyd, Talking about Books will discuss Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. This has been described as a thrilling departure in that it is a short, piercing, deeply moving novel about the death of Shakespeare’s 11 year old son Hamnet, a name interchangeable with Hamlet in 15th- century Britain and the years leading up to the production of Shakespeare’s great play.
The MFRL Library gives patrons a chance to find out if they are smarter than a librarian with an online challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 4., at 1:00 p.m. Patrons can play against their own librarians and find out who is smarter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
A Saturday Creative Writing Group will meet on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library and again on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the same time and in the same place. Participants should bring samples of their work for small-group feedback and editing. This group meets regularly on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Caturday, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library and on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm. at the Christiansburg Library gives participants a chance to read to a cat from the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center. Sign up at the front desk for a 15-minute slot to practice reading and to help socialize shelter cats. All ages are welcome.
Teen Dungeons and Dragons will be played on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. at the MFRL Library online and again on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the same time on line.
The Christiansburg Library invites students to join in their virtual STEM Club on Monday, Nov. 9, from 1-2 p.m. Activity materials should be picked up by Saturday, Nov. 7. Email email@example.com for info on the library’s Go-To Meeting.
It will be Food Storytime on Monday, Nov. 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the MFRL Library online. Listen to stories about food and make a special treat.
Dinovember Kits will be the fun of the day on Monday, Novemb. 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Christiansburg Library Pick up this program to go and make frozen dinosaur eggs, dino bones, and more. Supplies are limited.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library. The book to be discussed is The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. Call ahead to reserve a copy. Discussion will be both in person and virtual.
Peace Corps for All Ages: Virtual offers participants the chance to learn more about the Peace Corps. Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Learn about the Peace Corps experience from returned volunteers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this Zoom session.
Virtual Cooking With Your Instant Pot teaches participants how to use their instant pot for quick and healthy meals for the whole family. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Public Library. Co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Virtual Book Talk will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. until noon at the Christiansburg Library. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright will be discussed virtually.
On Wednesday, Nov.18, at 1:00 p.m. at the Christiansburg Library a kids sensory and science program teaches kids how to make recycled paper using the library’s kit and a virtual step-by-step instructional meeting. Email email@example.com for info on the Go-To Meeting.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Christiansburg Library, the Art Club will hold a virtual meeting at which participants will learn about the history of weaving and then try their hands at cardboard circle weaving. Stop by the library for a curated craft kit and catch a video tutorial on the Christiansburg Facebook Page.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:00 p.m. at the MFRL Library Online, it’s a book “tasting” that gives participants the chance to get ready for winter reading by “tasting” a selection of books perfect for the fall. The group will read a section from the beginning of several books. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the MFRL Library Online, learn how to make playdough soap with an activity kit. Email Shodges@mfrl.org for the Go-To Meeting link and for more info.
A Talking about Books: Nonfiction Virtual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 11:00 a.m. until noon – 12:00 at the Christiansburg Library To be discussed virtually s History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage.
Something new takes place at the Blacksburg Library on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. until noon. It’s a virtual meeting of the Comunidad Book Club. Both the book and the discussion will be in Spanish. All levels (native, fluent, learning) are welcome. To be discussed is In Crescendo, by Amy Weiss. https://guides.lib.vt.edu/comunidadbookclub Meeting will take place via Zoom.
At Frog Storytime on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11:00 a.m. at the MFRL Library Online , participants will listen to stories about frogs and make a special craft.
Talking about Books: Fiction will meet at the Blacksburg Library on Monday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. until noon to discuss Normal People by Sally Rooney. Call ahead to reserve a copy.
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Blacksburg Library on Monday, Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org.
Around the World: Virtual Holiday Edition on Monday, Nov. 30, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Christiansburg Library lets participants grab their passports and take virtual adventures touring the world. Via Facebook participants will explore the holiday traditions of Japan and can stop by the library for a take and make craft.