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Author visit on Nov. 1 during lunch

Book cover for The Long-lost TrollCome to the library during lunch on Nov. 1st for a reading, conversation, and book signing with fantasy and tech writer, Barry Scott Will, father of MLWGS alumnus Xander Will (Class of 2017).

Barry will be reading from his newly released second novel, The Long Lost Troll.

“Barry Scott Will has written 20 strategy guides for video games across a wide range of genres. His guides have sold several thousand copies and generated more than ten million hits on Web sites such as GameFAQs. His guides have received high praise from readers and won several awards. The Long-Lost Troll is his second novel set in a new type of fantasy world, one where using magic is as common as brushing your teeth” (

So whether you read fantasy books, write fantasy books, or have considered writing about gaming, come to the library this Wednesday.

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Posted by on October 31, 2017 in event, news


Inaugural Transcibe-a-thon a roaring success

Dragon volunteers packed the MW Library today for our inaugural Transcribe-a-thon with Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist for the Library of Virginia. After a brief workshop, students dove into the archives and began decoding cryptic cursive into searchable type. Their efforts will help make these historical documents more accessible to scholars, genealogists, writers, and artists researching in the archives.

An enormous, heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to everyone who participated!


Fun fact from today’s workshop: the Library of Virginia has 55 MILES of shelves!

If you couldn’t join us today, but are interested in earning community service by rolling up your sleeves and diving into transcription with us, please mark your calendars for the next Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3:30 to 5:00pm (and in the library during lunch the following day).

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in event, news


America: Divided? What Could Change This?

America: Divided?  What Could Change This?

This is the new topic on the library’s discussion wall.  Participate in one or both portions of the conversation by adding your ideas and commitments to the wall.

First question: What have you noticed can bring people with different viewpoints together?  

Write in chalk the types of experiences that you find bring people together.

Second question: What can YOU do in your day-to-day life to strengthen connections rather than widen divisions with people whose viewpoints differ from yours?

Share what you’ll do by taping a card to the wall with your “I will…” statement on it.



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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in display, event, news


FREE writing event Nov. 5 @ Midlo Library

Event page:

Free coffee, free music, free writing workshops!

Saturday, November 5
10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Midlothian Library

  • Free event
  • Free coffee by Perk! Of Bon Air, courtesy of Midlothian Chapter of the Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library
  • Official NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) hosted “Come Write In” site
  • Live guitar music at lunchtime by Brant Huddleston
  • Author book sales by Chop Suey Books
  • Food by Firehouse Subs (cash only)

Schedule of Events:

10:00-3:00        NaNoWriMo “Come Write In”
10:00-3:00        Walk-in writing activities and book crafts
10:15-11:15      Kids’ Writing Workshop (same-day signup, limit 10)
10:15-10:45      Children’s Reading with Lana Krumwiede
10:15-11:10      Panel Discussion: Crime and the Paranormal In Your Writing
10:30-11:30      Presentation by featured speaker Kristen Green
11:20-12:15      Poetry Workshop with Richard Delli Fraine
11:30-12:00      Kids’ Reading and Talk with Steven K. Smith
11:30-12:15      Local Writer Meet and Greet
12:15-1:00        Lunch break, with Brant Huddleston on guitar
1:00-1:30          Children’s Reading with Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
1:00-1:50          Panel Discussion: Small Press and Indie Publishing
1:00-1:50          Adult Writing Workshop (same-day signup, limit 10)
1:00-1:50          Teen Writing Workshop
2:00-3:00          Panel Discussion: “I Couldn’t Put It Down”: Creating Page-Turning Tension and Action
2:00-3:00          “Life in 10 Minutes” Creative Nonfiction Workshop (same-day signup, limit 10)
2:00-3:00          Panel Discussion: The Practical Realities of Writing for a Living

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Posted by on October 26, 2016 in event, news