Upcoming Special Programs

Valentine’s Tea & Jewelry Making Class  
Wednesday, February 13
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Come with a special friend or just treat yourself to tea and refreshments, along with instruction and supplies to make a necklace, bracelet or earrings to keep or to give as a gift on Valentine’s Day. Children grade 6 and above can attend with an adult. Advance registration required. 

History of the Negro Baseball Leagues 
Saturday, February 16
11:00 a.m.

Gary Sarnoff, an Arlington author from the Society for American Baseball Research, will discuss the often overlooked 29 baseball leagues that gave African American athletes a place to thrive and entertain during the post-Civil War and Jim Crow eras. This lecture is in conjunction with the related special exhibit and will feature a special display of materials not included in the exhibit. 

Meet James Craik: George Washington’s Doctor  
Thursday, February 28
7:00 p.m.

Tom Plott, interpreter at Mount Vernon, will portray Dr. James Craik, Physician General of the United States and George Washington’s close friend and personal physician. Dr. Craik will discuss how to become a doctor in the 18th century and the “newest” treatments for soldiers of the Revolutionary War. He will also share his doctor’s box of medical instruments and secrets of the president’s health. The lecture corresponds to the special exhibit Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine.

Author Fest 
Saturday, March 16
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Meet local authors of fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s books. Books will be available to purchase for signings. 

Poems of Appalachia and Beyond 
Thursday, April 4
7:00 p.m.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Nicole A. Yurcaba, Instructor of English at Bridgewater College, as she leads a poetic exploration of Appalachian female identity, Appalachian ethos, Appalachian culture and other issues currently relevant to Appalachian society. Poems which address feminism, identity and other issues from Yurcaba’s various publications will also be included. Yurcaba is the author of numerous books, including Backwoods and Back Words, a collection of poetry, shorts stories and photography focusing on West Virginia. 

Tuesday, April 9
7:00 p.m.

Are you curious about what it takes to keep a honeybee hive? Want to know how start your own bee yard or apiary?  Join local beekeeper Paris Carter II for an overview on keeping and maintaining bees.

Library Brewery Trivia

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 -9:00 p.m. at Seven Arrows Brewery

Come to Seven Arrows Brewery for an evening of craft beer and trivia fun hosted by the Valley Libraries. Teams can consist of up to six adults. Prizes will be rewarded for first and second place winners. Ages 21 and up. The trivia is free—beer and snacks are on you.


Every Necessary Care and Attention: 
George Washington and Medicine
January 28-March 7

This traveling exhibit explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways in which he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of his family, staff, slaves, and troops. His story also illuminates the practice of medicine which was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession during this time. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. 


Negro Baseball Leagues
February 1-28

When baseball first organized in the 1860s, Jim Crow laws and segregationist sentiment effectively shut black ballplayers out of major and minor league competition. African Americans formed their own teams and barnstormed across the country from the 1880s through 1962. This special exhibit features memorabilia from the historic Negro National Leagues.