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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
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(540) 635-3153

In conjunction with “Love Your Library Month,” Samuels Public Library will hold its first “Day of Giving” on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations made in-person at the Library or online, through the Library’s website or Facebook page, on February 27 will be doubled, up to $2500.

In addition to the donation match, Friends of Samuels Library (FOSL) will have representatives available most of the day on February 27 to provide information on volunteering at the Library, Epilogue Book Store, and the yearly book sale. Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners will be on site from 1-4 p.m. (weather permitting) to begin site preparation on the new pollinator garden that will be located on the parking lot side of the building.

There are so many ways to ‘love your library’ not just in February, but all year. You can make a donation; volunteer; join the Friends of Samuels Library; and share with your friends, neighbors, and elected officials about the great resources and programs provided by Samuels and how important a great community library is to you.

And for the month of February, Samuels Public Library is a benefiting non-profit in MARTINS’ Bags 4 My Cause Program. SPL will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 Bags 4 My Cause Bag purchased at 409 South Street, Front Royal for the month of February. For more information contact the Library at (540) 635-3153 or visit www.samuelslibrary.net.

To donate or get more information about volunteering visit the Library, 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, Virginia, on February 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can make a donation online at www.samuelslibrary.net or www.facebook.com/samuelspubliclibrary.

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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – November 29, 2020

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
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Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
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(540) 635-3153

Psalm 100:4-5 – “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

So Much For Which To Be Thankful
For most Americans, the past nine months have been some of the hardest days of our lives. We’ve experienced loss on many levels, felt isolated from our friends and family, and struggled to understand why we have been asked to bear this burden. And while this year has been difficult, these trying times have highlighted the many small blessings we often take for granted. This week, I hope folks found time to appreciate the little things and give thanks to our Almighty God. As we celebrated Thanksgiving, I was reminded that there is still so much for which to be grateful.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my family. Without their strength, love, and support, I could not do this job. They teach me every day how to be a better father, husband, and man. Their encouragement pushes me to be the best public servant I can be, and they serve as a constant reminder of what I am fighting for in Washington.

I am thankful for all of our doctors, nurses, and health care workers. Their tireless efforts to treat those stricken by this virus will never be forgotten. Time and time again we are reminded not only of their talents as medical professionals but also of the compassion that those who go into their line of work embody. They are a special kind of people, and when my young daughters think of superheroes, I hope they think white coats and scrubs, rather than capes.

I am thankful for all of our first responders – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and 911 dispatchers. It has been a challenging year for many of them, and I hope they know that the overwhelming majority of Americans appreciate what they do. They put their lives on the line every day for others and keep our neighborhoods and communities safe. They are the people we call when we are in trouble, and our Nation is forever grateful.

I am thankful for our farmers, ranchers, and truck drivers. It is because of their 4 am wake-up times and long hauls that our shelves remain stocked and our Nation fed. Despite being in the midst of a global pandemic, our food supply chain never wavered and remains strong. Because of them, Americans will never wonder where they can find food.

I am thankful for our scientists and researchers. From the onset of the coronavirus, they have been working around the clock to develop therapeutics and vaccines. Their dedication has brought comfort to people around the world and will soon save countless lives. As companies prepare to file for approval of a vaccine, they have brought us hope. They are responsible for the light that can be seen at the end of the tunnel.

I am thankful for our educators, support staff, and parents. Their ability and willingness to adapt to the circumstances we currently face has helped ensure that students across this country continue to receive the best education possible. Whether it is teachers entirely reworking their curriculum for online classes, support staff ensuring kids participating in in-person instruction get to school safely and receive a good meal, or parents pitching in to help with technology issues for youngsters and serving as tutors, their efforts are helping secure the next generation’s future.

I am thankful for our mental health professionals, social workers, psychologists, and therapists. For many, the anxiety of isolation this year has been overwhelming. Their dedication to assisting folks to cope with the stress and helping them comprehend their emotions is invaluable. While there is no exact metric to measure the extent of all of their contributions, I have no doubt that those working in the mental health field are unsung heroes of this pandemic.

I am thankful for our religious leaders. Their message of faith and family in these turbulent times has helped bring peace and understanding into our homes. In our darkest days, Americans turned to spiritual guides like them and in turn, saw the light. They provided answers and comfort that have been hard to find and reinvigorated our confidence in Almighty God and his plan.

I am thankful for every one of our front-line workers and essential employees. While many have had the opportunity to work from home, many like them have not. Whether they are grocery store workers, bus drivers, plumbers, electricians, health inspectors, wait-staff, flight attendants, garbage men, plant workers, or members of any other profession that has continued going to work every day, we thank them. They have truly been essential to the continued functionality of our Nation, and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

I am thankful for our veterans and service members. Regardless of whether we are at war or in peace, pandemic or no pandemic, they put on their uniform each day in defense of our country and of the American Ideal. Their courage, sacrifice, and willingness to put service above self is the reason the United States remains and will forever be the freest, fairest Nation on Earth. Without the brave men and women of our armed forces, the idea that is America simply could not exist.

I am thankful to be an American and for all of this great country’s people. We are truly blessed to be born in the United States, and I have been so proud of how our citizens have weathered adversity these past few months. The combined courage and resilience of the American people has been awe-inspiring. We have come together as a Nation, neighbor helping neighbor, and seen time and time again extraordinary acts of kindness and selflessness. I have no doubt that we as a people and country will come out the other side of these difficult times stronger than ever before.

I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to act as your voice in Washington. I will never take this position for granted and take immense pride in being your representative. I am always grateful to hear from those I serve and hope to have the opportunity to meet with you sometime soon.

While I am sure there is a group I have forgotten to mention above, please know that I am thankful for you too. A country is only as strong as its citizens and every American is playing an important role in moving this Nation forward. I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving and wish you a happy and healthy rest of the holiday season. God Bless.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. If my office can ever be of assistance, please contact my Washington office at (202) 225-5431.

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The Cracked Acorn: Gone

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
Where:
Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
Contact:
Samuels Public Library
(540) 635-3153

Psalm 121: 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

It was that time of the year that Hans Hansfeld decided to stroll to the Leaf barn and prepare for next year’s crop of the Golden Leaf. The market had been good and there was some money left to go to a nice Christmas for all. Kentucky farm life is not what Hans had wanted but it had a few great moments.

Reaching the barn and opening a couple of doors, Hans thought this would be a small job, and he had plans for the rest of the day. With that, he reached up to pull down old blankets and quilts used to cover the Leaf when finished going to the market.

When Hans’ wife was interviewed later, she was attracted to a front window of the house to see what all the yelling was about; she saw Hans racing out of the barn and up the hill of the backfield, followed by swarms of bumblebees that had been disturbed in the blankets and quilts.

Whatever happened to Hans; he was never found although neighbors had made a search, nothing was found. Many thought that he could have fallen in a sinkhole and into an underground cave…again extensive investigation of such turned up nothing. So days and weeks passed and in time it was years had come and went.

It was only that we could blame it on the school children that Hans was still around or at least, in their minds. When they were very late getting off the bus and then walking home is when the mother asked “Where have you all been?” The kids will say, “There was Hans, and he talked and then walked off to somewhere.”

Of course, we all know about Saint Nick, etc, when the Season arrives, well that is maybe like Hans. Stop in Kentucky and ask about the Hans’ legend, you will get a smile and a chuckle and that’s it!

The explanation is that we all have to explain or support why we believe such and such. That is why Hans’ thought is if you grew up in Kentucky you will know that cattle never stray or children never get lost or why cured hams are the best in the States. The list is long on what happened to Hans, maybe living in a cave or finally a deranged patient in a nursing home.

NOTE: I know of 2 married persons: One. Oscie, she left work and arrived home to find her husband had left for good, her comment was, “At least now I can park my car in the garage.” – she never really recovered from her loss and the other was a college NASA worker who halfway through his career returned home to find that his wife had left a letter stating that the kids were grown, and she was off to a new life. (I always thought that must have been a shock!)

A TV interview: a woman who thought her husband has perished in the New York Twin towers disaster, but an investigation found out from credible people that her husband never showed for work that day, he was judged to be just, Gone!

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Pros and cons of studded tires

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
Where:
Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
Contact:
Samuels Public Library
(540) 635-3153

Driving on icy roads is hazardous, even if your car is equipped with winter tires. For extra traction in winter driving conditions, some drivers use studded tires. Here’s what you should know about them.

What are studded tires?
Studded tires have small metal studs that protrude a fraction of an inch from the tire. The studs claw into frozen precipitation on roadways, thereby improving traction.

How are tire studs installed?

Tire studs can only be installed on “studdable” tires. These tires with stud holes into which studs can be either screwed or snapped, depending on the tire model. In most cases, the studs need to be snapped into place with a stud gun. Most tire shops are able to perform stud installations.

Note that stud sizes vary, and you’ll need to select the correct stud size for your tire model.

What are the advantages to tire studs?
Studded tires increase your car’s traction on icy roads. When drivers accelerate, brake, or turn on ice or hard-packed snow, the studs work in conjunction with the winter tire tread to improve the car’s handling.

There are, however, a few drawbacks to studded tires. For one thing, when the road isn’t icy or snowy the studs will decrease traction, as the tire tread won’t adhere to the road as well. In addition, they can produce additional road noise and take a toll on paved roads, as studded tires wear down the pavement at a higher rate than normal winter tires.

If you plan to use studded tires, make sure you get the studs removed when spring arrives. In fact, in most states, there’s a specific time frame (usually encompassing five to seven months) during which the use of studded tires is permitted. Also note that there are some states, such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois, where the use of studded tires is prohibited.

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4 games to get you moving this season

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
Where:
Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
Contact:
Samuels Public Library
(540) 635-3153

Hearty meals and decadent desserts are hard to resist during the holidays, and it can be difficult to find the time to stay active. If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to burn a few calories, here are four fun games to play at your next Christmas party.

1. Dance video games
You’ll get a full-body workout as you attempt to follow a dynamic choreographic set to energetic tunes. Face off in pairs or as a team.

2. Musical chairs

If you embrace your competitive spirit, this classic party game can really boost your heart rate. Organize a tournament to get everyone involved.

3. Limbo
This goofy game is a great way to let loose. Crank up the music and remember to stretch before you bend.

4. Scavenger hunt
The first team to bring back an object chosen by the host, such as a hat or pencil, wins a point. There’s nothing like a race to get you moving.

If you and your guests want a more serene way to work off your holiday meal, consider taking a walk after dinner so you can admire the lights and decorations.

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December Celebrity Birthdays!

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
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Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
Contact:
Samuels Public Library
(540) 635-3153

Kristin Kreuk, 38, actress (Beauty and the Beast), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1982. – Photo by Carlos Almendarez from San Francisco, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Do you share a birthday with a celebrity?

1 – Nestor Carbonell, 53, actor (Lost), New York, NY, 1967.

2 –  Nelly Furtado, 42, singer, Victoria, BC, Canada, 1978.

3 – Bruno Campos, 46, actor (Nip/Tuck), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1974.

4 – Cassandra Wilson, 65, jazz singer, Jackson, MS, 1955.

5 – Margaret Cho, 52, actress, comedienne, San Francisco, CA, 1968.

6 – Sarah Rafferty, 48, actress (Suits), Greenwich, CT, 1972.

7 – Tom Waits, 71, singer, songwriter, actor, Pomona, CA, 1949.

8 – Nicki Minaj, 36, singer, rapper, Onika Tanya Maraj, St. James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1984.

9 – Donny Osmond, 63, actor, singer, Ogden, UT, 1957.

10 – Melissa Roxburgh, 28, actress (Manifest), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1992.

11 – Mo’Nique, 53, actress, talk show host, born Monique Imes, Woodlawn, MD, 1967.

12 – Lucas Hedges, 24, actor, New York, NY, 1996.

13 – Jamie Foxx, 53, actor, producer, born Eric Marlon Bishop, Terrell, TX, 1967.

14 – Vanessa Hudgens, 32, actress, Salinas, CA, 1988.

15 – Garrett Wang, 52, actor (Star Trek: Voyager), Riverside, CA, 1968.

16 – Lisa Bonet, 52, actress (The Cosby Show), San Francisco, CA, 1967.

17 – Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, 41, actor, comedian, Chicago, IL, 1979.

18 – Josh Dallas, 39, actor (Manifest), Louisville, KY, 1981.

19 – Janie Fricke, 68, singer, Whitney, IN, 1952.

20 – Jonah Hill, 37, actor, Los Angeles, CA, 1983.

21 – Ray Romano, 63, comedian, actor (Everybody Loves Raymond), Queens, NY, 1957.

22 – Ralph Fiennes, 58, actor (Harry Potter films), Suffolk, England, 1962.

23 – Susan Lucci, 71, actress (All My Children), Westchester, NY, 1949.

24 – Louis Tomlinson, 29, singer (One Direction), Louis Austin at Doncaster, England, 1991.

25 – CH Pounder, 68, actress (NCIS: New Orleans), born Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder at Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), 1952.

26 – Kit Harington, 34, actor (Game of Thrones), born Christopher Catesby Harington at London, England, 1986.

27 – Masi Oka, 46, actor (Heroes), Tokyo, Japan, 1974.

28 – John Legend, 42, singer, born John Stephens, Springfield, OH, 1978.

29 – Ross Lynch, 25, singer, actor (Austin & Ally), Littleton, CO, 1995.

30 – Kristin Kreuk, 38, actress (Beauty and the Beast), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1982.

31 – Ben Kingsley, 77, actor (Gandhi), born Krishna Bhanji at Yorkshire, England, 1943.

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5 accessories for warm winter driving

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February 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
2020-02-27T10:00:00-05:00
2020-02-27T20:00:00-05:00
Where:
Samuels Public Library
330 East Criser Road | Front Royal VA 22630
Contact:
Samuels Public Library
(540) 635-3153

If you’re tired of sitting in a chilly car, treat yourself to greater comfort this winter. Here are five accessories that will help keep you warm.

1. Remote car starter
Nobody likes getting into a cold car. With a remote car starter, you can safely turn on your car a couple of minutes before leaving so that it’s nice and toasty when you climb in.

2. Heated car seat covers

Heated car seat covers are simple to install and can make winter driving much more pleasant, especially if you have leather or vinyl seats.

3. Heated steering wheel cover
People who don’t like wearing gloves while driving can opt for a heated steering wheel cover instead. This accessory puts a warm, breathable layer between your hands and the wheel. Plus, heated steering wheel covers come in a variety of styles.

4. Leather gloves
A good pair of driving gloves not only keeps your hands warm but also offers protection, flexibility, and grip. Look for quality leather driving gloves with polyester, wool, or cashmere lining.

5. Windshield de-icer
With a windshield de-icer, you can spend less time out in the cold scraping your windshield. De-icer formulas are able to melt away frost, ice, and snow in a matter of seconds, allowing you to make quick work of an otherwise tedious chore.

Finally, make sure to be careful on the road. The last thing you want is to get stuck standing out in the cold waiting for a tow truck.

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