Below you will find a list of upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Click here to view a complete list of events held at Samuels Public Library.

Shenandoah River

Trash to Treasure

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Turn your trash into treasure! Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District invites you to a workshop where attendees will learn to make decorative items for the home using items normally thrown away. An assortment of options and all materials will be provided! Register for this event online.


Fall Landscape Photography Workshop

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Want to learn how to capture the majestic beauty of autumn in the Shenandoah Valley? During this 90-minute presentation, Sharon Fisher will discuss:

  • Awesome locations for taking landscape photos.
  • How to compose landscape images to be alluring.
  • Tips and techniques that work with all devices, including smart phones and more advanced cameras.
  • Post-processing strategies for enhancing landscape images.

Adults and teens welcomed. Register for this event online.

Lyme & Tick Diseases
What Can You Do?

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States. Join us to learn about:

  • The steps you can take to prevent and identify potential tickborne diseases
  • Available resources and support systems

The presenters are members of the Valley Health Physical Therapy Team including Jodie Barnett, Stacy Deering, and Katlyn Painter, along with Rea Howarth and Barbara Jenzen who are members of the Lyme and Tick Disease Support Group at Warren Memorial Hospital. Register for this event online.

Shenandoah River

Conservation Landscaping
10 Acres or Less

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

What do you do with 10 or less acres of land when you don’t want to mow it all? Attendees will learn about different land management options such as gardening, livestock, native/pollinator habitat, conservation landscaping, beekeeping, and more. This session is a condensed version of a Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District workshop series. Attendees will have the option to participate in the series in 2020. Register for this event online.


Editing & Enhancing Photos Using Free Apps

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
10:30 a.m.

During this hands-on presentation, Sharon Fisher will teach participants how to use the Snapseed editing app on the library’s tablets or personal devices. Using a photo taken with a smart phone, we will enhance the photo to bring out details, balance colors, and more. Mastering these simple editing techniques provides the fundamentals for those wishing to use more advanced editing software. Adults and teens welcomed. Register for this event online.

“Degenerate Art”
The Persecution of Modern Art and Artists in Nazi Germany

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
6:30 p.m.

In 1937, working under the direction of Adolf Hitler, Nazi Party “cultural minister” Joseph Goebbels assembled in Munich a large exhibition of modern German art that he and the Party deemed “degenerate” – that is, works of art demonstrating “decadence, weakness of character, mental disorder or racial impurity.” Pejoratively titled ENTARTETE “KUNST,” the exhibition displayed some 650 paintings, sculptures and other works of art against gallery walls covered with scathing pro-Nazi propagandistic commentary. The project proved enormously popular, attracting one million visitors in its first six weeks alone. Afterward, many of the works of art were destroyed and the artists largely forgotten.

Join us as we examine this dark, yet fascinating, chapter in modern art history…and the lessons it holds for us today. Register for this event online.

Saving Dark Skies

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Join us for a special presentation on Dark Skies with Torney Van Acker, Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection. On behalf of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority, Torney obtained a Dark Sky Park designation for the local Rappahannock County Park from the International Dark-Sky Association. It is the third park in Virginia to be so designated. The presentation will address the following:

  • Explain what ‘dark skies’ are and why they are important
  • Reviews RLEP’s efforts to preserve dark skies in Rappahannock County
  • Steps you can take to make a difference

Register for this event online.


Holiday Photography
Capturing & Sharing Memories

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

During this 90-minute presentation, Sharon Fisher will share:

  • Techniques for creating memorable holiday images using any type of camera.
  • Ideas for using photos to create unique holiday gifts such as cards, calendars, wall hangings, and more.

Bring along a camera, tablet, or computer to begin working on a project! Adults and teens welcomed. Register for this event online.

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