Library Dates of Interest

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Read an Almanac Month

E. B. White’s Birthday – July 11

E.B. White joined The New Yorker magazine as writer and contributing editor, a position he would hold for the rest of his career. He wrote three books for children, including Stuart Little (1945) and Charlotte’s Web (1952). In 1959 he revised The Elements of Style by the late William Strunk Jr., which became a standard style manual for writers. White, who earned a Pulitzer Prize special citation in 1978, passed away at his home in Maine in 1985. –

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. – E. B. White

World Emoji Day – July 17

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World Emoji Day is an annual unofficial holiday occurring on 17 July, intended to celebrate emoji; in the years since the earliest observance, it has become a popular date to make product or other announcements and releases relating to emoji.

Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday– July 21

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and he was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two nonfiction works. Three of his novels, four short-story collections, and three nonfiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway Days – July 20-25

To learn more about Hemingway Days, which is held annually in Key West, check out this article: Heming Way Days

Paperback Book Day – July 30

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Learn more about the history of Paperback day and how we got our modern-day paperbacks here: Paperback Book Day

J. K. Rowling’s Birthday – July 31

J.K. Rowling, best known for authoring the Harry Potter books celebrates her 56th birthday this day.

2021 Reading Challenge

The Library is participating in a 2021 Reading Challenge! Patrons who complete 13 books and turn in their lists by March 31st, June 30th, October 31st, and December 31st will earn small prizes. Find the list below or pick up a paper copy from the library. Click here to learn more about the challenge:

Gardening Webinars with WVU Extension Office

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an explosion of renewed interest in gardening!  Veteran gardeners in addition to young people and beginners are all growing vegetables in traditional gardens, raised beds and containers across America.  No matter if you are in small towns, big cities, the suburbs or out in the country people want to garden.

The gardening educational webinar series “Fridays at the Library”, is celebrating its seventh year and will be held every Friday in February at 11:00 am.  Due to COVID-19,  this program will be a webinar format on zoom.  

All gardening enthusiasts, experts and beginners are welcome. The workshops are being sponsored by the Wood County Master Gardeners, WVU Extension Service and the Vienna Library. The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes such as seed packets and herbs will be available.  You can join on zoom at The zoom address is same every week.  

If you need more information please contact J.J. Barrett, West Virginia University Extension Agriculture Agent for Wood County at (304)-424-1960 or my cell (304)-483-4257.  You can email me at  Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

Friday, February 5, 2021            11:00 am  

“Starting Seeds at Home”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Gardening in Small Spaces”-Evan Wilson, WVU Extension Service 

Friday, February 12, 2021         11:00 am   

“Growing Heirloom Squash” – J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Selecting Flowering Shrubs and Perennials”-Jim Gottfried, Greenleaf Landscape 

Friday, February 19, 2021          11:00 am  

“Cover Crops for the Garden”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Songbirds of WV” – Sheldon Owen, WVU Extension Wildlife Specialist  

Friday, February 26, 2021           11:00 am

“Understanding Your Soil Test Results”-J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service 

“Growing Greens with Indoor Aquaculture”-Jason Nulton, Balance Holdings

Announcing Visually Speaking Saturday Programs

**To clarify recent WTAP News coverage on our new program, Visually Speaking Saturday, the Library announces the following information:

As parents, we hate seeing our children unhappy– but when your little one is too young to speak, it can be difficult to know what they need. Research indicates teaching sign language to young children helps them self-regulate and express their wants and needs before they are verbal. That is why the Vienna Public Library is pleased to announce a new Saturday series featuring baby sign language beginning January 23 at 10:30 am!

Tune into Facebook Live on the fourth Saturday of every month for a sign language lesson. This 12-month virtual course gradually builds your knowledge of key signs, which you can use every day with your little one, as well as features Library resources to aid in your baby sign language journey. Monthly topics will include signs for animal friends, family members, outdoor fun, and much more! January’s introductory session will feature signs for common first words such as mommy, daddy, eat, and bath.

For more information, contact the Library at 304-295-7771 or visit

We’re Hiring! – Library Circulation Clerk

The Library is hiring Circulation Clerks!

Love books? Enjoy serving the public? Always dreamed of working in a library? We’ve got the perfect fit – searching for a personable part-time employee who loves all things books and pop culture!

This position performs a variety of library circulation and clerical procedures involving basic support services and services to patrons. We are looking to hire a part-time clerk, $12.00/hour, 12-28 hours a week.

Applicant must have open availability throughout the week including day and evening hours, Monday through Friday, as well as be available Saturdays from 10-5pm.

Click on the following link for more information:

Library in the News

Did you catch our latest library news in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel?

Vienna Public Library reopens doors

“VIENNA — The Vienna Public Library effective immediately will open to the public for 30-minute sessions with no appointment necessary.

Available services include browsing and check-out, curbside pick-up, faxing and on-site notary. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Fridays.

To ensure social distancing guidelines, occupancy is limited to 15 patrons at a time with a one-way traffic flow using the River Road entrance. Safety precautions include facial coverings, sanitation stations and enhanced cleaning procedures.

Beginning Oct. 5, the library will offer new evening and weekend hours. The library will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 pm. Saturdays.

Also beginning in October, the library’s Adult Services will offer limited, in-person activities that follow social distancing guidelines. To ensure social distancing, in-person activities have a maximum of 10 participants. Registration is required.

Activities also will be available online for those wishing to virtually participate. For more in-person activity details or other library services, call the library at 304-295-7771.”

Click here to see the article in the Parkersburg News & Sentinel.