Off the Beaten Shelf

News & Reviews from the
York County Public Library

Feb 13

Program Notes: Seed Starting with Master Gardeners

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM by Elizabeth Land

Seeds were provided for free from the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the York County Master GardMaster Gardener Nate Brauner presented on the basics of seed starting to a group of 42 garden enthusiasts of all ages at the Tabb Library on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. After the presentation, Master Gardener volunteers helped attendees create small pots from newspaper and toilet rolls. Participants were able to choose from a variety of vegetable, herb and flower seeds to plant in their pots. The materials were provided for free from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.

The event was part of a yearlong library series called Mastering Your Garden, which is being held at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries. The series is a partnership between York County Public Library, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the York County Master Gardeners. All events in the series are free for anyone to attend. For more information or to register for upcoming events in the series, call 757-890-5120 or visit

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Feb 11

Teen Volunteer Opportunity Announced

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 2:40 PM by Elizabeth Land

Calling all teens!
Do you want to support the library while sharing your love of reading? Then York County Public Library has the teen volunteer opportunity you have been waiting for!

The library is looking to promote the wonderful books we have to offer to teens and adults. We hope that teens just like you will review your favorite titles and share them on the library's blog, Off the Beaten Shelf.
York County Public Library calls for teen book reviews for library blog. Call 757-890-5110.

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Feb 04

Teens Review: Fahrenheit 451

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbuy
Reviewer: Raafat S.
Star Rating: 5 stars

Fahrenheit 451 CoverFahrenheit 451 is a book set in a future American society, the year 2053 to be exact, where books are outlawed and if any are found “firemen” will burn them. However, unlike the firefighters we have today, these “firemen” start the fire. We follow a third-generation “fireman” by the name of Guy Montag. In the beginning of the story we learn that Guy is very proud of his job, but this all changes when he meets a young woman named Clarisse McClellan who asks Guy all these questions that no other fireman would answer. Some of the questions she asked were: Why do you do it? How long have you been a fireman? She just wanted to learn, which was something that wasn’t very common for people to do in the novel. Her questioning also caused Guy to realize that thinking is always an option and he shouldn’t be against the idea.

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