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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest


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TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. This subscription service collection is being provided to all Virginia public libraries through the Library of Virginia. Check it out!




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You now have access to 50 complete on-line digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices just by clicking the Zinio link on this page. You will be able to download issues of any of these magazines at any time.  Zinio provides the ability to search inside, read, share and save digital content. Through the ZINIO reading platform, you can move seamlessly within each magazine page between text, interactive graphics, animated illustrations, videos and much more.

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Coding for Kids at the Deltaville Branch Starts Monday

Worried that your kids' analytical thinking skills will slide during the summer vacation? Worry no more! Copeland Casati and family have generously offered to teach Coding for Kids, starting July 13 at the Deltaville Branch Library. Twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m, kids will have the opportunity to create their own websites, develop games and apps. These one hour sessions will be held in a collaborative and fun environment. The staff is jealous at the opportunity the kids will have! Parents please call the Deltaville Branch at 776-7362 with your questions or to register your kids for the free classes.

"Noisy Tuesdays" is drawing respectable audiences for movie night. Come join the fun for movies and popcorn and M&Ms.  No registration required. Just show up at 5:30 p.m.!!!



The Middlesex County Public Library is launching a new program for children at the Urbanna Branch Library: Reading to the dogs!  The Reading Education Assistance Dogs program has proven itself at libraries and schools across the country.  The program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental and furry listener to be read to and creating a positive reading experience.  The program will take place every Wednesday afternoon, starting April 1, from 4:00 until 5:00.  Parents are asked to call the library to schedule a time slot at 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, or 4:45.  In July and August, Paws to Read will take place on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00, instead of 4:00 to 5:00.   Call 758-5717.  There is no charge.


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The Freading eBook Service is a download eBook service for free use by Middlesex County Public Library registered cardholders.

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Now you can browse, checkout and download digital eBooks and eAudiobooks using your Middlesex County Public Library card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are a member of the SOVALUe Consortium (Southern Virginia Libraries United electronically). Our digital collection has downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for Windows and Mac computers, as well as portable devices like the iPod, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Android, and all Windows Mobile phones. 

Please note: you may checkout digital books using the Library's computers, but they can only be downloaded to your own home/office computer or portable device. Your wifi-enabled device can be used anywhere inside or outside the Library to accomplish this. E-material may not be downloaded using a Library computer.


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Urbanna Branch Public Library

Administrative Office
150 Grace Street
Urbanna, Virginia   23175
Fax: 804-758-5910

Mon & Wed: 10am-5pm
Tue: 12pm-8pm
Thu & Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 10am-2pm


Deltaville Branch Public Library
35 Lovers Lane

Deltaville, Virginia   23043


Fax: 804-776-7423


Mon & Wed: 10am-5pm

Tues: 10am-8pm

Thu: 1pm-5pm

Fri: 10am-5pm

Sat: 10am-2pm

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