Calendar of Events – All Locations

Apr
5
Thu
Money Smart: Money Matters @ Bedford Central Library
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

A stack of bills with the word Expenses on top and various budget words around it.
This is the fourth session in our 12-month Money Smart financial literacy series at the Bedford Central Library presented by Woodforest Bank*.  This month’s topic is called Money Matters.  By the end of this course, participants will understand how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and increase income.   To achieve this objective, the participants will be able to:

  • Track daily spending habits.
  • Prepare a personal spending plan or budget to estimate monthly income and expenses.
  • Identify ways to decrease spending.
  • Identify possible ways to increase income.
  • Identify budgeting tools that will help them manage their bills.
  • List and prioritize financial goals.
  • Recognize how to create a plan to achieve financial goals.

*You do not have to have an account with Woodforest Bank to attend these financial literacy seminars they are open to all adults.  Attend any sessions you want.  For more information contact us at 540-586-8911

Apr
17
Tue
Where’s My Stuff @ Bedford Central Library
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how to find where things are saved on your computer and how to better organize your files. Space is limited to 6 and registration is required. Call 540-586-8911 x 1114 for more information or to register.

Colored circles with a magnifying glass icon in the center

Apr
19
Thu
Medicare Workshop @ Bedford Central Library
Apr 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Sample Medicare Card.

Getting started with Medicare can be tricky.
There are deadlines to meet, forms to fill out, and choices to make.  This potentially confusing time can be made easier with our Welcome to Medicare Workshops being held at the Bedford Central, Forest, and Moneta/SML Libraries.  If you are about to retire, are turning 65, or are beginning Medicare based on disability, you are encouraged to attend. Find out how Medicare works, when to enroll in Medicare Part B and Part D and why it’s critical to enroll on time, and how the Affordable Care Act affects Medicare.  After attending, you’ll know how to choose the best Medicare plan for you!  The workshops are presented by
Betty Brickhouse with the Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living.  Each workshop will last about 1.5 hours, and questions are welcome. 

For more information and to sign up, please call your library.

May
12
Sat
Saturday Matinee: Darkest Hour @ Bedford Central Library
May 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm

DVD cover for the film Darkest Hour.
COMING SOON TO A LIBRARY NEAR YOU: Darkest Hour
Starring Oscar Winner Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

In 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Step back in history as we watch Darkest Hour (PG 13) on the little big screen and enjoy some free movie snacks!

May
15
Tue
Introduction to Pinterest @ Bedford Central Library
May 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pinterest logos overlapping each other in a square shape.
What is Pinterest?  How do I set up an account?  Learn how to pin things and how to set up a Pinterest board.  We’ll also look for fun summer ideas to pin.
Space is limited to 6 and registration is required. Call 540-586-8911 x 1114 for more information or to register.

Jun
9
Sat
Money Smart: Keep It Safe @ Bedford Central Library
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rainy Day Money.
This is the sixth session in our 12-month Money Smart financial literacy series at the Bedford Central Library presented by Woodforest Bank*.  This month’s topic is called Keep It Safe.  By the end of this course, participants will understand how to protect their rights as consumers and how to be financially prepared if a disaster strikes.  To achieve this objective, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how federal deposit insurance protects deposits.
  • Recognize how to guard against identity theft.
  • Recognize how the various types of insurance will help them manage risks.
  • Recognize the need to plan for unexpected death or disability.
  • Describe the ways they need to be financially prepared for disasters.

*You do not have to have an account with Woodforest Bank to attend these financial literacy seminars they are open to all adults.  Attend any sessions you want.  For more information contact us at 540-586-8911

Jun
16
Sat
Success with Succulents: A Bedford County Master Gardener Event @ Bedford Central Library
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Succulents.

Join us as our local Master Gardeners teach us about types of succulents, the differences between cacti and succulents, and how assorted succulents require individual care.  They will also demonstrate the proper techniques to use when propagating succulents. Each participant will then plant their own succulent in a re-purposed container, ready to display and enjoy at home!
Registration is required and space is limited.  Registration begins April 12th; call us at 540-586-8911 to sign up.   

Jun
19
Tue
Email Basics @ Bedford Central Library
Jun 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The outline of a house with a computer and mouse inside. On the screen there is the @ symbol and an envelope.

Learn about setting up an email, how to write and respond to an email, how to download and open attachments, how to attach documents to an email.
Space is limited to 6 and registration is required. Call 540-586-8911 x 1114 for more information or to register.

Jun
20
Wed
Roanoke Children’s Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web @ Bedford Central Library
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Icon for the Roanoke Children's Theatre's performance of Charlotte's Web featuring Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig.

The Roanoke Children’s Theatre will be performing at all of our libraries again this summer as part of our annual Summer Reading Program.  This year’s play is Charlotte’s Web by Joseph Robinette; based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White.  Get tangled up in this captivating tale of friendship and loyalty. An affectionate runt of a pig named Wilbur meets a barnyard full of animals who quickly become family.
When Wilbur’s life is endangered, the thoughtful spider Charlotte devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine safe. This feel-good heart-warming classic is perfect for the whole family.

Sean Gaskell Kora Concert @ Bedford Central Library
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reading Takes You To Africa!  A Summer Reading Program Event  
Musician Sean Gaskell holding a West African instrument known as a Kora.

Musician Sean Gaskell will be visiting our libraries this summer performing traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African Kora.  The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.
Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Bedford Central Library.

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