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Feb 13

Program Notes: Seed Starting with Master Gardeners

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf 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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Jul 27

Celebrating Gardening & Gardeners

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 4:51 PM by Elizabeth Land

This May, the York County Library system is celebrating gardening. Warm weather has arrived for good, and if you haven’t already gotten your plants and seeds in the ground, there’s no time like the present. Our Live Well @ Your Library series has two gardening-themed sessions for adults this month:

Both programs will be presented by Master Gardener Bethany Beck. Join us to learn how gardening can help you soothe the soul this May. [Editor's Note: The date has passed for these programs, but look below for a selection of fiction books for all ages featuring gardening.]

For both garden-enthusiasts and the outdoor-disinclined, we’ve put together a list of different fiction that focuses on gardening or gardeners.

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Jul 12

Review: Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 12, 2017 at 4:08 PM by Elizabeth Land

ShineShineShine by Lydia NetzerThe most difficult books to review are those that don't fit into an easily-defineable category. But very often, these stories are the ones that turn out to be the most worthwhile to read. Part love story, part science fiction epic, part domestic drama, Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer is one of those novels.

Sunny and Maxon, two outcasts looking for connection, meet as children and fall in love. Twenty years later, after marrying and having an autistic son, Sunny fights for the normalcy she believes her son needs by building a picture-perfect life in Norfolk, VA. Sunny has made herself into the perfect mother and housewife, but Maxon, despite being a genius, still struggles to interact with other people. But now Maxon has agreed to go to space to help program the robots who will build man's first colony on the moon. Feeling abandoned by Maxon, Sunny struggles to successfully deal with a second pregnancy, her son's autism and her mother's worsening health.

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