Rivers Edge ES librarian named emerging leader by ALA

Kathleen Roberts, the school librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School, is among 56 librarians from across the country that were selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as an "Emerging Leader." In addition, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) selected Roberts as an Emerging Leader they will sponsor.

“Kathleen is the ultimate professional, a librarian extraordinaire, with boundless energy, enthusiasm, and creativity,” said Ann Martin, the educational specialist for Library Services. “She is a strong leader, purposeful innovator, goal-oriented, and a collaborator.”

The ALA Emerging Leaders (EL) Program is a leadership development program that identifies a select group of librarians from across the country to network with peers face-to-face and online in order to problem solve real issues in the library profession. The outcome is to provide Emerging Leaders with an opportunity to be placed on the fast track in the library profession.

Roberts came to Henrico as a Virginia Association of School Librarians (VaASL) Dickinson Scholar. She is a member of the VaASL Board, is the Scholarships & Awards Chair, 2011-2012, and Annual Conference Author and Awards Banquet Chair, 2012. She regularly attends and presents at conferences, and is an ALA and AASL member who brings energy to any endeavor. Roberts is currently serving on the AASL Best Apps Task Force, 2012 and is included in the May/June 2012 Knowledge Quest, “Quotes on Caring.”

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd., continues its 16th season with Bob Zentz at 8 p.m. A Bob Zentz concert is a smorgasbord of contemporary, traditional and original songs, tunes and chat, linked by the artist's philosophic perspective, thematic logic and a strong “sense” of history, humanity and humor. Tickets are $15 to $20; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com. Full text

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