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KING GEORGE BRIEFS: Library opening has special guest
Children’s author Mary Quattlebaum, who grew up in King George County, will attend the grand opening of the new addition at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library on Saturday.
She’ll be dressed as a “book buccaneer” and will talk briefly about her books, which will be available for sale and signing. Children (and adults) are invited to dress as pirates or wear other costumes to the opening, which starts at 11 a.m.
Quattlebaum has written a number of books for children, including picture books, chapter books, novels and poetry. She regularly presents workshops to classrooms, where she talks about growing up in the country and her regular visits to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg.
“We checked out so many books that we had to bring them back in a clothes basket,” she said in a Free Lance–Star story in November 2001.
The Smoot addition more than doubles the size of King George’s only library, which opened in 1969. The construction and furnishings for the addition, which has a “cathedral-like” appearance, according to Library Director Robin Tenney, cost $5.88 million.
Saturday events to benefit veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs will bring its mobile outreach clinic to King George County on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will be at American Legion Post 89, at 10021 Dahlgren Road.
Eligible veterans will be scheduled for appointments to complete their initial physical exams. An enrollment specialist will be on hand to assist new veterans with the process. Participants should bring their DD–214 and a photo identification.
More information is available by calling 804/675-5000, ext. 3382.
Also on Saturday, Post 89 will host its fifth-annual barbecue and bike rally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, but $5 for first responders, including police, fire and rescue workers and active-duty military. Music will be provided by Kicking Mules and Made in the USA Band.
The menu will include pork barbecue, coleslaw, sides and desserts.
Proceeds will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior program. For more information, contact the post at 540/775-3671.