Tazewell County Public Library

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Tazewell Library Closed

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Good news! We will be getting new carpet and flooring throughout the public areas of our Tazewell Library. In order to make this happen, the Tazewell Library will be closed from Friday, August 6 to Tuesday, August 24. The other three TCPL locations will remain open their normal business hours.

In order to make moving and storing things easier, we encourage all patrons to max out your library cards before August 6. Any patron that checks out 30 items on their card from Tazewell will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card provided by the Friends of Tazewell County Public Library.

Checkout times on all materials will be extended until Wednesday, September 1st. You will still be able to place holds on Tazewell items, but please know that they will not be fulfilled until late August when we reopen.

The Tazewell Library will still distribute lunches from Feeding Southwest Virginia through August 16.

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Feeding Southwest Virginia Summer Food Program

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Logo for Feeding Southwest Virginia
This institute is an equal opportunity provider.

Tazewell County Public Library is pleased to announce a partnership with the Feeding Southwest Virginia Summer Food Program to provide summer meals to children 18 years old and under. Tazewell County Public Library will be distributing food boxes that contain 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 10 milks. The distribution will be weekly, from June 7 through August 16 on the following schedule:

  • Richlands Branch: Mondays starting at 12pm, questions:  call 276-964-5282
  • Bluefield Branch:  Wednesdays starting at 11am, questions: call 276-326-1577
  • Pocahontas Branch: Wednesdays starting at 1pm, questions: call 276-288-6138
  • Tazewell Main Library: Thursdays starting at 2pm, questions: call 276-988-2541.

Plastic bags courtesy of Food City, store # 827, Claypool Hill.

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High School Yearbooks Needed!

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Tazewell County High School Yearbooks

Tazewell County Public Library is seeking to permanently acquire high school yearbooks from Tazewell County. We currently have over 100 yearbooks, but are missing many years in our collection.

We are asking for donations from the public in order to fill any gaps. We will include a book plate into any yearbook to

These non-circulating books will be available for future generations to browse. We also hope to digitize all pre-2000 yearbooks as well. To see which Tazewell County yearbooks have already been digitized, visit the Internet Archive.

Below, you will see all the years that we have for the four county high schools. If you would like to donate a yearbook that we do not have, please drop it off at your nearest TCPL library. We will include a bookplate with your name for your donation.

For questions, please contact Assistant Director Chris Wilkes at (276) 988-2541 or email him at jwilkes@tcplweb.org.


Graham High School Yearbooks (The Graham)
1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991

Pocahontas High School Yearbooks (The Wigwam)
1931, 1938, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Richlands High School Yearbooks (The Tornado)
1947, 1948, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1984

Tazewell High School Yearbooks (The Peak)
1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020

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Reopening Building to the Public

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Dear Tazewell County Public Library patrons and community,

Good news! Tazewell County Public Library buildings will reopen to the public on Monday, February 22. Our capacity is limited, so we are asking patrons to limit their time to 1 hour blocks of time. We will continue curbside service for those that prefer it. All libraries will continue with regular business hours, which you can find at our Location and Hours page on our website.

Our staff has been diligently working during the library closure to enhance our online and curbside services. Those will continue for the foreseeable future. Additionally, we have modified our buildings to protect the staff and the public. You may notice some of the following changes when you visit us:

  • Some furniture removed
  • Remaining furniture spread further apart
  • Sneeze guards installed at circulation desks
  • All toys and manipulatives removed from children’s areas
  • 6 ft floor markers at circulation desks
  • Returned materials are sanitized and quarantined for 1 week
  • All staff wearing masks

We ask that all patrons continue practicing mask wearing and social distancing. We also have hand sanitizing stations available throughout the buildings.

We appreciate your patience during these evolving and challenging times. We’ve missed seeing you in our libraries!

Erica Hall, Library Director

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Overdrive Magazines with Libby

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RBDigital Magazines is transitioning to Overdrive Magazines with the Libby App. There are over 3,000 popular magazines titles and up to three years of back issues. We also have an extensive ebook collection through Southwest Virginia Public Libraries.

These magazines are through the Library of Virginia and will require a few additional steps to access.

Add Library of Virginia Card to Libby App

Select the Libby logo in the top right corner of the Libby App.

Choose Add a Library

Type “Library of Virginia” into the Search Box.

The Library of Virginia collection will immediately pop-up. You borrow these books the same way you would any book.

Scroll down & select “Choose a Location”

Locate & Select “Tazewell County Public Library”

Enter TCPL library barcode

You can borrow up to 5 digital books & place 10 holds with the Library of Virginia card.

Switch between your Library of Virginia card & Southwest Virginia Public Libraries by selecting the Libby logo in the top right corner.

 

Borrow Digital Magazines

Patrons can borrow up to 5 items from the Library of Virginia collection and place 10 hold. In addition to digital magazines, you can also checkout a selection of ebooks and audiobooks.

 

 

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Curbside-only

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Tazewell County Public Library patrons and community,

Due to the acceleration of COVID-19 cases in Tazewell County and the Cumberland Plateau Health District, Tazewell County Public Library will begin offering curbside-only service on Monday, December 14, 2020.

While operating by curbside, staff will continue to work normal business hours to offer the following services during the Library’s regular operating hours:

  • Curbside checkout and delivery of library materials
  • Printing and copying
  • Faxing
  • Notary services
  • Virtual storytime and programming (via Facebook and Youtube)
  • Phone and/or email reference service
  • New library card creation
  • Bookdrops available 24/7
  • eBooks and eAudiobooks available via Libby 24/7
  • 24/7 Wi-Fi access outside all locations

For more information, or to arrange for service, please call one of our locations. (Bluefield: 276-326-1577, Richlands: 276-964-5282, Tazewell: 276-988-2541)

In accordance with Governor Northam’s mask mandate, we request that patrons wear masks during these interactions and social distance as much as possible.

Our primary concern is always the health and wellbeing of our community and our employees. We appreciate your understanding as we deal with these ever-evolving challenges.

Sincerely,

Erica Hall

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A Visit from Flat Santa

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Experience a visit with Flat Santa at Tazewell County Public Library. Since we cannot visit him in-person this year, kids and families can pose for a photograph with a life-size 2-dimensional photo of Santa provided by Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Santa will visit:

Image of Santa for the Flat Santa program

Tazewell Main Library: Monday, Nov. 30 –  Saturday, Dec. 5
Bluefield Branch Library: Monday, Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 11
Richlands Branch Library: Monday, Dec. 14 – Friday, Dec. 18
(Hours vary, call your local library to be sure it’s open!)

Also, write a letter to Santa and he will reply via US mail!  Pick out a free book to keep!

Thank you to Clinch Valley Printing, the White Family, Friends of Tazewell County Public Library, and Labor of Love Mission for making this program possible!

Let the library help you remember this holiday season with joy!

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Current Library Hours

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Bluefield Richlands Pocahontas Tazewell
Sunday Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 9am – 5:30pm 11am – 8pm Closed 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 11am – 8pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 5:30pm 9am – 5:30pm 12pm – 5pm 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm 9am – 1pm 10pm – 2pm 9am – 1pm

Holiday & Closings

TCPL observes most federal and state holidays.

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Easter Weekend
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Juneteenth (observed June 12th)
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas (Days & Hours vary)
  • New Years Day
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Fall 2020 Activities for Kids

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Fall 2020 Bingo

Autumn is Here and it is time for Fall BINGO! Make family fun reading activities a highlight of this fall season. Win a Magic Scratch when you get BINGO! Cards are available in print at your local library, or use our digital version. All ages welcome to participate. Now through the end of fall.  PDF | JPG

Grab & Go Bags

Grab and Go Bags at your Library! Stop by any Tazewell County Public Library and pick up Grab and Go Craft Bags for your kids to enjoy at home. Fun, hands-on and creative! Look for the bags at the entry or ask for them at the front desk. Bags include a Fall BINGO card full of family friendly reading activities. Win a Magic Scratch when you get BINGO!

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2020 Summer Reading

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Join your local librarians for a virtual lunch and enjoy a session of Laugh & Learn on Wednesdays at noon. We will demonstrate crafts, STEM experiments, food demos, tricks and stunts. Upcoming demos include “3 Ways to Make Lemonade” and “The Amazingly Precarious Fork Trick for Beginning Stuntologists.” Prepare to be amused and informed. Check our Facebook page to stay posted.

Also, be sure to catch Miss Lisa for a Virtual Story Time on Tuesdays at 11am on our Facebook page for a live event.

Stop by the library porch during open hours and pick up a “Grab & Go” bag of crafts & activities, including a Bingo sheet. Complete 20 or more of the READO/BINGO activities and show your card to a librarian to earn your prize bag. Check the library Facebook page or call your local library to find out when prize bags are available. Print off a Summer Reading Bingo: PDF

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