Great Summer Programs at Samuels Public Library

Samuels Public Library is located at 333 E. Criser Road Front Royal Virginia 22630

Adaptogenic Herbs: The nourishing lifestyle herbs that are for EVERYONE!

Virtual Presentation: Thursday, June 9, 2022 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join local herbalist Cadyn Speziale as she discusses the basic principles of the increasingly popular adaptogenic herbs: what are adaptogens, how can they enrich and benefit the lives of ANYONE (seriously, anyone!), spotlights on some herbs that fall under this notable category, and some fun and delicious ways to incorporate them into our daily routines. Cadyn Speziale has woven her background in art and design with a lifelong passion for herbs and wellness into Immortal Mountain, the business she co-founded with her husband in 2012. Drawing from both her years of hands-on experience and formal education in herbalism, Cadyn revels in sharing with her children and others the joys of identifying, harvesting, and preparing herbs for everyday use.

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At the library . . .

Basics of Tree Identification

Samuels Public Library White Meeting Room A

Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join us Saturday, June 11th at 10am for a presentation by Mary Olien, who will then lead the group on a Tree ID walk for a fun and interactive experience with our variety of trees both at the library and the park. For Mary Olien, horticulture and education have been the centerpiece of her career. With degrees in horticulture and experience teaching in schools and public gardens, Mary had the background and expertise that led to leadership roles in education at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy and in management at Green Spring Gardens. Today she guides Green Spring Gardens, five nature centers, two historic sites and a historic farm as operations branch manager Resource Management Division; however, she is always excited to help others learn. 

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Family Hiking Program

Samuels Public Library White Meeting Room A

Saturday, June 18th, 2022 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Spending time on the trail offers a world of opportunity for family outings and vacations. Susan Tschirhart, a local hiking expert, will review tips and ideas to plan and implement hikes that engage and stimulate children’s interest in the natural world. List of local family friendly trails and tips will be provided. Register for this event at:

Fishing On The Shenandoah River

Samuels Public Library White Meeting Room A

Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join us on Saturday, June 25 at 10am for this presentation from Herschel Finch, which will provide introductory information on the best fishing spots, fishing equipment and techniques, lures, river safety, and more. Participants will be able to practice fly fishing techniques with special training equipment and actual rods.

This presentation is appropriate for all beginners, including youth and adults. The Shenandoah River offers incredible opportunities for recreation, including fishing. Fishing allows you the serenity of the river, while providing a sporting challenge. Herschel is a local conservation advocate for clean water in our watershed. He is Conservation Chairman-Izaak Walton League of America, Warren Co. Virginia Chapter, Conservation Chairman-Potomac River Smallmouth Club, and a member of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee for Front Royal. Register for this event online.

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Leave No Trace: Children’s Hiking Workshop

White Meeting Room A

Thursday, July 21, 2022: 3:00pm – 5:00p

Join us for an afternoon of activities designed to introduce Leave No Trace principles to children ages 6 through 12. Through games and conversation we will explore these guidelines that help us reduce our impact on outdoor spaces while we recreate, explore and enjoy them.

Led by avid hiker and Warren County Appalachian Trail Committee co-chair, Susan Tschirhart. 

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