Early Native Americans in West Virginia Once thought of as Indian hunting grounds with no permanent inhabitants, West Virginia is teeming with evidence of a thriving early native population. Today’s farmers can hardly plow their fields without uncovering ancient artifacts, evidence of at least ten thousand years of occupation. Members of the Fort Ancient culture resided along the rich bottomlands of southern West Virginia during the Late Prehistoric and Protohistoric periods. Lost to time and rediscovered in the 1880s, Fort Ancient sites dot the West Virginia landscape. This volume explores sixteen of these sites, including Buffalo, Logan and Orchard. Archaeologist Darla Spencer excavates the fascinating lives of some of the Mountain State’s earliest inhabitants in search of who these people were, what languages they spoke and who their descendants may be. Darla Spencer focuses her career on studying early Native American civilizations and archaeology. She is a registered professional archaeologist and currently serves as a board of directors’ member for the Council for West Virginia Archaeology. She is the secretary and treasurer for the West Virginia Archeological Society. She has also worked with the Native American History Council of West Virginia. Darla teaches Native American studies at West Virginia University. A book signing will follow her presentation.
July 24, 6:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee Beat the heat with a fun family film. Bring a snack or packed lunch. Refreshing lemonade will be provided by the St. Albans Library Advisory Board. Call the library at 304-722-4244 for details.
July 24, 11:00 AM
Cards of Encouragement Drop by the library this week to design your own greeting card. You can transform your art into an act of kindness when you make it into an encouraging card. Basic supplies will be available in the children's zone. Completed cards will be distributed to local patients.
July 24, ALL WEEK
I Spy Hidden Pictures: Special Shark Edition Sharks have invaded the St. Albans Branch Library's Children's Department and we need your helping locating them! Find and mark off all five elusive sharks on our checklist, then claim a prize from the treasure chest. Bring your camera and strike a pose at our special shark display. I Spy Hidden Pictures is an activity for patrons 12 and younger.
July 24, ALL DAY