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Bookmarks | Grab a signed copy of Marta Anne Tice's new novel, take part in a 'Cookie Storytime' and more

Marta Anne Tice, a historical romance writer and Nellysford resident, has released her debut novel, “Allegiance to Alsace.”

Tice will present a book signing, discussion and first-floor home tour from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Leap of Faith Lodging at 32 Shadow Crest Lane in Nellysford, at the Wintergreen Resort at Stoney Creek. Light refreshments will be served.

The novel is set in 1805 and follows young Annaelise Theiss, daughter of a German winemaker and former French aristocrat, who is torn between her mother’s allegiance to the new French Regime and her father’s attraction to New Enlightenment thinking from German philosophers and the American Founding Fathers.

Tice based her tale on the real-life adventures of her ancestor Annaelise Theiss, who migrated to America in 1777. She spent years researching her family’s journey and the places where family members lived. She already is at work on a sequel “Alsace to America.”

Signed copies are available for $20. E-books and paperbacks are available from and from the author.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will present the following events in the coming week:

4:30 p.m. Thursday at Louisa Library: Scene-Reading Group meets on the second Thursday of each month to read short scripts, parts of plays or screenplays, original compositions and transcribed scenes from pop culture. No acting experience is necessary.

6 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Family Craft Extravaganza, which gives families time to make crafts with the library staff, will offer activities, crafts and snacks.

10 a.m. Friday at Crozet Library: “A Colorful Cookie Storytime” for ages 3 to 5 explores what happens when people mix yellow and blue. Registration is required. Allergen warning: Cookies contain eggs, dairy and wheat.

2 p.m. Saturday at Louisa Library: Bingo for Books is for school-age children and adults. Books as bingo prizes make good gifts and additions to your collection.

6 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: “Movie Night: ‘The Fabelmans’” explores the story of Sammy Fabelman, who falls in love with cinema and its power to tell stories. The film, for ages 13 and older, was inspired by the life of director Steven Spielberg. Theater-style popcorn and drinks will be available.

9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Central Library: In “Polar Express Storytime,” the children’s staff will present “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, and everyone is invited to wear pajamas. The movie version will be screened at 10 a.m. Registration is required.

5 p.m. Tuesday at Central Library: Visitors ages 11 to 18 can learn how to make hot, fresh brownies.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crozet Library: Join the Movie Party for the 1971 version of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” There will be props, shout-outs and a sing-along. Registration is requested but not required.

Central Library is participating in the Elves in Cville Scavenger Hunt, which is part of Friends of Charlottesville Downtown’s Magic on the Mall festivities, through Dec. 31. To get your North Pole Passes stamped at the front desk, you must be able to locate Cinder, Central’s Scout Elf, somewhere in the library.

JMRL offers a variety of programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at all its locations. Get all the particulars at


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