Book Corner: Events Kick Off Bustling Fall Season at Library

A Health Fair, an Author Visit, and a Human Library

This fall promises to be a busy one at Central Rappahannock Regional Library, with over 150 events, classes, and workshops offered for the young, the old, and the in-between.  Let’s take a look at three of those events, chosen because they are happening soon, may be a bit unexpected as a library offering, or are inspiring opportunities.  

Community Health Fair

Now in its second year, the library’s health fair is designed as a fun and educational experience. Representatives from local health care providers and agencies will be available to discuss their services and offer health screenings, demonstrations, activities, free take-home goodies, and tips and information on a wide range of topics from exercise to nutrition to stress reduction. There’s even a door prize!

The health fair will be held at Salem Church Branch, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, on Saturday, September 23, noon to 4:00.  

Books and magazines on health and wellness are hot commodities at the library, and we have thousands of titles from which to choose.  Here are a few recommendations, but ask your librarian for more.Community Health Fair, Saturday, September 23 at the Salem Church Branch

Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish your Spirit, Discover True Balance! by Kathryn Budig, is a one-stop book to recharge your life through holistic practices. There are exercises, food tips, and meditation guidance.

Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, by Catherine Shanahan, examines how our diet affects our health, and how primitive people may have had some habits that modern society should emulate.  Or, read How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, by Michael Greger, a doctor with advice on which foods are best to prevent conditions that lead to premature death.  

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-paced World, by Hyemin (or Haemin Sunim), a Buddhist monk, is a bestselling compilation of his tweets to help you find peace in a hectic world.   

While you’re surfing online for more of Haemin Sunim’s tweets, check out the library’s RBdigital eMagazines, such as Clean Eating, Diabetic Living, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, and Yoga Journal.  With a Central Rappahannock Regional Library card, you can download as many magazines as you wish at   

Human Library

On September 30, library customers can "check out" human books at a Human Library project event.  Participants can browse a catalog of volunteer human books, make a selection, and have a conversation for up to 20 minutes.Human Library, England Run, September 30

The Human Library project originated in Denmark and is "designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue ...  a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered." Human Library projects are being held all over the world in libraries, schools, and workplaces.

Local community members who have volunteered to have these personal conversations include an immigrant, a transgendered individual, a police officer, a rock musician, a person of mixed racial heritage, an obese person, a recovering alcoholic, a homeschooling parent, and a tattoo artist, among others.

The library will host two Human Library events this fall.  The first will be at England Run Branch, 806 Lyons Boulevard, Fredericksburg, on Saturday, September 30, 1:00-4:00.  The second will be held at Salem Church Branch on Saturday, November 11, 1:00-4:00.

Author Jamie Ford to Visit

Jamie Ford, a New York Times bestselling author, will visit the Fredericksburg Branch to discuss his newly published book, Love and Other Consolation Jamie Ford, author visit, October 10 at the Fredericksburg BranchPrizes. Based on the true story of a half-Chinese twelve-year-old boy who was raffled off at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair, this fictional account is a poignant and evocative reflection on his life.   

Film rights to develop Ford’s 2009 debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, were recently obtained for planned production in 2018, with actor/activist George Takei of Star Trek fame signing on as executive producer. Coincidentally, Ford has noted, tongue-in-cheek, that this novel has been published in 35 languages, but that he’s holding out for a Klingon translation, because then “you know you’ve made it.”   

The public is invited to a reception to meet Ford and hear his presentation at the Fredericksburg Branch, 1201 Caroline Street, on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00. A book signing will follow.   

This article first appeared in The Free Lance-Star newspaper.