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Feature Articles - Arts

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 2:02am

The App Can Do That: Digital Library Card

The App Can Do That!

If you've got a smartphone—and our new app—you'll always have your library card.

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 2:02am
Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the World

Making bread from flour, yeast, water/milk and whatever else goes into your recipe is one of the most satisfying things a person of any age can learn, and there are so many good lessons for homeschooling, too. There’s measuring, of course, but there are a lot of little things that baking reinforces. Patience: it takes time for a loaf of bread to rise. An eye for detail: how do you know when the bread is mixed enough? When it's done? Sharing: whether you’re sharing an Amish or sourdough starter or a complete loaf of bread, sharing can be the best part of baking.

Even with all those good lessons, author Elizabeth Harbison and illustrator John Harbison go it one better by including a cheerful history of bread making in their book, Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the World. You’ll learn how people across the world and across time have made their bread. They might use different kinds of flour. They might not even use yeast. But it’s all bread, made to be enjoyed—and shared.

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 2:02am

Remembering the Vietnam War: Community Discussion

War and Peace Talk

Join us for a panel discussion on Thursday, November 30 at the Fredericksburg Branch.

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:02am
The Lumberjack's Beard by Duncan Beedie

Big Jim Hickory is a lumberjack.

Every day, he awakes next to a forest, in a little log cabin, and he completes his morning routine: Limbering-up exercises—it's very important to limber up if you're a lumberjack. Jim also has a hearty breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup before he sets out with his trusty ax and heads into the forest.

CHOP-CHOPPETY-CHOP! Jim's ax echoes at every tree he cuts.

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 2:02am

5 Hot New Titles for November

Books for Your "You" Time

Explore a library at the edge of the world, join Jack Reacher on his latest case, or go lunar with smuggler Jazz Bashara in Andy Weir’s new novel.

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:11am
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens
As the six Cynster families gather together for the holidays at snowbound Casphairn Manor in Scotland, Claire Meadows, widow, and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter starts a relationship with tutor Daniel Crosbie. (catalog summary)

In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel
by Isabel Allende

Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. (catalog summary)
 

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:43am
Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter
Sandy, David, and Peter met as bored teenagers vacationing with their parents on a small resort island. The horrific crime they committed five years ago bound them together forever, cursing their friendship in blood and setting them on a path toward nihilism and destruction. Now in their early twenties, the glamorous and sophisticated trio has come to an exclusive ski resort just days before Christmas to satisfy their appetite for danger and enjoy the physical company of the only human beings they can still tolerate: one another. But an interloper soon finds her way into their closed circle. Mary Margaret is no gullible innocent. She's smart and mischievous and appears bent on tearing the friends apart. Will Sandy, Peter, and David keep their sinister ménage-à-trois intact, or have they finally met their match? (catalog summary)



Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons—and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she'd never had a chance to do in court. Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case—and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? (catalog summary)

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:45am
Cozy Concerts to Warm Your Winter

This winter, you can take the chill off in England Run Branch's cozy living room setting, complete with fireplace, at the Fireside Concert Series, held on second Saturdays from 2:00-3:00.

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:01am
Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham

The last time we saw historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce, they were solving a series of murders in the Boston area (Dying Breath & Dark Rites) with the FBI's paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters. After the wrap-up of these cases, Vickie and Griffin are eager to begin their new life together in Virginia.

Now comes their next baffling case in Wicked Deeds, involving none other than the Master of Horror himself . . . Edgar Allan Poe.

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