Feature Articles - Arts

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:30am
If you like the Midnight Crossroads series

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own). Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth. (catalog summary)

Midnight, Texas is an upcoming American drama television series set to be broadcast on NBC as a midseason entry to the 2016–17 network television schedule. The series is based on the book series of the same name by author Charlaine Harris, who also created the books True Blood is based on.

Did you like Midnight Crossroad? Check out the other titles in the series, along with addtional, spooky book titles.

Day Shift by Charlaine HarrisNight Shift by Charlaine Harris


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday. (catalog summary)
 

 


Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:49pm
Ready, Set, Launchpad!

There is a new way for kids to learn at home and at the library! Playaway Launchpads are kid-friendly tablets preloaded with educational (and ad-free) apps, books, and games, available for ages 3-5 and 5-7 for two-week checkout periods. The apps enhance skills in math, science, language learning, English language arts, critical thinking, and creativity. Launchpads are 100% safe and secure. They do not connect to wifi or request personal information. There is even a screen for an adult to check up on what a child has been playing and see which skills have been tested. Kids can score Discovery Points in each activity. With their points, they can "purchase" accessories for their own avatars.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:25am

Many people find one of the most enjoyable aspects of Halloween to be the myriad creatures associated with it. Legendary villains such as Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and zombies of all stripes emerge on or about October 31st in the forms of costumes, films, and books. America’s tendency to associate such creatures with Halloween is so embedded in our culture that we frequently forget that most of these creatures—or at least the versions of them we best remember—are relatively recent creations that are often less than two centuries old. This series explores the origins and evolution of Halloween’s and Hollywood's best-loved ghouls and beasts.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:56am
Summer Reading in Full Swing at Library
Everyone can be a part of Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Summer Reading. Sign up to track your reading, earn badges, complete missions, win prizes, and have fun. 

So far, the numbers from June show that our readers really like Summer Reading:
 

-7,870 people signed up 

-15,639 badges earned 

-2,938 titles reviewed

-Games played 11,720 times

-6,432 book lists completed

-5,565 free prizes won

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:52am
A History of Classic Monsters: The Invisible Man

H.G. Wells, the author of The Time Machine (1895) and The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), released his fourth novel, The Invisible Man, in 1897.

Many of his readers were surprised to discover that Wells had adopted a third person narrative instead of the first person for this particular novel. The protagonist, Dr. Griffin, is a scientist who is interested in optics. He learns how to invent a way to change a body’s refractive index to that of air. Thus, the body neither absorbs nor reflects light, allowing for invisibility. The ambitious Griffin successfully completes the procedure on himself, but he can’t seem to figure out how to reverse it.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:42am
Frankenstein’s creature has many differences from other popular monsters associated with Halloween. Rather than being based off an ancient legend, religious concept, or historical figure, his origin is solely literary in nature, being confined to one book. Despite this, public perception of the creature has changed greatly since the publication of the original novel, leading to wildly divergent styles and plotlines in its various film adaptations.
 
People’s perceptions of the creature have become so warped by time and decades of misleading film posters and article titles that most use the name “Frankenstein” to refer to the creature itself, rather than the scientist who created him!  An understanding of literary history is necessary to understand the truth of the creature’s tragic history and how decades of film adaptations changed him into the lumbering brute most know him as today.
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:10pm
5 Hot New Titles for August

Check out these five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:29am

Read Around the World

Experience Travel Through Reading

Whether you dream of breezy island beaches or frozen arctic reaches, books can take you anywhere.

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:28am
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Meet Nimona, the girl who desperately wants to be sidekick to the evil villain Sir Ballister Blackheart.

Meet Sir Ballister Blackheart, who really does not want a kid as a sidekick.

After an awkward beginning, settled when Sir Ballister learns of Nimona’s shapeshifting abilities, a team is born!

In Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson, this unlikely duo join forces to take on The Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. The Agency, whose frontman, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, is the archnemesis of Sir Ballister, is an organization of heroes out to rid the world of evil . . . or are they? When Nimona and Sir Ballister uncover an evil plot led by the Institution, they set out to thwart it. But, will anybody believe that an evil villain and his dubious sidekick could be out to do good?

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