On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and all the people get quiet as they remember the reason for the celebration.
When the American colonists declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, they were doing a very brave thing. They knew that there would be no easy way to make the words they put on paper real. The Continental Army would have to fight for the country's right to exist. You can read more about Independence Day with books from this holiday list.
People made up new songs, often using old tunes, and sung them in the streets of America. These were full of pride and jokes about the British. There were lots of them! Some, like Yankee Doodle, are classics we still remember, and many songs told the war news, such as An American Frigate,* that tells the tale of one of John Paul Jones' battles on the sea.
Mary Lennox arrives at Misselthwaite Manor in the dead of winter, an angry orphan with serious trust issues. Everything at the Yorkshire estate seems closed off to her. And there are secrets. A mysterious cousin, a distant uncle, and a separate, walled-off garden—to which she’s found the key.
“He'll be famous—a legend . . . there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!"
—Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter is the boy who lived, but, for many of us, he is also the boy who made reading interesting again and brought magic to life. He is also the boy who, through his adventures and friends, taught us a lot about the world and who we wanted to be. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play based on a new, original story, opens in London on July 30, followed by a next-day script publication. You can reserve a copy of the script now.
We are excited we can pass on the joy of Harry Potter to the next round of readers—not only through the books we grew up with, but with a new story for a new generation. This, of course, gives us librarians a perfect excuse to celebrate all things Harry Potter!
One of the defining features of the Fredericksburg area is the Rappahannock River. It played a large role in history, and we Virginians love our history. But this year, we want to focus on a different aspect of the river. This year, let’s talk about its wildlife.
As part of our Summer Reading celebration, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is happy to welcome back The Wildlife Center of Virginia for one of our programs! You can meet some of the wild animals that depend on the river for survival and find out how your actions affect the river, the surrounding environment, and ultimately the animals themselves in a special program: Journey Along the River.