Kids Blog

Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:26pm
Time Travel -- Patawomeck Style

Time travel to the year 1608 in a Patawomeck village set up at the Salem Church Branch on Saturday, November 5, between 9:00 and 3:00.

Local Patawomeck tribe members will transform the library grounds into their village as it was when Captain John Smith sailed up the Potomac River. Chief John Lightner says, “We take great pride in bringing history to life by creating actual experiences for people. You get a taste of the real thing.”

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 8:54am
Jumpstart's Read for the Record: October 27, 2016

Celebrate literacy by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience. During last year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, over 2.2 million people participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is going to help. Together on this special day, we'll support the Jumpstart organization in its efforts to promote early childhood education.

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 8:36am
Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for his creative and lively drawing books, as well as 1992’s Go Away Big Green Monster—a smashing success with audiences around the world.

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:57pm
Halloween Is Here!

October brings a month chock-full of Halloween events for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for a costume parade or chill-inducing stories, the library has you covered!

Halloween Costume Swap 
Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you! Drop off your clean, intact, and stain-free costume at the Salem Church Branch children's desk anytime from September 23 to October 7. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher to be redeemed at the swap on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 to 11:00. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to Loisann's Hope House.

Fabulous Friday: Monster Transformation
Local actors Gene and Linda Nesbitt transform your face into a monster's! Grades K-6. Snow Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:15.

Halloween Craft
Create a decorative Halloween craft with materials from nature! Grades K-6. Montross Branch, Thursday, October 20, 6:30.

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:41pm
Food For Fines: October 9-15, 2016

October 9-15 is Food for Fines Week at all CRRL library branches!

Help celebrate Teen Read Week, and help our community. Donate non-perishable (boxed, canned, or in a sealed bag) food to benefit local food banks and pantries.

For every item that you bring to your library branch, we’ll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!

How it works:

-No expired or dented items
-1 item = $1.00 applied to one customer account, up to a maximum of $10.00
-Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials.
-All donations benefit local food banks and pantries.
-No donations will be accepted before October 9 or after October 15.

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:45am
The Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival

Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the first annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. All book lovers are invited to check out our activity and information table near the

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:38am
Fabulous Friday: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Having problems with pesky yard gnomes—or, maybe even a ghoul in your attic? Come on down to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them event where we’ll celebrate the Harry Potter books (including Fantastic Beasts) and the upcoming release of the new movie! You’ll find advice on all those magical creatures in your life and also some fun wizarding games and activities. Grades K-6.

England Run Branch: October 7, 4:30-5:15

Headquarters Library: October 7, 4:30-5:15*

Salem Church Branch: October 7 and 21, 4:30-5:15

Porter Branch: October 14, 4:30-5:15

*Sponsored by the Teen Council

Check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Kids for suggestions of more great books to explore!

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:43pm
Yellow and black butterfly on a pink flower

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin

In May 2016, Master Gardeners Pat Brown and Annette Leach, along with England Run Branch staff members, prepared soil and planted a butterfly garden. We included both nectar and host plants to attract butterflies and support their life cycles. The nectar plants feed adult butterflies, and, just as important, the host plants support the caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Stop by, and take a look! The garden is located near England Run Branch's drive-up window. The picture below was taken in the England Run Branch garden. Our garden includes:

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 8:56am

Columbus Day is sometimes called Discoverers' Day. In the spirit of discovery, take some time to learn about the world as it was in the days of the European explorers. You can make a compass, learn about the stars, read about other explorers and discoverers, and find how even our way of eating has changed since the Europeans came to the Americas looking for gold, glory, and, yes, tasty cooking spices.

Pizza Without Tomato Sauce?

The explorers who came to the Americas found the food enjoyed by the native people to be very different from what they knew at home. They had never seen tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), pineapples, chili peppers, or even cocoa. The vegetable dishes from the Europe they knew relied on parsnips, cabbages, peas, carrots, turnips, and onions. After being at sea and living off of a diet of lentil soup, salt beef from a barrel, salted sardines, hardtack, and other delights, the fresh, new foods of the islands would have been an astonishing change.