Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and life. We are proud to partner with the following local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community:
Did you know?
- Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who aren't?
- 90% percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten?
- The seeds of a desirable workforce skills-critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five?
What can you do?
Bring your children and spread the word about the library’s Grow a Reader classes. Each class is presented by specially trained staff who share stories, songs and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.
- Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!
- Read to your child daily and keep it fun! Stop reading as soon as they show you they're done.
- Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start!
Teens, now you can find your own space at Headquarters Library in Fredericksburg. Come to the second floor, and see what’s in store.
The official Opening Night Pizza Party is set for Tuesday, March 28, from 7:30 to 8:30. The library’s Teen Council and HQ Youth Services staff will be there to welcome you. Besides delicious pizza, there will be:
15 brand spanking new Chromebooks available for checkout. During the party or at any other time the library is open, they can be used anywhere on the second floor and can be used with earphones for a bit of privacy.
We'll also have XBox One with the following games:
- Halo 5: Guardians
- LEGO Jurassic World
- UFC 2 Deluxe Edition
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- NBA 2K16
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Rocket League Arena
To celebrate National Kite Month, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy these colorful beauties the entire month of April, and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child.
School-aged children, teens, and adults are welcome to join us at Porter Branch on Saturday, April 29, 9:30-12:00, to build, decorate, and (weather permitting) learn to fly your very own kite! Please sign up at the Research Desk, or call 540-659-4909.
Investing for the first time or changing your allocations can be very confusing. It’s hard to know if your choices have a good outlook or if they have had a dismal performance in the past.
The library can help with that! All library cardholders have access to Morningstar Investment Research Center, which provides expert insight on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the library will be hosting a class, Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My, on the basics of Morningstar Investment Research Center. This class will be held at England Run Branch on Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30, and at Salem Church Branch on Monday, April 17, 6:30-7:30.
From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*
Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:
In the Library:
From March 16-30, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of Art of the Pie. Author Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. In Art of the Pie, she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version of this book will be available to all library customers to download for free. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
For the second year, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth about teen violence and suicide.
March is Women’s History Month, so I am highlighting books about women and their roles in history and the world today. Though I hope that young readers are exposed to books about a variety of people and places all year long, the focus of a history month provides an opportunity to pay closer attention to groups of people who have been underrepresented in literature and the study of history. As usual, I had a hard time choosing my favorite books for this theme, so instead I’ve selected titles that exemplify a few of the ways women’s stories can be presented.
Books that contain a collection of profiles or short biographies can be a great way to learn a little bit about several people in a short amount of time and are also helpful in gaining a big-picture view of what that group of people have in common. Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, both by Kate Schatz, present short profiles of women from history and today who have made an impact in their professions, their countries, or the world. Some of the women, such as Sonia Sotomayor, Nellie Bly, and Malala Yousafzai, are fairly well-known, but many are not, a reminder to readers that women have often made significant contributions that have gone unrecognized.
Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!
The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.
Starting March 1, no matter where customers live in Westmoreland County, they will be able to take advantage of library services during the hours we typically consider "normal" CRRL operating hours. Without any added costs, the Cooper, Montross and Newton branches will soon be open six days a week, with at least one library location open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Soon, Westmoreland County students with last-minute homework needs, adults who need to use a computer, and children needing books will be able to find an open library in their county every day but Sunday.