“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:
Salem Church Branch is getting a face-lift thanks to Spotsylvania County Facilities Management. The entire interior of the library is currently being repainted. Painters from R.W. Hitt, Inc. are taking it section by section, but, in order to complete the project, the library will close most of the building on Thursday, September 22. That day the branch will open as an "express" and provide:
—Access to and checkout of holds.
The letters your grandfather wrote from the front lines in World War II to your grandmother on the home front. The wedding dress that’s been handed down from generation to generation. How do you insure that these precious family heirlooms are preserved for your children? Learn how at two workshops to be held at the Salem Church Branch on Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, October 6.
View the moon with David Abbou, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, at the library’s Meet the Moon event on Saturday, October 8. We’re celebrating the annual International Observe the Moon Night at the Porter Branch with an open house from 7:00-8:30. We’ve partnered with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club and invite everyone to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.
The completion of the Strategic Plan and the adoption of a new library mission and vision were the perfect catalysts for updating the CRRL logo. Our talented in-house Graphics Team developed many possibilities, and, after much consideration, we finally narrowed it down to one choice. Our new logo combines books with the digital frontier that is explored through laptops, the Internet, and eBooks.
You’ll soon see the new logo on the posters and flyers that we print in-house, and it will be featured in the winter issue of our @ Your Library magazine, which will be published in November. Our website and online platforms will gradually have a new look, too, thanks to our Digital Services Team. It will feature not just the new logo, but a new color scheme as well.
Family game night is a fun way for kids and grown ups to spend time together. Whether you’re already raising the next generation of Scrabble champions or are diving into family gaming for the first time, here’s your chance to discover great games and activities that kids and grown ups will love! Join us at one of our special Get Your Game On events and try out some exciting new games for the whole family. All ages are welcome. Sponsored by Chalk N’ More.
Have you been told to watch your cholesterol? What does that mean? LDL? HDL? Good cholesterol? Bad cholesterol? What’s your number? Is that high? Who knows?
Join Patrick Neustatter, MD, and the Fredericksburg Food Cooperative for “Problems and Prejudices with Cholesterol Treatment—Is Your Doctor Advising Medicine for a Nutritional Issue?” on Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-8:00, Headquarters Library. Delicious cholesterol-free food samples will be provided.
Children today spend about half as much time outdoors as their parents did. It's believed children who play outside have improved creativity and concentration and may show less aggression.
Join Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Nature Educator Mimi Dempsey for a parents-only evening to learn about incorporating outdoor nature play into your family activities. Please meet in Room 2 at Headquarters Library on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30. A “river walk” along the Rappahannock will follow the informational session (weather permitting), so dress accordingly.
Ahoy, Maties! Talk Yerself Into a Coupon!
On Monday, the 19th o' SeptembARRRR, 'tis Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. If ye natter to a library crew member like a scurvy pirate yer gonna receive a jolly coupon fer a doubloon ($1) off yer fines or fer one free book from the Buckos of the Library booksale.* Not sure how a band o' pirates speak? No worries! Ye can learn how usin' Mango Languages via www.librarypoint.org/research. *One coupon per sailor!
Are your staff members new to proposal writing? Finding grants? The Foundation Center in DC is offering two special training events, absolutely free. "Introduction to Proposal Writing" is being held on Wednesday, September 7, 11:00–12:30, and "Introduction to Finding Grants" is offered on Thursday, September 15, 10:00–11:30.