If you’re a fan of all things comic, from Marvel to Pokemon, you’ll want to check out CRRL's Third Annual Comic Art Show during the month of May. The best part of the exhibit is that everyone is invited to participate. Artists of all ages can submit one to two original pieces of comic work. From paneled stories to canvas portraits, submissions in many forms will be on display. Detailed rules, framing requirements, and registration forms can be found in brochures at all library branches and online. Artwork submissions will be accepted at Salem Church Branch from Friday, April 21, to Friday, April 28.
Celebrate at the opening reception on Saturday, May 13, 2:30-4:30, where fans can mingle with artists and enjoy comic art activities.
Maya Angelou is famous today for her memorable words. She should also be remembered for her indomitable spirit.
Looking for a new read? Check out these five popular and brand-new adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.
Besides being a business development officer at NSWC Federal Credit Union, Stephanie Lyles is also on the board of the Leadership Colloquium at UMW, which prepares women to work toward "a lifetime of leadership." Winner of the Laurie A. Wideman Enterprising Woman's Award, Stephanie has been recognized as an "independent, energetic spirit" as well as being "ready to act in business and in the community, and lead with values of the highest level of integrity and honesty."
This month, Stephanie shares her personal and professional favorites with our library community.
Comics fans, we’re up to our masks preparing for the 3rd annual CRRL-Con on May 20, and you’re likely designing a super costume for it, but we think you’ll want to set aside your cape-sewing for just an hour to attend this program! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, is coming to Porter Branch on Thursday, May 11, from 7:00-8:00.
Of all the seasons, spring seems to be the most anxiously awaited. It brings the promise of warmer weather, longer days, and the explosion of nature’s beauty with spring flowers, soft spring grass, and baby animals in abundance. Celebrate all the wonders of spring with a child by sharing one (or a bunch!) of these spring-themed books.
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.