Plum pudding, carolers in the snow, holly and ivy, mince pies, candles on a fir tree, wassail, and Christmas crackers—all of these and more live in my mind’s eye as a result of all of the English Christmas stories I have read and re-read over the years. The quintessential English tale of Christmas is probably Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Picture books may be short, but sometimes you have to read many just to find a few that are really great. Gorgeous illustrations aren’t enough, the story has to be well told and interesting, Great text doesn’t stand alone either; if the illustrations aren’t appealing then it’s hard to save the story. Here are a few recently published picture books whose illustrations and text come together to create fun and enjoyment for all ages!
Looking for something a little different? From celebrating Christmas as they did in colonial Fredericksburg to learning about winter holidays all over the world, CRRL offers lots of options for all ages. Find the event that’s right for you with Winter Celebrations at CRRL.
For many people, the day after Halloween is the official kick-off of the holiday season. Lights are out in front of the mall, the stores put their holiday wares front and center, cookie recipes are dusted off, and children pull out a fresh sheets of paper for their wish lists. The season heats up even more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as people start stressing out over gift lists, school events, and merry-making to-do lists.
For many other people, however, the holiday season is one of a different kind of stress. There is worry about the colder months and the heating bill, about not having enough money for gifts, or getting through the season without a loved one. This season, instead of perusing the “Hot Toys of 2015” lists, why not set a personal or family goal to make it truly a season of giving, rather than receiving?
When I was fresh out of college and a first year teacher, I was very interested in applying all my knowledge, both practical and book-learned. The paraprofessional who worked with me in my classroom once joked, “When you have kids of your own, you’re going to read every book about raising kids and then find out that they can’t really tell you anything!!” Well, many years later, her words have come true . . . but just partially. With the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, I have access to hundreds of books on child-rearing—all I have to do is place a hold.
An alarming number of Americans have diabetes, a potentially life-threatening condition, without even knowing it. This serious disease often goes undiagnosed in seniors because many of the symptoms seem harmless and are mistaken for “old age” problems.
If your family is anything like mine, you are both excited and overwhelmed by today’s many wonderful movie choices. We could spend an entire day in the theater and still not see all that we would like. If we tried we would end up broke and probably feeling a little sick from too much popcorn and candy. Luckily, once again books come to the rescue! Any interest in the following movies can be met through these terrific titles which both you and your children will enjoy.
We believe you can write the Great American Novel during NaNoWriMo. But if you say you just don't have the time this year, although you are a worthy writer, here's your chance to prove it: Write your opus in six words! Yes, exactly six words, as inspired by the six-word memoirs concept by Larry Smith, based on the legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a novel in six words and came back with this winner: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Present your work to your friendly neighborhood CRRL librarian during November, and we'll share the best of the best at each branch and online. You can also tweet us your six-word novel by mentioning us @crrlnews and using #6wordnovel.
Library Journal Index, a national rating system designed to recognize America’s best public libraries, has once again named the CRRL a “Star Library.” The Central Rappahannock Regional Library was awarded four stars for the second year in a row and was honored with the star designation for the eighth year in a row. Only two other Virginia libraries earned stars this year.