When it comes to sharing history with young people, nothing brings it alive better than a living historian leading activities and offering truly historic objects that can be explored by little hands. This February, observe Black History Month at your library with opportunities to meet living historians from the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, visit a historic one-room school house, or learn about secret code used for the Underground Railroad. These Fabulous Friday: Journey to Freedom events are happening at five of CRRL's library branches.
Let us help make your Valentine's Day love-ly! Check out these classes, books, and activities for fun ideas to make your celebration special.
Oranges bring a warm sweetness to the dreariest winter day. They are full of good things: vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Some oranges are used to make juice while others are eaten just as they are.
Matt, Elizabeth, Sarah (age 9), and Daniel (age 4)
Our family loves to read. We read every night with our children before bed. Matt downloads eBooks from the library and reads every morning and evening as he commutes into DC for work each day. Elizabeth loves the fact that we can try out different books and magazines without cluttering our house. We are so fortunate to live close to Porter library and visit at least once a week to load up on books, movies, magazines, or to participate in one of the children’s activities.
We’re excited to announce a new book group.
The Porter Pairings group is meeting at Zibibbo 73: Trattoria and Wine Bar. Their staff have worked with us to pair a wine selection with each title we read. Each month, you’ll get to read a great book and try a new wine.
Gone are the libraries with librarians shushing children for the slightest noise. Now we have libraries that encourage play and having fun, all while getting children ready to read.
Do You Have a Library Card?
Your library card is the most important card you’ll ever own! If you already have one, that’s great, but what about your spouse? Your child? Your dad? Get one for every member of your family. As a key to lifelong education, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything the CRRL has to offer, how can you do without? If you haven’t checked out the public library recently, you’re missing something great!
Every year, as the hubbub from the winter holidays dies down and the year approaches its close, I am not saddened by the taking down of the tinsel but excited at the next holiday to come. New Year's, of course! Yet it's not the late-night partying and champagne that I look forward to. It's the resolutions. You see, I am one of those crazy people who actually loves reflecting on the year and improving my life. But, wait! Don't stop reading yet! If you're one of those people so jaded by past experiences with un-met resolutions that you've actually resolved only to "not make a resolution at all," I promise there's a way you can set a goal for the new year and actually make progress towards completing it.
Not really, but I wish the Force were strong with me. However, my love of Star Wars is strong, even if I won’t go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night (crowds, *shudder*). Despite this, I will not temper my enthusiasm! I have crocheted a Yoda and an R2D2. I am preparing to brave the theaters and the crowds to see the movie. Just not on opening night.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library staff was devastated to learn of the death of Elizabeth (Betsey) Ellis, who worked in Youth Services at our Headquarters Library for nearly 18 years until her retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family and all who are affected by this terrible event. We were touched when just a few days later, the family contacted us about asking for donations to be made in her name to the library.
Betsey loved doing storytimes and working with children, so in her honor these donations will be used to purchase children's books that will be labeled with a nameplate in her memory. Learn more about Betsey here. If you are interested in honoring Betsey's memory in this way, please send donations to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.