Cassel Sharpe, wearing only his underwear, awakes to find himself slowly slipping off the icy roof of his school dorm. He’s clueless about what landed him in such a precarious position (with certain death below) and is equally unsure about navigating his way back safely. Thus begins White Cat, the first book in The Curse Workers series, by Holly Black.
Cassel comes from a family of workers, a worker being someone—who with the slightest touch of a fingertip—has the power to place spells, change memories, or even kill. Although his grandfather, mother and brothers each possess one of the above-mentioned skills, Cassel appears to have been skipped when the special talents were being passed out. He tries to live a normal life away from the family madness by attending school at Wallingford.
Spring Book Sale: Saturday, April 21 - Wednesday, April 25
Don't miss our HUGE semi-annual book sale at Headquarters Library. The library theater will be overflowing with great bargains for every book lover.
Friends' Preview Party: Friday, April 20, 7:00-9:00pm
You can join the Friends at the door!
Book sale dates & times:
Saturday, April 21 - 9am-5:30pm
Sunday, April 22 - 1-5pm (the library will be closed but the book sale will be open)
Monday, April 23 - 9am-9pm
Tuesday, April 24 - 9am-9pm
Wednesday, April 25 - 9am-9pm
The numbers are in, and there's no doubt - you belong at your library!
You love to read:
You checked out 5,338,882 books, movies and music
You browsed 60,628 eBooks
You have a business plan:
You attended 903 office skills classes
2,189 of you got help with your taxes
You checked out 10,804 business eBooks, databases & periodicals
You're not done learning:
You visited our databases 43,956 times
4,168 of you got 24/7 online reference help
You got 843,326 questions answered
You live for music:
You attended Music on the Steps with 3,410 of your friends
You are wired:
You used library computers 238,713 times
You clicked on LibraryPoint.org 1,600,880 times
You need some homework help:
You and 3,643 other students used the library's online homework help service
You want your children's minds to grow:
21,743 preschoolers learned early literacy skills at the library
You are part of your community and so is your library:
CRRL Librarians connected 22,760 students with the best in books
You connected with 110,132 people at 15,341 meetings and programs
Thousands of you enjoyed library exhibits by local artists and movies on the big screen
Have you and your loved ones made your healthcare end of life decisions yet? Have you drafted an Advance Directive to communicate your end of life choices in writing? Monday, April 16th marks the Fifth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Consider setting aside some time in your busy schedule to learn more about end of life care options and possible medical decisions that can arise during a health crisis.
To learn more about Advance Directives and other information about end of life decisions, please visit the “Advance Directive” section of the SeniorNavigator website.
You will find Virginia Advance Directive forms here to complete, as well as a link to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advance Health Care Directive Registry, where you can securely store your medical power-of-attorney, do-not-resusitate orders, and other health care wishes.
SeniorNavigator is the go-to website for Virginians who need information on services for our citizens of "a certain age!" Caregiving, housing and long term care, transportation, and legal and financial information for the aging can be found at SeniorNavigator.org.
This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
The Peacemaker by Lori Copeland: "Bull-headed Wynne Elliot has one goal in mind: to track down Cass Claxton and shoot him dead for leaving her at the altar and running off with her money. But when Cass's brother Cole shows up, Wynne finds herself on an unexpected adventure, and she just might lose her heart." (catalog summary)
If you like The Peacemaker, you may also enjoy these titles:
Land of My Heart by Tracie Peterson.
Peterson paints an unforgettable portrait of this rich, rugged landscape, populated by strong and spirited characters. When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move to a ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugged frontier will not be the idyllic adventure she expects. (Catalog summary)
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke.
Marty and Clark Davis' tragic circumstances brought them to a "marriage of convenience" on the frontier prairies during the mid 1800s. The story of how Clark's patient, caring love mirrored that of the heavenly Father, drawing Marty to faith and to love, has captured the hearts and imaginations of many readers. (Adapted from the book description)
What is a bear’s favorite baseball team? Why the Cubs of course! In Grin and Bear It, by Leo Landry, Bear is becoming confident in telling his jokes on Woodland Stage in front of all his friends. The only foreseeable problem is that Bear suffers from stage fright. Whenever he tries to speak in front of people, his knees knock, his paws pause, his fur freezes while he stutters, barely being able to speak. Bear rehearses over and over again in front of his mirror while constantly writing new jokes. He feels ready.
A show of fifteen new works by Nancy Brittle is on display during regular library hours through April in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery.
The show is called "Around the House and in the Garden."
All of the paintings are oils and show daily life in and about our home. Family and friends hanging up the wash, putting on a roof, building a fence, ironing the party cloth, and gathering flowers with the ever faithful canine friends are the subjects for these works.
View more of Nancy's works at her web site: www.nancybrittle.com
Contact Nancy directly if you are interested in purchasing her work: firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy Gathering Garden Flowers
The recent movie War Horse, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, succeeded in showing the strong emotional connections between horses and people. Indeed, this bond was much a part of human history and everyday life up to the middle of the 20th century. Tamsin Pickeral’s book, The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art, is as much about history of this relationship as it is about art.
From Neolithic horse hunters’ vivid and probably shamanic cave paintings in France to portraits of proud aristocrats and royalty with their prized possessions to scenes such as the mournful “Ownerless Horse on the Battlefield at Mozhaisk in 1812,” by Adam Albrecht, the horses depicted are as much a projection of human feeling as they are simple studies in landscape or nature.
The University of Mary Washington's 2012 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 12, with a lecture on the Wright Brothers by James Tobin, author of To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight.
Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful tests of a heavier than air, engine-powered machine in 1903. The Wright brothers, high school dropouts who were self-taught mechanical and aeronautic engineers, typified the legendary ethic of American know-how. Author James Tobin is a specialist in literary journalism and narrative history at Miami University of Ohio. His first book, Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.
All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are free and open to the public.
For more about the lives of the Wright Brothers check out these resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Ever wonder why some people just seem to be more successful at certain activities than others? Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, seeks to discover what gives certain people an edge to success while others seem to be left behind. Gladwell looks at athletes, lawyers, major players in the computer business, and even pilots to determine what these people have in common that makes their successes less the result of being statistical outliers— possessing higher personal attributes--and more the result of when and where they were born. This book breaks down the fortune of society's major power players to show that sheer talent may not be the only thing that successful people have in common.