DASH for the STASH—And a Chance to Win the $1,000 IRA Prize!
Visit any branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library between March 15 and May 15 to participate in the DASH for the STASH contest being held as part of Financial Literacy Month. The statewide winner for Virginia will be awarded $1,000 to open or add to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), thanks to the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and the The Virginia Division of Securities and Retail Franchising.
April is when we celebrate National Kite Month. How? GO FLY A KITE! The more you fly a kite, the more you are celebrating! You can train for it if you want by sneaking in a few flights in March! Here are some books and other resources to help you prepare. Kids can get enjoy folktales, history, and fun stories found in our list, Let's Go Fly a Kite!
MR ALBERT CAMPION
Coups neatly executed
Nothing sordid, vulgar or plebian
Deserving cases preferred
Police no object
So reads the business card of Margery Allingham’s detective/adventurer, Albert Campion.
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Technology has become an integral part of our lives, to the point that many of us can’t imagine (or remember) life before we had personal computers and cell phones. Technology is also a huge part of literature, from characters with cell phones to cyborgs & robots to space travel. In honor of Teen Tech Week (March 6-12, 2016), I’ve created a list with some of my favorite young adult titles that feature technology—and one that features life after technology fails.
Also, don’t forget to come see us for Teen Tech Week: Create It At Your Library.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: "Shifting among multiple viewpoints but focusing mostly on blind French teenager Marie-Laure and Werner, a brilliant German soldier just a few years older than she, this novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. The main protagonists are brave, sensitive, and intellectually curious, and in another time they might have been a couple. But they are on opposite sides of the horrors of World War II, and their fates ultimately collide in connection with the radio-a means of resistance for the Allies and just one more avenue of annihilation for the Nazis. Set mostly in the final year of the war but moving back to the 1930s and forward to the present, the novel presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending." (Library Journal)
If you enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See, you may also like these titles:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can." (Book Description)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
"Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe." (Book Description)
“The sharper your knife, the less you cry.”
Chefs dominate the cooking industry; the big ones have TV shows, cookbooks, their own magazines. Because of them, there are cooking shows for every taste and better produce in your local market. Here is a selection of notable memoirs; two of the authors uplifted home cooking in America.
Join us in our Rappahannock Reads program, a community-wide invitation to read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works: A True Story, by Dan Harris. In choosing this title for community engagement, we thought, "Who doesn't want to be happier?!"
Dr. McLaughlin has been practicing mindfulness meditation for nearly 20 years and teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at Mary Washington Hospital. He is a founder and teacher at the Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg and the Yoga Foundation of Fredericksburg.
He has been practicing yoga, tai chi, and chi gong for over 10 years and participated in the MBSR training program with Jon Kabat Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
A non-juried exhibit of artistic works inspired by poetry.
May 27-June 30 at Headquarters Library
All artists ages 18 and up are invited to participate. Artistic works must be inspired by a poem of your choice, original, and completed in the last five years. Although the show is not juried, all pieces may not be accepted due to limited space.