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.
Grow a Reader Workshop - Coming Soon! Sign up Now!
What: "Sprouting Success for Young Minds"
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:00-9:00 (snow date March 2, 2016)
Where: England Run Branch - call 540-899-1703 to register at the Youth Services Desk
Who: For preschool teachers, caregivers, and anyone who works with young children
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.
Are you as intrigued and enchanted by butterflies as I am? Come to the England Run Branch and learn how to attract them to your yard and create a sustainable butterfly habitat. Master Gardener Mary Henderson will talk about choosing plants, what types of butterflies you're likely to attract, and more! Thursday, February 25, 7:00 - 8:30.
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.
Who wants a fun way to learn? I do! I do! SkillSurfer is HelpNow’s portal to the Learning Library, where you can find waves of learning fun and skill building activities. By selecting a learning level (elementary, middle, high school, or college) and a subject (math, reading, science, writing, social studies, and more), you will have access to an ocean of opportunities to ride the wave of learning.
We’re excited to announce a new book group. Come to the first meeting on January 12, at 7:00, to help us get the Porter Pairings Book Group off the ground!
We’re meeting at Zibibbo 73: Trattoria and Wine Bar. The 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!