Every Wednesday night when I was a child, I would put on my most old-fashioned nightgown and the bonnet my mother had sewn and watch Little House on the Prairie. I received the Garth Williams illustrated books as a Christmas present and read them repeatedly. Little did I know, but I was “geeking” out and “cosplaying” (short for costume play.) Recently, I watched a Little House reunion on TV and was enthralled by all three hours, and, no, I didn’t wear my bonnet. The only thing that would have made it better was having someone to share it with.
I'm a librarian with a confession to make. I have not read The Grapes of Wrath nor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I find Dickens depressing. The Catcher in the Rye? I put it down after the first two chapers. After you finish gasping, I will explain. I have read hundreds (likely thousands) of books in my life, many classics and many hugely popular. I have read verse, poetry, graphic novels, biographies, comics, fantasies, dystopians, long books, short ones, and those in between. But there is still a long list of classic and popular books that, up until recently, I have been ashamed to admit I have yet to read .
Even without a visit to a local art museum, young children can be exposed to great art. Picture books offer not just great stories, but are a feast of color, movement, and images that stimulate not only children’s brains, but also their creativity. When selecting these books, make a conscious effort to choose a variety of styles, not just those that immediately appeal to you, and let your child pick some as well. Broad exposure will excite the imagination! In the following titles, art and story combine for terrific and creative books that are bound to inspire.
Tiny houses are all the rage, and now you can see why for yourself. A model tiny home will be set up at the Salem Church Branch on Monday, May 16, from 4:00-7:00 for you to tour, courtesy of Tiny House Building Company. Staff will be on site to answer questions. Explore how living with less can be comfortable, rewarding, and economical. Complete your visit by checking out some of our books on tiny houses!
Join us for Fun Fest, and wrap up the summer with a fun, family-friendly celebration at the library.
Organizations from across our community will gather at Fun Fest to celebrate children, families, and the fun of summer with games, activities, ice pops, and more. You might make bubbles or play a bean bag toss game. You might see dogs or ponies. Each library will have something special to enjoy. Visit more than one Fun Fest to multiply your fun!
Our online catalog has a new feature to help your renew your materials faster: the Renew All button, located at the top right of your Checked Out page. Whether you have out 1 or 111 items, you can now renew them with just a couple of clicks and receive speedy notification of any items that cannot be renewed.
This summer, enjoy hands-on, explore-it-yourself Discovery Tables at your library! Whether playing a constellation game or practicing their spy skills, children will enjoy this rotating series of self-guided STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.
Summer is almost here! Sure, that means warm weather, time at the pool and/or beach, and time spent outside with friends, but it also means that it’s time for summer reading. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! We are getting ready with awesome prizes for your family based on the number of minutes you read (or are read to!). Don’t forget, attending our Grow a Reader classes counts as time towards your minutes total.
"I live in Fredericksburg with my wife, and I have a Chihuahua and a Brussels griffon. I play in a rock band called Sequels, and I host a podcast called Comic Cons about anything comic book-related where we review comic book movies. I also host a podcast called Real to Really?!? about movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s."
Summer is almost here! Which means no school and time to play or lounge around outside. But it also means that it’s time for summer reading. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! So, to kick it off, we’re excited to bring you Fabulous Friday: Game On! It's a great way to celebrate and launch into summer vacation. Grades K-6.