What do traffic lights, self-inking stamps, and blood banks all have in common? They’re just a few of the contributions by African American inventors we’re highlighting in a rotating series of interactive displays this February!
The Atlas of Mysterious Places is filled with wonder, adventure, and amazing photographs. A perfect book for an armchair explorer and dreamer, especially during these winter nights, it conjures landscapes of civilizations waiting to be rediscovered.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson: "Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?" (Book summary)
If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you may also like these titles for the wit, beauty of the language, and the great characters:
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
A sixty-ish widower misses the companionship of a wife, but has absolutely no desire for dating.
Cutting For Stone by A. Verghese
An Indian nun has an affair with a British surgeon. Their twin sons grow up in Ethiopia, and fall in love with the same woman.
Do you have a beginning reader at home? If so, you’ve probably noticed how challenging it can be to find truly easy books for them to enjoy.
In December 2015, Christie Hoerneman was awarded a "Top Ten of the NextGen" award from the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, which honors an emerging leader who "excels in the business environment, has a passion for community and is innovative in their approach." Christie is the head of Research at the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Do you find reading a little ruff?
Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together. PAWs for reading can help to foster a love of reading within children as well as giving them an opportunity to become more comfortable with reading. Readers can bring a book from home, check out a book from the library when they arrive, or request a book from one of these CRRL booklists for dog lovers:
Most people today have heard of Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly non-stop over the Atlantic Ocean. Fewer people these days are familiar with Anne Morrow Lindbergh, his wife, but, in the mid-20th century, they were both well-known in America and abroad.
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.