Although the recent warm weather has made it easy to forget, last week's non-stop rain was a harsh reminder that “winter is coming.” While that’s not as ominous for us as it is for the characters in “The Game of Thrones, ” it’s still time to prepare. Not with bread, milk and toilet paper, but with books. Ideally big, thick ones that suck you right in and make you forget everything around you. I realize at this time that many of you are thinking about the impending holidays and a tremendous lack of time, but consider how getting the right book into your child’s hands could provide the distraction needed to allow you to wrap presents or make something special. Here are some of the recent reads that I have devoured.
Grow A Reader Outreach is designed to serve preschoolers and the adults who care for and teach them. This program currently visits 17 preschools, 26 childcare facilities, one home childcare, and the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County.
What do participants receive?
-books & theme bags
Bags of Fun!
This readalike is in response to a customer'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.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann: A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's allegory comes alive in the voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.
If you enjoyed Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann for the writing, the family story and the setting, you may enjoy these titles:
American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.-catalog summary
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. (catalog description)
Whether they’re working on class assignments, playing games, or meeting up with friends, teenagers visit OurSpace at the Salem Church Branch every Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:30.
OurSpace is a wireless computer space for middle school and high school students for teens who need room to study, visit with friends, and just be themselves, OurSpace is one of the most popular places to go in the library.
For many of us Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Pools and amusement parks open to a regular schedule, children bring out their water toys, picnics are planned, and moms start dreading the increased loads of laundry.
Amidst all this excitement, we should always pause and take a few moments to honor the service members who have served and given their lives for this country.
One way to honor these brave men and women is to provide resources that can assist their family members and also all the surviving veterans and military members.
The Alzheimer's Association will present a series of free workshops at Porter Branch for anyone interested in learning more about acting as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's disease. The first three-part series covers information for caregivers of persons in the early stages of the disease and is particularly well-suited for the new caregiver. The workshop meets on three consecutive Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17, from 10:00-11:30.
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 by Władysław Szpilman: A Jewish pianist's real-life account of survival in World War II Warsaw.
If you like The Pianist, you may also like the following titles:
Plum pudding, carolers in the snow, holly and ivy, mince pies, candles on a fir tree, wassail, and Christmas crackers—all of these and more live in my mind’s eye as a result of all of the English Christmas stories I have read and re-read over the years. The quintessential English tale of Christmas is probably Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Picture books may be short, but sometimes you have to read many just to find a few that are really great. Gorgeous illustrations aren’t enough, the story has to be well told and interesting, Great text doesn’t stand alone either; if the illustrations aren’t appealing then it’s hard to save the story. Here are a few recently published picture books whose illustrations and text come together to create fun and enjoyment for all ages!
Looking for something a little different? From celebrating Christmas as they did in colonial Fredericksburg to learning about winter holidays all over the world, CRRL offers lots of options for all ages. Find the event that’s right for you with Winter Celebrations at CRRL.