What's the most important card you own? Here at CRRL, we think it's your library card! A library card is a key to lifelong learning, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything CRRL has to offer.
From January 16–20, kindergarten students in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties and the City of Fredericksburg will receive something special from their teachers. An application for a library card! The goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of over 700,000 books, DVDs and audios; grade-saving homework help; and fun after-school enrichment opportunities available to them from the public library.
Last year, some library staff members, including myself, challenged others—and our customers—to complete the 2016 Read Harder book challenge from Book Riot. I’ve been trying to expand beyond the books I typically read within the children’s department (and outside of it), so that I will have a better base for recommending books. However, in May, we had our first child. So I did what I could, but a newborn really does eat up a lot of time and energy. Unsurprisingly, I did not read a book in every Book Riot category, although I read multiple books in some categories. Here are the books I read for Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge. If you are interested in seeing what books other staff members have read, check out our 2016 Reading Challenge Pinterest board here.
If you would like to participate in a reading challenge in 2017, look at our 2017 Reading Challenge Pinterest board, where we are featuring more than one reading challenge to try. Will I read for all of them? Will you? Let's make this a challenge accepted.
This May for the first time, Central Rappahannock Regional Library will be running a trebuchet contest. A trebuchet is a kind of medieval siege engine. Full-sized ones were used to smash down castle walls. This contest will be a fun, family event, and you can join in by bringing your handcrafted trebuchet and testing it against your competitors!
The new year brings resolutions for a lot of us, often about ways to improve ourselves. Making a reading resolution is a great way to do just that, and I have one suggestion for you or the teens in your life: start a new series! Today, I am highlighting a few teen book series that had new installments out in 2016, giving readers an opportunity to try something fresh as they start the new year.
Always be yourself.
Unless you can be Batman.
Or his adopted kid.
Join us for the ultimate techno geek and über nerd celebration of the DC Comics superhero with the best technology—the one and only LEGO Batman! Build LEGO creations, solve mysteries, play games, and create Batman-inspired crafts to help save Gotham City. Naturally, costumes are welcome. This is a STEM program for grades K-6.
Gifting a book to a teen or pre-teen can be a little tricky. By this point in their lives, young people have strong opinions about what kinds of books they like and don’t like. They may be reluctant to read a book given to them by someone they view as, shall we say…mature…or...out of touch. What a coup it is, then, for people perceived as mature or out of touch to give books that are incredibly cool, ones which young people never knew they wanted. I have some recommendations that I hope will help you achieve this goal. One tip, though: try to find out which genre your young person prefers. It’s much easier to get a good fit between books and readers if you know where their interests lie, whether it be fantasy, mystery, adventure, or something else. Also, do some research in Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s online catalog to look thorough reviews of the book to make sure it is at the right maturity level for your reader.
The University of Mary Washington's popular Great Lives Lecture Series returns in 2017 with another fabulous lineup. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information about each lecture and presenter, see the full schedule here.
This winter, you can take the chill off in England Run Branch's cozy living room setting, complete with fireplace, at the Fireside Concert Series, held on the second and fourth Saturdays at 2:00.
We're calling these art sessions "creative gatherings" because we'll be meeting for informal demonstrations, to work on independent projects or discover possibilities for artistic collaborations, and to just have fun. Artist Peggy Wickham will be on hand at the England Run MakerLab, on the 4th Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:45.
If you're shopping after Thanksgiving this year, you may be making runs for Black Friday deals and surfing for Cyber Monday specials, but don't forget your local brick-and-mortar small businesses on Saturday, November 26. As our local merchants thrive, so will our community. The library supports an economically vibrant community and is joining the effort to encourage shoppers to buy local.