Your library card is your key to countless services, programs, research opportunities, and, of course, great books. If you don't yet have a library card, click here to request one. If you already have a card, read on for 52 ways to use it - one for each week of the year.
Rosh Hashanah begins the Jewish New Year. The ten days following are called the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe that lead up to Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. Some of these children's books explain the customs and symbols associated with this time. Others have marvelous stories that help to convey the rich meaning behind the celebrations. This year Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset on September 18, 2009 and Yom Kippur starts a sunset September 27, 2009. Click here to browse the booklist.
Did you know that Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays? It has gone through many changes, but was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), marking the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st). The druids believed that ghosts and spirits roamed the earth at this time, and they lit bonfires as protection.
Welcome to the Library's new Web site for kids! Kids.LibraryPoint.org has much of the same great content as KidsPoint.org had, as well as blogs just for kids. We have more interactive features in the works! On our blogs we will be posting about great new books for kids, as well as fun things to do, free library programs, and much more.
Percy Jackson is not a normal 12-year-old. Strange things always seem to happen around him, and he has a problem with getting into situations that lead to getting kicked out of school. Things get even stranger when, on a class field trip, Percy vaporizes his (really creepy) math teacher (a monster in disguise) and learns that he himself is a demigod. A whole new world is opened to Percy when he goes for the summer to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets other demigod friends and finds out his father's identity. Of course, he immediately gets plunged into a quest to save the world.
The new kids and teens library Web sites have now launched! With a similar design to LibraryPoint, they feature a blog, articles, booklists, and more content to help kids and teens find great books, complete homework assignments, and have fun. Visit kids.librarypoint.org and teens.librarypoint.org today!
Are you a true chocoholic? Try your hand at this online quiz, based on Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Review a book through the online catalog or in library branches, and your name will be entered into the weekly drawing to win a CRRL prize! [Contest open to VA residents only] It's fast and easy to enter. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Don't forget to return to the book contest page and let us know which book you reviewed so you can be entered into the contest. The contest will run through August 31, when the library's summer reading clubs end. It is open to all ages, so start reviewing today!
One of our family's favorite year-round activities is a day trip to our area's amazing museums. In the Fredericksburg vicinity we have access to the wonderful array of museums in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, as well as more specialized venues close to home. Here are our family's tips for making your visit successful:
1. Visit the museum's Web site for ideas about special exhibits and programs. Also check on the museum's guidelines about bringing in outside food, stroller use, and other related issues.
There are two types of holiday cookie bakers. First, there are those who faithfully recreate their favorite recipes year after year to the acclaim of gift recipients. Yes, tried and true recipes are successful… but they can get a bit boring! Do their friends really wait each year with gleeful anticipation for the same old pecan sandies and rum balls, or do they secretly yearn for coconut lemon macaroons and double fudge bar cookies? If you are one of these bakers, take a breather from your holiday traditions, and try a fabulous new recipe!