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!
For years I tried to keep a reading journal next to my bed, ready to record my reading adventures. I'd start one, lose it, and begin another. Last Christmas I purchased Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Journal with high hopes of chronicling my 2008 book list. I haven't seen it for a while now, but I seem to remember the two-year-old running away with it, Sharpie in hand.
Obviously, this mom of four needs a different solution--something that a toddler can't deface with indelible ink and is not easily absconded with. So I looked for an online solution. It turns out that there are several rich social networking and personal-library-recording Web sites out there. I am going to talk about my two favorites: LibraryThing and GoodReads.
The library is participating in a Web survey hosted by the University of Washington's Information School. The purpose is to see how people are using the public library's Internet and computer services, and to then use that data to improve these services in the future. Please take 10-15 minutes to answer these brief, anonymous, and simple questions. If you need more information, visit the project's Web site here.