Rebecca Purdy

The Stafford 350 Geocaching Trail

Who among us hasn't dreamt about finding treasure, whether as a child digging in the sand or an adult hiking through the woods?  Now anyone can thanks to modern technology and enthusiastic hobbiests around the world! Geocaching is a modern day, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices.

The library has partnered with the Stafford 350th Anniversary Committee and the Fredericksburg Geocachers to create The Stafford 350 Geocaching Trail!  This is a fun, exciting and inexpensive way for families to enjoy a beautiful weekend exploring Stafford County.

Thank You, Kindergarten Teachers!

Porter Branch winner

Each February, hardworking area kindergarten teachers connect their students to our kindergarten library card campaign. Our goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of books, classes, and events available to them at the public library. With the teachers' help, students can easily register for a public library card and take an important step toward lifelong reading and learning. 

Connecting with kindergartners in this way would be impossible to do without the teachers. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, one teacher at each branch was randomly selected to receive a Friends' book bag filled with wonderful books for their classroom.  

Kindergarten students can join in the fun, too!  Any time between now and May 31st, bring your child to any branch. Tell someone at the Children's Desk that he or she is in kindergarten to receive a free prize.  

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Kindergarten Library Card Campaign teacher prizes!

Find Us at the Farmers' Markets

Find Us at the Farmers' Markets

The library staff often journeys into the community to share our many wonderful educational, cultural, and recreational resources. From May through October you will find us at area farmers' markets. Stop by to learn about our great services while your children complete a quick and fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity. You can even check out a cookbook full of tasty recipes to use with the fresh produce you just purchased!   

Must Read Alouds

Duck, Duck, Moose

Some books just aren’t meant to be read alone by an adult sitting quietly on her couch with no children in sight; naming no names of course.  They demand an audience so that the actions aren’t just read, but performed, and so that the words aren’t just said, but shouted!  You don’t need a room full of children to enjoy books at this level, this is the kind of fun that can be had even if there are just two of you!

George Washington

George Washington

Recently at the library, it’s all about George.  In preparation for our current Rappahannock Reads title, “George Washington, Spymaster” by Thomas B. Allen each branch has cardboard cutouts of the big man himself just waiting for you to take a selfie.  If you aspire to be more like George, then your family can enjoy our scavenger hunt and claim your prize--a George Washington mask!

Early Chapter Books

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

It is vital for early elementary aged children to read introductory chapter books that they enjoy.  Reading is fun, but when you’re just learning sometimes you need encouragement that the hard work is worth it!   Even if your young person isn’t ready to tackle the following books independently, they are great read alouds that you both will enjoy while reinforcing the message that--you guessed it--reading is fun!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss

The library is having a party and everyone is invited!  More than two decades after his death, Dr. Seuss’ March birthday has become an annual, nationwide celebration for libraries and schools, and we are joining the fun!  After all, it’s only fitting that one of the most beloved children’s book authors receives such recognition.  His books are an intrinsic part of American cultural knowledge and span the generations with the first, “And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” published in 1937 to the last, “Oh, the Place You Will Go” in 1991, and include over 60 titles.  I bet most Americans even know many of his most memorable lines by heart.  While I could write an entire column about my favorites (“Green, Eggs and Ham,” “The Lorax,” and anything with Horton,) part of what I find so fascinating about Dr. Seuss is Theodor Geisel, the man behind the legend.      

Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine

Join us in celebration of this love-ly day!

Valentine Special Events:

Be My Valentine
Stories, songs and activities.
Alphabet Soup Special, ages 2-5
 

Saturday, February 1, Is Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 1, 2014, is the the third annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. This special day was the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, and serves as an encouragement to families across the nation to visit their local libraries.

Every child needs access to the many wonderful resources that the public library has to offer and whether your family are regular library users or visiting us for the first time, your children will enjoy a visit to your nearest branch. So take your child to the library and on February 1st, stop by the Children's Desk to receive a small thank-you for your visit, play a memory game, and receive a door-hanger to color and take home.   

Teen Books into Movies

Teen Books into Movies

There are two approaches when it comes to reading books destined for the big screen.  Some like to read the book first, and others, like me, don’t.  My initial excitement in seeing Harry Potter brought to life, ended in disappointment.  Due to the constraints of the format, I knew they would have to leave much on the cutting room floor, but for me those fallen scenes were the most important.  In comparison, “The Hunger Games” is one of my favorite teen book to movie renditions, but even they soft-pedaled one of the most emotionally charged parts of the book--the genetically engineered, shockingly horrific mutts--probably and understandably for that PG-13 rating.  These days though, so much young adult fiction is Hollywood-bound that I read the book before I know its future.