I am not afraid of snakes. I find them fascinating, and as a child I even saved my allowance to purchase one as a pet. In recent years, I’ve encountered many copperheads; the ones in the yard are no problem, I simply give them a wide berth and continue on my way. It’s those I’ve met while gardening that make me nervous. There’s nothing like happily weeding down a row only to arrive at the tail of a coiled poisonous snake. Once, a baby’s bright yellow tail tip even stroked my hand in its efforts to escape my rustling. I started to carry my cell phone and “announce” my presence before sticking my hands in, but I was still afraid a copperhead would misinterpret my gardening as a threat and lash out teeth first! So I did some research on copperheads and what happens if you’re bitten. Now, when I start to feel nervous, I remind myself that although poisonous, a copperhead bite isn’t deadly, and that I definitely want to ask for the anti-venom before finding out how much it costs. This knowledge has helped me face my fear and continue a beloved hobby. While not a guaranteed cure, the power of knowledge can be a great reassurance. Here are some books that might help soothe your wary loved ones.
When the warm weather tempts your family to explore the great outdoors, the public library can expand your experience and increase the fun. We offer a variety of activities guaranteed to provide engaged educational entertainment.
Did you know that one of superheroes' most amazing powers is their ability to appeal to all ages? The Youth Services Department is preparing for CRRL-Con family fun by hosting an advance team of some amazing, superpowered events.
My latest earworm isn't by Taylor Swift or Blake Shelton. It's the children's song “Mr. Golden Sun” with lyrics “Oh, Mister Sun, Sun, Mister Golden Sun,/Please shine down on me."
That miraculous, amazing, warm orb that we try so desperately to avoid in the depths of summer now holds so much promise. Rare recent sightings increase expectation and intensify the longing. Until the cloudy days are gone, enjoy some sun-filled books.
“Like Butter on Pancakes” by Jonathan London is a charming, rhyming picture book celebrating a young boy’s day in the sun. London perfectly captures the joy of being awakened, not by a shrieking alarm, but instead as “First light melts like butter on pancakes, spreads warm and yellow across your pillow.” The sounds of the day beckon our young protagonist to “do the pajama dance in a puddle of sun.” Even the cat gets in on the action, purring and “rolling in the light.” The language is a joy to read, it “sizzles” and “whistles” and “ka-ka-kadoos,” while G. Brian Karas’ pencil and watercolor illustrations, colored with the softest palette, are so warmly drawn you can almost feel the warmth.
At first snow days are a blast, but when they recur day after day, week after week, joy can quickly devolve into boredom. Luckily, the public library offers a variety of family fun from great books for reading aloud, audiobooks for listening and DVDs for family movie nights to end the day. Here are some books guaranteed to entertain even on snow day number three.
Join us in celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 8-14, 2015, when our libraries offer teens a space to explore, create, and share while extending learning beyond the classroom. Joining in the fun is easy! Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited to drop by the teen area any time during the hours listed below and get creative. Share your creations with your friends and with us by tagging them @crrlnews #TTW15
The most exciting day in the world of children’s and teen literature happened just last week; the American Library Association announced the winners of the 2015 Youth Media Awards! I was thrilled that the winners for many of the more “mainstream” awards, such as the Newbery, reflected varied experiences. “We Need Diverse Books,” a campaign to “address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” began just last year. African-American author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood experience explains why this movement is crucial, “I’d never have believed that someone who looked like me could be in the pages of the book, that someone who looked like me had a story.” Every child should be able to identify themselves in literatures, and be secure and informed in the knowledge that their cultural group’s history is America’s history. Here’s a small sampling of the diverse award winners; visit ala.org/yma for a complete list.
The Kids Expo is a family fun event at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center on Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 - 5:00 and Sunday, February 15 from 11:00 - 4:00. Stop by the library's table to play tetris with robot arms, conduct experiments with static electricity and enjoy a shapes in nature matching game.
Recently, kindergarten students in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties, and the City of Fredericksburg received 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 700,00 books, DVDs and audios, homework help, and after-school enrichment opportunities available to them at no cost from the public library.