Rebecca Purdy

04/23/2015 - 3:01pm
Happy Mother’s Day! Special Events

Celebrate the wonderful women in our children's lives, whether they are mothers by birth or through the love and care that they provide. Join us at one of our special Grow a Reader classes and enjoy motherly songs, stories, and crafts. For children ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.    

Monday, May 4, 11:00-11:30
Snow Branch

Wednesday, May 6, 10:00-10:30 & 11:00-11:30
England Run Branch

Friday, May 8, 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00
Porter Branch

04/22/2015 - 1:16am
Children's Book Week 2015

Instilling a love of reading in a child is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Children's Book Week is a national celebration of books and reading for youth that "originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers."  We couldn't agree more. Change your child's life by visiting your nearest branch to attend a free class, receive a special bookmark, and check out some books your child is guaranteed to enjoy. 

Grow a Reader Classes
Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

City of Fredericksburg: Headquarters Library

Stafford County: England Run Branch | Porter Branch

Spotsylvania County: Salem Church Branch | Snow Branch

Westmoreland County: Cooper Branch | Montross Branch | Newton Branch

04/23/2015 - 11:48am
Take the Library on Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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.

04/13/2015 - 4:24pm
Superheroes for Kids at the Library

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.

03/17/2015 - 12:53am
The Sun

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.

03/09/2015 - 2:48pm

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.

03/09/2015 - 8:42am
St. Patrick's Day

We'll be shaking our shillelaghs and searching for pots of gold in fun St. Patrick's Day celebrations for children. We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming special events. We also have some great booklists for further fun, St. Patrick's Day and Stories from the Emerald Isle

02/23/2015 - 8:00am
Teen Tech Week: Libraries Are For Making

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

02/10/2015 - 2:42pm
Diverse Books

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.

02/12/2015 - 11:12am
Kids Expo!

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.

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