Our expert genealogy librarians are taking their research skills on the road this summer to teach you how to jump-start tracing your family’s roots. Whether you are a complete novice at this family tree thing, or you’ve been at it a while and are stuck, we can help. Join us for a 90-minute training session at your nearest branch.
Interested in knowing more about the U.S. naturalization process? A representative from the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will hold an information session for legal permanent residents, naturalization applicants, and anyone interested in learning more about becoming a U.S. citizen. Topics covered will include the naturalization process, the new naturalization test, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.
Comics fans, we’re up to our masks preparing for the 3rd annual CRRL-Con on May 20, and you’re likely designing a super costume for it, but we think you’ll want to set aside your cape-sewing for just an hour to attend this program! Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, is coming to Porter Branch on Thursday, May 11, from 7:00-8:00.
Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!
The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.
There’s a book in all of us, and, if you decide to write yours, you may want some expert advice on how to get it published. Six local, published authors will share their experiences navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication as first-time authors at a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00. The authors are Jim Hall (The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia), Chris Jones (The Art & Business of Writing), Cory MacLauchlin (Butterfly in the Typewriter), Howard Owen (Littlejohn), Rick Pullen (Naked Ambition), and Dr. David Sam (Finite to Fail, Memories in Clay). Presented in partnership with Germanna Community College, this event will be held at the Headquarters Library. A lively Q & A session and book signing will follow.
For more information, listen to Dr. David Sam, Jim Hall, Rick Pullen, and Cory MacLauchlin on Town Talk with Ted Schubel on 1230 WFVA.
As fascinating and inspirational as we find the trials and triumphs of the African American women mathematicians profiled in our Rappahannock Reads selection, Hidden Figures, there are many, many such stories that our own friends and neighbors can tell us. We’ve invited some of those friends and neighbors to join us on Thursday, February 23, 7:00, at Headquarters Library for a lively panel discussion and to share with us their stories that parallel, in ways both large and small, those of the women of Hidden Figures. The stories may describe our past, but they will illuminate our present day and inform our future. Our panel members include: Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, Daisy Howard-Douglas, Dorothy Jackson, Johnny Johnson, Sandra and Donald Manigault, Cynthia Montague, Xavier Richardson, and Frank White. Our moderator will be DeShawn Robinson-Chew.
Come to the library, and join the discussion. We’ll even serve refreshments! Read more about the panel members below.
This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print in the 140 years since its publication. (catalog summary)
If you like The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, a classic of psychological suspense generally considered to be the first English mystery novel, you may want to read:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Conan Doyle's collection of short stories, first published in 1892 and featuring the world's most famous fictional detective. These 12 stories, which include "A Case of Identity," "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," and "The Man with the Twisted Lip"—will certainly appeal to a new generation of Holmes fans. (catalog summary)
A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry
Inspector William Monk has his hands full when an aristocrat's daugher is stabbed to death in her own bed. He is instructed to proceed without delay, but finds his efforts hamstrung by the lingering traces of amnesia and the craven ineptitutde of his supervisor, who would love to see him fail. With the help of Hester Latterly, formerly a nurse with Florence Nightingale, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth. (catalog summary)
We're calling these art sessions "creative gatherings" because we'll be meeting for informal demonstrations, to work on independent projects or discover possibilities for artistic collaborations, and to just have fun. Artist Peggy Wickham will be on hand at the England Run MakerLab, on the 4th Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:45.
If you're shopping after Thanksgiving this year, you may be making runs for Black Friday deals and surfing for Cyber Monday specials, but don't forget your local brick-and-mortar small businesses on Saturday, November 26. As our local merchants thrive, so will our community. The library supports an economically vibrant community and is joining the effort to encourage shoppers to buy local.
This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories--a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime. It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy's body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn't fall from the roof on his own. Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow. For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice. (catalog summary)
We've pulled together a few suggestions for further reading. Some share the literary thriller aspect of Hoeg's book, some the Nordic atmosphere.
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.
Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.
Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.
Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge...(catalog summary)
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Winter, 1919. Amanda Starkey spends her days nursing soldiers wounded in the Great War. Finding herself suddenly overwhelmed, she flees Milwaukee and retreats to her family's farm on Nagawaukee Lake, seeking comfort with her younger sister, Mathilda, and three-year-old niece, Ruth. But very soon, Amanda comes to see that her old home is no refuge—she has carried her troubles with her. On one terrible night almost a year later, Amanda loses nearly everything that is dearest to her when her sister mysteriously disappears and is later found drowned beneath the ice that covers the lake. When Mathilda's husband comes home from the war, wounded and troubled himself, he finds that Amanda has taken charge of Ruth and the farm, assuming her responsibility with a frightening intensity. Wry and guarded, Amanda tells the story of her family in careful doses, as anxious to hide from herself as from us the secrets of her own past and of that night. Ruth, haunted by her own memory of that fateful night, grows up under the watchful eye of her prickly and possessive aunt and gradually becomes aware of the odd events of her childhood. As she tells her own story with increasing clarity, she reveals the mounting toll that her aunt's secrets exact from her family and everyone around her, until the heartrending truth is uncovered. (catalog summary)