Holiday Closing: All branches will be closed starting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 and continuing Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Michele Brown

11/09/2015 - 6:55pm
Local Authors Reception

Mix and mingle with local authors at our open house reception on Tuesday, November 10, at the Porter Branch.  Drop in any time from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and enjoy refreshments and good books with neighbors.  Our local authors will be on hand to discuss their writing and publishing experiences with books ranging from southern noir to fantasy to self-help.

There will be over 35 authors represented, including:

10/16/2015 - 7:47am
If you like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This readalike is in response to a patron'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.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: "The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon -- when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach -- an "outlander" -- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord ... 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life ... and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire ... and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives." (Book summary)

If you enjoyed Outlander,  you may enjoy these other historical romances with strong characters or time-traveling novels:

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
He would sell his warrior soul to possess her. . . . An alluring laird... He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart-until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length-but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve. A prisoner in time... She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side. . . .  (Catalog summary)

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Twenty years ago The Clan of the Cave Bear became a blockbuster, launching a bestselling saga. This is the story of Ayla and her odyssey at the beginning of time. (catalog description)


10/12/2015 - 7:33pm
Learn about Communication Strategies with Dementia Patients

Lori Myers of the Alzheimer’s Association joins us at the Salem Church branch on Monday, October 26, to discuss behaviors to expect in dementia, as well as which communication strategies work best when caring for someone with this disease. The program begins at 10:00.

Here are some quick facts on Alzheimer’s disease in the United States:

10/05/2015 - 1:29pm
Glaucoma Talk at HQ Library

Dr. Christopher C. Shen, a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist, joins us for a discussion at the Headquarters Library on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. You will learn what glaucoma is, what causes it, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.

10/05/2015 - 4:26pm
Fall Genealogy Workshop

The Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society (FRGS) is offering a half-day workshop at our Headquarters Library. The event takes place on Saturday, October 10, with the theme Discover Your Family History: Topics for Beginners to Advanced

10/06/2015 - 12:22pm
Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild Annual Show

One of the area's finest quilt shows returns to the Porter Branch October 23-25. This annual, non-judged, non-juried show features over one hundred colorful, vibrant, and unique quilts. Visitors can enter a raffle for a quilt and vote for viewers' choice awards. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment on site. Hours for viewing are: 10:00-5:00 on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday, October 25. For more information, call the library or go online to

Image is of Linda Kaup's "Ode to Summer," featured in the 2014 show. Check here for more images from that and other shows.
09/16/2015 - 1:07pm
Digging and Dividing with the Master Gardeners

Besides bringing beauty to our library grounds, volunteer gardeners teach us how to plant and nurture our own gardens. Sometimes they share their bounty! Join the Master Gardeners at the Porter Branch on Monday, September 21, from 9:00 until they run out of fun, as they teach you how to dig and divide in the flower beds. They'll be giving out out free starter lilies and iris. Bring gloves, or just get dirty with us!  

09/16/2015 - 12:44pm
Paddling the Rappahannock with Brent Hunsinger

Adventure and discovery! It's on everyone's bucket list, right? You can find thrills, surprises, and enlightenment close to home by cruising the Rappahannock River.  But before you go, do a little armchair adventuring with Brent Hunsinger, who joins us to share his experiences paddling the entire course of the Rappahannock, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, raising awareness of the river for the Friends of the Rappahannock. Brent will present at the Headquarters Library on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.  

09/08/2015 - 11:27am
Bicycle Touring Author Glen Hanket Visits the Library

Coast-to-coast walker and cyclist Glen Hanket stops by on his current trip to share stories with us on Monday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. Glen is the author of Underwear by the Roadside: Litterwalk Coast-to-Coast and Wow! What a Ride, as well as a series of biking guides. On one trip across the country, Glen and his wife collected over four tons of litter from the roadside, and he will be speaking about our country and the environment. A software engineer by profession, Glen started his writing career penning weekend travel articles for the San Bernardino Sun and now owns and runs a publishing company. Glen will speak at the Headquarters Library. His books will be available for purchase and signing.  

09/04/2015 - 8:08pm
Getting into College --There's Help!

Parents, there's help for you and your high school student as you sift through the overwhelming deluge of information available on how to get into the college of your choice—and how to find financial aid. Professional college coach Felice Rollins presents a workshop on navigating the college admissions process, creating a timeline, and efficiently identifying opportunities for scoring financial aid and scholarship awards. Join her on Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., at our Porter Branch, or on Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., at our Salem Church Branch, and bring your future college graduate!


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