How can you help the Earth? There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.
We’re excited to announce a new book group.
The Porter Pairings group is meeting at Zibibbo 73: Trattoria and Wine Bar. Their staff have worked with us to pair a wine selection with each title we read. Each month, you’ll get to read a great book and try a new wine.
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.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann: A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's allegory comes alive in the voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.
If you enjoyed Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann for the writing, the family story and the setting, you may enjoy these titles:
American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.-catalog summary
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. (catalog description)
Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Germanna Volkssport Association will host the fun and free Library Walk at the Porter Branch on Saturday, October 17. You can walk a 5-kilometer trail or a 10-kilometer trail and get in shape while exploring the neighborhood. You may start your walk any time between 9:30 and 12:30 and take as long as you need to finish. Maps of the trails will be available in the lobby. Pick up a bag of trail mix to take on the walk while supplies last!
In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set a record by hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days. In her book, Called Again: A Story of Love, she shares what she learned there about the importance of planning, perseverance, teamwork, and faith, as well as the lessons that the rest of her life has taught her. Ms. Davis was named the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her feat and has since gone on to found her own company, Blue Ridge Hiking.
Learn more about Ms. Davis when she talks about her insights at the Porter Branch on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00. Refreshments will be served. Look for signed copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.
Join us at the Porter Branch on Saturday, September 19, for an open house from 7:00-8:30 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. This event is presented in partnership with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club, for school age through adult.
The fun includes:
-Viewing our nearest neighbor, up close and personal, through telescopes
-Books and videos you can check out to learn more about the moon
-Photo and Video Booths--have fun using props to celebrate our celestial neighbor
-Hands-on educational activities for kids, including a 3-D printer and robotics toys
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.
I'm not a great cook, and I don't have a lot of time to cook. But I love, love, love browsing cookbooks! Here are some of our recently acquired cookbooks that have the one thing I require: great photos. I may never make any of the recipes, but, thanks to these cookbook authors and their photographers, I've spent quality time salivating over the photos.
Steampunk is a genre that imagines what would happen in a society where technology is powered by steam instead of electricity. Many steampunk novels grapple with our fear of technology and explore what technology can do to us or make us do.