Unearth Virginia’s natural environment through Flora of Virginia, a traveling exhibit that features vegetation of the region and displays botanical illustrations and art. This exhibition is on loan from the Library of Virginia and will be available to view at the Porter Branch from September 21 through October 26.
In my last column, I mentioned that one of the perks of working in a library is that you learn something new every day. This helps immensely when trying to decide upon a topic for an article with a deadline fast approaching. Fortuitously, an email I recently received from one of our library vendors announced that August is American Artist Appreciation Month, which was big news and a big inspiration (read big relief!) to me. So, here’s my take on how the library can inspire you to celebrate American artists.
With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.
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.
Need a break from Hollywood special effects blockbusters? Want to travel the world without leaving town? Join us at England Run Branch for a series of international films Saturdays in February, 2:00–4:00. These will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.
February 4, we'll head to Denmark for a very special meal with Babette's Feast. In a remote village in 19th-century Denmark, a French refugee, Babette, is taken in at the local pastor's house as a servant. When the stern pastor dies, his daughters decide to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a dinner. With Babette in charge of the meal, the little community will get the meal of their lives! Rated G
Lin-Manuel Miranda worked for six years to do the book, music, and lyrics for his hip-hop musical Hamilton. The musical explores the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean, who came to America and helped found our country’s financial system and, of course, was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. The musical has won the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and 10 Tony awards. I love all 23,000 words of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. The songs become earworms as they just make you replay them.
If you don’t have enough Hamilton $10 bills to get a pricey ticket to the Broadway production or time to wait in line for the cheaper Broadway lottery tickets for the play, check out the music CDs at the library from the original Broadway cast, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s backstage pass in Hamilton: The Revolution; and the book it is based on, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.
This winter, you can take the chill off in England Run Branch's cozy living room setting, complete with fireplace, at the Fireside Concert Series, held on the second and fourth Saturdays at 2:00.
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.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on nanowrimo.org.