Make your own Yule log this holiday season with expert help from Chief Ranger John Fury of Westmoreland State Park. He'll be at the Montross Branch on Tuesday evening, 6:30-7:30, December 13. You'll need to sign up for this special workshop, so call or drop by our Montross Branch soon!
Want to learn more about Yule logs before you create one? Check out our book, Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, by Ace Collins.
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.
Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Annual Teen Art Show! The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.
From October 21-24, Porter Branch will again host the annual Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Show, featuring some of the best handmade masterpieces in the area. Admission is free, and you can vote for your favorite entries in various categories, including Viewers’ Choice. The theme this year is “The Language of Quilts” and includes a challenge to the members to create small quilts, each featuring a word that begins with the first letter of his or her name. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment to value your cherished family quilts. Call the Porter research desk at 540-659-4909 for more information about fees and making an appointment.
In recent years, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20th to be the National Day on Writing. The National Writing Day Project is sponsored by NCTE—National Council of Teachers of English. Check out their site for the National Gallery of Writing where you can submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, audio, video, and artwork. The gallery will open to the world on October 20 so now is the time to get going. The site features an online tutorial to aid you when making your submissions.
Every year the holidays start sooner and sooner with advertising bombarding us about all the great deals and discount gifts, but you don’t have to plan a big shopping trip to spoil your loved ones. Handmade gifts can be more fun, exciting, and thoughtful to give than the newest gadgets and gizmos.
When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language, but many of the jokes, the history, and the language went over my head.
Over the years, I have found several things helpful in reading Shakespeare’s plays. With these aids, I am able to enjoy Shakespeare so much more than before as well as understand the plays at a deeper level.
All it takes is a piece of paper and a pencil to make a great drawing. Even if you don't think you have any talent, step-by-step guides will have you sketching in no time.
Drawing Cartoons and Drawing Step-by-Step
Amaze your friends by drawing pictures of cartoon characters. Easy Draw Tutorials has step-by-step video instructions for Looney Tunes and other characters. Step-by-step instruction books from the library can give you the confidence to create cars and kittens, dinosaurs and spaceships. The youngest artists may enjoy Ed Emberley's very simple books which turn basic shapes into cool cartoons.
In Snip Snap! What's That?, an alligator crawls out of the city sewers and into an apartment building. The three children inside Room Thirteen hear it creep up the stairs. The book takes a moment to ask the reader, "Were the children scared?"
Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Teen Art Show! See the winners below, and visit Flickr to see additional Honorable Mention winners. The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.
11th & 12th Grade Winners:
Best in Show: Forbidden Princess by Tiara S.
Mr. Johnson was impressed by the subject’s striking expression and the artist’s accomplished use of color.