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12/21/2016 - 2:51am
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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.

12/15/2016 - 3:56pm
Bob Gramann playing guitar before an audience

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.

January 14: Local favorite Harvey Sandler sings classic rock, folk, and pop.
January 28: Award-winning singer/songwriter Bob Gramann is back with more lively, funny, & thought-provoking original songs. Bob’s been voted Fredericksburg’s best acoustic act and has performed at the Washington Folk Festival.
February 11: Bruce Callander, master of the sing-along, entertains with a mix of classic folk, Americana, and rock.
February 25: Accomplished guitarist Robbie Keelin finishes off the series with a great mix of classic rock and folk as well as his own original songs.
 
12/15/2016 - 1:42pm
Inklings' Writing Workshops

Whether you're a novice writer, a pro, or someone in between, our staff-led writing workshops may be just the thing to inspire you. We hold our informal writing workshops at three locations, the England Run and Porter branches in Stafford and at Headquarters Library in Fredericksburg. If you drop in, you'll learn about different aspects of writing, be invited to share your drafts and scribbles, and receive feedback from supportive fellow writers. What better way to spend a few hours this winter than in the warm company of neighbors who like to write? This winter our discussions will feature:

12/15/2016 - 1:41pm
Art with Friends

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.

11/01/2016 - 12:51am
NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month at the Library

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.

01/17/2017 - 1:20pm
21st Annual Teen Art Show Winners

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.

 

 

01/19/2017 - 2:54pm
22nd Annual Teen Art Show

For 22 years and counting, CRRL has provided a forum for area teen artists in grades 9-12 to be recognized for their talent during a monthlong display at Headquarters Library. 

About the Show

-Entries will be accepted February 21-28, 2017 with this registration form (see show rules). 

-Works are grouped into two judging categories: Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12.

-Artwork will be judged prior to the opening. Internationally renowned local artist Johnny Johnson will judge the Grades 11-12 category, and participants in grades 11-12 will judge Grades 9-10. The student judges develop critical evaluation skills by judging the work of younger participants.

-Artists in each category compete for first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention.

-A sampling of entries will on display at the Headquarters Library from March 4 - March 29, 2017.

-The two artists who receive first place in their categories will be given their own show in the Atrium the following December.

-For more information, please call Youth Services at 540-372-1144.

-View Show Rules

10/31/2016 - 9:01am
Write On! October 20 Is the National Day on Writing

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.

10/14/2015 - 9:34am
Craft Your Own Handmade Holiday Gifts

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.

06/10/2016 - 1:42pm
A goblet across the pages of Romeo and Juliet

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.

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