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10/02/2015 - 12:27pm

Please note: Due to inclement weather, our birthday celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3 is canceled. Instead, we will have refreshments and children's activities on Monday, Oct. 5 from 10-12. 

We're five years old and we're having a party! On Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00-3:00 we invite everyone to our Open House at the beautiful, state-of-the-art England Run Branch. Plenty of fun activities for all ages, including music, refreshments, tours, the MakerLab with our 3-D printer, other STEM related tech toys and more! Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt, activity tables, and visit with the PAWS for Reading therapy dogs. Please join us in honoring and thanking the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, the Library Board and the community for this newest addition to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system.

10/01/2015 - 11:33am
Gifts for Furry Friends

Don't miss the Gifts for Furry Friends classes this fall, part of our Fabulous Fridays classes for students in grades K-6. Working with natural and easy-to-find materials, children can create thoughtful gifts for animals to enjoy during the harsh winter months.

This hands-on activity, with lots of opportunity for creativity, can help satisfy children's curiosity about what animals do in the winter. Throughout the season, they can delight in having helped their furry friends as they learn more about the natural world.

10/01/2015 - 3:05am
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

A panda bear is on a mission of manners in Please, Mr. Panda. When he offers a variety of creatures a doughnut from his box, they all act like... well, animals.

09/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Curriculum Connections 2015-2016

Teachers, whether you're in a classroom or daycare or choose to homeschool, you can count on the CRRL. As your partner in education we provide a wealth of resources to help you and your students. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, in October we're delivering our Curriculum Connections booklet and a tasty treat to classroom teachers throughout our service area. While you feast, enjoy reading about the amazing services the CRRL has for our common goal of education.

09/30/2015 - 7:47am
Grab Your Pumpkin, and Plan for Halloween Fun!

It’s time for hayrides, apples, and sweaters. And pumpkins. Can’t forget the pumpkins. What will you do with your pumpkin? Will you carve it into amazing shapes, paint it with swirls and maybe sparkle it with glitter? Or, will you turn it into a pumpkin pie?

Pumpkins are so much a part of all fall celebrations—and Halloween brings out our imaginations. For one night, you can pretend to be someone else brave or magical or silly or scary. 

Halloween is also a great time for a party! Whether you make it a just a bit frightening or create something calm and low-key, you can make it happen with cool crafts, stories, games, food and fun.

09/28/2015 - 2:16pm

Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.

10/01/2015 - 11:59am
The After Party

What happens in the library after dark? The After Party is your chance to find out! Salem Church and England Run branches invite area teens to walk our red carpet and celebrate Teen Read Week! Come play video games, watch movies, and hang with your friends while enjoying free food and swag bags. At England Run, there will be live music from Fredericksburg All Ages.

09/24/2015 - 10:28am
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.
10/01/2015 - 10:41am
2015 Halloween Fun!

Fabulous Friday: Monster Mash
England Run Branch, Friday, October 2, 4:30–5:15
Porter Branch, Friday, October 9, 4:30–5:15
Books and fun activities all about monsters! Grades K-6

09/25/2015 - 3:04pm
The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

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.


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