I sound like a broken record sometimes about the power of books, but I think one of the most magical things about reading is how it can sweep us up and transport us to other worlds and times and help us experience something without actually being there. Reading stories set in the past can help us understand that time, bringing the past alive to show us what it was like to live in a different time by putting us right in the middle of a story. As a reader, I like having some excitement in the stories to make them even more enjoyable. Here is a selection of books set in the past with page-turning drama, including mystery, murder, and adventure.
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
In early 1900s Canada, the neighboring communities of Buxton and Chatham share the legend of the “Madman of Piney Woods.” When Benji of Buxton, a descendant of American slaves, and Red of Chatham, a descendant of Irish immigrants, meet at a school event and strike up a friendship, they find they have much in common, including feeling the strange presence of the Madman of Piney Woods.
When you hear music do your toes always tap? We love music here at the CRRL, and we love to dance as well! So we are very excited to invite you to our Fabulous Friday: Feel the Rhythm event at England Run Branch on December 2 from 4:30-5:15! We’ll have a demonstration from the Branch Ministries Step Team and learn about what step teams are. Then learn about the types of step dancing and maybe even learn a step yourself! Grades K-6.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold." I always thought this meant that if you waited until you cooled off the need for exacting revenge would lessen or maybe go away altogether. I guess I'm just way too naïve and forgiving because, when I actually looked up the meaning of the phrase, it seems to mean to wait until the person who wronged you has forgotten all about it, and thus your revenge will be in cold blood—and all the sweeter. Who knew?
What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.
CRRL has earned the Library Journal four-star Star Library rating for the third year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service nine years ago. This year, CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating.
The Library Journal index groups U.S. public libraries by operating expenditures, then rates them based on physical materials circulation, electronic circulation, branch visits, program attendance, and public computer use. The 2016 Library Journal index is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data for FY14.
Kathryn Miller, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees congratulated CRRL Director Martha Hutzel, saying "CRRL continues to set the bar for public libraries in Virginia."
If you are struggling with a homework assignment or need a little help getting started on a project, the library is here to assist you! Central Rappahannock Regional Library has one-stop shopping for students of all ages, with resources available online and in our branches. Our trained research staff is committed to connecting students with the information they need, with our print and eBooks, the many databases we have available, and our knowledge of children’s and teens' literature. Whether you need online tutoring through the Literati Public database or a personalized recommendation for a reading assignment, CRRL has got you covered.
Do you have extra ornaments lying around the house that you have not used in a few years? Maybe they are not quite to your liking or do not fit in with your decoration theme. Here is your chance to swap them out. Please join us at Salem Church Branch on Saturday, December 3, from 1:00-3:00, to swap a voucher for an ornament.
To honor those who served...
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library salutes our veterans by declaring Veterans Day 2016 (Friday, November 11) a fine-free day for everyone!
There will be no late charges for overdue materials returned on Friday, November 11.
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving is known for parades, football, turkey, and, here at CRRL, special Grow A Reader classes. This year, join CRRL’s Youth Services as we give thanks to our awesome customers, young and old, with singing, dancing, and reading Thanksgiving stories. Make sure you bring your best turkey call! For children ages 0-5.
Porter Branch, Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-7:30
Headquarters Library, Saturday, November 19, 1:30-2:00
Salem Church Branch, Tuesday, November 22, 7:00-7:30
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
Padawans, would you like to learn to use the Force for good? Join us in a galaxy far, far away for military exercises that will help you meet the physical and mental challenges you must face on your way to becoming a Jedi Knight. Costumes welcome. Grades K-6.