Every year, as the hubbub from the winter holidays dies down and the year approaches its close, I am not saddened by the taking down of the tinsel but excited at the next holiday to come. New Year's, of course! Yet it's not the late-night partying and champagne that I look forward to. It's the resolutions. You see, I am one of those crazy people who actually loves reflecting on the year and improving my life. But, wait! Don't stop reading yet! If you're one of those people so jaded by past experiences with un-met resolutions that you've actually resolved only to "not make a resolution at all," I promise there's a way you can set a goal for the new year and actually make progress towards completing it.
Not really, but I wish the Force were strong with me. However, my love of Star Wars is strong, even if I won’t go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night (crowds, *shudder*). Despite this, I will not temper my enthusiasm! I have crocheted a Yoda and an R2D2. I am preparing to brave the theaters and the crowds to see the movie. Just not on opening night.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library staff was devastated to learn of the death of Elizabeth (Betsey) Ellis, who worked in Youth Services at our Headquarters Library for nearly 18 years until her retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family and all who are affected by this terrible event. We were touched when just a few days later, the family contacted us about asking for donations to be made in her name to the library.
Betsey loved doing storytimes and working with children, so in her honor these donations will be used to purchase children's books that will be labeled with a nameplate in her memory. Learn more about Betsey here. If you are interested in honoring Betsey's memory in this way, please send donations to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
The Marian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: "Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red Planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars-- and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world, with its ancient, dying race and vast red-gold deserts, cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever." (Book summary)
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins.... (catalog description)
Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison
Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF (catalog description)
Goldilocks had trouble with more than porridge, chairs, and beds!
When she wandered into the bears’ library, she couldn’t find the right book. One was too easy; the next was too hard. What’s a young reader to do?
At any Central Rappahannock Regional Library branch, there is a solution:
1. Look for spine labels at the bottom of the book that have a yellow glow in the juvenile fiction (chapter book) collection.
2. Notice the size of the print, the white space on the pages, the fun pictures, easier words, and length of the book.
3. Choose one to read!
The Board of Trustees of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is pleased to announce their appointment of Martha Hutzel as the Director of the Library, effective January 1, 2016. She was selected from a pool of candidates after a nationwide search.
Ms. Hutzel has more than twenty years of professional library experience. She has worked for the CRRL since 1988 in positions ranging from head of the circulation department to manager of the Snow, Porter and England Run branches. At the England Run Branch, which she has managed since 2013, she oversaw successful community-wide programs such as the Festival of Makers in 2014 and CRRL-Con, a comic book convention, in 2015.
Although the recent warm weather has made it easy to forget, last week's non-stop rain was a harsh reminder that “winter is coming.” While that’s not as ominous for us as it is for the characters in “The Game of Thrones, ” it’s still time to prepare. Not with bread, milk and toilet paper, but with books. Ideally big, thick ones that suck you right in and make you forget everything around you. I realize at this time that many of you are thinking about the impending holidays and a tremendous lack of time, but consider how getting the right book into your child’s hands could provide the distraction needed to allow you to wrap presents or make something special. Here are some of the recent reads that I have devoured.
Grow A Reader Outreach is designed to serve preschoolers and the adults who care for and teach them. This program currently visits 17 preschools, 26 childcare facilities, one home childcare, and the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County.
What do participants receive?
-books & theme bags
Bags of Fun!
Whether they’re working on class assignments, playing games, or meeting up with friends, teenagers visit OurSpace at the Salem Church Branch every Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:30.
OurSpace is a wireless computer space for middle school and high school students for teens who need room to study, visit with friends, and just be themselves, OurSpace is one of the most popular places to go in the library.
For many of us Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Pools and amusement parks open to a regular schedule, children bring out their water toys, picnics are planned, and moms start dreading the increased loads of laundry.
Amidst all this excitement, we should always pause and take a few moments to honor the service members who have served and given their lives for this country.
One way to honor these brave men and women is to provide resources that can assist their family members and also all the surviving veterans and military members.