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R.I.P. William Safire: Lord of the Language Arts, 1929-2009

Mr. Safire had no college degree, yet he went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. Already in his forties when he joined the NYT staff, Safire had previously worked as a U.S. Army correspondant, as a publicist, and as a radio & television producer. He also wrote speeches for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew and was outraged to discover that Nixon's administration had been secretly taping his phone conversations.

England Run Branch Taking Shape

England Run, our newest branch in Stafford County, is taking shape. See recent photos of the construction. 
England Run is located at the intersection of Plantation Drive and Lyons Boulevard, and is scheduled to open in fall 2010. 

See the England Run branch page for more information.

Another Flower Gone: Good-bye to Mary Travers

A daughter of union organizers, Mary grew up in Greenwich Village and while only a teenager sang backup for the legendary Pete Seeger. Today, her clear, warm vocals on songs written by Seeger and Bob Dylan remind us of the softer aspects of 1960s social struggle. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Blowin' in the Wind" are still favorites for youth groups.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

 Your library card is your key to countless services, programs, research opportunities, and, of course, great books. If you don't yet have a library card, click here to request one. If you already have a card, read on for 52 ways to use it - one for each week of the year.

 

Remembering September 11

It's been eight years, but the loss our nation sustained on that terrible day in September is undiminished by changing times.

Atrium Gallery: Brian Burgess

View paintings by Brian Burgess through September in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

Get Ready, Get Set, Knit

With cooler weather just around the corner, now is the time to knit something to keep you or a loved one warm this winter. If you are not a knitter don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Don’t let words like knit, purl, cast on, yarn over or decrease two fill you with anxiety. They are the terms used to guide you through your project and are explained in almost every knitting book or Web site. Read on for suggestions on how to get started in knitting.

Library Book Sales in September & October

Porter:
Friday, September 4 - Thursday, September 10 (Library closed Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7)
Friday, October 2 - Thursday, October 8

Salem Church:
Friday, September 18 – Thursday, September 24
Friday, October 16 – Thursday, October 22


Headquarters:

October 17–21, 2009: Fall BIG Book Sale

See more book sale dates.

Goodbye, Reading Rainbow

 After more than twenty years of introducing children to great books, PBS’s Reading Rainbow television series has come to an end.   Over the course of 155 programs, host Levar Burton visited museums and pueblos, interviewed entrepreneurs and biologists, showed us how crayons are made and how oil spills are cleaned up, all the while linking the real world to the best in children’s literature.  Here’s a look at a few favorite books Levar introduced over the years.

New Kids and Teens Web sites are now live!

The new kids and teens library Web sites have now launched!  With a similar design to LibraryPoint, they feature a blog, articles, booklists, and more content to help kids and teens find great books, complete homework assignments, and have fun. Visit kids.librarypoint.org and teens.librarypoint.org today!