LibraryPoint Blog

Find out about library events and services, books and authors in the news, and more.

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!

 

Going to School Around the World

While our children write their lessons with pencils and computers, Pakistani schoolchildren in the village of Korphe used to write on the ground with sticks.  Then one day a lost climber stumbled into their village, and everything changed.

Adults may recognize this as the story of Greg Mortensen, well-known for the bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” about his work building schools in Pakistan.  Now young children can learn the story in his new picture book, “Listen to the Wind, The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.”  

Donating School Supplies

It's time to stand in line and complain about the high cost of school supplies. Parents groan, whip out their pieces of plastic, gnash their teeth, and pay up. It's what we do every year. Even after checking for the best sales and rebates, the total is still hard to take. But this is what we have to do. And yet, have you ever considered that you are lucky to be able to do it at all?
Read on for ways you can help less fortunate kids get the supplies they need.

Frank McCourt: The Man Himself

When Frank McCourt passed last month, he left behind memoirs filled with anguish, love, and dark merriment.  Personal experiences are what this Irish-American author took and shaped into works of sorrowful beauty.

England Run Construction Underway

Construction of the England Run Library is underway!
Take a look at recent pictures. 
The England Run branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will be at the intersection of Plantation Drive and Lyons Boulevard in Stafford, and is scheduled to open in fall 2010.

 

Woodstock Memories

Forty years ago, crowds of young people converged on the quiet farming town of Bethel, New York, for a legendary concert. For many, it was the pivotal cultural event of their lives. The Woodstock Generation may be approaching retirement age, but the memories of those wild summer days rock on in books, music, and video.

Amongst the Dreaming Spires of Oxford


    A week spent in Oxford recently was reason enough to reread one of the best-known children’s books associated with the city, Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Armchair Traveling


    Is there time for one more quick vacation getaway before school starts?  Absolutely, if you choose the armchair traveler route.  Begin with Marjorie Priceman’s “How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.,” a companion to her best-selling “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.”