What do traffic lights, self-inking stamps, and blood banks all have in common? They’re just a few of the contributions by African American inventors we’re highlighting in a rotating series of interactive displays this February!
The Atlas of Mysterious Places is filled with wonder, adventure, and amazing photographs. A perfect book for an armchair explorer and dreamer, especially during these winter nights, it conjures landscapes of civilizations waiting to be rediscovered.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson: "Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But will their relationship survive in a society that considers Ali a foreigner?" (Book summary)
If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you may also like these titles for the wit, beauty of the language, and the great characters:
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
A sixty-ish widower misses the companionship of a wife, but has absolutely no desire for dating.
Cutting For Stone by A. Verghese
An Indian nun has an affair with a British surgeon. Their twin sons grow up in Ethiopia, and fall in love with the same woman.
Do you have a beginning reader at home? If so, you’ve probably noticed how challenging it can be to find truly easy books for them to enjoy.
In December 2015, Christie Hoerneman was awarded a "Top Ten of the NextGen" award from the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, which honors an emerging leader who "excels in the business environment, has a passion for community and is innovative in their approach." Christie is the head of Research at the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Do you find reading a little ruff?
Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together. PAWs for reading can help to foster a love of reading within children as well as giving them an opportunity to become more comfortable with reading. Readers can bring a book from home, check out a book from the library when they arrive, or request a book from one of these CRRL booklists for dog lovers:
Most people today have heard of Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly non-stop over the Atlantic Ocean. Fewer people these days are familiar with Anne Morrow Lindbergh, his wife, but, in the mid-20th century, they were both well-known in America and abroad.
Oranges bring a warm sweetness to the dreariest winter day. They are full of good things: vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Some oranges are used to make juice while others are eaten just as they are.
Matt, Elizabeth, Sarah (age 9), and Daniel (age 4)
Our family loves to read. We read every night with our children before bed. Matt downloads eBooks from the library and reads every morning and evening as he commutes into DC for work each day. Elizabeth loves the fact that we can try out different books and magazines without cluttering our house. We are so fortunate to live close to Porter library and visit at least once a week to load up on books, movies, magazines, or to participate in one of the children’s activities.
We’re excited to announce a new book group.
The Porter Pairings group is meeting at Zibibbo 73: Trattoria and Wine Bar. Their staff have worked with us to pair a wine selection with each title we read. Each month, you’ll get to read a great book and try a new wine.