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10/01/2015 - 3:05am
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

A panda bear is on a mission of manners in Please, Mr. Panda. When he offers a variety of creatures a doughnut from his box, they all act like... well, animals.

09/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Curriculum Connections 2015-2016

Teachers, whether you're in a classroom or daycare or choose to homeschool, you can count on the CRRL. As your partner in education we provide a wealth of resources to help you and your students. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, in October we're delivering our Curriculum Connections booklet and a tasty treat to classroom teachers throughout our service area. While you feast, enjoy reading about the amazing services the CRRL has for our common goal of education.

09/28/2015 - 2:16pm

Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.

10/06/2015 - 12:22pm
Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild Annual Show

One of the area's finest quilt shows returns to the Porter Branch October 23-25. This annual, non-judged, non-juried show features over one hundred colorful, vibrant, and unique quilts. Visitors can enter a raffle for a quilt and vote for viewers' choice awards. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment on site. Hours for viewing are: 10:00-5:00 on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday, October 25. For more information, call the library or go online to

Image is of Linda Kaup's "Ode to Summer," featured in the 2014 show. Check here for more images from that and other shows.
09/25/2015 - 3:04pm
The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set a record by hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days. In her book, Called Again: A Story of Love, she shares what she learned there about the importance of planning, perseverance, teamwork, and faith, as well as the lessons that the rest of her life has taught her. Ms. Davis was named the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her feat and has since gone on to found her own company, Blue Ridge Hiking.

Learn more about Ms. Davis when she talks about her insights at the Porter Branch on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00. Refreshments will be served. Look for signed copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

10/26/2015 - 2:06pm
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: An Evening with Dr. Yum

Do you daydream about what it would be like if your children enthusiastically embraced healthy eating? It can be a reality!

09/24/2015 - 9:36am
Grow a Reader Special: Let's Move!

Join us for wiggling, dancing, and stomping your feet at the upcoming Grow a Reader Special: Let’s Move! We also have some fun booklists for further movement inspiration: Pint-Sized Yogis: Yoga and Meditation for Kids and Grow a Reader Favorites: Get Up and Dance.

05/11/2016 - 2:19pm
Don't Play with Your Food! by Bob Shea

A fearsome, orange monster named Buddy is on a bunny-hunting rampage in Don't Play with Your Food! Though he towers over his unsuspecting prey, Buddy has trouble with his follow-through. These quick-witted bunnies distract him from his mission with irresistible activities such as baking cupcakes and visiting the carnival!

09/23/2015 - 7:19am
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

After reading CRRL librarian Joy O’Toole’s great write-up on Agatha Christie, I thought I’d give one of her series a try. I’m not sure why I had been avoiding them. I like British stuff, historical novels, and mysteries. But what I had glimpsed of Inspector Poirot and Miss Marple did not immediately grab me. I decided to try one of her lesser-known series, Partners in Crime, which starts with The Secret Adversary.

Friends since childhood, charming, young, and starving Tommy and Tuppence meet at a London tea shop to catch up, only to discover that they both face the same problem—chronic unemployment! In London after the Great War, there aren’t a lot of jobs to be had, so for the price of an advertisement in the newspaper, they decide to create The Young Adventurers, Ltd., a firm that will take on very nearly anything.

09/29/2015 - 2:40pm

With thousands of educational apps, it’s hard to know where to start.  Many of the apps are great ways to learn about specific subjects, but start with these free general education apps:

Search for and view definitions and synonyms for over two million words.  The app also allows you to save your favorite word and will provide a word of the day.  Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.


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