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A History of Classic Monsters: Mummies

"It comes to life!"
Wrapped in the mysteries of the ages, mummies have inspired stories of romance and suspense both in the pages of books and on the big screen. In this installment of a continuing series on famous movie monsters, John Gaines traces their evolution from honored kings to shambling horrors.

Library Book Sales Starting This Weekend

Bargain hunters can take advantage of two library book sales starting this weekend.

The semi-annual Headquarters book sale kicks off this evening with a preview for Friends of the Library from 7-9pm. Not a friend? Join at the door! The sale is open to the public Saturday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 21.

Salem Church's monthly lobby book sale starts today and runs through Thursday, October 22.

Pick your favorite pumpkin @ Salem Church Library!

Come vote for your favorite of the 3 pumpkins that library staff members decorated. There's "Some Pig," a tie in with Charlotte's Web, a Day of the Dead jack-o-lantern, and a howdy partner cowboy pumpkin. This is just one of the many fun things you can do @ your local library.

Staying Healthy After Cancer

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library has books addressing issues that face cancer survivors and their families. Check out our booklist, Resources for Cancer Survivors for books to help patients and their families.

New England Run Pics!

See pictures of the construction of England Run Branch taken this week!

Find out more about our newest branch in Stafford.

The Atrium Gallery: Bernardine Meyer

View mixed media collages by Bernardine Meyer through October in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

Artist's Statement:

Through good fortune, opportunity, and foreign travel, my art career has taken various paths.

Write On!

This month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20th to be the National Day on Writing. The National Writing Day Project is sponsored by NCTE--National Council of Teachers of English. Check out their site for the National Gallery of Writing where you can submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, audio, video, and artwork. The gallery will open to the world on October 20 so now is the time to get going. The site features an online tutorial to aid you when making your submissions.

Ditch Your Cable

TV Is Dead. Long Live TV

In these lean times, we’re all looking for ways to cut household costs. You may be pondering whether you should ditch the cable TV or the broadband Internet to free up $50 a month. Take my advice and lose the cable. Heck, even if you aren’t in a financial pickle, go ahead and dump it. Your life will be better for it. Here’s why.

Come to an Archaeological Investigation in Falmouth

On October 17 & 18th, 2009, the public is invited to observe an archaeological dig at the Historic Magistrate's Office--Stafford County's oldest existing municipal building, dating to about the 1820s.

Archaeologists are conducting a small dig along the foundation to try to determine when the building was constructed and if there was anything present prior to this building. Visitors will learn about the history of the site and methods of archaeology.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Historic Magistrate's Office; entrance from Washington Street.

Spotsylvania African-American Church Celebrates 150 Years

On October 18, 2009, Little Mine Road Baptist Church will be marking its 150th anniversary. Founded just before the Civil War, the congregation first met in a tent. According to an article in the Free Lance-Star, the members weren't able to buy the land to build their permanent sanctuary until 18 years later in 1877, and the current structure was built in 1974. A series of special worship services October 18 through 20th will celebrate the church's long history.