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Poetry Books for Kids

          Poetry books are well represented on library shelves and eagerly checked out by readers raised on Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Fans of their humor and wordplay will love Adam Rex’s two monstrous poetry collections, “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich” and the brand-new ”Frankenstein Takes the Cake.” Each book features poems about famous monsters – Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera, Bigfoot – and their trials and tribulations. 

Celebrate National Music Week: May 3-10

Celebrate National Music Week: May 3-10

National Music Week is May 3-10, and the theme is "Music: Poetry of the Heart."
Piano students of teachers who are members of the National Music Society will perform in the Headquarters Library lobby, Monday, May 4 - Thursday, May 7, 6-8pm.

Free Comic Book Day! - Saturday, May 2

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Several Fredericksburg-area stores generously donate comic books to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library so that we can give them away at the library, too.

365 Days of Astronomy

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that will publish one podcast per day, for all 365 days of 2009. The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around the world.

April Art Films - Tonight at 7

Join us tonight at 7:00pm, in the Headquarters Library Theater, for a screening of American Impressionists and Realists (22 min, 1994 - High school through adult) and The Washington Colorists (37 min, color, 1986 - High school through adult). Find out more about upcoming films in our 2009 Art Film series.

Learn to Keyboard

We've run an article on revving up your computer with the right software configuration, but there's an even more basic way for computer users to increase their speed. Learn to keyboard. Hunting and pecking for the correct keys can take a lot of the joy out of PC applications. If you've never learned to type, consider picking up this useful skill on your own with books from the library and online practice tools.

Documentary Film Series: Ken Burns's Brooklyn Bridge

Ken Burns's Brooklyn Bridge

Come to the Headquarters Library for a screening of Brooklyn Bridge, the last film in our Documentary Film Series, on Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm. Ken Burns's first film (1981), narrated by David McCullough, captures the physical majesty of this greatest of all achievements of the industrial age, marked by enormous construction problems, equally ingenious solutions, and heroic human achievement. [60 min.]

Virtual Tour of Morningstar Investment Research Center

Virtual Tour of Morningstar Investment Research Center

On Wednesday, April 29, at 4pm Eastern Time, spend an hour discovering how to use the Morningstar Investment Research Center to search for stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs.

Sign up online for a virtual tour - a service provided to you by the Central Rappahannock Regional
Library. You can conveniently access the training session from any location with a phone and Internet connection.

Teen Poetry Night - Tuesday, April 28

Claudia Emerson

Join us for Teen Poetry Night, Tuesday, April 28, 7:30-9:00, at the Headquarters Library. Winners of the Teen Poetry Contest will be announced and read from their works. Claudia Emerson, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and current Poet Laureate of Virginia, is our contest judge and host for the evening. Professor Emerson will also be reading from her works.

American Life in Poetry: Column 214

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Sometimes I wonder at my wife's forbearance. She's heard me tell the same stories dozens of times, and she still politely laughs when she should. Here's a poem by Susan Browne, of California, that treats an oft-told story with great tenderness.

On Our Eleventh Anniversary

You're telling that story again about your childhood,
when you were five years old and rode your blue bicycle

from Copenhagen to Espergaerde, and it was night
and snowing by the time you arrived,