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2014 Great Lives Chappell Lecture Series

UMW Dodd Auditorium

The University of Mary Washington's popular Great Lives Chappell Lecture Series returns in 2014 with another great lineup. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For more information about each lecture and presenter, see the full schedule here.

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is proud to support this outstanding community program by selecting library materials that will help you delve further into the fascinating lives of each historical figure. 

John Wilkes Booth - Presented by David O. Stewart on Thursday, January 16    
Jim Henson - Presented by Brian Jay Jones on Tuesday, January 28    
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Presented by David Garrow on Tuesday, February 4    
Bob Dylan - Presented by Sean Wilentz on Thursday, February 6

Upcoming Grow a Reader workshop

LEEP

The next Grow a Reader workshop for childcare providers is scheduled!

Upcoming Grow a Reader Workshop

Grow a Reader Workshop for adults who work with young children

February 19, 2014 at England Run from 7-9 pm with a snow date of Feb. 26th.

Topic:  STEM: What is it? How you are already doing it. New ideas to integrate STEM activities in your classroom.

Register:  Call England Run 899-1703 ext. 233 youth services desk

Lloyd Alexander: American Bard

"In other worlds I used the imaginary kingdom not as a sentimentalized fairyland, but as an opening wedge to express what I hoped would be some very hard truths. I never saw fairy tales as an escape or a cop out....On the contrary, speaking for myself, it is the way to understand reality."*

Lloyd Alexander wrote many adventure stories for young people, including the wonderful Chronicles of Prydain which follow the adventures of brave, young Taran, who proudly holds the title of assistant pig-keeper, the fiery, quick-witted Eilonwy, shambling man-beast Gurgi, and Fflewddur Fflam, a teller of tales, mostly tall ones. In The Book of Three, these unlikely heroes are on the run from dread forces that have more personality and are therefore more terrifying than Tolkien’s Sauron.

Mayhem, Murder, and Minnesota: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Mayhem, Murder, and Minnesota: The Films of the Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen might be the two finest filmmakers working in America today. There are few directors who have captured more entertaining, accurate, or varied instances of the American experience.

Nearly all of their films center around some sort of crime or illicit behavior. Sometimes the protagonist is the perpetrator. Other times he is a victim or an unwitting bystander sucked into the chaos. Almost always though, the protagonist is a fool.

Delete the Danger: Stop Smoking Now

Delete the Danger: Stop Smoking Now

From our friends at SeniorNavigator, here are six proven tips and resources that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good:

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson sees insanity all around him. Partially that is because as a journalist he is drawn to write stories in which people engage in erratic behavior. It is also because he has learned The Psychopath Test, and he cannot stop administering the 20-point checklist to everyone around him.

Item 1: Glibness/superficial charm

Item 2: Grandiose sense of self-worth

Item 3: Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

Item 4: Pathological lying

And, so on. From a rude concierge at a hotel to the CEO of a giant corporation, no matter where Ronson looks, everything's coming up psycho.

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train follows a feisty female trying to be on her best behavior. Ms. Kutter runs the town general store, but she was always most at her element when committing train robberies and other such deeds.

She may be trying to be a good girl at the beginning of the story, but we all know that old habits die hard. When she's asked to come out of retirement to rob one last locomotive, the offer sounds too good to be true.

Meet 3 New York Times Bestselling Authors on January 18

Deanna Raybourn, Joanna Bourne, and Susanna Kearsley

On Saturday, January 18, from 2-4pm, meet three dynamic New York Times bestselling authors, Deanna Raybourn, Joanna Bourne, and Susanna Kearsley, at a Salem Church branch reception. Deanna is the author of the popular Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane mystery series; Joanna writes the Spymaster historical romantic thrillers series; and Susanna's works have been compared to those by Diana Gabaldon, Daphne du Maurier, and Audrey Niffenegger. Deanna, Joanna, and Susanna will discuss their books and answer questions. The reception will include a book signing and refreshments.

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers

Your New Year's Resolutions, Courtesy of Tech Answers
My goodness, I do hate resolutions. Far too resolute for my tastes. So I'm going to inflict some on you, instead. We're almost half-way through the second decade of the 21st century, a time defined by information technology. The future is here, and it requires a lot of passwords and software upgrades. This is the year you need to start getting your digital life in order.  

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

In That is Not a Good Idea! Mo Willems takes the art of silent films and applies it to picture books. A dapper fox has spied a beautiful goose walking the city streets. Each image is devoid of text, we only see what they are saying on black pages in between the action.

"Excuse me. Would you care to go for a stroll?" inquires the fox as he tips his hat. Suddenly, the film is interrupted. "That is NOT a good idea!" exclaims a baby goose.