Sometimes we want to have an adventure without leaving the comforts of home. Maybe we want to experience what it is like to live in the rainforest but don’t want to suffer the insects or tropical diseases. Maybe we want to experience what it is like to travel the world but don’t have the money and time to do so. Many teens (and adults) long for the excitement of travel, exploring the world, being challenged by nature, or meeting new people, and reading can be the ticket to those experiences. A well-written book can drop us into different parts of the world or different ways of life and allows us to feel like we are there, experiencing the excitement, the dangers, and the challenges—even if we haven’t left our sofas.
The recent placement of Fredericksburg on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of “The Fifty Best Cities for Entrepreneurs” would have come as no surprise to businessman and longtime resident of 1201 Prince Edward St. Robert A. Kishpaugh, who owned and operated a thriving local printing and stationery shop throughout the first half of the twentieth century.
By Fredericksburg Area Tourism Department
The spirit of the past still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. George Washington's footsteps seem to echo on the paths and streets of his hometown. The voices of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial leaders seem to resound through the Rising Sun Tavern.
Greg Riddlemoser, Director of Elections and General Registrar for Stafford County, has elected to share his reading choices with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library community:
Making reading recommendations is always dicey. We like what we like, and we benefit from our reading in our own unique ways. I guess that is one of the things that make books soooo powerful. I offer below a smattering of the stuff I like from light to heavy.
Many people find one of the most enjoyable aspects of Halloween to be the myriad creatures associated with it. Legendary villains such as Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and zombies of all stripes emerge on or about October 31st in the forms of costumes, films, and books. America’s tendency to associate such creatures with Halloween is so embedded in our culture that we frequently forget that most of these creatures—or at least the versions of them we best remember—are relatively recent creations that are often less than two centuries old. This series explores the origins and evolution of Halloween’s and Hollywood's best-loved ghouls and beasts.
October brings a month chock-full of Halloween events for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for a costume parade or chill-inducing stories, the library has you covered!
Halloween Costume Swap
Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you! Drop off your clean, intact, and stain-free costume at the Salem Church Branch children's desk anytime from September 23 to October 7. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher to be redeemed at the swap on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 to 11:00. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to Loisann's Hope House.
Fabulous Friday: Monster Transformation
Local actors Gene and Linda Nesbitt transform your face into a monster's! Grades K-6. Snow Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:15.
Create a decorative Halloween craft with materials from nature! Grades K-6. Montross Branch, Thursday, October 20, 6:30.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold their annual meeting on Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 PM, at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street. Refreshments will be served. If you are not currently a Friend, you can join at the door or online.
Ronnie Sidney, author of two graphic novels for young readers, Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress, will be the guest speaker. Growing up in Tappahannock, Sidney struggled with ADHD and was placed in special education classes. This experience inspired him to write the autobiographical Nelson Beats the Odds and to reach out to young people coping with disabilities. Sidney’s third book, R.I.P. RaShawn, will be published this fall. Sidney’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
Teens, celebrate YOU and all that you love to read and do! Join us for Teen Read Week, October 9-15. It's one of our favorite times in the teen areas of our libraries. This year's theme is Read For the Fun of it! so read what you love, let our enthusiastic librarians turn you on to a new read, or get a suggestion on our Teen page. Be sure to check out these happenings at the library for teens only:
After Party: It's invitation-only, and you are invited!
October 9-15 is Food for Fines Week at all CRRL library branches!
Help celebrate Teen Read Week, and help our community. Donate non-perishable (boxed, canned, or in a sealed bag) food to benefit local food banks and pantries.
For every item that you bring to your library branch, we’ll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!
-No expired or dented items
-1 item = $1.00 applied to one customer account, up to a maximum of $10.00
-Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials.
-All donations benefit local food banks and pantries.
-No donations will be accepted before October 9 or after October 15.