Imagine lying in your hammock, completely spellbound by an amazing book, during a beautiful summer afternoon. Crickets are chirping, a soft breeze is blowing, and you are so relaxed (or, maybe if you're reading a thriller, on edge--but in a good way). Or, perhaps you are a parent longing for fun and free entertainment for your kids during a quiet afternoon or to refresh your family's library with a new batch of books and DVDs to enjoy together.
We all know that a good story can capture an audience whether it be read, shown through a movie, or told to you another way. But did you ever think that science could be a form of storytelling?
Ready to start your summer with a smash? With everything from pizza and games to live music and friends, the CRRL invites all teens to relax and have fun at our annual Super Summer Smash events. Live performances by the band Interrabang, dance and spoken word artist Alex Harvell, and the James Monroe High School hip-hop duo Flight Boiis will be the highlights, but there's more!
There are so many men who help our children learn and grow. From dads and stepdads to grandpas and uncles, we want to celebrate them all. Join us at one of our special Grow a Reader classes to enjoy Father's Day songs, stories, and activities. For children ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
Monday, June 13, 11:00-11:30 at Snow Branch
Wednesday, June 15, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 at England Run Branch
Friday, June 17, 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00 at Porter Branch
For more Father's Day fun, check out these great books.
Writing is a peculiar art. Some people seem to be born with a distinctive style and voice which comes effortlessly to them. Most of us, however, need to work hard to learn the fundamentals and are constantly seeking to improve our ability to craft sentences, create paragraphs, and organize a coherent series of ideas which make up a well-written book or article.
Every Wednesday night when I was a child, I would put on my most old-fashioned nightgown and the bonnet my mother had sewn and watch Little House on the Prairie. I received the Garth Williams illustrated books as a Christmas present and read them repeatedly. Little did I know, but I was “geeking” out and “cosplaying” (short for costume play.) Recently, I watched a Little House reunion on TV and was enthralled by all three hours, and, no, I didn’t wear my bonnet. The only thing that would have made it better was having someone to share it with.
I'm a librarian with a confession to make. I have not read The Grapes of Wrath nor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I find Dickens depressing. The Catcher in the Rye? I put it down after the first two chapers. After you finish gasping, I will explain. I have read hundreds (likely thousands) of books in my life, many classics and many hugely popular. I have read verse, poetry, graphic novels, biographies, comics, fantasies, dystopians, long books, short ones, and those in between. But there is still a long list of classic and popular books that, up until recently, I have been ashamed to admit I have yet to read .
Even without a visit to a local art museum, young children can be exposed to great art. Picture books offer not just great stories, but are a feast of color, movement, and images that stimulate not only children’s brains, but also their creativity. When selecting these books, make a conscious effort to choose a variety of styles, not just those that immediately appeal to you, and let your child pick some as well. Broad exposure will excite the imagination! In the following titles, art and story combine for terrific and creative books that are bound to inspire.
Tiny houses are all the rage, and now you can see why for yourself. A model tiny home will be set up at the Salem Church Branch on Monday, May 16, from 4:00-7:00 for you to tour, courtesy of Tiny House Building Company. Staff will be on site to answer questions. Explore how living with less can be comfortable, rewarding, and economical. Complete your visit by checking out some of our books on tiny houses!
Our online catalog has a new feature to help your renew your materials faster: the Renew All button, located at the top right of your Checked Out page. Whether you have out 1 or 111 items, you can now renew them with just a couple of clicks and receive speedy notification of any items that cannot be renewed.