When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language, but many of the jokes, the history, and the language went over my head.
Over the years, I have found several things helpful in reading Shakespeare’s plays. With these aids, I am able to enjoy Shakespeare so much more than before as well as understand the plays at a deeper level.
Don't miss the Gifts for Furry Friends classes this fall, part of our Fabulous Fridays classes for students in grades K-6. Working with natural and easy-to-find materials, kids can create thoughtful gifts for animals to enjoy during the harsh winter months.
This hands-on activity, with lots of opportunity for creativity, can help satisfy kids' curiosity about what animals do in the winter. Throughout the season, they can delight in having helped their furry friends as they learn more about the natural world.
When a strange noise interrupts the Wimbledon family's sleep, father Walter goes to check. "It's only Stanley," he says. The family dog is howling at the moon. Everyone returns to the slumber, but the interruptions do not stop.
A clanking sound turns out to be Stanley hammering at the oil tank in the basement. A strange odor from the kitchen leads to the dog cooking catfish stew. Stanley appears to accomplish more in a single night than most people do in a whole week!
In Elizabeth Camden’s Against the Tide, a self-made, 19th-century woman meets an arrogant, handsome man who draws her into a dangerous scheme.
One of the exciting aspects of England Run Branch's After Party is the chance for teens to watch live musical performances. Giving teenagers the chance to see people their age use such creativity and talent is empowering. This year we are happy to host an act that showcases the ingenuity of of today's youth.
Flight Boiis, a hip-hop duo from James Monroe High School, have been honing their skills for the past two years. Like mainstream rappers, they have their own stage monikers. Zane Landeck is known as ”bandzz.” Ahmad Spence goes by the name “lil Jeuce.”
Flora's Very Windy Day is a terrific fall story. Big sister Flora gets all in a huff after younger brother Crispin spills her paints. Both children are sent outside on a most blustery autumn day.
Flora knows that her super-special, heavy-duty, red boots will keep her on the ground. After she taunts the powerful gusts though, little Crispin is whisked away! Flora courageously throws off her protective boots in order to save her brother.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Germanna Volkssport Association will host the fun and free Library Walk at the Porter Branch on Saturday, October 17. You can walk a 5-kilometer trail or a 10-kilometer trail and get in shape while exploring the neighborhood. You may start your walk any time between 9:30 and 12:30 and take as long as you need to finish. Maps of the trails will be available in the lobby. Pick up a bag of trail mix to take on the walk while supplies last!
Kurt Rabin—food columnist, book and restaurant reviewer, and copy editor at The Free Lance-Star—will speak at the Friends of the Library annual meeting on Monday, October 26, at 7:00, following a short business meeting. Audience members will be invited to take part in a guacamole taste test/smackdown. Rabin, also known as "the Guac King,” will announce the people’s choice at the end of the evening.
Please note: Due to inclement weather, our birthday celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3 is canceled. Instead, we will have refreshments and children's activities on Monday, Oct. 5 from 10-12.
We're five years old and we're having a party! On Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00-3:00 we invite everyone to our Open House at the beautiful, state-of-the-art England Run Branch. Plenty of fun activities for all ages, including music, refreshments, tours, the MakerLab with our 3-D printer, other STEM related tech toys and more! Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt, activity tables, and visit with the PAWS for Reading therapy dogs. Please join us in honoring and thanking the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, the Library Board and the community for this newest addition to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system.
A panda bear is on a mission of manners in Please, Mr. Panda. When he offers a variety of creatures a doughnut from his box, they all act like... well, animals.