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07/21/2016 - 12:53pm
Opening Reception for Native Voices Exhibition

On July 26 at 7:00, come learn from Yvonne Epps-Giddings, a nurse with the Indian Health Service, who will speak on the unique, interconnected relationships of health, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans. Her talk will be the highlight of the opening reception for the exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, which will be on display through the month of August.

 

Ms. Epps-Giddings is completing her degree to be a Doctor of Public Health.  Although she now lives on a reservation in western Arizona, she is a Virginia native and a member of our neighboring Nottoway Indian Tribe.  

Chief John Lightner of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia will also offer opening remarks. Based in Stafford County, the Patawomecks are one of 11 tribes recognized in the state. About 80% of the 1500 tribal members live within 10 miles of their historic village of Patawomeck.

06/28/2016 - 3:41pm
Genealogy 101

Our expert genealogy librarians are taking their research skills on the road this summer to teach you how to jump-start tracing your family’s roots. Whether you are a complete novice at this family tree thing, or you’ve been at it a while and are stuck, we can help. Join us for a 90-minute training session at your nearest branch.

07/13/2016 - 7:11am
Join the Harry Potter Celebration at the Library

“He'll be famous—a legend . . . there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!"
—Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter is the boy who lived, but, for many of us, he is also the boy who made reading interesting again and brought magic to life. He is also the boy who, through his adventures and friends, taught us a lot about the world and who we wanted to be. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play based on a new, original story, opens in London on July 30, followed by a next-day script publication. You can reserve a copy of the script now.

Readers can also look forward to the November release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (movie website here), based on Newt Scamander's (J. K. Rowling's) book of the same title.

We are excited we can pass on the joy of Harry Potter to the next round of readers—not only through the books we grew up with, but with a new story for a new generation. This, of course, gives us librarians a perfect excuse to celebrate all things Harry Potter!

05/25/2016 - 10:39am
Discovery Tables: Spies, Space, and More!

This summer, enjoy hands-on, explore-it-yourself Discovery Tables at your library! Whether playing a constellation game or practicing their spy skills, children will enjoy this rotating series of self-guided STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.

Drop by England Run, Headquarters, Porter, Salem Church, and Snow branches to participate: June 9-June 19; June 23-July 3; July 7-July 17; July 21-July 31; and August 4-August 14.

04/14/2016 - 10:44am
Calling All Comic Artists and Fans!

During May, the Salem Church Branch will host a Comic Art Show, a CRRL-Con event. If you are a comic artist, here’s your chance to display your powerful artistic talents and share your work with the community!

02/12/2016 - 12:50pm
Symbols of Racism Talk and Race Relations Panel Discussion

Carlos Cato, a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, will host two discussions on race at Headquarters Library. 

On Monday, February 22, at 6:30, he will give a talk on the symbols of racism, with a look at their origins and status today.

01/12/2016 - 9:05am
PAWS for Reading

Do you find reading a little ruff?

Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together. PAWs for reading can help to foster a love of reading within children as well as giving them an opportunity to become more comfortable with reading. Readers can bring a book from home, check out a book from the library when they arrive, or request a book from one of these CRRL booklists for dog lovers:

10/05/2015 - 1:29pm
Glaucoma Talk at HQ Library

Dr. Christopher C. Shen, a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist, joins us for a discussion at the Headquarters Library on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. You will learn what glaucoma is, what causes it, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.

10/06/2015 - 8:12am
The After Party

What happens in the library after dark? The After Party is your chance to find out! Salem Church and England Run branches invite area teens to walk our red carpet and celebrate Teen Read Week! Come play video games, watch movies, and hang with your friends while enjoying free food and swag bags. At England Run, we've partnered with Fredericksburg All Ages to provide live music from Flight Boiis.

10/06/2015 - 12:22pm
Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild Annual Show

One of the area's finest quilt shows returns to the Porter Branch October 23-25. This annual, non-judged, non-juried show features over one hundred colorful, vibrant, and unique quilts. Visitors can enter a raffle for a quilt and vote for viewers' choice awards. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment on site. Hours for viewing are: 10:00-5:00 on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday, October 25. For more information, call the library or go online to staffordpiecemakers.com.

Image is of Linda Kaup's "Ode to Summer," featured in the 2014 show. Check here for more images from that and other shows.

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