“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, brought magic to life, or the boy who through his adventures and friends taught us a lot about the world and who we wanted to be. With the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (based on the book) and the release of The Cursed Child (release date: July 31), many of us are excited that we are able to pass on the joy of Harry Potter to the next round of readers, not only with the books we grew up with, but with new ones of their very own. This, of course, gives us librarians a perfect excuse to celebrate all things Harry Potter!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.