Jessica Farrow

06/08/2017 - 8:42am
Cover to Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie the Riveter is an icon, well-known for representing the scores of women who worked in munitions factories during World War II. Andrea Beaty gives a subtle nod to the original Rosie—and the powerful women she represents—in Rosie Revere, Engineer, her follow-up to Iggy Peck, Architect. Rosie Revere is a born engineer who loves creating intricate and unusual machines using parts she has salvaged from the trash. Her inventing has been a secret, though, ever since the day her Uncle Fred laughed at her snake repellant hat.

04/26/2017 - 8:43am
Panda Pants by Jacqueline Davies

Pants are warm. Pants are soft. Pants are for pandas? No, absolutely not, according to the adult panda in Panda Pants, by Jacqueline Davies. But baby panda desperately wants a pair of pants—with pockets, please!

As parent and child wander through the bamboo forest debating the merits of pants, sharp-eyed readers may notice the tell-tale signs of danger stalking the pair. When a leopard attacks, will it be the end of our pandas? Or, can quick-thinking baby panda save the day . . . with a little help from a pair of pants?

03/24/2017 - 11:05am
The Girl Who Drank the Moon

There is a witch in the woods. The people of the Protectorate know it. Each year, they are forced to leave a baby as a sacrifice to the witch, lest she destroy the whole city.

But just who is the witch in Kelly Barnhill’s Newbery Award-winning book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon? Maybe it’s Xan, who can’t figure out why the people of the Protectorate keep abandoning their children, but protects the babies with her magic until she can find them adopted homes in the Free Cities. Or, perhaps it’s Xan’s adopted granddaughter Luna, who became enmagicked and now spends her days with Fyrian, the Perfectly Tiny Dragon who thinks he’s a Simply Enormous Dragon, or Glerk, the poetry-obsessed monster who lives in the Bog. It’s certainly not Antain, a young man from the Protectorate who is becoming more and more determined to stop the yearly sacrifice.

02/14/2017 - 2:44pm
Teen Tech Week: Be the Source of Change

How will you change the world? Join the library from March 5-11 for Teen Tech Week 2017, and show how you see 2017's theme: "Be the Source of Change." This year, we're changing things up, too, and giving teens two ways to get involved.

First, come by the teen sections in our branches throughout the week to get creative and try out some tech.

01/06/2017 - 12:36pm
Kindergarten Library Cards

What's the most important card you own? Here at CRRL, we think it's your library card! A library card is a key to lifelong learning, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything CRRL has to offer.

From January 16–20, kindergarten students in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties and the City of Fredericksburg will receive something special from their teachers. An application for a library card! The goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of over 700,000 books, DVDs and audios; grade-saving homework help; and fun after-school enrichment opportunities available to them from the public library.

01/05/2017 - 12:00am
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

When you think about the Space Race, what comes to mind? Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind? John Glenn orbiting the Earth? Maybe even the Russian satellite, Sputnik. Whatever you think of, it’s probably not World War II and racial discrimination. That’s where Margot Lee Shetterly starts the story, though, in Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space. This is the Young Readers’ Edition of her bestselling adult book, which has been adapted into a movie and is CRRL’s Rappahannock Read for 2017.

10/13/2016 - 8:24am
Stick Dog by Tom Watson

Look, not everyone can be a great artist, okay? The narrator of Stick Dog certainly isn’t, and he’s sick of hearing about it. So he’ll make you a deal. You don’t comment on the art, and in exchange you’ll get story about five rectangular canine friends on a quest for the Holy Grail of picnic foods: hamburgers.

Stick Dog—accompanied by his friends Mutt, Stripes, Poo-Poo, and Karen—is determined to get some of the delicious-smelling hamburgers being grilled in the park away from the picnickers and into empty doggy stomachs.

08/11/2016 - 12:12pm
Nonfiction for People who Hate Nonfiction

Confession time: I avoid nonfiction reading like it’s the plague. Poems and graphic novels—that’s as far as my nonfiction interest goes. The second a friend suggests a biography, I start coming up with reasons why I can't possibly fit another book in my To Be Read pile. Every now and then, though, I find a book so engaging it makes me rethink my stance on nonfiction.

06/20/2016 - 2:07pm
Grow a Reader: Writing

As a kindergarten teacher, my mother would start the school year by asking her students to write their names. I asked her once if she could tell which kids had been to preschool based on their writing. Sometimes, she told me. More often, though, it was a sign of which ones had parents who read and wrote with them regularly.

Reading and writing go hand in hand in helping children develop the literacy skills they’ll need later in life, such as understanding that print has meaning. The National Early Literacy Panel determined that, for children five and under, writing ability is one of the main predictors of later literacy achievement.

03/03/2016 - 3:37pm
Across the Alley by Richard Michelson

During the day, Abe practices his violin to please his Jewish grandfather. His African-American neighbor Willie works to be as good at baseball as his father, a starter in the Negro leagues. But at night, the two boys meet Across the Alley in this story by Richard Michelson. Leaning out their bedroom windows, they swap hobbies and share dreams, until the night they are discovered.

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