Kids Blog

10/01/2016 - 12:30am
Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is best known for his creative and lively drawing books, as well as 1992’s Go Away Big Green Monster—a smashing success with audiences around the world.

09/30/2016 - 2:33pm
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.

09/28/2016 - 1:57pm
Halloween Is Here!

October brings a month chock-full of Halloween events for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for a costume parade or chill-inducing stories, the library has you covered!

Halloween Costume Swap 
Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you! Drop off your clean, intact, and stain-free costume at the Salem Church Branch children's desk anytime from September 23 to October 7. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher to be redeemed at the swap on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 to 11:00. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to Loisann's Hope House.

Fabulous Friday: Monster Transformation
Local actors Gene and Linda Nesbitt transform your face into a monster's! Grades K-6. Snow Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:15.

Halloween Craft
Create a decorative Halloween craft with materials from nature! Grades K-6. Montross Branch, Thursday, October 20, 6:30.

09/26/2016 - 12:59pm
Food For Fines: October 9-15, 2016

October 9-15 is Food for Fines week at all library branches!

Help celebrate Teen Read Week and help our community. Donate canned goods to benefit local area food banks.

For every can that you bring to your local library branch, we’ll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!

How it works:

-No expired or dented items
-1 canned item = $1.00 applied to one customer account, up to a maximum of $10
-Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials.
-All donations benefit local area foodbanks.
-No donations will be accepted before October 9 or after October 15.

09/22/2016 - 11:45am
The Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival

Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the first annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. All book lovers are invited to check out our activity and information table near the

09/29/2016 - 10:38am
Fabulous Friday: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Having problems with pesky yard gnomes—or, maybe even a ghoul in your attic? Come on down to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them event where we’ll celebrate the Harry Potter books (including Fantastic Beasts) and the upcoming release of the new movie! You’ll find advice on all those magical creatures in your life and also some fun wizarding games and activities. Grades K-6.

England Run Branch: October 7, 4:30-5:15

Headquarters Library: October 7, 4:30-5:15*

Salem Church Branch: October 7 and 21, 4:30-5:15

Porter Branch: October 14, 4:30-5:15

*Sponsored by the Teen Council

Check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Kids for suggestions of more great books to explore!

09/16/2016 - 3:43pm
Yellow and black butterfly on a pink flower

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin

In May 2016, Master Gardeners Pat Brown and Annette Leach, along with England Run Branch staff members, prepared soil and planted a butterfly garden. We included both nectar and host plants to attract butterflies and support their life cycles. The nectar plants feed adult butterflies, and, just as important, the host plants support the caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Stop by, and take a look! The garden is located near England Run Branch's drive-up window. The picture below was taken in the England Run Branch garden. Our garden includes:

09/28/2016 - 8:56am

Columbus Day is sometimes called Discoverers' Day. In the spirit of discovery, take some time to learn about the world as it was in the days of the European explorers. You can make a compass, learn about the stars, read about other explorers and discoverers, and find how even our way of eating has changed since the Europeans came to the Americas looking for gold, glory, and, yes, tasty cooking spices.

Pizza Without Tomato Sauce?

The explorers who came to the Americas found the food enjoyed by the native people to be very different from what they knew at home. They had never seen tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), pineapples, chili peppers, or even cocoa. The vegetable dishes from the Europe they knew relied on parsnips, cabbages, peas, carrots, turnips, and onions. After being at sea and living off of a diet of lentil soup, salt beef from a barrel, salted sardines, hardtack, and other delights, the fresh, new foods of the islands would have been an astonishing change.

09/16/2016 - 10:30am
Painter from R.W. Hitt working on Salem Church Branch

Salem Church Branch is getting a face-lift thanks to Spotsylvania County Facilities Management. The entire interior of the library is currently being repainted. Painters from R.W. Hitt, Inc. are taking it section by section, but, in order to complete the project, the library will close most of the building on Thursday, September 22. That day the branch will open as an "express" and provide:

—Access to and checkout of holds.

09/15/2016 - 12:19am
4th Annual Meet the Moon

View the moon with David Abbou, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, at the library’s Meet the Moon event on Saturday, October 8. We’re celebrating the annual International Observe the Moon Night at the Porter Branch with an open house from 7:00-8:30. We’ve partnered with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club and invite everyone to attend. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.

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