Kids Blog

10/02/2015 - 12:27pm

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.

10/01/2015 - 12:11pm

The first colonists at Jamestown found life on the swampy tip of an Indian hunting ground by the James River to be grueling and often deadly. The Virginia Company hoped to make a start in this new world that would ultimately bring profits to King James, the men who ventured there, and, of course, the Virginia Company itself. But the coming of “the Starving Time,” sometimes hostile tribes, and sickness turned a dream into a nightmare.

10/01/2015 - 11:33am
Gifts for Furry Friends

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, children 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 children's 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.

10/01/2015 - 3:05am
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony

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.

09/30/2015 - 7:47am
Grab Your Pumpkin, and Plan for Halloween Fun!

It’s time for hayrides, apples, and sweaters. And pumpkins. Can’t forget the pumpkins. What will you do with your pumpkin? Will you carve it into amazing shapes, paint it with swirls and maybe sparkle it with glitter? Or, will you turn it into a pumpkin pie?

Pumpkins are so much a part of all fall celebrations—and Halloween brings out our imaginations. For one night, you can pretend to be someone else brave or magical or silly or scary. 

Halloween is also a great time for a party! Whether you make it a just a bit frightening or create something calm and low-key, you can make it happen with cool crafts, stories, games, food and fun.

09/28/2015 - 2:16pm

Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.

10/01/2015 - 10:41am
2015 Halloween Fun!

Fabulous Friday: Monster Mash
England Run Branch, Friday, October 2, 4:30–5:15
Porter Branch, Friday, October 9, 4:30–5:15
Books and fun activities all about monsters! Grades K-6

10/01/2015 - 11:57am
Young girl in a butterfly costume

If you’d like to make a one-of-a-kind costume, throw a not-to-be-forgotten Halloween party, or carve a prize-winning pumpkin, we’ve got just the books you need to get started. We’ve also got CDs with Halloween music and scary sound effects. Plan for a perfectly frightful evening with our Halloween Fun resource list.

10/01/2015 - 11:57am
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: An Evening with Dr. Yum

Do you daydream about what it would be like if your children enthusiastically embraced healthy eating? It can be a reality!

09/24/2015 - 9:36am
Grow a Reader Special: Let's Move!

Join us for wiggling, dancing, and stomping your feet at the upcoming Grow a Reader Special: Let’s Move! We also have some fun booklists for further movement inspiration: Pint-Sized Yogis: Yoga and Meditation for Kids and Grow a Reader Favorites: Get Up and Dance.


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