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11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter

11 Experiments That Failed is as hilarious as it is messy. Author Jenny Offill and artist Nancy Carpenter combine their talents as one young scientist stretches the limits of curiousity—and her mother's patience!

Offill tells her story through questions, hypotheses, and results, allowing the reader to fill in the narrative blanks. 

Question: Can a kid make it through the winter eating only snow and ketchup?

Hypothesis: Ketchup and snow are the only food groups a kid needs.

What Happened: Stomachache. Brain freeze. Love of ketchup wavering.

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill and Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill and Illustrated by Theodore Taylor

When the Beat Was Born, by Laban Carrick Hill, is a stunning example of just how wonderfully diverse the world of children's biographies is getting. This picture book offers a look into the life of DJ Kool Herc, one of the founders and innovators of hip-hop music.

Hill's words, when combined with Theodore Taylor III's crisp, colorful illustrations, depict how a boy named Clive left Kingston, Jamaica, for the Bronx. Clive wanted to be a DJ, slinging an arsenal of records and getting crowds amped up at parties.

It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall

It's an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

It's an Orange Aardvark! follows a few imaginative carpenter ants as they peer out of a soggy tree stump. Orange fills up the stump's interior. According to the insects, aardvarks always turn orange when they are hungry for ants. Judging by the intensity of the color, this one seems mighty famished. As one ant gnaws more holes in the stump, different colors stream in, and the colony lets their imaginations run wild.

Next they see blue, so the aardvark must be wearing blue pajamas! A splash of red leads them to suspect that their predator is wielding a gigantic bottle of ketchup! From there, things get even stranger.

Author of the Month: Sharon Creech

“I have a normally strange family.”

Award-winning author Sharon Creech wove a lot of her own life into her books for young adults, including her first one, Absolutely Normal Chaos. Written as a journal as are many of her novels, what strikes a reader immediately are her humor and casual way of storytelling. Everything is told offhand, as if it doesn’t really matter—just a 13-year-old chattering. Until what happens does matter and things get serious. That’s when readers are grateful for the humor, and having a strong if strange family really becomes important.

Home Sweet Habitat Animal Show

Home Sweet Habitat Animal Show

This summer, we’re bringing the great outdoors inside! Join presenters from The Wildlife Center of Virginia to explore how different animals satisfy their needs for food, water, shelter, and space. Live animals will be featured! 

Grades K-6. Call or stop by your local branch to sign up. 

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang

Mustache Baby builds upon a cute visual gag with a grand display of wit and verve. When Baby Billy is born, his parents are surprised to find a fully-grown mustache adorning his upper lip. The nurse informs them, "You'll just have to wait and see whether it is a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache."

Reading eBooks in the Browser

Reading eBooks in the Browser

A few times every week I’ll have customers approach me after searching our public catalogs and ask, “What does it mean if it says it’s an ‘eBook?'” When I explain, I always take care to emphasize that an eReader, tablet, or smartphone is not required for most of our digital materials in print—all that’s needed is a regular computer with a modern Web browser and active connection.

Red, White, and Blue Music

On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and everyone gets quiet as they remember the reason for the celebration.

Joe Romano's Fizz Boom READ Magic Show

Joe Romano's Fizz Boom READ Magic Show

Looking for a magical way to kick off summer vacation? The library has the answer! 

Magician Joe Romano returns to CRRL with a brand-new show featuring jaw-dropping illusions!

Grades K-6. Call or stop by your local branch to sign up. 

The Stafford 350 Geocaching Trail

Who among us hasn't dreamt about finding treasure, whether as a child digging in the sand or an adult hiking through the woods?  Now anyone can thanks to modern technology and enthusiastic hobbiests around the world! Geocaching is a modern day, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices.

The library has partnered with the Stafford 350th Anniversary Committee and the Fredericksburg Geocachers to create The Stafford 350 Geocaching Trail!  This is a fun, exciting and inexpensive way for families to enjoy a beautiful weekend exploring Stafford County.