Get ready for a weeklong celebration of reading! The longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, Children's Book Week is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America. From May 1-7, Central Rappahannock Regional Library is excited to offer a week of events that encourage young readers.
April is Poetry Month, the perfect time to share the beauty of poetry with a child. If you are an adult who enjoys poetry, you are probably already regularly reading poetry with the children in your life. If you are an adult who is either intimidated by poetry or simply doesn’t enjoy it, I urge you to take a look at poetry written for children. I often enjoy children’s poetry much more than that written for adults. I like the humor, wit, and silliness of children’s poetry, as well as the simplicity of the more serious poems.
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A Solid Beginning
Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps was born on October 13, 1902, in Alexandria, Louisiana, a child of middle class parents of mixed racial heritage—what is sometimes called Creole. His father, Paul Bismark Bontemps, was descended from French plantation owners living in Haiti and their slaves. After coming to the United States, the Bontemps family lived free in Louisiana for decades, and the many of the men worked as skilled brick and stone masons for generations. In addition to working his trade, Arna’s father also played music with a popular band. Arna’s mother, Maria (pronounced Ma-rye-ah) Carolina Pembrooke was descended from an English planter and his Cherokee wife. Maria taught public school and enjoyed creating visual art.
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.
Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and life. We are proud to partner with the following local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community:
Did you know?
- Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who aren't.
- 90% percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten.
- The seeds of a desirable workforce skills-critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five.
What can you do?
Bring your children and spread the word about the library’s Grow a Reader classes. Each class is presented by specially trained staff who share stories, songs and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.
- Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!
- Read to your child daily and keep it fun! Stop reading as soon as they show you they're done.
- Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start!
To celebrate National Kite Month, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy these colorful beauties the entire month of April, and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child.
School-aged children, teens, and adults are welcome to join us at Porter Branch on Saturday, April 29, 9:30-12:00, to build, decorate, and (weather permitting) learn to fly your very own kite! Please sign up at the Research Desk, or call 540-659-4909.
Whether leaping through the vines of a rainforest or the pages of a book at the library, monkeys have lots to teach us about the ways animals live, our responsibilities in caring for the last wild places, and just how to have fun.
I'll bet you know that monkeys are furry, cute, and swing in the trees, but there's so much more to learn about them:
A Monkey is NOT an Ape
Monkeys have tails, but apes do not. Chimpanzees, gibbons, orangutans, and gorillas are all apes. They use their powerful arms and legs to swing through the trees. Many New World monkeys from South America can use their tails like another hand to swing. Monkeys from Asia and India can't do that! Monkeys, apes, and humans are all part of a family group called primates.
How can you help the Earth? There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.
One morning, the old wooden dam on the Rappahannock River went up in clouds of smoke. It was a huge thing—ancient and strong, built in layers to tame the river so that the power of the water pushing against it could provide electricity for the town. But it had been years since anyone tapped that power. Now, the dam was falling apart, and it was decided that it had become dangerous. So the Army Corps of Engineers blew it up one morning, and the river was flowing freely again—just as it had in previous centuries. By getting rid of the dam, the river had a chance to go back to being more like it once was. There would be more fish which would mean more birds, and, really more of everything.