Kids Blog

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.

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly

Prudence Wants a Pet explores the troubles of a pet-yearning girl with dry humor and simple, fun imagery. We already know what Prudence desires, but her parents are in no mood to sacrifice money or peace and quiet in exchange for a kitty or a puppy. So Prudence decides to take matters into her own hands.

Happy Birthday to the Delightful Bruce Degen

One of children’s literature’s most beloved authors and illustrators was born in June. Bruce Degen created Jamberry and illustrated the hugely successful Magic School Bus series.

Summer Reading for Kids: Fizz, Boom, Read!

Summer Reading for Kids: Fizz, Boom, Read!

The Summer Reading Club at your library is here! Sign up in person or online, read whatever you want, and earn great prizes!

Reading is one of the best things that you can do to fight boredom, keep your brain active, and have fun while school is out. It offers chances to escape, journeys to travel, and mysteries to solve.

Reading is also tremendously important when time travelling. Don't believe me? Check out our special public service announcement below that shows just what can happen. It stars our beloved TARDIS as well as a few other curious characters. 

Our Summer Reading theme for kids is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and it goes all the way until August 31. Don't forget that we offer Summer Reading for teens and adults, too! Sign up online or at your local branch and be sure to keep an eye out for the TARDIS as it travels around our libraries.

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco

Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco

Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom is John Rocco's story of his enormous, bushy hairdo as a boy and how he imagined it giving him special abilities! According to our unkempt crusader, "every superhero gets his powers from somewhere," and what better place than the top of your own head?

The MakerLab at England Run

England Run MakerLab

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to featuring new and inspiring technologies for the community. For the past year we have been demonstrating 3-D printing with our Mobile MakerLab. The library can offer much more now that a permanent MakerLab has been set up at our England Run Branch.

Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff and university students are able to teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Thank You, Kindergarten Teachers!

Porter Branch winner

Each February, hardworking area kindergarten teachers connect their students to our kindergarten library card campaign. Our goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of books, classes, and events available to them at the public library. With the teachers' help, students can easily register for a public library card and take an important step toward lifelong reading and learning. 

Connecting with kindergartners in this way would be impossible to do without the teachers. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, one teacher at each branch was randomly selected to receive a Friends' book bag filled with wonderful books for their classroom.  

Kindergarten students can join in the fun, too!  Any time between now and May 31st, bring your child to any branch. Tell someone at the Children's Desk that he or she is in kindergarten to receive a free prize.  

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Kindergarten Library Card Campaign teacher prizes!