The Skunk shows up on a man's doorstep just as he is leaving for a night at the opera. Careful not to disturb the creature, the man quietly sneaks around his doorstep and begins walking. The skunk follows.
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.
Summer has been mind-blowing; over 4,000 children read almost four million minutes in the library’s summer reading club! Thanks to all of that time spent exercising their brains, those children are returning to school ready to learn! Heading back frequently brings mixed emotions; for you and for them! No matter how long or short the summer has seemed, another year has passed and your children are starting on a new adventure. They’re looking forward to seeing their friends, but probably not the strictly enforced bedtimes and homework. Insert some fun by sharing these picture books to help young children get back in the school routine.
Sebastian and the Balloon is a must-read for young adventurers. Our title character finds little of interest on his street full of identical houses. Gathering everything he could possibly ever need, Sebastian takes to the skies in a patchwork hot air balloon made from his grandmother's afghans and quilts.
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future! illustrates the alphabet with 26 rad—as in radical—American women who changed the world.
Instead of “A is for Apple” and “B is for Ball,” author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl give us the activist Angela Davis and tennis pro Billie Jean King. From Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers Association, to the transgender writer and youth advocate Kate Bornstein, each short biography celebrates a woman who made a difference. The book highlights diverse individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and shares the stories how they became fighters and dreamers, the leaders and innovators of American history.
Ahoy, Mateys! Talk Yerself Into a Coupon! On Saturday, the 19th o' SeptembARrrrr, 'tis Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. If ye natter to a library crew member like a scurvy pirate, yer gonna receive a jolly coupon fer a doubloon ($1) off yer fines or for one free book from the Buckoes of the Library booksale.* Not sure how a band o' pirates speak? No worries! Ye can learn how usin' Mango Languages at our research portal.
*One coupon per sailor!
Translation: Hello, Friends! Talk yourself into a coupon! Saturday, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day at the library. If you talk to a library employee like a pirate, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off your fines or for one free book from the Friends of the Library booksale.* Brush up on your Pirate using Mango Languages at www.librarypoint.org/research. *One coupon per customer!
Join us at the Porter Branch on Saturday, September 19, for an open house from 7:00-8:30 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. This event is presented in partnership with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club, for school age through adult.
The fun includes:
-Viewing our nearest neighbor, up close and personal, through telescopes
-Books and videos you can check out to learn more about the moon
-Photo and Video Booths--have fun using props to celebrate our celestial neighbor
-Hands-on educational activities for kids, including a 3-D printer and robotics toys
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.
Jim Murphy is one of those amazing authors who can introduce the past to new generations with his fiction and non-fiction works. Whether it’s an unsuspecting 18th-century port town about to get hit by yellow fever, the Big Apple shut down by a blizzard, or a fire that burned down a lot of Chicago, Mr. Murphy brings readers into the thick of events with a storytelling style that holds their attention.
Want to time travel with Jim Murphy? Click here to see which of his books we have in store for you at the library. Read on for some facts on his life, articles featuring him, and a sample from his book, An American Plague.
From pirates flying kites to superheroes rescuing kittens, Not Every Princess transforms the usual suspects of children’s literature into something delightful and new.