Teen Blog

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:44am
Add the Library to Your Back-to-School List

'Tis the season for back-to-school! As thoughts of pencils, notebooks and rulers dance in your head, and you mark your calendar with the dates for school orientation and other back-to-school events, please look for library staff at many of the region's elementary and middle schools. We are eager to talk to you about how we can be your partner in education. Stop by our table to sign up family members for library cards and get information about online tutoring. While supplies last, your children can even pick up a free gift.

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:45pm
Euro Board Games

Euro board games, also called Eurogames and German-style board games, have become increasingly popular over the past 20 years with the introduction of Settlers of Catan in the 1990s. They are tabletop games that involve simple rules, indirect player competition (or cooperation between all players), are strategy-based, and involve minimal to no random luck. Euro board games are referred to as such due to the design and development of the games being centered in Europe, particularly Germany.

The Headquarters, England Run, Porter, and the Salem Church branches will each host a Euro Board Game Night one evening a month on the following rotation:

-1st Mondays at 7:00: Headquarters
-2nd Mondays at 7:00: England Run
-3rd Mondays at 7:00: Porter
-4th Mondays at 7:00: Salem Church

For grades 10 through adult. This series begins on September 12 at the England Run Branch and will continue through fall and winter of 2016/17.

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:06am
Coding for Kids

If you have children or teens in your life, you know that computer coding and coding for kids has been gaining popularity. With electronic devices used in nearly every area of our lives, there is great interest in teaching kids how to go from being simply users of technology to becoming creators of technology, and learning to code is one way to do that. Computers, smartphones, websites and apps all run on code.

Learning to code teaches children and teens problem-solving skills and also gives them the opportunity to “look under the hood” of the technology all around them and understand how it works. Coding has been taught at the high school level for decades (I took a computer programming class when I was in high school), but today there are several platforms which have been created for younger children, so children as young as early elementary (or younger!) can enjoy coding, and there are many fun ways to encourage interest in coding for children and teens.

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 9:20am
Gotta Catch 'em All: Pokémon GO at the Library

Are you looking to add to your Pokédex on Pokémon GO? Do you just have to catch them all? Look no further!

Our CRRL branches are Pokémon official!

-Headquarters: Pokéstop

-England RunPokéstop

-Porter: Pokéstop

-Salem Church: Pokéstop

-Newton: Pokéstop

-Montross: Pokéstop

-Cooper: Pokégym

Look at the Bellsprout that was captured right outside England Run! And, a wild Pidgey appeared, right in the middle of the children's research desk at Headquarters! How many more can you find?

Come meet and battle with other hunters, exchange Pokémon, and have fun!

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 1:11pm
Organizational Apps Popplet

A more organized you may be just a click away. Here are some free organizational apps to help fight your case of chronic disarray. 

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:01am
CRRL Guest Picks: Raina Krasner, Wildlife Educator

While working as a naturalist at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, NJ, Raina realized her passion for teaching people about wildlife. Following that passion, Raina relocated to Virginia in August 2012 to begin her career as an outreach coordinator at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. As outreach coordinator, Raina spends her time teaching people about wildlife by sharing the stories of the patients that pass through the wildlife hospital and the education animals that call the Wildlife Center home.

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:45pm
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Tops the List for Homework Help

The votes have been counted, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library came out on top. Fredericksburg Parent Magazine readers have chosen CRRL as the winner for tutoring in their annual Family Favorites Awards. We hope the whole family agrees that our libraries are great spots for homework help for children and teens.

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 2:59am
Cover to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It’s always hard to say goodbye, even if it is to friends that you’ve never met and only speak to every couple of weeks. Next Friday, I will start a position as CRRL’s Deputy Director. It will be a big change, but I am excited for new adventures! Many of you may know the wonderful Darcie Caswell as the Youth Services Department Head at our Salem Church Branch, and she has recently been named Youth Services Coordinator and is taking over the column in July. I know you will enjoy sharing books with her.

In the meantime, I’m going to share some of my all-time favorite titles. My mantra, when it comes to reading, is that there are too many books to read a title more than once. Luckily, some of my favorites have been made into terrific audios, and I have plenty of time in my car to listen and enjoy them again.

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 1:09pm
Audiobooks for Summer

June is National Audio Book Month! So, to celebrate, throw some headphones into your beach bag. A great story is the perfect soundtrack to any summer adventure.

Because I love audiobooks and can’t resist sharing my favorites, I’ve gathered a list of great audiobooks for summer. The list includes fantasy and science fiction, memoir and family drama—all with compelling plots and page-turning appeal to keep you listening through the dog days to come.

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:10pm
Cover to Adulting

Growing up is hard to do, especially those first steps on your own as a real adult. While you can choose your own job or major, go to bed whenever you please, and eat whatever tickles your fancy, you also need to learn how to do many new things, some of which may be unfamiliar. If you’d like to hear helpful tips for living on your own, come join us at the England Run Branch on Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00.

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