A Smashing Good Time: Trebuchet Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, April 27, we had our Launch It! Trebuchet contest in Snowden Park. There were three winners in our four categories. The Sekinger family won the Family category with "Minecraft-A-Pult," which launched a distance of 72 feet. Scarlett Smith and Isabelle Kauffman from Gayle Middle school won the Middle School category with "Sea You,…
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The Heritage of Sophia Street

By Roy Butler The late archaeologist Roy Butler explored the historical significance of this early street, believed to have been named for Sophia Dorothea, sister of George II and mother of Frederick the Great of Prussia. When we think of Fredericksburg history as it relates to Sophia Street, we immediately bring to mind a few specific remaining structures and…
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A Return to Sunken Road

Fredericksburg rises from the fall line of the Rappahannock River. Its natural hills are generally considered to be just part of the scenic landscape. Wealthy townspeople, such as the Willis and Marye families, built their mansions on the heights. Before the Civil War, the scenery was pleasant but otherwise unremarkable. Days to Prepare In November…
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Spider-Man on Screen: A History of Web-Slinging Movies

Spider-Man, Marvel Comics’ most popular character, has a very long history of appearing on screen compared to many Marvel characters, but his later film appearances are much more present in our library’s collection than his earlier television ones. Perhaps the best-remembered piece of early Spidey media outside the comic books is the 1967 animated series…
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2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced Monday, April 15. Check out the winners below. Descriptions are from Pulitzer.org. Fiction  The Overstory by Richard Powers: "An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them." Drama Fairview…
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5 Hot New Titles for May 2019

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in May. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New May '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page. From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all the boundaries of…
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Winter Reading’s Top 10

Our second annual Adult Winter Reading Challenge (January 1-March 31) was a huge success. Here's what happened: 1455 readers 6817 books logged 1129 missions completed 2057 badges earned 906 mugs earned 435 Facebook group members And, don't forget the awesome mug shots! Of those nearly 5,000 books logged, which titles were the most popular? Check…
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Express Checkout

The library's new Express Checkout machines, coming soon to all library branches, will offer a quick and easy option for checking out materials. Customers will still be able to have their materials checked out by library staff, but those looking for a self-service option will enjoy Express Checkouts. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate…
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