A Guide to Local Parks

Although the Rappahannock area has industrialized rapidly over the last thirty years, it still possesses ample green space and natural beauty, and there is no better place to see this than in our local parks. Many of these parks were only recently created, some within the last ten years. This guide provides a list of…
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Where Have All the Magazines Gone?

The rise of broadband internet and the coming of the Great Recession have combined over the past several years to create a perfect storm for many different types of magazines. The 2000s and early 2010s have seen many respected publications end, either converting to online editions or shutting down entirely. So many magazines have closed…
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So, You Want to Be a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent can be an incredibly rewarding experience but can also be very challenging, especially for first-time parents. There are many potential emotional issues that may surprise foster parents, who may feel overwhelmed and have a sense of insufficient support from the community. But people who choose to become foster parents are performing…
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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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Masters of Science Fiction: Edgar Rice Burroughs & Alex Raymond

The most famed and prolific area of science fiction is the planetary adventure, featuring strange environments, exotic alien races, and massive battle scenes. Many of the most popular science fiction universes, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Avatar, take place in these environments. Most of these universes owe their existence to the adventure fiction of one author. Edgar Rice…
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