Sidewalk Games

Looking for something to do on when it's a nice day outside? Grab a piece of chalk, some bottle caps, and maybe even a bag of marbles. Have friends over. Eat, laugh, play in the sun, drink something icy, and chalk out your own game board.  When you're done chalking circles, squares and secret messages on the…
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A Day for Dad

Do you think that Fathers Day is another Hallmark holiday, created just to sell greeting cards? Not so! In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, in Spokane, Washington, was listening to a lecture on Mothers Day and thinking about her father's incredible accomplishment in raising his six children alone after the death of her mother. Sonora wanted…
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The Story of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day - that's September 16. Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, celebrates an incredible victory by native Mexican soldiers over the imperialist French who tried to rule them way back in 1862. The French wanted to collect their debts from Mexico and, rather than making a deal with Mexican…
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Let’s Go Fishing!

Ponds, lakes, streams, and, of course, the Rappahannock River - there are lots of places to drop a line in the area. Whether you’re new to fishing or want to wade back in, we have suggestions on where to fish locally and books that will help you get your lines cast and your lures tied. Try…
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Bestselling Author Jamie Ford

This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies. This month’s guest reader is New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford. His novels plunge readers into the Pacific Northwest of decades past, as experienced by characters whose Asian heritage was a source of personal strength…
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Westmoreland County’s African American History

Westmoreland County’s African American history dates back to the 17th century. During the earliest years, both enslaved people from Africa and white indentured servants were imported to the Northern Neck (the land between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers) to work on farms and plantations, with enslaved Africans becoming more prevalent over time.  17th Century …
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