Book Corner: Students Share Their Top Books of the Year

Twenty years ago, a youth services librarian from Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the school librarian at Walker-Grant Middle School came up with a unique idea: a partnership between the public library and the school library to encourage middle school students to read, with book discussions among 7th and 8th students while they gather for…
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Board Game Nights

Board games have a surprisingly long history and have been a main form of entertainment until recently (see the links at the bottom of the post). Some ancient games include senet, the Royal Game of Ur, Go, Mancala, chess, and checkers. With television, video games, and the internet available, board games often take a back seat to…
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Sea Witch

By Kari Patrick In Sea Witch, Sarah Henning brings to life an unexpected fairy tale retelling that focuses on the villain’s background rather than that of the original protagonist. Over a century ago, Hans Christian Andersen wrote his classic, “The Little Mermaid.” As the years passed and Disney brought their version of the story to…
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Song for a Whale

By Annie Brulatour Iris understands being surrounded by people who don’t understand you. She’s the only Deaf kid in her school and keeps running into issues with other students and teachers. Her parents are great but don’t understand her love of electronics - specifically repairing antique radios. Her grandfather, also Deaf, is the one person…
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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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Spider-Man on Screen: A History of Web-Slinging Movies

By John Gaines 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…
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When We Collided by Emery Lord

By Kari Patrick In When We Collided, Emery Lord introduces us to Jonah and Vivi, two teenagers who are struggling through their own personal issues. Jonah's father has passed away. His mother is despondent at best, and all of the responsibilities of the house - from taking care of his siblings to running the family…
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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

By Annie Brulatour Min leads a boring life on a dusty little planet on the outskirts of the Thousand Planets civilization. Her family has long had Fox powers - the ability to shapeshift and the power to charm people into cooperation. But she’s never been allowed to use them. The one person who understands her…
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