When you first approach reading Shakespeare, it can be a daunting experience. Even though I grew up reading books with similar language, I still found Shakespeare difficult unless I had a teacher holding my hand every step of the way. I could just about understand the basic plot line and even some of the language, but many of the jokes, the history, and the language went over my head.
Over the years, I have found several things helpful in reading Shakespeare’s plays. With these aids, I am able to enjoy Shakespeare so much more than before as well as understand the plays at a deeper level.
Don't miss the Gifts for Furry Friends classes this fall, part of our Fabulous Fridays classes for students in grades K-6. Working with natural and easy-to-find materials, kids can create thoughtful gifts for animals to enjoy during the harsh winter months.
This hands-on activity, with lots of opportunity for creativity, can help satisfy kids' curiosity about what animals do in the winter. Throughout the season, they can delight in having helped their furry friends as they learn more about the natural world.
When a strange noise interrupts the Wimbledon family's sleep, father Walter goes to check. "It's only Stanley," he says. The family dog is howling at the moon. Everyone returns to the slumber, but the interruptions do not stop.
A clanking sound turns out to be Stanley hammering at the oil tank in the basement. A strange odor from the kitchen leads to the dog cooking catfish stew. Stanley appears to accomplish more in a single night than most people do in a whole week!
Flora's Very Windy Day is a terrific fall story. Big sister Flora gets all in a huff after younger brother Crispin spills her paints. Both children are sent outside on a most blustery autumn day.
Flora knows that her super-special, heavy-duty, red boots will keep her on the ground. After she taunts the powerful gusts though, little Crispin is whisked away! Flora courageously throws off her protective boots in order to save her brother.
Please note: Due to inclement weather, our birthday celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3 is canceled. Instead, we will have refreshments and children's activities on Monday, Oct. 5 from 10-12.
We're five years old and we're having a party! On Saturday, October 3rd, from 1:00-3:00 we invite everyone to our Open House at the beautiful, state-of-the-art England Run Branch. Plenty of fun activities for all ages, including music, refreshments, tours, the MakerLab with our 3-D printer, other STEM related tech toys and more! Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt, activity tables, and visit with the PAWS for Reading therapy dogs. Please join us in honoring and thanking the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, the Library Board and the community for this newest addition to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system.
The first colonists at Jamestown found life on the swampy tip of an Indian hunting ground by the James River to be grueling and often deadly. The Virginia Company hoped to make a start in this new world that would ultimately bring profits to King James, the men who ventured there, and, of course, the Virginia Company itself. But the coming of “the Starving Time,” sometimes hostile tribes, and sickness turned a dream into a nightmare.
A panda bear is on a mission of manners in Please, Mr. Panda. When he offers a variety of creatures a doughnut from his box, they all act like... well, animals.
It’s time for hayrides, apples, and sweaters. And pumpkins. Can’t forget the pumpkins. What will you do with your pumpkin? Will you carve it into amazing shapes, paint it with swirls and maybe sparkle it with glitter? Or, will you turn it into a pumpkin pie?
Pumpkins are so much a part of all fall celebrations—and Halloween brings out our imaginations. For one night, you can pretend to be someone else brave or magical or silly or scary.
Halloween is also a great time for a party! Whether you make it a just a bit frightening or create something calm and low-key, you can make it happen with cool crafts, stories, games, food and fun.
Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.
If you’d like to make a one-of-a-kind costume, throw a not-to-be-forgotten Halloween party, or carve a prize-winning pumpkin, we’ve got just the books you need to get started. We’ve also got CDs with Halloween music and scary sound effects. Plan for a perfectly frightful evening with our Halloween Fun resource list.