On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and all the people get quiet as they remember the reason for the celebration.
When the American colonists declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, they were doing a very brave thing. They knew that there would be no easy way to make the words they put on paper real. The Continental Army would have to fight for the country's right to exist. You can read more about Independence Day with books from this holiday list.
People made up new songs, often using old tunes, and sung them in the streets of America. These were full of pride and jokes about the British. There were lots of them! Some, like Yankee Doodle, are classics we still remember, and many songs told the war news, such as An American Frigate,* that tells the tale of one of John Paul Jones' battles on the sea.
Mary Lennox arrives at Misselthwaite Manor in the dead of winter, an angry orphan with serious trust issues. Everything at the Yorkshire estate seems closed off to her. And there are secrets. A mysterious cousin, a distant uncle, and a separate, walled-off garden—to which she’s found the key.
One of the defining features of the Fredericksburg area is the Rappahannock River. It played a large role in history, and we Virginians love our history. But this year, we want to focus on a different aspect of the river. This year, let’s talk about its wildlife.
As part of our Summer Reading celebration, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is happy to welcome back The Wildlife Center of Virginia for one of our programs! You can meet some of the wild animals that depend on the river for survival and find out how your actions affect the river, the surrounding environment, and ultimately the animals themselves in a special program: Journey Along the River.
Your children worked hard this school year, so don’t let them lose ground! Reading throughout the summer helps students prevent summer learning loss, and the public library offers incentive-based programs, making summer reading easy and fun. This year’s themes, “On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!” and “Get in the Game—Read,” promote being active, whether through playing a sport, going for a swim, taking a walk in the park or having an adventure. There’s no required list, so any book counts; after all, any reading is good reading! Here are a few suggestions to kick off your summer.
It takes almost two years from the time the candidates announce they are running to the day that one of them will be sworn into office. Let's take a look at how the winning candidate will get there.
Robo-Sauce is a strange and wondrous concoction. Its neon-orange glow hints at limitless possibilities. Oh, you've never had the pleasure of seeing this extraordinary mixture in action? Well, prepare to be robotomized!
Moira has the perfect birthday planned. "I want to invite grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, aaaaand kindergarten." Mom says no, so Moira asks her dad.
Dad says no, but somehow everybody in every grade "...aaaaand kindergarten" shows up for the party. The house is full, and the kids are hungry, but luckily Moira knows what to do to save the day.
You see a bug with a cool green body skittering across a picnic table. It stops and seems to be staring at you.
Every Wednesday night when I was a child, I would put on my most old-fashioned nightgown and the bonnet my mother had sewn and watch Little House on the Prairie. I received the Garth Williams illustrated books as a Christmas present and read them repeatedly. Little did I know, but I was “geeking” out and “cosplaying” (short for costume play.) Recently, I watched a Little House reunion on TV and was enthralled by all three hours, and, no, I didn’t wear my bonnet. The only thing that would have made it better was having someone to share it with.
Even without a visit to a local art museum, young children can be exposed to great art. Picture books offer not just great stories, but are a feast of color, movement, and images that stimulate not only children’s brains, but also their creativity. When selecting these books, make a conscious effort to choose a variety of styles, not just those that immediately appeal to you, and let your child pick some as well. Broad exposure will excite the imagination! In the following titles, art and story combine for terrific and creative books that are bound to inspire.