Reading is one of the best things that you can do to fight boredom, keep your brain active, and have fun while school is out. It offers chances to escape, journeys to travel, and mysteries to solve.
Reading is also tremendously important when time travelling. Don't believe me? Check out our special public service announcement below that shows just what can happen. It stars our beloved TARDIS as well as a few other curious characters.
Our Summer Reading theme for kids is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and it goes all the way until August 31. Don't forget that we offer Summer Reading for teens and adults, too! Sign up online or at your local branch and be sure to keep an eye out for the TARDIS as it travels around our libraries.
Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom is John Rocco's story of his enormous, bushy hairdo as a boy and how he imagined it giving him special abilities! According to our unkempt crusader, "every superhero gets his powers from somewhere," and what better place than the top of your own head?
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to featuring new and inspiring technologies for the community. For the past year we have been demonstrating 3-D printing with our Mobile MakerLab. The library can offer much more now that a permanent MakerLab has been set up at our England Run Branch.
Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff and university students are able to teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Each February, hardworking area kindergarten teachers connect their students to our kindergarten library card campaign. Our goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of books, classes, and events available to them at the public library. With the teachers' help, students can easily register for a public library card and take an important step toward lifelong reading and learning.
Connecting with kindergartners in this way would be impossible to do without the teachers. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, one teacher at each branch was randomly selected to receive a Friends' book bag filled with wonderful books for their classroom.
Kindergarten students can join in the fun, too! Any time between now and May 31st, bring your child to any branch. Tell someone at the Children's Desk that he or she is in kindergarten to receive a free prize.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Kindergarten Library Card Campaign teacher prizes!
George has a problem. He wants to be good. He knows how good dogs are supposed to act. They are not supposed to devour entire cakes that have been left on the table. They should probably leave any cats alone...dirt, too. George knows what he should do. He just doesn't do it. Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, brings his eternal struggle to life.
Children's Book Week (May 12-18, 2014) is the national celebration of books and reading for youth.
Visit your nearest branch to attend a free program, receive a special bookmark and a fun activity sheet!
Grow a Reader Classes
Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.
Mother Goose Time
Ages 2 and under with a caregiver. Drop-in.
Monday, May 12, 10:00-10:15 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, May 13, 9:30-9:45 @ Porter
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30-11:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, May 14, 9:30-9:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, May 14, 10:30-10:45 @ Snow
Thursday, May 15, 10:30-10:45 @ Porter
Friday, May 16 10:00-10:30 @ England Run
From African-American history to folktales to album covers, Kadir Nelson has added his glowing and inspired paintings to dozens of projects and gone on to become an award-winning author himself.
"Everyone was perfectly fine with the way things were. Everyone but Mr. Tiger."
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild takes on proper behavior and tears it to shreds. At the beginning of Peter Brown's picture book, four-legged animals walk stiffly upright, wear suits, dresses, top hats, and bonnets. Elephants, bears, and deer all have perfect posture. Every house on the block looks exactly the same, and our striped protagonist is sick of it.
Some books just aren’t meant to be read alone by an adult sitting quietly on her couch with no children in sight; naming no names of course. They demand an audience so that the actions aren’t just read, but performed, and so that the words aren’t just said, but shouted! You don’t need a room full of children to enjoy books at this level, this is the kind of fun that can be had even if there are just two of you!
Niño is one remarkable little boy. He may look like an ordinary child playing with his toys. When he picks up his red mask though, Niño Wrestles the World.