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Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:36am
Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation

WHAT: Affordable Housing: A Community Conversation
WHEN: Monday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 PM
WHERE: Salem Church Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library

What’s the Problem?
Sound financial practices dictate that people spend no more than ⅓ of their income for housing, yet with the $7.25 minimum wage in Virginia and the rising costs of rental property and home ownership in our region, “affordable housing” is unattainable for many. According to the United Way ALICE Project report, 39% of Virginia families are struggling to afford their basic needs and are considered ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. That means many working families are stressed, and the quality of life for our community overall is diminished.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:06am
Jumpstart's Read for the Record: October 19, 2017

Celebrate literacy by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience. During last year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, over 2 million people participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library is going to help. Together, on this special day, we'll support the Jumpstart organization in its efforts to promote early childhood education.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:45am
Patawomek village coming to the Salem Church Branch

Fifty members of the Patawomeck tribe will recreate one of their villages at the library. On the front lawn, you’ll smell venison and fish roasting on an open fire, hear live Patawomeck music, explore a longhouse, sit in a 13-foot canoe, and see Patawomeck dancing. You and your family can pound cornmeal, play Indian football, play drums, and meet a Pocahontas reenactor. Inside the theatre, you’ll see artifacts that are 10,000 years old, learn how regalia is made, hear Patawomeck storytelling, watch a movie, and make crafts.

Save the date: Saturday, November 4, from 9:00-3:00 at the Salem Church Branch.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:43am
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Because sometimes the truth, is stranger than fiction.

They live under your bed and in your closet. They are subjects of campfire stories and old wives' tales. They love to live in the shadows and the deep recesses of your mind. And, their favorite time of year is now, when seasons change and the dead leaves fall. Who or what, you may ask? Vampires, witches, goblins, and werewolves. Elves, poltergeists, banshees, and skinwalkers.

Folklore. Legends. Myths. Whatever you wish to call them, they continue to dwell within our society today, passed through generations upon generations.

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:43am
Book Corner: On Writing

November will be bringing our library community both Veterans Day and NaNoWriMo. If you’ve thought of trying your hand at writing about the war experience, you’ll want to attend our workshop, “When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters in and after Combat.” Steve Watkins, award-winning local author and past instructor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington, will lead this program for veterans, their family members, and anyone else who wants to hone their writing skills. To be held at Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, November 11, 9:45-10:45 am, this program is part of our larger Writers Conference.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:56pm
7 Horror Films & Documentaries to Check Out on Kanopy This Month

Want to stream a spooky film? Look no further. Kanopy has more than 30,000 films to watch. This October, Kanopy is featuring their Horror & Thriller collection, which includes creepy classic cinema and horrifying modern masterpieces. Here are 7 spooky selections for you to consider. Watch the YouTube trailers below to make your choice!

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:41am
CANstruction Drive

Donate canned food at all branches from October 18 through the end of November for our CANstruction drive. CANstruction is a nationwide initiative to help the hungry. Locally, groups will construct creative, inspiring designs that show how people can help the hungry right here in our community. All donated cans will be given to local area food banks. For our CANstruction entry, black, green, yellow, and red cans are particularly appreciated, but all donations are welcome.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:51pm
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:55pm
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

It's time to bone up for the first day of school! But Bonaparte the Skeleton is worried. He's always falling apart.

Sometimes he loses a bone when riding his bike, or playing catch. Other times, his bones just roll away, taking him forever to find them. To make matters worse, school is starting soon. Bonaparte can't be made fun of the whole school year just because he keeps losing his bones!

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