Lurking in the shadows of the Dark Ages is the howling form of Grendel. He is the monster of midnight, the bone-gnasher, the ardent hunter of warriors who strews their bones and howls his fury to the world as he wreaks havoc on the safety of civilization. No hall fire burning brightly, no line of armed men can keep him back when he desires destruction.
But, as John Gardner tells of Grendel, this was not always so. For the bane of the Hrothgar’s hall has a soul much tormented by his desire for good and fellowship with the humans even as his demonic appearance frightens them into violent action. To them, he is a thing, and so he becomes what they believe him to be—an adversary whose fame has spanned the centuries.
Our Fredericksburg Branch parking lot renovation project is complete!
The City of Fredericksburg constructed a brand-new lot with an entrance and exit off Sophia Street and doubled the number of available parking spaces to 56 spaces, including 3 handicapped spots, and a wider access ramp leading to the atrium entrance.
The parking lot has two islands and several green spaces around the perimeter. These spaces will be planted with a variety of trees and shrubs in the fall. There has been no impact on the sidewalk or the memorial garden already in place immediately behind the building.The outdoor book drop has been moved to its permanent location on the far island, conveniently positioned to allow for drivers to drop-off library materials without leaving their cars.
Many thanks to the City of Fredericksburg for making this needed improvement possible. Please visit us, and enjoy a spacious new parking lot!
A bright young girl runs through the chaos of demolished streets. Plumes of black smoke rise from the rubbled buildings. No one else is in sight. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) is a life lesson that everyone should receive: always take responsibility for your actions, particularly when they involve a ginormous hulking robot with the power to crush cars and shoot lasers every which way.
Usually, when my school science projects went wrong, it was more of a mild disappointment than anything else. My baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano did not erupt. I received a C- instead of a B+. These are minor hiccups when compared to our main character’s situation. Oh No! allows us to think about our own mistakes and say, “Well, it could have been worse…much, much worse.”
Cons. The shortened word for fan conventions can elicit excitement from die-hard fans or head-scratching from people who have never been to one or even know what they are. Some cons focus on a particular genre, such as science fiction or anime; whereas, other conventions can be specific to a fandom, which is a subculture of people who share a common interest and camaraderie around a particular topic, such as a television series or book series.
The library is a great resource for all things fandom, and, to celebrate the area’s love of science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, graphic novels, and more, the library is holding its fourth convention, CRRL-Con, at the Howell Branch on Saturday, May 19, 1:00-4:00. The event has a costume contest for children, teens, and adults; local artists; crafts; photo and video booths; films; and more. The event is free, and it is a great way to spend the afternoon with family and friends or to come out and meet others.
For someone new to cons, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin in exploring a new genre, so listed below are some great novels to begin with.
This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
Riverdale (2017 TV Series)
Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of Archie Comics. Originally conceived as a feature film adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures, the idea was re-imagined as a television series for Fox. In 2015, development on the project moved to The CW, where the series was ordered for a pilot. The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews; Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series' narrator. The cast also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Other characters in the series include Fred Andrews, Alice Cooper, FP Jones, and Hermione Lodge, the parents of Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica respectively. The thirteen-episode first season premiered on January 26, 2017 to positive reviews, before concluding on May 11, 2017. On March 7, 2017, The CW renewed the series for the second season of 22 episodes, which premiered on October 11, 2017. See the season 1 trailer here.
If you like the teen drama and mystery that surrounds the town of Riverdale, check out these teen book titles that are filled with the same darkness behind a perfect facadè of a small town. To check out our collection of Archie Comics, go here.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest! Many thanks to our contest judges: University of Mary Washington faculty members Amanda Rutstein, adjunct English instructor, and Laura Bylenok, assistant professor of English.
This summer the big screen will be filled with book adaptations featuring love, heartache, terror, and overall adventure. Surely these books on the big screen will pique your interest!
Our guest reader for May is also our guest speaker at CRRL Con. Come listen to Steve's lively talk on making it as an artist in the game industry and as a comic writer on Saturday, May 19, 2:00-3:00 at Howell Branch. Steve will also be signing copies of his books.
Steve Ogden has been a professional artist, animator, and writer for almost 40 years. He’s worked for a variety of game companies, including Cyan (maker of the 1990s hits Myst and Riven) and currently works for Sid Meier’s Firaxis (Civilization, Railroads, and X-COM) just north of Baltimore. He is the creator of several comics: Croaker’s Gorge; the award-winning graphic novel Moon Town; his most recent, Madigan’s Guide to Acting Human; and Magnificatz, which is syndicated through Universal/Andrews & McMeel.
I’m a fan of the Moosewood Collective and own a lot of their cookbooks. Last year, I was given another entry to their line, Cooking for Health. I was pleased to see their fresh and easy philosophy of the 1970s had been updated for modern tastes. Never heard of Moosewood? Not everyone has, yet they were named one of 13 most influential restaurants of the 20th century by Bon Appétit magazine, and our own Sammy T’s seems to have drawn on them for vegetarian inspiration.