Investing for the first time or changing your allocations can be very confusing. It’s hard to know if your choices have a good outlook or if they have had a dismal performance in the past.
The library can help with that! All library cardholders have access to Morningstar Investment Research Center, which provides expert insight on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the library will be hosting a class, Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My, on the basics of Morningstar Investment Research Center. This class will be held at England Run Branch on Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30, and at Salem Church Branch on Monday, April 17, 6:30-7:30.
From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*
Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:
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From March 16-30, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of Art of the Pie. Author Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. In Art of the Pie, she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version of this book will be available to all library customers to download for free. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
For the second year, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth about teen violence and suicide.
March is Women’s History Month, so I am highlighting books about women and their roles in history and the world today. Though I hope that young readers are exposed to books about a variety of people and places all year long, the focus of a history month provides an opportunity to pay closer attention to groups of people who have been underrepresented in literature and the study of history. As usual, I had a hard time choosing my favorite books for this theme, so instead I’ve selected titles that exemplify a few of the ways women’s stories can be presented.
Books that contain a collection of profiles or short biographies can be a great way to learn a little bit about several people in a short amount of time and are also helpful in gaining a big-picture view of what that group of people have in common. Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, both by Kate Schatz, present short profiles of women from history and today who have made an impact in their professions, their countries, or the world. Some of the women, such as Sonia Sotomayor, Nellie Bly, and Malala Yousafzai, are fairly well-known, but many are not, a reminder to readers that women have often made significant contributions that have gone unrecognized.
Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!
The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.
Starting March 1, no matter where customers live in Westmoreland County, they will be able to take advantage of library services during the hours we typically consider "normal" CRRL operating hours. Without any added costs, the Cooper, Montross and Newton branches will soon be open six days a week, with at least one library location open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Soon, Westmoreland County students with last-minute homework needs, adults who need to use a computer, and children needing books will be able to find an open library in their county every day but Sunday.
Looking for a new read? Check out these five popular and brand-new adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance. (catalog summary)
For young readers who have mastered the leveled or beginning reader, there is a great sense of accomplishment. They are independent readers! Bring on the chapter books! That can be a pretty big jump, though. Many of these children would feel intimidated with the heft and vocabulary of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Early chapter books can be a great transition to the rich world of children’s fiction, as they are less word-dense than a traditional chapter book, have illustrations throughout, and are just long enough to give a sense of accomplishment when finished but not so long as to seem insurmountable. Like fiction for readers of any age, early chapter books come in a wide range of genres, from realistic to science fiction to fantasy, so there are early chapter books to fit any reading taste.
The Alien in My Pocket series, by Nate Ball, is for fans of science and science fiction. In book one, Blast Off! an alien spaceship crashes into Zack’s bedroom. But it’s not just any spaceship. It’s a miniature alien spaceship, with a miniature alien inside. Zack must help Amp the alien repair his ship so he can get back to his home planet, but not before Zack and Amp cause some serious chaos around town. Science tidbits are included throughout the story as natural parts of the plot—for example, talking about pressure when figuring out how to launch Amp’s spaceship.