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09/28/2015 - 2:16pm

Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.

10/06/2015 - 8:12am
The After Party

What happens in the library after dark? The After Party is your chance to find out! Salem Church and England Run branches invite area teens to walk our red carpet and celebrate Teen Read Week! Come play video games, watch movies, and hang with your friends while enjoying free food and swag bags. At England Run, we've partnered with Fredericksburg All Ages to provide live music from Flight Boiis.

10/06/2015 - 12:22pm
Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild Annual Show

One of the area's finest quilt shows returns to the Porter Branch October 23-25. This annual, non-judged, non-juried show features over one hundred colorful, vibrant, and unique quilts. Visitors can enter a raffle for a quilt and vote for viewers' choice awards. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment on site. Hours for viewing are: 10:00-5:00 on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday, October 25. For more information, call the library or go online to

Image is of Linda Kaup's "Ode to Summer," featured in the 2014 show. Check here for more images from that and other shows.
09/25/2015 - 3:04pm
The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set a record by hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days. In her book, Called Again: A Story of Love, she shares what she learned there about the importance of planning, perseverance, teamwork, and faith, as well as the lessons that the rest of her life has taught her. Ms. Davis was named the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her feat and has since gone on to found her own company, Blue Ridge Hiking.

Learn more about Ms. Davis when she talks about her insights at the Porter Branch on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00. Refreshments will be served. Look for signed copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

10/26/2015 - 2:06pm
Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: An Evening with Dr. Yum

Do you daydream about what it would be like if your children enthusiastically embraced healthy eating? It can be a reality!

09/24/2015 - 9:36am
Grow a Reader Special: Let's Move!

Join us for wiggling, dancing, and stomping your feet at the upcoming Grow a Reader Special: Let’s Move! We also have some fun booklists for further movement inspiration: Pint-Sized Yogis: Yoga and Meditation for Kids and Grow a Reader Favorites: Get Up and Dance.

09/24/2015 - 3:00am
Don't Play with Your Food! by Bob Shea

A fearsome, orange monster named Buddy is on a bunny-hunting rampage in Don't Play with Your Food! Though he towers over his unsuspecting prey, Buddy has trouble with his follow-through. These quick-witted bunnies distract him from his mission with irresistable activities such as baking cupcakes and visiting the carnival!

09/23/2015 - 7:19am
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

After reading CRRL librarian Joy O’Toole’s great write-up on Agatha Christie, I thought I’d give one of her series a try. I’m not sure why I had been avoiding them. I like British stuff, historical novels, and mysteries. But what I had glimpsed of Inspector Poirot and Miss Marple did not immediately grab me. I decided to try one of her lesser-known series, Partners in Crime, which starts with The Secret Adversary.

Friends since childhood, charming, young, and starving Tommy and Tuppence meet at a London tea shop to catch up, only to discover that they both face the same problem—chronic unemployment! In London after the Great War, there aren’t a lot of jobs to be had, so for the price of an advertisement in the newspaper, they decide to create The Young Adventurers, Ltd., a firm that will take on very nearly anything.

09/29/2015 - 2:40pm

With thousands of educational apps, it’s hard to know where to start.  Many of the apps are great ways to learn about specific subjects, but start with these free general education apps:

Search for and view definitions and synonyms for over two million words.  The app also allows you to save your favorite word and will provide a word of the day.  Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

09/18/2015 - 5:47pm
Most-Wanted Westerns

I’ve never really liked horses. The way they side-step with those ginormous, clippy-cloppy hooves, bare those big, big teeth, and roll those huge eyes until the whites show all the way around?  Very scary!  Yes, they are beautiful, and yes, their shiny coats are like stroking silk. But still. Horses. <shudder>

My fear of horses probably is the reason that I never really wanted to read Westerns. But I quite often looked at Westerns.  So many great covers!  So many sub-genres!  I read Doc, by Mary Doria Russell.  And then Epitaph, the sequel. I wanted more, more, more!

I still don’t really like horses, but I have discovered that I really like Westerns! Check out some favorites in my Most-Wanted list.


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