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12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Cover to Oskar and the Eight Blessings

It’s 1938. After the Night of Broken Glass, Oskar’s parents feel they must send him to America, so he can be safe. Traveling all alone, Oskar arrives in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, which also happens to be Christmas Eve. He must walk a long way across the city to reach his Aunt Esther, hoping to reach her house before she lights the menorah at sunset.

Aunt Esther does not know he is coming, so he must navigate the cold streets by himself, over 100 blocks on the big street called Broadway. It is rather daunting for a small boy, but Oskar is comforted by his father’s last words to him: “Oskar, even in bad times, people can be good. You have to look for the blessings.”

12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Book Corner: Holiday Books, Streaming Video, and More at the Library

What are librarians looking forward to most this holiday season? Besides spending time with loved ones, we eagerly anticipate having personal time to stream movies, read books, and watch logs burning in the fireplace. The library can help you with those movies, books, and, yes, even get you those “burning” logs!

12/11/2017 - 2:16am
Cover to Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Georgie has had enough of being under her stepsister’s thumb. Binky’s wife Fig is determined to keep the castle colder than even its normal drafty self by not lighting rather necessary fires, and what food there is seems to be doled out in ever diminishing quantities. To top it off, Fig has found a way to save even more money with a scheme to use Georgie as an unpaid governess for years to come.

12/08/2017 - 2:13am
If you like Holiday Tales

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 other book matches here.

If you're looking for holiday tales for the season, check these titles out.

An Angel's Touch by Heather Graham
Don and Cathy Angel have never been apart since that fateful day they met in college. Now in their thirties and pursuing demanding careers in New York City, the two have only grown more closely entwined. Until tragedy strikes. When a hurtling train strikes the couple's car on a snowy Christmas Eve, Cathy and Don find themselves looking down at their mangled gray Beamer—and their own bodies inside. Neither fully in this world or the next, they learn that in order to move on, they must perform six miracles before midnight. But with no experience in the field of divine intervention, both are convinced their mission can only end in disaster . . . But on this sparkling, silent night, these two reluctant angels will discover that there is no greater gift than the one we are all blessed to give: the gift of love. (catalog summary)

12/06/2017 - 8:54am
Kindergarten Library Cards

What's the most important card you own? Here at CRRL, we think it's your library card! A library card is a key to lifelong learning, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything CRRL has to offer.

From January 15–19, kindergarten students in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties and the City of Fredericksburg will receive something special from their teachers. An application for a library card! The goal is for every child to have the opportunity to explore the wonderful world of over 700,000 books, DVDs and audios; grade-saving homework help; and fun after-school enrichment opportunities available to them from the public library.

12/08/2017 - 3:41pm
Captain Bling's Christmas Plunder by Rebecca Colby

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the ship, the pirates were planning a plundering trip.

Captain Bling and his ragtag crew are planning a plunder! They are plotting to steal festive Christmas treasure. But, the ship gets caught in a gale, and Captain Bling is forced to run the ship ashore . . . landing right outside Santa's front door.

01/03/2018 - 1:45pm
Fabulous Friday: I Survived

Young adventurers in grades K-6 will delight in mini survival challenges based on Lauren Tarshis’ extremely popular I Survived series. Like Tarshis' young protagonists fighting to survive historical disasters, Fab Friday attendees will find themselves faced with challenges.  They might build and test an “unsinkable” Titanic-style ship, create a marshmallow-toothpick structure subjected to the forces akin to those of the San Francisco earthquake, unearth a Lego city buried by Pompeii’s volcanic debris, and more. Even those who haven't read the I Survived books will be eager to get their hands on these disaster challenges!

12/06/2017 - 1:36pm
If you like Holiday Romances

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations to fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

Looking for romance for the holiday season? Check out some of these recent holiday romance titles.

An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray
In Shelley Shepard Gray's fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love. (catalog summary)

01/08/2018 - 9:23am
CRRL Guest Picks: Ben Motta, MakerLab Volunteer

Ben Motta is a sophomore and cellist at Colonial Forge High School. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and volunteering in the library's MakerLab at Howell Branch.

12/01/2017 - 2:08am
E.B. Lewis: Artistrator

"Artists need to fill themselves to overflowing and give it all back." -- E.B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis almost didn’t become an illustrator. Which means he almost did not open a visual pathway to African American culture and history that can be enjoyed by children in libraries and schools all around the country. He thought of himself as an artist, not an illustrator. When he thought of children’s book illustrations, he imagined pictures that were engaging, funny, sometimes almost cartoon-like. That wasn’t for him.

But an agent saw his work and insisted E.B. look at what was going on in children’s books now. As he sat in a bookshop, poring over the many wonderful books available for young audiences, he realized he wanted to be a part of this. He had been teaching art to special needs kids, a job he would have to set aside because publishers were hungry for his art to accompany the great stories they had already bought from the writers. He plunged into illustrating full time, sometimes working 15-to 18-hour days. He’s illustrated dozens of stories, including a Caldecott Honor book, and several projects have won the Coretta Scott King Award.

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