Over the past 25 years, Fred Watkins has traveled the world photographing political figures, celebrities, and historical landmarks. Watkins has traveled to Africa with presidents Clinton and Bush and is a member of the White House Press Corps. He was also a staff photographer for Jet and Ebony magazines and has produced freelance photography for Time, Life, and People magazines.
Watkins' photography will be on exhibit during April in the Fredericksburg Branch theater.
To celebrate National Kite Month, starting April 1, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child. The exhibit was put together and hung by professional kite flyers Jack Wilson, Harold Ames, and Mike Phillippe from Stafford County. It is sponsored by the American Kitefliers Association and Wings Over Washington Kite Club.
Enjoy these colorful beauties and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
If you’re a fan of all things comic, from Marvel to Pokemon, you’ll want to check out CRRL's Fourth Annual Comic Art Show during the month of May. The best part of the exhibit is that everyone is invited to participate!
Artwork will be accepted Friday, April 20, to Friday, April 27 at the Salem Church Branch. All ages. Submit 1-2 original pieces of comic work for the show.
Whether you’re a serious film enthusiast, intrigued by others' lives and cultures, or want to learn more from The Great Courses, Kanopy is your ticket for terrific viewing options. New to Kanopy? You can learn the details and sign up for the streaming service here. Love Kanopy already? Then you'll be thrilled to know you can now check out 10 videos a month!
For Women's History Month, these documentaries let us experiences the challenges of being a woman in other countries, in other times, and behind prison walls:
“I predict you will wonder from this day forward how you ever got along without the services we are starting here today.”
—Randolph Church, Virginia State Librarian, speaking at the opening of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Reported in The Free Lance-Star, July 19, 1969)
From 1969 through 2000, Jean Jett carefully clipped this and other newspaper articles about the regional library where her daughter, Vikki Dembowski, was employed. Those yellowed articles have been copied by library volunteers and compiled in seven big loose-leaf notebooks entitled CRRL in the News. They can be perused in the Virginiana Room, located at Fredericksburg Branch.
This gentle, jaunty rhyming book is perfect for springtime. With Everybunny Count! children will not only be counting the many interesting things the bunnies see as they go on their hide-and-seek hunt for Fox. They will also be encouraged to name what they see:
“We’ve spotted something in the tree,
Everybunny count to THREE!”
Most of the time, I look at the books on the library’s shelves and am excited at the prospect of finding my new favorite book. However, every once in a while, I look at all of the books and become dejected, knowing that there are thousands and thousands of amazing books published that I will not have the time to read.
So, when I am looking for something new to read in my limited time—and, contrary to popular belief, librarians do not get to read all day at work—I ask myself, should I reread a favorite? Should I read a title or author in my favorite genre? Or, should I branch out and read a book that is different from my normal choice?
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.
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed.
Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The film stars Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale. Robinson stars as Simon, a closeted gay boy in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school. The film is scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. See the trailer below.
If you're looking for more teen LGBT romantic and comedy, check out the titles below.
Have you met Flavia de Luce? The girl genius/sleuth, whose adventures began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, finds her young and eventful life in discord after the events of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd. In the latest mystery, The Grave's a Fine and Private Place, Flavia, her family, and her faithful, brilliant, and PTSD-stricken family retainer Dogger, whilst taking a lengthy boating outing complete with picnic hamper, snag something utterly unlike the fish they hoped to enjoy for dinner. No, indeed, their catch is a young man—or, was a young man—dressed in tights and wearing one red silk slipper.