Circles, squares, pentagons, octagons, polygons, angles, rays, points, and lines, there are so many names to learn in geometry. They may sound strange and new, but geometry is all around you. Your computer monitor's surface is more or less a rectangle, your pencil is roughly a cylinder, and, viewed from the top, the cable from your mouse to the computer, is a line segment. Once you start thinking about geometric shapes, you'll find them everywhere.
An aquarium is a watery world in miniature. It can be as complicated as you want or just a simple and safe place to keep a beautiful and patient pet. If you're new to fish keeping, you should start with the basics, but even beginners can have a terrific aquarium. Both beta fish (also known as Siamese fighting fish or bettas) and goldfish are good for first-timers. They're attractive and not so demanding of a special environment in order to thrive.
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.
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!
"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.
Holiday shopping for children can be great fun and also challenging. You want to give children something they will love and hopefully enrich their lives. The perfect gift? A book, of course!
Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at a library open house!
Stafford's Porter Branch starts the holiday fun with holiday crafts and activities for young and old, a visit from Santa, and a performance by Amyclae Dance Academy. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in and enjoy the festivities on Wednesday, December 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.
Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, at sundown. Lasting eight days, Hanukkah usually occurs during December, but sometimes begins in November. This Jewish holiday is known as the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C. after three years of war. Hanukkah means "dedication."
Jerusalem at the time was part of the Hellenistic empire and was ruled by Antiochus IV. His government instituted a different religion from Judaism. When the Temple became a site of sacrifices and icons, the people resisted, sparking three years of fierce rebellion. The Maccabees led the rebellion and were triumphant in 164 B.C.
On Christmas Eve, a young girl dreams her beloved toy comes to life. He becomes her Nutcracker Prince and dances his Clara through the land of sweets and defeats the wicked Mouse King. Perhaps you've seen the ballet-- it's so popular that many ballet schools make it their featured holiday production year after year. The music is amazing—from the wild Russian dance to the slow and mysterious Arabian dance. It all flows together to create a magical night of exhilarating performances.
Gail was a girl who loved stories. She wrote them and illustrated them from a very young age and created stories told with puppet shows to entertain her little sisters. She spent part of her childhood in the North Carolina countryside in a place called Shuffletown. Both of her parents were artists, and her father worked for the newspaper The Charlotte Observer. Visiting him at his workplace inspired her to pursue a career in art, too. She wanted to study in New York but compromised with her parents and attended schools in Virginia.