Is your child Deaf or does your family know someone who is Deaf? Are you or your family simply interested in learning basic sign language? American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language for thousands of Deaf* children and adults in the United States. Gallaudet University, a four-year liberal arts college focusing on deaf students, has produced materials to help people of all ages learn ASL for years. The new Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language is a welcome resource for the Deaf community and those who love them and work with them.
Additional parking is on the horizon for visitors to our Fredericksburg Branch! Starting this month, the City of Fredericksburg will begin construction on a brand-new lot, which will create an entrance and exit off Sophia Street and double the number of available parking spaces from 29 to 58. Most of the landscaping already in place will be maintained, but, by the time the lot is complete, there will be approximately 26 additional trees and 40 additional shrubs around the lot. There will be no impact on the sidewalk or the memorial garden already in place immediately behind the building.
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry learns that her astrophysicist father Dr. Alex Murry has exceeded time and space, and is now being held captive on a distant planet. She, her young brother Charles, and classmate Calvin join three astral travelers on a mission to save him and the planet from the utmost evil. (from the list Books on the Big Screen, Winter-Spring 2018)
There are four other books in L'Engle's Time Quintet series:
Since 1940, the U.S. Postal Service has been issuing stamps honoring African Americans. Booker T. Washington was the first. A new exhibit in the Virginiana Room displays stamps from the collection of Bob Fields, a member of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections. The collection showcases African American heroes of arts, politics, and sports. The exhibit will be on display through the end of March.
Will Somers was nobody’s fool—until he became the King’s Fool. Born in the medieval English countryside, he should have led the rest of his life unremarkably, as an undersized farmhand who happened to be able to read and write and add figures—and tell jokes, which there wasn’t much need for on his uncle’s small farm.
The Assistive Services Department of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is undergoing some exciting new changes. The department is moving to a new, more spacious location within the City of Fredericksburg that provides easier access to the office, with no elevator or stairs required. There will also be more parking, including more handicapped spaces.
It will have blood, they say: blood will have blood.
Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak . . .
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Salem, Massachusetts, is already a town filled with rich and terrible history. But, little does anyone know, for 28 years a notorious cold case has haunted Salem's residents more than the infamous 1692 witch trials.
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
"Area X" has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. (catalog summary)
There are two other books, along with a single volume called "Area X" which brings together all three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy.
Annihilation is an upcoming science fantasy action horror film written for the screen and directed by Alex Garland based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac. The film is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018. See the trailer below. If you enjoy this sci-fi epic adventure, check out these similar titles.
Last week I was on the edge of my seat, along with other lovers of children’s literature, as this year’s Youth Media Awards were announced by the American Library Association. I’m always thrilled when one of my favorites wins, and I rush to read the winners and honor books that I am not familiar with. These books exemplify the richness of children’s literature and are some of the best-of-the-best picture books from 2017.
Elsa Myer has a lot on her hands. Her father (whom she holds plenty against) is dying of cancer. Her other family relations are strained, between her sister and trying to handle her 16-year-old niece, Mel. She also finds herself constantly struggling with the demons of her childhood, wondering when the nightmares and memories will stop. She's just turned 40, after all, and she still dreams of self-harm due to neglect from her long-dead mother.