If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to up your game by reading more, the library has you covered. Central Rappahannock Regional Library is introducing its first Adult Winter Reading Challenge to entice readers to curl up and stay warm with some good books. The theme is Books on the Big Screen, and, although reading any book will set you on your path to success in the challenge, library staff have a reel full of recommendations for books and stories that have been adapted to film.
Medical science tells us that some diseases, conditions, and problems can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet. Lindsay Pugliese, MS, RD, LDN, the in-store Nutritionist at the Harrison Crossing Giant, will help you stay healthy this winter by giving two informative and engaging classes on good eating.
First up is Healthy Super Bowl Eats on Saturday, January 27, 2:00-3:00, at Porter Branch. Watching the Super Bowl can sometimes lead to mindless munching of excess calories. Lindsay will share tips on keeping the classic snacks savory, light, delicious, and worth cheering for. You’ll have plenty of time to make these yummy, healthy snacks before the Super Bowl kickoff on February 4!
Lindsay will visit Salem Church Branch next on Saturday, February 10, 2:00-3:00, for Love Your Heart. She’s going for the Valentine’s Day tie-in here, but she’ll be giving you options beyond that traditional box of candy! Healthy food choices and an active lifestyle can have a big impact on your heart’s health. This presentation will teach you a few steps to put you on your way to a healthier heart.
On Sunday, January 21, the Arts and Cultural Council of the Rappahannock (ACCR) will host a social gathering of artists and art organizations to kick off the Fredericksburg Arts and Culture Directory Project. Join ACCR at Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Fredericksburg Branch, from 2:30 to 4:30, for a project overview. Be a part of the committees that will assist in spreading the word about the directory. Soup and other refreshments will be on hand for the enjoyment of all attendees!
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!
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.
November will be bringing our library community both Veterans Day and NaNoWriMo. If you’ve thought of trying your hand at writing about the war experience, you’ll want to attend our workshop, “When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters in and after Combat.” Steve Watkins, award-winning local author and past instructor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington, will lead this program for veterans, their family members, and anyone else who wants to hone their writing skills. To be held at Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, November 11, 9:45-10:45 am, this program is part of our larger Writers Conference.
This fall promises to be a busy one at Central Rappahannock Regional Library, with over 150 events, classes, and workshops offered for the young, the old, and the in-between. Let’s take a look at three of those events, chosen because they are happening soon, may be a bit unexpected as a library offering, or are inspiring opportunities.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the second annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. We'll be there from 10:00–5:00.
You'll find over 112 exhibitors, including local authors, poets, graphic novelists, book artists, and publishers. There will be panels, speakers, and a food truck, too!
If you attend this free festival, you may also win one of five Kindle Fire HD8s. You can preregister to win prizes at www.fredbookfest.com.
Follow Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival on Facebook, and sign up for their email list to receive up-to-the-minute information about vendors, opportunities, and more. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the festival!
In my last column, I mentioned that one of the perks of working in a library is that you learn something new every day. This helps immensely when trying to decide upon a topic for an article with a deadline fast approaching. Fortuitously, an email I recently received from one of our library vendors announced that August is American Artist Appreciation Month, which was big news and a big inspiration (read big relief!) to me. So, here’s my take on how the library can inspire you to celebrate American artists.
Rappahannock United Way (RUW) is offering free financial coaching, one-on-one, at select library locations. These financial check-up workshops are designed to help you achieve greater financial stability. You and your coach can discuss any of these topics:
-A better way to manage your money
-How to reduce your debt
-How to increase your savings
-What a credit score is and how to improve it