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07/16/2018 - 8:21am
Cover to Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, by M.T. Anderson

Greetings, brave adventurers! So you are looking for uncharted territory to claim and conquer, eh? You've already climbed the highest peaks and had lunch in the craters of the moon. So, where do you go next to do your exploring? Look no further than this hidden gem. This is a land of mystery and danger, a land of wonder and fright, a land with tyrannosaurs, tentacled creatures, and scariest of all....toll booths. Behold, Delaware!

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware is part of M.T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series, a highly absurdist take on children's detective and adventure series of decades past, the most obvious being Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and Tom Swift. The title character of this particular book is the star of his own fictional series that has fallen into obscurity. Just looking at Jasper Dash, you can see that he's from another time. Aviator goggles perched atop a perfectly parted swath of blonde hair. And that's when he opens his mouth and 19th-century slang falls out: "Hello, chums...What-ho and tippy tippy dingle and all."

07/13/2018 - 8:59am
If you like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

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 the book matches here.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the residence of the Ayres family for more than two centuries. Its owners, mother, son, and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as conflicts of their own. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life.

The Little Stranger is an upcoming British supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of same name by Sarah Waters. The film stars Domhnall GleesonRuth WilsonWill Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling. It is scheduled to be released on August 31, by Focus Features.

Looking for more Gothic novels in the vein of The Little Stranger? Check out these titles below.

07/11/2018 - 11:33am
Fabulous Friday: A Pirate's Life for Me

Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with your fellow swashbucklers on the high seas!

- Have you ever searched for buried treasure?

- Have you ever wanted to create your very own pirate flag?

- Have you ever earned a Piece of Eight?

Perfect your pirate skills as you walk the plank through shark-infested waters, make and design your very own ship, and test your cannonball-throwing abilities at the library.

This purely piratical Fabulous Friday for elementary school-aged children will be docking at the following times and locations: 

07/11/2018 - 11:32am

The library is launching a series of talks, called Cyber Smarts, to help you safely navigate the Internet. The first talk will be presented by cybersecurity professional Brian Thompson at Salem Church Branch on September 5, 6:00-7:30.

The rise of digital media in our daily lives can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, it just seems easier to not worry about taking all the steps needed to stay safe online. Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be daunting. The National Cyber Security Alliance, with the Department of Homeland Security, has created an online safety awareness campaign to help everyone to stay safer online. The steps are easy to remember, just:

- Stop: make sure security measures are in place.

- Think: about the consequences of your online actions.

- Connect: and enjoy the Internet.

07/11/2018 - 9:43am
The Passage by Justin Cronin

I loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dark Shadows on TV when I was a kid, Anne’s Rice’s rock’n’roll vampires, and I even discussed what team I would join in the ‘tween Twilight Saga. I also devour vampire novels with “punny” titles such as Undead and Unappreciated by Mary-Janice Davidson, but I put The Passage on request at the library because of an article I read in Time Magazine that stated that vampires are scary again, and I do love a character that bites.

07/09/2018 - 3:00pm
2018 FredParent Family Favorite Winner

The votes have been counted, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library came out on top. Once again, Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine readers have chosen Central Rappahannock Regional Library as a winner in their 2018 Family Favorites awards - this time in two categories: Best Tutoring Service and Best Indoor Activity.

07/09/2018 - 9:45am
Launch It! A Trebuchet Contest

This October, Central Rappahannock Regional Library will be running a trebuchet contest. A trebuchet is a kind of medieval siege engine. Full-sized ones were used to smash down castle walls. This contest will be a fun, family event, and you can join in by bringing your handcrafted trebuchet and testing it against your competitors!

07/09/2018 - 9:26am
Cover to Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

It sounds almost too perfect to be true. Famed primate expert Jane Goodall had a stuffed toy chimpanzee as a little girl. She went everywhere with it, and together they explored the mysteries of nature. 

Me...Jane is Patrick McDonnell’s peacefully expressive interpretation of Goodall’s childhood through his art, actual photographs of Jane, and the drawings of her youth. Jane starts out a very curious young girl, studying all sort of animals around her home. That curious nature leads to many answers.

07/09/2018 - 9:09am
Big Library Read: Cowboy Pride

From July 9-23, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of Cowboy Pride: Wild Wyoming Hearts by Lacy Williams.

First impressions count. Liza Bennett has two missions in life: keep the family’s shop afloat, and ensure her shy sister finds love. Sparks fly when she meets rancher Rob Darcy at a town dance, but when she overhears him insult her, she vows to put the man out of her mind. Rob Darcy is instantly attracted to the vivacious Liza but a lack of social graces and the promise he’s keeping ruin his chances of winning her. Once jilted, Janie Bennett is appropriately gun-shy of falling in love again. But she doesn’t seem to be able to help herself when she meets charming Nathan Bingley. Bingley desperately wants a wife and family of his own. Can he trust that Janie returns his feelings? When Janie is injured in a spring storm, she and Liza are sequestered on Nathan’s ranch. Hearts and emotions get tangled, but will first impressions prove true, or false? Cowboy Pride is a Wild West version of Pride and Prejudice with dual love stories.

Easy Reading

During the Big Library Read, the digital version will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Cowboy Pride can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees. 

Making It Social

USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams is devoted to bringing her readers heartwarming love stories about cowboys and the women that tame them. She is the author of over forty books, including the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Snowbound in Sawyer Creek series. Her books have been nominated for the RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence as well as finaled in RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. Read her letter for the readers here.

Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.

Intrigued? Check out the preview below.

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