Officially, May Day is the 1st of May, but really anytime during this splendid spring month is a perfect opportunity to share small gifts of the season with everyone: teachers; friends; neighbors; and family. You can do that with May baskets—a wonderful, old-fashioned tradition.
Looking for a new read? Check out these five popular and brand-new adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.
from the author of the No. 1 Bestseller, The Girl on the Train
Into the Water: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return. (catalog summary)
Not every child today learns in a big building with lots of other students all studying the same things at the same time. In the past twenty years, the homeschool phenomenon has caught fire across America.
Many individuals and organizations contribute to the public safety that our region enjoys. Even so, people fall victim to crime, and accidents happen. Engage in an open dialogue with local experts and service providers who will share information about current issues, initiatives, and challenges to making our community safer. Monday, May 22, 7:00-8:30, Salem Church Branch.
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 10, at Columbia University in New York City. Some of the winners include: The Underground Railroad: A Novel, by Colson Whitehead (fiction); The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar (biography); Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (poetry); Sweat: TCG Edition, by Lynn Nottage (drama); Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond (general nonfiction); and Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson (history). Check out all of the 2017 winners and finalists on our booklist.
Get ready for a weeklong celebration of reading! The longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, Children's Book Week is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America. From May 1-7, Central Rappahannock Regional Library is excited to offer a week of events that encourage young readers.
April is Poetry Month, the perfect time to share the beauty of poetry with a child. If you are an adult who enjoys poetry, you are probably already regularly reading poetry with the children in your life. If you are an adult who is either intimidated by poetry or simply doesn’t enjoy it, I urge you to take a look at poetry written for children. I often enjoy children’s poetry much more than that written for adults. I like the humor, wit, and silliness of children’s poetry, as well as the simplicity of the more serious poems.
To celebrate National Library Week, there will be no late charges for overdue materials returned April 9-15. Spend time with a book each day, and spend less on overdue fines!
Don't know what to do with your newfound fortune? You can spend all the money you saved at our big spring book sale, beginning Saturday, April 22 (Friends' preview Friday, April 21). Not a Friend yet? Join online!
It's time to vote for Fredericksburg Parent & Family magazine's 2017 Family Favorites.
This is your chance to vote for your favorite things in the Fredericksburg region.
Last year, we were honored that you selected the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as the best tutoring service in the region, and this year we are nominated in THREE categories!
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Happy reading--and listening!