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10/14/2016 - 12:38am
A History of Classic Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon

To date, humans have explored less than 5% of the world’s oceans. Whatever is lying in wait beneath the cavernous dark water is something yet to be discovered. Many scientists speculate that there are creatures such as the giant squid, which live in deep, seemingly endless trenches, hiding in the dark. Can there be other creatures as well—possibly from the Black Lagoon?

In 1941, producer William Alland was attending a dinner party for the classic Citizen Kane, when Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa told him about a myth that involved a half-fish, half-human creature on the Amazon River. Ten years later, Alland wrote a screenplay dubbed The Sea Monster, partially based on the French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Following the success of the 3D House of Wax in 1953, Jack Arnold was hired to direct the rewrite of Sea Monster which was now Creature from the Black Lagoon.

10/13/2016 - 10:31am
The Next Big Library Read is Here!

From October 13-28, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook and audiobook format of This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, she discovers that the auditorium doors will not open, and someone starts shooting a gun as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.

In Nijkamp's story, the message she shares is even more poignant today than ever, due to campus attacks and other mass shooting around the United States. The subject of gun violence is treated realistically, increasing awareness of the problem for both adults and teens.

During the Big Library Read, the digital version of this book will be available to all library customers to download for free. This is Where it Ends can be read on all major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.

In addition to having a message board where readers can communicate with each other, OverDrive will also have a podcast episode where the author will talk with OverDrive's Professional Book Nerds.

10/07/2016 - 12:34am
A History of Classic Monsters: The Invisible Man

H.G. Wells, author of the The Time Machine (1895) and The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), released his fourth novel, The Invisible Man, in 1897.

Many of his readers were surprised to discover that Wells had adopted a third person narrative instead of first person for this particular novel. The protagonist, Dr. Griffin, is a scientist who is interested in optics. He learns how to invent a way to change a body’s refractive index to that of air. Thus, the body neither absorbs nor reflects light, allowing for invisibility. The ambitious Griffin successfully completes the procedure on himself, but he can’t seem to figure out how to reverse it.

10/06/2016 - 11:26am
Museum of Valor Exhibit and Reception

A must-see for military history buffs is the exhibition staged at our Headquarters Library by the volunteers of the Museum of Valor. Each year, the Spotsylvania-based group mounts a world-class show selected from their extensive 15,000+ item inventory. Their mission is to tell the stories and memorialize the contributions of the men and women who shaped our history in America’s military conflicts of the 20th century.

10/25/2016 - 8:54am
Jumpstart's Read for the Record: October 27, 2016

Celebrate literacy by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience. During last year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, over 2.2 million people participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is going to help. Together on this special day, we'll support the Jumpstart organization in its efforts to promote early childhood education.

10/06/2016 - 9:17am
Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Show, Oct. 21-24

From October 21-24, Porter Branch will again host the annual Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Show, featuring some of the best handmade masterpieces in the area. Admission is free, and you can vote for your favorite entries in various categories, including Viewers’ Choice. The theme this year is “The Language of Quilts” and includes a challenge to the members to create small quilts, each featuring a word that begins with the first letter of his or her name. A certified quilt appraiser will be available by appointment to value your cherished family quilts. Call the Porter research desk at 540-659-4909 for more information about fees and making an appointment.

10/05/2016 - 5:12pm
Campfire Ghost Stories for Adults

Darkness, the glow of a fire, hot chocolate, and ghost stories . . .

Nothing quite evokes Halloween like a scary story around the campfire. If you dare, join professional storyteller Judith Onesty of The Tell Tale Hearts as she tells spooky tales around the (faux) campfire at the England Run Branch on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00.

To get you in the mood, check out these scary book lists:

10/05/2016 - 1:18pm
Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book

During October, I start finding drawings of jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, bat attacks and grotesque witches all over the house, which my kids draw in anticipation of Halloween. Some of these spooky scenes are quite elaborate, and we hang them up to do double-duty as Halloween decorations. Therefore, when I saw that we had recently added the new Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book to our collection at the library, I put it on hold right away so our family could check it out.

10/04/2016 - 10:39am
Adventuring by the Book

Sometimes we want to have an adventure without leaving the comforts of home. Maybe we want to experience what it is like to live in the rainforest but don’t want to suffer the insects or tropical diseases. Maybe we want to experience what it is like to travel the world but don’t have the money and time to do so. Many teens (and adults) long for the excitement of travel, exploring the world, being challenged by nature, or meeting new people, and reading can be the ticket to those experiences. A well-written book can drop us into different parts of the world or different ways of life and allows us to feel like we are there, experiencing the excitement, the dangers, and the challenges—even if we haven’t left our sofas.

10/03/2016 - 12:50pm
Robert A. Kishpaugh: Making Local History

The recent placement of Fredericksburg on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of “The Fifty Best Cities for Entrepreneurs” would have come as no surprise to businessman and longtime resident of 1201 Prince Edward St. Robert A. Kishpaugh, who owned and operated a thriving local printing and stationery shop throughout the first half of the twentieth century.


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