Big books: let's say, over 500 pages. They give hours of reading pleasure, sometimes minutes of meh, or worse, frustration and anger. Big books: big fun or big boredom. If it is "hafta read," all one can do is put the head down and press on. Reading a long book is a trip among sometimes enjoyable landscapes with interesting people. Lots of them.
'Tis the season for back-to-school! As thoughts of pencils, notebooks and rulers dance in your head, and you mark your calendar with the dates for school orientation and other back-to-school events, please look for library staff at many of the region's elementary and middle schools. We are eager to talk to you about how we can be your partner in education. Stop by our table to sign up family members for library cards and get information about online tutoring. While supplies last, your children can even pick up a free gift.
Euro board games, also called Eurogames and German-style board games, have become increasingly popular over the past 20 years with the introduction of Settlers of Catan in the 1990s. They are tabletop games that involve simple rules, indirect player competition (or cooperation between all players), are strategy-based, and involve minimal to no random luck. Euro board games are referred to as such due to the design and development of the games being centered in Europe, particularly Germany.
For grades 10 through adult. This series begins on September 12 at the England Run Branch and will continue through fall and winter of 2016/17.
If you have children or teens in your life, you know that computer coding and coding for kids has been gaining popularity. With electronic devices used in nearly every area of our lives, there is great interest in teaching kids how to go from being simply users of technology to becoming creators of technology, and learning to code is one way to do that. Computers, smartphones, websites and apps all run on code.
Learning to code teaches children and teens problem-solving skills and also gives them the opportunity to “look under the hood” of the technology all around them and understand how it works. Coding has been taught at the high school level for decades (I took a computer programming class when I was in high school), but today there are several platforms which have been created for younger children, so children as young as early elementary (or younger!) can enjoy coding, and there are many fun ways to encourage interest in coding for children and teens.
Do you enjoy lively discussions?
Do you enjoy a good pint while having said lively discussions?
Then join us for a special Books and Beer Club Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00!
We'll start at 2:00 at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant, 324 William Street, move to Brock's Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, at 3:00, and finish up at Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George Street, from 4:00-5:00.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat and a copy of your preferred book by calling the England Run adult research desk at 540-899-1703. There is no charge to register for the event, but beverages and food will be available for purchase at each venue. You must be 21 or over to attend the pub crawl.
"I was born on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Taken Home to White Oak where I was raised and educated in the World's finest three-room university, White Oak School--now known as tribal member, artisan and historian D.P. Newton's Civil War Museum. Spent my time there with the other Patawomecks during World War Two getting lessons between the sounds of the big guns being tested at Dahlgren. They rattled the windows as the concussion came up through our Land. It was the sound of Freedom fighting back. We loved it. Attended Falmouth High and graduated from Stafford High. Graduated from a little Indian School in a place once known as Middle Plantation. Turned 78 nearly a year ago. Not much else to say, except, I am known as Johnny Mac."
The farmer's market beckons us with spring's arugula, peas, and asparagus and continues its siren call until the fall's first frost. We return with bags overflowing with berries, new potatoes, sugar snap peas, and herbs to plant in the garden. Of course there are tried-and-true recipes that we fall back on each year to use up the produce, but new inspiration is always welcome. Southern Living's Farmer's Market Cookbook is a great resource for "celebrat[ing] the seasons with fresh-from-the-farm recipes."
Finding a specific title one is looking for is fun all right. The real fun starts when a book that proves engaging and worth reading is found by chance. Ah, the old serendipity effect. Here is a list of some chance finds.
Driving across the bridge this morning, I saw someone paragliding down the Rappahannock River. The bright red arc of the canopy, the deep greens of the shoreline, and glitter of the water made such an amazing, beautiful, silent picture. I immediately thought, "I would LOVE to be flying slowly over the river on a sunny summer morning." My subsequent thoughts were about all the ways that I could crash and die.