Summer is the season of fresh fruits and vegetables, available at grocery stores, farmers' markets, and even our own backyards. One of the best ways to bring a burst of summer flavor into a dull winter day is to make jam and jelly when the fruit is at its best. Making jam is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you have always wanted to learn to make jam but don’t know how or think it is too difficult, come join us for a jam-making demonstration at the England Run Maker Lab on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00. We will discuss the various ways of making jams and jellies, as well as make strawberry freezer jam for you to try. Come by for our jam session, and check out books about preserving nature's bounty.
National Get Outdoors Day (or GO Day) celebrates its 10-year anniversary on June 10, 2017! GO Day encourages healthy, active outdoor fun—from traditional outdoor activities, such as hiking, to non-traditional outdoor activities, such as reading your favorite book about nature or even having an outdoor, nature-related storytime!
2016 was a year full of innovation and service designed to meet the needs of Central Rappahannock Regional Library's customers. We helped the public, both person-to-person and online; checked out hundreds of thousands of useful and entertaining in-hand and digital resources; and partnered with dozens of caring organizations in the community as we continued our mission to create a lifelong love of learning for everyone.
The man in this photo might need a caregiver's help, or he could be the primary caregiver for a family member. Thousands of families open their homes to chronically ill and simply lonely family members. It's a gesture of love and commitment, but caregiving can bring emotional hardships as well as rewards. Even the most loving relatives can feel burned out after months or years of providing care in their homes.
Shopping and cooking on a budget can be tricky. How do you make quick, healthy meals without breaking the bank? On June 26, from 10:00-12:00, April Payne with Virginia Cooperative Extension will be at Salem Church Branch talking about Cooking on a Budget. Learn tips and tricks for cooking quick, healthy meals, plus shopping smart at the grocery store. Get recipes, and sample a meal prepared during the class.
Don’t miss her other programs at Salem Church this summer!
Online privacy has been in the news a lot lately. In response to this renewed concern, I’m hearing two main solutions emerge in the chatter among the digerati, one good, one less so. Let’s start with the latter: Web traffic “noise generators.” Noise generators are plug-ins that rapidly open and close browser tabs to random sites. The idea is to hide your genuine Web activity in a haze of random, meaningless traffic. Don’t bother. Obfuscation methods like these will hinder data miners not one bit.
The other idea is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network. When you connect to sites through a VPN, information about you and the site you’re visiting is funneled through an encrypted network that your ISP (Internet service provider) cannot detect. VPNs are especially handy for public wifi when you want to make sure that no one else on the network can spy on what you’re doing.
Fifty members of the Patawomeck tribe will recreate one of their villages at the library. On the front lawn, you’ll smell venison and fish roasting on an open fire, hear live Patawomeck music, explore a longhouse, sit in a 13-foot canoe, and see Patawomeck dancing. You and your family can pound cornmeal, play Indian football, play drums, and meet a Pocahontas reenactor. Inside the theatre, you’ll see artifacts that are 10,000 years old, learn how regalia is made, hear Patawomeck storytelling, watch a movie, and make crafts.
Save the date: Saturday, August 5, from 9:00-3:00 at Headquarters Library. This event will be cancelled if there is rain.
With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.
With no popular mummy films in theaters for the past few years, one might get the impression that the mummy has finally taken a long awaited voyage to join Osiris on the river of the dead. However, in a few weeks a new mummy film, once again entitled The Mummy, will be released in theaters. This time around, it isn't Imhotep who is causing chaos, but an immortal Egyptian queen Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who seeks out her mortal love, played by Tom Cruise. The Mummy is the first in the new Universal Monsters series, proving that some monsters are timeless in their box office appeal.
Learn more about mummies in cinema below, and watch the trailer for the new movie.