Many people find one of the most enjoyable aspects of Halloween to be the myriad creatures associated with it. Legendary villains such as Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and zombies of all stripes emerge on or about October 31st in the forms of costumes, films, and books. America’s tendency to associate such creatures with Halloween is so embedded in our culture that we frequently forget that most of these creatures—or at least the versions of them we best remember—are relatively recent creations that are often less than two centuries old. This series explores the origins and evolution of Halloween’s and Hollywood's best-loved ghouls and beasts.
October brings a month chock-full of Halloween events for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for a costume parade or chill-inducing stories, the library has you covered!
Halloween Costume Swap
Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you! Drop off your clean, intact, and stain-free costume at the Salem Church Branch children's desk anytime from September 23 to October 7. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher to be redeemed at the swap on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 to 11:00. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to Loisann's Hope House.
Fabulous Friday: Monster Transformation
Local actors Gene and Linda Nesbitt transform your face into a monster's! Grades K-6. Snow Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:15.
Create a decorative Halloween craft with materials from nature! Grades K-6. Montross Branch, Thursday, October 20, 6:30.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold their annual meeting on Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 PM, at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street. Refreshments will be served. If you are not currently a Friend, you can join at the door or online.
Ronnie Sidney, author of two graphic novels for young readers, Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress, will be the guest speaker. Growing up in Tappahannock, Sidney struggled with ADHD and was placed in special education classes. This experience inspired him to write the autobiographical Nelson Beats the Odds and to reach out to young people coping with disabilities. Sidney’s third book, R.I.P. RaShawn, will be published this fall. Sidney’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
Teens, celebrate YOU and all that you love to read and do! Join us for Teen Read Week, October 9-15. It's one of our favorite times in the teen areas of our libraries. This year's theme is Read For the Fun of it! so read what you love, let our enthusiastic librarians turn you on to a new read, or get a suggestion on our Teen page. Be sure to check out these happenings at the library for teens only:
After Party: It's invitation-only, and you are invited!
October 9-15 is Food for Fines Week at all CRRL library branches!
Help celebrate Teen Read Week, and help our community. Donate non-perishable (boxed, canned, or in a sealed bag) food to benefit local food banks and pantries.
For every item that you bring to your library branch, we’ll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!
-No expired or dented items
-1 item = $1.00 applied to one customer account, up to a maximum of $10.00
-Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials.
-All donations benefit local food banks and pantries.
-No donations will be accepted before October 9 or after October 15.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the first annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. All book lovers are invited to check out our activity and information table near the
Having problems with pesky yard gnomes—or, maybe even a ghoul in your attic? Come on down to the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them event where we’ll celebrate the Harry Potter books (including Fantastic Beasts) and the upcoming release of the new movie! You’ll find advice on all those magical creatures in your life and also some fun wizarding games and activities. Grades K-6.
England Run Branch: October 7, 4:30-5:15
Headquarters Library: October 7, 4:30-5:15*
Salem Church Branch: October 7 and 21, 4:30-5:15
Porter Branch: October 14, 4:30-5:15
*Sponsored by the Teen Council
Check out Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Kids for suggestions of more great books to explore!
What happens in the library after dark? The After Party is your chance to find out! Salem Church Branch and England Run Branch libraries invite area teens to walk our red carpet and celebrate Teen Read Week! Come hang with your friends, listen to music, make art, and watch movies while enjoying free food, goodie bags, and giveaways.
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ― George Carlin
In May 2016, Master Gardeners Pat Brown and Annette Leach, along with England Run Branch staff members, prepared soil and planted a butterfly garden. We included both nectar and host plants to attract butterflies and support their life cycles. The nectar plants feed adult butterflies, and, just as important, the host plants support the caterpillars that will turn into butterflies. Stop by, and take a look! The garden is located near England Run Branch's drive-up window. The picture below was taken in the England Run Branch garden. Our garden includes:
Salem Church Branch is getting a face-lift thanks to Spotsylvania County Facilities Management. The entire interior of the library is currently being repainted. Painters from R.W. Hitt, Inc. are taking it section by section, but, in order to complete the project, the library will close most of the building on Thursday, September 22. That day the branch will open as an "express" and provide:
—Access to and checkout of holds.