CRRL branches will open 2 hours late, at 11:00 a.m., today, Thursday, March 22, except for Montross and Cooper, which will open as normal at 1:00 p.m.

Kids Blog

03/20/2018 - 1:43pm
Book Corner: Women’s Stories Inspire, Ignite Dreams

Children are big dreamers, but it can be hard for them to sustain those dreams when faced with adversity or even just plain apathy they sometimes face.  I am especially reminded of this now, during Women’s History Month, when I am reading about women throughout history who had to fight hard to achieve their goals and dreams, and thinking about how hearing these stories can inspire children today to keep pursuing their dreams.  Children can see in these tenacious women examples of what is possible with hard work and dedication.

03/15/2018 - 2:49pm
PAWS for Reading

Do you find reading a little ruff?

Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together. PAWs for reading can help to foster a love of reading within children as well as giving them an opportunity to become more comfortable with reading. 

Please call the branch where you are interested in attending the program to verify the dates and to sign up for your time!

03/20/2018 - 12:41pm
Let's Go Fly a Kite!

To celebrate National Kite Month starting April 1, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child. Enjoy these colorful beauties and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.  

02/21/2018 - 3:16pm
Cover to Wolf in the Snow

Last week I was on the edge of my seat, along with other lovers of children’s literature, as this year’s Youth Media Awards were announced by the American Library Association. I’m always thrilled when one of my favorites wins, and I rush to read the winners and honor books that I am not familiar with. These books exemplify the richness of children’s literature and are some of the best-of-the-best picture books from 2017.

02/12/2018 - 9:53am

Kids can help out their grown-ups in the kitchen, but they can also make wonderful dishes all by themselves—or with just a little help. Take Mollie Katzen's Number Salad from her kid-friendly cookbook, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes. It's delicious, nutritious, and a fun way to practice numbers. Here's how to make it:

Put into a bowl:

1 handful of coconut
2 tablespoons of O.J. concentrate
3 pieces of orange
4 slices of apple
5 cubes of cheese
6 slices of banana
7 pieces of melon
8 grapes
...and stir 9 times.

This recipe, complete with friendly, hand-drawn pictures and useful hints, can be found online here.  Children may also enjoy Mollie Katzen's Honest Pretzels and 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook and Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up.

02/08/2018 - 12:53pm

How can you help the Earth?  There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.

02/28/2018 - 11:05am

One morning, the old wooden dam on the Rappahannock River went up in clouds of smoke. It was a huge thing—ancient and strong, built in layers to tame the river so that the power of the water pushing against it could provide electricity for the town. But it had been years since anyone tapped that power. Now, the dam was falling apart, and it was decided that it had become dangerous. So the Army Corps of Engineers blew it up one morning, and the river was flowing freely again—just as it had in previous centuries. By getting rid of the dam, the river had a chance to go back to being more like it once was. There would be more fish, which would mean more birds, and, really more of everything.

02/06/2018 - 10:02am

Wouldn't it be cool if even a few of the old stories were true? Legends say that giants walked the Earth; Atlantis vanished under the sea; and Greece and Troy fought a devastating war over a beautiful woman. Amazing, but true: all these stories are based on facts.

Archaeologists digging in China discovered the fossils of Gigantopithecus, a giant ape standing 9 or 10 feet tall. These huge but probably gentle apes died off 500,000 years ago. Traditionally, villagers collected their bones and made them into medicines. They called their finds dragon bones. Some have wondered whether pockets of the animals may have survived into later centuries, giving rise to the legend of Big Foot.

02/12/2018 - 10:00am

Cells make up you, your friend, your hamster, and your mom's broccoli surprise. If it's alive or ever was alive, it is made of cells. Space scientists looking for life on Mars are trying to find microbes made of simple cells—not little green men—and biologists who search for cures to diseases work with cells. Small as they are, cells determine how life unfolds from its beginning to its end.

03/06/2018 - 2:36pm
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Born on March 2, Dr. Seuss is the beloved author who brought us such favorite characters as the Grinch, Horton, and the Cat in the HatJoin us for fun-filled activities in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!


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