Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at a library open house!
Stafford's Porter Branch starts the holiday fun with holiday crafts and activities for young and old, a visit from Santa, and a performance by Amyclae Dance Academy. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in and enjoy the festivities on Wednesday, December 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.
Bow-wowzers, I hope you have a furry friend to keep you warm this winter! Come celebrate the pets in your life with us. Fabulous Friday: Fur the Love of Pets will take place at three library branches in December in partnership with the Fredericksburg SPCA.
We’ll start with a special lesson from the SPCA on proper pet care and the safest ways to approach dogs you don’t know, then lend a paw in making toys and treats for our furry friends at the local animal shelters. Grades K-6. Just drop in.
Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, at sundown. Lasting eight days, Hanukkah usually occurs during December, but sometimes begins in November. This Jewish holiday is known as the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C. after three years of war. Hanukkah means "dedication."
Jerusalem at the time was part of the Hellenistic empire and was ruled by Antiochus IV. His government instituted a different religion from Judaism. When the Temple became a site of sacrifices and icons, the people resisted, sparking three years of fierce rebellion. The Maccabees led the rebellion and were triumphant in 164 B.C.
On Christmas Eve, a young girl dreams her beloved toy comes to life. He becomes her Nutcracker Prince and dances his Clara through the land of sweets and defeats the wicked Mouse King. Perhaps you've seen the ballet-- it's so popular that many ballet schools make it their featured holiday production year after year. The music is amazing—from the wild Russian dance to the slow and mysterious Arabian dance. It all flows together to create a magical night of exhilarating performances.
Gail was a girl who loved stories. She wrote them and illustrated them from a very young age and created stories told with puppet shows to entertain her little sisters. She spent part of her childhood in the North Carolina countryside in a place called Shuffletown. Both of her parents were artists, and her father worked for the newspaper The Charlotte Observer. Visiting him at his workplace inspired her to pursue a career in art, too. She wanted to study in New York but compromised with her parents and attended schools in Virginia.
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving is known for parades, football, turkey, and, here at CRRL, special Grow A Reader classes. This year, join CRRL’s Youth Services as we are thankful for our awesome customers, young and old. Join us for singing, dancing, and reading Thanksgiving stories. Make sure you bring your best turkey call!
Porter Branch, Wednesday, November 15, 7:00-7:30.
Salem Church Branch, Friday, November 17, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30.
Fredericksburg Branch, Saturday, November 18, 1:00-1:30.
All ages with a caregiver.
Check out more Thanksgiving fun with our booklist, Thanksgiving Stories and Crafts!
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 million people participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and 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.
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, November 4, from 9:00-3:00 at the Salem Church Branch.
It’s October, the time for cooler temperatures, crunchy leaves underfoot, and thinking about Halloween. From a costume swap at Salem Church Branch to a monster movie marathon at England Run Branch, Central Rappahannock Regional Library has fun Halloween events for all ages this month. For children up to five years old and their caregivers, CRRL’s Halloween Hoopla is always a treat, with Halloween stories and songs and a costume parade in the library.
For older kids who are looking for less cuteness and more creepiness, students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to Spooky Stories, where they will hear tales to chill and thrill (these are definitely not for the faint of heart). Details on these events, as well as a complete list of Halloween events at all CRRL branches, can be found at librarypoint.org/halloween.
The next Grow a Reader workshop for childcare providers is scheduled!
Learn new ways to promote healthy eating in the classroom while practicing early literacy techniques. Participants earn two hours of credit for state licensing requirements.