If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to up your game by reading more, the library has you covered. Central Rappahannock Regional Library is introducing its first Adult Winter Reading Challenge to entice readers to curl up and stay warm with some good books. The theme is Books on the Big Screen, and, although reading any book will set you on your path to success in the challenge, library staff have a reel full of recommendations for books and stories that have been adapted to film.
"Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be 'alienated,' not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures. Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore known as alienists."
In Victorian England, bloodthirsty demons called the Ancients terrorize humanity and threaten to destroy the country. Only one hope remains: the prophesied one, a sorcerer who will the defeat the Ancients with fire.
Henrietta Howel has kept her magical abilities hidden for her entire life. Women with powers are considered untrustworthy and dangerous, possibly even on the side of the Ancients, and so Henrietta lives in fear of accidently revealing her gift of fire to anyone other than her closest friend, Rook.
Have you ever been in a place where there were lots of buildings but no trees? New housing developments or parts of a city that have been neglected for a long time may not have the shady spots and fresh air that trees give. As trees breathe, they let out oxygen that humans and animals need to survive. Their roots hold the ground together, making sure the soil doesn't blow away in the wind. When a tree dies naturally in the forest, its wood becomes a home for insects and a cafeteria for the hungry birds who eat those insects. Trees provide so many good things for the Earth.
The sun is shining, birds are singing, and love is in the air! As Valentine’s Day approaches, join us in celebrating this love-ly holiday at one of our Grow a Reader: Be My Valentine specials. We’ll enjoy stories, songs, and activities perfect for children ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares are welcome!
Howell Branch: Wednesday, February 14, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30
Porter Branch: Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-7:30 - For all ages!
Are you looking forward to 2018's new movies? From the discovery of a mysterious country to a sultry romantic finale, this year is starting off with strong on the big screen. Read the books before Hollywood releases the movie versions, and log them with the Adult Winter Reading Challenge to receive a complimentary reading club mug* and a chance to win Splitsville movie tickets or a bag of books!
In my first few years as a librarian, I was responsible for serving library customers of all ages and read children’s books as well as books for teens and adults, so I could recommend books to someone of any age. In the last few years, I have been focused on serving children and teens and now read almost exclusively for those age ranges. Sometimes my non-library friends pity me because they feel I am deprived in some way, reading only books for youth, but I don’t feel that way at all. My literary world is rich with books that have been written with children or teens in mind but are just all-around good books and excellent reads for adults. As I wind up this year of reading, I am recommending books written for youth that are great reads for adults.
"A bread bandit burgled my bakery before breakfast!"
Alliteration is abundant in Travis Nichols' new children's book, Betty's Burgled Bakery.
In the years BK (Before Kids), I would always make a New Year's resolution to challenge my reading habits. On a professional level, it helped me to grow and better serve our library customers. On a personal level, I felt more well-rounded as a person. The best reading challenges were the ones that inspired me to read outside of my comfort zone, to broaden my horizons, or simply read more. My favorite challenge several years ago was the 100 book challenge, where I tried to read 100 books in a year. Mind you, this didn't include board books for babies or picture books, which I read copious amounts of for my job as a youth services librarian. Children's chapter books did count, though, and definitely young adult, or YA, novels. And I used to make it to 100 most years. BK, that is.