Suburban Chic to Backwoods Barnyard
When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they gave up their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer’s life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version and audiobook will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Flat Broke With Two Goats can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees.
Making It Social
Author and university professor Jennifer McGaha loves reading and libraries, and she's written a friendly letter of introduction for Big Library Read participants. Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.
Intrigued? Check out the preview below.
In Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton, Adam, now 16, has suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations for years. Only recently has he finally been diagnosed as schizophrenic. This diagnosis makes sense to Adam, who is accustomed to mobsters bursting into classrooms and firing machine guns at will and the naked man who follows him around and keeps him company sometimes—of course, these are things only he sees hears and experiences.
As well as finally receiving a diagnosis, Adam has also found himself in a clinical trial for a new drug to help with his symptoms. As part of the trial, Adam must be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is only having positive effects on him. The book is written as Adam’s diary entries to his therapist. His therapy sessions are a required part of the clinical trial, but Adam refuses to speak to the man. Instead, he pens answers to the various questions for the therapist to read later.
During the summer, children and teens have learned to expect an extra helping of everything CRRL typically offers. Cool events for teens, summer reading with prizes, Fun Fest events, and special events with wildlife, just to name a few. In addition to great classes and events, children and teens can also find a nutritous lunch at three of our branches, thanks to partnerships with organizations in our community.
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. The exhibit was put together and hung by professional kite flyers Jack Wilson, Harold Ames, and Mike Phillippe from Stafford County. It is sponsored by the American Kitefliers Association and Wings Over Washington Kite Club.
Enjoy these colorful beauties and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
If you’re a fan of all things comic, from Marvel to Pokemon, you’ll want to check out CRRL's Fourth Annual Comic Art Show during the month of May. The best part of the exhibit is that everyone is invited to participate!
Artwork will be accepted Friday, April 20, to Friday, April 27 at the Salem Church Branch. All ages. Submit 1-2 original pieces of comic work for the show.
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.
In The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston, we meet Wilson and Bridget, a young pair who seem meant to be together.
Bridge and Wil have always been together. First, they grew up together. They became inseparable friends soon after and then, even more so, as a couple. Until Bridge broke Wil’s heart, that is. Then, suddenly, the pair that always was just isn’t anymore.
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.