Not every child today learns in a big building with lots of other students all studying the same things at the same time. In the past twenty years, the homeschool phenomenon has caught fire across America.
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If you’re a fan of all things comic, from Marvel to Pokemon, you’ll want to check out CRRL's Third Annual Comic Art Show during the month of May. The best part of the exhibit is that everyone is invited to participate. Artists of all ages can submit one to two original pieces of comic work. From paneled stories to canvas portraits, submissions in many forms will be on display. Detailed rules, framing requirements, and registration forms can be found in brochures at all library branches and online. Artwork submissions will be accepted at Salem Church Branch from Friday, April 21, to Friday, April 28.
Celebrate at the opening reception on Saturday, May 13, 2:30-4:30, where fans can mingle with artists and enjoy comic art activities.
Your heart will soar and fall with the story of two teens overcoming tremendous odds to show the world who they truly are. Lily Jo McGrother was born Timothy McGrother, but now, as she enters eighth grade, she wonders if it’s time—if she’s strong enough—to be the girl she is inside. Norbert Dorfman, brand new to town, has a hard enough time dealing with his bipolar disorder and a secret from his past. Both Lily Jo and Norbert (who chooses the nickname "Dunkin" after his coffee habit) are hoping eighth grade will mean a fresh start.
Teens, now you can find your own space at Headquarters Library in Fredericksburg. Come to the second floor, and see what’s in store.
The official Opening Night Pizza Party is set for Tuesday, March 28, from 7:30 to 8:30. The library’s Teen Council and HQ Youth Services staff will be there to welcome you. Besides delicious pizza, there will be:
15 brand spanking new Chromebooks available for checkout. During the party or at any other time the library is open, they can be used anywhere on the second floor and can be used with earphones for a bit of privacy.
We'll also have XBox One with the following games:
- Halo 5: Guardians
- LEGO Jurassic World
- UFC 2 Deluxe Edition
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- NBA 2K16
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Rocket League Arena
To celebrate National Kite Month, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. Enjoy these colorful beauties the entire month of April, and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
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.
School-aged children, teens, and adults are welcome to join us at Porter Branch on Saturday, April 29, 9:30-12:00, to build, decorate, and (weather permitting) learn to fly your very own kite! Please sign up at the Research Desk, or call 540-659-4909.
From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch, Porter Branch, or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*
Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:
In the Library:
From March 16-30, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of Art of the Pie. Author Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. In Art of the Pie, she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version of this book will be available to all library customers to download for free. Art of the Pie can be read on all major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.
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.
"Oh, by the way... "
Those were always the words my parents dreaded hearing when my brother and I were growing up. Usually, because it meant that one, or both of us, forgot about an upcoming project. Luckily, for us and my parents, we usually remembered sooner rather than later—but sometimes we did push it kind of close.
It’s not uncommon for parents and kids to come rushing into the library the night before a project is due looking for information and inspiration—but have no fear! We have some amazing project books here at the library that can help out students in just this situation. My booklist by no means has every book that would help, but it features some of the lesser known ones. Now, without any further procrastination, check out my "So, I have this project..." booklist.