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Reading Riot: A Year of Teen Programs in Review

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As 2015 winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and all that teens have accomplished at the library. It has been a busy and productive 12 months!

About 500 young adults participated in more than 60 programs at the library. A variety of events were offered to appeal to a wide range of tastes. To encourage personal health and safety, presenters taught fitness, self-defense, skincare and babysitting classes. We got tech savvy learning to download library books to electronic devices and with a robotics demonstration. (more…)

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Coming In January: Programs @ Your Library

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snowflakeJanuary. The first month of the New Year – filled with new beginnings and resolutions made. It is also the second month of winter, this year preceded by an uncharacteristically warm December. It will be interesting to see what January holds!

Whatever the temperatures outside, you can be sure that inside your local library there will be many programs and activities to choose from! (more…)

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Kiddopshere: Ridiculously Good Reads: December Edition

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It’s time for the final Ridiculously Good Reads of 2015! I’ve read some incredible reads since the last RGR post, so let’s dive right in:

jediBefore I started So You Want to be a Jedi? (a retelling of The Empire Strikes Back), I read a book that I had eagerly anticipated by an author I like very much. I was extremely disappointed with that book (to the point that I actually said, “are you KIDDING me?!” out loud at the end). Every year, there seems to be a children’s/YA book that gets a ton of stunning reviews that drives me bonkers. The tradition continues. (more…)

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Reading Roundup: The Heist

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The Mystery Book Club (Warrenton) met recently to discuss The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Fans of Evanonivch know her bounty hunter character, Stephanie Plum and her silly grandmother in her numbered series. “Tricky Twenty-Two,” the latest in the Plum series has recently arrived at the library. “The Heist” introduces us to FBI Agent Kate O’Hare and her partner in pursuit of a con man, Nicholas Fox. As the heist unfolds, the FBI decides (with a little conning of Fox) that Fox would be an “asset” in their quest to take down artifacts and stolen goods. Who better to track down a thief, than a thief himself? And that means Kate O’Hare will be in charge of overseeing Fox. the heist (more…)

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Reading Riot: Suspenseful Stories Set in Competitive World of Ballet

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ballet-shoes-999807_960_720During the Christmas season many people enjoy seeing the Nutcracker ballet, the magical story of a little girl who helps break the spell on her wooden nutcracker and transforms him into a handsome prince. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a ballerina or even just like reading about dancers, check out one of these novels over the holidays. Found in the young adult department, these suspenseful stories depict the world of dance in a very different light – it can be competitive and even downright deadly. (more…)

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Staff Picks: Two Favorite Holiday Treats

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One of my favorite holiday films is Desk Set starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Desk Set You don’t have to be a librarian to enjoy the banter among the research  staff employed by a major  TV Network  or between the Tracy/Hepburn characters.  Written by  Phoebe and Henry Ephron (parents of Nora Ephron) the  1957 movie  based on their hit play offers an amusing glimpse of the early days when new-fangled computers filled an entire room and were thought to replace all humans in their jobs. (more…)

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Virginia Holiday Traditions

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Coke-GarrettHouse1-256x300With the holidays fast approaching, we’re all busier than ever preparing for our celebrations. Have you ever stopped to wonder how Virginians celebrated the holidays in times past?  Some of the holiday traditions our ancestors had are not much different than our own.

Did you know that in colonial times, the holiday festivities stretched from Christmas Eve to Twelfth Night (either the 5th or 6th of January)? People celebrated with feasts, dancing, music, games, decorations, gifts and fireworks. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: There’s Been an Awakening in the Force

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Can you feel it?

The Force Awakens is finally here! (I won’t see it until 12/26, so don’t tell me what happens!). As someone who grew up watching Star Wars on TV/VHS (this was before Netflix and on-demand viewing, kids) and saw Return of the Jedi in the movie theater when I was very young, I have been a Star Wars fan all my life. (I won’t hate on the prequels here.) While I’ve never really tried the Star Wars fiction written for adults (please check out adult reference librarian Amanda Liss’s fantastic roundup of Star Wars fiction; she’s inspired me to check some out!), I have read the recent children’s and YA novels and the adult nonfiction books. Books are always fantastic gifts, so if you are shopping for a Star Wars fan this Christmas, check out these fabulous books for the Jedi knights in your life (or Sith Lords, if that’s how they roll).  (more…)

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