Fredericksburg Parent

September 2017

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www.FredParent.NET 7 WRITTEN BY BRENDA SAPANGHILA family favorites The Central Rappahannock Regional Library What do you think of when someone mentions the library? Anything come to mind other than borrowing books for free? The Central Rappahannock Regional Library (and all libraries for that matter) offer so much more! It's no wonder that it was a top Family Favorites picks for both the Favorite Indoor Activity and Favorite Free Things To Do categories, and won our Family Favorite category for Tutoring. This fall is the perfect time to get reintroduced to the awesomeness that is our local library. For parents, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is especially helpful. This is coming from a mother of three boys ages six and under. Three very loud, ener- getic, imaginative boys. If you are fearful that you'll be shamed and hushed for bringing your children to the library, please put that notion aside. The staff at all local branches are accommodating, friendly and eager to help. Here are just a few reasons (besides the free wi-fi) why you need some library time as a parent. ● Reading is fundamental to your child's development. There are dozens upon dozens of scientific studies on the importance of reading to your chil- dren early and often. For more information and helpful tips, visit our website and read, "10 Simple Ways to Raise Kids Who Love to Read." ● The Central Rappahannock Regional Library offers free storytimes for kids in different age groups. These storytimes usually include songs, mul- tiple stories and the occasional craft. Pro tip: If one storytime doesn't fit, try another. The books and styles vary between groups. ● There are children's areas with toys, coloring or STEM stations, and of course children's books. The Salem Church Branch children's section even has a separate room with educational and sensory toys. This area is perfect for nursing moms with toddlers who may wander (not that I would know *ahem*) and young kids. ● You can place a hold on a book from your computer or phone and pick it up on the way out. Browsing for a book at home is much more fun than trying to corral wiggly kids in the Home and Garden section. Trust us on this one. ● Use their app. Download it immediately. You can use it to check your account, place a hold on a book, download an ebook and check the event calendar. ● New! This year, the library has released "Launchpads," or tablets, loaded full of educational ad-free apps, books and games for kids ages ages 3-5 and 5-7, to use during the 2-week checkout period. Per its website, "The apps enhance skills in math, science, language learning, English language arts, critical thinking, and creativity. Launchpads are 100 percent safe and secure. They do not connect to wi-fi or request personal information. There is even a screen for an adult to check up on what a child has been playing and see which skills have been tested. Kids can score Discovery Points in each activ- ity. With their points, they can 'purchase' accessories for their own avatars." ● There are movies available to "rent" as well. Just be sure to return them on time! The duration to borrow is shorter than a book. ● Free classes! Ever wanted to learn how to crochet, code or compost? Need your résumé tweaked or practical financial advice? The library offers several classes per month geared toward adults and teens. ● Free meetups! The library is home to various clubs that range from knitting enthusiasts, to craft brewery meetups to discuss literature. Interested in starting a group meetup or club? Just ask. Keep up with upcoming events and news by following The Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook at @crrlnews.

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