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 holiday books


The holidays are right around the corner, and no matter what you are celebrating, the public library has a great children's book to get into the spirit!

polar expressThe Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is not only a Christmas classic, it is also one of the best picture books of all time. Our narrator recounts taking a secret Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus, where he receives the first gift of the night from the man himself. He only asks for one sleigh bell, which can only be heard by those who believe in Santa. Allsburg's lush illustrations gorgeously capture the childhood memory of the magical journey. 
hannukah bearHannukah Bear by Eric Kimmel is a delightful take on the Jewish holiday. In a case of mistaken identity, old Bubba Brayna takes in a bear on break from hibernation. Bubba thinks that the hungry visitor is her Rabbi. She loads him up with delicious latkes, gives him a scarf and sends him on his way. When the Rabbi finally arrives, confusion ensues. Hannukah Bear manages to incorporate the traditions of the holiday with a fun story of generosity.
lil rabbits kwanzaaIn Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna Washington, the Rabbit family might have to cancel their feast because Granna is feeling ill. As Li'l Rabbit attempts to save the feast for his Granna, he mentions the situation to all the animals nearby. Though they do not celebrate the holiday, the animals all care for Granna Rabbit and want show their appreciation. When Li'l Rabbit gets home, he finds quite a surprise! The book even has a section that talks about the seven principles for Kwanzaa and how they appear throughout the story.


With stories like these, you can celebrate even when reading! Happy Holidays from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library!


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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.