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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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Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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