Best of CRRL

Celebrate the Best of CRRL by looking back on the accomplishments from 2017!

Awards: CRRL is an award-winning library recognized by the Family Favorites Award from Fredericksburg Parent and Family magazine; the National Federation of Press WomenVirginia Public Library Directors Association, and Library of Virginia. CRRL also earned the Library Journal 4-Star Library rating for the fourth year in a row.

Best of CRRL Staff Picks 2017: We asked our staff for their favorite titles of 2017 to share with you. Check it out!

Build a Better World with Summer Reading: More than 9,000 customers joined in Summer Reading fun, reading more than 5 million minutes, earning 26,000 digital badges, submitting 6,000 reviews, and completing 4,700 missions.

CRRL Mobile App: Now, it's faster and easier to find materials, place holds, renew, and keep track of what you’ve read.

Download Your Library on OverDrive: Many new digital titles were added. Check out 10 at a time, and enjoy special eReading Rooms dedicated to kids and teens.

Grants: The library received $7,100 in grants from the American Library Association, the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and Library of America.

Hidden Figures: The CRRL community read Hidden Figures as part of the annual Rappahannock Reads program, and thenPlayaway Launchpads was dazzled by Margot Lee Shetterly’s inspiring author visit.

Library on the Go: CRRL partnered with Spotsylvania County, the Belmont Ruritan Club, and the Belmont Club of Women to increase access to library services for residents in rural Spotsylvania by offering a weekly staff presence at the Belmont Community Center. Library customers can pursue lifelong learning through 6,000+ online video courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.

MakerLabs: Earn badges in 3D Printing and Sewing, so you can reserve the equipment for your own projects.

New Shelving at Porter Branch: Stafford County provided new display shelving for adult and teen collections.

No Overdue Fees:  To remove barriers to library use, children’s and teens' materials became exempt from overdue fees.

Playaway Launchpads: Kid-friendly tablets—preloaded with educational (and ad-free) apps, books, and games—became a popular addition to the collection, enabling kids to learn at home and at the library.

Relocation of Admin: Administration’s move to the Library Administration Center is a major step towards achieving the longtime goal of opening the third floor of the Fredericksburg branch to the public.

"Best of 2017" Booklists for All Ages

With the help of, we have put together "Best of 2017" lists for all ages.