Feature Articles - Arts

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:33am

Donna Cote, CRRL Director, was named as President 2006 of the Virginia Public Library Director's Association. The Rappahannock Mediation Center awarded Donna Cote one of the first Community Peacemaking Awards on January 25, 2006. In September, Cote was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia.

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:01am
Cover to Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

The best science teachers bring their subjects to life. They intrigue and entrance their students, often by explaining how everyday events they have observed, such as swirling a dollop of milk in a cup of tea or coffee, are really quite similar to what happens elsewhere in the Universe on both a much larger and much smaller scale. By hooking their students’ interest in a relatable way, a great teacher can inspire them to see their world differently, to open their minds, and to understand the underpinnings of our daily lives.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 2:15pm

Grow a Reader classes | Fast Facts About the Early Years

Our Community Partners: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Rappahannock United Way, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, The Childcare Network, Germanna Community College

Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and life. We are proud to partner with the following local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community:

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Rappahannock United Way, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, The Childcare Network, Germanna Community College, The Doctor Yum Project

Did you know?

  • Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who aren't?
  • 90% percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten?
  • The seeds of a desirable workforce skills-critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five?

What can you do?

Bring your children and spread the word about the library’s Grow a Reader classes. Each class is presented by specially trained staff who share stories, songs and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

  • Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!
  • Read to your child daily and keep it fun! Stop reading as soon as they show you they're done.
  • Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start!
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 2:01am

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Tue, 03/28/2017 - 2:01am
Spring Picture Books

Of all the seasons, spring seems to be the most anxiously awaited. It brings the promise of warmer weather, longer days, and the explosion of nature’s beauty with spring flowers, soft spring grass, and baby animals in abundance. Celebrate all the wonders of spring with a child by sharing one (or a bunch!) of these spring-themed books.

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:15pm
Sponsorship Opportunities

A Central Rappahannock Regional Library sponsorship provides wide-ranging creative visibility and garners significant community goodwill in return for a positive, valuable public service. We serve the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland, and the City of Fredericksburg with eight libraries and have a strong community presence. Our thanks for your support will include recognition and promotional considerations commensurate with the contribution.

To get started, contact us at sponsorships@crrl.org.

Print out a brochure for easy sharing.  


Reach thousands.

  • Annual and Special Events: CRRL-Con comic book convention, Music on the Steps, Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • STEM classes and MakerLabs
  • Early literacy and summer reading
  • Rappahannock Reads: 1 book, 1 community
  • Special Guests: Nationally known authors, speakers, and performers
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 9:10am
Free Seed Exchange

From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch, Porter Branch, or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*  

Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:

In the Library:

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:27am
Cover to Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith’s Flygirl is an extremely moving historical novel about friendship, freedom, love, and loyalty.

Ida Mae Jones dreamed of doing something to help U.S. troops defeat the Nazis in World War II. She was young, smart, and knew how to fly an airplane. But that wasn’t enough, not even when they started accepting women to fly non-combat missions. Because Ida Mae was black, and only white women were allowed to join the flying service. So there was no way she could help win the war and bring her brother home all the sooner. Unless she broke the rules.

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 1:59am

If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events

If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events

With gothic wit and twisty plots, these readalikes are just the thing for Lemony Snicket fans.