CRRL branches will delay opening by one hour, opening at 10am today, Monday, March 2.

Feature Articles - Arts

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:45

The microbes we call germs have been around for a loooong time, and, tiny as they are, they are excellent survivors. You can find traces of microbes in meteorites that have crashed to Earth from other planets and moons, on the tops of the coldest mountains, and bubbling merrily in deep sea volcanic vents. Microbes are survivors. If they "know" anything, it's how to spread and how to live in the most unlikely places.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:42

Mitsumasi Anno grew up in a traditional, beautiful Japanese village named Tsuwano, far away from any bustling city. Although he and his family lived near the sea, the mountains all around kept Anno from experiencing its vastness until he was older. When he was a child, he drew pictures of things he could see and also imagine: mountains, houses, and ghosts. His parents ran an inn, and the colorful magazines lying about for the guests' enjoyment were a big source of inspiration to him as he developed his love of drawing.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:04

Running is one of the easiest ways for you to stay fit and have fun. If you practice running, you can keep up better in all kinds of sports. You can also run in local races sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Runners Club.

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 08:20
If you like Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle: "Countercultural clash: a Seventies commune tries out Alaska, where it encounters hostile homesteaders." (catalog description) The library has print and audio versions. 

If you like Drop City, you may also find these stories of folks living outside of society are appealing:  

Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Follows the fortunes of Bit and the commune his parents helped to create. A group of like-minded folks comes together to create a utopia in Arcadia. Despite everyone’s best intentions, the commune falls apart under the strain of privation and a self-serving leader who can’t live up to his own ideals. Bit is ill-prepared for the real world, but manages to make his way until a flu pandemic threatens the human race.

Flower Children by Maxine Swann
A woman and her siblings share an unstructured childhood on a Pennsylvania farm in the 70’s and each of them faces difficulties adjusting to adulthood and life off the farm.


Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:53
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is exactly what it sounds like. Two boys start digging a massive hole to see what they might find. Such an activity is a tried and true milestone for any child explorer, but few make it as deep as this pair does.  

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:10
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

With The Last American Vampire, author Seth Grahame-Smith has finally divulged the afterlife and unpredictable fate of Lincoln’s undead friend, vampire Henry Sturges, first encountered in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:00

Headquarters Library Theater & Atrium: February 28 - March 25, 2015

Postponed - Opening Night Reception: Friday, February 27, 7pm
Due to possible weather complications the opening night reception scheduled for Friday, February 27, has been postponed until Friday, March 6.

First Friday Opening Night Reception: Friday, March 6, 6-9pm

Participants in grades 11-12 will judge the Grades 9-10 category on Friday, March 6, 6:30-7pm, right before the opening reception. The awards ceremony will begin at 7pm.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:05

Your library card gives you instant access to eBooks, eAudio, and eMagazines to download to eReaders, tablets, smart phones, and computers. If you don’t know how to get started, schedule a Training on Demand session with one of our librarians, who will be happy to walk you through the process. Check out our eBook page for more. 

No Fines! eBooks and eAudio expire when your check-out period ends, so they are never overdue! eMagazines do not expire.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:00
St. Patrick's Day

We'll be shaking our shillelaghs and searching for pots of gold in fun St. Patrick's Day celebrations for children. We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming special events. We also have some great booklists for further fun, St. Patrick's Day and Stories from the Emerald Isle

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Born on March 2, Dr. Seuss is the beloved author who brought us such favorite characters as the Grinch, Horton, and the Cat in the Hat.

Join us for fun-filled activities in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday!