Feature Articles - Arts

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 02:25
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

In Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel creates a literary post-apocalyptic novel with a gentle touch.

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:09
Gladys Poles Todd, Courtesy of the Free Lance-Star

Gladys Poles Todd, long-time Fredericksburg resident, died recently at the age of 101, having witnessed and been a part of the city’s changeover from its days of segregation. She lived to see schools and lunch counters integrated, and she was an important force behind making that happen. Among her many works, Mrs. Todd organized sit-ins, led voter registration drives, and supervised night study programs.

Her obituary gives a goodly number of details from her long and generous life, but you may also wish to read more about her in Fitzgerald’s A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania.

In 1997, she and other local leaders in the Civil Rights era got together for a forum at the library to discuss those difficult days. Fortunately, the program, Civil Rights: Fredericksburg’s Story, was recorded in DVD format and can be checked out.

Besides a historic legacy to be shared by the community, Mrs. Todd also left a personal record of her life. Her oral history, part of HFFI’s Pieces of Our Past series, is available to read in the Virginiana Room of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Photo courtesy of The Free Lance-Star
Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:24
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

London Below is a dangerous, magical place. In Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Scotsman Richard Mayhew had just settled in with the upwardly-mobile routines of London Above. He had an office job that might be going places and a stunning if toffee-nosed girlfriend who was perhaps rather too keen on gallery-hopping for his taste. His lovely Jessica had plans for Richard’s life that did not include helping the bloody and broken young lady who lay across their path.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:43

Update: The strategic survey is now closed. We are busy analyzing all of the results and will update again when that process is finished. Thanks to all who participated!

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is pleased to announce the launch of a strategic planning process that will guide the Library in designing services and resources for the community over the next five years.

Tell us about the library you want!

Take our Community Survey now

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:01
Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 7, 2015, is the fourth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. This special day was the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, and serves as an encouragement to families across the nation to visit their local libraries.

Every child needs access to the many wonderful resources that the public library has to offer and whether your family are regular library users or visiting us for the first time, your children will enjoy a visit to your nearest branch. So take your child to the library and on February 7th, stop by the Youth Services Desk to receive a small thank-you for your visit and color and create your own story featuring Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie. Don't worry if you can't make it in, print the activity out and enjoy at home. 

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:20

"A new exhibit at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters downtown is helping mark the 100th anniversary of World War I." 
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From the Free Lance-Star

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:09

"Virginia Credit Union will hold a “Building a Better Budget” seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Main Branch, 1201 Caroline St."
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From the Free Lance-Star

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:08

"The local libraries in the Fredericksburg area are a real treasure. They offer so much more than what many think of as library services." 
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From the Free Lance-Star.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:08

"Rachel Reaves moved her chess piece next to her opponent’s king and all conversation in the small room stopped."
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From the Free Lance-Star

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 14:03

"Iowa boasts 99 counties, and nearly 300 miles along Interstate 80 separate the cities of Council Bluffs and Davenport. Given the long distances Iowa Workforce Development employees need to travel, the agency jumped at the chance to deploy low-cost enterprise video conferencing."
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