Feature Articles - Arts

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 9:56am
Photo of CRRL's new director Martha Hutzel

For over 45 years, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has earned many awards. The CRRL has repeatedly been named a Star Library by Library Journal for delivering excellent service, as measured by customer use, and was most recently honored as one of only three libraries in Virginia to be so named.

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 1:23am
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Amani Al’Hiza isn’t exactly up to no good. Sure, she snuck out of her house disguised as a boy and riding a stolen horse in order to enter a sharpshooter contest at the most notorious pistol pit in town. But Amani needs the prize money to get out of Dustwalk. She has to escape before she winds up dead—or worse, married.

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:07am

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest!

Many thanks to our contest judge, Amanda Rutstein, Adjunct English Instructor and Assistant Director of the Writing Center at the University of Mary Washington.

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 8:53am

The @ Your Library quarterly magazine has all of the information you need at your fingertips about the library's classes, events, services, and more. You can pick up your free printed copy at any library branch and at many places around town. 

Browse the Summer issue (June 2016-August 2016) online (will enlarge upon clicking). Download the PDF here.


Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:49pm

Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest. 2016 marks our thirteenth year hosting this event and we are proud to announce the renaming of the poetry contest to the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest in memory of Claudia Emerson, former judge and advocate for our teen poets.

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:39pm

332 poems -- our largest number so far -- were submitted electronically by teens from our region. Amanda Rutstein, a poetry professor at the University of Mary Washington and manager of the Fredericksburg Writing Center, had the unenviable task of selecting only 24 winners. But how do you choose the best of the best when there are so very many entries? “I look for a variety of characteristics in a winning poem, but my top three are vivid imagery, use of figurative language, and ingenuity,” says Amanda. “It's fun to find the poems from students who took risks and the see the effort they put into those poems to make them shine...The ones who play with language always stand out.”

Winners will be awarded prizes and invited to read their work at the Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library, Wednesday, May 27 from 7:30-8:30. There will be a reception afterward, and the public is warmly invited to attend.

Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Teen Poetry Contest!

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:02pm
Cover to Strange Maps

I never saw my grandfather read a book; his reading was confined to maps. He and his fishing buddies would pore over maps for places and routes for their fishing treks way up into Canada. That was my first inkling of the function of maps; Gramp always came back.

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:19am

My Librarian: Your personal reading advisor.

Heat Up Your Summer

Music on the Steps

Come out all summer long, every Monday from 7:00-8:00 at Headquarters Library, for great music.

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:19am
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Robo-Sauce is a strange and wondrous concoction. Its neon-orange glow hints at limitless possibilities. Oh, you've never had the pleasure of seeing this extraordinary mixture in action? Well, prepare to be robotomized!