Cultivating Community

CRRL is Cultivating Community in 2012!

"Cultivating Community" is a community-wide program designed to share information in the Fredericksburg region about farm-to-table and sustainable food communities.

Events will include a "Big Read" of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and programs at our libraries and local farmer's markets and community gardens.

The Latest Cultivating Community Articles

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:47pm

Celebrating 30 years of great music!

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present Music on the Library Steps ...

Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7-8pm
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and a picnic dinner and listen to a variety of entertainers every Monday night this summer. In case of rain, concerts move into the library theater.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:28pm

My Librarian: Your personal reading advisor.

Your Personal Reading Advisor

My Librarian

Connecting you, the reader, to your personally perfect books is a passion for CRRL librarians. Get to know us, and let us lead you to your next read.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:17pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:11pm

Dear Friends of the Library,

The Library needs your help!  The Spotsylvania County budget recommends level funding for the Library, for the sixth year in a row.  This has caused Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg, which have increased their funding in past years, to recommend flat funding as well, since their partner jurisdiction has not provided any additional funding.

At a time of increasing demands for services, level funding threatens Library services and could result in cuts in hours and programs throughout the system. Please contact your supervisor right away and let him or her know of your support for the CRRL.  The more people who speak out, the more likely it is that the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors will respond by increasing Library funding.   

You can find a list of Supervisors and their contact information here.  Click on the Members tab on the right to see a district map and links to the supervisors.  Please share this info with friends and family, too.

Your help is critical to ensure the Library does not have to reduce its services or hours. Thanks for your support in this effort.

Sincerely,

Larry Towne
President, Friends of the Library

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:29pm

Grow a Reader classes | Community Events | 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

Did you know?

  • Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait?
  • 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!
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:18pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:17pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:55pm

In support of National Financial Literacy Month, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will present a series of three free community workshops this April. All workshops are open to the public and will focus on managing money effectively.

“Money Goals Workshop” is presented in partnership with the Virginia Credit Union on practical strategies to set to meet financial goals. This event is on Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm.

“Better Budgeting through Couponing” will help you learn how to save on groceries, clothing, and other items. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 pm.  

The "Identity Theft Seminar” provides participants with a wealth of information on how to avoid identity theft and what to do if victimized. Join presenter Rex Hodgson, Sr., from the Virginia Credit Union, at this event on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 pm.

All programs will be held at the Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford. Sign-up is requested but not required. Call the Porter Branch at 540-659-4909 to sign up.

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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:47pm

Celebrating 30 years of great music!

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present Music on the Library Steps ...

Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7-8pm
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and a picnic dinner and listen to a variety of entertainers every Monday night this summer. In case of rain, concerts move into the library theater.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:28pm

My Librarian: Your personal reading advisor.

Your Personal Reading Advisor

My Librarian

Connecting you, the reader, to your personally perfect books is a passion for CRRL librarians. Get to know us, and let us lead you to your next read.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:17pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:11pm

Dear Friends of the Library,

The Library needs your help!  The Spotsylvania County budget recommends level funding for the Library, for the sixth year in a row.  This has caused Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg, which have increased their funding in past years, to recommend flat funding as well, since their partner jurisdiction has not provided any additional funding.

At a time of increasing demands for services, level funding threatens Library services and could result in cuts in hours and programs throughout the system. Please contact your supervisor right away and let him or her know of your support for the CRRL.  The more people who speak out, the more likely it is that the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors will respond by increasing Library funding.   

You can find a list of Supervisors and their contact information here.  Click on the Members tab on the right to see a district map and links to the supervisors.  Please share this info with friends and family, too.

Your help is critical to ensure the Library does not have to reduce its services or hours. Thanks for your support in this effort.

Sincerely,

Larry Towne
President, Friends of the Library

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:29pm

Grow a Reader classes | Community Events | 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

Did you know?

  • Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait?
  • 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!
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:18pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:17pm
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:55pm

In support of National Financial Literacy Month, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will present a series of three free community workshops this April. All workshops are open to the public and will focus on managing money effectively.

“Money Goals Workshop” is presented in partnership with the Virginia Credit Union on practical strategies to set to meet financial goals. This event is on Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm.

“Better Budgeting through Couponing” will help you learn how to save on groceries, clothing, and other items. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 pm.  

The "Identity Theft Seminar” provides participants with a wealth of information on how to avoid identity theft and what to do if victimized. Join presenter Rex Hodgson, Sr., from the Virginia Credit Union, at this event on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 pm.

All programs will be held at the Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford. Sign-up is requested but not required. Call the Porter Branch at 540-659-4909 to sign up.

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