Celebrate the wonderful women in our children's lives, whether they are mothers by birth or through the love and care that they provide. Join us at one of our special Grow a Reader classes, and enjoy motherly songs, stories, and crafts. For children ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.
Monday, May 2, 11:00-11:30
Friday, May 6, 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00
The Community Give is an annual 24-hour local fundraising initiative of The Community Foundation. This year, the goal is to raise $1 million in one day for area nonprofits. We hope you will join in to "Make it a Million" by helping us reach our goal of raising $5,000 for the Friends of the Library.
If you love the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, then you love the Friends of the Library.
The Friends enhance library offerings and support the library in educating and engaging kids, teens, and adults in our area by providing funding for:
- Books and other library materials
- Early literacy programming, including summer reading
- STEM classes and MakerLabs
By showing your love through The Community Give, you will help sustain this amazing organization that provides so much to the library and the community.
In celebration of National Library Week, there will be no late charges for overdue materials returned April 10-16. Spend time with a book each day, and spend less on overdue fines!
Don't know what to do with your newfound fortune? You can spend all the money you saved at our big spring book sale, beginning Saturday, April 16 (Friends' preview Friday, April 15). Not a Friend yet? Join online!
American counterculture hit the mainstream in the 1960s, but it had already been stewing for over a decade with the Beat generation. This group of novelists, poets, and playwrights pushed against the norms of Eisenhower's post-war optimism to reveal a different side to the nation.
April is National Poetry Month, which is a perfect time to highlight all the amazing poetry that is out there, but . . . UGH . . . POETRY. At least, that’s how I used to feel. When I was a kid I LOVED poetry, especially Shel Silverstein. But as I got older, and school started requiring me to think about the poetry we were reading and what the deeper meaning might be, I started to resent it. I mean, couldn’t I just ENJOY the poetry instead of trying to decipher how the poet might have been feeling when he wrote it? Apparently not.
Then I started working as a youth services librarian, and I was introduced to novels in verse. All of those middle school and high school memories came flooding back, and I wanted nothing to do with it. Until I read one. Then I read another and another. Finally, I realized I LOVED novels in verse! Why? Because they are complete stories told through a collection of poetry. Poetry rarely takes up a whole page, which made the books super fast to read! It also amazed me how by simply changing the spacing or even font size within a poem an additional meaning was made clear.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in Guest Picks for the library. I am generally reading one or two books at a time, and, as a family, we emphasize reading with our girls by reading nightly. I also enjoy challenging our oldest daughter (6-years-old) to help me find at least one "positive" story in the daily newspaper. My reading usually focuses on professional development (typically finance and investment-related books) and personal growth, often autobiographies, and personal coaching types of books to help elevate my performance in all areas of life.
About this time seventeen years ago, I made a decision that changed my life and the lives of my children forever. I decided to homeschool. It was the best choice at that point in our lives, and although I have reconsidered our decision several times since, I always come back to the fact that homeschooling just works for us. Presently, two of my boys have graduated and are out in the wide world, and my youngest son will be done with high school at the end of next year.
I learned many things over the years--Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric, how to teach reading to children with different gifting and abilities, how to juggle three grades of math instruction at once, how to teach writing and conduct science labs at homes, and many other subjects and skills. Throughout our time of learning at home, we’ve had a lot of help from a number of people and organizations, but the place where we received much of our information and materials was our local library.
A Welcome from Library Director Martha Hutzel:
“The CRRL is very happy to offer to the community a more spacious and attractive local genealogy room, complete with historical records, beautiful, museum-quality historical wall panels, an attractive work space and free computers and databases for research. Please stop by any time we are open!"
Nancy Moore, the library's Virginiana Room Manager, has been awarded Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.'s President's Exceptional Service Award.
The award is in recognition of Nancy's multi-faceted work to support Fredericksburg's historic preservation efforts. This includes her career reporting for The Free Lance-Star newspaper documenting and publicizing preservation issues, working on the city's Memorials Advisory Commission, preserving the Mary Washington Monument, and her work in CRRL's Virginiana Room.