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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:30am
Gojira

During the summer’s excitement over the massive, new blockbusters, many older and more unusual films are neglected and ignored. These older monster films, though they lack the digital effects and huge budgets of more modern releases, are classics of their genre, with clever performances and intriguing plots. One day this summer, you may feel compelled to take a trip back in time and see some of these legendary movies for yourself.

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:03am
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Discworld, Terry Pratchett’s satirical fantasy series, has entertained lovers of fantasy novels since the publication of its first installment, The Color of Magic, in 1983. Over the course of dozens of novels, the focus of Pratchett’s satire in the series changed. Early entries like The Color of Magic tended to be broad parodies of fantasy and role-playing conventions and characterizations. However, later novels such as Night Watch, Thud, and Unseen Academicals became much more focused on satire of real-world concepts of race, class, and current societal issues. Unseen Academicals is a strong example of the style of the later Discworld installments. On its surface level a novel about a group of wizards trying to win a “football” game, Unseen Academicals is a sprawling satire of modern attitudes towards sports fandom, social class, and the cloistered nature of academe.

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:55am
Zinio app icon

Through a partnership with the Library of Virginia, we now offer Zinio for Libraries, a free digital magazine service from Recorded Books (RBdigital) and Zinio.com.

You have access to full digital copies of nearly 200 popular magazines! Browse from our collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Find out how to get started now!

  • Zinio on tabletsCurrent Issues - New issues are released at the same time as the print edition and are ready for immediate download. (Back issues currently not available.)
     
  • Easy browsing - Search for your favorite magazines by title or category.
     
  • Manage your collection - Checkout and read magazines instantly on your computer (PC or Mac), or access magazines on your portable device. 
     
  • No limits - Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

You can access Zinio magazines using a Windows or Mac computer, as well as a wide variety of Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones, tablets, and mobile devices, including the Kindle Fire and Nook HD/HD+, using a free Zinio Reader app! 

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 5:00pm
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

"It's a horrible day," said Will Stanton. "It's creepy somehow."
In Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, Will’s words prove to be every bit a true prophecy. On the day before his eleventh birthday, Will and his brother escaped from their noisy, happy house into the quiet English countryside. A black wind was blowing just a bit of snow, but there was more to come, snow and blackness both, for the Dark was rising across the land. They stopped to get some hay at Dawson's Farm—an ordinary errand. The farmer took Will aside. "The Walker is abroad... and this night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining."

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 2:57pm
My Favorite Windows Utilities

Beyond my typical day-to-day programs like Google Chrome, Microsoft Word, maybe a game here and there, I have a selection of utilities that help me perform behind-the-scenes tasks and maintain my computer’s health.  I have found each of the following to invaluable.  Many of them offer paid versions with extra customer support options and a few extra bells and whistles, but you will find that the free versions offer everything you need, so be sure to get those.

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 4:52pm
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

"This hat is not mine. I just stole it."

This is Not My Hat invites us into the mind of a tiny fish who cares nothing for his underwater brethren.  The fish offers many reasons why he will succeed in his crime, why he deserves the hat over the much bigger fish he snatched it from. Obviously, we are dealing with a sociopath here.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 7:44am
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Nancy Harmon Jenkins

The Mediterranean Diet as an American health concept has been around for some years now. Recommended by many doctors, it extols the virtues of traditional food combinations that might be found in that widespread and sunny region. Yes, there are many vegetables, olive oil, and sometimes unusual grains involved, but there are also pizza and pasta as well as many varieties of seafood, tasty meats and even moderate quantities of wine. What this book’s recipes do not include are dominating ingredients of fatty cheeses and meats. Flavor is paramount, and Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook offers the richness of traditional regional flavors with enough gourmet flair to satisfy an adventurous cook.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 6:42am
Great Maria by Cecelia Holland

As Cecilia Holland’s historical romance Great Maria opens, our young and pretty heroine is doing what any well-bred medieval girl might be about on a blustery afternoon: visiting a religious shrine some miles from home and contemplating a life in the convent. Guarded as she is by a handful of her father’s knights, she cannot help noticing that one of them is extremely young and handsome... and that he has noticed her. But when a sudden vicious attack leaves her in dire peril, it is an older knight with cool gray eyes who defends her and brings her back to her father’s castle.

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:41pm
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Colin Fischer never goes anywhere without his notebook. Within the spiral-bound pages is his guide to understanding the world around him.

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:53pm
Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert
It’s Saturday afternoon on a working farm in the Midwest. Kids ride along as baled hay is taken to the barn. At 12:15 PM, lightning strikes a power line. That gets the attention of the people in the truck and the animals in the fields... and under the fields. In >Thunderstorm, by Arthur Geisert, there are almost no words, the only “words” are time signatures as the thunderstorm rolls across the farm, getting stronger and causing problems for everyone around.

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