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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
11/04/2013 - 3:37pm

Author Jean Fritz has written many books that kids enjoy. They’re often funny and full of adventure and always have great characters. They’re also pretty much absolutely true. Jean specializes in history books, especially people’s life stories. As a biographer, she tries to get to know the people and the times in which they lived through research including reading their own words. Then she takes all that history and turns it around in her mind until it becomes a story her readers will enjoy.

11/04/2013 - 1:18pm
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

Zombie Baseball Beatdown appears to have been written exclusively to combine the undead with baseball bats—in the most splattery combination possible. This does not make Paolo Bacigalupi's first book for middle grade readers bad. In fact, he manages to inject some pretty great commentary into this wild zombie romp.

11/02/2013 - 10:28am
Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths

About a year-and-a-half ago, I wrote a blog post entitled "Common Computer Myths" that sought to debunk some of the misinformation I hear frequently regarding computers. Well, I'm always running into new techno-falsehoods, so for your consideration: "Even More Common Computer and Tech Myths" and their realities!

11/04/2013 - 4:25pm
World Book Night, April 23, 2014 logo

Start the New Year by joining the CRRL in giving a wonderful book—or two or twenty—to those who may not be familiar with the joys of reading.  Sign up by January 5, 2014, to receive multiple copies of amazing books.  The only catch: they cannot be resold. Neither are they to keep for yourself or your bibliophile friends.  They are to be given away with joyful hearts, as an invitation to the world of reading.  There’s no charge to be a book giver, but you do need to apply.

10/31/2013 - 3:54pm
CRRL Mobile MakerLab

The CRRL Mobile MakerLab is making its way to you in November!

Come by for an interactive demonstration of new and innovative technology including a 3-D printer. All ages welcome!

Snow, Monday, November 4, 2-4pm
Headquarters, Tuesday, November 5, 4-6pm
Montross, Tuesday, November 12, 2-4pm
Cooper, Wednesday, November 13, 2-4pm
Newton, Monday, November 18, 2-4pm
England Run, Tuesday, November 19, 2-4pm
Porter, Tuesday, November 26, 3-5pm
Salem Church, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 3-5pm

Chris demonstrates our 3D printer

10/31/2013 - 3:51pm
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

How far would you go to make sure you had milk in your refrigerator? Might you outsmart a spaceship full of aliens looking to remodel your planet? Would you dare face off against bloodthirsty pirates? How about climbing into a time-traveling hot air balloon invented by a genius stegosaurus? Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman has these things and so much more. 

10/31/2013 - 2:34pm
Local author William Tang
Tales of the DragonLocal author William Tang, writing under the pen name of Tang Long, is the author of Pets Only, a novel about a restaurant run by pets, and Tales of the Dragon, and anthology of Chinese legends, fables, and historical anecdotes.
 
Mr.Tang also writes the "Tales of the Dragon" online column for the Washington Times. 
 
He will discuss Chinese history and current events.
 
Signed copies of his books will be available.
 
Monday, November 18 - Porter Branch, 7:00-8:30pm
Tuesday, November 19 - Headquarters Library, 7:00-8:30pm
Monday, November 25 - England Run Branch, 7:00-8:30pm
10/30/2013 - 3:02am
Cover to Songs for Drella

Rock music provocateur Lou Reed passed away this week at age 71. Best known for his work with the proto-punk band The Velvet Underground, Reed supplied tough, gritty lyrics while John Cale offered up a dissonant musical journey unlike any heard at the time. Reed and Cale went on to make some transcendent solo albums as well, but my favorite collaboration of theirs will always be Songs For Drella.

10/28/2013 - 3:57pm
Fall Books

Our dog Archie may be mostly blind and have hips that decide he needs to sit down mid-stride, but this time of year, the moment he steps outside he’s like a pup again. Head and tail up, he treks jauntily around the yard enjoying the cool air and its accompanying breeze. I know just how he feels! Although my step isn’t as jaunty, I, too, am at my most puppyish in the fall. Put a pile of leaves in my path or anywhere I can easily reach, and I will joyfully kick my way to the other side.  

10/28/2013 - 3:02am
Challengers of the Unknown cover

Many people enjoy reading DC Comics’ classic Batman and Superman books, but often forgotten are the other series that were produced during the 1950s and 1960s, the “Silver Age” of comic books. One such series is Challengers of the Unknown, and it is sad that it has been mostly forgotten because it contains many exciting adventures with striking artwork and a panoply of bizarre monsters for the heroes to confront. For readers willing to put up with some of the more dated aspects of its storytelling, Challengers of the Unknown is an enjoyable trip back in time to DC’s Silver Age.