On April 15, 1912 the British luxury liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. About 1500 lives were lost in this terrible tragedy that captivated the world in its aftermath. In 1985, the Titanic was discovered "lying upright in two pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of about 4,000 m (about 13,000 feet)." (Britannica). A 1993 expedition enabled salvagers to recover several hundred artifacts from the rusting wreck.
The library has many books and movies that explore, through fiction and non-fiction, the Titanic's voyage and demise. A keyword search in the catalog reveals selections for all age groups. A new book, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, is on order and looks promising.
We were recently interviewed for possible inclusion in a book about word-of-mouth-marketing. The authors are intrigued with how we market our library services and resources not just to our patrons, but also to our funding organizations, other libraries, and other organizations. For example, staff have used free software programs to create a video entitled "Who Needs the Public Library?," which you can view on YouTube in our crrlvideo "channel."
Digital photographs by Susan Kreig are on exhibit in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through April.
As a photographer, my two main areas of interest are at different ends of the movement spectrum- still life and animals. I take still life images because I love the details, and I take animal photographs because I love watching and interacting with animals.
This interview airs beginning April 8.
Shirley Heim has already been recognized for a lifetime of achievements, but she hasn’t stopped yet. Debby Klein talks to Shirley about her love for and dedication to education and worldwide community service.
Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Fréjus, France, have been sister cities, promoting cultural exchange, since 1980. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Fredericksburg Sister City Association, in the two cities' first exchange between libraries, this week welcome the Fréjus municipal library's Catherine Lecat, director, and Christine Ortuno, manager of the adult reading room and rare books collection, for a week of Libraries, American Style.
Libraries are all about access to information, so this seems an appropriate place to point you to the Virginia Coalition for Open Government's call for nominations for their Freedom of Information awards.
"Do you know someone who works hard to keep government open and accountable? Have you read an article, seen a television show or heard a radio program that helped you understand the importance of government records and meetings? Has someone in local or state government demonstrated a real commitment to citizen access to government information?"
Collage Artist Joni Ulman Lewis is a dumpster diver, a flea market fiend, and a confirmed pack rat. Nostalgia and repurposing are important elements in her work. View her work through March in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.
Librarians are always eager to help people. That’s what we do. But the secret is out. Hundreds of people stop by our busy reference desks every day, and knowing that you’ll get the personal attention you’d like at a time set aside for you sometimes works best with an appointment. We encourage you to try out our special one-on-one offerings. Give us a call. If another time fits better for you, just ask. Perhaps we can accommodate. We’re here for you.
One of the first things hearing parents ask themselves when they discover they have deaf children is how they will communicate with them, and how, eventually, will their children communicate with the world. The decision is not an easy one. There are many factors to consider, including how much hearing remains, whether or not a cochlear implant will be an option, and whether or not the child has additional educational issues. Proponents of each communication approach have what seem to be ironclad arguments as to why their way is the best.
John Cephas died at his home in Woodford, Virginia, on Wednesday, March 4, at the age of 78.
The Caroline County resident was a nationally recognized blues singer and guitarist who played many local venues with singer and harmonica player Phil Wiggins--including the summertime Music on the Steps series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Bluemont concerts.