LibraryPoint Blog

Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:40pm
Cover to Bear's Picture

Even without a visit to a local art museum, young children can be exposed to great art. Picture books offer not just great stories, but are a feast of color, movement, and images that stimulate not only children’s brains, but also their creativity. When selecting these books, make a conscious effort to choose a variety of styles, not just those that immediately appeal to you, and let your child pick some as well. Broad exposure will excite the imagination! In the following titles, art and story combine for terrific and creative books that are bound to inspire.

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:08pm
Dream Big, Live Tiny

Tiny houses are all the rage, and now you can see why for yourself. A model tiny home will be set up at the Salem Church Branch on  Monday, May 16, from 4:00-7:00 for you to tour, courtesy of Tiny House Building Company. Staff will be on site to answer questions. Explore how living with less can be comfortable, rewarding, and economical. Complete your visit by checking out some of our books on tiny houses!  

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 1:25pm
Renew All Is Here

Our online catalog has a new feature to help your renew your materials faster: the Renew All button, located at the top right of your Checked Out page. Whether you have out 1 or 111 items, you can now renew them with just a couple of clicks and receive speedy notification of any items that cannot be renewed. 

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:21pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Comics Enthusiast and Podcaster Nick Stephens

"I live in Fredericksburg with my wife, and I have a Chihuahua and a Brussels griffon. I play in a rock band called Sequels, and I host a podcast called Comic Cons about anything comic book-related where we review comic book movies. I also host a podcast called Real to Really?!? about movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s."

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 7:53am
Free Wills for Seniors and Resource Fair

Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc. will hold a resource fair and offer free wills-for-seniors sessions at the England Run Branch on Monday, May 16, from 9:30 - 3:00. Seniors over 60 who are interested in participating in these one-on-one sessions are required to preregister as space is limited. For eligiblity and screening, please contact Carolyn Ross at 540-371-1105, ext. 111 or cross@rapplegal.com. Looking for general information about wills? Check out our resource list, Writing Your Will.

The Senior Resource Fair is open to all and will include representatives from Rappahannock Legal Services, Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging, the disAbility Resource Center, and Quin Rivers (housing, finances, physical and mental well-being). Steven Scheibe from AARP/Triad will also be on hand to answer questions.

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:50pm
“No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou” by Rhonda Gowler Greene

You’ve probably heard the rumors, the ones that say that libraries and print books aren’t as popular as they once were, but as the oft mangled quote from Mark Twain says, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”  A not too long ago study by the Pew Research Center on the Future of Libraries, reinforces our experiences.

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:44am
Calling All Comic Artists and Fans!

During May, the Salem Church Branch will host a Comic Art Show, a CRRL-Con event. If you are a comic artist, here’s your chance to display your powerful artistic talents and share your work with the community!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 8:33am
My Librarian: Beat & Counterculture Reads

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.

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:28pm
Poems, poems, everywhere. No analyzing required.

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.

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 2:35pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Financial Advisor and City Councilman Brad Ellis

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.

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