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Local Authors & The Library

CollectionsLocal authors

The library curates a circulating collection of works by authors residing in the CRRL service area and adjacent counties. Library visitors will find works by local authors through the library catalog and on occasional READ LOCAL displays at all branches.

Authors, if you would like us to consider adding your work, just leave a donated copy at the Research desk at any branch with this form attached. Print out the form (PDF) to accompany your book.

Please understand that we are unable to return copies not selected.


We know you would like to make the public aware of your work. Authors are invited to book space in all CRRL branches for informal Local Author @ the Library book signings and book sales at tables in the lobby. If you schedule your visit at least 4 months ahead, we can include your appearance in the promotional listings of branch events. To schedule a signing, contact Lee Criscuolo at or by calling 540-899-1703.

Meet Local Authors at the Library

Anais Hawkins
Porter, Saturday, August 20, 1:00 - 3:00
Inspired by her favorite authors as a child, Anaїs began to write and create worlds of her own in hopes that each reader will find their own place and life lessons among them. In her novel, Anti-Cinderella, Anya dreams of reuniting with her childhood love, Prince Holden, and living happily ever after. When a handsome, mysterious, nobleman approaches her with a deal Anya finally has her chance, but the road to the prince's heart is not nearly as treacherous as the Cinderella's, or as deadly as royal secrets. She's willing to fight for her dream, but can she kill for it?

Lew Steinhoff
Headquarters, Saturday, August 13, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet Lew Steinhoff, author of the children's book series featuring Jacques, the bear. Lew Steinhoff is a father of four who loves telling stories. His books about Jacques teach children life-lessons based on his own experiences. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.



Willie Brown
Porter, Saturday, August 6, 1:00 - 3:00
England Run, Saturday, September 10, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, September 17, 1:00 - 3:00
Salem Church, Saturday, September 24, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet the author of United States Colored Troop: Importance in Civil War. Mr. Brown has a master's degree in education, and a passionate interest in the contributions African American soldiers made in the Civil War.

Melanie Bonita
Snow, Saturday, August 13, 1:00 - 3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, August 20, 1:00 - 3:00
Salem Church, Saturday, August 27, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, September 3, 1:00 - 3:00
England Run, Saturday, September 17, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet a #1 Amazon Bestselling author, award-winning international inspirational speaker, faith coach, prophetic dancer, gospel fitness instructor, poet, financial business consultant, U.S. Army veteran, and community leader. Melanie has written three books to help people become more determined, dedicated, and driven to achieve their dreams and destiny: Daily Dose of Determination, Daily Dose of Decisions, and Daily Dose of Divine Inspiration for Mothers.