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 lcriscuolo@crrl.org or by calling 540-899-1703.

Meet Local Authors at the Library

Willie Brown
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
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.

Barb Gatewood
Headquarters, Saturday, September 10, 1:00 - 3:00
Meet the author of Lopi: Abandoned. This modern day detective story is set in historic Fredericksburg, and features the four adolescent members of the League of Paranormal Investigators. Barb is a retired teacher of 35 years.