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

Charlene Peterson
Salem Church, Saturday, December 3, 1:00 -3:00
Porter, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, January 28, 1:00 -3:00
England Run, Saturday, February 4, 1:00 -3:00
Meet Charlene Peterson, author of The Misadventures of Cowhead: Cowhead's Big Move. Cowhead is upset because she has to move away from her friends. She discovers is that meeting new friends can be challenging but fun, and that it's okay to be different. Charlene Peterson was born and raised in San Diego, but now lives in Fredericksburg, VA. She started writing creatively in high school and hasn't stopped. She is working on her third book about Cowhead.

Sandra Manigault​
England Run, Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, February 11,1:00 - 3:00
Sandra Manigault taught in Fairfax, NYC, and at Northern Virginia Community College from which she retired. She is the author of four books. As an advocate for new writers Sandra believes that every woman has a book in her. Sandra's memoir, Fragments of a Woman's Life and her new novel, Vanessa: a Love Story, will be featured. 

Jeannene Pettett Hall
England Run, Saturday, December 3, 1:00 -3:00
Headquarters, Saturday, December 10, 1:00 - 3:00
Porter, Saturday, December 17, 1:00 - 3:00
Snow, Saturday, January 7, 2:00 -4:00
Meet the author of Winifred and Maggie, their Music Adventure, in which a girl overcomes her shyness by participating in the one thing that she loves: music class. This book is for everyone that has ever felt shy.