For years I tried to keep a reading journal next to my bed, ready to record my reading adventures. I'd start one, lose it, and begin another. Last Christmas I purchased Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Journal with high hopes of chronicling my 2008 book list. I haven't seen it for a while now, but I seem to remember the two-year-old running away with it, Sharpie in hand.
Obviously, this mom of four needs a different solution--something that a toddler can't deface with indelible ink and is not easily absconded with. So I looked for an online solution. It turns out that there are several rich social networking and personal-library-recording Web sites out there. I am going to talk about my two favorites: LibraryThing and GoodReads.
The library is participating in a Web survey hosted by the University of Washington's Information School. The purpose is to see how people are using the public library's Internet and computer services, and to then use that data to improve these services in the future. Please take 10-15 minutes to answer these brief, anonymous, and simple questions. If you need more information, visit the project's Web site here.
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.
Blogs, a contraction of "Weblogs," are the common person's publishing tool. You can sign up for a free blog account today and immediately start publishing your daily journal, random musings, orderly lists of books, or favorite recipes. Anything and everything has been tucked into millions of blogs all over the Web.
Virginia Johnson, CRRL's Web content librarian, was awarded 1st place at the state level and 3rd place at the National level in the "Writing for the Web" category of the National Federation of Press Women's 2007 competition.
Tutor.com awarded CRRL the Live Homework Help Innovator Award in October 2006 for its unique custom-designed candy wrappers. "What do teachers need most during the school year? Chocolate! The Central Rappahannock Regional Library sends a candy bar to almost 8,000 teachers in more than 70 schools in their service area every August.
Donna Cote, CRRL Director, was named as President 2006 of the Virginia Public Library Director's Association. The Rappahannock Mediation Center awarded Donna Cote one of the first Community Peacemaking Awards on January 25, 2006. In September, Cote was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia.
Martha Baden was named Library Media Specialist of the Year 2005-2006 by the Virginia Educational Media Association.
Lena Gonzalez Berrios, a Youth Services Librarian, is serving on Capitol Choices and is the co-chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Virginia Library Association.