CRRL has earned the Library Journal four-star Star Library rating for the third year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service nine years ago. This year, CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating.
The Library Journal index groups U.S. public libraries by operating expenditures, then rates them based on physical materials circulation, electronic circulation, branch visits, program attendance, and public computer use. The 2016 Library Journal index is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data for FY14.
Kathryn Miller, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees congratulated CRRL Director Martha Hutzel, saying "CRRL continues to set the bar for public libraries in Virginia."
Chris Glover, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s (CRRL) Assistant Director for Technology, is the winner of the first Public Library Innovator Award given by the Virginia Library Association. This award recognizes public librarians or public library project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of a public library in Virginia through an innovative project, program, or service.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold their annual meeting on Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 PM, at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street. Refreshments will be served. If you are not currently a Friend, you can join at the door or online.
Ronnie Sidney, author of two graphic novels for young readers, Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress, will be the guest speaker. Growing up in Tappahannock, Sidney struggled with ADHD and was placed in special education classes. This experience inspired him to write the autobiographical Nelson Beats the Odds and to reach out to young people coping with disabilities. Sidney’s third book, R.I.P. RaShawn, will be published this fall. Sidney’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Community Give on Tuesday, May 3, was a huge success for nonprofits in the Rappahannock region. Generous donors gave over a million dollars to local organizations throughout the day.
The Friends of the Library participated for the second year and were thrilled with our final tally. Sixty-six library lovers donated a total of $3906--more than twice the amount raised last year!
The Friends extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who gave on May 3, with a special thank-you to Dr. Lynne Richardson. Dr. Richardson, Dean of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington, gave $1,000--the largest donation of the day--in honor of CRRL's new director, Martha Hutzel.
Donations received through The Community Give will support the purchase of books and other library materials; early literacy programming, including summer reading; and STEM classes and MakerLabs.
Again, thank-you, to all our donors! The Friends look forward to participating in 2017.
Congratulations to Tricia McDermott who held the winning ticket in our Friends of the Library Mother’s Day quilt raffle! She took home a beautiful 1930s quilt featuring the Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern. The raffle raised a total of $1745 for the Donna Cote Memorial Fund, established in honor of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s longtime Director, which will provide books for incarcerated youth at the Rappahannock Juvenile Center.
Off to a foreign clime this summer? Learn the language with Mango, a free, fast, and convenient online course available with your library card. Mango language lessons combine real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application. Users learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture through simulated conversations, and interactive films.
There are more than 57 foreign languages courses available. Try Arabic, Scottish Gaelic, Swahili, or, CRRL librarians’ favorite, Pirate, in addition to the usual - Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Italian. There are also scholarly and religious languages - Latin, Ancient Greek, Koine Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. For non-English speakers, there are 17 English as a Second Language courses.
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This interview airs beginning December 19.
We visit the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, at Maury Commons, to talk to two of its founders, Tony and Patricia Kent. The Center houses an extensive collection of documents, photographs, and records that give us insight into the lives and events of generations gone by. Debby Klein interviews the Kents on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.
This interview airs beginning December 5.
Spending time with Dan Finnegan gave us the opportunity to talk about his work as a potter and learn about the creation of one of the largest art centers in this area, the LibertyTown Arts Workshop. Debby Klein talks with Dan about the diverse artists whose studios occupy LibertyTown and the many opportunities available to all who visit there on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production. This interview was recorded in 2008.