Samantha Thomason

Learn fast with Mango Languages

Mango Languages: For Desktop & Mobile Use

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.

Wowbrary Highlights our Newest Titles

Wowbrary

Find out what's coming to a library near you by signing up for Wowbrary's weekly email newsletter.

These weekly emails highlight CRRL's most recent acquisitions: books, videos, updated editions, and more!
Each email features 20 top choices. For more new titles, simply click on the subjects to the left (like "DVDs," "Non-Fiction: Biographies & Memoirs," "Personal Growth: Health, Mind & Body").

To place a hold on any item just click the "Borrow" button. Most items will be on order and not immediately available, but you'll get a head start on the hold list!  Give it a try!

CRRL Presents: The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, Regional History Preserved

Debby interviews Tony and Patricia Kent

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.

CRRL Presents: Dan Finnegan, Inspired Potter and Champion of LibertyTown Arts Workshop

Dan Finnegan

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.

CRRL Offers More eBooks with Freading

Freading - A New Look at eBook Lending

Thanks to the Library of Virginia, CRRL customers now have access to more eBooks via Freading.

To browse and check out eBooks, visit our Freading web site, and log in using your library barcode and four digit pin number.

 

Quick FAQs:

  • Freading is a token based platform. Each customer gets 4 tokens per week. These roll over for 4 weeks, for a maximum of 16 tokens, and then they leave your account. A week is Monday to Sunday from  midnight, EST.
  • Books cost 4, 2, or 1 token(s). In general, this is based on how new a book is.
  • Checkout period is 2 weeks. Books can be renewed once for "free" or for a number of tokens depending on the title.
  • Freading allows simultaneous use of titles, so no holds necessary!

CRRL Presents: Dylan Pritchett, Storytelling With a Purpose

Dylan Pritchett

This interview airs beginning July 4.
Dylan Pritchett’s African and African-American folktales and music bring history to life for audiences, young and old. His stories are lasting and universal and relate to the experiences of everyday life. Dylan chats with Debby Klein and shows us how he brings the story to life on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library Production.

Cultivating Community Events this Saturday

Bunch of asparagus

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Farmer's Markets, 9am-noon

If you're at the Fredericksburg or Spotsylvania Farmer's Market this Saturday, May 5, stop by and say "hi!" to a librarian. We'll have fun activities for the kids and cookbooks for you! We'll be at both markets the first Saturday of each month through August.

England Run “Library Blossoms” Plant Sale, 9am-noon

The second annual Friends of the Library plant sale featuring hanging plants from local grower, Dominion Growers.  These plants were gorgeous last year, value-priced, and sold out in 2 hours.  This is your chance to pick up a Mother’s Day gift or create an instant decorative garden.

We hope to see you out and about this Saturday! Check out more Cultivating Community events here like our upcoming film series.

La Petite Auberge's Vegetable Tartlet with Bell Pepper Coulis and Mache Greens

La Petite Auberge's Vegetable Tartlet

This recipe for a beautiful, savory veggie tartlet comes courtesy of La Petite Auberge in downtown Fredericksburg.

Owned and operated by the Renault family, La Petite has been a Fredericksburg favorite sine 1981. La Petite's menu often features local seafood and produce:

"We take full advantage of the wonderful local delicacies such as Shad Roe in mid to late winter, Soft Shell Crab in the summer and Rockfish year round. We buy our produce from the local farmers during the growing season. Our menus are composed daily and change according to the market and seasons."
Find out more about the menu and chefs at La Petite Auberge.

La Petite Auberge
540-371-2727
www.lapetiteaubergefred.com

Papa Weaver's Breakfast Casserole

Papa Weaver's Pork

Seventh generation farmer, Tom Weaver, is the man behind Papa Weaver's Pork Products. From their family farm in Orange County, Virginia, situated on land originally owned by President James Madison, Tom and his family bring you fine pork products free of preservatives, additives, chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics.

This easy and delicious breakfast casserole recipe from Papa Weaver's Pork would be great  for a Mother's Day or Father's Day brunch.

Papa Weaver's Breakfast Casserole

  • 2 c. cooked Papa Weaver’s ground sausage, drained
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 c. Bisquick mix
  • 2 c. milk

Place meat and cheese in bottom of greased pan.

Mix remaining ingredients and pour on top of meat and cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Check out Papa Weaver's web site for more recipes: www.papaweaver.com/recipes.htm

www.papaweaver.com
papaweaver@papaweaver.com
540-672-1552

CRRL Presents: Sarah Ferrell - Devoted to Dogs

Sarah Ferrell - Devoted to Dogs

This interview airs beginning February 22.
Sarah Ferrell's love for dogs, their care and her perception are expressed in her award winning writings. She shares her knowledge of dog and human behavior in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.