Samantha Thomason

05/04/2012 - 1:26pm
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.

05/02/2012 - 5:05pm
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

05/02/2012 - 4:30pm
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:

02/22/2012 - 11:47am
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.

12/06/2011 - 11:06am
Howard Owen, Regional Novelist

This interview airs beginning December 7.
The fascinating characters that people Howard Owen’s novels generally live in North Carolina and Virginia. His plots and characters engage and engross the reader, from start to finish. Debby Klein talks with him about his writing, as a successful novelist and newspaperman, on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

11/07/2011 - 11:19am
CRRL Presents: Toni Crowder and Tessitura the Opera Clown

This interview airs beginning November 9.
With a dazzling voice, a horse named Wagner, and some clever props, Toni Crowder as Tessitura, the Opera Clown, is introducing young audiences to the world of opera. She gives us a taste of her performance in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.  

10/14/2011 - 3:31am
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Attention Maggie Stiefvater fans! Her newest book The Scorpio Races is coming soon:

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Place your hold now!

Not only is Maggie a talented author, but she also creates the artwork and music for her book trailers. Check out this one for The Scorpio Races. Visit Maggie's web site to find out more about her:

10/03/2011 - 1:53pm
CRRL Presents: William B. Crawley, Jr.

This interview airs beginning October 5.
Dr. Crawley is the Distinguished Professor of History who brings the story of the university to life. He is the author of author of University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History, 1908 to 2008. With fascinating anecdotes and an insider’s perspective, he talks with Debby Klein.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

10/03/2011 - 4:04pm
Food for Fines

During the week of October 16-22, for every canned good that you bring to your local library branch (nothing expired, nothing dented) we'll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!

1 canned item = $1.00 applied to one patron account.

Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials.

All donations benefit local area food banks.

No donations will be accepted before October 16 or after October 22.

09/26/2011 - 8:07am
eBooks now available for the Amazon Kindle!

eBooks for the KindleAt long last eBooks are now available for checkout for the Amazon Kindle®!

Over 900 eBooks are now available for the Kindle through our OverDrive Web site. Our new OverDrive eBook service is popular, so if you see a book that you want, but it's checked out, simply click the "Request It" link to place a hold. You'll be notified as soon as it's available.

This update allows almost all of our OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or by using free Kindle apps on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and other mobile devices. At launch, there will be a small number of PDF titles that are not yet available for Kindle. OverDrive and Amazon are working to reduce this number to achieve greater coverage.

All you need is an account (credit card NOT required) and your library barcode & pin to sign into your OverDrive account! (Contact us if you are unable to locate your barcode & pin. It is the same information you use to login to your account when using our library catalog.)

Give it a try!


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