Samantha Thomason

04/28/2010 - 11:45am

National Music Week is celebrated the first week in May and this year's theme is "Music ... A Key to the Future."
The CRRL will celebrate with recitals in the Headquarters Library lobby every evening. Posters and original music scores created by local music students will also decorate the stairwells.
The CRRL has participated in this annual event for many years, earning an Award of Merit from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

04/27/2010 - 3:46pm

Hennen's American Public Library Rankings (the HAPLR Index) recently ranked the CRRL fifth nationally and first in the state of Virginia amongst libraries serving 250,000 to 500,000 people. This ranking underscores the CRRL's cost-effective use of tax dollars in the provision of quality library service.

This year marks the 10th edition of the HAPLR Index, and the CRRL has been rated a Top Ten Library in five of those editions.

The 2010 HAPLR ratings are based on data collected from nearly 8,000 public libraries and focus on a library's circulation, checkouts, visits, staffing levels, funding and reference desk questions.

04/15/2010 - 1:55pm

Interested in Mah Jong? A group is forming that will gather at Snow on Tuesday afternoons to play simplified Mah Jong.

Instruction will be provided.  No experience necessary!

Please contact Snow branch manager Martha Hutzel, 540-507-7565, mhutzel@crrl.org if you are interested.

04/12/2010 - 10:48am

Gale/Cengage Learning, the publisher of the following databases, is offering library visitors free access during National Library Week:

Career Transitions — a new electronic resource offering a comprehensive guide to career change

Global Issues in Context — this online resource offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) — a new electronic resource offering authoritative reference content on the environment, energy, economic development and natural resources

Grzimek’s Animal Life — an interactive, media-rich online resource, with information on more than 4,000 species

Archives Unbound — a vast new resource of topically-focused, cross-searchable digital collections of historical documents

Check them out and contact us if you would like to see any added to the CRRL database collection.

04/22/2010 - 1:35pm

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book.  Check out his web site for younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. Browse our catalog for Neil's books for kids.

Take a look at these videos about two of Neil's newest books:

Blueberry Girl written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess

Instructions written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess
(not available until 4/27/2010)

04/09/2010 - 4:19pm

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book.  Check out his main web site, www.neilgaiman.com, and his web site for younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. Neil writes for all audiences - check out some of his books for teens.

Neil Gaiman loves libraries & we love him back! Kinda have a crush actually ...

Everyday during National Library week we'll be posting a Neil Gaiman related video on our teen Facebook page.

Here's a taste of what's to come - a great interview with Neil at home!

Celebrate with these National Library Week happenings:

Food for Fines - Monday, April 12 - Sunday, April 18:
Help local families in need and get a break on your fines. Find out more.

Celebrate National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, April 13:
Want to make our day? Just tell a library employee how much you love the library!

Celebrate "Support Teen Literature Day" - Thursday, April 15:
There's more to teen lit than Harry Potter and Twilight. Stop by your library and ask our young adult librarians for a recommendation or two or three ... they know their stuff!

Spring Book Sale - Saturday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 21:
... and the cherry on top ... our BIG spring book sale starts Saturday, April 17 (Friends of the Library preview Friday, April 16). Don't miss it!

04/09/2010 - 3:54pm

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. Not only is Neil Gaiman a gifted storyteller, he's also a great advocate for America's libraries. He's a frequent blogger (journal.neilgaiman.com) and very active on Twitter (twitter.com/neilhimself). He also has a web site targeting younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. See our catalog for Neil's works like Coraline, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, and many more.

Check out this great interview at home with Neil Gaiman. Did you know Neil Gaiman's first book was a biography of the 80's band Duran Duran?!

Celebrate with these National Library Week happenings:

Food for Fines - Monday, April 12 - Sunday, April 18:
Help local families in need and get a break on your fines. Find out more.

Celebrate National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, April 13:
Want to make our day? Just tell a library employee how much you love the library!

04/05/2010 - 2:00pm

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library present Music on the Library Steps ...

Headquarters Library, Mondays in June, July, & August - 7:00-8:00pm

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic supper. In case of rain concerts move into the library theater.

04/05/2010 - 12:20pm

Don't miss our huge semi-annual book sale at Headquarters, coming up Saturday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 21.

An amazing selection of books, cassettes, DVDs, albums, children's titles and so much more! You won’t be disappointed! Come early for best selection. Open during regular Library hours.

Preview Party: Friday, April 16, 7-9pm, for Friends of the Library
Join or update your membership at the door - a single membership is only $5, and a family is only $10!

Branch book sales:

Porter:
Friday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 7
Friday, May 7 - Wednesday, May 12

Salem Church:
Friday, April 16 - Thursday, April 22
Friday, May 21- Thursday, May 27

Snow:
Lobby Book Sale: All day, every day!

See our book sales page for more information.

03/09/2010 - 11:50am

This interview airs beginning March 10.
The Salem Church Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library completed an expansion project in early 2009, that creates wonderful new spaces to serve patrons of all ages. Debby Klein visits Branch Manager Barbara Davison to see the finished project, learn how this was accomplished, and find out what to expect in services and programs.

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