Samantha Thomason

The Atrium Gallery: Lorie McCown

Prairie Poetry by Lorie McCown

Lorie McCown holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach, and attended San Diego State University's Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, yarn and fiber. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Fiber works by Lorie McCown will be on display in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery through June.
 

Take Refuge

Take Refuge, $175

Friday Book Flick: The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

The mercury may be rising here in Virginia, but The Snowman, an eerie tale from hot Norwegian author Jo Nesbø about a serial killer who marks each death with a sinister snowman, is sure to send chills down your spine.

Place your hold now!

Friday Book Flick: Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries novel by Candace Bushnell

Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries novel by Candace Bushnell

Before the Manolo Blahniks and Cosmopolitans Carrie Bradshaw was just a small town girl trying to make it in the Big Apple ... check out Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries novel, the sequel to The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell.

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Fredericksburg Area Museum Seeking 9/11 Memories

Twin Towers, American flag in background

The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center is preparing for a new exhibition, "Fredericksburg Remembers 9/11," to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The museum wants to partner with our community and is asking you to share your memories.

The exhibit will focus on these themes:
 

  • first responders at the Pentagon or World Trade Center
  • anyone who was an eyewitness to the attacks
  • airline pilots who were on duty/flying that day
  • local citizens and their experiences at school, work, or home as the events of the day unfolded
  • aftermath stories
  • the Muslim members of our community and what their experiences have been as they relate to the day of the attacks and the months and years following
  • how far we have come in the ten years since the attacks and how our every day lives have changed - for example stricter airport security and our involvement in wars overseas

Do you have stories, original objects, and images you might consider sharing?

CRRL Presents: Fred Franklin, A Life in the Theater

Fred Franklin

This interview airs beginning May 18.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fred Franklin was recognized for his work with young people as an outstanding drama teacher for 38 years. He talks about his career and his approach to life with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

The Atrium Gallery: Barbara T. Preston and Priscilla Young

Sea Poetry, Nova Scotia by Barbara Thelin Preston

Paintings by Priscilla Young and Barbara Thelin Preston are featured in the Headquarters Library Atrium Gallery through May.

Priscilla Young

In my memories, moments of delight have involved an observation, which often occurs during an insignificant event; the emergence of a cicada from its cocoon, the motionless stance of a prayting mantis, the wild flight of horned beetles around a solitary night light from my bedroom window, or the translucent body of a small putty colored lizard in my hand.

The first decade of my life was spent in Southeast Asia where some of my most vivid images are of insects. I recall unworldly colors and shapes, and the constant background song whose volume rises and falls as the day unfolds.

My most recent watercolors are an attempt to celebrate these memories, which were triggered by visits to the Naturalist Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Currently, I have been consolidating a collection of naturally expired insects for reference in the studio.

Praying Mantis by Priscilla Young

Praying Mantis
Acrylic on canvas, $550

ReachOut Reads: Books for Tough Topics

Reachout Reads web page

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Reachout.com and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) have teamed up to offer ReachOut Reads, a selection of YA fiction titles that address tough topics like bullying, depression, eating disorders, self-mutilation and suicide. Throughout May, Reachout.com will also be hosting a series of live chats with YA authors. Visit  reachout.com/reachoutreads for more information.

New eAudiobooks: May 2011

One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

In April we've added 30 adult titles, 24 of which are are available in MP3 format (suitable for iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc.). We also received 7 new children's/young adult titles (3 available in MP3). Check out our most recent additions!

Browse our newest downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog, or go directly to the NetLibrary web site (free account needed) or Media Center (install required) to download. If you don't have a NetLibrary account, follow these simple instructions to create one.

New eAudiobooks for May

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month by attending our Teen Poetry Night at the Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street, downtown Fredericksburg.

Join us for poetry readings by the winners of our Teen Poetry Contest and by our host and contest judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson.

In addition to winning the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and being a former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Emerson was recently inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers and awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

We're very lucky she's still willing to find time in her busy schedule to spend with budding local teen poets!

For grades 7 to adult.  Call 372-1144 for more information.

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

The winners are chosen (anonymously) by University of Mary Washington professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson.

Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 12, 2011.
Winners are selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30-9:00

We had over 350 entries this year! Here are the winners ...