Christie Hoerneman

06/27/2018 - 12:19am
Cover to an issue of Conde Nast Traveler

In my last column, I wrote about how a library card gives you access to eBooks and eAudio regardless of where you are in the world or what time of day or night you are looking for something new to read. EBooks and eAudio are just the tips of the iceberg of the library resources you can access at all hours of the day, from all over the world.

08/24/2018 - 3:50pm
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Exhibit

Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host the traveling exhibit for this year’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History August 23-September 29, at Fredericksburg Branch. The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Dominion Energy, honors seven distinguished African American leaders annually by recognizing them as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. According to the Library of Virginia, these individuals, past and present, are chosen based on their “contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions."

06/27/2018 - 8:44am
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

As I'm 36,000 feet in the air working on writing my column, I thought that now would be a good time to write about the ways the library can travel with people on their summer vacations. Having eBooks and eAudio available to me 24/7 is so useful when I find that I am in need of something to read or listen to.

The great thing about traveling with the library on your phone or tablet is that wifi and a data connection are not necessary to read books or to listen to audiobooks that are already downloaded to your device. It also means that I don’t have to tote around the weight of lots of books; I'm one of those readers who has five or six books checked out at one time just in case I finish a book early or am not in the mood to read a book I started.

06/01/2018 - 2:00pm
Virginia Women in History Exhibition: Gaye Adegbalola

Women have played important parts in Virginia's history but have not always been recognized for their achievements. Each year, the Library of Virginia recognizes eight notable women through the Virginia Women in History program and exhibition.

06/26/2018 - 2:10pm
Cover to Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Cons. The shortened word for fan conventions can elicit excitement from die-hard fans or head-scratching from people who have never been to one or even know what they are. Some cons focus on a particular genre, such as science fiction or anime; whereas, other conventions can be specific to a fandom, which is a subculture of people who share a common interest and camaraderie around a particular topic, such as a television series or book series.

The library is a great resource for all things fandom, and, to celebrate the area’s love of science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, graphic novels, and more, the library is holding its fourth convention, CRRL-Con, at the Howell Branch on Saturday, May 19, 1:00-4:00. The event has a costume contest for children, teens, and adults; local artists; crafts; photo and video booths; films; and more. The event is free, and it is a great way to spend the afternoon with family and friends or to come out and meet others.

For someone new to cons, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin in exploring a new genre, so listed below are some great novels to begin with.

04/04/2018 - 2:01am
Book Corner: The Library is a Great Place to Start for Financial Finesse

Some people seem to inherently understand finances. They can create budgets, savings plans and retirement plans and adhere to them effortlessly. No matter how much I wish that I was one of these people, I am not. However, when I began my career, I quickly came to realize that without a budget or plans for my financial future that my dreams of owning a home, traveling the country, and retiring and not having to worry about money were never going to come to fruition. Luckily, I work at a library that surrounds me every day with the resources I need to plan for and attain my goals.

03/16/2018 - 10:18am
Alzheimer's Association Support Group for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at the Howell Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 11-12:30, except May 28. Other related programs include:

03/12/2018 - 9:52am
Book Corner: Branch out from your typical fare for fun, rewarding reads

Most of the time, I look at the books on the library’s shelves and am excited at the prospect of finding my new favorite book. However, every once in a while, I look at all of the books and become dejected, knowing that there are thousands and thousands of amazing books published that I will not have the time to read.

So, when I am looking for something new to read in my limited time—and, contrary to popular belief, librarians do not get to read all day at work—I ask myself, should I reread a favorite? Should I read a title or author in my favorite genre? Or, should I branch out and read a book that is different from my normal choice?

02/15/2018 - 2:25pm
Book Corner: February is the perfect time to check out these award-winning works

One of the great perks of being a librarian is that you are surrounded by people who are as passionate about books as you are. I have found that books are a great way to connect with other people and that the shared experience of having read the same author or similar titles can help create lifelong friends. While taking a tour of the Croatian islands during my honeymoon, a fellow passenger and I bonded over our mutual love of Octavia Butler. The other passengers stared curiously at us as we talked a hundred miles a minute and gesticulated wildly because we could not contain our love for Butler and her award-winning books. Thinking back on that conversation, I considered some of the other great authors I look forward to reading throughout the year and especially during February to celebrate African American History Month.

03/17/2017 - 4:06pm
Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My!

Investing for the first time or changing your allocations can be very confusing. It’s hard to know if your choices have a good outlook or if they have had a dismal performance in the past.

The library can help with that! All library cardholders have access to Morningstar Investment Research Center, which provides expert insight on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the library will be hosting a class, Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My, on the basics of Morningstar Investment Research Center. This class will be held at England Run Branch on Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30, and at Salem Church Branch on Monday, April 17, 6:30-7:30.

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