Michele Brown

04/01/2015 - 12:55pm
April is Financial Literacy Month

In support of National Financial Literacy Month, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will present a series of three free community workshops this April. All workshops are open to the public and will focus on managing money effectively.

“Money Goals Workshop” is presented in partnership with the Virginia Credit Union on practical strategies to set to meet financial goals. This event is on Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm.

“Better Budgeting through Couponing” will help you learn how to save on groceries, clothing, and other items. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 pm.  

The "Identity Theft Seminar” provides participants with a wealth of information on how to avoid identity theft and what to do if victimized. Join presenter Rex Hodgson, Sr., from the Virginia Credit Union, at this event on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 pm.

All programs will be held at the Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford. Sign-up is requested but not required. Call the Porter Branch at 540-659-4909 to sign up.

03/31/2015 - 8:38pm
Susanna Kearsley

One of our favorite authors is coming back to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and we’re doing our joyous happy dance! Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author and friend of the library, will join us for a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, April 9, as part of her national tour. Susanna is a lively, warm, and engaging speaker, who generously shares stories about her writing and her research—which takes her travelling to exotic locales.

03/27/2015 - 1:33pm
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer: "A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that 'suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.' He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster." (Book Summary)

If you like nonfiction accounts of survival like Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, then you may also like these titles:

Adrift: Seventy-six days lost at sea by Steven Callahan
The author recalls his seventy-six day ordeal adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in a five foot inflatable raft, after the sinking of his sailboat, recounting his problems surviving the weather, shark attacks, raft leaks, and food and water shortages.
 

Alive: The story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen made it off the mountain alive. For ten excruciating weeks they suffered deprivations beyond imagining, confronting nature head-on at its most furious and inhospitable. And to survive, they were forced to do what would have once been unthinkable ... This is their story -- one of the most astonishing true adventures of the twentieth century. (amazon.com)

03/30/2015 - 11:22am
My Librarian: Your Personal Reading Advisor

Connecting you, the reader, to your personally perfect books is a passion for CRRL librarians. It’s a skill for which we are trained and an art in which we take oh-so-much pleasure. We try to read in many genres and across many disciplines to better help readers find what they need. That’s the body of professional knowledge on which we draw.  

03/10/2015 - 3:34pm
CRRL-Con: A Comic Book Convention at Your Library!

Really, we know you've wished to be invisible, have x-ray vision, breathe underwater, travel through time and space, or wave your magic wand to save the day.  Well, the library is here to celebrate those dreams! 

We're staging a comic book convention with fun activities for everyone in the family—no one is too young or too old to enjoy CRRL-Con!  Mark your calendars for the big event on Saturday, April 25, 1-5 pm, at the England Run Branch, with a special appearance by Vader's  501st Legion. Hey, we're having a costume contest, so you can come as your favorite character, too!

03/10/2015 - 10:10am
2015 Art Films

Fans of cinematic special effects, rejoice!  In collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the library presents a lively discussion, complete with film clips, on cinema’s first wizard, Georges Méliès. Our speaker from the VMFA, Trent Nicholas, will entertain and educate, highlighting the works of Méliès from 1894 to 1913.  More than just crucial historical artifacts, his films reveal the foundation from which the styles and stories of the contemporary cinema would later rise.

The program, to be held at Headquarters Library on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 pm, is the first in the library’s 2015 Art Films series in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

08/29/2014 - 10:08pm
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson: "Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last but one day, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read. The diary is written by a woman named Suzanne and is addressed to her new baby boy, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about the joy he has brought her. As Katie reads this moving story, she realizes that the man she's fallen in love with is Suzanne's husband, Nicholas' father. She reads on, filled with terror and hope as she struggles to understand what happened and whether her new love can survive." (Book summary)

If you like relationship stories with strong, complex emotional impact, you may like these titles:

The amateur marriage: a novel by Anne Tyler
Tyler's ambitious sixteenth novel explores a weighty topic, the erosion of a marriage, over an unusually long period of time, 1941 to the present. Once again, you'll enjoy Tyler's trademark light yet insightful touch. The ill-fated couple at the story's center, Michael and Pauline, are as familiar as relatives-just "two good people who are bad for each other," as Tyler puts it. The point of view in the book's 10 chapters shifts from one family member to another, allowing sympathy for all.


The annunciation by Ellen Gilchrist
Follows the desires of Amanda McCarney: an unwed mother on a Mississippi Delta plantation at age fourteen, a wealthy New Orleans matron into her early forties, and now a divorced poetry student living in a university community in the Ozarks. When Amanda finds herself infatuated with an intense young musician, what at first appears to be a sexual intrigue becomes a grand and impossible passion that unfolds with striking parallels to the life of the eighteenth-century French poetess whose work she is translating. (Book description, amazon.com)

07/11/2014 - 10:04am
If You Like The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.  Available for adults, teens, and kids.

The Life of Pi is the winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. "Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?" (Book Description)

If you liked The Life of Pi, here are a few titles that you may find equally thought-provoking:

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul.  (Catalog summary)

 

Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
Visualizing a village, a hotel or an apartment building as a microcosm of society is not a new concept to writers, but few have invested their fiction with such luminous language, insight into character and grasp of cultural construct as Suri does in his debut. The inhabitants of a small apartment building in Bombay are motivated by concerns ranging from social status to spiritual transcendence while their alcoholic houseboy, Vishnu, lies dying on the staircase landing. During a span of 24 hours, Vishnu's body becomes the fulcrum for a series of crises, some tragic, some farcical, that reflect both the folly and nobility of human conduct....By turns charming and funny, searing and poignant, dramatic and farcical, this fluid novel is an irresistible blend of realism, mysticism and religious metaphor, a parable of the universal conditions of human life. (Nicole Aragi, Publishers Weekly)

 

06/30/2014 - 1:37pm
What Matters to You?  Only One More Week to Tell Your Story!

They are deliciously varied—funny, philosophical, whimsical, analytical, soulful, self-deprecating, wise—but all the essays submitted to date for our Believe Write Share project have this in common: they are open and honest expressions of the core values that guide our neighbors' daily lives. Read a selection of them here, and consider sharing your beliefs with us. Your 350-500 word essay (easy-peasy short!) may be featured on the library's website, and you may be invited to share it at a community reading in August.  

Intrigued? Dive into and enjoy our FAQs and fine print here. Biggest FAQ:  Deadline for submission is July 7!

06/01/2014 - 3:01am
Join the Big Library Read and Take the OverDrive Challenge!

Help the library win $1,500 in new eBooks by meeting the OverDrive Challenge! If we download more than 7,065 eBooks in June—besting our previous monthly downloading record by 25%—OverDrive will give us $1,500 worth of new titles.

To jump-start the challenge, the library is participating in the Big Library Read, a global event sponsored by OverDrive. From June 3rd to 18th, you can download A Pedigree to Die For, the first book in Laurien Berenson’s unusual and fascinating Melanie Travis Mystery series. This is an opportunity for users from all over to read the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

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