Holiday Closing: All branches will be closed starting at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 25 and continuing Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Mary Buck

10/05/2015 - 1:56pm
Join Us for the Library Walk

Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the Germanna Volkssport Association will host the fun and free Library Walk at the Porter Branch on Saturday, October 17. You can walk a 5-kilometer trail or a 10-kilometer trail and get in shape while exploring the neighborhood. You may start your walk any time between 9:30 and 12:30 and take as long as you need to finish. Maps of the trails will be available in the lobby. Pick up a bag of trail mix to take on the walk while supplies last!

09/25/2015 - 3:04pm
The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

In 2011, Jennifer Pharr Davis set a record by hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in 46 days. In her book, Called Again: A Story of Love, she shares what she learned there about the importance of planning, perseverance, teamwork, and faith, as well as the lessons that the rest of her life has taught her. Ms. Davis was named the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for her feat and has since gone on to found her own company, Blue Ridge Hiking.

Learn more about Ms. Davis when she talks about her insights at the Porter Branch on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00. Refreshments will be served. Look for signed copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

09/08/2015 - 11:23am
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Library

Ahoy, Mateys! Talk Yerself Into a Coupon! On Saturday, the 19th o' SeptembARrrrr, 'tis Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. If ye natter to a library crew member like a scurvy pirate, yer gonna receive a jolly coupon fer a doubloon ($1) off yer fines or for one free book from the Buckoes of the Library booksale.* Not sure how a band o' pirates speak? No worries! Ye can learn how usin' Mango Languages at our research portal.

*One coupon per sailor!

Translation: Hello, Friends! Talk yourself into a coupon! Saturday, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day at the library. If you talk to a library employee like a pirate, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off your fines or for one free book from the Friends of the Library booksale.*  Brush up on your Pirate using Mango Languages at  *One coupon per customer!

09/04/2015 - 4:07pm
Meet the Moon

Join us at the Porter Branch on Saturday, September 19, for an open house from 7:00-8:30 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. This event is presented in partnership with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club, for school age through adult.

The fun includes:

-Viewing our nearest neighbor, up close and personal, through telescopes

-Books and videos you can check out to learn more about the moon

-Photo and Video Booths--have fun using props to celebrate our celestial neighbor

-Hands-on educational activities for kids, including a 3-D printer and robotics toys

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.

05/11/2015 - 11:47am
Cover to Love, Bake, Nourish

I'm not a great cook, and I don't have a lot of time to cook. But I love, love, love browsing cookbooks! Here are some of our recently acquired cookbooks that have the one thing I require: great photos. I may never make any of the recipes, but, thanks to these cookbook authors and their photographers, I've spent quality time salivating over the photos.

03/27/2015 - 9:43am
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Steampunk is a genre that imagines what would happen in a society where technology is powered by steam instead of electricity. Many steampunk novels grapple with our fear of technology and explore what technology can do to us or make us do.  

02/27/2015 - 8:20am
If you like Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle

This readalike is in response to a customer'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.

Drop City by T. Coraghessan Boyle: "Countercultural clash: a Seventies commune tries out Alaska, where it encounters hostile homesteaders." (catalog description) The library has print and audio versions. 

If you like Drop City, you may also find these stories of folks living outside of society are appealing:  

Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Follows the fortunes of Bit and the commune his parents helped to create. A group of like-minded folks comes together to create a utopia in Arcadia. Despite everyone’s best intentions, the commune falls apart under the strain of privation and a self-serving leader who can’t live up to his own ideals. Bit is ill-prepared for the real world, but manages to make his way until a flu pandemic threatens the human race.

Flower Children by Maxine Swann
A woman and her siblings share an unstructured childhood on a Pennsylvania farm in the 70’s and each of them faces difficulties adjusting to adulthood and life off the farm.


12/08/2014 - 11:43am
Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck

This readalike is in response to a customer'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.

Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck: "Lauck's heartbreaking and inspiring memoir...tells how an ordinary child growing up under the blue skies of Carson City, Nevada, in the early 1970s lost her childhood after her world became unhinged by family tragedy." (Book Summary)

If you enjoyed this book for the author's engaging writing, you may enjoy these titles:

Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss

"With an unflinching voice, Barbara Robinette Moss chronicles her family's chaotic, impoverished survival in the red-clay hills of Alabama. A wild-eyed, alcoholic father and a humble, heroic mother along with a shanty full of rambunctious brothers and sisters fill her life to the brim with stories that are gripping, tender, and funny." (


Driving with Dead People: A Memoir by Monica Holloway

"Holloway's candid story starts out innocently enough as she describes her eccentric family, especially her father, who loved "talking gore" and kept a movie camera in his pick-up for filming gruesome wrecks. Monica, too, has an obsession with death, and revels in her friendship with a mortician's daughter and their access to postmortems. When Monica reaches her teen years, her parents divorce. Her mother then decides it's "her turn," and she goes back to college, often leaving Monica and her next oldest sister alone. Holloway perceptively writes about hurtful moments embedded in her memory, such as her parents repeatedly telling her that her birth was a "mistake," and her mother's selfish refusal to pay for treatment for a kidney infection. The final piece of this dysfunctional family's puzzle falls into place when the oldest sister begins to remember being molested by their father; so, too, does Monica. Amidst a burgeoning number of abuse memoirs, Holloway's shines because of her deft handling of the small details while painstakingly assembling the larger picture." (Booklist)


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