CRRL's most recent honor is a Star Rating. We've been ranked tops among Virginia libraries of our size, among the stellar libraries in the nation, in a recent ranking. Read all about it in Library Journal. STAR STATUS: “It is about what libraries deliver to their users with the money they have, based not only on circulation and visits, two typically standard measurements, but on program attendance and public Internet computer use, two statistics that more clearly define libraries' increasingly crucial role in their communities, especially in these tough economic times.” ~Library Journal
Martha Baden will be serving on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Committee for the years 2009-2011.
The Free Lance-Star recently published a wonderful article on the library, especially touting CRRL's #4 placement on Hennen's American Public Library Rankings:
"The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, which has branches in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland counties, is the best library in Virginia that serves 250,000 to 500,000 people, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rankings.
The CRRL ranked fourth nationwide in the same category. In 2001, the library ranked eighth nationally.
Virginia Johnson, CRRL's Web content librarian, was awarded 1st place at the state level and 3rd place at the National level in the "Writing for the Web" category of the National Federation of Press Women's 2007 competition.
Tutor.com awarded CRRL the Live Homework Help Innovator Award in October 2006 for its unique custom-designed candy wrappers. "What do teachers need most during the school year? Chocolate! The Central Rappahannock Regional Library sends a candy bar to almost 8,000 teachers in more than 70 schools in their service area every August.
Donna Cote, CRRL Director, was named as President 2006 of the Virginia Public Library Director's Association. The Rappahannock Mediation Center awarded Donna Cote one of the first Community Peacemaking Awards on January 25, 2006. In September, Cote was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia.
Martha Baden was named Library Media Specialist of the Year 2005-2006 by the Virginia Educational Media Association.
Lena Gonzalez Berrios, a Youth Services Librarian, is serving on Capitol Choices and is the co-chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Virginia Library Association.
Virginia Press Women presented Virginia Johnson, the CRRL's Web-content librarian, with several awards in March 2006 for her powerful content writing on a variety of pieces.