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08/17/2018 - 12:02pm
The Opioid Crisis: A Community Conversation

While various drug addictions affect people of all ages, heroin and other opioids have taken a particular toll on our community and our nation. Learn about interventions for safety, prevention, and recovery. Engage in an open dialog with local experts and health care providers who will share current issues, initiatives, and challenges.

Thursday, September 20, Porter Branch, 7:00-8:30
Tuesday, September 25, Salem Church Branch, 7:00-8:30

08/17/2018 - 12:02pm
New Book Group! Books and Coffee

Like coffee? Like books? What about coffee AND books?

Starting in September on the 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 7:30 am, join us at Katora Coffee at 615 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg for a monthly book selection and, of course, coffee! Read more about Library Book Groups here.

September 19th is the welcome meeting! No book selection until October. Take a look at the future selections below.

08/09/2018 - 3:23pm
5 Hot New Titles for September

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in September. To see more fresh titles, check out the booklist New September 2018 Books You'll Want to Read and our recent arrivals page.

08/15/2018 - 3:48pm
Welcome Back, Harry Potter!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), its eBook edition will be available to read with no limits on downloading. That means no waiting in queue to get back into Hogwarts.

Like all magical events, this one only lasts for a limited time, so download a copy from August 27 to September 10 from our OverDrive vendor. It’s easiest with OverDrive’s splendid app, Libby.

08/08/2018 - 9:05am
If you like MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

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.

MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten
A prehistoric shark surfaces off California and proceeds to wreck havoc. Sixty feet long, it is a member of a species living in the ocean depths for the last 100,000 years. Jonas Taylor, a paleontologist and deep-sea submariner, tries to capture it for an aquarium.

There are 4 other books total in the Meg book series, which you can checkout here (besides book #2, The Trench).

The Meg is an upcoming action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, based on the 1997 science fiction book by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. It is set to be released in the United States on August 10, 2018.

If you enjoy the adventerous horror trip that the Meg book series takes you on, check out these other suggestions.

08/08/2018 - 12:48am
Cover to After the Shot Drops

Summer was made for reading: carefree vacation days, sitting at the beach or by the pool, relaxing outside in a deck chair or hammock. I’ve been enjoying my summer reading time immersed in teen fiction, ranging from fantasy to books that delve into realistic explorations of characters' lives. I’ve read several books this summer that have met my reading needs, whether I’m looking for escape and entertainment or to get a window into someone else’s life.  

08/06/2018 - 8:11am
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

We are all very familiar with the atrocities engineered by Adolph Hitler, but less is heard about the atrocities that occurred at the direction of Joseph Stalin. Twenty million people were murdered under his leadership. In the book Between the Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys gives a very compelling account of the Soviet invasion of the country of Lithuania in 1941. 

08/03/2018 - 8:32am
If you like The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children. Read the entire Darkest Minds series.

The Darkest Minds is an upcoming American science fiction action film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The film will be released in theaters and IMAX on August 3, 2018. The film stars Amandla StenbergMandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie. See the trailer below.

08/01/2018 - 8:53am
Last Night at the Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

The Chateau Marmont is an opulent hotel in Hollywood where the rich and famous go to misbehave. In Last Night at the Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger, Brooke is dressing for the Grammys with her newly famous husband, wearing her first Valentino gown, her own plain gold wedding band replaced by a diamond the size of a macaroon when she finds out her “Rock Star” husband was at the Chateau Marmont with another woman - there are pictures just published in the tabloids - and then her boss calls from the hospital where she works as a nutritionist and fires her for missing too much time for following her husband to his gigs. Her Cinderella moment turns into a nightmare.

08/01/2018 - 12:44am
Marc Hoffman. Photograph by Steve O'Toole. Portrait by Laurie Watkins.

Marc Hoffman is the Director of Elections and General Registrar for the City of Fredericksburg. He was appointed to the position in January 2017 after working for the Fredericksburg Circuit Court Clerk since 2012. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and spent his teenage years in Arlington, Virginia. Marc attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and West Virginia University in Morgantown. After college, Marc lived in Brooklyn, NY, working in multiple fields, and currently resides in the College Heights neighborhood of Fredericksburg with his wife Laurie Watkins.


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