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.

LibraryPoint Blog

11/20/2015 - 2:36am
If you like The Pianist
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.

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 by Władysław Szpilman: A Jewish pianist's real-life account of survival in World War II Warsaw.

If you like The Pianist, you may also like the following titles:


11/24/2015 - 9:06am
An English plum pudding

Plum pudding, carolers in the snow, holly and ivy, mince pies, candles on a fir tree, wassail, and Christmas crackers—all of these and more live in my mind’s eye as a result of all of the English Christmas stories I have read and re-read over the years. The quintessential English tale of Christmas is probably Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

11/16/2015 - 3:04pm
New Picture Books

Picture books may be short, but sometimes you have to read many just to find a few that are really great. Gorgeous illustrations aren’t enough, the story has to be well told and interesting, Great text doesn’t stand alone either; if the illustrations aren’t appealing then it’s hard to save the story. Here are a few recently published picture books whose illustrations and text come together to create fun and enjoyment for all ages!

11/24/2015 - 4:11pm

Looking for something a little different? From celebrating Christmas as they did in colonial Fredericksburg to learning about winter holidays all over the world, CRRL offers lots of options for all ages. Find the event that’s right for you with Winter Celebrations at CRRL.

Gift giving is part of many traditions, and the most meaningful gifts always seem to be the handmade ones. If you’re looking for for inspiration, start with one of these booklists:

11/09/2015 - 6:55pm
Local Authors Reception

Mix and mingle with local authors at our open house reception on Tuesday, November 10, at the Porter Branch.  Drop in any time from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and enjoy refreshments and good books with neighbors.  Our local authors will be on hand to discuss their writing and publishing experiences with books ranging from southern noir to fantasy to self-help.

There will be over 35 authors represented, including:

11/17/2015 - 4:12pm
Homeless dog

For many people, the day after Halloween is the official kick-off of the holiday season. Lights are out in front of the mall, the stores put their holiday wares front and center, cookie recipes are dusted off, and children pull out a fresh sheets of paper for their wish lists. The season heats up even more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as people start stressing out over gift lists, school events, and merry-making to-do lists.

For many other people, however, the holiday season is one of a different kind of stress. There is worry about the colder months and the heating bill, about not having enough money for gifts, or getting through the season without a loved one. This season, instead of perusing the “Hot Toys of 2015” lists, why not set a personal or family goal to make it truly a season of giving, rather than receiving?

11/17/2015 - 2:32pm
Image of alert newborn being held

When I was fresh out of college and a first year teacher, I was very interested in applying all my knowledge, both practical and book-learned. The paraprofessional who worked with me in my classroom once joked, “When you have kids of your own, you’re going to read every book about raising kids and then find out that they can’t really tell you anything!!” Well, many years later, her words have come true . . . but just partially. With the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, I have access to hundreds of books on child-rearing—all I have to do is place a hold.

11/05/2015 - 11:48am
November Is National Diabetes Month

An alarming number of Americans have diabetes, a potentially life-threatening condition, without even knowing it.  This serious disease often goes undiagnosed in seniors because many of the symptoms seem harmless and are mistaken for “old age” problems.

11/02/2015 - 4:42pm
Movie Tie-Ins

If your family is anything like mine, you are both excited and overwhelmed by today’s many wonderful movie choices. We could spend an entire day in the theater and still not see all that we would like. If we tried we would end up broke and probably feeling a little sick from too much popcorn and candy. Luckily, once again books come to the rescue! Any interest in the following movies can be met through these terrific titles which both you and your children will enjoy.

11/02/2015 - 2:45pm
Father: 'Anything but journalism.' I rebelled. Malcolm Gladwell

We believe you can write the Great American Novel during NaNoWriMo. But if you say you just don't have the time this year, although you are a worthy writer, here's your chance to prove it: Write your opus in six words! Yes, exactly six words, as inspired by the six-word memoirs concept by Larry Smith, based on the legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a ​novel​ in six words and came back with this winner:  "For sale:  baby shoes, never worn."

Present your work to your friendly neighborhood CRRL librarian during November, and we'll share the best of the best at each branch and online. You can also tweet us your six-word novel by mentioning us @crrlnews and using #6wordnovel.


Subscribe to LibraryPoint Blog