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04/25/2015 - 5:43pm
What do YOU think about the future of the library? Tell us at an upcoming focus group.

What do YOU think about the future of the library? Tell us at an upcoming focus group!

Focus groups provide an opportunity for us to talk with you about your vision for the library. All library users are welcome, and you can attend any session regardless of where you live or which library you use.

Moderator Betsy Fowler will guide our discussion of current and future library services.  There are no right or wrong answers! We just want to hear what you have to say.

04/24/2015 - 9:27am
If You Like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

Eat, Pray, Love "presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness."

There have been some wonderful books with the theme of self-discovery through travel, as in Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Their journeys have been life changing for them and perhaps also for the reader.

If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, then you may also like these titles:

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry Lopez.
This classic won the 1986 National Book Award. This book is based on a number of extended trips the author made into the Arctic region. His descriptions of the flora and fauna not only evoke the northern landscape, but give a true sense of the Arctic's importance to the health of our planet. More than twenty years after its publication this book has an even more important message for us.

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
A wild and fun travel narrative focusing on Horwitz's adventures sailing on a recreation of Captain's Cook's ship. Like Eat, Pray, Love it is well written and a lot of fun to read.

 

04/23/2015 - 3:01pm
Happy Mother’s Day! Special Events

Celebrate the wonderful women in our children's lives, whether they are mothers by birth or through the love and care that they provide. Join us at one of our special Grow a Reader classes and enjoy motherly songs, stories, and crafts. For children ages 2 - 5 with a caregiver.    

Monday, May 4, 11:00-11:30
Snow Branch

Wednesday, May 6, 10:00-10:30 & 11:00-11:30
England Run Branch

Friday, May 8, 9:30-10:00 & 10:30-11:00
Porter Branch

04/23/2015 - 1:17am
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

"By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you."

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich follows one curious creature's romp through the big city, which he interprets as the strangest and most surprising forest he has ever been in.

04/22/2015 - 8:38am
Bloody Point by Linda J. White

After her husband Mike is murdered, young FBI agent Cassie McKenna decides to take some much needed R & R. On leave from the Bureau, she moves back to her hometown in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia. She’s thrilled to sail her boat on the bay’s calm waters and to finally get relief from the sudden tragedy, both mentally and physically.
But the serenity she’s looking for does not last.

04/22/2015 - 1:16am
Children's Book Week 2015

Instilling a love of reading in a child is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Children's Book Week is a national celebration of books and reading for youth that "originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers."  We couldn't agree more. Change your child's life by visiting your nearest branch to attend a free class, receive a special bookmark, and check out some books your child is guaranteed to enjoy. 

Grow a Reader Classes
Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

City of Fredericksburg: Headquarters Library

Stafford County: England Run Branch | Porter Branch

Spotsylvania County: Salem Church Branch | Snow Branch

Westmoreland County: Cooper Branch | Montross Branch | Newton Branch

04/23/2015 - 11:48am
Take the Library on Your Next Outdoor Adventure

When the warm weather tempts your family to explore the great outdoors, the public library can expand your experience and increase the fun. We offer a variety of activities guaranteed to provide engaged educational entertainment.

04/24/2015 - 4:43pm
May 5th - Your chance to give to the Friends of the CRRL!

On May 5th, our community will come together for The Community Give, and we need YOU to join us.  It’s 24 hours of unprecedented online giving - and it’s your chance to make a real difference, right here in our community.

If you love the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, then you love the Friends of the CRRL.  The Friends enhance library offerings by funding special programs like Music on the Steps, author visits, and children’s summer reading programs.  The Friends also provide the extras - MakerLabs, children’s literacy toys, back to school support - that help educate kids, teens and adults in our area.  By showing your love through The Community Give, you will help sustain this amazing organization that provides so much to the library and the community.

04/21/2015 - 1:16am
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

“I wouldn’t trust them skinnies with food advice. How do you know they really feel passionately about food?  I’ll admit it. I consciously try not to take food advice from thin people.”

04/17/2015 - 8:35am
Middlemarch by George Elliot

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.

Middlemarch by George Eliot: "Set in a provincial Victorian neighborhood, the author explores the complex social relationship and the struggle to hold fast to personal tragedy in a materialistic environment."

If you enjoyed the philosophical and social themes of Middlemarch, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

 

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Into the narrow social world of New York in the 1870s comes Countess Ellen Olenska, surrounded by shocked whispers about her failed marriage to a rich Polish Count. A woman who leaves her husband can never be accepted in polite society. Newland Arthur is engaged to young May Welland, but the beautiful and mysterious Countess needs his help. He becomes her friend and defender, but friendship with an unhappy, lonely woman is a dangerous path for a young man to follow - especially a young man who is soon to be married (worldcat.org)
 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
"Anna Karenina" tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness. (amazon.com)

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