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Library 2010-2011 Budget Update

Dear Library Users,

On behalf of the Library Board, the Friends of the Library and the library staff, thank you all for your support over the past budget season.  The good news is that, despite the current economy, the CRRL did receive additional funds in FY10-11.  The challenge is that we did not receive enough money to fully staff and operate all our libraries.


This means that, starting July 1, we will have to take the following steps:

  • Headquarters and Porter will be closed on Sundays.
  • Headquarters will be closed on Thursday evenings and Porter will be closed on Tuesday evenings.
  • The England Run Library will open on October 4.
  • Programs for children, teens and adults will be reduced.
  • Outreach to schools, including booktalks, SOL-related storytelling and database presentations, will be severely reduced.
  • Reduced staffing may result in longer waits for materials placed on hold and for books to be returned to the shelves.
  • Staff will not receive any salary increase for the third year in a row.

We do appreciate the one-time funding that will increase our book-buying capacity in the coming year.  However, the materials budget remains substantially below recommended levels.

Over the last several months, you made your voices heard. 

  • You sent almost 3,000 postcards to your elected officials stating why the library is important to you.
  • You spoke up for the library at supervisors’ town meetings, public hearings and meetings of county boards and city council.
  • You sent letters to the editor of the Free Lance-Star expressing your support for the library as homeschoolers, business owners, students and impassioned readers.

The library is especially appreciative of the effort made by the Friends of the Library to help library users make their opinions known.  Whether distributing postcards, selling T-shirts, or speaking up in public forums, our Friends did a magnificent job.

The Library Board and administration are committed to continuing to provide high quality library services with an emphasis on excellent customer service despite the budget shortfall.  Rest assured that our commitment to providing access to all our users remains firm.  Thank you for your support.

Donna Cote,
Library Director

Jumpstart's Read for the Record: October 21, 2014

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

You and your child can have fun while helping to break a world record!  During last year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, 2,462,860 participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is going to help them. Together on this special day, we'll celebrate literacy and support the Jumpstart organization in its efforts to promote early childhood education. 

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The ten Boom family lived a quiet, respectable life in the Dutch town of Haarlem. Corrie and her father made and repaired clocks. Her sister was their housekeeper. They were loved by the community. But in neighboring countries, Nazi Germany was rising, and soon it would sweep into the Netherlands.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

How does a dying bull in Tsarist Russia lead to six-foot-tall praying mantises terrorizing present-day Iowa? Austin Szerba is your personal historian to the end of the world in Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith.

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 8 has been a commercial and critical flop. The improvements made in 8.1 brought it more in line with the expectations of long-time Windows users. Overall though, Microsoft did a poor job of transitioning its customers away from an interface that had gone unchanged for 17 years—and a terrible job communicating why they should want to. With the Windows 10 Technical Preview, it looks like Microsoft will be addressing those problems and bringing to the table new functionality that users will actually welcome.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

What if the gawky teenager your mom brought home was actually your 76-year-old grandfather? In The Fourteenth Goldfish, tween-favorite Jennifer L. Holm brings warmth and wit to one of humankind’s favorite scientific quests, the search for eternal youth.

Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 picks up right where Ed Piskor's first phenomenal graphic novel left off. By 1981, the record industry has started to capitalize on the raw talent of urban youth. The sounds are slicker and the rhymes are tighter, but Piskor manages to find and highlight the raw edges of the musical movement.

World Food Day

World Food Day
One of the highlights of weekly visits to the Farmers’ Market is the farmers themselves. My  husband and I enjoy catching up with Roberto, his tío Benjamin and primo Cam. When we buy microgreens we talk with John about the weather and how it affected this week’s crop of the delicate food. My niece and nephew love to join us, touching the produce and seeing new foods, such as bitter melons. Their excitement is fun, but I’m especially thrilled that they’re making a connection between the food we eat and someone’s hard work. World Food Day is a worldwide celebration drawing attention to that connection. Between October 12th - 18th, several library branches are hosting “Farms and Forks” storytimes in honor of the event and all branches are accepting canned food donations for local food banks. Here are some books about food that your family will enjoy.  
 

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

Samantha Sotto’s Before Ever After is a magical, mysterious, and romantic treat.  Shelley was a very locked-down person before she met up with Max, who took her and a bevy of eccentric souls on a European tour unlike any other. Stuffed into a VW microbus and crossing the English Channel, Max leads them on a truly fascinating tour off the usual path. Along the way, Shelley and Max fall deeply in love. It’s a pity it can’t last.

Food For Fines: October 12-18, 2014

Food for Fines

October 12-18 is Food for Fines week at all library branches!

Help celebrate Teen Read Week and help our community. Donate canned goods to benefit local area food banks. For every can that you bring to your local library branch (nothing expired, nothing dented) we’ll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00!

 
How it works:
  • No donations will be accepted before after October 18
  • No expired or dented items
  • 1 canned item = $1.00 applied to one customer account, up to a maximum of $10
  • Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials
  • All donations benefit local area foodbanks