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 Jo Napoli and Amy Bates’ Hands & Hearts is a sweet picture book for children who might be interested in learning a few ASL signs. It’s a beach day story of a mother and daughter having a wonderful time together. Off to the side of each page is an illustration of how to sign one of the words in the text.
Saturday, February 7, 2015, is the fourth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. This special day was the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, and serves as an encouragement to families across the nation to visit their local libraries.
Every child needs access to the many wonderful resources that the public library has to offer and whether your family are regular library users or visiting us for the first time, your children will enjoy a visit to your nearest branch. So take your child to the library and on February 7th, stop by the Youth Services Desk to receive a small thank-you for your visit and color and create your own story featuring Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie. Don't worry if you can't make it in, print the activity out and enjoy at home.
In Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel creates a literary post-apocalyptic novel with a gentle touch.
Gladys Poles Todd, long-time Fredericksburg resident, died recently at the age of 101, having witnessed and been a part of the city’s changeover from its days of segregation. She lived to see schools and lunch counters integrated, and she was an important force behind making that happen. Among her many works, Mrs. Todd organized sit-ins, led voter registration drives, and supervised night study programs.
Her obituary gives a goodly number of details from her long and generous life, but you may also wish to read more about her in Fitzgerald’s A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania.
In 1997, she and other local leaders in the Civil Rights era got together for a forum at the library to discuss those difficult days. Fortunately, the program, Civil Rights: Fredericksburg’s Story, was recorded in DVD format and can be checked out.
Besides a historic legacy to be shared by the community, Mrs. Todd also left a personal record of her life. Her oral history, part of HFFI’s Pieces of Our Past series, is available to read in the Virginiana Room of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Photo courtesy of The Free Lance-Star
London Below is a dangerous, magical place. In Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Scotsman Richard Mayhew had just settled in with the upwardly-mobile routines of London Above. He had an office job that might be going places and a stunning if toffee-nosed girlfriend who was perhaps rather too keen on gallery-hopping for his taste. His lovely Jessica had plans for Richard’s life that did not include helping the bloody and broken young lady who lay across their path.
I know what you’re thinking, wrong holiday, but if your winter vacation time is anything like mine you will be on the open road as much as you’ll be at home. Our family will while away the traffic by listening to audiobooks. This past year I’ve started listening more regularly. It’s been a great way to increase the number of books I “read” and makes my short commute go even more quickly. Here are some of my favorite audios that promise to entrance a car full of family no matter how long the journey.
Princesses do not run. They also don’t hide their frilly, pink dresses in a broom closet, slide down secret chutes, or jump over castle walls. And princesses definitely do not wear black. But Princess Magnolia is no ordinary princess… she’s a monster-fighting superhero in disguise, The Princess in Black!
Interested in starting a new business or nonprofit that addresses a social need? Attend a free program presented by The Foundation Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 29, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.