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06/14/2017 - 8:22am
Accessing the Old Newspapers of Fredericksburg

There have been newspapers published in Fredericksburg since 1788. (The only gap came in 1862-65, when the city was devastated by war.)  Fredericksburg has been a one-newspaper town – the Free Lance-Star –- since the 1920s, but before that many newspapers were published locally….

 

06/12/2017 - 8:48am
A Hidden Genius Unfolds in Our Big Library Read

From June 12-26, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. 

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

During the Big Library Read, the digital version of this book will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no holds. The Other Einstein can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees. 

Read a sample of The Other Einstein below, read an interview with the author, or download the reading group guide for more. 

06/09/2017 - 11:53am
5 Hot New Titles for July

Hackers, Liars, and Sisters—oh, my! Check out these five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.

06/13/2017 - 2:02pm
Cover to Spice Dreams

Whether you consider it a melting pot or salad bowl, America’s culinary culture is rich with spices, both savory and sweet. Caraway seeds add piquancy to Jewish rye breads. Paprika, hot or mild, gives Hungarian stews and meats warmth and subtlety. Vanilla, theoretically the blandest of flavors, is intrinsic to many beloved forms of chocolate, cookies, cakes and even tea and coffee.  

Indian spice blends, named curries when made up for Europeans, vary from district to district, from mellow to fiery. In Ethiopia, a berbere spice combination may take a dozen different ingredients—typically including chiles, allspice, cardamom, and fenugreek—to create unforgettable flavor.

If you are interested in exploring new types of cuisine or want to learn more about these ingredients’ place in world history, books about spice can brighten your summer.

06/07/2017 - 8:03am
Overdue Fee Changes on July 1

Summer Reading has just begun, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library is making it easier for children and teens to continue learning all summer long! In keeping with our mission of inspiring lifelong learning every day, effective July 1, all children's and teens' materials will be exempt from late fees.

Access to the public library is key to every child's and teen’s development. Unfortunately, concerns from parents and guardians over fee liabilities have been an understandable barrier to library use by this age group. They can now check out as many books as they wish, which encourages literacy and supports schools by ensuring that all students have access at all times to the public library. Young people are still responsible for returning materials on time and in good condition and will be charged for lost and damaged items.

This change impacts all children's and teens' materials, no matter who checks them out.

06/02/2017 - 8:02am

"One of the most important things is to laugh with your children and to let them see you think they're being funny when they're trying to be. It gives children enormous pleasure to think they've made you laugh. They feel they've reached one of the nicest parts in you.... As a picture book artist, I don't think one can be too much on the side of the child."*

Helen Oxenbury understands babies. She knows that they are messy, cranky, and wonderful. She knows that few things fascinate a baby like, well, another baby. In the world of board books, those sturdy first books that are impervious to drool and can survive a few tasty chews, Helen Oxenbury reigns supreme.

06/01/2017 - 2:18pm
Fabulous Friday: Sharks!

The CRRL is celebrating these “fin-tastic fish” at Fabulous Friday STEM classes in July. You will find out how sharks help maintain healthy oceans, range in size and shape, are threatened with extinction, and more. This is one of many activities that will help you complete the Shark Week mission and earn a badge and points for Summer Reading prizes.

Shark Week MissionEngland Run Branch
Friday, July 7, 2:00-2:45

Headquarters Library
Friday, July 14, 3:00-3:45

Snow Branch
Friday, July 14, 2:00-2:45

Porter Branch
Friday, July 21, 3:00-3:45

Salem Church Branch
Friday, July 21, 2:30-3:15 and 4:00-4:45

06/01/2017 - 6:14am
CRRL Guest Picks: Jeremy & Justin

Living in a home that contains more than 200 feet of bookshelves, Jeremy and Justin had no choice but to fall in love with books. For their second birthday, they received library cards and bags with the library logo on them. It was not uncommon for them to leave the library lugging two or three bulging canvas bags containing 50 or more picture books.

06/13/2017 - 10:46am
Let's Get Happy: The Power of Positive Psychology

University of Mary Washington's Miriam Liss, Professor of Psychological Science, and Holly Schiffrin, Associate Professor of Psychological Science, are the authors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life. On Thursday, June 15, 7:00-8:30 at England Run Branch, they will give a presentation entitled, Let's Get Happy: The Power of Positive Psychology.

05/31/2017 - 2:50am
Get Ready for Summer Reading at the Library

If you are like me and have children in your life, you are in the thick of a tremendously busy season: the end of the school year. Testing, concerts, recitals, graduations, award banquets, and field trips fill the calendar. It may seem a long way off with everything that is going on right now, but Summer Reading at the library is just around the corner.

Summer is a critical time to keep your child reading (avoid summer slide!), and the library wants to help children be motivated to keep reading all summer long. The first step is to visit librarypoint.org/summer.

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