Where has the summer gone? I feel like it has flown by, and I was starting to get a little down about that, but rather than think, “Oh, my gosh, it’s almost August!”, I decided to take a glass-half-full approach and tell myself, “There are still six weeks until Labor Day!” Plenty of time to enjoy all that summer has to offer. Six weeks of summer means plenty of time to still sign up for Summer Reading at the library, earn fun prizes, and become eligible for raffle drawings for other terrific prizes, including tablets, book bundles, and movie passes.
Home to sprawling plantations, the even more sprawling Fort A.P. Hill, and historic sites such as assassin John Wilkes Booth’s death place and explorer William Clark’s birthplace, Caroline County is an archetypal rural Virginia county, far closer in spirit to the somnolent Clayton County from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind than the avant-garde art and literature communities of cities like New York and Madrid. But for several months back in 1940 and 1941, Bowling Green, Caroline County’s seat, was the unlikely home to artist Salvador Dalí and authors Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library has many resources for our local writers, from research materials to how-to guides to get-togethers with other writers in our area. This fall, we have several writing events scheduled:
So far, the numbers from June show that our readers really like Summer Reading:
-7,870 people signed up
-15,639 badges earned
-2,938 titles reviewed
-Games played 11,720 times
-6,432 book lists completed
-5,565 free prizes won
There is a new way for kids to learn at home and at the library! Playaway Launchpads are kid-friendly tablets preloaded with educational (and ad-free) apps, books, and games, available for ages 3-5 and 5-7 for two-week checkout periods. The apps enhance skills in math, science, language learning, English language arts, critical thinking, and creativity. Launchpads are 100% safe and secure. They do not connect to wifi or request personal information. There is even a screen for an adult to check up on what a child has been playing and see which skills have been tested. Kids can score Discovery Points in each activity. With their points, they can "purchase" accessories for their own avatars.
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.
Alfred King is an excellent choice to be this month’s Guest Picks columnist, as he also reviews books for The Free Lance-Star newspaper, where he often writes on new non-fiction, including politics, sports and history, as well as thrillers. “An avid reader all my life,” is how he describes himself, and he has helped Central Rappahannock Regional Library in turn by serving on its board.
If you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur starting a new business, the library can help with your information needs. Check out our Business Answers page for an overview of our resources and services for local business people. And, from now through the end of September, you can join a webinar from ReferenceUSA, one of the fantastic free resources for CRRL library card holders, on how to use their database to:
-Find new business opportunities
-Locate suppliers, and find key business people's contact information
-Conduct market research
-Target new customers, identify new residents in a specific area, and increase your customer base
-Discover customer preferences
-View prospective individual customer demographics, and analyze community demographics
Library administrators and administrative staff have moved from the third floor of the Headquarters Library in downtown Fredericksburg to the Library Administration Center at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 160. At the end of May, staff moved into this 12,000-square-foot space adjacent to the pre-existing Library Service Center. Administrative staff are joining collection and digital services staff who have been at this location for ten years. The two spaces are now connected, and the entire 25,000-square-foot complex has become the Library Administration Center.
August 11, 10:00-12:00—Growing Windowsill Herbs
Who doesn’t want to snip some fresh basil, thyme, and rosemary for a delicious meal they’re making? Learn how to grow herbs inside and outside. Bring a small pot to start your garden right away.