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07/09/2018 - 9:09am
Big Library Read: Cowboy Pride

From July 9-23, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook format of Cowboy Pride: Wild Wyoming Hearts by Lacy Williams.

First impressions count. Liza Bennett has two missions in life: keep the family’s shop afloat, and ensure her shy sister finds love. Sparks fly when she meets rancher Rob Darcy at a town dance, but when she overhears him insult her, she vows to put the man out of her mind. Rob Darcy is instantly attracted to the vivacious Liza but a lack of social graces and the promise he’s keeping ruin his chances of winning her. Once jilted, Janie Bennett is appropriately gun-shy of falling in love again. But she doesn’t seem to be able to help herself when she meets charming Nathan Bingley. Bingley desperately wants a wife and family of his own. Can he trust that Janie returns his feelings? When Janie is injured in a spring storm, she and Liza are sequestered on Nathan’s ranch. Hearts and emotions get tangled, but will first impressions prove true, or false? Cowboy Pride is a Wild West version of Pride and Prejudice with dual love stories.

Easy Reading

During the Big Library Read, the digital version will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Cowboy Pride can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees. 

Making It Social

USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams is devoted to bringing her readers heartwarming love stories about cowboys and the women that tame them. She is the author of over forty books, including the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Snowbound in Sawyer Creek series. Her books have been nominated for the RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence as well as finaled in RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award. Read her letter for the readers here.

Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.

Intrigued? Check out the preview below.

07/06/2018 - 8:29am
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This readalike is in response to a customer'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.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story - and survive this homecoming.
 

Sharp Objects is an upcoming American television psychological thriller miniseries based on Gillian Flynn's (Gone Girl) debut novel. Created and co-written by Marti Noxon, it stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker. Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, and Matt Craven co-star. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the eight-episode miniseries is scheduled to debut on HBO on July 8, 2018.

If you're looking for suggestions similar to Giliian Flynn's gripping thriller, check out the books below.
 

07/04/2018 - 12:23am
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

I'd put off reading Altered Carbon for a few years, always reading something newer. Shame on me. This Philip K. Dick Award-winner is a brilliantly dark and gritty mixture of hardboiled detective fiction and cyberpunk that anyone looking for a story with a razor-sharp edge will love. 

07/17/2018 - 2:50pm
Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch

Thanks to generous support from the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company, CRRL will be opening Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch at 10 am on August 8, 2018. A grand opening celebration will be held at 4:00 pm the same day.

The Cafaro Company has donated the perfect rent-free space that already includes built-in shelving and a service desk. We’ll be transforming the space with bright colors, comfortable seating, and workspaces, both new and repurposed, computers, books, DVDs, and audiobooks. We’ll offer programming for children, teens, and adults, plus provide the same outstanding customer service and expertise that you can depend on receiving at any CRRL location.

Located in Suite 390, just down from the Starbucks and across from the Post Office and the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office substation, you'll find it inside the mall’s second busiest entrance. We are excited about partnering with Spotsylvania County, the Cafaro Company, and Towne Centre businesses in this exciting new adventure.

Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch

 

07/16/2018 - 3:49pm

This fall, follow your roots to uncover stories from your family history. CRRL is hosting classes for beginning and experienced family researchers at several of its branches:

How to Trace Your Family Tree
Newton Branch, Monday, October 1, 5:30 to 6:30. Presented by expert genealogist Laura Hazel. Sign up required.

07/02/2018 - 8:08am
Cover to Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys is a teenage slice-of-life story. Maggie is dealing with the first day of school. Not just the first day of the year, nor is it simply her first day of high school. This is Maggie's first day of school...ever. 

Once homeschooled, the freshman girl's mother (and teacher) has left home. Luckily, Maggie has three already initiated older brothers to show her the ropes around Sandford High. But Maggie's going to have to get used to the crowds, the schedule, and the fact that her siblings can't always be looking out for her.

06/29/2018 - 8:30am
If you like Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This readalike is in response to a customer'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.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese-American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
 
Crazy Rich Asians is an upcoming American romantic comedy film based on Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros and is set for release on August 17, 2018. The film stars Constance WuHenry GoldingGemma ChanLisa LuAwkwafinaKen Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.
06/27/2018 - 11:48am
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

My first thought upon reading the description of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse was "Terminator rip-off."  But I kept thinking, "Robots and the apocalypse, two of my favorite things to read about in fiction." I'm not making that up. And really, anything after Terminator 2 in the franchise doesn't, in my mind, count.  I've always wanted a lot more detail about how the robot uprising occurs and how people struggle in the coming war, especially people who are not John Connor.  After reading Robopocalypse, I want to assure you that it is as far removed from Terminator lore as anything "robot apocalypse" could possibly be.  If you're someone who likes to be frightened and enjoys books where the mundane is made decidedly strange, then you might enjoy Robopocalypse.

06/27/2018 - 12:19am
Cover to an issue of Conde Nast Traveler

In my last column, I wrote about how a library card gives you access to eBooks and eAudio regardless of where you are in the world or what time of day or night you are looking for something new to read. EBooks and eAudio are just the tips of the iceberg of the library resources you can access at all hours of the day, from all over the world.

07/11/2018 - 8:53am
Author Susanna Kearsley to Visit

New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is returning to Central Rappahannock Regional Library as part of her national tour. Kearsley will be discussing her latest work, Bellewether, and the research that went into writing a historical novel set during wartime in colonial-era Long Island.  

Kearsley will be speaking at Fredericksburg Branch on Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 in the theater, with a reception and book signing to follow. There will be copies of her new work and select earlier titles available to purchase.

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