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01/04/2016 - 3:25pm

Do You Have a Library Card?

Your library card is the most important card you’ll ever own! If you already have one, that’s great, but what about your spouse? Your child? Your dad? Get one for every member of your family. As a key to lifelong education, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything the CRRL has to offer, how can you do without? If you haven’t checked out the public library recently, you’re missing something great!

12/31/2015 - 4:46pm
New Year's Resolutions - Love Them or Hate Them?

Every year, as the hubbub from the winter holidays dies down and the year approaches its close, I am not saddened by the taking down of the tinsel but excited at the next holiday to come. New Year's, of course! Yet it's not the late-night partying and champagne that I look forward to. It's the resolutions. You see, I am one of those crazy people who actually loves reflecting on the year and improving my life. But, wait! Don't stop reading yet! If you're one of those people so jaded by past experiences with un-met resolutions that you've actually resolved only to "not make a resolution at all," I promise there's a way you can set a goal for the new year and actually make progress towards completing it. 

12/16/2015 - 11:14am
Crochet Yoda

Not really, but I wish the Force were strong with me. However, my love of Star Wars is strong, even if I won’t go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night (crowds, *shudder*). Despite this, I will not temper my enthusiasm! I have crocheted a Yoda and an R2D2. I am preparing to brave the theaters and the crowds to see the movie. Just not on opening night.

12/15/2015 - 3:32pm

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library staff was devastated to learn of the death of Elizabeth (Betsey) Ellis, who worked in Youth Services at our Headquarters Library for nearly 18 years until her retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family and all who are affected by this terrible event. We were touched when just a few days later, the family contacted us about asking for donations to be made in her name to the library. 

Betsey loved doing storytimes and working with children, so in her honor these donations will be used to purchase children's books that will be labeled with a nameplate in her memory. Learn more about Betsey here. If you are interested in honoring Betsey's memory in this way, please send donations to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. 

12/11/2015 - 1:59pm
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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.

The Marian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: "Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red Planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars-- and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world, with its ancient, dying race and vast red-gold deserts, cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever." (Book summary)

 

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....  (catalog description)

Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison

Anthologies seldom make history, but Dangerous Visions is a grand exception. Harlan Ellison's 1967 collection of science fiction stories set an almost impossibly high standard, as more than a half dozen of its stories won major awards - not surprising with a contributors list that reads like a who's who of 20th-century SF  (catalog description)

12/11/2015 - 11:07am
Goldilocks Finds a Book

Goldilocks had trouble with more than porridge, chairs, and beds!

When she wandered into the bears’ library, she couldn’t find the right book. One was too easy; the next was too hard. What’s a young reader to do?

At any Central Rappahannock Regional Library branch, there is a solution:

1. Look for spine labels at the bottom of the book that have a yellow glow in the juvenile fiction (chapter book) collection.

2. Notice the size of the print, the white space on the pages, the fun pictures, easier words, and length of the book.

3. Choose one to read!

12/10/2015 - 3:09pm
CRRL's New Director: Martha Hutzel

The Board of Trustees of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is pleased to announce their appointment of Martha Hutzel as the Director of the Library, effective January 1, 2016. She was selected from a pool of candidates after a nationwide search.

Ms. Hutzel has more than twenty years of professional library experience.  She has worked for the CRRL since 1988 in positions ranging from head of the circulation department to manager of the Snow, Porter and England Run branches. At the England Run Branch, which she has managed since 2013, she oversaw successful community-wide programs such as the Festival of Makers in 2014 and CRRL-Con, a comic book convention, in 2015.  

12/08/2015 - 2:46am
Books to Cozy Up With

Although the recent warm weather has made it easy to forget, last week's non-stop rain was a harsh reminder that “winter is coming.” While that’s not as ominous for us as it is for the characters in “The Game of Thrones, ” it’s still time to prepare. Not with bread, milk and toilet paper, but with books. Ideally big, thick ones that suck you right in and make you forget everything around you. I realize at this time that many of you are thinking about the impending holidays and a tremendous lack of time, but consider how getting the right book into your child’s hands could provide the distraction needed to allow you to  wrap presents or make something special. Here are some of the recent reads that I have devoured.

12/04/2015 - 2:53pm
Grow A Reader Outreach

Grow A Reader Outreach is designed to serve preschoolers and the adults who care for and teach them. This program currently visits 17 preschools, 26 childcare facilities, one home childcare, and the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County.

What do participants receive?

-books & theme bags

-storytimes

-workshops

Bags of Fun!

12/04/2015 - 1:38pm
If you like Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

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.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann: A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. A radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann's allegory comes alive in the voices of the city's people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.

If you enjoyed Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann for the writing, the family story and the setting, you may enjoy these titles:

American Rust by Philipp Meyer
Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother commits suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.-catalog summary

 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. (catalog description)

 

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