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05/31/2012 - 7:56am
Crashers cover

A patron called me this week to say that he loved Crashers, by Dana Haynes, so much that he didn’t even want to stop the audio book to go to sleep at night!  That is an excellent endorsement!  He wanted more books by this author, and we found out that this was the debut novel of Dana Haynes.

It is about an airliner that crashes outside of Portland, Oregon, and a team of experts assembled to investigate the cause of the crash. Some of the members of the team are: Kiki Duvall, a “sonar witch”--a recorder specialist who can hear things that other people cannot; John Roby, a former cop and bomb expert; Walter Mulroney who can build any plane given the right number of bolts; engineer Peter Kim, pilot  and former F.B.I. agent Isaiah Grey; pathologist Tommy Tomzak; and the leader,  Susan Tanaka who is an intergovernmental liason.  They soon discover that this plane crash was no accident--it was a trial run. 

06/07/2012 - 2:23pm
Testing and Education Center

No matter where you are on your career path, the Testing and Education Center has information to help you prepare for that perfect career.

After accessing the Testing and Education Center, you will be able to select from 5 tabs: High School Tools, College Prep Tools, Career Tools, Grad School Tools or International Tools.

High School Tools: Students in Middle School and High School will find drills and practice tests in math, reading and writing. Students taking advanced placement classes will find practice exams. Looking at Catholic high schools or private high schools? You will find practice entrance exams for private schools in this database.

Want to earn college level credit before attending college? Through CLEP you can earn college level credit through a series of exams. At the Testing and Education Center you will find practice tests to help you prepare for CLEP exams. The DSST Program is another way to earn college credit. Find these exams on this site.

05/30/2012 - 3:31am
Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!

I loved my Southern Mama and my Southern Grandma, so when I found Suck in Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On! I knew that I would love it, too.  It is chock full of wisdom from mothers across the South--plus a running commentary by the author which is hysterical!

There are such wonderful pearls of wisdom as:

"My mom’s advice on raising children:  ‘If it washes off or grows out, it doesn’t hurt anyone.  Don’t worry about it!’”

“Mama said, ‘Just because it fits doesn’t mean you oughta wear it.’”

“My mama told me ladies never answered the door barefoot!”

“My grandmother advised me to marry a man my age or a little younger, ‘because they don’t improve with age.’  I now know what she meant.’”

07/16/2012 - 5:16pm
Lifelong Learning Online

The Internet is the largest repository of information ever conceived of.  It is not, however, the best organized repository of quality information ever conceived of.   For those of us who like to use the Internet as a source of continuing education, finding the quality chunks of information and learning can be daunting.  Here are a few of the places I like to visit when I'm in the mood to learn something new. 

05/29/2012 - 8:00am
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt; illustrated by Louise Yates

Young Fredle grows up repeatedly hearing the rules about how mice behave. Sometimes it seems like life between the walls of the kitchen is nothing but rules. One of the most important rules is that mice don’t change. But that doesn’t dampen Fredle’s curiosity and sense of adventure. Finally, his mother’s predictions come true, and his curious nature and sweet tooth get Fredle in deep trouble. And so Fredle finds himself Outside.

05/28/2012 - 3:30am
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Let me get this out of the way: if you're not a "computer person," someone with more than a vague knowledge of computer networking technology, Brain Jack, by Brian Falkner, is probably not the book for you. If, however, you ARE such a person, Brain Jack will start off as the kind of thriller that you think you will love, but its ending, like so many other cyber-thrillers, feels rushed and absurd. Don’t get me wrong--you'll enjoy reading it, but don't expect anything too deep from this book.  

Sam is the generic hero of our story. He's 17; he's a computer prodigy; and he's going to save the country from itself. The world of Brain Jack is set only a few years into our future. Falkner does a good job of building a world that, initially, is entirely conceivable based on our present. Computer technology is even more prevalent, and its consequences all the more potent. Las Vegas has been the victim of a nuclear attack that has left it in ruins, and the rest of the country is decaying under strict martial conditions.

08/10/2015 - 10:26am
Financial Ratings Series Online

How do you know if your bank or credit union is financially stable?  Did you pick the best life insurance or property insurance company?  And did you purchase the right amount of insurance for your specific needs?

You can find the answers to these questions and more by visiting one of our newer digital resources, Financial Ratings Series Online, free to anyone who has a library card from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. 

Financial Ratings Series Online is designed to direct you toward safe banking and insurance options while helping you avoid unnecessary risk that could lead to financial losses.  It gives you independent ratings and financial planning tools you need to make informed decisions about your insurance and banking options.

The website is super easy to navigate.  You may search for banks, credit unions, or insurance companies by name, by geographic locale, or by their independent rating grade. Want to see all the banks with an A rating in Virginia?  We can get that for you!  Need to know which credit unions were recently downgrading?  We can get that for you!  Want to see a report on your company that lists historical ratings, assets, capital, net income, affiliates, principal lines of business, or where it is licensed to do business?  Got that, too!  Just click on View Report when your search results show you the name of a company you want to investigate. 

Financial Ratings Series Online is just one of the many premium online resources CRRL offers library card holders. Simply enter your 14-digit library barcode number for full access from anywhere!  For more information, please contact us

05/25/2012 - 3:19pm
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This readalike is in response to a patron'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.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: A novel about the problems of a young governess, whose love affair with her master is terminated when the terrifying mystery surrounding the upper rooms of their home is exposed.

If you enjoyed this book's combination of romance and mystery themes and are interested in similar works from the time period, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone is an ancient Indian diamond which brings disaster to everyone who owns it. Rachel Verinder's uncle gives her the diamond as a birthday present, but that same night it is stolen. (worldcat.org)

 



The Mysteries of Udolpho
by Ann Radcliffe
Orphan Emily St. Aubert finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. (worldcat.org)


 

05/24/2012 - 7:18pm
Legal Forms on Demand

“Do you have the divorce forms?” That question’s not as easy to answer as you might think -- but CRRL can probably help!

“How do I get an annulment in Virginia?” “Is there a form I can use to change my name?” “Can I file for bankruptcy without a lawyer?” “Is there a list of local domestic violence shelters?”

Grab-and-go forms and flyers dealing with all these legal matters, and many, many others, are now available at the CRRL Law Library.

05/24/2012 - 1:10pm
Summer Reading Clubs Coming June 1

The library's summer reading clubs mean great books, programs, and prizes for readers of all ages. Sign up for the clubs online or at our library branches starting June 1st! 

Find the program that is right for you:

Kids ages 0 - 12 years: "Dream Big: Read"

Teens ages 13-17 years: "Own the Night"

Adults 18 years and up: "Midsummer Madness"

Read what you want, when you want! No meetings to attend - just visit the library any time. Check out the free programs for the summer for all ages.

While you are having fun reading all summer long, share reviews online for a weekly chance to win a free book from a Friends of the Library book sale. 

Why Join? Children who are read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary and better language skills when they start school. A recent study by The Dominican University* has shown that children who joined public library summer reading clubs did better on fall standardized tests than their classmates who didn’t!  *"Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap"

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