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01/12/2011 - 3:31am
The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

When Smithy Ide was a teenager, his beloved older sister Bethany was diagnosed with schizophrenia and began running away in Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running. Smithy would ride his bike all over town to find her and bring her home. He always found her, until one day, she stayed lost. 

 Now, at 40, Smithy is a loser. He’s fat. He has a crap job – quality control in a Rhode Island factory that makes cheap plastic action figures. He eats junk food and smokes too much and drinks himself into oblivion every night. 
01/11/2011 - 1:49pm
CRRL Presents: Doris Buffett, the Sunshine Lady Lights Up Our Community

This interview airs beginning  January 12.
Doris Buffett’s spirit, humility, and humor make her a delightful person to visit. Her energy, passion, and enthusiasm for philanthropy make her an esteemed citizen of our community who brings hope and help to those in need. Her Sunshine Lady Foundation continues to affect and improve the lives of others. Debby Klein talks to Doris Buffett, at home in Fredericksburg.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

01/11/2011 - 9:07am
Cook: The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James Cook by Nicholas Thomas

As my cotton-gloved hands examined the woven fabric, I felt the thrill of encountering a link to the age of discovery. Over a hundred years old and probably unseen and untouched for decades, this artifact of the Cook Islands was being carefully prepared by us technicians to be moved to the Smithsonian Institution’s storage facility. Some twenty years later, Professor Nicholas Thomas’ Cook: The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James A. Cook has given me much better perspective on these pieces of the past.

01/11/2011 - 3:31am

Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to find other books just like it? The reference staff receives requests daily from patrons in person at the reference desk and also online from our popular book match service.  Many of these book matches are archived online, and they are now easy to browse and search in our revamped book match section. The first view you will see are the most popular books matches, which you can filter by age group and search by title or author.

You can also see a list of book titles, or browse the most recent responses for adults, teens or kids. If you don't see your favorite book listed, request your own book match!

01/10/2011 - 1:51pm
Tax links

Aside from the federal taxes, residents also have to pay state taxes. Below are a few useful links that will help you prepare your Virginia state tax return.

Virginia Department of Taxation : Find forms and instructions for individuals and businesses.

Virginia Tax Rate Schedule and Tax Table : Taxes at a glance

Tax Table Calculator : Use this calculator to compute your Virginia tax amount based on your taxable income.

2010 Resident 760 : Resident Individual Income Tax Booklet

01/10/2011 - 1:28pm
How the Best Leaders Lead by Brian Tracy

For January we've added 30 adult titles, 24 of which are are available in MP3 format (suitable for iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc.). We also received 7 new children's/young adult titles (4 available in MP3). Check out our most recent additions!

Browse our newest downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog,  or go directly to the NetLibrary web site (free account needed) or Media Center (install required) to download. If you don't have a NetLibrary account, follow these simple instructions to create one.

New eAudiobooks for January 2011

01/10/2011 - 1:48pm
Health and Wellness Resource Center

 Do you ever wonder just how the medication the doctor prescribes for you works? How about its side effects, or its generic name? Is it safe to assume the medical information you found on the internet is accurate? You can be sure the information you find on the Health and Wellness Resource Center is reliable and unbiased.   The patient fact sheets about diseases and conditions explain in detail the answers to the questions you forgot to ask your doctor, or the things he mentioned and you didn’t remember.  All kinds of articles and reputable health information are gathered together merely a mouse click away. You can check out the Health and Wellness Resource Center on the Articles & Databases page.

01/10/2011 - 3:30am
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

All of us have had that sense, at one time or another, of seeing something inexplicable out of the corner of our eyes. It may be a flash of light, a reflective glint, or just a shimmery difference in the air around us. And then it usually goes away. But for Aislinn in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely, it’s a different story. She has always been able to see faeries around her, and they aren’t cute and precious like Tinkerbell. The fey are at times hideous or breathtakingly beautiful, cruel or mocking, and always a danger. They often pinch and mock the humans that they follow and then don glamours to blend in with humans (and often lead them astray) when it suits the faeries’ needs.

Aislinn’s grandmother shares this gift of sight and she has helped Aislinn cope by drilling firm rules into her: #3. Don’t stare at invisible faeries. #2. Don’t speak to invisible faeries. And #1. Don’t ever attract their attention. The only way that Aislinn can survive being in a world shared by both faeries and humans is to never, ever let them know that she can see them. She keeps her head down and spends most of her time at her friend Seth’s house – a converted railway car – where she feels strangely protected. Unfortunately, she has attracted the attention of a new, strikingly handsome student at school, Keenan, who doggedly pursues her.
01/08/2011 - 7:18am
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems illustrated by Jon Muth

Every January the children and teen services departments of libraries across the country are abuzz with anticipation.  Somewhere in the United States, select groups of librarians are attending closed door meetings to decide which books deserve a variety of awards, from the Caldecott for illustration to the Printz for best book for teens. 

01/07/2011 - 1:39pm
Under the Big Top

Have you ever thought of chucking it all and running away to join the circus?  Do you love calliope music, the bright lights of the midway and the smell of POPCORN, PEANUTS, CAAAAANDY APPLES?  Do you love clowns or do they figure prominently in your nightmares?

Whether you like sweet nostalgia, historical fiction or scary mysteries, you are sure to find something to your liking in the booklist "Under the Bigtop".  Have a circus-worthy snack and curl up with a good book. 

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