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National Music Week: May 2-9

National Music Week is celebrated the first week in May and this year's theme is "Music ... A Key to the Future."
The CRRL will celebrate with recitals in the Headquarters Library lobby every evening. Posters and original music scores created by local music students will also decorate the stairwells.
The CRRL has participated in this annual event for many years, earning an Award of Merit from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

2010 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

2010 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

The winners are chosen (anonymously) by University of Mary Washington professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson.

Entries are accepted online between April 1 - 15.
Winners are selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:30-9:00

We had 122 poems from 57 poets this year! Here are the winners ...

CRRL Ranked #5 Nationally

Hennen's American Public Library Rankings (the HAPLR Index) recently ranked the CRRL fifth nationally and first in the state of Virginia amongst libraries serving 250,000 to 500,000 people. This ranking underscores the CRRL's cost-effective use of tax dollars in the provision of quality library service.

This year marks the 10th edition of the HAPLR Index, and the CRRL has been rated a Top Ten Library in five of those editions.

The 2010 HAPLR ratings are based on data collected from nearly 8,000 public libraries and focus on a library's circulation, checkouts, visits, staffing levels, funding and reference desk questions.

CRRL Librarian Virginia Johnson Wins Writing Award

Virginia Johnson, CRRL's Web Content Librarian, has won the following awards in the 2010 Virginia Press Women Communications Contest for these LibraryPoint.org articles:

1st Place: Writing for the Web: Feature Articles
"Marlborough Point: In the Stream of History"
Judge's comments: "This article is appropriate for the audience and is virtually tailored to their needs. Images and bold text highlight information and links lead to sources."

2nd Place: Writing for the Web: Educational or Nonprofit
"The Good Doctor Was a Spy: The Lively Times of Robert Wellford"
Judge's comments: "Impressive research/fascinating story about an important Revolutionary War figure whose influence might easily be ignored or forgotten. Nicely done."

At the CRRL we have known for a long time that we are lucky to have such a talented writer on staff, who can handle emerging technologies with ease and adapt texts to different audiences. Congratulations, Virginia!

New Service: "My Borrowing History"

Did you read a really good book a few months ago, but can't remember what it was? Or maybe it was a DVD, audiobook, or magazine?

Now you can keep track of the items you borrow with "My Borrowing History," a new optional service from the CRRL.

How does it work? Easy!

Keep Moving with an "Awesome Exercise Class for Seniors"

Just because you're older doesn't mean you can't have fun while staying in shape. Porter Library's Awesome Seniors Exercise Class meets most every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30. This free class is for people 55+. Exercises are done with the help of a chair.

Check them out!
The library has books and videos for older adults who want to keep moving to keep healthy.

Great Lives Series: Elvis Presley

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, Gardner Campbell of Baylor University will give a talk on the King of Rock 'n' Roll. This lecture, part of the university's Great Lives series, is free and open to the public.
For more on the life of Elvis Presley check out this list of materials recommended by the reference staff of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Q: Which of the following are types of complementary or alternative medicine?

a. St. John’s Wort
b. Echinacea
c. Tai Chi
d. Chiropractic Procedures
e. All of the above

A: If you answered “E” to the question above, you already have an idea of what complementary and alternative medicine is.

Mah Jong Anyone?

Interested in Mah Jong? A group is forming that will gather at Snow on Tuesday afternoons to play simplified Mah Jong.

Instruction will be provided.  No experience necessary!

Please contact Snow branch manager Martha Hutzel, 540-507-7565, mhutzel@crrl.org if you are interested.