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Communities thrive @ your library

April 11-17, 2010 is National Library Week and is being celebrated with the theme 'Communities thrive @ your library.'  The CRRL supports a thriving community and gives patrons lots of ways to participate and give back to their community.  All week at all branches is Food for Fines - bring a can of food and get $1.00 off library overdue fines.  All food collected will be donated to local area food banks.  Or donate to the Red Cross blood bank at Porter branch's blood drive on Thursday, April

Celebrate National Library Week: April 11-17

National Library Week is April 11-17, and this year's honorary chair is author Neil Gaiman, recent winner of the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. Not only is Neil Gaiman a gifted storyteller, he's also a great advocate for America's libraries. He's a frequent blogger (journal.neilgaiman.com) and very active on Twitter (twitter.com/neilhimself). He also has a web site targeting younger readers, www.mousecircus.com. See our catalog for Neil's works like Coraline, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, and many more.

Check out this great interview at home with Neil Gaiman. Did you know Neil Gaiman's first book was a biography of the 80's band Duran Duran?!

Celebrate with these National Library Week happenings:

Food for Fines - Monday, April 12 - Sunday, April 18:
Help local families in need and get a break on your fines. Find out more.

Celebrate National Library Workers Day - Tuesday, April 13:
Want to make our day? Just tell a library employee how much you love the library!

Miners and Mountaineers

Just a week ago, people in West Virginia were eagerly awaiting the NCAA semi-final game between WVU and Duke. Bob Huggins, the coach of the WVU Mountaineers - an alumni of both the school and the basketball program knew what a victory would mean for his state. He promised that if they won the title, the whole team would take a bus and visit every nook, cranny and "holler" in the state.

Going Green: A Fabulous Friday Earth Day Celebration

Headquarters Theater, Friday, April 23, 4:15-5:00. 
Grades K-6.
Call 540-372-1144 to sign up now!  

Looking for a way to learn more about recycling and how to take care of Mother Earth?

Bring your family and enjoy skits, crafts, games, face painting, and activities sponsored by various local community groups at our Earth Day celebration! 
We are pleased to welcome the fun folks from Caledon Natural Area State Park, Friends of the Rappahannock, R-Board, Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation, Master Gardeners, Virginia Tech Extension Office.
Thanks to the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, each child will receive a free seedling!

Organized by CRRL’s own Teen Council!

El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros- Day of the Child/Day of the Book Saturday May 1st, 2010

Bilingual Celebration of Children and Books
Celebrate reading at this festival in honor of Children's Day/Book Day.  Enjoy bilingual stories, music, animal friends, community visitors and much more! Pick up free tickets at the children's desk beginning April 1.
Salem Church Branch: Saturday, May 1, 10:00-12:00

Spring Book Sales

Don't miss our huge semi-annual book sale at Headquarters, coming up Saturday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 21.

An amazing selection of books, cassettes, DVDs, albums, children's titles and so much more! You won’t be disappointed! Come early for best selection. Open during regular Library hours.

Preview Party: Friday, April 16, 7-9pm, for Friends of the Library
Join or update your membership at the door - a single membership is only $5, and a family is only $10!

Branch book sales:

Porter:
Friday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 7
Friday, May 7 - Wednesday, May 12

Salem Church:
Friday, April 16 - Thursday, April 22
Friday, May 21- Thursday, May 27

Snow:
Lobby Book Sale: All day, every day!

See our book sales page for more information.

Track Local Census Participation!

The 2010 Census Participation Rate is available!  This rate shows what percentage of households have mailed back their census form.  Check out how Virginia is doing: 

Celebrating Spring Holidays


    From board books to gorgeously illustrated picture books, there are plenty of ways to share the upcoming holidays with young readers.   Tomie DePaola’s “My First Passover” is simple enough to read with your toddlers.

Census Day is April 1, Be Aware of Scams

Have you completed and returned your 2010 Census form yet?

April 1st is Census Day. This is the day that the U.S. Census Bureau hopes to have all of the Census forms completed and returned; however, the agency will be accepting surveys by mail through the end of April. The most efficient way to ensure that your information is counted and protected is to mail in the completed survey form using the postage-paid envelope included in your Census package. This will relieve the need for Census workers to make follow up visits at your door in order to assist you with completing the survey.

For your protection, please be aware of the following:

  • The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet
  • The Census Bureau does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census

For more information regarding the 2010 Census and ways to protect your personal information, please read this information about fraudulent activity and scams on the 2010 Census web site.