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The Human Side of the Ledger

MARCH brings daffodils, breezes, and--less eagerly anticipated--local budgets. Despite signs of a gradually strengthening economy, local elected officials are struggling with reduced revenues and increased demand for services. In times like these, why fund the Central Rappahannock Regional Library?

Think of the library as the bellwether of the economy. When times are tight, libraries see business booming. At the CRRL, we're checking out more books (1.2 million more than last year), answering close to a million reference questions, and experiencing a 50 percent increase in computer bookings. People are making a beeline to our libraries to seek and apply for jobs online, to use computers to connect with friends and family, to check out books for help with homework assignments, and to get help filing taxes.

Great Lives Series: Masters & Johnson

On Thursday, March 11, 2010, Thomas Maier, writer for Newsday and author of Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, will give a talk on the researchers.

An Italian Master: Federico Fellini

Absurd, baroque, neorealism, surreal, and bizarre are all used to describe Federico Fellini’s film style, but none of them quite capture the true essence of his films. His famous and unique style of storytelling, which was largely autobiographical, blended reality and fantasy and was so distinct that it became known as Felliniesque.

Discovering Hidden Gems

    Some books seem to fly under the radar.  They don’t garner the big awards or make the bestseller lists, they’re just quietly checked out of libraries over and over again.  One of my new favorites in this category is “The Thumb in the Box” by Ken Roberts.


    It begins, “This is a story about a fire truck being driven into the ocean and two people taking off their thumbs.  Don’t worry, though.  Nobody gets hurt.”  No self-respecting third grade audience will let you stop reading after that!

The Rappahannock Film Club presents . . . Caché

Come join the Rappahannock Film Club and the Central Rappahannock Library as we present Michael Haneke's Caché at the Headquarters Library on Thursday, March 4th at 7:00 pm.

This unsettling drama is a tour de force showcase for Haneke's unparalled ability to inspire fear and paranoia in both his actors and his audience. Renowned French actors Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche play a married couple whose lives begin to crumble when mysterious (and sinister) videotapes start to appear on their doorstep. Even more terrifying, Auteuil slowly pieces together that it may be related to a terrible secret from his past. Taut, tense and electrifying, Caché is deeply disturbing and endlessly fascinating.

CRRL Presents: University of Mary Washington's Eagle Village - Eagle Landing

This interview airs beginning Wednesday, March 3.
Eagle Village is moving toward completion at great speed. Debby Klein meets with Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation, to follow the progress of the project and view an Eagle Landing apartment.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

Winners of the 15th Annual Teen Art Show

Thirty-eight students in grades 9-12 from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland county particpated in this year's show.  The talent is immense, the art is phenomenal and difficult choices were made.  Local artist, Johnny Johnson, generously donated his time to judge the grades 11 and 12 contestants.  Those artists experienced the other side of an art show and were the judges for those in grades 9-10. 

 

Best in Show was awarded to senior, Katy Shepard for "Roman Myths of Love" (shown above)

Great Lives Series: Julia Child

She was one of the world's most famous chefs, but in her long life she had also been a high school basketball player and top secret researcher, as well as making appearances on TV shows ranging from her own myriad cooking series to The Cosby Show to Sesame Street to a beloved parody on Saturday Night Live. She was as much a cultural institution as a culinary artist.

Silver Medal Winners

    The gold medals get all the attention at the Olympics, but winners of the silver and bronze medals are proud, too.  So it goes with children’s book awards as well.  Anyone would be thrilled to win the Newbery or Caldecott Medals, but earning an Honor (as the runners-up are called) is nothing to sneeze at.


    This year’s honor books – and yes, they earn a silver medal – include one of those fascinating true stories that makes readers say, “how come I never knew that?”