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We have a winner!

    Last Tuesday, our librarians discussed ten books we found worthy of the Coretta Scott King author and illustrator awards.  The actual winners will be announced next Monday, January 18, at the American Library Association conference in Boston.  Click here on Monday morning at 7:45 for a live webcast of the announcements.


    The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions.  Among our nominations for the Illustrator Award is “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” a poem by Langston Hughes illustrated by E. B. Lewis. 

The Atrium Gallery: The Students of Johnny Johnson

See works by the students of Johnny Johnson's Watercolor Workshop through January in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

Free eBooks for your eReader!

A loving relative (or maybe it was you, yourself!) was good to you this holiday season and now you want to fill up your Kindle or Sony Reader with books.  Or you are looking for even more to do with your iPod Touch. Try these sites for free eBooks:

In the Spotlight: Haiti

The death toll is rising from a massive earthquake that has left tens if not hundreds of thousands people dead and many more in emergency living conditions.
Want to help? CNN gives a listing of aid organizations that will be specifically helping Haiti.

What Do YOU Like About the Library?

Porter Book Bunch kids recently shared their thoughts about the importance of the library. Have you thought about what the library means to you?

Great Lives Series: Thomas Jefferson

On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, the University of Mary Washington invites the public to a free lecture on Thomas Jefferson.

Despite the snow, we still grow!

 The recent snow storm couldn't halt progress on England Run, our newest branch in southern Stafford County.
See recent contruction photos. It's going to be a beautiful library!

Thank you!

Recently several library patrons have spoken out about what the library means to them.
See the following Letters to the Editor of the Free Lance-Star by Bill Hayes (http://bit.ly/5wCmed), Nancy Lamb (http://bit.ly/6glzUC), and Samuel C. Smart (http://bit.ly/91aIjk).

The CRRL is proud to serve our diverse and growing community, and honored to be recognized by our patrons.

Inspiration for the New Year

    Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah was in New York studying to be a doctor when the September 11th attacks took place.  When he returned to his native Kenya in 2002, he told the story of what happened to his unbelieving Maasai friends and family. 


“Buildings so tall they can touch the sky? Fires so hot they can melt iron? Smoke and dust so thick they can block out the sun?”  Appalled, the villagers wanted to do something for these poor Americans.  For the Maasai herders, cows are life, so they decided to donate a herd of fourteen cows to America, in a ceremony that brought tears to the eyes of the American ambassador.