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Great Lives Series: Blackbeard

Professor Carter L. Hudgins of UMW's Department of History and American Studies will give a free lecture on Blackbeard, scourge of the Chesapeake Bay and Caribbean, on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Dodd Auditorium.  The talk is part of the university's Great Lives Lecture Series.

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CRRL Presents: Mary Jane Bohlen, Inspiring Artist and Teacher

This interview airs beginning January 27.
Mary Jane Bohlen's work delights all who view it. From printmaking and papermaking to painting and sculpture there is always something new to explore and appreciate and her teaching is legendary. Before her move to Rhode Island, Debby Klein met with her to talk about her long career in Fredericksburg.

Find out more about CRRL Presents.

A History of Classic Science Fiction: John Carter’s Mars and Flash Gordon’s Universe

The most famed and prolific area of science fiction is the planetary adventure, featuring strange environments, exotic alien races, and massive battle scenes. Many of the most popular science fiction universes, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Avatar, take place in these environments. Most of these universes owe their existence to the adventure fiction of one author.

Postcards Coming In!

Postcards voicing support for fully funding the 2010-2011 library budget request are coming in from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Westmoreland, and beyond!
See what some of our supporters have to say about the importance of the library in their lives:

Stafford County Awards CRRL a Commendation

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors, at their December 15, 2009, meeting awarded the CRRL a proclamation commending the library's recognition as a national Star Library.

Children's & Teen Book Award-Winners

Winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and more were announced this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston.

See the list of 2010 Award-Winning Children's Books and 2010 Award-Winning Teen Books.

For a list of winners for all ALA book awards, see this press release.
 

And the REAL winners are...

I'm here in blustery, snowy Boston with about a thousand librarians and publishers gathered in the convention center to find out what books have won the prestigious awards for young people's literature.  There’s a buzz of speculation as people ask each other, “What do you think will win?” or “What is the book you gave your heart to this year?” 

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.