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Saving Summer in a Jar: Preserving the Fruits of the Season

This is the time of year when delicious fruits and vegetables fill the homegrown gardens and bins at farmers' markets. An abundance of heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and sweeter peaches make August the right time to practice the very rewarding work of preserving.

Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Born August 5, 1930, Neil Armstrong has been an aviator, test pilot, and university professor. And, on July 21, 1969, he became the first man to walk on the moon. In the days before the Internet or cable television, people around the world gathered around their sets to watch history being made.

Atrium Gallery: Jeanne Tanks

Works by Jeanne Tanks are on display through July in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery.

Artist's Statement: Much of my love of the visual arts came about as a result of being legally blind for the first 13-years of life. Once I was able to see God's world clearly, I was imbued with a sense of awe I have never gotten over. We really do live on a beautiful planet, and I try to capture that beauty and sense of God's love for us in my art.

From the Reading Chair: Travelling

This is an off year for real travel, so I must travel vicariously. Luckily, the library has many trips you can take via a book in your own reading chair.

Sorting Out J.K. Rowling

The blockbuster summer film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is making new fans and having the long-time legions of readers thumbing through their beloved collections of the Potter chronicles. Old aficionados  and first-year initiates alike may delve deeper into J.K. Rowling and her world with our scintillating sources.

Review a Book, Win a Prize!

Review a book through the online catalog or in library branches, and your name will be entered into the weekly drawing to win a CRRL prize! [Contest open to VA residents only]  It's fast and easy to enter. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Don't forget to return to the book contest page and let  us know which book you reviewed so you can be entered into the contest. The contest will run through August 31, when the library's summer reading clubs end. It is open to all ages, so start reviewing today!

CRRL turns 40!

This July the Central Rappahannock Regional Library turns 40. 
Celebrate by visiting your library!
Check out a book, audiobook, cd, magazine, or video. Attend one of our many programs. Take advantage of wi-fi, available in all of our branches. Get help from one of our friendly librarians.

Our birthday wish is to provide you with the best library services around!

Find out more about the CRRL's history and our services.

Calling Local Authors!

Are you a local author? 
Help us wrap up the Summer Reading Program by being a part of our Book Signing Party at Porter on Saturday, August 22! 

Library patrons will have the opportunity to purchase your work and get your autograph! The party takes place from 2-5pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Call Porter at 540-659-4909 for more information, or to register.

A Lunar Anniversary

On a hot day in July forty years ago, millions of people were huddled around their radios and television sets waiting for the exciting news:  “The Eagle has landed.”


    In “Moonshot, The Flight of Apollo 11,” author-illustrator Brian Floca describes Neil Armstrong as “calm as a man who just parked a car” when he radios Houston that he’s landed safely on the moon.  Floca captures the mission’s mixture of calm professionalism and high drama in poetic words and watercolors. 

Storm Warnings!

Recent storms cause me to remember a tornado many summers ago in Illinois. In Virginia, our "season," or the time when we are at greater risk for experiencing tornadoes, is July through August according to the Weather Channel, with the hurricane season running from June through November. There's no time like now to take some precautions.   Find out more about storm warnings.