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April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that its symptoms range from mild to severe and vary by individual. An autistic child might appear to be largely oblivious to his surroundings, violently overwhelmed by physical sensations, or he might seem outwardly to be simply socially awkward.

American Life in Poetry: Column 213

American Life in Poetry: Column 213

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Bill Holm, one of the most intelligent and engaging writers of our northern plains, died on February 25th. He will be greatly missed. He and I were of the same generation and we shared the same sense of wonder, amusement, and skepticism about the course of technology. I don't yet own an Earbud, but I won't need to, now that we have Bill's poem.

Earbud

How Do You Use the Library's Internet and Computer Services?

Survey

The library is participating in a Web survey hosted by the University of Washington's Information School. The purpose is to see how people are using the public library's Internet and computer services, and to then use that data to improve these services in the future. Please take 10-15 minutes to answer these brief, anonymous, and simple questions. If you need more information, visit the project's Web site here.

Fast Track Books at the Library

 Check the back seat of the car and under the bed – it’s Food for Fines Week, and that means you can return your overdue library books and do a good deed at the same time. Through next Sunday, for every canned good or non-perishable item that you bring to any branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, we'll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00. All contributions go to local food banks.

          While you’re at the library, be sure to take a look at the exhibits. This month at the Headquarters Library, matchbox cars from the collection of Jeremy Harrison fill the second floor exhibit case. Dozens of brightly painted metal cars are set up in and around a garage, complete with service bays, ramps and even a heliport. 

          After your children have had their fill of the exhibit, be sure to check out a few books for young auto enthusiasts.

On This Day in History: Exploring the Titanic

On April 15, 1912 the British luxury liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. About 1500 lives were lost in this terrible tragedy that captivated the world in its aftermath. In 1985, the Titanic was discovered "lying upright in two pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of about 4,000 m (about 13,000 feet)." (Britannica). A 1993 expedition enabled salvagers to recover several hundred artifacts from the rusting wreck.

The library has many books and movies that explore, through fiction and non-fiction, the Titanic's voyage and demise. A keyword search in the catalog reveals selections for all age groups. A new book, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, is on order and looks promising. 

Creative Marketing

Marketing

We were recently interviewed for possible inclusion in a book about word-of-mouth-marketing.  The authors are intrigued with how we market our library services and resources not just to our patrons, but also to our funding organizations, other libraries, and other organizations.  For example, staff have used free software programs to create a video entitled "Who Needs the Public Library?," which you can view on YouTube in our crrlvideo "channel."

Atrium Gallery: Susan Kreig

Atrium Gallery: Susan Kreig

Digital photographs by Susan Kreig are on exhibit in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through April.

Artist's Statement:

As a photographer, my two main areas of interest are at different ends of the  movement spectrum- still life and animals. I take still life images because I love the details, and I take animal photographs because I love watching and interacting with animals.

Music on the Steps: June & July Lineup Announced!

Music on the Steps: June & July Lineup Announced!

It may feel like winter has come back for one last chilly embrace, but soon it'll be time for flip flops, cookouts, and ... Music on the Steps! The CRRL's popular summer concert series kicks off on Monday, June 1, with The Sensations playing live on the library steps.
See the June and July lineup now!

April Book Sales

April Book Sales

Spring BIG Book Sale at Headquarters: Saturday, April 18 - Wednesday, April 22
Preview Party: Friday, April 17, 7-9pm, for Friends of the Library
(Join or update your membership at the door!)
Thousands of books, audio visual materials and so much more. The prices can't be beat!
Find out more!

Don't miss these book sales at our branches:
Porter Lobby Book Sale: Friday, April 3 - Thursday, April 9
Salem Church Lobby Book Sale: Friday, April 17 – Thursday, April 23
Snow Lobby Book Sale: All day, every day!

CRRL Presents: Shirley Heim, Educator and Humanitarian

CRRL Presents: Shirley Heim, Educator and Humanitarian

This interview airs beginning April 8.
Shirley Heim has already been recognized for a lifetime of achievements, but she hasn’t stopped yet. Debby Klein talks to Shirley about her love for and dedication to education and worldwide community service.