Children’s books are never too far from the minds of children’s librarians. On a recent hiking trip to the North Carolina mountains, a phrase from a children’s verse got stuck in my head: “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, it’s a beautiful day, we’re not scared!” Maybe our bear bells scared them away, but the black bears that populate the coves and ridges of the Nantahala National Forest never showed themselves to our group (thank goodness).
From a Scottish port to colonial Fredericksburg to the royal courts of France and Russia, the little man who famously refused to give up the fight was perfectly at home in both cottages and elegant salons, but he was always eager to set sail for adventure and glory.
Paintings by Hsi-Mei Yates and her students are on display in the Headquarters Atrium Gallery through June.
Hsi-Mei lives in Stafford and has a studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.
Visit her web site to find out more:
Hsi-Mei Yates - "Blue Chain (Crabs)"
Three authors wrote notable books on eating in lean times: MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, and Patience Gray. Fisher and David wrote during and just after the war, respectively. Gray wrote about places where food was scarce at certain times of the year. They all offer sage advice and write well.
In June we added 33 adult titles, 29 of which are are available in MP3 format (suitable for iPods, iPhones, iPads, etc.). We also received 7 new children's/young adult titles (4 available in MP3). Check out our most recent additions!
Browse our newest downloadable audiobooks in the library catalog, or go directly to the NetLibrary web site (free account needed) or Media Center (install required) to download. If you don't have a NetLibrary account, follow these simple instructions to create one.
Odd, the things one finds when browsing the shelves. I found this jewel the other day, when I was looking for something, anything to read. What a great way to start summer reading: a visit to Samarkand, hi-jinks at graduate school seminars,encounters with strange yet endearing characters , dark hints about Tolstoy's death, and the link between King Kong and Isaac Babel.
Modern computers are many times more powerful than they need to be for most of the things we use them for. Simply writing papers, surfing the Web, watching videos, playing games, etc. . . such tasks don't take full advantage of these machines' potential and when they're not in use, well . . . they're not in use. They could be doing so much more.
Dear Library Users,
On behalf of the Library Board, the Friends of the Library and the library staff, thank you all for your support over the past budget season. The good news is that, despite the current economy, the CRRL did receive additional funds in FY10-11. The challenge is that we did not receive enough money to fully staff and operate all our libraries.
This means that, starting July 1, we will have to take the following steps:
- Headquarters and Porter will be closed on Sundays.
- Headquarters will be closed on Thursday evenings and Porter will be closed on Tuesday evenings.
- The England Run Library will open on October 4.
- Programs for children, teens and adults will be reduced.
- Outreach to schools, including booktalks, SOL-related storytelling and database presentations, will be severely reduced.
- Reduced staffing may result in longer waits for materials placed on hold and for books to be returned to the shelves.
- Staff will not receive any salary increase for the third year in a row.
We do appreciate the one-time funding that will increase our book-buying capacity in the coming year. However, the materials budget remains substantially below recommended levels.
Over the last several months, you made your voices heard.
- You sent almost 3,000 postcards to your elected officials stating why the library is important to you.
- You spoke up for the library at supervisors’ town meetings, public hearings and meetings of county boards and city council.
- You sent letters to the editor of the Free Lance-Star expressing your support for the library as homeschoolers, business owners, students and impassioned readers.
The library is especially appreciative of the effort made by the Friends of the Library to help library users make their opinions known. Whether distributing postcards, selling T-shirts, or speaking up in public forums, our Friends did a magnificent job.
The Library Board and administration are committed to continuing to provide high quality library services with an emphasis on excellent customer service despite the budget shortfall. Rest assured that our commitment to providing access to all our users remains firm. Thank you for your support.
The eSequels database, a new addition to the CRRL database offerings, is a great resource for book lovers. eSequels is "a reader's guide to novels in series," and allows you to browse by not only author and title, but also by character, location, and subject, allowing you to identify any series easily.
Series are also listed in the correct reading sequence, and annotations do not reveal any spoilers. The keyword search is a wonderful tool for discovering new series. The listings include only adult titles.
To access eSequels, click on the database title in the listing and then enter your 14-digit CRRL barcode on the main page.
Music on the Steps, CRRL's popular summer concert series, starts on Monday, June 7, with Blues woman Ann Rabson.
All Music on the Steps concerts are held on Mondays at 7pm, on the steps of the Headquarters Library in downtown Fredericksburg. The Free Lance-Star recently published an article on the series.
Other performers include:
June 14 - Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy
June 21 - Dixie Power Trio
June 28- Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels
July 12 - The Company Store Band
July 19 - Homegrown String Band