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Improvements to the Catalog

Library catalog

The library catalog has recently been upgraded with a number of new features.

CRRL Mobile Catalog - Browse this speedy, text-only version of the catalog from your mobile device. Available from the top right of the catalog screen.

Headquarters Atrium Gallery: Stephanie Bingham Woolsey

Works by Stephanie Bingham Woolsey

See sculpture and mixed media works by Stephanie Bingham Woolsey through February in the Atrium.

February Mini Book Sale at HQ

stack of books

Mark your calendar for the February Mini Book Sale at Headquarters on February 13-18.  This annual sale features romances, mysteries, and science fiction books and other materials - a little something to break the doldrums in these last few weeks of winter.

Megan Hicks, A Storyteller and More

This interview airs beginning February 11.
Megan Hicks delights audiences of all ages with her storytelling.  She also writes and creates fun craftwork. Join Debby Klein as she visits Megan on CRRL Presents.

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Wanted: Local High School Yearbooks

Wanted: Local High School Yearbooks

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library wants to add to its local yearbook collection for the region we serve: Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland. If you have a yearbook gathering dust on some bookcase in the back bedroom, perhaps you would donate it to the Virginiana collection? Or, maybe you'd rather let us scan your yearbook so that while you keep it, you also may share the content with the entire community. If this is something you would like to do, please call the Headquarters library reference desk, 540-372-1144. Find out more.

So many books, so little time!

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My friends outside the library world look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them how I spent the last year. There were several wonderful, almost-relaxing family vacations (I spent too much time worrying about the mountain of books I'd brought along and hadn't read), a little time in the garden (with an audiobook playing) and an occasional peek at the Olympics or election news (book still open on lap), but really, when I wasn't working or sleeping this year, I was reading.

And the crowd went wild!

A thousand librarians and publishers gathered in Denver on Monday to hear the announcement of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott and other youth media awards.

John Updike 1932-2009

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike died yesterday of lung cancer at the age of 76. Best known for his "Rabbit" novels, he was an extremely prolific writer, penning over 20 novels, as well as poetry, short fiction, essays, and criticism. The CRRL owns 56 titles by Updike.

Library Elf is now a Subscription Service

For the past five years, Library Elf has been a free, third-party service for patrons who wanted to link multiple household cards together on one screen to keep track of upcoming overdues and available holds. However, since the service's usage grew, the company's ad revenue was not able to completely offset their operating costs. As of January 23, 2009, the service became a two-tier service, with basic and premium levels. 

CRRL Ranks 1st in VA, 4th in Nation

A Top Ten American Library

In a recent comparison (Hennen’s American Public Library Rating Index) of over 9,000 libraries in the U.S., CRRL ranks 4th among libraries nationwide serving populations of 250,000–500,000. The CRRL ranks 1st in Virginia in the same category. The annual ratings recognize the public libraries in America with the highest levels of cost effective service, the most efficient use of the taxpayers’ dollars.