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First Night Fredericksburg

Celebrate the New Year by attending First Night Fredericksburg in downtown Fredericksburg. The Headquarters Library is proud to host several live performances as part of the festivities. To see a schedule, event map, and for more information, visit the First Night web site:  Stop by the Headquarters Atrium Gallery now to see a complete collection of First Night buttons, spanning all 15 years of the events' history.

Reading Room: Hot and Muggy: Mystery in the Tropics

Reading Room: Hot and Muggy: Mystery in the Tropics

So maybe you're not one of the lucky ones spending the holidays in some exotic tropical locale. That doesn't mean you're left out in the cold! Take a direct flight to the tropics with these hot and humid mysteries.

Reading Room: Christmas Askew

Christmas Askew book list

This Christmas why not curl up in front of the fire with your hot toddy and one of these great non-traditional holiday stories? They're good for a laugh, a tingle, a thrill or a scare. These aren't your father's warm, fuzzy, "I'll be home for Christmas" sentimental reads!

What Is It, and What Is It Worth?

Almost everyone has an item or two in his home he thinks is a valuable antique or at least something that he is curious about. It could be that family piece laden with tantalizing stories, or it could be an interesting garage sale find. Regardless of its source or possible value, it must first be identified. Read on to discover ways to recognize your treasure's true worth.

Reading Room: Mother Knows Best

"It seems to me that my mother was the most splendid woman I ever knew....I have met a lot of people knocking around the world since, but I have never met a more thoroughly refined woman than my mother. If I have amounted to anything, it will be due to her." - Charles Chaplin

Check out these books dealing with mother-child relationships.

Art Films at the Library

art:21 - Art in the 21st Century, Season 4

View art:21 - Art in the 21st Century, Season 4: Romance, Protest, Ecology, and Paradox this Thursday, December 18, 7-8pm, in the Headquarters Library theater. This highly praised PBS series takes viewers behind the scenes to provide an intimate portrait of some of today's most in-demand artists: their words, lives, works, sources of inspiration, and creative processes.

Holiday Open House at Westmoreland Branches

Holiday Open House at Westmoreland Branches

All three Westmoreland County branches are hosting a holiday open house this week. Drop in for some holiday cheer!

Montross: Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-8:00 PM
Enjoy organ music by Stacey Dillon and refreshments.

Newton: Wednesday, December 17, 6:00-7:00 PM
Join us for caroling, storytelling, and holiday treats.

Cooper: Thursday, December 18, 5:00-9:00 PM
Stop by our annual open house for fun and refreshments.

Book Signing this Weekend

Book Signing: Virginia Horse Racing:Triumphs of the Turf

Author and CRRL Librarian, Virginia Johnson, and co-author Barbara Crookshanks will be signing copies of their book Virginia Horse Racing:Triumphs of the Turf, this Saturday, December 13, at the Griffin Book Shop & Coffee Bar in downtown Fredericksburg, from 2-4pm. Editorial

"FIRST IN THE STATE and fourth in the nation: Those are high honors, and now our own Central Rappahannock Regional Library deserves a metaphoric bouquet for earning them."

Click here to read the Free Lance-Star's 12/4/08 editorial on the library.

"Local Library is Tops"

The Free Lance-Star recently published a wonderful article on the library, especially touting CRRL's #4 placement on Hennen's American Public Library Rankings:

"The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, which has branches in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland counties, is the best library in Virginia that serves 250,000 to 500,000 people, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rankings.

The CRRL ranked fourth nationwide in the same category. In 2001, the library ranked eighth nationally.