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Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud! by Terry Pratchett

How can a man maintain stability and order in a city where volatile race relations are about to boil over? In Thud! an installment of Terry Pratchett’s long-running Discworld series, Commander Vimes of the City Watch must deal with the erupting tensions between trolls and dwarves following the unexplained death of Hamcrusher, a high-ranking dwarf. Like most of Pratchett’s entries in this series, the humor in Thud! is self-contained and does not require knowledge of prior novels. It offers a mixture of satire of fantasy tropes with real-world issues and conflicts. Reliant on verbal humor and character development, the book is a good choice for fans of British genre satire such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

Searching for your roots is about to get easier. On July 1, 2014, the library launches World Vital Records—an online service that will help you tell your family story. World Vital Records replaces Heritage Quest as the genealogy resource CRRL library card holders can access online remotely.

Unlike Heritage Quest, the new service provides complete U.S. Census data—from 1790 to 1940. You can also search birth, marriage, death, and other vital records from many countries; family trees worldwide; newspapers; and historic U.S. maps.

What Matters to You? Only One More Week to Tell Your Story!

What Matters to You?  Only One More Week to Tell Your Story!

They are deliciously varied—funny, philosophical, whimsical, analytical, soulful, self-deprecating, wise—but all the essays submitted to date for our Believe Write Share project have this in common: they are open and honest expressions of the core values that guide our neighbors' daily lives. Read a selection of them here, and consider sharing your beliefs with us. Your 350-500 word essay (easy-peasy short!) may be featured on the library's website, and you may be invited to share it at a community reading in August.  

Intrigued? Dive into and enjoy our FAQs and fine print here. Biggest FAQ:  Deadline for submission is July 7!

Believe Write Share - I Believe by Anne S.

i believe in the plasticity of body, mind, and spirit.

each time i

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Margi Preus’ Shadow on the Mountain is a gripping adventure story of teenagers risking death to defy the Nazis who have invaded their country. It is also almost entirely true.

CRRL Mobile App - Take the library with you

CRRL Mobile App

On the go? Take your library with you!

All you need is a mobile device like a smart phone, tablet, or PDA with internet access via Wi-Fi or wireless data plan. The CRRL Mobile app will run on most types of smart phones including iPhones, Blackberry, Android, Palm, Windows Mobile, and other popular mobile devices.

This free app gives you access to the library catalog (place holds & renew items), OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, class and event information, personal assistance from a librarian, branches & hours, self check-out and much more right from your phone!

Download the CRRL Mobile app from your phone's app store, or use your phone's web browser to go to http://crrl.boopsie.com for the download and more information.

You can also use our mobile app in a web browser: http://crrl.boopsie.com/m/

You can also scan this QR code with your phone:
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Below is a glimpse of our mobile app. Download it today and see for yourself!

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Home Sweet Habitat Animal Show

Home Sweet Habitat Animal Show

This summer, we’re bringing the great outdoors inside! Join presenters from The Wildlife Center of Virginia to explore how different animals satisfy their needs for food, water, shelter, and space. Live animals will be featured! 

Grades K-6. Call or stop by your local branch to sign up. 

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang

Mustache Baby builds upon a cute visual gag with a grand display of wit and verve. When Baby Billy is born, his parents are surprised to find a fully-grown mustache adorning his upper lip. The nurse informs them, "You'll just have to wait and see whether it is a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache."

Reading eBooks in the Browser

Reading eBooks in the Browser

A few times every week I’ll have customers approach me after searching our public catalogs and ask, “What does it mean if it says it’s an ‘eBook?'” When I explain, I always take care to emphasize that an eReader, tablet, or smartphone is not required for most of our digital materials in print—all that’s needed is a regular computer with a modern Web browser and active connection.

Ant Colony by Michael DeForge

Ant Colony by Michael DeForge

I spied Ant Colony from about fifty feet away and knew that I had to at least give it a try. Regardless of what its pages contained, I knew there was something special about a book with such a bizarre cover. Bright colors meld with violently jagged edges over an inconspicuous ant hill, hinting at a darkness lurking beneath. I was not wrong.