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09/11/2015 - 12:42pm

Retail software is expensive, sometimes running you hundreds of dollars. The good news is that there are some great, free alternatives that aren’t awful. The hard part is discerning the good from the bad and knowing the safe places to get it from. That is what I aim to do with this blog post!

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Office Productivity

  • LibreOffice:
    Anything Microsoft Office can do, the LibreOffice suite can do at least as well. With quality programs to answer almost every component of Microsoft Office, LibreOffice will cost you a whopping nothing.
  • Notepad++:
    Notepad++ is a free code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
09/10/2015 - 9:16am
Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead

Sebastian and the Balloon is a must-read for young adventurers. Our title character finds little of interest on his street full of identical houses. Gathering everything he could possibly ever need, Sebastian takes to the skies in a patchwork hot air balloon made from his grandmother's afghans and quilts.

09/23/2015 - 2:57pm
Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Library

Every year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated at the CRRL Headquarters theater with a festival. Fun and food begins for all ages on Tuesday, September 22, at 6:00 pm. There will be music, crafts, and, of course, a piñata at 7:15!

09/11/2015 - 1:28pm
Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History… and Our Future! illustrates the alphabet with 26 rad—as in radical—American women who changed the world.

Instead of “A is for Apple” and “B is for Ball,” author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl give us the activist Angela Davis and tennis pro Billie Jean King. From Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers Association, to the transgender writer and youth advocate Kate Bornstein, each short biography celebrates a woman who made a difference. The book highlights diverse individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and shares the stories how they became fighters and dreamers, the leaders and innovators of American history.

09/08/2015 - 11:27am
Bicycle Touring Author Glen Hanket Visits the Library

Coast-to-coast walker and cyclist Glen Hanket stops by on his current trip to share stories with us on Monday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. Glen is the author of Underwear by the Roadside: Litterwalk Coast-to-Coast and Wow! What a Ride, as well as a series of biking guides. On one trip across the country, Glen and his wife collected over four tons of litter from the roadside, and he will be speaking about our country and the environment. A software engineer by profession, Glen started his writing career penning weekend travel articles for the San Bernardino Sun and now owns and runs a publishing company. Glen will speak at the Headquarters Library. His books will be available for purchase and signing.  

09/08/2015 - 11:23am
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Library

Ahoy, Mateys! Talk Yerself Into a Coupon! On Saturday, the 19th o' SeptembARrrrr, 'tis Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day. If ye natter to a library crew member like a scurvy pirate, yer gonna receive a jolly coupon fer a doubloon ($1) off yer fines or for one free book from the Buckoes of the Library booksale.* Not sure how a band o' pirates speak? No worries! Ye can learn how usin' Mango Languages at our research portal.

*One coupon per sailor!

Translation: Hello, Friends! Talk yourself into a coupon! Saturday, September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day at the library. If you talk to a library employee like a pirate, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off your fines or for one free book from the Friends of the Library booksale.*  Brush up on your Pirate using Mango Languages at  *One coupon per customer!

09/04/2015 - 4:07pm
Meet the Moon

Join us at the Porter Branch on Saturday, September 19, for an open house from 7:00-8:30 to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. This event is presented in partnership with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Rappahannock Astronomy Club, for school age through adult.

The fun includes:

-Viewing our nearest neighbor, up close and personal, through telescopes

-Books and videos you can check out to learn more about the moon

-Photo and Video Booths--have fun using props to celebrate our celestial neighbor

-Hands-on educational activities for kids, including a 3-D printer and robotics toys

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Call 540-659-4909 to sign up.

09/04/2015 - 8:08pm
Getting into College --There's Help!

Parents, there's help for you and your high school student as you sift through the overwhelming deluge of information available on how to get into the college of your choice—and how to find financial aid. Professional college coach Felice Rollins presents a workshop on navigating the college admissions process, creating a timeline, and efficiently identifying opportunities for scoring financial aid and scholarship awards. Join her on Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., at our Porter Branch, or on Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., at our Salem Church Branch, and bring your future college graduate!

09/04/2015 - 12:36pm
If You Like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you.  Available for adults, teens, and kids. See all book matches here

 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: A bulldozer is about to knock down Arthur Dent's home, but Earth is about to be destroyed anyways. Arthur may as well join his alien friend Ford Prefect on the intergalactic ride of his life. 

If you liked this title, you may also like the following books:

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
A clairvoyant girl enthralled by the mysterious beauty of butterflies marries the son of Congo missionaries, and the newlyweds set up a roadside zoo.  (catalog description)


Bill, the Galatic Hero by Harry Harrison
It was the highest honor to defend the Empire against the dreaded Chingers, an enemy race of seven-foot-tall lizards. But Bill, a Technical Fertilizer Operator from a planet of farmers, wasn't interested in honor-he was only interested in two things: his chosen career, and the shapely curves of Inga-Maria Calyphigia. Then a recruiting robot shanghaied him with knockout drops, and he came to in deep space, aboard the Empire warship Christine Keeler. And from there, things got even worse... From the sweltering fuse room aboard the Keeler, where he loses an arm while blasting a Chinger spaceship, to the Department of Sanitation far below the world-city of Helior, where he finds peace, job security, and unlimited is Bill, a pure-hearted fool fighting a deluxe cast of robots, androids, and aliens in a never-ending losing battle to preserve his humanity while upholding the glory of the Empire. (catalog summary) (Also, try his Stainless Steel Rat series)

09/03/2015 - 2:37pm
After Appomattox: Civil War History Series at the Library

Ever wonder what happened after Lee's surrender to Grant that fateful day at Appomattox? Did everyone simply go back home and pick up their lives as they once were?

Three of the best historians from the National Park Service will present three different topics on three evenings at the HQ Library theater from 7:00-8:00. Each program is designed to give you information you may not have heard before and an opportunity to ask questions.


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