The Porter Branch is getting an exciting new look! Stafford County has contracted for “bookstore”-style shelving for the adult and teen collections, to be installed in July. These wooden shelves are lower and more attractive, allowing materials to be more accessible. Customers will no longer need to climb on a step stool to reach the top shelves! These shelves also provide increased visibility throughout the branch and will allow more natural light to shine through from the beautiful windows at the far end of the building.
Summer Reading has just begun, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library is making it easier for children and teens to continue learning all summer long! In keeping with our mission of inspiring lifelong learning every day, effective July 1, all children's and teens' materials will be exempt from late fees.
Access to the public library is key to every child's and teen’s development. Unfortunately, concerns from parents and guardians over fee liabilities have been an understandable barrier to library use by this age group. They can now check out as many books as they wish, which encourages literacy and supports schools by ensuring that all students have access at all times to the public library. Young people are still responsible for returning materials on time and in good condition and will be charged for lost and damaged items.
This change impacts all children's and teens' materials, no matter who checks them out.
I am pleased to announce that we are partnering with Spotsylvania County, the Belmont Ruritan Club, and the Belmont Club of Women to increase access to library services for residents in rural Spotsylvania. Beginning Monday, April 10, CRRL will offer computers, printing, and other library services at Belmont Community Center, 7124 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA. A library card is not required to take advantage of this service, but those interested can apply for one on-site. You can even make arrangements to pick up your next holds at this location.
We'll be there each Monday from 4-7 p.m., and our friendly staff will offer the following services:
-Computers with Internet access and printing
-Books, movies, and audiobooks for all ages
-Homework help and reading recommendations
We hope to see you there as we bring lifelong learning opportunities directly to this part of our region!
Starting March 1, no matter where customers live in Westmoreland County, they will be able to take advantage of library services during the hours we typically consider "normal" CRRL operating hours. Without any added costs, the Cooper, Montross and Newton branches will soon be open six days a week, with at least one library location open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Soon, Westmoreland County students with last-minute homework needs, adults who need to use a computer, and children needing books will be able to find an open library in their county every day but Sunday.
The completion of the Strategic Plan and the adoption of a new library mission and vision were the perfect catalysts for updating the CRRL logo. Our talented in-house Graphics Team developed many possibilities, and, after much consideration, we finally narrowed it down to one choice. Our new logo combines books with the digital frontier that is explored through laptops, the Internet, and eBooks.
You’ll soon see the new logo on the posters and flyers that we print in-house, and it will be featured in the winter issue of our @ Your Library magazine, which will be published in November. Our website and online platforms will gradually have a new look, too, thanks to our Digital Services Team. It will feature not just the new logo, but a new color scheme as well.
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. You can browse the book matches here.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves. (catalog summary)
If you like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, you may likese these selections:
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
Set in an imaginary, ancient Japanese society dominated by warring clans, Across the Nightingale Floor is a story of a boy who is suddenly plucked from his life in a remote and peaceful village to find himself a pawn in a political scheme, filled with treacherous warlords, rivalry-and the intensity of first love. In a culture ruled by codes of honor and formal rituals, Takeo must look inside himself to discover the powers that will enable him to fulfill his destiny. (catalog summary)
The Binding Chair, or A Visit From the Foot Emancipation Society by Kathryn Harrison
In poised and elegant prose, Kathryn Harrison weaves a stunning story of women, travel, and flight; of love, revenge, and fear; of the search for home and the need to escape it. Set in alluring Shanghai at the turn of the century, The Binding Chair intertwines the destinies of a Chinese woman determined to forget her past and a Western girl focused on the promises of the future. (catalog summary)
Our beloved late director will always have a place in our hearts, and we want to commemorate her hard work and dedication in the building where she worked for 44 years, the Headquarters Library. You can see her love and enthusiasm for Central Rappahannock Regional Library in the video below. Local artist Laurie Watkins has painted a beautiful portrait, which we will proudly unveil on Wednesday, September 14, from 5:30-7:30 in the Headquarters Library Theater. After its unveiling, it will be displayed in the Headquarters Lobby near the customer service desk.
The Virginia General Assembly also recognized Donna's contributions, not just to our community, but to the entire state. Shortly after her death in 2016, they passed House Joint Resolution 410, "Celebrating the life of Madonna Griffin Cote."
We hope you will join us for the portrait's unveiling and a formal presentation of the House joint resolution. A reception will follow.
Gardening education is one of the many ways that the CRRL contributes to the health and welfare of the community, and what better way to educate than through the creation of hands-on gardens at the library?
While discussing the idea of the series of library programs under the umbrella of Cultivating Community, it suddenly hit me that we could have a vegetable garden on the grounds of the Porter Branch! The next thought was...we could give the bounty of fresh vegetables to the Stafford County food pantry, otherwise known as S.E.R.V.E. The idea was to help the community, teach young people about fresh food and where it comes from, and allow those families who use the food pantry to obtain some fresh produce, locally grown.
This readalike is in response to a patron'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. You can browse the book matches here.
Saturday by Ian McEwan "follows an ordinary man through a Saturday whose high promise gradually turns nightmarish. Henry Perowne-a neurosurgeon, urbane, privileged, deeply in love with his wife and grown-up children-plans to play a game of squash, visit his elderly mother, and cook dinner for his family. But after a minor traffic accident leads to an unsettling confrontation, Perowne must set aside his plans and summon a strength greater than he knew he had in order to preserve the life that is dear to him."
If you liked Saturday, here are several titles you may also enjoy:
Agapé Agape by William Gaddis
"The late William Gaddis wrote four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told via a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. This "man in the bed" lies dying, thinking anxiously about the book he still plans to write, grumbling about the deterioration of civilization and trying to explain his obsession to the world before he passes away or goes mad.
Agape- Agape continues Gaddis's career-long reflection via the form of the novel on those aspects of the corporate technological culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts. It is a stunning achievement from one of the indisputable masters of postwar American fiction."-catalog summary
The Amber Photograph by Penelope Stokes
Diedre McAlister's mother is dying. But before she lets go of this life, she givers her daughter an old photograph and these parting words: "Find yourself. Find your truth. Just don't expect it to be what you thought it would be."And Now Diedre's search begins-a quest to find the only person who can provide the missing pieces, the truth. But that search will cost Diedre her naive innocence and expose her family's unknown dark side. It will shake up Diedre's world, threaten lives, bring out the shadow of her past, challenge her faith-and quite possibly save her life.