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04/06/2015 - 8:23am
Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

Melkorka has the best that life has to offer in 10th-century Ireland, born to a wealthy, powerful king and his queen. She and her mother often admonish her sister Brigid to Hush and not ask so many questions. In turn, Brigid demonstrates that to understand and relate to animals, one must hush as well.

04/06/2015 - 3:18pm

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Teen Art Show! See the winners below, and visit Flickr to see additional Honorable Mention winners. The 11th and 12th graders were judged by Johnny Johnson, a local artist with an international reputation for excellence, and 11th and 12th graders judged the 9th and 10th graders.

11th & 12th Grade Winners:

Best in Show: Forbidden Princess by Tiara S.
Mr. Johnson was impressed by the subject’s striking expression and the artist’s accomplished use of color.

Best in Show: Forbidden Princess by Tiara Simone

03/20/2015 - 3:04pm
Open Mic for National Poetry Month

Last year's Poetry & Music Open Mic at the England Run Branch was a big hit, so we're doing it again! Come join us on Thursday, April 2, at 7 pm in our "living room."

Bring your favorite poems, your own original poems, or a few songs to share. Sign up here to be part of the act, or just come to listen. For more information, call the research desk at England Run: 540-899-1703.

03/16/2015 - 12:49pm
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Growing into womanhood is a very hard experience for Shabanu and her beautiful sister Phulan. They belong to a nomadic culture in Pakistan where it is absolutely normal for 12- and 13-year-old girls to be married off to older men.

03/11/2015 - 10:38am
The Cage: Gaming in the Library and Teen Brains

One of our most popular events for teenagers at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is The Cage. At this monthly event, like-minded teens can come together to socialize while playing video games, making art, or talking about their favorite manga and anime.

03/02/2015 - 2:33pm
The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Welcome—or not—to middle school. Laura Eboni Dyson and her best friend, Sage, are trying to make the most of a tough year. Both love fashion, and both are bigger than average. It’s hard to feel “runway ready” when the kids call you Fat Larda. But Laura and Sage are gifted in other amazing ways. And Laura discovers she is part of the incredible Laura Line.

02/23/2015 - 1:43pm
Cafe Book 2015: Dixon-Smith Top Picks

What’s all of the cheering about? Recently, teens from Dixon-Smith Middle School’s Cafe Book program came to Central Rappahannock Regional Library for their Get Together Day. Here, the students learn which of the 20 Cafe Book titles they voted for became their school’s Top Picks. As you can see, many of the students got very excited when their favorite books were announced as top picks.

02/23/2015 - 8:00am
Teen Tech Week: Libraries Are For Making

Join us in celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 8-14, 2015, when our libraries offer teens a space to explore, create, and share while extending learning beyond the classroom. Joining in the fun is easy!  Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited to drop by the teen area any time during the hours listed below and get creative. Share your creations with your friends and with us by tagging them @crrlnews #TTW15

01/23/2015 - 2:23am

I know what you’re thinking, wrong holiday, but if your winter vacation time is anything like mine you will be on the open road as much as you’ll be at home.  Our family will while away the traffic by listening to audiobooks. This past year I’ve started listening more regularly. It’s been a great way to increase the number of  books I “read” and makes my short commute go even more quickly. Here are some of my favorite audios that promise to entrance a car full of family no matter how long the journey.

01/22/2015 - 11:34am
Great Books

Forbidding outside temperatures aside, there are so many reasons to curl up with a great book. Readers meet a variety of fascinating characters and there’s an empathy that comes from reading about different lives and experiences that carries over to the real world. They learn new perspectives and have vicarious experiences. Personally, I have no ambition to ever sail around the world, but I love to read books about those who do. Books can also create an atmosphere that oozes from the pages and there’s just something wonderful about the lushness of great writing and the aha moment of discovering new words.  Here are a few books that encompass all of these characteristics.

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