Teen Blog

06/01/2014 - 2:14pm
Summer Reading for Teens: Spark a Reaction!

The Summer Reading Club at your library is here! Sign up online or in person, read whatever you want, and earn great prizes!

Why read this summer? I'm glad you asked. Reading helps to fight boredom and keeps your brain active while school is out. Reading offers chances to escape, journeys to travel, and mysteries to solve.

Reading is also tremendously important when time travelling. Don't believe me? Check out our special public service announcement that shows just what can happen. It stars our beloved TARDIS as well as a few other curious characters. The video is below.

Our Summer Reading theme for teens is Spark a Reaction, and it runs all the way until August 31. You can let us know what you're reading on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #crrlsummerlove. Sign up and be sure to keep an eye out for the TARDIS as it travels around our libraries.

06/08/2014 - 9:44am
Believe Write Share: A Community Project

We’ve invited our partners at Water Street Studio to tell you about our collaboration in the Believe Write Share community project now under way:

At Water Street Studio, we believe people have stories to tell. We share those stories in our art, our writing, and in our community. Believe, Write, Share, our partnership project with the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, will enable local residents, young and old, to write about core beliefs and guiding principles—and share them with the community.

05/22/2014 - 3:01am
England Run MakerLab

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to featuring new and inspiring technologies for the community. For the past year we have been demonstrating 3-D printing with our Mobile MakerLab. The library can offer much more now that a permanent MakerLab has been set up at our England Run Branch.

Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff and university students are able to teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

05/19/2014 - 3:00am
Prisoners in the Palace

They very nearly had to pry Liza out of the expensive London hotel. Surrounded by mementoes of her loving but tragically deceased family, the pretty, young girl had gone from a promising future to ruin. There was no money to even pay the hotel bill, and she had to sweet-talk the harrumphing manager into giving her cash for a hansom cab to follow up her only hope for sustaining herself—a job as a lady’s maid to Princess Victoria. But she could not know that very soon she and the princess would become Prisoners in the Palace.

05/13/2014 - 7:18pm
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest is Jason Reynolds' first novel, but his voice is already fully-formed. He guides us through the life of Ali, a teenager living in Brooklyn, the non-Cosby part. Ali's mom complains about white gentrification raising the price of rent, but Ali does not fully follow.

I don't really get that. I mean, if I'm in a restaurant, and I order some food, and a white person walks in, all of a sudden I have to pay more for my meal? Makes no sense, but that's what she says.

05/07/2014 - 3:49pm
11 Annual Teen Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the 11th Annual Teen Poetry Contest Winners!

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.
Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three original poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter. 

This year's winners were chosen (anonymously) by Amanda Rutstein, poetry professor at the University of Mary Washington and manager of the Fredericksburg Writing Center.

Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 14, and winners were selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

We had 320 entries this year - the most EVER!

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read their work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library, Monday, May 19, 7:30-8:30.

And the winners are ...

04/28/2014 - 3:01am
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang

Level Up's title is a video game reference, but it is also a metaphor for accepting responsibility and gaining maturity as one ages, which are qualities that Dennis Ouyang needs serious help with.

From the first time Dennis ever saw a Pac Man console as a child, he was mesmerized by the power that video games had. The idea of endless entertainment, based on skill and incredibly interactive, transfixes him.

04/14/2014 - 3:01am
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Troy Billings is about to kill himself. At 296 pounds, he's tired of being a joke. Every aspect of his life, the way he looks, moves, even the way he breathes, has become a punchline for his peers. If Troy had his way, Fat Kid Rules the World would be a pretty short read. Thank goodness Curt MacCrea enters the picture.

04/07/2014 - 8:46am
Star Wars Classic Comics: The Rebel Storm by Archie Goodwin

There was a considerable gap between the releases of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in the early 1980s.  During that time, the expanding Star Wars fan base began to wonder what was happening to the characters in the meantime.  What worlds did Luke, Leia, and Han visit?  What schemes did Darth Vader plot to destroy the rebellion?  Did Chewie ever get a decent flea bath? Two of these three questions are answered in Archie Goodwin’s The Rebel Storm (Classic Star Wars Volume Two), an anthology of comics originally published between 1981 and 1984.  Although sometimes marred by a sense of discontinuity with Lucas’ universe, the best stories in this anthology deserve a place in Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

03/31/2014 - 3:00am
King Dork by Frank Portman

If King Dork's cover seems vaguely familiar, that's because it looks like a defaced copy of The Catcher in the Rye. The title and its author Frank Portman are scrawled in ballpoint pen with a blatant disregard for the granddaddy of all coming-of-age novels.

This sums up how Tom Henderson feels about Salinger's classic novel. He notices a Catcher cult amongst most adults, who sing the praises of the book changing their lives. Tom thinks all of this is, to borrow a phrase from Holden Caulfield, "phony," but a particular copy of the book is about to turn his world upside down and inside out.