Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

In Heroine, by Mindy McGinnis, readers see just how fast one can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows when Mickey Catalan, a young woman who is excelling on and off the field, faces tragedy.  A car accident involving Mickey and her best friend Carolina, another important player on the school’s…
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Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson

By Annie Brulatour Fourteen-year-old McKenna Barney has a massive secret - her eyesight is rapidly deteriorating. As she struggles to keep this to herself and maintain her independence, she has slowly isolated herself from her friends and family. Now, McKenna is at risk of losing the one thing she loves most: dog sledding. But when…
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5 Hot New Titles for February 2020

Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in February. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out our new titles page. Summaries provided by the publisher. In this chilling new novel from bestselling author Simone St. James, something at The Sun Down Motel hasn't been right for…
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2020: Prohibition’s Centennial

January 17, 1920, saw a massive sea change in American law as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. Prohibition became the law of the land, and a once vibrant consumer alcohol industry and way of life in the United States was abruptly replaced with a top-down directive that imposed unprecedented federal…
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Library Cards and Free Books for Kindergarten Students

What's the most important card you own? Here at CRRL, we think it's your library card! A library card is a key to lifelong learning, a ticket to new opportunities and experiences, and an all-access pass to everything CRRL has to offer. From January 13-17, kindergarten students in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties and the City of…
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Manga 101: A Brief Guide

Ready to try out a new manga series? Or, perhaps you're looking to complete a reading challenge with a different book format. For those trying something new, manga ("mahn-ga") is the Japanese term for graphic novels and comics. The term is usually used in other countries to specify graphic novels done in the popular Japanese…
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Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Monsters: The Legends of Ray Harryhausen

In the age before computer-generated images, special effects in film were rarer and involved a great deal of compromise. Dinosaurs and alien monsters in particular suffered, often being portrayed by humans in rubbery suits or unfortunate lizards with fins glued on their backs. Use of stop-motion animation - the technique of animating models by shooting…
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