Finding Your Family Through DNA

Hunting for your ancestors is a popular hobby these days. There are few things more exciting than finding a famous ancestor or uncovering a juicy family secret. Television shows such as Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are? have encouraged many to seek out their heritage for the first time. Traditionally, genealogy required…
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Thomas Armat: Fredericksburg Native Was an Inventor of the Motion Picture Projector

By Dan Enos, CRRL Volunteer Most Fredericksburg cinephiles have to content themselves with a life far removed from the gaudy glamour of the flashy film world that has its yearly peak as “award season” takes over Hollywood. However, if not for the ingenuity and tenacity of Fredericksburg-born entrepreneur and movie projector inventor Thomas Armat (1866-1948)…
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A Smashing Good Time: Trebuchet Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, April 27, we had our Launch It! Trebuchet contest in Snowden Park. There were three winners in our four categories. The Sekinger family won the Family category with "Minecraft-A-Pult," which launched a distance of 72 feet. Scarlett Smith and Isabelle Kauffman from Gayle Middle school won the Middle School category with "Sea You,…
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Express Checkout

The library's new Express Checkout machines, coming soon to all library branches, will offer a quick and easy option for checking out materials. Customers will still be able to have their materials checked out by library staff, but those looking for a self-service option will enjoy Express Checkouts. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate…
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The Energy-Efficient Lifestyle

Adopting an energy-efficient lifestyle will not only save you money on your electric and/or gas bills, but it also will help the environment by releasing fewer greenhouse gases and creating less of a demand for non-renewable energy resources, such as coal, petroleum (crude oil), natural gas, and propane. According to the Department of Energy's Energy Information…
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My Librarian: Books for Gamers

Video games can't catch a break, often lambasted for being a wasteful time-suck compared to other entertainment options. This is a medium wholly unlike any other than has come before it where you are the protagonist and explore a world made just for you. Research has shown that video games can help with cognitive ability…
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Gayle Middle School Students Create Model Traffic Signal

By Nathan Sekinger, Gayle Middle School, and Darcie Caswell, Central Rappahannock Regional Library. To recognize early contributions of African American inventors in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, Central Rappahannock Regional Library is rotating a series of interactive activities through the children’s areas of all branches through the end of February. As part…
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