Spider-Man on Screen: A History of Web-Slinging Movies

By John Gaines Spider-Man, Marvel Comics’ most popular character, has a very long history of appearing on screen compared to many Marvel characters, but his later film appearances are much more present in our library’s collection than his earlier television ones. Perhaps the best-remembered piece of early Spidey media outside the comic books is the…
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When We Collided by Emery Lord

By Kari Patrick In When We Collided, Emery Lord introduces us to Jonah and Vivi, two teenagers who are struggling through their own personal issues. Jonah's father has passed away. His mother is despondent at best, and all of the responsibilities of the house - from taking care of his siblings to running the family…
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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

By Annie Brulatour Min leads a boring life on a dusty little planet on the outskirts of the Thousand Planets civilization. Her family has long had Fox powers - the ability to shapeshift and the power to charm people into cooperation. But she’s never been allowed to use them. The one person who understands her…
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2019 Teen Art Show

For 24 years and counting, CRRL has provided a forum for area teen artists in grades 9-12 to be recognized for their talent during a month-long display at Fredericksburg Branch. The library is proud to have established this unique opportunity for local students - the chance to exhibit their work as professional artists. It’s not uncommon for…
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Youth Media Awards 2019

The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced January 28 during the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA. Read about the winning and honored books below. John Newbery Medal Winner & Honorees The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature…
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If you like Five Feet Apart

Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella and Will both suffer from cystic fibrosis. Being together means they could pass an infection. Stella is waiting for a lung transplant; Will is on a clinical drug trial. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. Staying six feet apart doesn't feel like…
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Book Corner: Add a few teen novels to your winter reading list

Though winter can sometimes be dreary, for readers in our area, it’s an exciting time because it means the Adult Winter Reading Challenge is underway at Central Rappahannock Regional Library. I’m halfway to meeting the challenge of finishing four books and am having a fun time following the challenge’s Facebook page, where there are great…
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The Emotionary by Eden Sher

By Kari Patrick The Emotionary, by Eden Sher, is the dictionary that no one ever knew s/he needed. It’s chock-full of words and definitions that explain everything that you constantly want but have been unable, to explain to those around you. Have you ever found yourself to be irredependent, or “unable to ask for help under…
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