CRRL Connects with Readers During Social Distancing

CRRL customers not only love to read; they also like to discuss what they are reading with friends and fellow book lovers. In these days of COVID-19 quarantine, the usual outlets—such as book groups, poetry readings, and walking into the library to talk to a favorite librarian—just aren’t possible.

What to do? The library has the answer: go virtual! From online book chats to book groups holding meetings via Google Hangouts, library staff continue giving our customers ways to communicate with us and with each other. Together, we are building community and sharing experiences through the Internet.

On the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Book Chat Group on Facebook, librarians and customers come together to discuss what we are reading, favorite genres of books, short stories, poems, and full-length books. Chat in real time with us three times a week by visiting www.facebook.com/groups/crrlbookchat/ on Mondays, 2:00-3:00, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00, and/or Fridays, 11:00-12:00, for lively discussions of all things related to books and reading, including many recommendations for your “To Be Read” list.

If you are a member of a CRRL Book Group or have been wanting to join one, we have created online meetings to continue discussing our current titles. The Fredericksburg Book Group and Books and Beer both have upcoming virtual meetings. You can find information on these book groups and other virtual meetings on our virtual events page.  

Are you a poetry lover? April is Poetry Month, and we are celebrating all month long. Head over to our Central Rappahannock Regional Library Facebook page, where we will be reading poetry for all ages from your favorite librarians and staff members. You can also find more poetry suggestions and articles about great poets at www.librarypoint.org/poetry/. If you’d like to try to write some yourself, check out the CRRL Twitter feed, where we post writing prompts every Tuesday and Thursday. 

We want to keep the book buzz alive for kids and teens, too, with videos posted to our Facebook page. If you’re a parent whose little ones are missing their favorite children’s librarians, look for our virtual Grow a Reader classes, such as Ms. Megan’s Alphabet Soup: Bunnies! Watch them together at bedtime or whenever it’s time for some family reading. For kids in grades K-6, keep an eye out for Story Starters, where we read the first 1-2 chapters of a juvenile chapter book. And for teens, we’ll be posting some book talks on Facebook to spark the interest of even the most resistant readers!

If you miss coming into the library to chat with the librarians about books and get their recommendations, try our online My Librarian and Book Match services. When you Request a Book Match, library staff will try to find you more titles like the ones you already love. My Librarian is a concierge readers' service where you choose one of more than a dozen CRRL librarians, each with subject specialties, who can find you the books you want, by topic or by genre.

As you can see, book discussions, poetry celebrations, and reading in our community doesn’t have to stop in a time of quarantine. Join us online and make new friends, connect with old ones, view a storytime or poetry reading, and enjoy the community of all ages while staying home.