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Recent Booklists

CRRL History: The Battle of Hampton Roads
In this historic Civil War battle, ironclads from North and South faced off in waters not too far from our area. This webliography originally accompanied the Lunch With History lecture "The Battle of Hampton Roads," presented by Robert E. Pratt, Senior Design Cartographer, National Geographic, on June 16, 2004. It has been updated as of 10/18.

CRRL My Librarian: Mysteries, Historical Fiction, and More for Tweens
This list is created for a tween customer who wanted all of the above - and cooking, too! - in either book or books on CD format.

CRRL Kids: Apples in the Autumn with Johnny Appleseed
These books are perfect to share in the fall when crisp apples are ripe for harvest. This is one delicious history - and science - activity.

Recent Blogs

Hard or Sweet, Cider is an Autumn Treat (November 2018)

About Virginia J.

I've been interested in history and writing since I was a kid. Thinking of being the next Marion Ravenwood, I earned a degree in anthropology from William & Mary. Upon graduating, I somehow managed to finesse an entry-level job at the Smithsonian, having done summer study at a Roman fort excavation in Warwickshire.

Despite enjoying the chance to stabilize (carefully clean and box) artifacts from Captain Cook's voyages and ornamental Japanese swords and guns, it was clear this job had no career path. It was back to being a local tour guide (Mary Washington, Eliza Kortwright Monroe, and I are well-acquainted) for a bit until the library took me under its wing.

A stretch at the College of Library and Information Science at the University of Maryland taught me many things, including the way of the storyteller and how to do a bang-up job on a pathfinder about King Arthur. Since coming to CRRL, I've migrated from Youth Services to Research to the Web Team, where I do a lot of writing and editing.

I have a tremendous interest in Virginia history, probably as a result of growing up in "America's Most Historic City." I particularly enjoy the odder stories from history, historical novels, magical realism, multigenerational sagas, mysteries, British fantasy and humor (often combined!), psychological horror - or Gothic, if you prefer, and novels set in other cultures.

Drop me a line. I'll find something good for you!