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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:41pm
Cover to Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Some people find faith in a blinding flash, like Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus. For others, this can be a lifelong journey.  Share the various roads followed (and destinations found!) on the these spiritual journeys of finding and losing faith, returning to church, searching for meaning or experiencing profound spirituality outside of organized religion in the updated booklist, Soul Searching.

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 9:38am
Waiting on Android "O"

For years, I preferred Android over iPhone, usually citing its customizability and availability from a large number of manufacturers. This stands in stark contrast to iPhone, which has notably fewer customization options than Android and is only made by Apple. IPhone has no homescreen widgets; non-App Store apps are very difficult to install; it has no centralized storage; and the list goes on. There is one area in which iPhone continues to outshine Android though: security.

Because Apple makes their own devices and designs their own bespoke operating system (iOS) to work more or less seamlessly with their hardware, they have total control over critical security and system updates. When they detect or are informed of a serious flaw in their software, they can push out an update to all Apple devices at once.

This stands in stark contrast to Android. When the iPhone was released and took the world by storm, Google knew the only way they could compete was to adopt the opposite strategy from Apple, namely, making Android's operating system free, open source, and completely customizable by the various manufacturers. That's why iPhones are always iPhones, but Android phones vary wildly in design, features, internals, and software. A phone manufactured by Samsung looks and acts very differently from a phone designed by Lenovo, even though they are both running Android.

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:21am
5 Hot New Titles for June

Mysteries abound within the hot new titles for June! Check out these five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.
 

The Child by Fiona Barton
The New York Times Bestseller Author of The Widow Returns

The Child by Fiona Barton
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who Is the Building Site Baby? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell. (from the publisher)
 

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:09pm
Human Trafficking

When we think of slavery in Virginia, we usually think of it as a thing of the past. Unfortunately, there is still slavery going on around us every day in the form of human trafficking. The first step toward stopping present-day slavery is being aware of what it looks like and how to intervene. Come join Michele Trampe, Executive Director of the Central Virginia Justice Initiative, on Monday, June 19, 7:00-8:30, at England Run Branch, as she shares how to identify victims of human trafficking and help prevent future incidents in our community.  

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:04am
Building a Wild World

For those of us who love nature and the outdoors, there are few things more satisfying than making the world a better place for local wildlife. Learning about wild animals and how to protect them is a joy for kids and families who are avid animal lovers!

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:07pm
Make Your Own Jam

Summer is the season of fresh fruits and vegetables, available at grocery stores, farmers' markets, and even our own backyards. One of the best ways to bring a burst of summer flavor into a dull winter day is to make jam and jelly when the fruit is at its best. Making jam is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to spend a summer afternoon.  

If you have always wanted to learn to make jam but don’t know how or think it is too difficult, come join us for a jam-making demonstration at the England Run Maker Lab on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00.  We will discuss the various ways of making jams and jellies, as well as make strawberry freezer jam for you to try.  Come by for our jam session, and check out books about preserving nature's bounty.

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:55pm
Saturday June 10 is National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day (or GO Day) celebrates its 10-year anniversary on June 10, 2017! GO Day encourages healthy, active outdoor fun—from traditional outdoor activities, such as hiking, to non-traditional outdoor activities, such as reading your favorite book about nature or even having an outdoor, nature-related storytime! 

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:00am

2016 was a year full of innovation and service designed to meet the needs of Central Rappahannock Regional Library's customers. We helped the public, both person-to-person and online; checked out hundreds of thousands of useful and entertaining in-hand and digital resources; and partnered with dozens of caring organizations in the community as we continued our mission to create a lifelong love of learning for everyone.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:10pm

The man in this photo might need a caregiver's help, or he could be the primary caregiver for a family member. Thousands of families open their homes to chronically ill and simply lonely family members. It's a gesture of love and commitment, but caregiving can bring emotional hardships as well as rewards. Even the most loving relatives can feel burned out after months or years of providing care in their homes.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:52am
Cooking on a Budget

Shopping and cooking on a budget can be tricky. How do you make quick, healthy meals without breaking the bank? On June 26, from 10:00-12:00, April Payne with Virginia Cooperative Extension will be at Salem Church Branch talking about Cooking on a Budget. Learn tips and tricks for cooking quick, healthy meals, plus shopping smart at the grocery store. Get recipes, and sample a meal prepared during the class.

Don’t miss her other programs at Salem Church this summer!

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