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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Mon, 12/25/2017 - 2:50am
Getting Started with eBooks and eAudio

Did you get a shiny new device over the holidays—or have you had one for a while and not explored many of its possibilities? Are you a reader—or a listener? Use your gadget to bring books to you, anytime and nearly anywhere. After you set up your device, it’s very easy to browse our virtual shelves and make your selections. There are never any late fees because books return themselves. Automatically. Another very cool thing about eBooks—you can change the print size to personalize your reading experience.

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 2:48am
Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Come Winter: A Novel by Evan Hunter
Sandy, David, and Peter met as bored teenagers vacationing with their parents on a small resort island. The horrific crime they committed five years ago bound them together forever, cursing their friendship in blood and setting them on a path toward nihilism and destruction. Now in their early twenties, the glamorous and sophisticated trio has come to an exclusive ski resort just days before Christmas to satisfy their appetite for danger and enjoy the physical company of the only human beings they can still tolerate: one another. But an interloper soon finds her way into their closed circle. Mary Margaret is no gullible innocent. She's smart and mischievous and appears bent on tearing the friends apart. Will Sandy, Peter, and David keep their sinister ménage-à-trois intact, or have they finally met their match? (catalog summary)



Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly Cruel Winter by Sheila Connolly
Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan's small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn't sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan's pub. But now she's stranded in a bar full of patrons—and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder. Maura's been in Ireland less than a year and hasn't heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they're not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she'd never had a chance to do in court. Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan's reviews the facts and theories about the case—and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case? (catalog summary)

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 2:22am
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

On Christmas Eve, does a dinosaur sleep? Does he go up to bed without making a peep?

Christmas is almost here, and Jane Yolen's favorite dinosaurs are up to no good. Are they sneaking a peek at the brightly wrapped gifts and picking off ornaments, angels and all? Do they eat the cookies left out for Saint Nick or lick all the candy canes? 

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 9:46am
Healthy Recipes for February Celebrations

Medical science tells us that some diseases, conditions, and problems can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet. Lindsay Pugliese, MS, RD, LDN, the in-store Nutritionist at the Harrison Crossing Giant, will help you stay healthy this winter by giving two informative and engaging classes on good eating.  

First up is Healthy Super Bowl Eats on Saturday, January 27, 2:00-3:00, at Porter Branch. Watching the Super Bowl can sometimes lead to mindless munching of excess calories. Lindsay will share tips on keeping the classic snacks savory, light, delicious, and worth cheering for. You’ll have plenty of time to make these yummy, healthy snacks before the Super Bowl kickoff on February 4!

Lindsay will visit Salem Church Branch next on Saturday, February 10, 2:00-3:00, for Love Your Heart. She’s going for the Valentine’s Day tie-in here, but she’ll be giving you options beyond that traditional box of candy! Healthy food choices and an active lifestyle can have a big impact on your heart’s health. This presentation will teach you a few steps to put you on your way to a healthier heart.

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 2:21am
Cover to A Christmas Return by Anne Perry

When readers of Anne Perry’s Charlotte & Thomas Pitt mystery series first met Charlotte’s grandmother, Mariah Ellison, in The Cater Street Hangman, she was an embittered shrew. She certainly disapproved of her headstrong granddaughter marrying a mere policeman, an occupation considered quite below her well-heeled family’s Victorian-era standards.

But time and some enlightening experiences, including those events taking place in another year’s Christmas novella (A Christmas Guest), have left Mariah finally coming to terms with the damage done by her extremely regrettable marriage. Alone at Christmas, she feels she is strong enough to make A Christmas Return to right an old wrong that threatens people she cares about very much.

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:09pm
Cover to River of Teeth

Have you met Fiona, the baby hippo born at the Cincinnati Zoo on January 24? She was six weeks premature, and her survival was uncertain.  She has quickly grown from an adorable pink blob to a big, healthy teenager. Her father Henry sadly passed away in October. Watching the zoo's regular video updates has kept me glued to my computer. Who knew I could love a baby hippo?  

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:56am
 Moment by Moment: A Grief Support Group

Handling grief is always difficult, but, during the holidays, it can be especially trying. As gray January plunges us deeper into winter, its dark days can make it even harder to deal with the loss of a loved one. Fortunately, Dr. Donna Jarvis, M.Div, PhD, Chaplain for New Century Hospice, has designed a grief support group called Moment by Moment

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:53am
2018 Great Lives Lecture Series

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series returns to the University of Mary Washington in 2018 with a fabulous lineup. The popular lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information about each lecture and presenter, see the full schedule here.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:18am
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.
 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)
 

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 8:27pm
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2017

CRRL has earned the Library Journal 4-Star Library rating for the fourth year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service ten years ago. This year, of 7,409 qualifying U.S. public libraries, only 259 received a star rating. CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating in 2017.

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