The Free Lance-Star recently published a wonderful article on the library, especially touting CRRL's #4 placement on Hennen's American Public Library Rankings:
"The Central Rappahannock Regional Library, which has branches in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Westmoreland counties, is the best library in Virginia that serves 250,000 to 500,000 people, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rankings.
The CRRL ranked fourth nationwide in the same category. In 2001, the library ranked eighth nationally.
The Salem Church expansion project proceeds on schedule, with planned opening of the new 26,000 square foot facility in January - almost double the size of the original. During construction the book drop will remain OPEN, and you may return items there. You can also pick up reserves and classroom carry outs from the trailer at the front of the library during regular library hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00-9:00 | Friday & Saturday, 9:00-5:30 | Sunday, 1:00 - 5:30
For more information, click here.
Virginia Johnson, CRRL's Web content librarian, was awarded 1st place at the state level and 3rd place at the National level in the "Writing for the Web" category of the National Federation of Press Women's 2007 competition.
Tutor.com awarded CRRL the Live Homework Help Innovator Award in October 2006 for its unique custom-designed candy wrappers. "What do teachers need most during the school year? Chocolate! The Central Rappahannock Regional Library sends a candy bar to almost 8,000 teachers in more than 70 schools in their service area every August.
Donna Cote, CRRL Director, was named as President 2006 of the Virginia Public Library Director's Association. The Rappahannock Mediation Center awarded Donna Cote one of the first Community Peacemaking Awards on January 25, 2006. In September, Cote was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia.
Martha Baden was named Library Media Specialist of the Year 2005-2006 by the Virginia Educational Media Association.
Lena Gonzalez Berrios, a Youth Services Librarian, is serving on Capitol Choices and is the co-chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Virginia Library Association.
Virginia Press Women presented Virginia Johnson, the CRRL's Web-content librarian, with several awards in March 2006 for her powerful content writing on a variety of pieces.
Nelda Mohr, Porter Branch manager, was recognized as best Rotary newsletter editor in District 7610.
Caroline Parr, CRRL Youth Services Coordinator, has been named to the American Library Association's Caldecott Award Committee, which is responsible for electing the artist of the most distinguished picture book in 2006.