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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:43am
The Passage by Justin Cronin

I loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dark Shadows on TV when I was a kid, Anne’s Rice’s rock’n’roll vampires, and I even discussed what team I would join in the ‘tween Twilight Saga. I also devour vampire novels with “punny” titles such as Undead and Unappreciated by Mary-Janice Davidson, but I put The Passage on request at the library because of an article I read in Time Magazine that stated that vampires are scary again, and I do love a character that bites.

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 3:00pm
2018 FredParent Family Favorite Winner

The votes have been counted, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library came out on top. Once again, Fredericksburg Parent & Family Magazine readers have chosen Central Rappahannock Regional Library as a winner in their 2018 Family Favorites awards - this time in two categories: Best Tutoring Service and Best Indoor Activity.

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 4:49pm
Launch It! A Trebuchet Contest

This October, Central Rappahannock Regional Library will be running a trebuchet contest. A trebuchet is a kind of medieval siege engine. Full-sized ones were used to smash down castle walls. This contest will be a fun, family event, and you can join in by bringing your handcrafted trebuchet and testing it against your competitors!

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 9:26am
Cover to Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

It sounds almost too perfect to be true. Famed primate expert Jane Goodall had a stuffed toy chimpanzee as a little girl. She went everywhere with it, and together they explored the mysteries of nature. 

Me...Jane is Patrick McDonnell’s peacefully expressive interpretation of Goodall’s childhood through his art, actual photographs of Jane, and the drawings of her youth. Jane starts out a very curious young girl, studying all sort of animals around her home. That curious nature leads to many answers.

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 8:29am
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story - and survive this homecoming.
 

Sharp Objects is an upcoming American television psychological thriller miniseries based on Gillian Flynn's (Gone Girl) debut novel. Created and co-written by Marti Noxon, it stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker. Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, and Matt Craven co-star. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the eight-episode miniseries is scheduled to debut on HBO on July 8, 2018.

If you're looking for suggestions similar to Giliian Flynn's gripping thriller, check out the books below.
 

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:23am
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

I'd put off reading Altered Carbon for a few years, always reading something newer. Shame on me. This Philip K. Dick Award-winner is a brilliantly dark and gritty mixture of hardboiled detective fiction and cyberpunk that anyone looking for a story with a razor-sharp edge will love. 

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:37am
New Branch Opening August 8!

Thanks to generous support from the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company, CRRL will be opening Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch at 10 am on August 8, 2018. A grand opening celebration will be held at 4:00 pm the same day.

The Cafaro Company has donated the perfect rent-free space that already includes built-in shelving and a service desk. We’ll be transforming the space with bright colors, comfortable seating, and workspaces, both new and repurposed, computers, books, DVDs, and audiobooks. We’ll offer programming for children, teens, and adults, plus provide the same outstanding customer service and expertise that you can depend on receiving at any CRRL location.

Located in Suite 390, just down from the Starbucks and across from the Post Office and the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office substation, you'll find it inside the mall’s second busiest entrance. We are excited about partnering with Spotsylvania County, the Cafaro Company, and Towne Centre businesses in this exciting new adventure.

Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch

 

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 4:41pm

This fall, follow your roots to uncover stories from your family history. CRRL is hosting classes for beginning and experienced family researchers at several of its branches:

Preserving Your Memories: Personal Archiving
Fredericksburg Branch, Wednesday, October 3, 6:00-7:30, or Porter Branch, Monday, October 8, 3:00-4:30.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 8:08am
Cover to Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys is a teenage slice-of-life story. Maggie is dealing with the first day of school. Not just the first day of the year, nor is it simply her first day of high school. This is Maggie's first day of school...ever. 

Once homeschooled, the freshman girl's mother (and teacher) has left home. Luckily, Maggie has three already initiated older brothers to show her the ropes around Sandford High. But Maggie's going to have to get used to the crowds, the schedule, and the fact that her siblings can't always be looking out for her.

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 8:30am
If you like Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese-American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
 
Crazy Rich Asians is an upcoming American romantic comedy film based on Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros and is set for release on August 17, 2018. The film stars Constance WuHenry GoldingGemma ChanLisa LuAwkwafinaKen Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.

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