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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, 06/21/2017 - 1:49pm
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)
 

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 1:14pm
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!

This summer, the library is pleased to welcome The Wildlife Center of Virginia at our special upcoming Building a Wild World events. Join us to meet some of the animals that make Virginia their home and learn about ways that we can help protect their habitats. Sign up for these events begins June 1. Grades K-6.

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 - 10:35am
Virtual Private Networks and You

Online privacy has been in the news a lot lately. In response to this renewed concern, I’m hearing two main solutions emerge in the chatter among the digerati, one good, one less so. Let’s start with the latter: Web traffic “noise generators.” Noise generators are plug-ins that rapidly open and close browser tabs to random sites. The idea is to hide your genuine Web activity in a haze of random, meaningless traffic. Don’t bother. Obfuscation methods like these will hinder data miners not one bit. 

The other idea is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network. When you connect to sites through a VPNinformation about you and the site you’re visiting is funneled through an encrypted network that your ISP (Internet service provider) cannot detect. VPNs are especially handy for public wifi when you want to make sure that no one else on the network can spy on what you’re doing 

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 8:41am
Patawomek village coming to HQ

Fifty members of the Patawomeck tribe will recreate one of their villages at the library. On the front lawn, you’ll smell venison and fish roasting on an open fire, hear live Patawomeck music, explore a longhouse, sit in a 13-foot canoe, and see Patawomeck dancing. You and your family can pound cornmeal, play Indian football, play drums, and meet a Pocahontas reenactor. Inside the theatre, you’ll see artifacts that are 10,000 years old, learn how regalia is made, hear Patawomeck storytelling, watch a movie, and make crafts.

Save the date: Saturday, August 5, from 9:00-3:00 at Headquarters Library.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:12pm
Cover to Ms. Marvel

With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 1:54pm

With no popular mummy films in theaters for the past few years, one might get the impression that the mummy has finally taken a long awaited voyage to join Osiris on the river of the dead. However, in a few weeks a new mummy film, once again entitled The Mummy, will be released in theaters. This time around, it isn't Imhotep who is causing chaos, but an immortal Egyptian queen Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who seeks out her mortal love, played by Tom CruiseThe Mummy is the first in the new Universal Monsters series, proving that some monsters are timeless in their box office appeal.

Learn more about mummies in cinema below, and watch the trailer for the new movie.

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:50am
Summer Series: Paint & Create

Little or no experience in art, but want to learn? Local artists are leading a series of free art classes for novices at the England Run Branch this summer. Classes meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7:00-8:45. Adults may sign up for one or all of these fun classes. Call 540-899-1703 to sign up!

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