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Mon, 05/07/2018 - 9:21am

2017 was a year of partnerships for CRRL. With grants from local and national organizations, we were able to serve our community better than ever before. Our biggest partnership was with you. We answered your research questions--over 340,000 of them--and checked out more than 3 million items. With more than 100,000 people of all ages joining us for classes and programs, it's not surprising we were voted a family favorite by readers of a local parenting magazine. Thank you for a great year, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:26am
If you like the TV series Westworld

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 other book matches here.

Westworld, HBO TV Series (2017-)
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin—exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Exploring what it means to be human through the eyes of the lifelike AI "hosts" in the park, the series investigates the boundaries of an exotic world set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past. Meticulously crafted and artfully designed. Westworld offers its guests an unparalleled, immersive world where they have the freedom to become who they've always wanted to be—or who they never knew they were. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.

Westworld is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy for HBO. The story takes place in the fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced Wild West-themed amusement park populated by android hosts. Westworld caters to high-paying guests, who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts. It is based on the 1973 film of the same name, which was written and directed by American novelist Michael Crichton, and to a lesser extent on the 1976 sequel Futureworld. It is the second TV series based on the two films, the first being the short-lived 1980 series Beyond Westworld. Nolan and Joy serve as executive producers along with J. J. AbramsJerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk, with Nolan directing the pilot. The first season premiered on October 2, 2016, concluded on December 4, 2016, and consisted of ten episodes. In November 2016, HBO renewed the show for a ten-episode second season, which is set to premiere on April 22, 2018Westworld has received largely positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for the visuals, story, and performances. See the trailer for the second season below.

Here are a few book titles involving technology, the Old West, robots, and dangerous adventures.

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 9:12am
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Liv dreads starting middle school. Not because of the work, or the classes, or the other students. No, Liv doesn’t want to go because of the uniform: “Girls must wear a black, pleated, knee-length skirt.” Which wouldn’t be such a huge issue, except...Liv is not a girl. Liv is transgender, and, though they may look like a girl on the outside and be a girl on paper, Liv knows that they are a boy. And Liv knows that they feel awful and unlike themselves in a skirt.

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:24am
Cover to Ready, Set, Grow!

Sometimes you want to do more than just dig in the dirt, and a targeted gardening project is an excellent way to develop green thumbs. DK’s gardening book for kids, Ready, Set, Grow! Quick and Easy Gardening Projects, offers some creative and colorful projects that won’t break the bank or send you all around town looking for obscure ingredients. Like all DK books, this one offers wonderful photographs and cheery art, making it a visual feast for the eyes as well. I loved the decorations that we can make out of foil containers, the garden buddy made out of recycled materials, and the “strawberry boot,” made from a pair of old rain boots.

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:58am
Cover to Little Poems for Tiny Ears

We are in the midst of National Poetry Month, a great time to put a renewed focus on incorporating poetry into the reading habits of our children. Poetry is special in the way it captures imaginations with so few words, making it perfect to explore with children, who enjoy the short verses, succinct phrasing, rhythm, and rhyme that make poetry unique.  

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 8:04am
Young child reading a book

Cooper Branch has undergone an amazing makeover! Our thanks to local author Sherryl Woods for generously donating proceeds from her book, A Small Town Love Story: Colonial Beach, Virginia, to Central Rappahannock Regional Library for the express purpose of revitalizing and refreshing Cooper Branch.

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:29am
2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 16. The winners include Less: A Novel, by Andrew Sean Greer (fiction); Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (biography); Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (poetry); DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar (music); Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr. (general nonfiction); and The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (history).

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:46am
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Will’s brother Shawn is dead. After watching him get gunned down on the streets, now Will has to do what’s expected. He has to follow The Rules.

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 4:24pm
Vote for us in Fredericksburg Parent's Family Favorites!

It's time to vote for Fredericksburg Parent & Family magazine's 2018 Family Favorites.

This is your chance to vote for your favorite things in the Fredericksburg region.

Last year, we were honored that you selected the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as the best tutoring service in the region, and this year we are nominated in THREE categories!

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 9:03am
Cover to The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

At 5 o'clock in the morning, a curly-headed toddler went missing from his bed in the spacious mansion in the English countryside, never to be seen alive again. Young Saville Kent's soon-to-be-discovered vicious murder at the hands of someone who was surely a family member or trusted servant excited the press, the populace, and the authorities and ultimately drew the attention of one of Scotland Yard's first and finest detectives, Jack Whicher. Like the fictional Sherlock Holmes, Detective Whicher had a keen mind and almost sixth sense for uncovering criminals in the most unlikely places. With no forensics lab modern or otherwise to help him discover the identity of Saville's killer, Whicher used reason and intuition when setting about his task.

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