November will be bringing our library community both Veterans Day and NaNoWriMo. If you’ve thought of trying your hand at writing about the war experience, you’ll want to attend our workshop, “When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters in and after Combat.” Steve Watkins, award-winning local author and past instructor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington, will lead this program for veterans, their family members, and anyone else who wants to hone their writing skills. To be held at Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, November 11, 9:45-10:45 am, this program is part of our larger Writers Conference.
This fall promises to be a busy one at Central Rappahannock Regional Library, with over 150 events, classes, and workshops offered for the young, the old, and the in-between. Let’s take a look at three of those events, chosen because they are happening soon, may be a bit unexpected as a library offering, or are inspiring opportunities.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the second annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. We'll be there from 10:00–5:00.
You'll find over 112 exhibitors, including local authors, poets, graphic novelists, book artists, and publishers. There will be panels, speakers, and a food truck, too!
If you attend this free festival, you may also win one of five Kindle Fire HD8s. You can preregister to win prizes at www.fredbookfest.com.
Follow Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival on Facebook, and sign up for their email list to receive up-to-the-minute information about vendors, opportunities, and more. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the festival!
In my last column, I mentioned that one of the perks of working in a library is that you learn something new every day. This helps immensely when trying to decide upon a topic for an article with a deadline fast approaching. Fortuitously, an email I recently received from one of our library vendors announced that August is American Artist Appreciation Month, which was big news and a big inspiration (read big relief!) to me. So, here’s my take on how the library can inspire you to celebrate American artists.
Rappahannock United Way (RUW) is offering free financial coaching, one-on-one, at select library locations. These financial check-up workshops are designed to help you achieve greater financial stability. You and your coach can discuss any of these topics:
-A better way to manage your money
-How to reduce your debt
-How to increase your savings
-What a credit score is and how to improve it
If you’re interested in the solar eclipse that’s happening on August 21, then the library is the hot place to be. While we won’t see a total eclipse in our area, it still promises to be a unique event and a spectacular opportunity to learn more about our sun, moon, and everything astronomical. Central Rappahannock Regional Library not only has books and articles to enlighten the community on heavenly physics, but we will also host solar celebrations and safe solar viewing parties at many of the branches.
If you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur starting a new business, the library can help with your information needs. Check out our Business Answers page for an overview of our resources and services for local business people. And, from now through the end of September, you can join a webinar from ReferenceUSA, one of the fantastic free resources for CRRL library card holders, on how to use their database to:
-Find new business opportunities
-Locate suppliers, and find key business people's contact information
-Conduct market research
-Target new customers, identify new residents in a specific area, and increase your customer base
-Discover customer preferences
-View prospective individual customer demographics, and analyze community demographics
Our expert genealogy librarians are taking their research skills on the road this summer to teach you how to jump-start tracing your family’s roots. Whether you are a complete novice at this family tree thing, or you’ve been at it a while and are stuck, we can help. Join us for a 90-minute training session at your nearest branch.
Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!
The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.
There’s a book in all of us, and, if you decide to write yours, you may want some expert advice on how to get it published. Six local, published authors will share their experiences navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication as first-time authors at a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00. The authors are Jim Hall (The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia), Chris Jones (The Art & Business of Writing), Cory MacLauchlin (Butterfly in the Typewriter), Howard Owen (Littlejohn), Rick Pullen (Naked Ambition), and Dr. David Sam (Finite to Fail, Memories in Clay). Presented in partnership with Germanna Community College, this event will be held at the Headquarters Library. A lively Q & A session and book signing will follow.
For more information, listen to Dr. David Sam, Jim Hall, Rick Pullen, and Cory MacLauchlin on Town Talk with Ted Schubel on 1230 WFVA.