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05/06/2016 - 2:21pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Comics Enthusiast and Podcaster Nick Stephens

"I live in Fredericksburg with my wife, and I have a Chihuahua and a Brussels griffon. I play in a rock band called Sequels, and I host a podcast called Comic Cons about anything comic book-related where we review comic book movies. I also host a podcast called Real to Really?!? about movies and music videos from the 80s and 90s."

05/25/2016 - 10:39am
Discovery Tables: Spies, Space, and More!

This summer, enjoy hands-on, explore-it-yourself Discovery Tables at your library! Whether playing a constellation game or practicing their spy skills, children will enjoy this rotating series of self-guided STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities.

Drop by England Run, Headquarters, Porter, Salem Church, and Snow branches to participate: June 9-June 19; June 23-July 3; July 7-July 17; July 21-July 31; and August 4-August 14.

05/31/2016 - 10:42am
Ready, Set, Read Kickoff

Summer is almost here! Sure, that means warm weather, time at the pool and/or beach, and time spent outside with friends, but it also means that it’s time for summer reading. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! We are getting ready with awesome prizes for your family based on the number of minutes you read (or are read to!). Don’t forget, attending our Grow a Reader classes counts as time towards your minutes total. 

05/13/2016 - 2:31pm
Fabulous Friday: Game On!

Summer is almost here! Which means no school and time to play or lounge around outside. But it also means that it’s time for summer reading. This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! So, to kick it off, we’re excited to bring you Fabulous Friday: Game On! It's a great way to celebrate and launch into summer vacation. Grades K-6. 

04/27/2016 - 7:53am
Free Wills for Seniors and Resource Fair

Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc. will hold a resource fair and offer free wills-for-seniors sessions at the England Run Branch on Monday, May 16, from 9:30 - 3:00. Seniors over 60 who are interested in participating in these one-on-one sessions are required to preregister as space is limited. For eligiblity and screening, please contact Carolyn Ross at 540-371-1105, ext. 111 or cross@rapplegal.com. Looking for general information about wills? Check out our resource list, Writing Your Will.

The Senior Resource Fair is open to all and will include representatives from Rappahannock Legal Services, Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging, the disAbility Resource Center, and Quin Rivers (housing, finances, physical and mental well-being). Steven Scheibe from AARP/Triad will also be on hand to answer questions.

05/06/2016 - 12:50pm
“No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou” by Rhonda Gowler Greene

You’ve probably heard the rumors, the ones that say that libraries and print books aren’t as popular as they once were, but as the oft mangled quote from Mark Twain says, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”  A not too long ago study by the Pew Research Center on the Future of Libraries, reinforces our experiences.

04/14/2016 - 10:44am
Calling All Comic Artists and Fans!

During May, the Salem Church Branch will host a Comic Art Show, a CRRL-Con event. If you are a comic artist, here’s your chance to display your powerful artistic talents and share your work with the community!

04/06/2016 - 8:33am
My Librarian: Beat & Counterculture Reads

American counterculture hit the mainstream in the 1960s, but it had already been stewing for over a decade with the Beat generation. This group of novelists, poets, and playwrights pushed against the norms of Eisenhower's post-war optimism to reveal a different side to the nation.

04/05/2016 - 1:28pm
Poems, poems, everywhere. No analyzing required.

April is National Poetry Month, which is a perfect time to highlight all the amazing poetry that is out there, but . . . UGH . . . POETRY. At least, that’s how I used to feel. When I was a kid I LOVED poetry, especially Shel Silverstein. But as I got older, and school started requiring me to think about the poetry we were reading and what the deeper meaning might be, I started to resent it. I mean, couldn’t I just ENJOY the poetry instead of trying to decipher how the poet might have been feeling when he wrote it? Apparently not.

Then I started working as a youth services librarian, and I was introduced to novels in verse. All of those middle school and high school memories came flooding back, and I wanted nothing to do with it. Until I read one. Then I read another and another. Finally, I realized I LOVED novels in verse! Why? Because they are complete stories told through a collection of poetry. Poetry rarely takes up a whole page, which made the books super fast to read! It also amazed me how by simply changing the spacing or even font size within a poem an additional meaning was made clear.

05/06/2016 - 2:35pm
CRRL Guest Picks: Financial Advisor and City Councilman Brad Ellis

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in Guest Picks for the library. I am generally reading one or two books at a time, and, as a family, we emphasize reading with our girls by reading nightly. I also enjoy challenging our oldest daughter (6-years-old) to help me find at least one "positive" story in the daily newspaper. My reading usually focuses on professional development (typically finance and investment-related books) and personal growth, often autobiographies, and personal coaching types of books to help elevate my performance in all areas of life.

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