“I predict you will wonder from this day forward how you ever got along without the services we are starting here today.”
—Randolph Church, Virginia State Librarian, speaking at the opening of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Reported in The Free Lance-Star, July 19, 1969)
From 1969 through 2000, Jean Jett carefully clipped this and other newspaper articles about the regional library where her daughter, Vikki Dembowski, was employed. Those yellowed articles have been copied by library volunteers and compiled in seven big loose-leaf notebooks entitled CRRL in the News. They can be perused in the Virginiana Room, located at Fredericksburg Branch.
Since 1940, the U.S. Postal Service has been issuing stamps honoring African Americans. Booker T. Washington was the first. A new exhibit in the Virginiana Room displays stamps from the collection of Bob Fields, a member of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections. The collection showcases African American heroes of arts, politics, and sports. The exhibit will be on display through the end of March.