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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:45am
Cover to Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields

When “Baltimore boy” and chef John Shields brought his Chesapeake Bay-style cooking to California years ago, he was urged to write a cookbook about the regional cuisine. Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields is in its 25th anniversary edition now, but its recipes and reminiscences are as fresh as they are delicious.

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 2:05am
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Many mysteries have been explained through space exploration, but one remains unanswered: Is there anybody else out there? Let the Curiosity rover guide you through the dusty red planet, while she searches for evidence of other life!

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 2:04am
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón had many, many pets. She had Bonito the parrot who, like Frida, was as colorful as the house she lived in on 247 Londres Street in the city of Coyoacán, Mexico. In La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo was inspired by her animalitos to create beautiful and imaginative pieces of modern art.

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 2:02am
If you like Legion (X-Men)

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 the book matches here.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:24am
Big Library Read: Flat Broke with Two Goats

From April 2-16, OverDrive's Big Library Read is back with the eBook and eAudio formats of Flat Broke With Two Goats, by Jennifer McGaha.

Suburban Chic to Backwoods Barnyard

When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they gave up their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer’s life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.

Easy Reading

During the Big Library Read, the digital version and audiobook will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist. Flat Broke With Two Goats can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees. 

Making It Social

Author and university professor Jennifer McGaha loves reading and libraries, and she's written a friendly letter of introduction for Big Library Read participants. Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online at Overdrive's site, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.

Intrigued? Check out the preview below.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:48am
CRRL Guest Picks: Delegate Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas represents the 28th district in Virginia's House of Delegates, which includes Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2003, Bob and a fellow Marine started their own local company, Capriccio Software. He and his wife, Christi, have eight children and spend some of their free time traveling the country in their motorhome.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:01am
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Richard is the perfect husband. He's charming, intelligent, and financially successful. He makes his fiancé Nelly feel safe. But, Richard doesn't know about the strange phone calls Nelly has been receiving, with no one at the other end of the line. He doesn't know about the feeling she's been having, the feeling that she's being watched. 

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:01am
Book Corner: The Library is a Great Place to Start for Financial Finesse

Some people seem to inherently understand finances. They can create budgets, savings plans and retirement plans and adhere to them effortlessly. No matter how much I wish that I was one of these people, I am not. However, when I began my career, I quickly came to realize that without a budget or plans for my financial future that my dreams of owning a home, traveling the country, and retiring and not having to worry about money were never going to come to fruition. Luckily, I work at a library that surrounds me every day with the resources I need to plan for and attain my goals.

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:56am
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

In Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton, Adam, now 16, has suffered from auditory and visual hallucinations for years. Only recently has he finally been diagnosed as schizophrenic. This diagnosis makes sense to Adam, who is accustomed to mobsters bursting into classrooms and firing machine guns at will and the naked man who follows him around and keeps him company sometimes—of course, these are things only he sees hears and experiences.

As well as finally receiving a diagnosis, Adam has also found himself in a clinical trial for a new drug to help with his symptoms. As part of the trial, Adam must be closely monitored to ensure that the medication is only having positive effects on him. The book is written as Adam’s diary entries to his therapist. His therapy sessions are a required part of the clinical trial, but Adam refuses to speak to the man. Instead, he pens answers to the various questions for the therapist to read later.

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:28am
Acting and Film Production

Bright lights, cameras, glitz, and glamour! The dream of Hollywood may seem far away, so where do you begin? Actress, writer, and producer Wendy A. Latella will help you move closer to your dream of acting or playing a part in film production with her series of classes.

Acting: Getting Started in the Industry, Salem Church Branch, Sunday, April 15, 2:00-3:00
Headshots, résumés, auditions, social media, agents, managers, and business basics. Grade 9-Adult.

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