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12/15/2017 - 2:18am
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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.
 

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
After being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve, Holly Chase chooses not to mend her spoiled ways. Upon her death, Holly discovers her selfishness has caused her to work for eternity as a ghost of Christmas past. Every year Project Scrooge saves another miserly grouch, and Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. But this year, everything is about to change . . . (catalog summary)
 

12/14/2017 - 8:27pm
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2017

CRRL has earned the Library Journal 4-Star Library rating for the fourth year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service ten years ago. This year, of 7,409 qualifying U.S. public libraries, only 259 received a star rating. CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating in 2017.

12/14/2017 - 10:55am
Take Your Child to the Library Day

We know every day is a great day to bring a child to the library, but the first Saturday in February is extra special. Saturday, February 3, 2018, is the seventh annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. The brainchild of Connecticut children's librarian Nadine Lipman, Take Your Child to the Library Day serves as an encouragement to families across the nation to visit their local libraries. 

12/14/2017 - 10:17am
Soup's On! . . . For the Fredericksburg Arts and Culture Directory Project

On Sunday, January 21, the Arts and Cultural Council of the Rappahannock (ACCR) will host a social gathering of artists and art organizations to kick off the Fredericksburg Arts and Culture Directory Project. Join ACCR at Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Fredericksburg Branch, from 2:30 to 4:30, for a project overview. Be a part of the committees that will assist in spreading the word about the directory. Soup and other refreshments will be on hand for the enjoyment of all attendees!

12/14/2017 - 9:51am
Microgreens: More than Just Alfalfa Sprouts!

You can grow edible, delicious, vibrantly beautiful, and nutritious microgreens all year round indoors. Add color, texture, and flavor to salads, sandwiches, tacos, and other recipes.

Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be grown easily in a small space at home. All you need is a little sun or a grow light, a shallow container, a little potting soil, and the right seeds. The library has plenty of resources to get you started, including a Grow a Microgreen Garden class in England Run Branch’s MakerLab on Saturday, January 13, 1:00-2:00.

12/15/2017 - 6:12pm
Connect to the DMV at the Library!

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is bringing its DMV Connect program to select branches of Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

The program was developed to serve Virginians who may not be able to travel to a DMV office. You'll be able to get and renew ID cards, licenses, and learners' permits. You can also take care of titles, vehicle registrations, transfers, and plate returns. Please note: DMV Connect is not able to perform any testing or provide birth, death, or marriage certificates.

Snow Branch will host DMV Connect on Friday, January 19, from 10:00 to 3:00, and Fredericksburg Branch will host from 10:00-3:00 on Thursday, February 22.

Appointments are not required—just drop in! 

12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Cover to Oskar and the Eight Blessings

It’s 1938. After the Night of Broken Glass, Oskar’s parents feel they must send him to America, so he can be safe. Traveling all alone, Oskar arrives in New York City on the seventh day of Hanukkah, which also happens to be Christmas Eve. He must walk a long way across the city to reach his Aunt Esther, hoping to reach her house before she lights the menorah at sunset.

Aunt Esther does not know he is coming, so he must navigate the cold streets by himself, over 100 blocks on the big street called Broadway. It is rather daunting for a small boy, but Oskar is comforted by his father’s last words to him: “Oskar, even in bad times, people can be good. You have to look for the blessings.”

12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Book Corner: Holiday Books, Streaming Video, and More at the Library

What are librarians looking forward to most this holiday season? Besides spending time with loved ones, we eagerly anticipate having personal time to stream movies, read books, and watch logs burning in the fireplace. The library can help you with those movies, books, and, yes, even get you those “burning” logs!

12/11/2017 - 2:16am
Cover to Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Georgie has had enough of being under her stepsister’s thumb. Binky’s wife Fig is determined to keep the castle colder than even its normal drafty self by not lighting rather necessary fires, and what food there is seems to be doled out in ever diminishing quantities. To top it off, Fig has found a way to save even more money with a scheme to use Georgie as an unpaid governess for years to come.

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