Additional parking is on the horizon for visitors to our Fredericksburg Branch! Starting this month, the City of Fredericksburg will begin construction on a brand-new lot, which will create an entrance and exit off Sophia Street and double the number of available parking spaces from 29 to 58. Most of the landscaping already in place will be maintained, but, by the time the lot is complete, there will be approximately 26 additional trees and 40 additional shrubs around the lot. There will be no impact on the sidewalk or the memorial garden already in place immediately behind the building.
Snow Branch is getting an exciting new look! Spotsylvania County has contracted for new carpeting for the entire branch. This is the final phase of renovations that began last year when the county painted the branch with fresh, new colors.
New carpet is already in place in the majority of the branch, but some old tile was uncovered in a few of the rooms and needs to be removed before they can finish the project. As a result, the Snow Branch will be closed February 5-11 and will reopen on February 12th with fresh new carpet throughout!
If you visit on the 12th, you will get a behind the scenes look as County staff moves furniture and shelving into place, and library staff puts materials back on the shelves of the impacted rooms.
On Tuesday, December 19, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution renaming England Run Branch as William J. Howell Branch, in honor of the retiring House of Delegates Speaker. The resolution can be found here on the Stafford County website, and the Free Lance-Star covered the change in this article. Speaker Howell has served in the General Assembly since 1988, and he and his wife Cessie have been library supporters for many years.
The Porter Branch is getting an exciting new look! Stafford County has contracted for “bookstore”-style shelving for the adult and teen collections, to be installed in July. These wooden shelves are lower and more attractive, allowing materials to be more accessible. Customers will no longer need to climb on a step stool to reach the top shelves! These shelves also provide increased visibility throughout the branch and will allow more natural light to shine through from the beautiful windows at the far end of the building.
Summer Reading has just begun, and Central Rappahannock Regional Library is making it easier for children and teens to continue learning all summer long! In keeping with our mission of inspiring lifelong learning every day, effective July 1, all children's and teens' materials will be exempt from late fees.
Access to the public library is key to every child's and teen’s development. Unfortunately, concerns from parents and guardians over fee liabilities have been an understandable barrier to library use by this age group. They can now check out as many books as they wish, which encourages literacy and supports schools by ensuring that all students have access at all times to the public library. Young people are still responsible for returning materials on time and in good condition and will be charged for lost and damaged items.
This change impacts all children's and teens' materials, no matter who checks them out.
I am pleased to announce that we are partnering with Spotsylvania County, the Belmont Ruritan Club, and the Belmont Club of Women to increase access to library services for residents in rural Spotsylvania. Beginning Monday, April 10, CRRL will offer computers, printing, and other library services at Belmont Community Center, 7124 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA. A library card is not required to take advantage of this service, but those interested can apply for one on-site. You can even make arrangements to pick up your next holds at this location.
We'll be there each Monday from 4-7 p.m., and our friendly staff will offer the following services:
-Computers with Internet access and printing
-Books, movies, and audiobooks for all ages
-Homework help and reading recommendations
We hope to see you there as we bring lifelong learning opportunities directly to this part of our region!
Starting March 1, no matter where customers live in Westmoreland County, they will be able to take advantage of library services during the hours we typically consider "normal" CRRL operating hours. Without any added costs, the Cooper, Montross and Newton branches will soon be open six days a week, with at least one library location open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Soon, Westmoreland County students with last-minute homework needs, adults who need to use a computer, and children needing books will be able to find an open library in their county every day but Sunday.
The completion of the Strategic Plan and the adoption of a new library mission and vision were the perfect catalysts for updating the CRRL logo. Our talented in-house Graphics Team developed many possibilities, and, after much consideration, we finally narrowed it down to one choice. Our new logo combines books with the digital frontier that is explored through laptops, the Internet, and eBooks.
You’ll soon see the new logo on the posters and flyers that we print in-house, and it will be featured in the winter issue of our @ Your Library magazine, which will be published in November. Our website and online platforms will gradually have a new look, too, thanks to our Digital Services Team. It will feature not just the new logo, but a new color scheme as well.
Our beloved late director will always have a place in our hearts, and we want to commemorate her hard work and dedication in the building where she worked for 44 years, the Headquarters Library. You can see her love and enthusiasm for Central Rappahannock Regional Library in the video below. Local artist Laurie Watkins has painted a beautiful portrait, which we will proudly unveil on Wednesday, September 14, from 5:30-7:30 in the Headquarters Library Theater. After its unveiling, it will be displayed in the Headquarters Lobby near the customer service desk.
The Virginia General Assembly also recognized Donna's contributions, not just to our community, but to the entire state. Shortly after her death in 2016, they passed House Joint Resolution 410, "Celebrating the life of Madonna Griffin Cote."
We hope you will join us for the portrait's unveiling and a formal presentation of the House joint resolution. A reception will follow.
Gardening education is one of the many ways that the CRRL contributes to the health and welfare of the community, and what better way to educate than through the creation of hands-on gardens at the library?