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07/13/2016 - 3:17pm
Gotta Catch 'em All: Pokémon GO at the Library

Are you looking to add to your Pokédex on Pokémon GO? Do you just have to catch them all? Look no further!

Some of our CRRL branches are now Pokémon stops, and some are even gyms! Headquarters, Porter, and England Run have already joined in on the Poké hunt. Cooper Branch is even a gym! Look at the Bellsprout that was captured right outside England Run! And, a wild Pidgey appeared, right in the middle of the children's research desk at Headquarters! How many more can you find?

Come meet and battle with other hunters, exchange Pokémon, and have fun!

07/09/2016 - 11:53am
Porter’s Saturday Matinee Movie: Skyfall

Skyfall (2012): Starring Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes. Rated PG-13. Being shown FREE at the Porter Library, on Saturday, July 16th @ 1:30 as part of Porter’s Saturday Matinee Movie “Summer of Dames” series.

A botched operation results in vital secrets related to British security being lost, after which a shaky Bond returns to MI6. He and MI6 minister M face extra scrutiny from Gareth Mallory, a Member of Parliament who believes the Double O program may be obsolete. A series of escalating terrorist attacks targeting M—perpetuated by the sinister Raoul Silva—forces M to confront dark secrets from her past. For fans, the film provides a first-time glimpse into Bond’s backstory and examines what it means to identify, recruit, and train a person to be “licensed to kill.”    

07/07/2016 - 1:29pm
Organizational Apps Popplet

A more organized you may be just a click away. Here are some free organizational apps to help fight your case of chronic disarray. 

07/01/2016 - 12:01am
CRRL Guest Picks: Raina Krasner, Wildlife Educator

While working as a naturalist at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River, NJ, Raina realized her passion for teaching people about wildlife. Following that passion, Raina relocated to Virginia in August 2012 to begin her career as an outreach coordinator at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. As outreach coordinator, Raina spends her time teaching people about wildlife by sharing the stories of the patients that pass through the wildlife hospital and the education animals that call the Wildlife Center home.

07/08/2016 - 11:09am
Time Travel -- Patawomeck Style

Time travel to the year 1608 in a Patawomeck village set up at the Headquarters Library on Saturday, August 6, between 9:30 and 3:30.

Local Patawomeck tribal members will transform the front lawn of the library into their village as it was when when Captain John Smith sailed up the Rappahannock. Chief John Lightner says, “We take great pride in bringing history to life by creating actual experiences for people. You get a taste of the real thing.”

06/28/2016 - 2:45pm
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Tops the List for Homework Help

The votes have been counted, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library came out on top. Fredericksburg Parent Magazine readers have chosen CRRL as the winner for tutoring in their annual Family Favorites Awards. We hope the whole family agrees that our libraries are great spots for homework help for children and teens.

06/28/2016 - 2:59am
Cover to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It’s always hard to say goodbye, even if it is to friends that you’ve never met and only speak to every couple of weeks. Next Friday, I will start a position as CRRL’s Deputy Director. It will be a big change, but I am excited for new adventures! Many of you may know the wonderful Darcie Caswell as the Youth Services Department Head at our Salem Church Branch, and she has recently been named Youth Services Coordinator and is taking over the column in July. I know you will enjoy sharing books with her.

In the meantime, I’m going to share some of my all-time favorite titles. My mantra, when it comes to reading, is that there are too many books to read a title more than once. Luckily, some of my favorites have been made into terrific audios, and I have plenty of time in my car to listen and enjoy them again.

06/14/2016 - 1:09pm
Audiobooks for Summer

June is National Audio Book Month! So, to celebrate, throw some headphones into your beach bag. A great story is the perfect soundtrack to any summer adventure.

Because I love audiobooks and can’t resist sharing my favorites, I’ve gathered a list of great audiobooks for summer. The list includes fantasy and science fiction, memoir and family drama—all with compelling plots and page-turning appeal to keep you listening through the dog days to come.

06/10/2016 - 8:10pm
Cover to Adulting

Growing up is hard to do, especially those first steps on your own as a real adult. While you can choose your own job or major, go to bed whenever you please, and eat whatever tickles your fancy, you also need to learn how to do many new things, some of which may be unfamiliar. If you’d like to hear helpful tips for living on your own, come join us at the England Run Branch on Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00.

07/13/2016 - 7:11am
Join the Harry Potter Celebration at the Library

“He'll be famous—a legend . . . there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!"
—Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter is the boy who lived, but, for many of us, he is also the boy who made reading interesting again and brought magic to life. He is also the boy who, through his adventures and friends, taught us a lot about the world and who we wanted to be. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play based on a new, original story, opens in London on July 30, followed by a next-day script publication. You can reserve a copy of the script now.

Readers can also look forward to the November release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (movie website here), based on Newt Scamander's (J. K. Rowling's) book of the same title.

We are excited we can pass on the joy of Harry Potter to the next round of readers—not only through the books we grew up with, but with a new story for a new generation. This, of course, gives us librarians a perfect excuse to celebrate all things Harry Potter!

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