Teen Blog

06/07/2017 - 8:03am
Overdue Fee Changes on July 1

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.

06/01/2017 - 6:14am
CRRL Guest Picks: Jeremy & Justin

Living in a home that contains more than 200 feet of bookshelves, Jeremy and Justin had no choice but to fall in love with books. For their second birthday, they received library cards and bags with the library logo on them. It was not uncommon for them to leave the library lugging two or three bulging canvas bags containing 50 or more picture books.

05/17/2017 - 10:35am
Virtual Private Networks and You

Online privacy has been in the news a lot lately. In response to this renewed concern, I’m hearing two main solutions emerge in the chatter among the digerati, one good, one less so. Let’s start with the latter: Web traffic “noise generators.” Noise generators are plug-ins that rapidly open and close browser tabs to random sites. The idea is to hide your genuine Web activity in a haze of random, meaningless traffic. Don’t bother. Obfuscation methods like these will hinder data miners not one bit. 

The other idea is to use a VPN or Virtual Private Network. When you connect to sites through a VPNinformation about you and the site you’re visiting is funneled through an encrypted network that your ISP (Internet service provider) cannot detect. VPNs are especially handy for public wifi when you want to make sure that no one else on the network can spy on what you’re doing 

05/16/2017 - 3:12pm
Cover to Ms. Marvel

With Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s 3rd annual CRRL-Con coming up on May 20, now is the perfect time to indulge your comic book craving. Whether you are new to comics, getting back to them after a break, or have always been a comic book fan, the variety of characters and storylines in comics means there is always something out there to entertain you. The public library has an extensive collection of comic books and provides a great way to “test drive” something new to see if you like it. Checking comics out means you can try one and, if you don’t like it, return it and try another, no financial commitment needed. You can even borrow several and see which is your favorite. The library has the big names, like Thor, Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, and even Archie and Casper. But the possibilities are endless, so here are a few more suggestions.

05/03/2017 - 11:44am
Explore Your World with Adventure Packs

If you enjoy bird watching, looking at insects and animals up close, or taking hikes in the forest, then CRRL’s Adventure Packs are for you!

04/25/2017 - 12:53pm

Not every child today learns in a big building with lots of other students all studying the same things at the same time. In the past twenty years, the homeschool phenomenon has caught fire across America.

04/07/2017 - 2:19pm
New Kids and Teen eReading Rooms

Kids and teens now have their own eReading rooms through OverDrive! Now it's easier than ever to find interesting eBooks and eAudios to download.

These pages are designed to make it easy to browse and download amazing books and audiobooks. We update our lists with fresh titles each month.  Feel like exploring on your own? You can browse by topic by clicking on Subjects.

Want to see the entire eCollection? Click "Back to Main Collection" at the top to see all the eBooks and eAudio. 

Happy reading--and listening!

03/31/2017 - 11:16am
Lily and Dunkin book cover image

Your heart will soar and fall with the story of two teens overcoming tremendous odds to show the world who they truly are. Lily Jo McGrother was born Timothy McGrother, but now, as she enters eighth grade, she wonders if it’s time—if she’s strong enough—to be the girl she is inside. Norbert Dorfman, brand new to town, has a hard enough time dealing with his bipolar disorder and a secret from his past. Both Lily Jo and Norbert (who chooses the nickname "Dunkin" after his coffee habit) are hoping eighth grade will mean a fresh start.

03/23/2017 - 5:23pm
Come Explore HQ's Teen Space

Teens, now you can find your own space at Headquarters Library in Fredericksburg. Come to the second floor, and see what’s in store.

The official Opening Night Pizza Party is set for Tuesday, March 28, from 7:30 to 8:30. The library’s Teen Council and HQ Youth Services staff will be there to welcome you. Besides delicious pizza, there will be:

15 brand spanking new Chromebooks available for checkout. During the party or at any other time the library is open, they can be used anywhere on the second floor and can be used with earphones for a bit of privacy. 

We'll also have XBox One with the following games: 

  • W2k17
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • LEGO Jurassic World
  • UFC 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Terraria
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse
  • NBA 2K16
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Rocket League Arena
03/27/2017 - 9:10am
Free Seed Exchange

From April 3 to April 8, stop by Salem Church Branch, Porter Branch, or Headquarters Library to drop off your extra seeds and exchange them for ones you need. Seeds that you drop off should be clearly labeled and packaged in small bags.*  

Want to know more? Check out these resources for information on growing plants from seed, saving seeds, and seed exchanges:

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