In my last column, I mentioned that one of the perks of working in a library is that you learn something new every day. This helps immensely when trying to decide upon a topic for an article with a deadline fast approaching. Fortuitously, an email I recently received from one of our library vendors announced that August is American Artist Appreciation Month, which was big news and a big inspiration (read big relief!) to me. So, here’s my take on how the library can inspire you to celebrate American artists.
Writing tends to be a solitary activity. From hours of research to even more hours of honing one’s prose or choosing just the right word for a new poem, writers spend a lot of their time working alone. That’s what makes a writers' group so helpful and refreshing. You can get together with other writers who understand what you’ve been doing, learn something new to improve your work, make connections for future marketing or partnerships, and get some feedback on your current project.
Rappahannock United Way (RUW) is offering free financial coaching, one-on-one, at select library locations. These financial check-up workshops are designed to help you achieve greater financial stability. You and your coach can discuss any of these topics:
-A better way to manage your money
-How to reduce your debt
-How to increase your savings
-What a credit score is and how to improve it
If you're looking for books with intrigue and modern heroines, have we got the books for you! These titles all feature women involved in lots of action and adventure around the world.
The Phantom of the Opera is considered to be one of the oldest classic movie monsters—and one of the creepiest. Born in a French novel, put into two silent films and a popular Broadway musical, the Phantom has made an impact on the horror world.
Check out these five popular adult titles that have hit the shelves this month. To see more fresh titles, check out our recent arrivals page.
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.
On September 15, DMV Connect will be at Snow Branch from 10:00-3:00. They will return to Snow Branch on December 1, from 10:00 to 3:00.
On November 20, the Fredericksburg Branch will host DMV Connect, from 10:00-3:00, in the Library Theater. They will be back on December 15, in HQ's Meeting Room 1, also from 10:00 to 3:00.
Appointments are not required—just drop in!
This spring and summer, plenty of books have come to life on the big screen with phenomenal results. To wrap up the end of 2017, Hollywood is releasing even more "book to movie" productions that are sure to have viewers talking.
Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop grew up in a rambling house, surrounded by woods, and with a stream nearby for catching crayfish. With no television until she was twelve, she and her five brothers would make up all sorts of imaginative games. Their home was filled with books to feed that imagination. Among her favorites were C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, as well as books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens. Both her parents loved to read, and her father was a journalist.
A Writer in the Wings
“My father read aloud from Shakespeare—he made us take parts and read from plays in the evenings sometimes… Reading was like breathing.”*
Congratulations to CRRL's Digital Services Librarian Virginia Johnson for her awards in the 2017 National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) Professional Communications Contest for her blog entries for CRRL's website.
The annual NFPW National Communications Contest encourages and rewards excellence in communication in a wide range of categories, with entries judged by leaders in their fields of expertise. All state and national contest entries must have been published, e-published, or broadcast in 2016.
Read her award-winning entries in the national contest where they won third place in their categories: