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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
Mon, 07/16/2018 - 3:49pm

This fall, follow your roots to uncover stories from your family history. CRRL is hosting classes for beginning and experienced family researchers at several of its branches:

How to Trace Your Family Tree
Newton Branch, Monday, October 1, 5:30 to 6:30. Presented by expert genealogist Laura Hazel. Sign up required.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 8:08am
Cover to Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys is a teenage slice-of-life story. Maggie is dealing with the first day of school. Not just the first day of the year, nor is it simply her first day of high school. This is Maggie's first day of school...ever. 

Once homeschooled, the freshman girl's mother (and teacher) has left home. Luckily, Maggie has three already initiated older brothers to show her the ropes around Sandford High. But Maggie's going to have to get used to the crowds, the schedule, and the fact that her siblings can't always be looking out for her.

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 8:30am
If you like Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Envisioning a summer vacation in the humble Singapore home of a boy she hopes to marry, Chinese-American Rachel Chu is unexpectedly introduced to a rich and scheming clan that strongly opposes their son's relationship with an American girl.
 
Crazy Rich Asians is an upcoming American romantic comedy film based on Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros and is set for release on August 17, 2018. The film stars Constance WuHenry GoldingGemma ChanLisa LuAwkwafinaKen Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.
Wed, 06/27/2018 - 11:48am
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

My first thought upon reading the description of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse was "Terminator rip-off."  But I kept thinking, "Robots and the apocalypse, two of my favorite things to read about in fiction." I'm not making that up. And really, anything after Terminator 2 in the franchise doesn't, in my mind, count.  I've always wanted a lot more detail about how the robot uprising occurs and how people struggle in the coming war, especially people who are not John Connor.  After reading Robopocalypse, I want to assure you that it is as far removed from Terminator lore as anything "robot apocalypse" could possibly be.  If you're someone who likes to be frightened and enjoys books where the mundane is made decidedly strange, then you might enjoy Robopocalypse.

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:19am
Cover to an issue of Conde Nast Traveler

In my last column, I wrote about how a library card gives you access to eBooks and eAudio regardless of where you are in the world or what time of day or night you are looking for something new to read. EBooks and eAudio are just the tips of the iceberg of the library resources you can access at all hours of the day, from all over the world.

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 8:53am
Author Susanna Kearsley to Visit

New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley is returning to Central Rappahannock Regional Library as part of her national tour. Kearsley will be discussing her latest work, Bellewether, and the research that went into writing a historical novel set during wartime in colonial-era Long Island.  

Kearsley will be speaking at Fredericksburg Branch on Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 in the theater, with a reception and book signing to follow. There will be copies of her new work and select earlier titles available to purchase.

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 8:34am
Cover to Finnikin of the Rock

Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta, is a book for readers who don’t mind losing themselves. The land of Skuldenore is not always a pleasant place to be lost—in fact, it is often heartbreakingly dark. But I didn’t mind being lost within it, as long as I was with Finnikin.

Skuldenore is comprised of several countries, such as Osteria, Charyn, and Yutlind. Each country has its own interesting characterization, and there is much that goes into the world-building in this book, which makes it so successful. The country we care most about is Lumatere, Finnikin’s homeland.

Ten years ago, a power-greedy cousin infiltrated Lumatere’s royal castle, slaughtering the king, queen, and princesses. This violence set off another chain of violent events, which ended with the entire country being cursed and sealed off from the rest of the world. Those events are called “the five days of the unspeakable.” The people who escaped during that time roam the other countries, exiled, ignored, and mostly despised. They die from fever, starvation, and at the hands of other countries’ kings. It is not a good time to be Lumateren.

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:02am
If You Like Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves.

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 3:55pm
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Exhibit

Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host the traveling exhibit for this year’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History August 23-September 29, at Fredericksburg Branch. The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Dominion Energy, honors seven distinguished African American leaders annually by recognizing them as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. According to the Library of Virginia, these individuals, past and present, are chosen based on their “contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions."

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 8:43am
Cover to Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

“How glorious!”

Beginning-to-be-eleven-year-old Portia and her little brother Foster are excited to be visiting their relatives in the countryside for the summer in Elizabeth Enright’s Gone-Away Lake. Besides seeing their favorite aunt and uncle, there is Katy the boxer dog who has just had a litter of puppies “with flat faces like pansies, and ears that felt like pieces of silk, and claws like the tips of knitting needles”—but best of all for Portia is having time to hang out with her cousin Julian, he of the hundred-thousand freckles. Closer than a friend and nicer than a brother is how she thinks of him. Julian is interesting and interested in everything that goes on around him.

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