Samantha Thomason

12/14/2017 - 8:27pm
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2017

CRRL has earned the Library Journal 4-Star Library rating for the fourth year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service ten years ago. This year, of 7,409 qualifying U.S. public libraries, only 259 received a star rating. CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating in 2017.

07/08/2017 - 8:38am
Library Administration Moves to New Location in Fredericksburg

Library administrators and administrative staff have moved from the third floor of the Headquarters Library in downtown Fredericksburg to the Library Administration Center at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 160. At the end of May, staff moved into this 12,000-square-foot space adjacent to the pre-existing Library Service Center. Administrative staff are joining collection and digital services staff who have been at this location for ten years. The two spaces are now connected, and the entire 25,000-square-foot complex has become the Library Administration Center.

04/12/2017 - 11:18am
Vote for us in Fredericksburg Parent's Family Favorites!

It's time to vote for Fredericksburg Parent & Family magazine's 2017 Family Favorites.

This is your chance to vote for your favorite things in the Fredericksburg region.

Last year, we were honored that you selected the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as the best tutoring service in the region, and this year we are nominated in THREE categories!

06/01/2017 - 11:37am
Photo of Dr. Atul Gawande
Across the country, the Hospice Foundation of America is sponsoring screenings of the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal, followed by a discussion of the end-of-life issues raised by the film. Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Mary Washington Hospice are partnering to bring this national conversation to the Fredericksburg area.
03/16/2017 - 9:26am
Cover to Great Stories Club 2017: Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

For the second year, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth about teen violence and suicide.

11/07/2016 - 5:25pm
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2016

CRRL has earned the Library Journal four-star Star Library rating for the third year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service nine years ago. This year, CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating.

The Library Journal index groups U.S. public libraries by operating expenditures, then rates them based on physical materials circulation, electronic circulation, branch visits, program attendance, and public computer use. The 2016 Library Journal index is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data for FY14.

Kathryn Miller, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees congratulated CRRL Director Martha Hutzel, saying "CRRL continues to set the bar for public libraries in Virginia."

11/10/2016 - 2:57pm
"What are you reading?" Wednesdays

Every Wednesday we ask "What are you reading?" on our Facebook page and Twitter account. Building a community of readers is at the core of our mission, and finding new and fun ways to do this is thrilling.

12/13/2016 - 8:31am
Chris Glover, Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Assistant Director for Technology

Chris Glover, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s (CRRL) Assistant Director for Technology, is the winner of the first Public Library Innovator Award given by the Virginia Library Association. This award recognizes public librarians or public library project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of a public library in Virginia through an innovative project, program, or service.

09/30/2016 - 3:32pm
Author Ronnie Sidney holding Nelson Beats the Odds

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will hold their annual meeting on Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30 PM, at Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street. Refreshments will be served. If you are not currently a Friend, you can join at the door or online.

Ronnie Sidney, author of two graphic novels for young readers, Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress, will be the guest speaker. Growing up in Tappahannock, Sidney struggled with ADHD and was placed in special education classes. This experience inspired him to write the autobiographical Nelson Beats the Odds and to reach out to young people coping with disabilities. Sidney’s third book, R.I.P. RaShawn, will be published this fall. Sidney’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

05/25/2016 - 3:31pm
The Community Give and Friends of the Library logos

The Community Give on Tuesday, May 3, was a huge success for nonprofits in the Rappahannock region. Generous donors gave over a million dollars to local organizations throughout the day.

The Friends of the Library participated for the second year and were thrilled with our final tally. Sixty-six library lovers donated a total of $3906--more than twice the amount raised last year!

The Friends extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who gave on May 3, with a special thank-you to Dr. Lynne Richardson. Dr. Richardson, Dean of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington, gave $1,000--the largest donation of the day--in honor of CRRL's new director, Martha Hutzel.

Donations received through The Community Give will support the purchase of books and other library materials; early literacy programming, including summer reading; and STEM classes and MakerLabs.

Again, thank-you, to all our donors! The Friends look forward to participating in 2017.

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