If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to up your game by reading more, the library has you covered. Central Rappahannock Regional Library is introducing its first Adult Winter Reading Challenge to entice readers to curl up and stay warm with some good books. The theme is Books on the Big Screen, and, although reading any book will set you on your path to success in the challenge, library staff have a reel full of recommendations for books and stories that have been adapted to film.
What are librarians looking forward to most this holiday season? Besides spending time with loved ones, we eagerly anticipate having personal time to stream movies, read books, and watch logs burning in the fireplace. The library can help you with those movies, books, and, yes, even get you those “burning” logs!
Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at a library open house!
Stafford's Porter Branch starts the holiday fun with holiday crafts and activities for young and old, a visit from Santa, and a performance by Amyclae Dance Academy. And, what's a party without treats? We'll have yummy goodies provided by the Friends of the Library. Drop in and enjoy the festivities on Wednesday, December 6, anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 in the evening.
November will be bringing our library community both Veterans Day and NaNoWriMo. If you’ve thought of trying your hand at writing about the war experience, you’ll want to attend our workshop, “When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters in and after Combat.” Steve Watkins, award-winning local author and past instructor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington, will lead this program for veterans, their family members, and anyone else who wants to hone their writing skills. To be held at Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, November 11, 9:45-10:45 am, this program is part of our larger Writers Conference.
This fall promises to be a busy one at Central Rappahannock Regional Library, with over 150 events, classes, and workshops offered for the young, the old, and the in-between. Let’s take a look at three of those events, chosen because they are happening soon, may be a bit unexpected as a library offering, or are inspiring opportunities.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is participating in the second annual Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, at Riverfront Park off Sophia Street in the heart of downtown. We'll be there from 10:00–5:00.
You'll find over 112 exhibitors, including local authors, poets, graphic novelists, book artists, and publishers. There will be panels, speakers, and a food truck, too!
If you attend this free festival, you may also win one of five Kindle Fire HD8s. You can preregister to win prizes at www.fredbookfest.com.
Follow Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival on Facebook, and sign up for their email list to receive up-to-the-minute information about vendors, opportunities, and more. You can also email them at email@example.com.
See you at the festival!
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.
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 interested in the solar eclipse that’s happening on August 21, then the library is the hot place to be. While we won’t see a total eclipse in our area, it still promises to be a unique event and a spectacular opportunity to learn more about our sun, moon, and everything astronomical. Central Rappahannock Regional Library not only has books and articles to enlighten the community on heavenly physics, but we will also host solar celebrations and safe solar viewing parties at many of the branches.
If you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur starting a new business, the library can help with your information needs. Check out our Business Answers page for an overview of our resources and services for local business people. And, from now through the end of September, you can join a webinar from ReferenceUSA, one of the fantastic free resources for CRRL library card holders, on how to use their database to:
-Find new business opportunities
-Locate suppliers, and find key business people's contact information
-Conduct market research
-Target new customers, identify new residents in a specific area, and increase your customer base
-Discover customer preferences
-View prospective individual customer demographics, and analyze community demographics