Michele Brown

01/10/2018 - 10:19am
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

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.

12/13/2017 - 2:17am
Book Corner: Holiday Books, Streaming Video, and More at the Library

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!

11/16/2017 - 3:31pm
Holiday Open Houses at the Library

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.

10/18/2017 - 1:43am
Book Corner: On Writing

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.

09/20/2017 - 1:17am
A Health Fair, an Author Visit, and a Human Library

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.  

08/23/2017 - 12:56am
August Is American Artist Appreciation Month

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.

07/10/2017 - 10:17am
ReferenceUSA

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

-Analyze competitors

-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

03/20/2017 - 3:14pm
Julie Scelfo, Author of The Women Who Made New York, Returns to Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg native Julie Scelfo returns home to discuss her first book, The Women Who Made New York, in a partnered event with the University of Mary Washington's Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. You can meet Julie on Monday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Headquarters Library. The event will include a lively Q&A session followed by a book signing. If you want to read the book before the event, check it out from the library!

The Women Who Made New York is an illustrated work featuring stories of the remarkably talented and influential women who made the city perhaps the most distinctive and vibrant in the world.  

02/22/2017 - 3:57pm
Getting Your First Book Published

There’s a book in all of us, and, if you decide to write yours, you may want some expert advice on how to get it published. Six local, published authors will share their experiences navigating the sometimes bumpy road to publication as first-time authors at a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00. The authors are Jim Hall (The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia), Chris Jones (The Art & Business of Writing), Cory MacLauchlin (Butterfly in the Typewriter), Howard Owen (Littlejohn), Rick Pullen (Naked Ambition), and Dr. David Sam (Finite to Fail, Memories in Clay). Presented in partnership with Germanna Community College, this event will be held at the Headquarters Library. A lively Q & A session and book signing will follow. 

For more information, listen to Dr. David Sam, Jim Hall, Rick Pullen, and Cory MacLauchlin on Town Talk with Ted Schubel on 1230 WFVA.

02/22/2017 - 12:52pm
Our Stories: A Panel Discussion Inspired by Hidden Figures

As fascinating and inspirational as we find the trials and triumphs of the African American women mathematicians profiled in our Rappahannock Reads selection, Hidden Figures, there are many, many such stories that our own friends and neighbors can tell us. We’ve invited some of those friends and neighbors to join us on Thursday, February 23, 7:00, at Headquarters Library for a lively panel discussion and to share with us their stories that parallel, in ways both large and small, those of the women of Hidden Figures. The stories may describe our past, but they will illuminate our present day and inform our future. Our panel members include: Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, Daisy Howard-Douglas, Dorothy Jackson, Johnny Johnson, Sandra and Donald Manigault, Cynthia Montague, Xavier Richardson, and Frank White.  Our moderator will be DeShawn Robinson-Chew.

Come to the library, and join the discussion. We’ll even serve refreshments! Read more about the panel members below.

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