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Patrons like new library

 John Daniels (left) leads a group of Colonial Forge High students in a game of Twister in the teen area at the library.
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Date published: 10/5/2010

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She is aware of trends in the area, such as cookbooks and beauty books, and orders accordingly.

One surprising trend has been self-sufficiency, particularly on raising chickens.

"We have 10 new titles on raising chickens," said Buck.

This branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system is also focusing on expanding its foreign language collection.

New to any library in the area is a drive-through book drop and pickup.

Employee Evan Lawson says that this will "stop people from sending their 7-year-old in to pick up the stacks of romance novels they've put on hold," as well as being convenient.

The library has a conference room and six smaller meeting rooms for public use.

They will be adding a cafe and a FRED bus stop in the near future.

Also planned for the future are activities for adults.

A book club will convene on the fourth Tuesday of every month, with the first meeting this month.

They will also offer classic films every second Thursday of the month, the first on Oct. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., showing "North by Northwest."

Nearby resident Dina Krowell was also among those enjoying the opening-day activities.

After attending the puppet show with her 3-year-old, she said, "Even my older kids think it's awesome. It won't be a punishment to come to the library anymore."

Lindley Estes: 540/374-5000, ext. 5779
Email: lestes@freelancestar.com


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