January/February/March 2018


Central Rappahannock Regional Library


Alisha BarnesALISHA BARNES is Head of Adult Research at the Fredericksburg Branch.

Michelle BondesenMICHELLE BONDESEN is Adult Research Librarian at the Salem Church Branch.
Chuck GrayCHUCK GRAY is Interim Branch Manager at the Snow Branch.
Christie HoernemanCHRISTIE HOERNEMAN is Adult Services Coordinator at the Library Administration Center.
Rachel PlacchettiRACHEL PLACCHETTI is Head of Adult Research at the Porter Branch.
Pamela SmithPAMELA SMITH is Branch Manager at the Salem Church Branch. 


Rhonda BelyeaRHONDA BELYEA was a Young Audiences storyteller before becoming a full-time librarian in Youth Services. Rhonda was Youth Services Department Head at Porter, then Porter Branch Manager. Rhonda retired on February 28 after more than 27 years of service.





Michele BrownMICHELE BROWN had a multi-faceted career before becoming an Adult Services Librarian at Porter Branch, then Adult Services Department Head in Fredericksburg, then Adult Services Coordinator for the library system. Michele retired on January 31 after 20 years of service.





Meg RaymondMEG RAYMOND has shared her passion for books and reading with the Fredericksburg area for two and a half decades as an Adult Services Librarian. She was Adult Services Department Head at Salem Church Branch, and most recently at Fredericksburg Branch. Meg retired on March 31 after more than 26 years of service.




Culpeper County Library

Eric CosioERIC COSIO is now Adult Services Coordinator.  Eric has his Masters in Library Science and will help coordinate adult programming at the Library and reference services.  Eric comes to us by way of Norfolk Public Library where he was recently a branch manager.





Carol GrangerCAROL GRANGER is now the Administrative Coordinator.  Carol has her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and will coordinate finances for the Library and the County.  She will also be in charge of our public relations pages such as Facebook, Twitter and our printed newsletters.





Suffolk Public Library

Tiffany DuckTIFFANY DUCK is now Manager of Library Locations as of December 27, 2017. She earned her MLIS from San Jose State in 2013. Recently, Tiffany won the prestigious Dr. John C. Tyson Leadership Award named after the first African-American State Librarian of Virginia. Ms. Duck is a native of the Tidewater area and has spent most of her professional career working at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Charlottesville as a Regional Circulation Manager and as a Branch Manager. She is the Co-Chair of the Literary Awards Committee and Chair of the eBook Committee for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. In addition to being active in ALA, she also serves on the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.



Deborah WardDEBORAH WARD is now Elementary Services Senior Librarian as of December 12, 2017. She is a graduate of Westminster College with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned her MSLS from Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Deborah recently worked as the Youth Services Manager for the Cliffdale Branch for the Cumberland County Public Library in Fayetteville, North Carolina.





Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Library Access Services

Central Rappahannock Regional Library's Access Services is now open to the public at its new location at the Library Administration Center.  The new storefront location provides easier access, with no elevator or stairs required and has more parking, including more handicapped spaces.

Culpeper County Library

First-ever Mini-Golf 20th Anniversary Fundraiser

The Culpeper County Library celebrated the building’s 20th anniversary of being located at 271 Southgate Shopping Center.  The kick-off event included the Board of Supervisors and other members of government, members of the Library Board, and other donors.  Afterwards, the general public was invited to come play and sample delectable, homemade desserts for only five dollars per person.  Each of the 18 holes was sponsored by various businesses. Approximately 100 people attended the opening Friday evening, and another 100 or more played free on Saturday. 

Mini-Golf 20th Anniversary Fundraiser

Suffolk Public Library

Suffolk Public Library

Suffolk Public Library won a $1,500 prize for being a top book-logging library in the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge.

Investor and Shark Tank billionaire Mark Cuban challenged communities to meet a collective goal of reading at least one million minutes and 50,000 books during the month of January. More than 100 libraries all over the country and South Korea far surpassed the “minutes” target in Week 2 and the “books” target in Week 4. Ultimately, participants logged 84,002 books and seven million minutes of reading time, more than 39 years’ worth of reading.

“I’m inspired by the work libraries do for their communities,” said Cuban. “The prize for everyone is to pay it forward to an awesome organization focused on literacy and access to books.”

Three other Virginia libraries also participated: Alexandria Public Library, Arlington Public Library, and Dahlgren General Library.

Suffolk Public Library was the only competing library in the Hampton Roads region. A total of 1,085 readers registered in Suffolk for the challenge and 457 of them registered as a class or group.  In addition to the prize money from the Winter Reading Challenge, the local library also received $3,000 from anonymous Suffolk residents which will be used for purchasing books.

Is your library building or renovating a branch? Have you received a grant for a special project? Are you working in partnership with other organizations to implement a strategic initiative? Has your library published any journal articles or developed a research project of interest to the library community? Let us know! Send your information to [email protected].


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