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Join Alisha from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library at Katora Coffee for an early morning book club! Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:30am. Katora Coffee, 615 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 February 20: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue https://www.librarypoint.org/book-groups/

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FEB 21

Dale Carnegie

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Feb 21, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

The notion of success lay at the heart of the American Dream, and a number of famous figures in American culture have offered formulas for achieving it. They range from Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century to Horatio Alger in the 19th century to Donald Trump in our own time. But the most influential modern success writer has been Dale Carnegie, whose great book, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) remains even now one of the best sellers in American history. This lecture is sp...

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FEB 26

Enjoy a cup of coffee and chat about your favorite books by African-American authors. Come share or just get suggestions of what to read next. No required reading necessary.

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FEB 26

UMW & BHM Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, was many things: warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and normal leader. Having spent 27 years in prison, he succeeded in liberating a country from a system of violent prejudice and he united oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before. No one has explained this complex man better than Richard Stengel, author of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, former editor of Time magazine, and MSNBC comm...

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FEB 28

Oscar Wilde

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Feb 28, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

In Wilde’s boundless capacity for self-invention and reinvention, we witness life itself transformed into a work of art. This lecture is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Elite.

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MAR 12

Lucille Ball

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 12, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

When on a September evening in 1951 Lucille Ball stepped before an audience to film the first episode of her new television program, no one who was present – including the actress herself – suspected that history was about to be made. But on that September night, the star she was destined to be was finally born. This lecture is sponsored by Davenport and Company.

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The Radium Girls

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 14, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

The element of radium, newly discovered by the Curies, made gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shone bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covered their bodies from head to toe, lighting up the night like industrious fireflies. W...


The Rocket Girls

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 19, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

During World War II, when the newly created Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women – known as human computers – who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America’s first ballistic missiles. This lecture is sponsored by The Gemini 3 Group.


J.R.R Tolkien

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 21, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” In the summer of 1930 after a tedious afternoon grading school exams, a project he reluctantly took on to support his growing family, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien came across an exam booklet that had a page with nothing on it. This was a rarity, for in an effort to impress their examiners, students typically put down every idea they could. Without thinking and for reasons he could never explain, Tolkien scrawled his now famous line across the em...


The Last Romanovs

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Apr 04, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

On the night of 17 July 1918, Russia’s Imperial Family were brutally murdered. It is a crime that still resonates today; for, killed along with their parents Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, were their five innocent children: Olga 22, Tatiana 21, Maria 19, Anastasia 17 and Alexey 13. What had brought this loving and devoted family to this terrible end? This lecture is sponsored by Parrish, Snead, Franklin, Simpson, PLC.