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Credo: Giving Wings to Your Research

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Credo, formerly known as Literati, is an online reference service that provides the perfect starting point for any researcher. Credo’s system is easy to navigate and learning how to use it is fast and simple. The Campbell County Public Library System, through the Library of Virginia, has access to over 1,000 encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and documents from over 100 publishers of reference content – and all of this content is accessible and searchable to you in a search box through Credo! All content is full text and includes a full citation, ensuring that you are getting reliable resources. Content is fitting to anyone from age nine all the way to adulthood.

With the Credo Online Reference Service, you can find many sources; from books used to help kids with homework, to articles that can be used to fact check your research. The credibility of the resources and publishers partnered with Credo make it the perfect place to build background information for those beginning research.

You can also treat Credo like a bookshelf. It has over 1,000 references that are updated automatically to save you the hassle of finding the latest edition. Credo is very simple to navigate: it’s homepage offers topic pages that go directly to articles relating to a certain topic. If your topic can not be found within the topic pages, Credo’s search bar offers options such as basic search, image search, and title search to help you narrow down your options within the four-million full text articles they provide. The service offers “Mind Map” which is a visual search tool, and standard tools like saving, sharing, and downloading.

Along with all of these resources, Credo offers an amazing service called “Homework Help”. Homework Help is accessible through the Credo website and serves as an after school tutoring service from state certified teachers. It is offered Mondays through Thursdays from 3 PM to 9 PM. With this service, any child from 3rd grade to 12th grade may receive help with math, reading, writing, science, and even SAT preparation. Summer Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Credo Online Reference Service is located here. With Credo, researching is made simple with millions of organized credible sources at your fingertips. The Campbell County Public Library System encourages you to give wings to your research with this wonderful and easy to use resource. Happy researching!

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Reading With Your Children

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Children mimic what they see and hear. While sometimes that can be scary and a tad embarrassing for guardians, it can also be really positive, especially when it comes to reading.

In the “You Read To Me, I’ll Read To You” series, the short stories are broken into three different colors. One color is for you to read, the next can be for your child, and the third color is to read together. Each color is only about two lines and setting a pattern is pretty quick when you both are reading back and forth.

We strongly suggest taking turns and reading the short stories/poems over and over again to build fluency. By the adult starting off, you can set the correct expression in your voice that can be mimicked by the child. Once they read through their color a few times, switch and let them read your color! Make sure to enjoy the time together and the memories being made.

This book is one of our favorites and the series can be checked out at your favorite library system, CCPLS!

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Getting Ready for the Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

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All CCPLS locations will be distributing solar eclipse viewing glasses on a first come, first served basis, beginning Wednesday, August 16th, limit two per family (sharing is great!), along with activity and information pages. Rustburg, Timbrook, and Altavista will also have glasses available on the day of for impromptu viewing parties! Join us for this spectacular natural event.

Here is a bit of background about the upcoming Solar Eclipse:

On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the Earth, producing the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States since 1979. The partial phases of the eclipse will be visible throughout Virginia and are well worth watching. (about 86% coverage).

The last solar eclipse across the USA was about 100 years ago (1918).  Next solar eclipse in USA will happen in 2024.

Viewing will start around 1:15 and last till 4:00 (maximum viewing will be around 2:40).

Here are some links for more learning!

General Information:

Videos about eclipses:

How to Safely View Eclipse:


Live Streaming of the Great American Eclipse:

Viewing Times in Lynchburg, VA:

Content contributed by:

Lani Patrick, Instructional Specialist for Science, Campbell County Public Schools


Summer Reading 2016 is Coming!

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The time for our Summer Reading Program is almost here!

June 1st will be the official kick-off date, when you can register for programs and events, and start reading for our awesome collection of prizes!

This year we will end Summer Reading with a Grand Finale Field Day on July 30th at the beautiful new Timbrook Library.

If you are interested in volunteering to help us at our Field Day event, please click here…

We will have more information available the closer we get to June 1st, so keep an eye out!

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Roanoke Children’s Theatre Performing “Rapunzel” on June 15

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The Roanoke Children’s Theatre is giving a performance of “Rapunzel” at the Rustburg Library (located at 684 Village Hwy Rustburg, VA 24588) on Wednesday June 15.

The performance will start at 10:30 a.m. and admission is free and open to the public. Patrons from all Campbell County libraries are invited to attend.

This event is generously sponsored by the Rustburg Friends of the Library.

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Altavista Library turns 30!

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Staunton River Memorial Library in Altavista turned 30 in 2016, and to mark the occasion we celebrated on April 8th with speakers, food, family fun, and a great performance by the Altavista Marching Colonels.  Thank you to all who helped with the event and those who attended!


Altavista’s library has changed dramatically over the years.  Our town’s earliest libraries were small, private institutions staffed and maintained by civic groups like the Women’s Club and Boy Scouts.  The first real public library was housed in the War Memorial Building, where the YMCA currently stands.  In 1986, the Town of Altavista, its residents, and its business community funded and constructed our current building on Washington Avenue, and Staunton River Memorial Library was founded as a branch of the Campbell County Public Library System.

Today’s Staunton River Memorial Library plays a huge variety of roles to our community: we are a copy center, a classroom, a tech help clinic, a genealogical and local history archive and a tremendous source of entertainment and educational materials in our community.

The one thing that hasn’t changed about SRML is our steadfast commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our community.  We believe the library is “Altavista’s Front Porch”—a place that embodies our civic pride and a space which continues to provide resources that enhance our quality of life.


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  • Main Branch and Timberlake Area

    434-332-9697 (fax)
    684 Village Highway Rustburg, VA 24588

    434-237-6784 (fax)
    18891 Leesville Road Lynchburg, VA 24501

  • Altavista and Brookneal

    Staunton River (Altavista)
    434-369-1723 (fax)
    500 Washington Street Altavista, VA 24517

    Patrick Henry (Brookneal)
    434-376-1111 (fax)
    204 Lynchburg Avenue Brookneal, VA 24528

  • Hours

    M, W, TH, F:
    9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Tues: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    M, W, F:
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    T, TH: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
    Sat: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Staunton River (Altavista)
    M, T, W, Friday:
    9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    TH: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Patrick Henry (Brookneal)
    Tues: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
    W, TH:
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sat: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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