Monday, December 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: Story Time Break Coming Soon

Story Times are a great way for young children to interact with others and take part in stories, songs and finger plays. It is also an important step in helping young children get ready to read. 

During the busy holiday season, Story Times at the Fauquier County Public Library will go on a short break starting Monday, December 22, 2014. Story Times will resume Monday, January 5, 2015. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading aloud to infants from birth. So keep the Story Times going even during the break. Here are some fun and easy tools available at your library: 

Story Time To Go
With 35 themes to choose from, busy parents have easy access to a set of books, songs, games and other activities to share with toddler and preschool children. 

Box 'O Books
Packaged and ready to go, our "Box 'O Books" includes an assortment of 50 nonfiction and fiction titles for children ranging from toddler to early grade school.  

Additional online resources are available for parents adn children, including TumbleBooks, animated talking picture books and FunBrain Moms and Kids Playground, with games to help children practice mouse skills (part of the Family Education Network), to name only a few.  A complete listing is available on the Children's Page of our website.
 

Want to learn more about Story Times at your local library? Stop by and pick up our Story Time guide, with tips for choosing the right Story time for your child, Story Time health and safety and other useful tips for getting the most out of the Story Time experience. 

The Fauquier County Public Library offers an array of story times at all three library locations. Be sure to check your local library's schedule and then join us for Story Time with your child!

See you at the library! 


Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Spread Holiday Cheer: Books Make Great Gifts

The holiday season is in full swing - meaning that for many of us, the mad dash is on - to decorate the house, finalize our holiday travel plans and yes, find just the right gifts for everyone on our list

A few of the names on my list are avid readers and receiving a book is a sure way to spread holiday cheer to them. Even knowing that, I am sometimes not sure what book to choose. Perhaps they read a different genre than I do or I'm not sure, despite the glowing description on the jacket, how good the book really is. My solution? I turn to the holiday gift book suggestions compiled by library staff. These lists provide a wide range of ideas for children, teens and adults. Lists are available at all library locations.

If your holiday generosity extends to organizations within the community, please consider adding the Fauquier County Public Library to your list. Holiday trees at all library locations are adorned with ornaments bearing titles of books the library would like to add to its location. Donation details are on each ornament. Donations can be made in honor of a friend or family member or anonymously. Selections for our children’s, teen and adult collections are included. 

If you missed Cyber Monday but still plan to do some of your shopping online, consider using Amazon.com. Amazon donates a portion of your total purchase to the Fauquier County Public Library each time you shop. Just log in then continue to Amazon and place your order for books, movies, electronics or other gifts. There are no additional steps or costs to you. You can even bookmark the page to make return shopping trips to Amazon easy and convenient.

If an eReader is in your stocking, don't forget that the library's collection includes a wide selection of eBooks, audio books and digital magazines - all available free with your library card! We also have handouts available at the reference desk to help navigate your new device. 

Happy holidays and happy reading! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Programs for Kids of All Ages at Your Library

A stroll down main street, a trip to virtually any store or a glimpse of television commercials and you are sure to know - the holiday season is officially here. 

A visit to you local library will soon reveal sights and sounds of the holidays as well. From brightly lit holiday trees to visits from Santa himself, the elves at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations have been busy planning and preparing great holiday activities and programs for children of all ages. 

Highlights include: 

Santa and Mrs. Claus @ the Library 

Tuesday, December 2 
5 p.m.
Children can sit on Santa's lap and parents can take holiday photos
(Reservation required - call Natalie Wheeler to reserve your space (540) 422-8532.)

6 p.m. 
The annual holiday program continues with community caroling led by Liberty High School Chorus and lighting of the community Christmas tree. Immediately followed by additional opportunities to visit with Santa, stories and crafts. Receive your number to see Santa upon arrival. 

Saturday, December 6
10 a.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus return to the library. Drop in - no registration or numbers required.

Monday, December 8 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children of all ages will enjoy stories and an opportunity to meet Santa while parents take holiday photos. 


John Marshall branch library 
Tuesday, December 9 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children of all ages will enjoy stories and an opportunity to meet Santa while parents take holiday photos

Piedmont Railroaders Train Exposition

Saturday, December 6 
There's a lot going on at the Bealeton library! The year-long celebration of 10 years at the Willow Drive concludes with a special train exposition. Multiple model train layouts will be on display. 

Holiday Open House and Story Time

Bealeton branch library 
Saturday, December 13 
11 a.m. (story time)
More holiday fun! The community is invited to visit the library for a holiday open house and story time prior to the annual Bealeton Christmas Parade. Grab some warm cider and cookies to ward off the chill, then head outside for the parade. Parade route begins just outside the library. 


Holiday Knitting Class for Teens

Bealeton branch library 
Tuesday, December 16
4 p.m.
Learn a fun craft just in time for the holidays! The Bealeton Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites students grade 6 and up to join them for a fun, holiday TAG meeting. Its a great way to learn more about TAG and have some holiday fun. 

LEGO Club

Children grades K - 5 have fun with LEGOs. Each meeting starts with a story based on the theme then crate something from LEGOs based on the theme. December's theme is "holiday hoopla." Meetings are held at all three library locations. Check the online calendar of events for meeting dates and times. 

Happy Holidays - see you at the library.

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collectionevents or programs, visit us on FacebookTwitter (Kiddosphere Twitter is here) or online.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Calling all Student Athletes!

The Fauquier County Public Library will host The New NCAA and the Rules You Need to Know to Play Tuesday, November 18th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the John Barton Payne bldg, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton.

This program is being offered in cooperation with
Wakefield School. Paul Sipes, Athletic Director, Wakefield School, will lead the presentation, drawing upon 23 years of experience coaching and advising more than 200 NCAA level athletes. Sipes was named VISAA Division 3 Coach of the Year in Girls Basketball in 2013 and VIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.

According to the NCAA, over $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships are distributed annually to student athletes. This program will provide student athletes with information about NCAA eligibility rules and the information necessary to navigate the complex NCAA eligibility process. It is designed for student athletes and their parents, as well as coaches and school personnel who work with student athletes.

“It is a rare and precious thing to be talented enough in a sport to be awarded an athletic scholarship. Talent and hard work are just a small part of the process. Unfortunately, many young people may not have an idea of how far their abilities will take them until very late in the process. Without the right guidance, planning, foresight and understanding of the processes involved in securing an athletic scholarship; students find themselves in a position of not qualifying as seniors for mistakes made in their freshman and sophomore years,” according to Sipes.

The program is free; no registration is required. 

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Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Finding Funders Workshop at the Bealeton Library

The Bealeton Library is offering a hands-on workshop - An Introduction to Finding Funders. The workshop will provide an introduction (or refresher) to The Foundation Directory Online Professional, a research tool to help nonprofits find the grant makers most likely to fund their projects with access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors. 

The workshop will be held at the Bealeton Library on the following dates/times:
Wednesday, November 5 - 9 a.m.
Tuesday, November 18 - 9 a.m.

Attendees of this workshop will learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundations and corporate donors that match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. This is a great follow-up to the Grant Seeking Basics courses, held in October. 


The Bealeton Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network and provides access to the leading sources of data about philanthropy worldwide.  These resources are available free of charge at the Bealeton Library. 

There are still have a few openings for Wednesday, November 5 at 9:00 am.  The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact Natalie Wheeler, Bealeton Branch Manager and Grant Research Collection Manager, at (540) 422-8532 to reserve a space. 

Natalie @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: November Programs for Children and Teens

November is a month with many events and observances. It kicks off with All Saint's Day (November 1) and includes the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10), Veterans Day (November 11) and, of course, Thanksgiving (celebrated on the fourth Thursday). "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are also in November.

Many month-long observations are also held in November. Here is a sampling: 

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Blog Writing Month 
  • No Shave November 
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month (no, I did not make that up!)
Clearly, November is a very busy time! Not to be outdone, we have a November calendar chocked full of activities too. Here are the highlights for children and teens: 

Geography Awareness Week Trivia Challenge 

Elementary school students are invited to test their geography knowledge during this week-long trivia challenge. It's easy to join in: grab a list of clues at any library location, find the answers around the library and win a cool prize! 
All Fauquier County Public Library locations - November 10 - 15 

International Games Day 

This annual event, now in its 7th year, is a great opportunity for family fun at your local library! Children and their families are invited to stop by and play their favorite game(s). Choose from classic games and new favorites. 

Bealeton and John Marshall libraries: Saturday, November 15, 1 - 4 p.m.
Warrenton Library: Monday, November 25, 4:30 p.m. 

Holiday Mail for Heroes

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites you to make greeting cards to be sent to servicemen and servicewomen at military hospitals and installations; service hour opportunity.

Bealeton Library: Tuesday, November 4, 4 p.m.
Warrenton Library: Tuesday, November 4 from 1-4 (drop in) & Monday, November 24, 4:30 p.m.
Marshall Library: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m.

This is a great way to learn more about TAG and do something nice for the community! TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Membership forms are available at your local library or ask your librarian about getting involved; (540) 422-8500.

For a complete listing of programs for children and teens, pick up a calendar at any library location, or view the calendar online

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

We Couldn't Do It Without Friends

Everyone needs a friend, right? Right! Even your local library. 

The Friends of the Fauquier Library provide generous support for library programs and events for children, teens and adults, as well as special library purchases. In FY 2014, they contributed $26,000 to the library. Funds are raised largely through from the Book Cellar, a used book shop located in the basement of the John Barton Payne bldg. in Old Town Warrenton. 

Libraries around the country celebrate their local Friends organizations October 20-26 during National Friends of Libraries Week. 

To join the Fauquier County Public Library in thanking the Friends, all library users are invited to sign the Thank You card located at your local library's circulation desk. While your here, ask about how you can join the Friends of the Fauquier Library - new members are always welcome! It's easy to join and your support helps ensure vibrant library programs and services. 

There are numerous ways you can help: 


So go ahead - thank a Friend! 

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