Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Final Week: Spring Book Madness

We started with 32 books way back in mid-March. Pulling books from four categories - classics, mysteries, fiction and thrillers - Fauquier County Library patrons narrowed the pool down each week. 

If you had asked me when we started what books would make it to the final week, I am not sure what my prediction would have been. There were so many great books - how could I choose just one or two? It has been fun to watch as the votes have been tallied and the titles narrowed down, week by week. There have been surprises along the way, as some of the "sure picks" have lost. I guess they weren't such "sure picks" after all! 

So, without further ado, here are the two books that head into the final week of our Spring Book Madness.  It has come down to classic and a mystery. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
vs 
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich 

Which book do you think will prevail as Fauquier County's favorite book? Every vote counts, so visit any Fauquier County Public Library to cast your vote. You can also vote online here

Final results will be announced April 23rd - watch our website and Facebook page to see which book prevails. You can also stop by any library location to check it out. 

Looking for more about any of the books in Spring Book Madness? Check out our Book Notes blog for more information.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.
Happy Reading! 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lives Change @ your library

Libraries across the United States are celebrating National Library Week April 13 - 19. 
Joan and Gloria, John Marshall library

First observed in 1958 by the American Library Association, National Library Week is a time to celebrate libraries and the communities they serve, including schools, universities, and cities and towns. 
The 2014 theme for National Library Week is Lives Change @ your library. It's an interesting statement - and we encourage our patrons to let us know - how has the library changed your life? You can post your reply here or on our Facebook page - we can't wait to hear from you! 

Shelley and Sally, Warrenton library
In addition, Tuesday, April 15 is National Library Workers Day. Watch our Facebook page and website for pictures of library staff. While you may recognize the staff you see at the reference desk, or when you check out a book or attend story time, we will introduce you to the rest of the team - like our collection development and administrative staff. Or perhaps you visit the Warrenton library most frequently - now you can meet the staff from the Bealeton and John Marshall library as well. 

We hope you will stop by the library this week, as we celebrate National Library Week 2014! 

Celebrate! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier Library 

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is here) or online.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Update: Only Four Remain in Spring Book Madness

Another week of voting is completed and only four books advance to the next round of voting in Spring Book Madness

For library staff, it has been fun to watch as the ballot bowl fills each week and speculate as to what books will prevail and which will be left behind. Along the way there have been a few surprises and a few staff favorites have not prevailed. 

If you have been following along (and we hope you have), you may have been surprised by some of the weekly winners as well. 

Take a look at the semi-finalists, pick your favorites and cast you vote - we want to know which is Fauquier County's favorite book. Round four starts NOW!

Fiction
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
vs
Classics
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Mystery 
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich 
vs
Thriller 
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Visit any Fauquier County Public Library to cast your vote or vote online hereYou can also follow the results on our website and on our Facebook page. 

Looking for more about any of the books in Spring Book Madness? Check out our Book Notes blog for more information.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.

Happy Reading! 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

Monday, April 7, 2014

Stop by the Spring Plant and Seed Swap

Maybe I say it every year, but I  welcome spring with open arms!

After the winter that just wouldn't go away, most of us are especially pleased to see and feel spring's arrival. The signs can be seen all around us - from the tulips that have bravely poked their heads up to the return of many birds to our yards, and of course the warmer temperatures that seem to inch a little higher almost daily.  

With spring comes the need to freshen up the flower beds, get those first vegetable plants in the ground and maybe plant a new shrub or tree. Here in Fauquier County, we are fortunate to have the Fauquier County Master Gardeners to assist us in selecting the perfect herbs, vegetables and plants to adorn our table or our yard. 

Looking for a little variety for your flower pots or garden? Seeking inspiration for plants that will thrive here? Curious to know that plant is that you see in your neighbor's garden? Bring your seeds, plants or herbs to the Spring Plant and Seed Swap, hosted by The Fauqueir County Public Library and the Fauquier County Master Gardeners

Locations and dates are as follows: 
Bealeton library 
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - noon 

John Marshall library 
Saturday, April 12,  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Warrenton library 
Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and help you choose the best plants and seeds for your garden. 

If you want to learn more about gardening, stop by and check out collection or visit our mobile catalog

Happy spring!
Lisa @ the Warrenton library  

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is here) or online.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Book Madness: Eight Remain

Whew! So many good books, but only eight remain in the Fauquier County Public Library's Spring Book Madness at the end of week two. 

Here are the books that advance to the next round. Did your favorite make it? 

Fiction
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
vs 
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Classics
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
vs
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Mystery 
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun
vs
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich 

Thriller 
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
vs
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy

Visit any Fauquier County Public Library to cast your vote or vote online hereYou can also follow the results on our website and on our Facebook page. 

Looking for more about any of the books in Spring Book Madness? Check out our Book Notes blog for more information.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.

Happy Reading! 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Book Madness - Week One Results are in!

If you've been following basketball's March Madness, you know just about anything can happen: the sure bet can get beat in the first round and the underdog can keep winning, game after game. 

And just like March Madness, there were a few upsets and surprises in our Spring Book Madness results for week one.  How did your favorites fare? 

Drum roll please. 

The winners from week one that advance to the next round of voting are:  



Fiction
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Breathing Lessons by Ann Tyler
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Family Pictures by Sue Miller 



Classics
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Middlemarch by George Eliot

Mystery 
Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich 
Buckingham Palace by Anne Perry


Thriller 
Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Patriot Games by om Clancy
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson 


Remember, your favorite novels won't win if you don't vote! Visit any Fauquier County Public Library to cast your vote or vote online here

Looking for more about any of the books in Spring Book Madness? Check out our Book Notes blog for more information.

You can also follow the results on our website and on our Facebook page. 
Happy Reading! 
To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is here) or online.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Learn to Negotiate Like a Pro



Every day, families, neighbors, couples, employees, bosses, businesses, consumers, sales people and even nations face the same dilemma: how to negotiate differences without going to war. 

Like it or not, negotiation is a fact of life. 

You can learn how to resolve disputes and negotiate a satisfactory outcome in any life situation. Fauquier County Public Library, in cooperation with Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center (PDRC), is hosting a one-hour seminar of tried and true strategies for interest-based negotiation.
  
When:   Tues., April 15, 7 - 8 p.m. 
Where   Warrenton Library, Program Room

The event is free; no registration is required. 

Lawrie Parker, founder and Executive Director, PDRC, Warrenton, VA, will be the host. Ms. Parker has been involved in mediation and restorative justice for 24 years, as a certified mediator, trainer and program developer. She sits on the Supreme Court of Virginia's Dispute Resolution Advisory Council and its Mediator Compliant Panel, the Board of Directors of the Virginia Mediation Network and the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. In addition to adults, she trains students in school peer mediation programs and was involved in the Fauquier County Public Schools 2010 strategic planning which adopted restorative justice as a long-range goal. In 2001, Ms. Parker received the Supreme Court of Virginia Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Mediation and in 2010 she was name one of Virginia's 50 Influential Women by Virginia Lawyers Media. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Mediator Award from the Virginia Mediation Network. Ms. Parker holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Mary Washington

Join us - you too can negotiate like a pro! 

To learn more about negotiation and mediation, check out our collection here

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is here) or online.