Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Reading Program: This Week's Fun for Kids and Teens

More fun programs are coming this week for children and teens as our 2014 summer reading program continues! 


In addition to the great weekly programs, like Family Movies, Book Buzz, Tween Scene, the Daily Docket and story times, we have exciting special events planned for children and teens. 

Origami Fun 
Monday, July 28
John Barton Payne Bldg., 4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30
Bealeton Library, 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 
John Marshall Library, 2 p.m.
Children in 3rd grade and up will enjoy the magic and fun of origami. 
[Experienced origami folders of all ages may attend.]

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, July 29
5 p.m. at all library locations 
Rising 6th graders and up are invited to Ender's Game. Based on the Orson Scott Card classic sci-fi novel, Ender's Game is a great way to get out of the heat, hang out with your friends and enjoy free popcorn! Enter a drawing for your chance to take home your own copy of this great movie! 
[Note: This movie is rated PG-13]

Don't forget to keep logging your books. Teens can still submit book reviews for more chances to earn prizes. 

Happy Reading! 

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: Gardening for Soil and Water Conservation Seminar

The Fauquier County Public Library will host a seminar on Gardening for Soil and Water Conservation. 

When 
Sun., Aug.,3, 3 p.m.
Where
John Barton Payne Bldg, Warrenton 

This program will be presented by Michael Trop, Conservation Education Specialist for the John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District since 2013.  

The mission of the John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide leadership, technical assistance, information, and education to the citizens of Fauquier County in proper soil stewardship, agricultural conservation methods, and water quality protection so as to ensure the wise use of the county's natural resources.

The program will cover the following topics: 
  • Water Pollution
  • Common Gardening/Yard Pollutants
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Soil Health/Composting
  • Soil Testing
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • Water Efficiency
  • Choosing the Right Plants
  • Native Plants
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Rain Gardens
  • Irrigation
  • Rain Barrels
  • Xeriscaping
Mr. Trop grew up in Culpeper County, but has lived all across Virginia.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and his Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and spending time outdoors.

The seminar is open and free to the public. 

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Boredom Busters @ the Library

"I'm bored." 
"There's nothing to do." 
"I'm really bored." 
"There's absolutely nothing to do." 

Yep, it's the summer battle cry, heard by parents mere weeks into the summer break. If your teen has taken up the hue, we have a solution. In fact, we have a lot of solutions! 

Beat the summer blah's at any Fauquier County Public Library - by attending special events, meeting other teens, logging the books they have read, or submitting book reviews to win fun prizes. Plus, each time teens attend a summer reading program event, they can enter a special drawing for a Google Nexus Table, so add "really cool prizes" to the list of boredom busters. 

Upcoming teen programs include: 

Warrenton Teen Writing Club
Tuesday, July 15, 5 p.m. @ John Marshall Library 
Monday, July 21, 7 p.m. @ Warrenton Library 
Teens who love to write - journals, blogs, short stories, poetry - will enjoy getting feedback on their work and connecting with other teen writers. Meetings are held at all three Fauquier County Public Libraries. Check our online calendar of events for the full schedule. 

Crazy Catapults, Bealeton Library 
Crazy Bird Catapults
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. @ John Marshall Library 
Create a catapult to hurl crazy birds crashing into a wall of blocks! A hands-on program that combines engineering, physics and fun! 

Science @ the Library 
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.@ John Barton Payne Bldg. 
Tuesday, July 22, 4 p.m. @ Bealeton Library 
What engineering marvel can you build with toothpicks and gumdrops? Come to this interactive program and see. This program is presented in cooperation with Wakefield School

Christmas in July 
Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m. @ Bealeton Library 
Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. @ John Marshall Library 
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. @ John Barton Payne Bldg
It's never to soon to start thinking about it! Or maybe you would like to add an ornament to your tree? Instructors will teach beginners to knit a simple headband or miniature stocking. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided. 

Teen Movie Night
Tuesday, July 29, 5 p.m. @ all library locations
Take a cool break from the summer heat. Join us for Ender's Game - based on the Orson Scott Card classic sci-fi novel. There will be plenty of free popcorn and a chance to win your own copy of Ender's Game, the novel.

Remember, the library offers teen programs all year long, including the Teen Writing Group and Teen Advisory Group - so plan to come back in September. The end of summer isn't the end of the fun at your local library! 

If you are looking for book recommendations or updates just for teens, check out Reading Riot, our blog for and about teens, by Ann McDuffie, youth services librarian at the Fauquier County Public Library, Bealeton branch.

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, July 7, 2014

Summer Reading Program: Upcoming Programs for Children

Over 1,000 children and 250 teens have already registered for our 2014 Summer Reading Program and they have been busy!  In addition to reading over 10,000 books, summer reading program participants have created origami, learned about bats, been amazed by mad scientists, and attended family movies, to name a few of the programs and special events held so far.

Whew, and the summer reading program has just gotten started! 

So what's coming next? Here are a few highlights of programs and events taking place in the next few weeks for children.

Math Mania


Whether you are a math fanatic or are math phobic, you'll have a blast with Math Mania's games, stories and activities! Suitable for children kindergarten and older. 
Wednesday, July 9 @ 2 p.m. (Bealeton) 
Thursday, July 10 @ 3:30 p.m. (John Marshall) 
Friday, July 11 @ 10:30 a.m. (John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton) 


Out of This World


Have a blast with stories and activities about space! Future astronauts K - 3rd grade will love this program. 
Monday, July 14 @ 2 p.m. (Bealeton) 
Monday, July 14 @ 6 p.m. (John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton) 
Friday, July 18 @ 10:30 a.m. (John Marshall) 



Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres!


Children of all ages will enjoy bilingual singing and dancing with Andres Salguero. 
Saturday, July 19 @ 10:30 a.m. (John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton)
Saturday, July 19 @ 1 p.m. (Bealeton) 
Saturday, July 19 @ 3 p.m. (John Marshall) 

You can stay up-to-date on all Summer Reading Program events and activities by checking out our website or following us on Twitter or Facebook. Or you can stop in and pick up a Summer Reading Program schedule of events at any Fauquier County Public Library location. 

Remember, Summer Reading isn't just for young children. Teens and adults can get in on the fun too! 

See you at the library. 

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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading Fun for Adults

Okay, I'll fess up. I feel a pang of envy summer mornings as I race out the door while my children remain home to enjoy their summer break. Yes, I was young once and had the same luxury. And yes, I am fortunate to work in a great place with wonderful people, but I would still love to sleep late, go to the pool, hang out with my friends and enjoy the many other things that kids do during those blissful weeks when school is out. 

Another luxury of my childhood summers that I miss is having more time to read. As a child, I spent hours each summer traveling to far of places, meeting new people and having grand adventures, all within the pages of one book after another. It was one of my favorite things about summer! 


Luckily, summer reading - and the summer reading program hosted by local libraries - isn't just for kids! Part of the Fauquier County Public Library's summer reading program is for adults. While children are encouraged to Fizz Boom Read and teens can Spark a Reaction during the summer reading program, adults will enjoy Literary Elements

It's easy - and fun - to join. Simply pick up a Literary Elements game card at any Fauquier County Public Library location. Then complete five of the tasks on the game card (diverse tasks ranging from reading a mystery to liking our page on Facebook), fill out your name and contact information, and drop your completed game card off at any library location. Each time you complete five tasks on a game card, you can enter. 

Drawings are held throughout the summer for fun prizes (like passes to Great Meadow); the grand prize drawing will be held the week of August 10th for a Kindle Fire! 

If you are looking for ideas for summer reading, be sure to check out what they are reading in one of the many Fauquier County Public Library book clubsRead Alikes, or browse our many displays of staff picks, "beach reads" and other great books.

Game cards must be submitted by August 9. You must be 16 or older to enter. 

Good luck and happy reading! 

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.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrate With Us: 10 Years on Willow Drive


All year, the Bealeton Library is celebrating its tenth anniversary at Willow Drive. Special events and activities are being held each month to help us mark this milestone. This month, in conjunction with our Summer Reading Program kickoff, we’re encouraging our patrons to get out and about in beautiful Southern Fauquier County.   

We are asking patrons to submit the names of a few of your favorite places to visit in Southern Fauquier. 
Then, we’ll compile a list and have you vote on the Top Ten places to visit in Southern Fauquier County.   
The voting is all in good fun; the main point is to highlight all that Southern Fauquier has to offer!  Fill out a submission form at any branch or submit your favorites in the comment section below. 
 
Also of note, Flat Ernie is back and ready to travel!  Our very own Ernest P. Hemingway, Library Cat Extraordinaire, enjoys the prestige of traveling with the families of Fauquier. As much as Ernie enjoys hanging out with library staff and patrons, he loves to travel - even the most well-loved felines need a vacation some time. So stop by any branch and pick up a Flat Ernie to take with you on your next adventure, near or far.  

Happy travels! 

Natalie @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

World Wide Knit in Public Day Returns to Fauquier County Public Library

2013 Knit in Public Day 
On Wednesday, June 18, Book ‘N Stitchers, one of many Fauquier County Public Library  book clubs, will participate in an international celebration of knitting—with a special knitting session to commemorate World Wide Knit in Public Day. 

Knitters of all ages and skill levels are invited to bring their favorite project, share tips and celebrate knitting! Participants do not have to be a member of Book ‘n Stitchers to participate.

Celebrations of knitting and other fiber arts will run June 14 – June 22, 2014 around the world. World Wide Knit in Public Day was created in 2005.

Book ‘n Stitchers, which began several years ago, also hosted a Knit in Public Day celebration at the Fauquier County Public Library in 2013.

Book 'n Stitchers at 2013 Knit in Public Day
Time 
10 a.m. - Noon
Location 
Warrenton Library, next to the library garden

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.