Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: Huge Book Sale This Weekend

A huge, one-time-only sale will be held this weekend at the John Barton Payne Building. The sale is hosted by The Book Cellar and will feature non-fiction, reference books and book sets. These items are perfect for independent study and students of all ages. 

Sale hours are: 
Friday, August 22: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 23: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

The Book Cellar is operated by The Friends of the Fauquier Library; all sale proceeds benefit the Fauquier County Public Library and help support library programs and events. 

The John Barton Payne Building is located at 2 Courthouse Square, Old Town Warrenton. 

Happy Reading (and shopping!) 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Goodbye to Summer and Hello to Back-to-School at Your Library

Whew, what an amazing summer we have had at the library! Participants in our 2014 summer reading program fizzed, boomed and sparked through over 25,600 books. Clearly these kids love to read - they averaged 17 books per participant! Congrats to each and every child and teen who took part. That's a tremendous accomplishment!

We ended the summer reading program with two grand finale programs. Teens had a great time at a grand finale party on Tuesday, August 5. Many prizes were awarded and Samantha won the teen grand prize - a Google Nexus!

Speaking of prizes, many thanks to the local businesses and organizations who support the summer reading program. Their generosity enables us to offer great programs and fun incentives for reading. The sound of the prize wheel is music to our ears! 

Children and families were amazed and inspired at their grand finale on Saturday, August 9 by Lawrence the Magician. Everyone had a great time! 

Now it's time to catch our breath and gear up for an exciting and action packed fall. We're busy planning programs - stay tuned for more details soon. 

Meanwhile, please note that Story Time is on break Monday, August 11 - Friday, August 22. The regular story time schedule will resume on Monday, August 25. We look forward to seeing you then. Until then, here are some great suggestions for books to read to your child

If your child is heading off to kindergarten (mixed emotions for sure!), stop by any Fauquier County Public Library location on Thursday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. for our Kindergarten Kickoff program. Rising kindergartners will enjoy games, stories and activities - all geared to getting them ready for kindergarten. 

Enjoy the last few days of summer and, as always, happy reading!  

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Don't Miss the Summer Reading Program Grand Finales!

The 2014 Summer Reading Program is drawing to a close, but the fun isn't over just yet. Families, children and teens mark your calendars for the finale fun! Don't forget, the last day to log books is Saturday, August 9. 


Teens 
Tuesday, August 5 
Pizza, ice cream, games and a photo op with a Star Wars character. This program for teens has something for everyone. Plus, there will be a grand prize drawing for a Google Nexus tablet. 

Good luck! 



Bealeton Library 
4 p.m. 
John Marshall Library 
6:30 p.m.
John Barton Payne Building 
6:30 p.m.

Children and Families
Saturday, August 9 
Lawrence the Magician will amaze with magic tricks for fans of all ages. Other games and activities for children will make this a grand finale! 

Eva Walker Park (located at Alexandria Pike & Haiti Street, Warrenton) 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bealeton Library 
Noon - 2 p.m.
John Marshall Library 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Adults 
Literary Elements isn't over yet! Drop off your completed game card at any Fauquier County Public Library location by Saturday, August 9 for your chance to win a grand prize Kindle Fire. Winners will be announced the week of August 10.

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 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.