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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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Fun @ the Library

Halloween is fast approaching, but you don't need to wait until October 31st to have a ghoulish good time! There are plenty of fun Halloween activities to choose from at your local library. 

Monster Mash
Warrenton and John Marshall Library
Monday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.
Bealeton Library 
Tuesday, October 28, 4 p.m.
Stories, crafts and activities for children of all ages will make Monster Mash a ghoulishly good time! Costumes encouraged (but not required). 

Halloween Hoopla story time
Bealeton Library
Thursday, October 30, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and rhymes to celebrate Halloween. It will be spooky - but not TOO spooky - fun for preschoolers and kindergartners. Come in costume and trick-or-treat around the library, then finish with a craft activity. 
(Parents and caregivers must remain in the children's area during story time.) 

Sweet Treats - Warrenton Halloween Happyfest Parade 
Warrenton Library 
Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Stop by the library for a sweet treat (and check out a book or two, too) directly following the parade. 

Happy Haunting! 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Grant Seeking Basics Seminar Coming to Bealeton Library

The Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free seminar - Grant Seeking Basics - on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 9:30 a.m.

The seminar will be held at the Bealeton Depot10877 Willow Drive North. 

Through a partnership with the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, Fauquier County Public Library provides access to the leading source of information on grant makers and grants. This includes a wide range of valuable tools to help individuals and organizations navigate the grant seeking process. 

This introductory, one-hour course will provide an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant making public charities. 

Registration is required. To register, contact Natalie Wheeler at (540) 422-8532. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

October is National Reading Group Month

October is .... leaves changing color
October is .... pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins 
October is .... the perfect time to try a book group! 

How did I make the leap from pumpkins to book groups? Easily, thanks to the Women's National Book Association, which designated October National Reading Group Month in 2007. The goal is to raise awareness of reading groups/book clubs and the value of shared reading. 

It's also a great time to join a book club - like those hosted at your local library. 

The following book groups meet at The Fauquier County Public Library. New members are always welcome! 
Great Books Club
Adult Mystery Book Club 
Bealeton Book Club (afternoon) 
Bealeton Book Club (evening)
Marshall Book Club (afternoon)
Marshall Book Club (evening)

If you are thinking about starting your own reading group, here are some things to consider;
  • Group composition 
  • Reading preferences 
  • Book selection process 
  • Meeting logistics
  • Facilitating discussions

There are numerous online resources to help you work out the details of your own book group, from Oprah to the American Library Association.  

Numerous books are also available via the library's collection that cover everything from good books for discussions to recipes for your book club dinner menu (of course, if you participate in a book group at your local library, all those things are already taken care of - hint, hint!). 

Book groups are a great way to identify books you might not otherwise stumble across, participate in interesting book discussions and meet other people who are as passionate about reading as you are. 

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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