Friday, December 21, 2007

See Fauquier Indian artifacts

Jimmie Eustace of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society will display a large collection of fossils and Indian artifacts found in the Cedar Run and Elk Run valleys of lower Fauquier County at the Bealeton Library at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

After a short orientation, those attending will be able to examine the items and ask questions. There is no fee or registration for the program.

The event is the first in a series of local history programs to be presented monthly by members of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society. Upcoming programs include topics such as The War of 1812 in Virginia and the role of Fauquier, the Culpeper battalion and the men from the Fauquier companies, the settlement of Bowenville, also known as Rappahannock Station or Remington, and Revolutionary soldiers' graves in Fauquier County.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

'War Between the States in Fauquier County' first lecture topic

Donald R. Tharpe will present the inaugural lecture in a series on American history topics sponsored by Fauquier County Public Library and newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Mr. Tharpe will present a lecture entitled The War Between the States in Fauquier County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton.

The founder of the Liberty Heritage Society, Mr. Tharpe will talk about his research on Fauquier County during the Civil War. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period.

Mr. Tharpe, a Virginia native, has studied architecture and archaeology in Virginia and abroad in places such as Israel, Jordan, Greece and Turkey. He is currently researching the social, economic, religious, and legal history of Fauquier County. He is a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution and serves as an advisor to numerous museums and historical organizations in Virginia and nationally.

Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history. To that end, the institute is presenting monthly lectures throughout 2008.

The 60- to 90-minute lectures will be presented by experienced speakers and historians. Future Fauquier Heritage Institute lectures include such topics as: The French and Indian War, John Singleton Mosby, Project Apollo to the moon, the Revolutionary War, Warrenton’s war-time hospital sites, slave records in Fauquier County, Kelly’s Ford, Elk Run, and gold mining.

Interested lecturers and volunteers, which are needed to help with the series in a variety of capacities, are encouraged to contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Book Cellar hosting holiday sales

The Friends of the Fauquier Library used book store The Book Cellar is hosting special book sales during the holiday season.

The Book Cellar always has used hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and interests at bargain basement prices, but in December prices will be reduced dramatically. The sales make it a good time to stock up on stocking stuffers, last-minute gifts, and books to read while traveling.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's Christmas at the library

Several Christmas events are planned at Fauquier County public libraries for December.

Start your Christmas decorations
The earliest, a craft program for children at the Warrenton Library, will get underway shortly after the Warrenton town parade concludes, around noon on Saturday, Dec. 1. Drop in to make a Christmas craft and get inspired to begin decorating your home for the season.

Warm up after the Bealeton parade
The Bealeton community parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade route begins and ends near the Bealeton Library, and parade awards will be presented at the library afterward. Everyone is invited to meet library staff, including new Bealeton Library Branch Manager Natalie Swart, and warm up while becoming acquainted, or reacquainted, with the Bealeton Library.

Santa Claus is coming to the library
Santa will visit all three Fauquier County public libraries, and families are invited to enjoy Christmas stories and visit with the old guy. Don't forget to bring your camera.
Enjoy holiday books
Check out the library's multitude of Christmas books for all ages or just take a look at suggested fiction and mystery titles for adults. (Go ahead and reserve your choices while you're there.)

Also, library staff have compiled lists of books recommended for giving as gifts this year. The lists have been prepared based on age level: adult, young adult (for sixth- through 12th-grade students), and children. The next time you are at the library, ask for lists to take with you when you go shopping.

Give the gift of giving
If you'd like to donate new books to the library, visit its Amazon wish list. Place your order today so the library recieves its gift from you by Christmas.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bealeton community to meet new branch library manager

Fauquier County Public Library staff and patrons are preparing to meet the new Bealeton Library Branch Manager Natalie Swart, formerly of Lilburn, Ga.

Swart, who begins her duties Monday, Dec. 3, is replacing Muriel McCabe, who retired last summer after nearly 20 years with the county's library system, 16 of which were served as the Bealeton Library's manager.

"I'm really excited about coming," Swart says, "everyone is so gracious, the Bealeton Library is beautiful and I'm looking forward to the job."

She received an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Georgia and a masters in library science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She most recently served as a branch manager for the Gwinnett County library system in Georgia, in a busy branch serving 20,000 people a month. The Bealeton Library averages 5,300 patron visits each month.

Swart served on a variety of library committees for Gwinnett County, including several concerned with long-term planning, community programming, technology acquisitions, and community analysis. This experience helped prepare her for managing the Bealeton Library, a community library serving a diverse and supportive population. She believes strongly, she says, that the library should be an important part of the community.

“We’re very excited to have Natalie join our staff," says Library Director Maria Del Rosso, "We are impressed with her experience and her enthusiasm for the role a public library plays in the community.”

Swart says she is also a public service oriented person. Her plans for the library include working in collaboration with schools, businesses, and civic organizations. She intends to canvass the community and speak to a variety of groups to ascertain their needs soon after arriving in Virginia.

"The role of the library in the community is connecting people with information," Swart says, "it can provide whatever it is we are searching for."

But Swart says she is also interested in individuals' needs and believes the library should be a place people can enjoy in a variety of ways.

"I see the library as a place of wonder," she says, "As a kid I felt that way, and I think we still have the ability to provide that kind of place."

This vested interest in community is a major reason that Swart accepted the job as Bealeton Library's branch manager. Family ties are another factor playing an important role in Swart's decision to relocate to Fauquier County. Her husband Jon Swart graduated from Fauquier High School in 1993. His parents, Ruth and Dick Young, live in Marshall while his brother and sister-in-law Jason and Wendy Swart live in Warrenton.

A perfect opportunity for meeting Swart will occur on Saturday, Dec. 8, after the Bealeton parade. The parade route begins and ends near the library. Parade awards will be presented at the library afterward and everyone is invited to meet library staff and warm up while becoming acquainted, or reacquainted, with the library.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Library helps community support middle school's challenge

Everyone in the community is invited to help Cedar Lee Middle School, Bealeton, reach its Literacy Challenge goal of 100,000 books read by the end of the school year. The challenge was issued earlier this school year by the school's principal, Mr. Steve Parker, and Fauquier County Public Library pledged to support the effort.

No matter what your age or interests, you can use the library to help Cedar Lee meet its Literacy Challenge goal. Don't have a Fauquier County Public Library card? It's easy to sign up online.

Check out the many ways the library can help you meet the Cedar Lee Literacy Challenge.

Find the perfect book by perusing:

Write book reviews to:
Visit Shelf Scene for news on what's new and interesting in the library's collection, or Kiddosphere for the latest library news for kids.

Not only books count - don't forget your online research tools.

Check out audio and downloadable books - they are great for traveling and they count, too.

Keep track of library books you've read using the library's Reading History service - then log your titles on the Cedar Lee Literacy Challenge site.

Check out the library's adult book clubs

Teachers - contact the Bealeton Library about tours or about library staff visits to schools.

Get more directions and guidelines for the Cedar Lee Literacy Challenge.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Teens to make aromatherapy recipes

Teens are invited to whip up aromatherapy recipes and homemade bath items at two Fauquier County Public libraries next month. These items are great for stress relief at exam time or to give as presents.

The free program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Warrenton Library, (540) 349-1128.

Literature resource great for students, others
The county’s three public libraries are spotlighting the premier Internet resource for information on literary figures this month. Learn more about the Literature Resource Center.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Appalachian stories, songs entertain families

Storyteller Granny Sue will entertain families with Appalachian folktales and songs in celebration of Children's Book Week at two Fauquier County public libraries this month.

The programs are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the John Barton Payne Building, and at 1 p.m. that same day at the Bealeton Library. There is no admission fee.

Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated Children's Book Week since 1919. Today the Children's Book Council continues the tradition of celebrating children's books and the love of reading by encouraging storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events.

The library has numerous book lists in print to help parents find books suitable for their children and library staff are always on hand to assist.

The library's Web site features pages especially for children, parents and educators that provide information on library programs, homework helps, online book lists linked directly to the library catalog, story time tips, and the American Library Association's guides to Internet advice and more than 700 Web sites for and about kids.

Kiddosphere is a wonderful blog offering book, CD, DVD, and video reviews, cool links, and library program announcements.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Make tracks to see model trains

If you or someone you know loves trains, you'll want to make tracks to Warrenton this month when the Piedmont Railroaders present a fascinating display of model trains. Everyone is sure to enjoy seeing the Railroaders' trains, including a working model of Thomas the Tank Engine, the star of a series of popular children's stories.

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting the Piedmont Railroaders' display at the John Barton Payne community hall, from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19.

Club members will be on hand to talk about real and model trains and to answer questions about the hobby and the history of railroading. Models on display will represent engines from from 1830 to the present with selected models running throughout the display period.

The Piedmont Railroaders club was founded in Warrenton in 1995 for railroad enthusiasts of all ages to meet and share their individual interests in railroading. The club also supports various community activities, such as the Boy Scouts of America Railroad Merit Badge program, and participates in events such as public train shows and town-sponsored railroad festivals.

There is no admittance fee either day. Call (540 347-8750, ext. 6, for more information.

Reserve books, audio books, videos, CDs of train songs, and more in the library's catalog.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Warrenton BotBrains go 'green' at the library

A group of students recently completed an energy audit of Fauquier County Public Library's Warrenton branch as part of a regional competition that calls for teams to use robotics to understand and create solutions for one of today’s most critical environmental issues: energy management and conservation.
The competition is sponsored by FIRST LEGO League, an international program for 9- to 14-year-old children that was created in a partnership between the nonprofit organization FIRST and the toy maker The LEGO Group. FIRST LEGO issues a challenge each September to engage teams in authentic scientific research and hands-on robotics design.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO play materials, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program robots to solve real-world challenges. This year's "Power Puzzle" challenge will culminate, after eight intense weeks, in high-energy sports-like tournaments where participants will demonstrate their solutions.

The Warrenton team, whose members are all home schooled boys calling themselves The BotBrains, has competed at FIRST LEGO League regional competitions for the last three years, advancing to state all three years in a row.

This year's BotBrains, with the help of library personnel and Fauquier County Director of General Services Tom Boyer, have completed an energy audit of the Warrenton Library to evaluate the building’s energy use. They are now working with experts to identify ways that the library might be able to reduce energy consumption or move toward alternative energy use and plan to present their ideas to the library board.

The group also attended a recent meeting of architects, civil and mechanical engineers, and representatives from the county's general services and library staffs to discuss plans for the proposed New Baltimore Library. The library's construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008.

The BotBrains will go on to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community at the FIRST LEGO League Regional Competition on November 17, 2007, in Stafford, Va.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Medicare Part D update explained

Michael Soule of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board is coming to the library early in November to explain important new Medicare Part D features.
There are more Medicare choices than ever before, so it’s important that you look at your coverage every year.
Plan costs and benefits change, and so might your health concerns. The coverage that worked for you this year may still meet your needs in 2008 or, there might be a better option.
While you can read the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services handbook (120 pages long!), you may find it helpful to attend Mr. Soule's free program to help clarify information.
Two resources in the library's collection that are also worth taking a look at: Medicare & You: For Virginia Residents, brought to you by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Virginia Medicare Supplement Insurance Premium Comparison Guide prepared by Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Artifacts displayed at Bealeton Library

An exhibit on the Elk Run Anglican Church Site preservation project in southern Fauquier County is currently at the Bealeton Library.

The exhibit includes photos, a small case displaying some of the artifacts found at the site, and a 10-minute documentary, Finding Our Foundation: The Preservation of the Elk Run Anglican Church Site.

The church began as a wooden structure in the 1740s and was later rebuilt in brick. The church’s congregation declined after the Revolutionary War and the building was abandoned in the early 1800s. The site was overgrown until recently, and the church foundation and artifacts were hidden from view for about 200 years.

The documentary shows the site being excavated by volunteers, many of whom have ancestral ties to the area. Under the direction of archeologist Dr. John Eddins, himself a volunteer, teams have discovered many artifacts.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Group discussing global warming

Members of the library's Socrates Café group are discussing “Global warming – what should we do?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Fortunately, there is a ton of information on global warming on the Internet. One good place to start or continue research is National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and the New York Times recently posted a comprehensive article.

While not specifically about global warming, the library recently added the extraordinary series Planet Earth and other outstanding DVDs to its collection, some of which explore touch on aspects of global warming.

Learn more about Socrates Café groups.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tutors are back

Free tutoring for students in elementary school and older is provided at the Bealeton Library by National Honor Society (NHS) members from Liberty High School from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Registration is not required - just drop in. (Note: Tutors are not available when school is not in session.)

Visit the library's website for online teen and children's homework help resources.

The website also has access to numerous databases, many of which are helpful to students and adults. The library's eResource News blog spotlights a different database each month.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Genealogy research help available

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting two programs this month, both at the Bealeton Library, to help people researching their ancestry.

Genealogy 101: A seminar for beginners will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and African American genealogy will be presented by Karen Hughes White of the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

The library has a number of online resources to assist in a genealogy quest. And the library's Virginiana Room has an extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogical research. Staff is available whenever the library is open to introduce first-time users to the collection and to give limited assistance to researchers.

The library has many other resources for people doing genealogical research, including such titles as Beyond Pedigrees: Organizing and Enhancing Your Work by Beverly DeLong Whitaker, American Origins by L. G. Pine, Slave Ancestral Research: It's Something Else by Mary L. Jackson Fears, Finding Your Roots: How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad by Jeane Eddy Westin, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls, which is available in print and is downloadable.

For young researchers, The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family's Story by Ann Douglas and illustrated by Stephen MacEachern, is a wonderful introduction to genealogy.

If you are still at a loss at how to start your search, call or e-mail the library.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

College knowledge could save time and money

A representative from Northern Virginia Community College will talk about the college application process and financial aid at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Bealeton Library. The program is free, and registration is not required.

You may also want to check out these resources for college-bound students.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Teens make cards for troops

Teens will make cards for troops overseas early in October when they meet at all Fauquier County libraries. All materials will be supplied to create the original cards, the program is free, and registration is not required to attend.

Don't forget to check out the blog for teens Library Lounging.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hams to talk at library

The Fauquier Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is presenting an introduction to amateur radio operation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the John Barton Payne community hall.

Representatives from the association will talk about amateur radio activities and how to get a license. They will also demonstrate radio techniques using some of the radios available on the market today. The program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about this popular hobby.

Amateur radio operators, also known as “hams,” enjoy a variety of radio communication activities, from simple Morse code to amateur satellites and linking over the Internet. There are more than 2.5 million hams of all ages worldwide who communicate with other hams for fun, but they also play an important public service role as well.

Amateur radio operators provide emergency communications during disasters, often serving as the first link between stricken communities and the outside world when normal communications are suspended.

Some operators experiment with new radio technologies and with helping in the development of long-distance broadcasting, while others have fun competing in contests with other radio hobbyists of all ages and from all over the world.

A license from the Federal Communications Commission is required to operate a ham radio, but the testing requirements were recently updated. Among the changes, the requirement to learn Morse code has been eliminated. By learning some simple operating rules and developing a basic understanding of radio, it is easier than ever to pass the amateur radio license test and to begin talking to the world.

Members of FARA will show a multi-media presentation, answer questions, and demonstrate some of the various types of amateur radio operating during the upcoming program. Information about local radio club membership will also be available.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Whose responsibility is safety?

When was the last time you could discuss your thoughts openly and honestly with others? Have you ever questioned society and its assumptions, or your own? Would you like to have a good, safe discussion without fear of being attacked for having an opinion that is different?

Today, adults attending the bi-monthly meeting of the Socrates Café will discuss an appropriate topic for Sept. 11, Whose responsibility is safety? The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the John Barton Payne community hall. See the upcoming topics to be discussed in Warrenton.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Library saw growth

The county's public library has grown on multiple fronts according to the 2007 fiscal year statistics recently compiled by the library.

The library's Web site, voted by Warrenton Lifestyle magazine as "Best Web site in Fauquier County" last year, served as the county's virtual library, and more people than ever before took advantage of the library's online services. Patrons reserved 7 percent more books and other items online and renewed their checked out library materials 15 percent more often.

In the latter part of the fiscal year, people checked out 48 percent more downloadable audio books than the same period the previous year, and usage of the library's databases increased nearly 60 percent.

New card registrations showed gains as well. Registrations at the Bealeton Library rose by 8 percent while registrations at the smaller John Marshall Library rose nearly twice that, up 15 percent. Altogether, nearly 4,000 new cards were issued county-wide, bringing the number of library card holders to nearly 33,660.

Popular media hype may lead some to the conclusion that people don't read as much as they used to, but Fauquier's residents disprove that notion. Circulation rose by 9 percent last year — more than 457,400 books and other items were checked out among the county's three libraries.
More than 14,300 new items were added to the system-wide collection last year, bringing the total to nearly 193,600 books, audio books, CDs, videos, DVDs, and downloadable audio books (see what's new). It is not surprising, given those figures, that more people visited the county's libraries last year than had the previous year, 8 percent more, or more than 268,600 visits.

What may be surprising to some, however, given the trend toward more and more people having Internet access, is the increase in reference inquiries by library users. Fauquier County Public Library librarians responded to more than 6,000 reference questions last year, a 16 percent increase. One explanation for this is that reference librarians, known in library circles as "the original search engines," are trained to ferret out information from multiple sources, including the Internet.

Program attendance was another area showing marked increase. Fauquier's libraries presented more than 1,100 programs to more than 19,800 children, teens and adults last year, a 9 percent increase.

The county's library system comprises three libraries conveniently located from the northern end of the county to the south: the John Marshall Library, the Warrenton Library, and the Bealeton Library.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Information to go

The library has more to offer children, teens, and adults with a library card than ever before. In addition to fiction and nonfiction books in print, library materials come in a variety of formats, such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, and downloadable audio books.

Online databases, which are electronic collections of information, are one of the most valuable resources available to Fauquier County Public Library card holders.
They are accessible any time of day using your library card, and they include eBooks, education and college testing preparation tools, encyclopedias, genealogy and local history resources, legal forms, magazines, newspapers, and references for science and literature topics.

To ensure you get the latest information on the library's databases, sign up for the eResource newsletter.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Celebrate the smartest card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
If you have children, don't forget this important school supply. You’ll want to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all – a library card.

Studies show that children who use the library and who read or read to at home perform better in school. They are also more likely to continue to use the library as a source for a satisfying lifetime of learning.

There is no age requirement for getting a Fauquier County Public Library card, and many parents enjoy giving their children the thrill and responsibility of owning their own "charge card," one that lets them borrow books, movies, music, and more.

Teens get carded
Teens can "get carded" at the library throughout September in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Fauquier employees, others eligible
People who work in Fauquier County but live outside the county are eligible for a Fauquier library card without a fee and are entitled to all the borrowing privileges that residents have.

Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. Let us take your picture when you come to the library, then check to see yourself and others who are helping us celebrate.
Library cards are free and the application only takes a few minutes to complete. Check library eligibility requirements, or, apply now.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Great Books discussion groups confirm dates, titles

Warrenton Library's two Great Books discussion groups recently confirmed the dates and times for upcoming discussion topics.

The Daytime Great Books group, which meets at 1 p.m. the third Monday of the month, will talk about selections from The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith on Sept. 17. See the remaining Daytime Great Books selections to be discussed this year.

The Evening Great Books group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month. In September, due to Labor Day, the group will meet on Sept. 10 to discuss Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. See the remaining Evening Great Books topics to be discussed this year.

More than 850 Great Books groups meet in homes and libraries across the country with thousands of adult participants according the Great Books Foundation. The foundation also has resources for teachers who are interested in forming Great Books groups at their schools.

Other Fauquier County Public Library book clubs include the Bealeton Library's group, John Marshall Daytime and Evening groups, and the Mystery book club.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Book club chooses titles

Earlier this month the Bealeton Library's adult Book Club members chose the titles they are going to read and discuss this fall and early next year. The group meets the second Monday of the month. New members are always welcome.

Fauquier County Public Library has several other book clubs. Three meet at the Warrenton Library, the Daytime Great Books, Evening Great Books and Mystery clubs, and two meet at the John Marshall Library, the Daytime and Evening groups. All welcome new members.

Teens also meet periodically at the library to discuss books and poetry.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Teens get carded at library

Teens can Get Carded at the Library throughout September in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month. Teens who show their library card at a Fauquier library reference desk in September will get a prize.

So ... if you have a library card, take it with you to the library. If you don't have one, complete the card registration form now and the library will mail your card in about 10 days.

Note: The first time you use your new card, if you are under 16 you'll need a parent or guardian to show his or her ID to circulation staff.

Web pages especially for teens

Check out the library's teen Web pages to see what services and programs the library has especially for teens. And ... see links to some great resources, some good for school, some just for fun.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Baby Steps and Magic Tree House programs planned

Magic Tree House program
A new monthly program for children entering first grade or higher that features activities based on the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne will begin in September at all Fauquier County public libraries.

The September program theme is Afternoon on the Amazon. The book is about 8-year-old Jack, his 7-year-old sister Annie, and Peanut the mouse riding in a tree house to the Amazon rain forests where they encounter giant ants, flesh-eating piranhas, hungry crocodiles, and wild jaguars.
Registration is not required for this free program. See the schedule under "Ongoing Programs."

Infant story time added
A new story time for infants up to 18 months old, Baby Steps, is beginning in September at the Warrenton Library. The new 30-minute program will be held at 10:30 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 10.

The babies will have fun bouncing, clapping, seeing finger plays, and singing to Mother Goose rhymes and traditional children’s songs with their caregivers.
The programs will be a great way to introduce rhythm and song to your baby and to meet other moms and caretakers. Fifteen minutes of rhymes and songs will be followed by 15 minutes of play time and socializing. Call (540) 349-1128 for more information.

Free, drop-in story times for toddlers and preschool and school-age children are regularly held at all of Fauquier's public libraries. See the story time schedule.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Children get ready for kindergarten

Children who are entering kindergarten this fall are invited to come to the library for a special program featuring stories, songs, and activities relating to starting school. The program is free and registration is not required. Children should bring a bag lunch.

The program will be presented at the:

See all Fauquier County Public Library news and events.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Magician coming to library

Magician Michael Klee will mystify and amaze children and their families at all county libraries on Saturday, Aug. 11. His shows are loaded with magic, wonderful story telling, important facts, and information presented in a humorous way. He characterizes his shows as "magic with a message." Get the program details.

Check the library's catalog for books on learning magic tricks, fiction about magic, and DVDs and magazines about magic tricks.

This is the last special event of the Virginia Trails summer reading program. Weekly programs continue through Aug. 11 too.
Children should log the number of books they've read this summer by that date as well.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Teens paint pottery, use skills to hunt treasure

The last teen pottery painting program for the summer will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Warrenton Library.

Teens are also invited to use deductive reasoning and library know-how to search for hidden "treasure" and pirate booty next week. Pirate grub is only part of the reward. These are the final Lost ... in Reading special events for teens this summer, although weekly programs continue through Aug. 11. See the schedule for the treasure hunt and the weekly programs at your library.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Newsletter highlights: Space makes noise?

Librarians are information archeologists, and Fauquier librarians are constantly unearthing factual treasures. These industrious "scientists" are providing tools for you to dig up your own riches via electronic newsletters.

Ever wonder what Saturn's rings sound like or what a tadpole galaxy looks like? Would you like to print a space mural or make your own greeting cards with photos taken by the Hubble telescope?

Shelf Scene has links to truly incredible Web pages that children, teens, and adults can enjoy. Here you can experience sounds from space and images of nebulae, galaxies, the solar system, and the universe taken by the Hubble telescope.

eResource News has information about the library's ever-expanding electronic resources. A sampling of recent postings include information on a list of frequently used Web sites, news on sun screen safety, tips for creating your own book lists, and a guide to the library's investment resources.

Kiddosphere, a newsletter for children, parents, and teachers, currently features summer reading program news and recent announcements on award-winning books. Library Lounging, for teens, is featuring pictures of Harry Potter as a baby, teen program news, and links to You Tube videos.

You can "visit" the library's newsletters periodically or sign up to receive updates via e-mail.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Appalachian story teller comes to library

Storyteller Granny Sue will regale audiences with Appalachian folk tales and songs of old when she appears at the Fauquier county's public libraries this month. See "Granny Sue" under Special Events for the schedule.

Granny Sue, a West Virginia storyteller, tells and sings stories in the old-time front-porch style. She believes storytelling reminds us that we all share similar joys and heartaches, that we all make mistakes and learn from them, and that we need each other to survive.

Registration is no required for this free event, which is part of the library's Virginia Trails summer reading program sponsored by The Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Check out the library's selection of books and other items about Appalachia for children and adults and see items about storytelling.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dress like Harry Potter character, act like a pirate

Children and teens are invited to come to any Fauquier County Public Library dressed as a favorite Harry Potter character on Saturday, July 21. A small prize will be given out to those in costume while supplies last. July 21 is the release date of the new J.K. Rowling book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Place a hold on a library copy of the book.

By the way, although you'd have to be living under a rock not to know this, the latest Harry Potter movie (the fifth Harry Potter book), Order of the Phoenix, is breaking box office records. MTV online has a good story on the premier (some interesting links for fans) or see what Michael White has to say about this weekend's news.

The library's event is part of the library's summer reading program activities.

Ahoy Mateys!
Everyone is invited to come aboard for a pirate party being hosting by all Fauquier public libraries on Monday, July 23. Wear your best pirate gear for stories, games, and seaworthy surprises. The party begins at:

  • 10:30 a.m. - John Barton Payne community hall, (540) 349-1128

  • 10:30 a.m. - Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728

  • 3:30 p.m. - John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Friends Book Cellar sale expands

The Friends of the Fauquier Library is continuing its fiction sale and has now added books on religion and parenting to The Book Cellar sale racks.

Everything in The Book Cellar’s fiction room is being sold on a “buy one, get one free” basis. In addition to the fiction sale, the Book Cellar's inventory of books on religion and parenting will be sold at half price for a limited time.

Friends of the Fauquier Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library. Proceeds from The Book Cellar and other Friends fund-raisers help provide special library programs and cultural events for children, teens, and adults.

Volunteers are needed to work in The Book Cellar. Those interested in volunteering may call (540) 349-4290 and leave a message.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Teens get ready to stamp

Teens will explore several different stamping techniques at the library this month, from drawing on foam board to carving rubber stamps. Advance registration required, so check the schedule and call your library to reserve your spot.

Check out the library's stamping books .

This free event is part of the Lost … in reading summer program for teens, which also features book discussions, movies, and coffee house programs. Special events have been made possible through a grant from Fauquier CADRE. Register now to participate in the Lost … in reading program.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Stock up on beach reads

The Friends of the Fauquier Library is selling everything in The Book Cellar’s fiction room on a “buy one, get one free” basis. Stock up on your beach reading now – both paperback and hardback fiction titles are available.

Volunteers are needed to work in the Book Cellar. Those interested in volunteering may call (540) 349-4290 and leave a message.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Puppets coming to libraries

Children will “travel down the trail” with Joe Pipik as he and his Backpack Puppets meet a cast of animal characters at the library on July 9.
Get the details for this and other special events coming to the library this summer.

Join Paddy Hobart and his dog Tuxedo, cat Silky and the mischievous monkey Jogi during a whimsical introduction to puppetry.

The program begins with a sing-along and features a short demonstration of a simple hand puppet and a more sophisticated marionette. A puppet show about a mischievous monkey who ruins a rainbow and needs the help of the children to fix it will entertain the whole family.

After the show, you might want to check out how you can make your own puppet show.

Registration is not required. Virginia Trails special events are sponsored by The Friends of the Fauquier Library. The Virginia Trails summer reading program also features weekly reading quests, family movies and games for children in preschool to fifth grade, and story times for the little ones.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Teens get Red Cross certification for babysitting

Registration is underway for Red Cross babysitting classes at all three Fauquier County public libraries. The workshops are free, but teens must register ahead of time and attend both classes in the series to receive certification from the Red Cross. Attendees must be 12 or over. Get the details.

The classes help teens prepare for a babysitting job, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform first aid, learn diapering and feeding techniques, handle bedtime issues, and learn tips for having a safe babysitting experience.

This and other teen events at the library this summer are part of the Lost … in reading program and are presented with the support of Fauquier CADRE.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Teens create batiks, try mehndi body art

If you are a teen you will have two opportunities to explore ancient forms of artistic expression at the library over the next few weeks.

Get adorned with mehndi, an ancient form of body art, and design your own t-shirt using batik techniques.

Both events are part of the Lost … in reading program for teens, which also features book discussions, movies, and coffee house programs.
Other upcoming events — made possible through a grant from CADRE — include: pottery painting and workshops for Red Cross babysitting certification (you have to sign up ahead of time for this one). All of the programs are free.

Register now to get Lost … in reading.