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.