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.