Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Book Cellar will be closed the Fridays of Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, but will be open during regular hours on the Saturdays of, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. The store will also be open for First Night revelers from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31.
The Book Cellar is offering most items at half price beginning Dec. 19 and 20, and, for the first time ever, it is marking down items in the “old books” section by 25 percent. Many Book Cellar items are in like-new condition and include large, beautifully illustrated coffee table size books, book sets, music CDs and movies in VHS and DVD format. Selections cover a wide variety of nonfiction subjects and include many best-selling authors in paperback and hard cover making the Book Cellar an ideal stop for stocking stuffers, last-minute gifts, and books to read while traveling.
The Book Cellar needs donations, and music CDs, movies, and children’s books are especially needed at this time. To make donations e-mail or call (540) 349-1928.
Friday, December 5, 2008
All branches have book displays featuring holiday fiction and mysteries. The library also has a list of titles for children and adults with holiday themes in print and online.
Traveling over the holidays also presents many opportunities for reading. The library has titles in multiple formats for those who want to take advantage of every opportunity to read or listen to books. Most people are aware of the library’s collection of audio books — commuters use them on a regular basis to help eat up those tedious miles on the road. Your library card also gives you access to hundreds of e-books and e-audio books. The latter is especially popular because it is so easy to download them to listen to later on an mp3 player.
Library staff members have developed “Gift Suggestions” lists, popular titles to help people prepare shop for books this season. Pick up the lists for children, teens and adults at any Fauquier library. Also, check out the library's Kiddosphere for more tips for children's books and Shelf Scene for adults and the NY Times' 100 Notable Books of 2008.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Papermaking for Kids: Simple Steps to Handcrafted Paper by Beth Wilkinson is a great book for kids who want to learn about the paper-making process and try simple projects. Some of the projects would be great holiday gifts.
Handcrafted Journals, Albums, Scrapbooks and More by Marie Browning provides instructions on creating handmade books with information on binding and folding methods, tools and materials, and decorations while her 300 Handcrafted Soaps: Great Melt and Pour Projects emphasizes soap made with additives such as essential oils, botanicals, spices, and even chocolate using kitchen equipment processed with no lye or animal fat.
Gifts of Food by Susan Costner presents tried-and-true recipes for items anyone would be proud to give as a gift, each clearly written to ensure success, and preceded by a brief description of what makes it so special.
Martha Stewart's Christmas: Entertaining, Decorating and Giving in the Holiday Season by Martha Stewart remains a classic cooking and decorating guide for the Christmas season while Handmade Christmas: The Best of Martha Stewart Living provides instructions for creating your own gifts, stockings, cookie boxes, wreaths and swags, ornaments, wrapping, outdoor displays and candles.
It's in the Bag!: Tasty Gifts in Crafty Sacks presents instructions for creating clever gift bags along with recipes for gift giving all year round. A Kwanzaa Celebration: Festive Recipes and Homemade Gifts from an African-American Kitchen by Angela Shelf Medearis leads us through the season, focusing on rituals and history, traditions and lore, and dishes that connect today's African-Americans to the culinary traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, South America, & the American South.
Christmas Presents Kids Can Make by Kathy Ross, targeted to children in grades 4-6, offers 29 handmade gifts for children to create for their families and friends. Most of the materials can be found in the home and often involve recycling items, such as old felt-tip pen caps, film canisters, laundry-bottle caps, and Christmas catalogs.
Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday is a collection of beloved holiday recipes and stories interspersed with cherished family photographs. The latter includes Deen's most requested homemade gifts of food; a collection of cookies sure to become family favorites; easy dishes for a Christmas breakfast or brunch; impressive fare for Christmas dinner and holiday entertaining and, of course, spectacular cakes, puddings, pies, and other sweet things.
Holidays: Recipes, Gifts, Decorations, Thanksgiving, Christmas: The Best of Martha Stewart Living is worth taking a look at. It was taken, as the title suggests, from several years of the magazine’s November and December issues.
Seriously Simple Holidays: Recipes and Ideas to Celebrate the Season by Dian Rossen Worthington includes wine recommendations by Peter Marks, one of only 20 wine masters in the United States. This book will show you how to entertain with style and ease while keeping things simple.
The Holidays: 21 Menus for Elegant Entertaining from Thanksgiving to Twelfth Night by John Hadamuscin has more than 200 traditional and new recipes. It provides ideas on everything from a Thanksgiving harvest dinner to a hearty wassailing buffet supper, from a morning-after wassailing buffet supper to a morning-after bunch on NewYears Day and, amusingly, it includes a back-to-diet dinner for Twelfth Night.
Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life by Paula Deen, with Martha Nesbit presenting themed recipes for celebrating American holidays throughout the year.
Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates: Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions presents an assortment of meatless menus for holidays and special occasions throughout the year, including festive delights for Thanksgiving.
November is National Diabetes Month so the American Diabetes Association Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman is especially appropriate reading for some.
Check out titles soon for great ideas, resources and recipes in order to plan ahead. If the book or other item you are looking for is checked out, don’t forget that you can reserve titles at the library or online from a personal computer then be notified once it is ready to be picked up.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Payne’s are presenting a pictorial tour of Fauquier family cemeteries and graves of veterans from the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars and the War of 1812, including the oldest inscribed tombstone found in the county to date. Information gleaned from manuscripts, legal documents and family histories will be highlighted and tips on researching cemeteries and reporting and preserving these fading historical resources will be covered.
Larry Payne, a native of Fauquier County, has been a student of history since the 4th grade. He is interested in how society has developed and changed in Fauquier County throughout prosperity and war and wishes to respectfully preserve and share historical details of the past with Fauquier residents. He is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Fauquier Civil War Round Table and The Southern Fauquier Historical Society, Inc.
Lorene “Lory” Payne, transplanted from New York at age 6, has always thought of Virginia as her home. Her career in local government is in zoning and code enforcement, but it was a personal experience involving a family cemetery that prompted her and her husband Larry to begin documenting as many Fauquier family cemeteries as they can. Their goal is to provide the county with a resource for safe-guarding the cemeteries when development is encroaching. Mrs. Payne currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Southern Fauquier Historical Society, Inc., and is on the Battlefield Preservation Committee of the Fauquier County Architectual Review Board.
The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history and presented free lectures throughout 2008 by experienced speakers and historians. Contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Eisenhower's skills are largely overlooked or discounted in contemporary schools and universities, according to Schulin. As a result, the former president remains largely unknown to younger generations of Americans despite his foreign and domestic policy achievements.
The retrospective will include many accounts of events as related by those who knew the president during his White House years. Eisenhower was referred to as "The President Nobody Knew" by former Special Assistant Arthur Larson and his presidential style was characterized as "The Hidden-Hand Presidency" by historian Fred Greenstein. The lecture will present an informative overview of Eisenhower's remarkable leadership skills and complexities within the context of his administrations, which spanned 1953 to 1961.
Personal glimpses of the enormously popular president and his beloved wife Mamie, who both enjoyed living in the White House after decades of transient U.S. Army life, will be included. An examination of Eisenhower's retirement years as a private citizen and former president provides insight to his relationships with his White House successors.
Lecture presenter Gar Schulin, a Warrenton resident, is a career Defense Department employee. His undergraduate and graduate education includes the United States Naval Academy and George Mason University.
Schulin's preservation and community service includes memberships in the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter; Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780; The Liberty Heritage Society; Brandy Station Foundation; Fauquier County War Between the States Roundtable; and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation.He is also a member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) of the Naval Sea Systems Command; the National Air and Space Society; past president of the Baltimore-Washington Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE); and a former Smithsonian research assistant and museum docent. He helped open the National Air and Space Museum in 1976. His articles on historic topics have appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet publications.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Dave Goetz, owner of Mosby's Confederacy, Inc., will kick-off the symposium with a presentation on The Postwar Relationship Between John S. Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant. Mr. Goetz leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy,” including the Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren, Clarke and Fairfax. He has served on the Board of Directors of the John Singleton Mosby Museum Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, which is restoring the house where the Mosby family lived between 1875-77. Mr. Goetz is co-authoring the book The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby.
Don Hakenson will talk about Mosby’s War Years. Mr. Hakenson has spent the last 20 years researching, analyzing and visiting little known civil war skirmish sites and other locations, especially those related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers. He is a past president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and has published This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia. He co-authored two books with Greg Dudding about Mosby and his men.
The symposium, a Fauquier County 250th celebration event, is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call (540) 341-7019 for information and to register.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friends will host a huge book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, in the Book Cellar and, weather permitting, at an outdoor sale as well. Sale prices will be posted in the Book Cellar while the sidewalk sale will feature hardcover books for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents.
All proceeds from Friends fundraisers support the library.
“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Tina Ross. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh is now scheduling 30-minute one-on-one sessions with individuals needing help with genealogy research.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Toler, of Broad Run, is a 1965 graduate of Fauquier High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied English Literature and U.S. History. In the 1970s, he served in Company C, the Virginia Army National Guard unit that was a direct descendant of the Warrenton Rifles. Later he served as an officer in the Virginia Defense Force, which traces its roots to the Virginia Protective Force of World War II.
In addition to writings during his lengthy local newspaper career, Toler has researched and written about many different aspects of Fauquier County's history. He is particularly interested in the county's military history and in learning more about the many legendary characters in Fauquier County.
Toler is one of the authors of the soon-to-be-published Fauquier County history book to be published in 2009. He is also rewriting and adding to an historical piece on the Warrenton Branch Railroad and has worked as a consultant to the John Singleton Mosby Foundation.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Books A Palooza, a book club for children in preschool through 2nd grade, will feature a different picture book author or illustrator each month and a related activity. Reading ahead of time is not required. The featured author and illustrator for October is Ed Emberley.
Books A Palooza meetings are:
- Bealeton Library: 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month
- John Marshall Library: 3:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month
- Warrenton Library: 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month
Readers Rock, a book club for children in 3rd through 5th grade, will feature a different author or theme and a related activity each month. The students are encouraged to invite friends and to meet new friends. Participants should read a mystery or detective book before the October meeting.
Readers Rock meetings are:
- John Marshall Library: 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month
- Warrenton Library: 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month
- Bealeton Library: 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month
See more about events and services for children at Fauquier County libraries.
The program, which is the first in a series of historical programs being presented by the Southern Fauquier Historical Society at the Bealeton Library, is free. Registration is not required.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The free workshop is designed for people at any stage of their working lives.
Whether you are beginning your career, returning to the workforce, or considering career change, Mr. Jerge will lead you through exercises for focusing on life goals and mapping career strategies.
The workshop will cover
- determining life and career motivations and goals
- matching motivations and goals to career options
- strategies for maximizing success in a career
- resources for exploring careers
Some recommended resources include:
- What Color is Your Parachute?
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (U. S. Labor Department)
- Mid-Atlantic Guide to Information on Careers (MAGIC) by the Virginia Employment Commission
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Fauquier County Public Library found its circulation figures for FY 2008 confirm this trend.
"I'm just glad we're here for people, " says Library Director Maria Del Rosso, "they turn to us in hard economic times for free entertainment, to search for a job, for free access to computers and to help save money by doing things themselves, like home and auto repairs."
"When dollars are tight, newspaper and magazine subscriptions go," Del Rosso says, "The library becomes the place where you can still find these things. Come here any afternoon and you will find people lined up to use the computers, to check out books, to ask reference questions. The library is just bustling."
Friday, September 12, 2008
The library is presenting a series of programs and events to raise awareness of the collection and engage children, teens and adults with the “created equal” theme from now through April 2009.
The Bookshelf is awarded through the NEH We the People program, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
He is also a member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) of the Naval Sea Systems Command; the National Air and Space Society; past president of the Baltimore-Washington Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE); and a former Smithsonian research assistant and museum docent. He helped open the National Air and Space Museum in 1976. His articles on historic topics have appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet publications.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and Fauquier County Public Library is reminding people of the many free services and resources available at the library and through its Web site.
The library also offers an array of information about business, government, legal and health issues, education, literature and much more in a variety of formats, including in multi-media, print, and online. Encyclopedias, reference material and access to thousands of articles are accessible from the library Web site 24/7, which makes it a convenient and dependable source for information on almost anything you can imagine.
Surfing the Web is fun, but can be frustrating. If you want to quickly cut through a glut of ads and questionable information, using the library Web site to locate information and resources can save you time while providing reliable information.
E-resources, which are collections of online information, are one of the most valuable resources available to Fauquier library card holders. E-resources are accessible at the library or from your home computer.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
The popular coffee house gathering for teens, enjoyed by many this summer on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bealeton Library, is continuing.
Teens engage in a variety of activities during the coffee house gatherings, including, discussions, poetry readings, watching movies, and doing book reviews. The program will switch to 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. E-mail Anna Ellis or call (540) 439-9728 for more information.
Another popular teen program, which began as a single event then featured as a part of the summer reading program, is the anime club. Teens can now attend regular anime club meetings beginning 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Warrenton Library. Subsequent meetings will be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728, recently became a cooperating collection from The Foundation Center of New York. The collection provides valuable information, training and strategies for successfully securing grants. Details on grant providers and information on how to apply for grants are notable features of the new collection.
The collection includes The Foundation Directory Online Professional, which profiles more than 80,000 U.S. grant makers; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online; print directories; and proposal writing guides.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Everyone is invited to this free fun-filled concert that will offer numerous opportunities for audience participation.
The concert will be held at:
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
An earlier home of Laura's was sometimes used as headquarters by Col. John Singleton Mosby during The War Between the States. Mosby praised Ratcliffe for her bravery and credited her with saving his life after she alerted him to a Union plan for his imprisonment. Her warning enabled Mosby to successfully elude his would-be captors.
During the War Between the States Ratcliffe often served as “banker” to Mosby’s Rangers. She held a large cache of federal dollars that Mosby “liberated” from a Union train. She used a large rock outcropping near her home, later known as “Mosby’s Rock,” to conceal messages and money for him.
Although it was obvious that her home was the center of Confederate activity, she was never arrested or formally charged for her activities.
The Meiselman's efforts to preserve Merrybrook have led to the founding of The Friends of Laura Ratcliffe, a nonprofit public organization actively involved in educating the public about the historic significance of the home and surroundings of this courageous woman.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The event, which is free, is part of the library's Catch the Reading Bug summer reading program for children. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — will continue through Aug. 9.
Teens swap stuff, enjoy pizza taste-off
Students entering 6th grade or higher will be swapping CDs, accessories, games, and other cool things at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the John Barton Payne Building, (540) 347-8750, ext. 6; and at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728.
Swapping is a fun way to help the environment, but the catch is that attendees will be called upon to vote in a pizza taste-off contest. Bring friends, registration is not required, but please bring only items in good condition. CDs and games with parental advisory labels should be left at home.
Teens are also invited to learn what you can do with old CDs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910. Staff will have examples of some cool crafts made from old CDs and the library will provide CDs for the teens' projects.
The CD crafts program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the John Barton Payne Building and at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Bealeton Library.
These special events, which are free, are part of a series planned for Metamorphosis, the library's summer program for teens.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- 1 p.m. - John Barton Payne Building, (540) 347-8750, ext. 5
- 2 p.m. - John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910
- 2 p.m. - Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728
The celebration is part of the library's Catch the Reading Bug summer reading program for children. Registration is underway at all Fauquier libraries and on the library Web site. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — will continue through Aug. 9.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The event is free. Show times are Monday, June 23:
Children who are rising second graders or older will learn how geology affects our lives when they join Ed Blackford of the Roanoke Rock and Gem Club at the library. Blackford will bring his amazing collection of rocks, geodes, fossils and gems.
This free event is Monday, June 30:
- 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 30, Warrenton Library
- 1:30 p.m., John Marshall Library
- 3:30 p.m., Bealeton Library
These events are part of a series of free special events that are part of the Fauquier County Public Library's free Catch the Reading Bug summer reading program for children.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The curtain will rise at:
- 10:30 a.m., Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728
- 1 p.m., John Barton Payne Building, (540) 347-8750, ext. 5
- 3 p.m., John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910.
This special event is the first of series of events that are part of the Fauquier County Public Library's free Catch the Reading Bug summer reading program for children. Registration for the eight-week program is underway at all Fauquier libraries and on the library Web site.
Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — begin June 14 and continue through Aug. 9 at all Fauquier libraries.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
One of the presenters, Ken Wilson, who describes himself as a life-long railroad fanatic and collector of artifacts and historic railroad facts, will focus on the history of the two 19th century rail lines that cross Fauquier County and how they evolved into the present lines of the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He has been involved with the Warrenton caboose project since 2000. The photo at left was taken by Bill Lee.
Warrenton's caboose was retired from active service in 1994 by the Norfolk Southern Railway and donated to the Town of Warrenton, Va., in 1995. It was moved to the head of the Warrenton Branch Greenway hiking and biking trail, which is located behind the former Southern Railway passenger depot at the end of South 4th Street.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Helm's family arrived in Virginia in 1720 from Lanchestershire, England. William Helm, his great, great grandfather was a captain in the First and Third Virginia Continental Lines under Gen. George Washington.
During is military service, Lew Helm rose from private to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, commanding infantry, civil affairs and transportation units. For 20 years he was the executive director of SARCA, the professional association of Army Reserve generals and colonels.