Friday, February 29, 2008

Learn joys of flying model aircraft

The Fauquier Aero Recreation Modelers will present an introduction to the pleasures of owning and operating model aircrafts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

Participants will learn about the capabilities of various models and about where to go to see the planes in action during this free program.

The presenters will focus on recent developments in model aviation, including silent but powerful electric propulsion. Models for those too busy to build will be introduced, and details on exciting vertical flight will be covered.

Information on clubs, flying fields, and shops, are just some of the other elements to be discussed during this fast-paced program. Call (540) 347-5322 or e-mail Jeanne Day.

Friday, February 15, 2008

People show love for library through gifts, service

Fauquier County Public Library is lending several new books and in-demand items that might not have been added to the library's collection without the generosity of library patrons Teresa Flanagan, Judy Risdon, and Ernestine Van Ryzin.

They chose their donations, which will be enjoyed by many people for years to come, from the library's wish list.

There are separate lists for adult and children’s titles, currently more than 50 items are on the combined lists. February is Library Lovers Month, so it's a good time to consider visiting the library’s wish list.

Some of the wish list titles recently added to the collection include three copies of A Thousand Splendid Suns, a book club selection for the Bealeton and John Marshall libraries, a replacement copy of The Godfather, the DVD Baryshnikov Live at Wolf Trap, nature books such as Owls of the United States and Canada, two copies of Oceans: A Visual Guide, and gardening titles such as Classic Garden Plans, Planting the Natural Garden, Art of the Japanese Garden, Dogwoods: The Genus Cornus, and Hydrangeas: A Gardener’s Guide.

Library lovers may make monetary donations in honor of loved ones or as part of their estate planning, too. Books, DVDs, and other materials purchased with bequests and memorial or honorary contributions will be identified with special donor plates whenever possible. If requested, notification of memorial or honorary contributions will be sent to the family of the person being recognized.

Call (540) 349-1928 or e-mail for more information on the Amazon Wish List or monetary donations.

Volunteering is another way to demonstrate your love for the library. The library has a variety of volunteer opportunities at all three of its locations.

The Friends of the Fauquier Library also needs volunteers to work in its used book store The Book Cellar.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Men from Fauquier history spotlighted

Two historical eras in Fauquier County and the nation will be spotlighted this month at Fauquier County public libraries.

Dr. John D. Sinks will speak on the Culpeper Battalion and the men from the Fauquier companies at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Bealeton Library.

This lecture is the third in a series of free lectures being held at the Bealeton Library this winter and spring. Upcoming lecture topics are: in March, the settlement of Bowenville, also known as Rappahannock Station or Remington, and, in April, Revolutionary War soldiers' graves in Fauquier County.

The Culpeper Minute Battalion, formed in 1775, was the best organized and most famous of the 16 Virginia minute battalions. The victory at Great Bridge effectively forced the British out of Virginia until 1781 and enabled Virginia to contribute to the Revolutionary War effort in the nation's north and the south.

Dr. Sinks is a member of and the historian for the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and a past president of the Virginia Society SAR. He holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College, master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University, and a master's of administration from George Washington University. He is a direct descendant of Corporal Moses Allan of Capt. William Pickett's Company, Culpeper Minute Battalion, which was a Fauquier County company.

Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby is the topic of a lecture being presented by local historians Don Hakenson, Greg Dudding and Tom Evans at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the John Barton Payne Building. This is the second lecture in a year-long series on American history sponsored by the library and the newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute. The lectures are free.

Hakenson has been researching, analyzing and visiting unknown civil war skirmish sites and locations, especially those related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers, for the last twenty years. He served as 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 has also co-authored two books with Dudding about Mosby and his men.

Dudding has been a historian for many years and is an expert on the 17th Virginia Infantry. He has studied the War Between the States, "Stonewall" Jackson, the 17th Virginia Infantry and Mosby. He is the current president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and conducts Mosby Confederacy Tours with Hakenson for that organization. He has been a Civil War re-enactor and living historian for more than 12 years and does an impression of M.G. James L. Kemper's quartermaster Major Nelson Weaver Crisler. He lectures at the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir about the life and equipment of Civil War soldiers.

Evans, a veteran tour guide, writer, and photographer, has spent years researching skirmish sites, residences, locations where Mosby held rendezvous with his Rangers, and other points of interest. He is a charter member of the Stuart-Mosby Society and has led many historical organizations on tours of places prominent in Mosby's life and military career.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

American history lecture series continues

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a series of free history lectures co-sponsored by the newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Created to promote the study and love of American history, the institute has arranged for experienced speakers and historians to present the monthly lectures throughout 2008.

Download a PDF of a brochure about the series.

Lectures are held in the John Barton Payne Building, at 3 p.m. on the following Sundays:

Feb. 17: John Singleton Mosby
March 16: Elk Run Anglican Church Excavation
April 20: The Gold Mining Industry in Fauquier County
May 18: Brigadier General Ben Harden Helm and the Orphan Brigade
June 8: The History of Railroading in Warrenton and Fauquier County
July 20: Confederate Spy, Laura Ratcliffe
Sept. 21: The French and Indian War
Oct. 19: Wallis Warfield Simpson
Nov. 16: Founding Veterans in Fauquier Family Cemeteries

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.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Celebrate Black History Month

The library is celebrating Black History Month throughout February - the offerings are diverse and there are resources for all ages.

Children are invited to a special program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Warrenton Library. Call (540) 349-1128 for more information on this free event. While at the library, pick up the latest Black History book list for children, too.

On that same front, parents, teachers and children should check out Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Schultz' Kiddosphere blog for book reviews related to Black History.

Adults should take a look at Collection Development Manager Fran Burke-Urr's Shelf Scene for more resouces.

The library's Web site also provides online book lists for children, teens, and adults, as well as providing links to many other Black History resources.