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 Amazon.com 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.