Monday, April 28, 2008

Library honors its 'picture perfect' volunteers

Fauquier County Public Library is recognizing its volunteers at a reception sponsored by The Friends of the Fauquier Library in May. The theme of the reception, which is honoring volunteers of all ages from all three county libraries, illustrates how "picture perfect" library volunteers are.

The library's 265 volunteers donated 3,050 hours this past year doing a variety of tasks at the Warrenton, Bealeton, and John Marshall libraries.

Volunteers must be 13 or older and are asked to commit to six months of volunteering. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday. Volunteer tasks include unpacking boxes of new library materials, covering and labeling books and other items as they are processed through the system, repairing materials when they become worn, and assisting with special programs, events and special projects.

Complete an online application or pick one up at any Faquier library. Questions? Call or e-mail Lynn Hawkins, (540) 349-1820, for information on these and other volunteer opportunities.

The Friends of the Fauquier Library also need volunteers to work at The Book Cellar, a used book store that is open every Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from The Book Cellar and other Friends fund-raisers help provide special library programs and cultural events for children and adults that would not be possible to present without its support.

Those interested in volunteering at The Book Cellar should call (540) 439-1939.

Teen volunteers needed this summer
Teen volunteers are needed at all Fauquier libraries this summer to help with the children’s summer reading program and other library projects. Applications are accepted through May 31. Print out application, complete and return to the library.
Volunteers must attend a training session prior to the start of the summer reading program, which begins June 14 and continues through Aug. 9. Staff will contact applicants to schedule the volunteer training. Applicants should be prepared to sign up for specific volunteer time slots when they attend the training session.

Some of the tasks teen volunteers will perform include assisting children and parents with summer reading program registration, keeping the registration table stocked and neat and tidy, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books read on the online book log, assisting with crafts and programs, and assisting library staff with clerical tasks.

Teens may call or e-mail for more information: Warrenton Library, Jennifer Schultz, (540) 349-1128; Bealeton Library, Natalie Swart, (540) 439-9728; John Marshall Library, Deborah Cosby, (540) 364-4910.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Family research marathon coming up

The Warrenton Library is hosting a family research marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 9.
Local librarians and researchers will be available to help participants research their family history, and participants will have access to the Internet and Fauquier County Public Library online databases such as (for use in the library) and HeritageQuest.
There is no registration fee, but advanced registration is required. Participation is limited to 25 persons; registrants must be 18 or older. Call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6.
Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mother Goose coming to libraries

The library's own Mother Goose will present a special story time celebrating Mother Goose Day - a national day of appreciation for childhood nursery favorites held each year on May 1 - at all Fauquier libraries. The program is geared to 2- to 3-year-old children with a parent or caregiver.

See the schedule for the special Mother Goose story times.

Learn more about the library's Mother Goose and other outreach programs at the library.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Gold mining in Fauquier discussed

Throughout the history of mankind there has been a fascination with gold. Acquiring this shinny, soft metal has caused nations to rise, wars to be fought, and adventures of discovery to be embarked upon.

The gold mining industry in Fauquier County, which existed for more than 100 years, is the topic of an upcoming lecture presented by Bob Sinclair, curator and park manager at Monroe Park Gold Mining Camp Museum in Goldvein, Va. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at the John Barton Payne Building.

The lecture will also cover the issues surrounding present day prospectors who, with pans in hand, roam the tributaries flowing into the Rappahannock River in search of instant fame and fortune.

The ongoing search for gold brought the Spanish to the New World. They were followed shortly by their “riches-seeking” European neighbors – the Portuguese, the French, the Dutch, and the English.

Thomas Jefferson was one of the first “authoritative voices” to speak of the possibility of gold in the north central area of the Commonwealth, and by the early 19th century this precious metal was being mined at sites near Goldvein, Sumerduck, and Morrisville in southeastern Fauquier County.

Sinclair, who for 35 years served as Fauquier County history teacher and school administrator, is president of the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation in Marshall and chairman of the Fauquier County 250th Anniversary celebration committee. He is the 10th generation of his family to have lived in the area of the Bull Run Mountains near the present day town of The Plains.

This is the fourth lecture in a year-long series on American history sponsored by the library and the newly formed Fauquier Heritage Institute. Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history. To that end, the institute is presenting free lectures monthly throughout 2008 by experienced speakers and historians.

Future Fauquier Heritage Institute lectures include such topics as: The French and Indian War, Project Apollo to the moon, the Revolutionary War, Warrenton’s war-time hospital sites, slave records in Fauquier County, and Kelly’s Ford.

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.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Library celebrating all month

Libraries across the country will celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, a yearly observance sponsored by The American Library Association.

Fauquier libraries will join the celebration by commemorating libraries and reading throughout April. Programs and special events are planned for all ages.

Teens will be invited to review books on display, leave comments for other teens, and make suggestions based on what they like and what they would like to see displayed. See more about library programs and services for teens.

Science Surprises, a program for school aged students, will feature bubbling, popping, fizzing and slime. Get the details.

Author Susan Crites will read to preschool children during special story times at all Fauquier libraries. Get the details.

READ posters "starring" community leaders, library patrons, volunteers, and staff will decorate the county's libraries throughout April. Let library staff know if you would like to become a reading star.

Most library users are familiar with the basic functions of the library catalog, but many are not aware of some of the catalog's special features. This month staff will be on hand to help patrons create online accounts with the library so that they can take full advantage of this powerful tool. Learn about its features now.

If you don't already have a library card, apply for one at your local Fauquier library or online at

Library lovers who wish to support the library through donations will want to visit the library's Amazon Wish List. There are separate lists for adult and children’s titles, currently more than 50 items are on the combined lists.