Thursday, August 28, 2008

'Smartest Card' improves school performance

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Fauquier County Public Library wants to make sure that your child has the smartest card of all – a library card.

Studies show that children who use the library and are read to in the home perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. A recent study also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents reported taking their children to the library for this reason.

Summer reading programs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as "summer learning loss." This summer more than 1,900 children and teens participated in Fauquier County Public Library summer reading programs and they read 25,345 books collectively.

Now that the summer is over and children are returning to school, it is important to remember that a library card has always been the most important school supply of all. Children and teens can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check out free music, DVDs and use the Internet to do research and to make after school life a little more fun. There’s a lot happening at Fauquier County libraries.

Throughout September, new library card recipients are invited to have their photos taken for display in the library, and small prizes will be given to children and teens that show their new cards to a reference librarian.

Also, all month the library will be featuring the many ways you can use the library, including using online resources and participating in a variety of programs - programs that stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Story programs expose young children, even babies, to the joy of reading, and librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests. Check out online book lists for children and teens and see Kiddosphere for reviews and news on children's materials.

The library's Web site has a wealth of information and features pages for all ages, including special pages for parents, educators, children and teens.

E-resources are some of the most valuable resources available to library card holders and are accessible at the library or from your home computer using your library card.

These e-resources are free - all you need is a library card. Apply online and your library card will be mailed to you in about 10 days.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wireless Internet access available at all county libraries

The John Marshall Library now provides wireless Internet access. The Bealeton and Warrenton libraries have offered the service for several years.

If you are bringing in your own laptop and wish to use the library's Internet connection you must agree to abide by the library's Internet use and wireless Internet policies.

Wireless Internet access is not filtered, therefore patrons must be 18 or over or have a signed Internet registration card to use the wireless service. Get more information on the setting requirements for laptops using the wireless service at the library and get troubleshooting tips.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Teen coffee house, anime club continue

Students entering sixth grade or higher will have a variety of library programs to enjoy this fall.

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.

Bring friends and meet other anime fans. Activities will vary each week but will include watching DVDs and playing games.

Registration is not required for the programs and there are no fees.

Check out the library's teen pages for the latest news on programs and information for teens, homework helps, and links to sites on college prep, health and wellness, and fun and games.