Friday, December 19, 2008

Resolve to join a book club

According to numerous polls, many people resolve to learn something new with the start of the new year. Joining a book club is one of the most pleasurable ways to accomplish this goal.

There are many reasons that people join book clubs, but some of the most popular reasons are that people enjoy talking about books they've enjoyed or been moved by, or even disliked. Book clubs are also a great way to challenge your mind, to encourage you to read more, or to read books that you might not normally choose. And some people who are new to an area consider joining a book club in order to meet new people.

Fauquier County Public Library has a number of book clubs and the clubs themselves cover a wide range of interests. There is no fee to attend meetings and new members are welcome to come to meetings any time they wish.

The Bealeton and John Marshall libraries each have book clubs appealing to general interests and popular fiction. The Bealeton club meets in the evening while the John Marshall Library has a daytime club and an evening club.

The Warrenton Library has three adult book clubs: the mystery book club and the daytime and evening Great Books clubs.

All three libraries have a book club for children in preschool through second grade. Books A Palooza meetings introduce the children to a new author or illustrator each month. Those attending get to do a related activity at each meeting and it is not necessary to read ahead of time. With any luck though, the children will be inspired to read more, and that's a good thing.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Recycle books, benefit library

The Friends of the Fauquier Library is hosting a series of sales this season at the Book Cellar, its used book store. The Book Cellar offers nearly new and used hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction books for all ages and interests at "bargain basement" prices from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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.
Donating books and other items is a great way to recycle, and the library benefits in multiple ways. First, donations are reviewed by library staff for possible inclusion in the library’s collection – especially important at this time as the library’s budget cuts include reducing funds for new purchases. Secondly, many items not needed for the collection due to space considerations or because multiple copies are already in the collection, are sold at the Book Cellar. Proceeds from the Book Cellar benefit the library and support programs for children, teens and adults throughout the year.
To volunteer at the Book Cellar or for questions about the Friends of the Fauquier Library, call (540) 439-1939.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday reading a satisfying retreat

Some people consider reading a requisite to staying sane, especially this time of year. In spite of the hectic pace of the holiday season, they often find time to retreat to a cozy spot and read.
Holiday themes are popular fare throughout the season, and Fauquier County’s public libraries are making it easy to quickly pick up reading material.

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.

Other options for holiday reading can be found in the Friends of the Fauquier Library Book Cellar. It's a great place to buy stocking stuffers, last-minute gifts, and books to read while traveling. These books are often priced at 50 cents or a dollar - so are great for sharing with friends, relatives and even fellow travelers.

Suggested titles for giving
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.