Thursday, July 24, 2008

Library adds resources for grant seekers

Individuals and nonprofit organizations in Fauquier County now have free access to a collection of resources for identifying funding sources from the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy.

The Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728, recently became a cooperating collection from The Foundation Center of New York. The collection provides valuable information, training and strategies for successfully securing grants. Details on grant providers and information on how to apply for grants are notable features of the new collection.

The collection includes The Foundation Directory Online Professional, which profiles more than 80,000 U.S. grant makers; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online; print directories; and proposal writing guides.

The Bealeton Library will also offer periodic training sessions on how to effectively use the collection and identify potential funding sources.

The Foundation Center of New York, established in 1956, serves grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the public.

Thousands of people visit the center's Web site each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and national network of cooperating collections.

Contact Bealeton Branch Manager Natalie Swart, (540) 439-9728, for more information on the benefits of the Bealeton Library's Foundation Center resources.

Friday, July 18, 2008

International recording artist coming to libraries

Musician and recording artist Brooksie Wells will perform for children and their families at all Fauquier libraries on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Everyone is invited to this free fun-filled concert that will offer numerous opportunities for audience participation.

The concert will be held at:


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Confederate spy topic of lecture

Confederate Spy Laura Ratcliffe is the topic of a free lecture to be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

Laura Ratcliffe, born in 1836, was the great granddaughter of Richard Ratcliffe, founder of Providence now called Fairfax City, Virginia.

Laura's home, known as Merrybrook, is located in present-day Herndon. It is currently the private residence of David and Win Meiselman. Win Meiselman will present the upcoming lecture.

An earlier home of Laura's was sometimes used as headquarters by Col. John Singleton Mosby during The War Between the States. Mosby praised Ratcliffe for her bravery and credited her with saving his life after she alerted him to a Union plan for his imprisonment. Her warning enabled Mosby to successfully elude his would-be captors.

During the War Between the States Ratcliffe often served as “banker” to Mosby’s Rangers. She held a large cache of federal dollars that Mosby “liberated” from a Union train. She used a large rock outcropping near her home, later known as “Mosby’s Rock,” to conceal messages and money for him.
Ratcliffe also associated with Major General J.E.B. Stuart, who noticed her while she was caring for wounded soldiers. Stuart wrote poems to her, and asked her to marry him, but she declined.
Although it was obvious that her home was the center of Confederate activity, she was never arrested or formally charged for her activities.

Win Meiselman will speak about Laura’s friendships with Stuart and Mosby and how she influenced the course of the war in Northern Virginia.

The Meiselman's efforts to preserve Merrybrook have led to the founding of The Friends of Laura Ratcliffe, a nonprofit public organization actively involved in educating the public about the historic significance of the home and surroundings of this courageous woman.

The Friends of Laura Ratcliffe publishes a monthly newsletter to encourage wide-spread public interest and support and to ensure county involvement in Merrybrook preservation efforts. The Meiselmans often hold open houses at Merrybrook and recently celebrated Ratcliffe’s 172nd birthday by presenting the first Merrybrook Preservation Gala.

The lecture is part of a year-long series on American history sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Model airplane fun for the whole family

Children and their families are invited to see a demonstration of model airplanes and talk with members of the Fauquier Aero Recreation Modelers (FARM) club at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the John Barton Payne Building. The program is geared to children who are rising 2nd graders or older.

The event, which is free, is part of the library's Catch the Reading Bug summer reading program for children. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — will continue through Aug. 9.

Teens swap stuff, enjoy pizza taste-off
Students entering 6th grade or higher will be swapping CDs, accessories, games, and other cool things at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the John Barton Payne Building, (540) 347-8750, ext. 6; and at 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728.

Swapping is a fun way to help the environment, but the catch is that attendees will be called upon to vote in a pizza taste-off contest. Bring friends, registration is not required, but please bring only items in good condition. CDs and games with parental advisory labels should be left at home.

Teens are also invited to learn what you can do with old CDs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910. Staff will have examples of some cool crafts made from old CDs and the library will provide CDs for the teens' projects.

The CD crafts program will be repeated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the John Barton Payne Building and at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Bealeton Library.

Deadline approaches for babysitting class for teens
Tuesday, July 15, is the deadline for teens to sign up for the free babysitting training class to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29 and 30, at the John Marshall Library. An experienced instructor will teach the proper techniques for CPR, infant care, and how to handle everyday situations. Participants must be at least 12 years old and attend both sessions to receive a certificate. Class size is limited, so register by calling (540) 364-4910 as soon as possible.

These special events, which are free, are part of a series planned for Metamorphosis, the library's summer program for teens.