Friday, January 30, 2009

Library lovers show support

February is Library Lovers Month and people across the nation are rallying in support of academic, school and public libraries. Library lovers demonstrate their love of libraries by donating new and used books, often to honor loved ones; volunteering their time and expertise; joining Friends organizations and speaking up for libraries at civic and community meetings.

Some library lovers make monetary donations in honor of loved ones or as part of their estate planning. Books, DVDs, and other materials purchased with bequests and memorial or honorary contributions will be identified with special donor plates whenever possible.

Call (540) 349-1928 or e-mail for more information on the Amazon Wish List or monetary donations.

Businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library out ranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people.” It was true then and it's true now.

During economic downturns, people turn to public libraries for information, recreation, and cultural needs so it is not surprising that Fauquier County libraries are facing historic demands for service. One out of every two Fauquier residents has a library card, and last year more people visited the library, checked out books, asked questions, or attended programs than any other time in the library’s history.

Our library, like libraries across the nation, has become a multimedia center, offering not only books but informational DVDs, classic movies, e-books and Internet access. All Fauquier libraries offer free Internet access — a service that is increasingly important to job seekers and others who don’t have Internet access at home — as well as free classes for seniors and others who are just learning or want to learn how to use the Internet.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Library offers Black History Month resources, programs

Just a quick reminder: The library is celebrating Black History Month by providing links to black history resources and offering reading suggestions for all ages, and hosting a special Books-A-Palooza book club program featuring African and African American folk tales for children in preschool through 2nd grade.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Importance of Buckland

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free lecture in January entitled The History and Importance of the Town of Buckland presented by David Blake at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the John Barton Payne Building.

Mr. Blake, owner of Buckland Farm and a thoroughbred operation, is active in preservation efforts for the historic area of the 18th and 19th century Town of Buckland. The town was the site of numerous technological and entrepreneurial innovations on a variety of fronts, including thoroughbred breeding, road engineering, banking, law and politics. It is also a site of significance to Native Americans and was the location of a Civil War battle sometimes referred to as The Buckland Races. Mr. Blake was instrumental in forming the nonprofit foundation The Buckland Preservation Society that is working to place conservation easements over the battlefield landscapes.

The Battle of Buckland Mills, also known as The Buckland Races or Chestnut Hill, was fought by more than 12,000 Union and Confederate forces during the War Between the States on Oct. 19, 1863. Near Buckland Mills on Broad Run, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry shielded the withdrawal of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army from the vicinity of Manassas Junction after defeat at Bristoe Station and an aborted advance on Centreville. Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick fought Stuart’s cavalry along the Warrenton Turnpike. Confederate forces routed the entire Federal cavalry there and the Federal troopers were scattered and chased five miles to Haymarket and Gainesville. The Confederates derisively called the affair "The Buckland Races."

The lecture is the first in a series of lectures on historical topics sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute to be presented this year. The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history and presented free lectures by experienced speakers and historians. Contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information or to volunteer.

Monday, January 5, 2009

See Fauquier Indian artifacts

Jimmie Eustace of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society will display a large collection of fossils and Indian artifacts found in the Cedar Run and Elk Run valleys of lower Fauquier County at the Bealeton Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

After a short orientation, those attending will be able to examine the items and ask questions. There is no fee or registration for the program.

The event is the first in a series of local history programs to be presented this winter by members of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society.