Thursday, July 30, 2009

Historian portrays Francis Fauquier

Fauquier County Public Library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute are hosting a lecture on Francis Fauquier (1703 – 1768), a Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Colony, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

The lecture is being presented by “Living Historian” Dennis Loba. Francis Fauquier, a friend of Thomas Jefferson, served as Virginia's acting governor from 1758 until his death in 1768.

Mr. Loba, who has long been involved with reenactments nationally and locally, will present information about the lieutenant governor in authentic period clothing. During the Fauquier County’s 250th Anniversary Celebration parade, Mr. Loba introduced the honored guests, several members of the Fauquier family, to the parade audience.

Contact Fauquier Heritage Institute program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information or to volunteer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Deadline approaching for teen Creativity Gala submissions

Teens entering 6th grade or higher this fall are invited to read poetry, play music, sing, or perform stand-up comedy during a special celebration of teen creativity in August hosted by Fauquier County Public Library.

Artwork, videos, crafts and creative writing are also being accepted for exhibition at the Express Yourself Summer Creativity Gala. The deadline for performing or for submitting a creative work for exhibition is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. The gala is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at the John Barton Payne Building.

Submit artwork in person at any Fauquier library or by e-mail. Call or e-mail Anna Ellis, 439-9728, if you would like to perform at the event or for more information.

The gala is the final special event of the Express Yourself summer reading program for teens at Fauquier County public libraries. Express Yourself also features anime, gaming, and a series of creativity challenges, some of which can be the impetus for entries for the Summer Creativity Gala.

Teens are encouraged to register for the summer reading program and log the number of books read each week. The library’s goal is for children and teens to collectively read and log 27,000 books by Aug. 15.

Library helps with genealogy research

If you are doing or planning to do genealogical research, you will want to note two upcoming Fauquier County Public Library programs.

The first is a demonstration of one of the library’s free online services, Heritage Quest Online, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the John Barton Payne Building. Registration is not required for the free demonstration. Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh will be on hand to answer questions.

If you are a beginning genealogist, or have gotten stuck doing your research, a genealogy one-on-one is definitely something you should sign up for. Individual sessions, beginning in September and continuing through November, are being scheduled now. The 45-minute sessions will be held between 1 to 2:30 p.m. on selected Tuesdays. Only 12 slots are available, so call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6, or e-mail Mary Sue Marsh soon to reserve a spot.

The Warrenton Library also hosts free genealogy research marathons each fall and spring. Librarians and experienced researchers are on hand throughout the marathons to help genealogists and would-be genealogists. Call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6, or e-mail Vicky Ginther for marathon details.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Special story time helps prepare kids for kindergarten

All Fauquier County public libraries are presenting a special story time for children entering kindergarten this fall that features stories, songs, and rhymes about school that will help children prepare for their first day of kindergarten. Children are invited to bring a lunch to eat after the program.

Registration is not required for this free program.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Teens create collage art, hardware store jewelry

Teen creativity will continue to be challenged during two upcoming events at Fauquier libraries . The programs are part of a series being presented during the Express Yourself teen summer reading program for students entering sixth grade or higher this fall.

Teens are invited to join their friends to make funky, fun creations while playing the collage art game for creative minds “Glue, Paper, Scissors.” Laughs are guaranteed while participants create unexpected and completely collaborative works of art at the county’s libraries. Get the Collage Art with a Twist details.

Teens will learn how to create hardware store ‘bling’ from items commonly found around the house or in the garage during another special event. There is no need to take apart your kid sister’s bicycle though, the library will have all the nuts and bolts required to make the personalized jewelry. Get the Hardware Store Jewelry Workshop details.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Relationship between Grant, Mosby discussed

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting an extended program of two free lectures on Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate Colonial John Singleton Mosby beginning 2 p.m. Sun., July 19, at the John Barton Payne Building. The program is sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

The first lecture, The Post-War Relationship of Grant and Mosby, will be presented by David Goetz, who is co-authoring a book on The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby.

Mr. Goetz, who owns Mosby's Confederacy Inc. and leads tours in the area, has long been interested in the post-war relationship between the two men who, he says, managed to put their emotions behind them to cooperate in a spirit of reconciliation.

Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, who served with Generals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-62. He is a member of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The second lecture is being presented by Eric Buckland, the author of Mosby’s Keydet Rangers. Mr. Buckland, who participates with the Mosby Players and is a member of the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will talk about Mosby’s Keydet Rangers, which is a compilation of information about the young men who both matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute and rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, also known as Mosby’s Rangers.

He will discuss the genesis of Mosby's Keydet Rangers to give lecture attendees new insight into the young men who rode with Col. Mosby during the Civil War. The book draws from short biographical sketches, personal letters, accounts of various raids and incidents, newspaper articles, and passages from books, memorials, and obituaries. The book contains much previously unpublished material.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history. Contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information or to volunteer.

Get a PDF of this year's series.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Libraries host community quilting bees

A community quilting bee and story time is being hosted by all Fauquier libraries this summer, a great chance for families to “bee” creative.

The Fauquier County Quilters Guild will help families attending the program to design and color quilting squares. Guild members will then take the squares and make fabric blocks that will be incorporated into library quilts.

The community quilting bees are at 2 p.m.:
The quilting bees are part of a series of programs and special events presented during the Be Creative summer reading program for children through fifth grade and their families. The program also features story times, family movies, and events to pique children’s curiosity and inspire them to be creative and to explore new ideas through reading.