Monday, September 28, 2009

Save energy, save money

Dominion Virginia Power representatives are presenting free workshops designed to help people learn no-cost and low-cost ways to conserve energy and lower energy bills this month. The workshops, hosted by two Fauquier libraries, will include the use of an online calculator to perform do-it-yourself energy audits.

The Bealeton Library will host the workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The workshop will be repeated at the John Barton Payne Building from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 22.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Find potential funders for your nonprofit

The Bealeton Library is hosting a free workshop to help nonprofits find potential funders for their organizations. The one-hour workshop, slated for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, will teach participants how to effectively use Foundation Directory Online, a powerful resource available at the library.

Foundation Directory Online is part of a collection of resources from The Foundation Center of New York, the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy that identifies funding sources. The Bealeton Library is the only branch in the Fauquier County Public Library system where the collection is available.

Registration is required for the workshop. Call or e-mail Natalie Swart, (540) 439-9728 to make your reservation.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Warrenton Library garden

Warrenton Library garden
Originally uploaded by fauquierlibrary

The Warrenton Library garden is a beautiful place to read or just have some quiet time. The garden is maintained by the Cedar Run Garden Club.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lecture promises insight on lesser known Confederate "heroes"

Military historian and award-winning author of The Hunt for Confederate Gold Thomas Moore will lecture on what he terms are the “lesser known heros of the Confederacy” this weekend. The lecture, entitled Lesser Known Heroes of the Confederacy: Pelham, Pegram and Pendleton: The Gallant Young Men of the Confederacy will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at the John Barton Payne Building.

Moore was a leader in Washington's defense and international security community and an expert consultant to the firearms industry. He served two years in the Pentagon during the Reagan Administration and five years in the U.S. Senate, including the Professional Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee under Chairman Strom Thurmond. From 1995 to 1998 he was director of defense and foreign policy at The Heritage Foundation.

His opinion columns and analytical articles have been published on a wide variety of national security issues. Before completing The Hunt for Confederate Gold he wrote a nonfiction narrative School for Genius: The Story of Switzerland’s Federal Technical Institute on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of this world-famous university.

He has begun work on There Lives the Moment, a story of the Battle of Gettysburg uniquely set in 1913 when 10,000 Union and Confederate survivors returned to the epic battlefield of their youth for a 50th anniversary commemorative encampment, where they confronted searing memories of triumph and loss.

Mr. Moore is a 1970 graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina; attended the University of Grenoble, France under a French Government Scholarship, and earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The event is sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute. Volunteers and lecturers are encouraged to contact program Co-chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Borders customers donate books to library

Borders is facilitating a book donation drive for Fauquier County Public Library at its Warrenton store, located in the shopping center at Route 17 and West Lee Highway.

According to Store Manager Diane Fichthorn, Borders has already collected approximately 500 books for the library, primarily children’s titles, valued at more than $4,000. The donation drive continues through Monday, Sept. 14.

“The library is thrilled with the response to the Borders book donation drive,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “Our book budget has been cut 25 percent from last year while library use has sky rocketed. The books we receive from the Borders program will go a long way in helping us keep Fauquier’s children reading.”

When Borders customers are paying for their purchases they can also choose a book, or books, to purchase for the library. To help customers pick out books to donate, staff at the store have a selection of books on hand that the library has expressed an interest in adding to its collection.

The store does two major book drives a year to benefit local charities. This is the first time Borders has designated the library to receive donations.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Library cards open more than books

It's National Library Card Sign-up Month and new library card holders will join the ranks of the two-thirds of Americans who already have library cards.

New applicants will learn that library cards do more than open books these days. Having a library card has more benefits for children, teens, and adults than ever before. It opens the door to a world of information and much of it can be accessed from home using your library card number.
Many library materials now come in a variety of other formats, such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and downloadable audio books. Databases — which provide access to encylopedias and other reference resources and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles — are available 24/7 from your home or office computer with your library card number.

Library services are more comprehensive than ever before and include free use of public computers, adult Internet classes, book clubs, discussion groups, and special events for all ages.
Be sure to check out the the library's Web site, too. This virtual library puts a wealth of information at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some features are targeted to special audiences, such as the special pages for parents, educators, children and teens.

Library cards are free for those who work or live in Fauquier County and the application only takes a few minutes to complete. To apply for a card, stop at any Fauquier library or complete a short online application.

Once you apply you can immediately use online resources and check out e-books, no matter what time of day you complete your application.

If you have questions, call or visit any of the Fauquier County public libraries.