Friday, February 27, 2009

Votes for Women!

The right to vote is something many people take for granted today. But what if you didn’t have that right? What if you were not allowed to vote because you were a woman? That is the kind of thing that happens in other places, not here in the United States, right? Yet it did. If you were a woman in this country before 1920, you may not have had that right.

Meet a “person of the past,” an American suffragist who fought to win the right to vote. Discover how a woman’s right to vote was won and what it took to win it when Sharon Hollands presents Votes for Women! at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Admission to the program, sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, is free.

Holland, who holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from DeSales University, has been portraying women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for the last 14 years.

Votes for Women! is part of a series of programs presented in conjunction with a We the People grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant provided Fauquier County Public Library a free collection of books for children and teens, the fifth annual We the People Bookshelf. This year's collection was inspired by the 2009 bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

The library is among 3,000 public and school libraries that received the books for young readers (K-12). The books are related to this year’s “Created Equal” theme. Spanish translations accompany four of the selected titles.
See other resources related to women's history.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dr. Seuss’ birthday, pajama party

A family story time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with special guest the Cat in the Hat will be hosted by the Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2. The program is free, registration is not required, and you are invited to wear your pajamas and fuzzy slippers.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote and illustrated 44 children's books, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

His outlandish illustrations charm children while his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children basic reading skills.

One of his earliest books for children, The Cat in the Hat, was written in the early 1950s, a few months after learning from his publisher about a report on illiteracy among American children. By the time he died in 1991, more than 200 million copies of his children's books had been sold around the world.

The library has an array of books about and by Dr. Seuss in multiple formats.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Historian portrays "Extra Billy" Smith

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free lecture presented by “living historian” David Meisky at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the John Barton Payne Building.

The term "living historian" refers to a person, usually dressed in period clothing, who portrays one or more individuals from the past.

William Smith, nicknamed Extra Billy, was a lawyer, congressman, two-time governor of Virginia and one of the oldest Confederate generals in the War Between the States. He established a line of United States mail and passenger post coaches through Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia in 1831. It was in this role that he earned his nickname after receiving publicity about the fees for this service.

David Meisky is a member of the Fairfax Rifles re-enactors as an infantryman. Six years ago he began presenting programs on Civil War era money and appearing as Confederate Paymaster David Meade (1833-1906). He began portraying William “Extra Billy” Smith in the spring of 2008 and is a member of Lee’s Lieutenants living history group.

The lecture is part of 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 present 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.