Thursday, May 28, 2009

Library demonstrating ancestry research tool

The library is presenting a free demonstration of Ancestry.com Library Edition at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the John Barton Payne Building. Registration is not required. E-mail or call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6, for more information.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Teen summer volunteer application deadline extended

The application deadline for teen volunteers needed this summer at all Fauquier County public libraries has been extended to Saturday, May 30.

Teen volunteers are needed to help with the children’s summer reading program, which begins June 20 and continues through Aug. 15. Some of the tasks teen volunteers will perform include helping children and parents with summer reading program registration, keeping the registration table stocked, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books they have read into the online book log, and lending a hand with crafts and programs.

Many teens find volunteering at the library is a great way to gain work experience while fulfilling community service or service learning hours, a graduation requirement for many high schools. Others volunteer because they love reading and libraries and some volunteer simply because they enjoy helping others.

Summer volunteers must attend a training session prior to the start of the reading program, so applicants will be called to schedule the training.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Role of Fauquier militia during War of 1812 discussed

The library is hosting a free lecture entitled The War of 1812 in Virginia, and the role of the Fauquier County militia presented by author Mike Lyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the John Barton Payne Building.

Mr. Lyman, co-author of the publication Encounters with British in Virginia During the War of 1812, is a “living” historian and member of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter; and the War of the 1812 Society. He also compiles information on Virginia burials of American founders before May of 1657, Revolutionary War patriots, and War of 1812 veterans.

He is a member of the Stafford County Historical Society and the Mary Ball Museum Library, and is a former or a current member of The Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, The Society of Colonial Wars, The Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Society of the Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims, The Society of Descendants of Colonial Clergy, and The Sons of Union Veterans.

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.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Family research marathon tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the last day to register for Fauquier County Public Library's free family research marathon being held from 6 to 10 p.m. (Friday, May 8) at the Warrenton Library. Advance registration is required, and at the time this was posted there were only a few spots left. Call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6 or e-mail now to register. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

See what the library has to offer on local history and genealogical research.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Proposal writing basics slated

The library is hosting an introductory Proposal Writing Basics course at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Bealeton Library. Patricia Pasqual, Director of the Foundation Center of New York’s Washington, DC office, is presenting the course.

The Foundation Center, established in 1956, is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. It maintains the most comprehensive database available on U.S. grant makers and their grants and is supported by nearly 600 foundations. Details on grant providers and information on how to apply for grants are notable features of the new collection.
The Bealeton Library, which was chosen to house a Foundation Center cooperating collection last year.

Learn about the basics of writing a proposal for nonprofit organizations then stay afterward to use the cooperating collection.

The program is free, but registration is required. Contact Bealeton Branch Manager Natalie Swart to reserve your spot or if you have questions.

Wii Sports tennis tourny for kids

Students in in grades 3-5 are invited to try their best moves during a Wii Sports virtual tennis match from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Bealeton Library.

Studies have proven that gaming and literacy go hand-in-hand. American Library Association President Jim Rettig says, "Games of every type play an important role in developing fundamental competencies for life. They require players to learn and follow complex sets of rules, make strategic and tactical decisions, and, increasingly, collaborate with teammates and others: all things they will have to do in college and in the workforce."

For these reasons gaming is becoming increasingly popular in the nation's public, school and academic libraries. The Friends of the Fauquier Library recently donated a Wii console, several games, and controllers to the library. Several Wii programs, including a bowling night for seniors, have already been presented at the library and more are being planned.