Thursday, June 25, 2009

Senior get physically, mentally fit with Wii

Senior citizens are invited to learn to play virtual sports games at 2 p.m. every other Friday at the Warrenton Library, (540) 347-8750, ext. 6. Teen volunteers will be on hand to help participants learn how to bowl, ski, or play tennis in the virtual world.

Wii seems to be a great way to exercise and stay fit, especially for seniors, according to reports coming from community and senior centers, universities, and libraries. A recent British study, reports CNN.com, suggests that playing Wii games can help seniors improve balance and help avoid falls. The fun factor is making the rate of participation higher, and the device's entertainment value is increased because virtual gaming apparently not only improves physical fitness levels, but also hones cognitive skills.

Scientists at the University of Illinois have determined that computer and video games help keep the brains of the elderly sharp, and significantly, research indicates the positive effects of video gaming are both immediate and long lasting.

The library’s Wii gaming system was purchased by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting library programs and other needs. Call (540) 349-1253 for more details.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Teens - Learn to set up your own digital recording studio

Teens will learn how to record and mix their own music at all Fauquier County public libraries on Tuesday, June 30. Musician and sound engineer Thomas MacGregor will demonstate how to set up a digital recording studio on a home computer and mix music like a professional.

The program is free, but space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

- 1 p.m., John Marshall Library, (540) 364-4910

- 4:30 p.m., John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton, (540) 347-8750, ext. 5

- 7 p.m., Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728.

This event is part of the Express Yourself summer reading program, a series of free special events and programs for students entering sixth grade or higher this fall. Register for Express Yourself online or at any Fauquier County public library.

The library’s summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library and supported by D.C. United, Warrenton Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, & Five Guys and the Marshall McDonalds.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nationally recognized storyteller coming to your library

Jim Weiss, award-winning storyteller and recording artist, will captivate children and adults alike with his recounting of ancient folktales and myths and his telling original stories at all Fauquier County public libraries on Monday, June 29.

Mr. Weiss has been a storyteller for over 25 years and has performed in many notable venues, including the White House. His production company Greathall has produced more than 40 storytelling recordings, and he is the recipient of more than 80 major national awards. His recordings will be available for purchase after the program.

He is appearing at: 10:30 a.m., John Barton Payne Building, (540) 347-8750, ext. 5; 1 p.m., John Marshall Library, Marshall, (540) 364-4910; and 3 p.m., Bealeton Library, (540) 439-9728.

This event is part of the Be Creative summer reading program, a series of free special events and programs for children of all ages and their families. Register for Be Creative online or at any Fauquier library.

The library’s summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library and supported by D.C. United, Warrenton Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, & Five Guys and the Marshall McDonalds.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Anime party a summer celebration

The Liberty High School Anime Club is hosting an anime party at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the Bealeton Library.

The gathering is an end-of-the-school-year party for its members and a beginning-of-summer celebration for other teens in the community. The group will screen Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and the club will provide Japanese snacks, music, and games. Cosplay is encouraged, but optional. All costumes should be “rated PG.” This free event is open to anyone in grade 6 or higher.

See more about anime events and Express Yourself programs at the library this summer. Check out anime and manga books and other items.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Apollo's legacy, lunar geology illuminated

Fauquier County Public Library will host a revealing 60-minute retrospective entitled On the Shoulders of Giants: Project Apollo to the Moon, presented by Gar Schulin at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in the John Barton Payne Building. The free lecture is sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have gazed at the moon in awe and wonderment, perceiving rugged mountains, mysterious seas, sacred spirits and even humorous faces. Modern telescopes brought this alien world into sharper focus and study more than a century ago. In the 1960s and early 1970s, the United States won the Cold War race to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth. For a brief moment, the monumental effort took a futuristic, 21st Century event and placed it squarely in the middle of the 20th Century.

During Project Apollo these unseen vistas were brought to life during a series of spectacular expeditions by 24 bold American astronauts, and supported by more than 400,000 engineers, technicians and scientists from 1968 through 1972. The Apollo lunar missions led to many important discoveries while raising even more questions. It represented the best of American character, spirit and technological innovation, yet these thrilling expeditions were abruptly canceled even as the program achieved its greatest scientific advance - its remaining hardware already built and un-flown.

The retrospective lecture will include a discussion of the early engineering test flights and an overview of the later extended-stay landing expeditions. Accomplishments of each mission will be reviewed while insight into the geology objectives and findings for each of the landing sites will be highlighted. Additional first-hand accounts as related to the presenter by the Apollo veterans will also be included.

Lecture presenter Gar Schulin is a Warrenton resident and career Defense Department employee. While a research assistant to Dr. Farouk El-Baz, the distinguished Project Apollo geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Schulin supported a team of senior geologists engaged in ongoing lunar and planetary research. He helped open the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in 1976 and was recognized for his contributions by past NASM director and Apollo 11 veteran Michael Collins in 1977 and 1978; and more recently by Museum Director General John R. Dailey.

Mr. Schulin is a former member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers of the Naval Sea Systems Command, past president of the Baltimore-Washington Society of Allied Weight Engineers, and a former Smithsonian research assistant and museum docent. His preservation and community service includes memberships in the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter; the Virginia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780; the Abbeville Institute; the Liberty Heritage Society; the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation; and the National Air and Space Society. His articles on historic topics have appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet publications.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of American history by presenting 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, June 4, 2009

Summer reading helps kids keep skills

Research indicates that students experience significant learning losses during the summer months, but that children who read during the summer retain reading and learning skills better than those who don't. To curb learning loss, and to provide some fun activities, Fauquier County Public Library is presenting a series of free programs that will engage participants and encourage reading over the summer months.

Registration for the programs — Be Creative for children and Express Yourself for students entering sixth grade or higher — is underway now at all Fauquier libraries. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — begin June 20 and continue through Aug. 15.

As an incentive, children and teens may log in the number of books they read each week online or at their library to earn a chance to spin a prize wheel. Registrants set their own personal reading goals based on the types of books they like to read and how many books they plan to complete by Aug. 15.

The library's goal is for participants to collectively read 27,000 books before the programs end. Prizes are awarded whenever books are logged into personal reading logs and participants may earn a chance for an additional prize wheel spin each week by completing fun activities.

There are reading suggestions for children and teens on all kinds of topics. The library also posts the summer reading lists of local area schools when available. Be sure to also check out http://kiddosphere.blogspot.com/ for book, CD and DVD reviews for parents and children and Library Lounging for teens.

Two other summer programs are notable this year. Letterboxing — a kind of treasure hunt involving the whole county — is continuing through the summer for all ages and has been fortified with new locations and clues. Letterboxing is a great family activity.

A Wii for Seniors series completes the full spectrum of summer programs at the library. Wii for Seniors will be hosted every other week beginning Friday, June 19. Teen volunteers will be on hand to teach seniors how to play tennis, bowl, or ski in a virtual environment.

The library’s summer reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library and supported by D.C. United, Warrenton Burger King, Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, & Five Guys and the Marshall McDonalds.