Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two genealogy programs coming up

Family research marathon hosted by library
The library will host a family research marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Warrenton Library. Librarians and researchers will be available to help participants research their family histories, and light refreshments, provided by Friends of the Fauquier Library, will help marathon participants keep their strength up.

The marathon is free, but advanced registration is required and registrants must be 18 or older. Call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6, to register. The library’s online databases, including HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition from Ancestry.com , will be used by marathon participants.

Ancestry Library Edition, only available for use in the library, provides a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. It includes records from the U.S. Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. Ancestry Library Edition is only available in the library.

Beginning genealogy research workshop slated
Those beginning or about to begin family history research or those just curious about genealogy can learn basic research steps and get information on recommended Web sites and other information sources during a free workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Bealeton Library. The workshop includes an introduction to online databases, including those mentioned above.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Good 'Friends" appreciated

This month Fauquier County Public Library is honoring the Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for library services, equipment and programs for children, teens and adults, by highlighting the group’s many contributions.

Friends donations expand and enrich the library's regular budget by helping provide programs, training and equipment that would not be possible to fund otherwise. The summer reading programs for children and teens; Wii equipment and games used by all ages, including seniors; children’s room furniture; and staff development support are just a few examples of how Friends donations help the library.

“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They helped sponsor hundreds of library programs every year that would not have been possible through funds normally available for library operations. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Friends donations are raised primarily through membership dues — which start at $15 — and proceeds from the Book Cellar, a used book store in Old Town Warrenton.

Book Cellar volunteers, most of whom are Friends members, are crucial to the operations and vitality of the Friends of the Fauquier Library, but there are rewards for volunteers, too.
“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Tina Ross. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”

Currently, anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo. Coupons are redeemable and membership forms are available at all Fauquier libraries and at the Book Cellar. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information about the Friends or to volunteer in the Book Cellar.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Teens celebrate Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos, is a festival traditionally celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries in November.

Teens are invited to get crafty, Latino-style, to decorate calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), make papel picado (cut paper banners) and play Lotería (Mexican bingo) on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at two Fauquier libraries.

The free event is open to students in sixth grade and up.

Registration is required. Call the library by Oct. 31 to reserve your spot.

See more teen events and teen services at the library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ghosts of Fauquier outed

The author of the popular Ghosts of Virginia series, L.B. Taylor, will talk about accounts of spectral visits in Fauquier County, the Shenandoah Valley and northern Virginia during a free event hosted by the Bealeton Library at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

Mr. Taylor’s research for the 1983 book Haunted Houses, stimulated his research into psychic phenomena and led to the publication of 21 Virginia ghost books, including Civil War Ghosts of Virginia, The Ghosts of Fredericksburg, The Ghosts of Williamsburg, A Treasury of True Ghostly Humor and the 13 volumes, to date, in the Ghosts of Virginia series. He has authored more than 300 national magazine articles and more than 40 nonfiction books.

Mr. Taylor will answer questions and sign copies of his books after the program. Call (540) 439-9728 for more information.