Monday, December 27, 2010

Tax forms coming soon

They haven't arrived yet, but all Fauquier County Public Library branches will receive supplies of frequently-used 2010 IRS forms and instructions in January. The forms are distributed free of charge.

Other IRS forms can be downloaded and printed at the library for 15 cents per page, and you can download forms to your home or office computer directly from the IRS.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Consider planned giving to benefit library

You can support Fauquier County Public Library in a variety of ways, including through planned giving. This includes gifts made through your will or living trust, your pension or IRA, a life insurance policy, and gifts of real estate or other assets. Please consider including Fauquier County Public Library in one of these ways; speak to your banker, attorney or financial advisor to help you make the necessary arrangements for this type of donation. See more about donating to Fauquier County Public Library or call Fran Burke-Urr, (540) 422-8504, if you have questions about making donations to the library.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Half-off sale at Book Cellar this weekend

Great News - The Friends of the Fauquier Library Book Cellar is having an end of the year clearance sale on Dec. 17 and 18.

Almost the entire store will be 1/2 price the weekend of the sale - perfect timing for buying holiday and and travel reads, stocking stuffers and last-minute gifts. 

While you're there, be sure to check out the selection of Christmas books and movies too.

Note: The Book Cellar will be closed Christmas and New Year’s day but open its regular store hours Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Memorial and honorary gifts are special ways to remember loved ones

If you are struggling with what to give someone this holiday season, consider making a donation to Fauquier County Public Library in the name of a friend, family member, special teacher or even a beloved pet. The library will notify the honored person of your generosity and a special book plate naming the honoree will be placed in any item purchased with your donation.

You might also consider including Fauquier County Public Library in your will or as a beneficiary in trust. Your banker, attorney or financial advisor can help you make the necessary arrangements for this type of donation.

See the many ways to donate to the library. If you have questions, call Fran Burke-Urr at (540) 422-8504.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Library 'wishes' easy to grant

It seems everyone has someone on their Christmas list who is difficult to buy for. And don't you love it when you get a "wish list"?

The library has just such a list of items it "wishes" to put in the collection. Actually two lists: one for adults and one for children and teens. And buying books and other items for the library is good on several levels: 1) you'll be donating to something you love; 2) you may be able to write off the donation on your taxes (check with your accountant or the IRS); and 3) others will enjoy your gift, or gifts, for years to come.

See more about donating to the library.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa coming to libraries (Mrs. Claus too!)

Seeing Santa at the mall is so time-consuming - and stressful too.

Fortunately, Santa will make an appearance at all Fauquier County public libraries this coming week and, happily, he'll bring Mrs. Claus along. Families are invited to sing, hear holiday stories and have a jolly good time, and it's free and stress-free. Just don’t forget to bring your camera.

The Clauses will land first at the Bealeton Library on Monday, Dec. 6. Enjoy the lighting of the community Christmas tree and sing carols beginning at 6:45 p.m., then come into the library to hear stories and visit with Santa and the Missus at 7 p.m. 

The following day the couple will visit the John Marshall Library at 4:30 p.m. (Tues., Dec. 7) and that same day they will stop at the Warrenton Library at 7 p.m.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies during parade

All are invited to warm up with hot cocoa and cookies (courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library) in front of the Warrenton Library during the Warrenton parade Saturday, Dec. 4. Staff will serve the holiday cheer from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

After the parade, families are invited to come into the library where children will make Christmas crafts (available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Benefit the library while you are shopping

This is the time of year many organizations make a final year-end push for your donation. The library would love to have your donation too, but if you don't have time to explore the many ways to give to the library right now, there is a simple way to help while you are doing your online holiday shopping.

This season, and in fact, all year round, start your shopping by going to the Wowbrary page. By using this link to, you signal to the online retailer to donate a percentage of your purchases to the library, and they won’t charge you anything extra. This is a simple and fun way to support the library and a wonderful way to benefit people in your community for years to come.

See more ways to benefit the library.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bealeton Depot meeting room now available to rent

Thoughtful renovations done by Fauquier County Public Library are now complete and the renovations resulted in the depot becoming a charming 800-square-foot room that can be used in a variety of ways, including as a meeting space for private and community events.

Distinctive materials, features, finishes and construction techniques that characterized the depot were preserved, but now the room is equipped with a number of features that make it a distinctive meeting space.

The room is equipped with tables and chairs and a small galley kitchen with a sink and ample counter space. Depot renters also have access to the library kitchen, which is equipped with a full-size refrigerator, microwave oven and a multi-tiered food serving cart. A drop-down screen and lap-top-ready projector make the depot meeting space ideal for presentations.
Get more information about the renting the Bealeton Depot. See photos of the depot.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Library staff offer gift suggestions

Having a hard time figuring out what to buy friends and loved ones this holiday season? In case you are not up on the current popular reads, library staff has prepared lists - one each for children, teens and adults - of titles suitable for gift-giving this season.

The adult list has a selection of the latest popular fiction, mysteries, cook books, history and travel while the children's list is handily subdivided into titles for family sharing, for the little ones and for independent readers. But the teen list could be the handiest of all if you are one of those people who doesn't have a clue as to what teens like (Does anyone really know what teens like?).

All three lists have brief annotations that help give you the information you need to make your friends and loved ones happy with your gifts.

When you shop at, for books or anything else, please start your shopping using this Wowbrary link. For each purchase you make through Wowbrary the library will receive a donation.

Also, please consider a gift for the library this season. See the library's Amazon wish lists for adults and children.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fill bags with fiction, nonfiction

The Friends of the Fauquier Library are hosting the two big Book Cellar sales in November, just in time to stock up for holiday reading, books to travel with, stocking stuffers and office party gifts.

The Book Cellar - which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday - features nearly new and used hardcover and paperback books for all ages and interests with prices starting at 50 cents. That's the regular prices, but this month there are two special sales. 
On the Friday and Saturday of Nov. 5 and 6, bring in your Friends of the Fauquier Library book bag and for $5 you may fill it with books from the fiction room. If you purchase the reusable Friends of the Fauquier Library book bag ($3), you will receive 10 percent off on all future Book Cellar purchases.

On the Friday and Saturday of Nov. 12 and 13, the same arrangement applies to nonfiction books.

All proceeds from the Book Cellar benefit Fauquier County Public Library and support programs for children, teens and adults. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information or to volunteer at the Book Cellar.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November book discussions

Check out our Reader's Corner!
Below are some of the books being discussed at Fauquier County Public Library book groups in November. 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friends of Film group forming

The Friends of Film, a new group forming at the Warrenton Library, is for people who are interested in viewing and discussing films of all kinds; from old silent moves to the latest thrillers; from cartoons to documentaries.

The first meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the library program room and will feature the film Citizen Kane. The 2-hour film is based on the life of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst and has been called one of the greatest movies of all time. (Research William Randolph Hearst through Biography in Context.)

With the month's election events, we’re sure to be in the right frame of mind for this rags-to-riches tale tracing the rise of publishing mogul Charles Foster Kane. The 1940s film will raise issues that are still of concern to us today, so plan to stay after the movie and talk about your impressions. Light snacks and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bealeton Depot Grand Opening

Everyone is invited to the grand opening of the Fauquier County Public Library's Bealeton Depot at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Bealeton Library.

During the grand opening you are invited to tour the historic depot - soon to be available for library programs and public meetings - and chat with others who recall community life during the depot's heyday.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Depot meeting room reservations will be accepted beginning November 15, 2010.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Library receives donation from BB&T

Staff of the Catlett, Bealeton, and Remington branches of BB and T Bank recently adopted the Bealeton Library as their Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service effort to foster hope and encouragement during difficult economic times.

The donation includes $2,200 in funds to purchase books, magazines, equipment, and furnishings for the library, but it also includes bank staff volunteering at the library over the next year.

"BB and T’s generosity will benefit the Bealeton Library in so many ways,” says Bealeton Library Branch Manager Natalie Swart, “We are just delighted to have been selected as the recipient of this project.”

Among the donations are 25 books chosen from the library’s Amazon Wish List and subscriptions to several magazines for children and teens. Additional items needed by the library, such as a paper cutter, were also supplied.

Bank staff, after consulting with library staff, purchased an oak table and four chairs for the children’s area in the library. A digital camera to record library events and programs was purchased as was 12 posters of baby and parent animals complete with attractive frames. Seat squares for children to sit on during story times were sewn by bank staff in fabric that coordinates with existing library furnishings, and a handsome basket was purchased to hold the cushions when not in use.

Bank staff members are donating their expertise by presenting a financial literacy program for teens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Bealeton Library, and several have “adopted” shelves in the children’s and teen areas of the library. They have already begun the training required to straighten and “shelf read,” which is the process of ensuring library books and other items are on the shelves where they are supposed to be and in the correct order, and they will visit the library weekly to complete their assignments.

See other ways you can support the library.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We appreciate our “Friends”

It’s National Friends of the Library Week and libraries all over the country are honoring their Friends. This library would like to extend a sincere, appreciative “thank you” to our special friends, the Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for library services, equipment and programs for children, teens and adults.

During these difficult economic times Friends of the Fauquier Library donations mean more than ever before. The organizations' generous donations expand and enrich the library's regular budget by helping provide programs, training and equipment that would not be possible to fund otherwise.

“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 proceeds from the Book Cellar, a used book store in Old Town Warrenton, and from membership dues, which start at $15. Currently, anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, tote bag bearing the Friends logo. Membership forms are available at all Fauquier libraries and at the Book Cellar.

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!”

Call (540) 439-1939 for more information about the Friends or to volunteer in the Book Cellar.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Children’s magazines spotlighted this month

October is Children’s Magazine Month so it is interesting to note that, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, circulation of children’s materials at public libraries is 50 percent higher in school districts scoring in the top third of a standardized reading test than those scoring in the lowest third.

While we usually think of books when we think of children and reading, this month’s spotlight on children’s magazines reminds us that magazines are also a fun and convenient way to encourage children to read. The colorful pages in magazines make them an effective way to help children increase their reading skills. At the same time, magazines can inspire interest in a variety of topics, engage readers in social issues, help them practice counting and sharpen math skills or get their creative juices flowing.

Fauquier County Public Library subscribes to more than 20 magazines covering a diverse range of topics with something for every age level - children, tweens, and teens. Current issues can be enjoyed in the library and back issues can be checked out for more in-depth perusal.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Library now provides animated picture books online

Fauquier County Public Library has just introduced a collection of animated, talking picture books for elementary school children that can be accessed online every day, any time of day - perfect for harried parents with enthusiastic and not-so-enthusiastic young readers.

These lively electronic books, from the TumbleBookLibrary collection, are created from existing picture books by adding sound, animation, music and narration. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension, and the TumbleBook site is easy for children to navigate. Stories may be heard in English, French or Spanish.

The TumbleBookLibrary program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Library of Virginia.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Used book sale benefits library

The Book Cellar will host a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The outdoor sale coincides with the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day events being held on Main Street Warrenton and beyond that day.

Selected hard cover books will be priced at 50 cents while sale paperbacks will be offered at 25 cents. All proceeds will benefit Fauquier County Public Library.

The Book Cellar is managed by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Children to learn about Hispanic Heritage Month

School-age children are invited to a special program being presented in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Participants will hear Spanish stories and folktales, enjoy a fun craft, and talk about some of the things we have learned from Hispanic cultures. They may even learn a new song or two. Program dates/times are as follows:
  • Bealeton Library: 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 5
  • Warrenton Library: 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 5
  • John Marshall Library: 4:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13
See eResource News for additional information about Hispanic Heritage Month, including online exhibits, suggested activities, crafts and links to biographical/historical information and more.

Be sure to also check out the We the People collection. These books, which include some Spanish titles, are intended to represent the rich texture of the American heritage, a tradition that has incorporated ideas and texts from around the world.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Library resources to be shown at family wellness fair

Fauquier County Public Library is participating in a free family wellness fair hosted by Fauquier Hospital from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds, Warrenton.

The fair will offer free cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI, flexibility, and balance screenings. The Lions Vision Van will be there, and many information booths will be set up for browsing and interactive demonstrations.

Demonstrations on Zumba and exercise, healthy eating, and hand washing are on the schedule, and special kids activities include moon bounce, asthma education, fingerprinting and making your own first aid kit.

See information about the library and hospital partnership and about the library's health and wellness resources.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Library represented at Heritage Day festivities

Fauquier County Public Library will join in a celebration of our area’s heritage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 25, in Old Town Warrenton. The event is free.

The library’s table will feature coloring sheets for children, word-find puzzles and a local history trivia quiz for older students, information on the library’s Virginiana Room and more. Every child or teen who stops by the library table may pick out a small prize.

Main Street and several side streets in Old Town will be filled with displays, entertainers, and reenactments, and tours of the Warrenton Caboose will be given from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Talks will be held at the Old Courthouse, Courthouse Square, the John Barton Payne Building, and the Liberty Heritage and Old Jail museums throughout the day.

A parade of “living” historians and other events will commemorate 200 years of Warrenton and 250 years of Fauquier County heritage and honor the town’s national designation as a Preserve America community.

Buckland Farm, located in the Buckland community near Warrenton, will host a Black Horse Cavalry Field Demonstration, a Cherokee tent, and “living” historians from various periods from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that day.

All events are free. For more information about Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day call (540) 341-7019. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information about the library's resources.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The ‘Smartest Card’ best school supply

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and parents are being reminded that a library card is the most important school supply a child could have.

Having a Fauquier County Public Library card has more benefits for everyone than ever before, and, the best part, especially during these tough economic times, is that a library card is free.

Special programs, books and other library materials make a difference in the lives of children, according to the American Library Association (ALA). School-age children benefit from engaging programs and the amazing selections at the library, and students from all backgrounds can become excited and enthusiastic readers.

A Fauquier County Public Library card gives you access to encyclopedias and other reference resources and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles 24/7, ideal for the those last-minute homework assignments.

The library website also features special pages for parents, educators, children and teens with useful information and links organized for quick perusal.

“Our trained professionals help students do better in school by helping them with research projects and pointing them in the right direction to complete homework assignments,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso, “and we light up the imaginations of our youngest patrons with story times and special events. I firmly believe there is something for everyone at the library.

Getting a library card is easy. Apply for one today for your child. See more about the "smartest card."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Top NBA scorer touts libraries

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and this month Olympic gold medalist and 2008-2009 NBA top scoring player Dwyane Wade wants Americans to know that a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet.

As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a public service announcement that will run in national magazines this month. This support is not new for Wade. In 2009, he donated $25,000 through his Wade’s World Foundation to help save the struggling William Leonard Public Library in Robbins, Ill.

Fauquier County Public Library provides a broad range of services for people of all ages and backgrounds, including access to computers and the Internet, assistance with job search resources, and links to tools that help small businesses.

The library also provides items in a variety of formats, such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and downloadable audio books, the online catalog makes it easy to find and reserve items prior to your visit.

Having a library card also opens the door to a world of reliable information online. Fauquier County Public Library card holders have 24/7 access to encyclopedias and other reference resources and thousands of magazine and newspaper articles .

Other online services featured on the library website include special pages that provide access to library holdings and quick links to online resources on selected topics such as health and legal resources. Others give an easy to follow overview of information for children, teens, parents, and educators.

Getting a library card is easy. Stop at any Fauquier library or complete a short online application. If you have questions, call (540) 422-8500 or visit any of the Fauquier County public libraries.

Monday, August 30, 2010

All schools represented @ library this summer

The library's summer reading programs for children and teens concluded Aug. 14 and the number of books read by participants have been tallied.

This year 1,720 participants representing every public and private school in the county collectively read 32,928 books, an average of 19 books per reader. The total exceeded the library's goal for books to be read by nearly 3,000 books.
Congratulations readers!

Congratulations too, to the following schools for the most books read over the 2010 summer reading program!
  • Elementary School: Coleman, 2501 books read
  • Middle School: Cedar Lee, 689 books read
  • High School: Liberty, 291 books read

And thanks again to summer reading program sponsors. Because of the generosity of the summer reading programs' sponsors, the library presented more than 150 events this summer that nearly 2,800 children, teens and adults attended.

See the library's upcoming events for children, teens, and adults and get the news on the latest additions to the library's collection.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gen. J.E.B. Stuart topic of lecture

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free lecture presented by author Robert Trout on Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, in the John Barton Payne Building.

Mr. Trout’s first book, They Followed the Plume, published by Stackpole Books in 1993, is about the lecture topic and was an outgrowth of a living history unit he developed after years of research. While researching he discovered that there was very little written about any general's staff, giving him the idea of writing a history of Stuart's staff. He spent seven years researching and writing the book.

Other books by the author include Memoirs of the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion: Moorman’s and Hart’s Batteries (University of Tennessee Press, 2008), The Hoss: Officer Biographies and Rosters of the Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion (self-published in 2003), Galloping Thunder: The Stuart Horse Artillery Battalion (Stackpole Books, 2002), In the Saddle with Stuart: The Story of Frank Smith Robertson of Jeb Stuart's Staff (Thomas Publications,1998), and With Pen and Saber: The Letters and Diaries of J. E. B. Stuart's Staff ( Stackpole Books, 1995).

He has also written two books for children, Drumbeat (White Mane Kids, 2006), a fictional story of a drummer boy during the war written, and The Story of Red Eye: The Miracle Horse of Gettysburg, expected to be published this year. This book is a fictional accounting of the life of Red Eye, the horse that Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett rode during Pickett’s Charge. Garnett was killed but, according to one account, Red Eye was last seen running back to the Confederate line on Seminary Ridge.

The lecture is part of a series of lectures on American history sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and the library. Call (540) 341-7019 or (540) 347-0607 for more information.
Get details on more Fauquier Heritage Institute lectures and other adult programs at the library.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Family magic show summer finale

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free magic show presented by Wes and Natalie Iseli to celebrate the successful conclusion of its summer reading programs.

The duo will wow audiences with awesome magic tricks, comedy routines, illusions, and animal effects at all of the library’s branches on Saturday, Aug. 14. The fast-paced show will include audience participation, and promises to be an event to remember for a long time.

Reservations are not required - the shows are scheduled for:

See more about the library's summer reading programs. Don't forget to give us your input on the summer reading programs.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kindergarteners prepare for big day

Soon-to-be kindergartners can get ready for their first day at school by attending a kindergarten readiness program at a Fauquier library. The program features stories, songs, and fingerplays designed to take the fear out of this educational milestone. Children are invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy after the program if they wish. Registration is not required, and the program is free.

Get the details on this and other programs for children. Explore all of the library's resources for children and check out the Parents and Educators pages.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer reading programs concluding, comments sought

Fauquier County Public Library’s free summer reading programs for children and teens conclude Aug. 14. Book logs should be updated online and at all branches by that date.

The library is seeking input from parents and teen participants on the summer programs. Parents and teens are asked to complete a short survey online or at all branch libraries to let the library know what you liked about the program and how it can be improved for next year.

Thanks again to summer reading program sponsors. The summer programs and special events were presented courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Consider becoming a Friends member and don't forget to visit the Book Cellar. All proceeds from the Book Cellar benefit the library.

Other program sponsors include: Burger King; Chick-fil-A; Effee’s Frozen Treats; Warrenton Home Depot; Identi-tape; Marshall McDonald’s; Bealeton Domino’s Pizza; Earth Glaze and Fire; and Five Guys. Please thank these supporters when you visit their businesses.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Library phone numbers are changing

All Fauquier County Public Library phone numbers are changing soon. The Warrenton and Bealeton libraries’ phone numbers are scheduled to change to (540) 422-8500 with the opening of business Monday, Aug. 16.

The John Marshall Library is retaining its current number, (540) 364-4910, until mid- to late-September. The changes are part of the Fauquier County Government’s planned phone system enhancement.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A

The Warrenton Chick-fil-A is hosting a Spirit Day all day Thursday, July 22 for Fauquier County Public Library.

A percentage of sale proceeds from vouchers received that day will benefit the library's book budget. This is a great way to help the library while enjoying great food.

Pick up a voucher at your local library or at the library display at the Chick-fil-A that day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Strong Civil War women portrayed

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a lecture entitled Women of the Iron Will: Captain Sally and Pauline Mosby at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in the John Barton Payne Building.

The free event is part of a series of lectures on American history sponsored by the library and Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Living historians Margaret Rowe and Paula Johnson will portray notable Civil War women Captain Sally Tompkins and Pauline Mosby respectively.

Sally Louisa Tompkins established a private hospital in Richmond during the Civil War after the Confederate government appealed to the local population for assistance. She received a commission as Captain in the Confederate Cavalry in 1861 for her charitable efforts on behalf of the wounded, thus becoming the only woman officer to serve in the Confederate army.

Margaret Rowe, a pharmacist and member of the Mosby Players, will portray Captain Sally and will talk about the art of medicine in the 1860s.

Paula Johnson, also a member of the Mosby Players, will portray Pauline Mosby, wife of Confederate hero John. S. Mosby, also known as the Gray Ghost. She will talk about meeting Mosby, their times together, their family, and her influence on the Confederate battalion commander noted for his lightning quick raids, ranger-like tactics and ability to successfully elude Union Army pursuers.

Call (540) 341-7019 or (540) 347-0607 for more information.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Children, teens, may explore nation’s heritage through books

The summer is the perfect time for children and teens to explore Fauquier County Public Library’s newest We the People Bookshelf collection, classic books for young readers from kindergarten through high school with themes important to the nation's heritage.

The collection was awarded to the library by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA). This year's collection is entitled A More Perfect Union.

The books, which include some Spanish titles, are intended to represent the rich texture of the American heritage, a tradition that has incorporated ideas and texts from around the world. In addition to introducing young readers to good literature, the Bookshelf collections promote understanding of abstract or general ideas through the power of particular stories.

See the titles comprising the A More Perfect Union collection. Check out all We the People Bookshelf selections.

Image courtesy of Julie Paschkis.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Children learn the beauty of signing

Certified sign language interpreter Dorothy Donvan will present a “sing-n-sign” program at all Fauquier County public libraries on Saturday, July 10.

Ms. Donvan discovered her love for sign language when she worked at the Helen Keller National Center in New York and has since interpreted for the deaf for the elementary level through the college level. A professional musician for more than 25 years, she also sings and plays guitar.

The program is part of Fauquier County Public Library’s free summer reading programs for children and teens, which continue through Aug. 14.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Teens getting crafty this summer

Teens will be making collages out of vinyl records, hoop dancing (these are not your grandmothers hula hoops!), constructing punk lanterns and becoming drama queens (or kings) this summer.

These are just a few of the 8 weeks of special events being presented at Fauquier County Public Library branches as part of the library's Submerge Yourself @ the Library summer program. Some of the event descriptions have warnings, such as "This craft involves paint," but all sound like fun.

The free programs and special events are presented courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library and are supported by Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Effees Frozen Treats, Warrenton Home Depot, Identi-tape, Marshall McDonalds, and Bealeton Domino’s Pizza.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tell us how we're doing

Evaluation is an important tool when it comes to providing library services, according to Fauquier County Public Library Director Maria DelRosso, so staff developed a concise four-question survey to help in planning and improving library services. Please take a few moments and tell us how we’re doing.

Library now on Facebook

Fauquier County Public Library has a Facebook account now. Check it out and give us a thumbs up. From the library’s Facebook you can link to the latest postings of all of the library newsletters and see what others are saying about the library and library events and services.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Biologists to speak on oceans

It's just days away from the library's first Hook a Book special event: Under the Sea. Biologists from Under the Sea, an organization dedicated to presenting educational programs on aquatic life, will be visiting all Fauquier County public libraries on Saturday, June 19.

The free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, is part of the county library’s summer reading program for children, but the whole family is invited to this fascinating program.

Learn about crabs, waves, tides, and other awesome things, including such creatures as the small sea animal that sits on its head and eats microscopic food with its curled feet. Under the Sea instructors will stress the importance of conservation and suggest actions that students can take to reverse the impact of humans on the marine environment.

Get details on the Submerge Yourself program for teens. Register for the Hook a Book or Submerge Yourself.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Book Cellar out of room, hosting huge sale

The Book Cellar – a used book store in the heart of Old Town Warrenton - is having its first-time ever 50 percent off store-wide sale two consecutive weekends in June.

The Friends of the Fauquier Library, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the Book Cellar, must reduce inventory after receiving several large book donations.

Sale dates are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 and 19 and June 25 and 26.
Book Cellar proceeds benefit the library, so the sale is a fun way to help the library while finding incredible buys. Nearly all items in the store will be priced 50 percent off their already low prices. Selections include books by popular authors in hard cover and paperback, a large selection of coffee table books on a variety of topics, movies on VHS and DVD, music CDs, and much more. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Consider adopting an audio book

Audio book use at Fauquier County public libraries has increased dramatically over the last few years, but, purchasing the audio materials to loan out is taking a hefty bite out of the library’s already reduced book budget.

This year the library’s book budget was reduced by $93,000. Donors have rallied and sent in more than $7,600 since February 2010, most of which is earmarked to purchase books and magazine subscriptions.

But use of audio books on CD increased 75 percent from FY 2007 through FY 2009, signaling a growing need for these resources, too. The demand is due in part to the large number of commuters in the county, but audio books are also used to teach a multitude of subjects to children and adults, and they are a treasure for the elderly and visually impaired. Audio books are perfect for families to listen to on long road trips too.

Because of the growing need, coupled with cuts in funding, beginning this month, all of the county’s libraries are seeking people to “adopt” audio books. Donors may choose from a list of the library’s top 25 list of audio books up for adoption. The lists are posted at all of the branches. Donors will receive cards in the mail confirming their gifts and, with the donors’ permission, acknowledgments will be placed on the items donated.

See more ways to support the library.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer programs help curb learning loss, are fun too

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 for fun, Fauquier County Public Library is presenting two free summer reading programs this year (courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library): Hook a Book for children and Submerge Yourself @ Your Library for teens (students entering sixth grade or higher).

Registration for the programs begins Tuesday, June 1, at all Fauquier libraries and on the library website.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Library receives classics, Civil War documentary through grant

Fauquier County Public Library was one of 4,000 libraries across the country selected to receive a We the People Bookshelf grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

The award is part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. NEH and ALA have distributed 17,000 We the People Bookshelf grants to school and public libraries across the country since 2003.

The week of May 24, 2010, all of the county’s public libraries are displaying the new collection, which includes hardcover editions of 17 classic books on the theme of “A More Perfect Union” for students in kindergarten through high school. Also included as bonus materials are DVD editions of The Civil War, the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns.

The library will be presenting programs on the theme of “A More Perfect Union” for children, teens and adults through early 2011.

For more information about We the People Bookshelf programs at the library, call or e-mail Cynthia Taylor, (540) 349-1936.

Check out all We the People Bookshelf selections.

Image courtesy of Julie Paschkis.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thank you, donors!

Fauquier County Public Library has had a good response to its Love My Library campaign for donations to help close the book budget's shortfall. Since the campaign began in mid-February, more than $7,100 has been donated to the library for books, magazines, and other items.
Although we still have a long way to go, we must take the time to acknowledge those who have donated so generously to the library so far. In a previous post we acknowledged those who donated early in the campaign.

Below are the names of those who made donations from March 9 through April 30, 2010.
Diana Akers
Kelva Alexander
Suzanne Allan, in honor of Svea and Erica Allan
Suzanne, David, Svea and Erica Allan, in honor of Audrey and Fred Wilson
The Virginia Allans, in honor of Gaily's Birthday
Sarah Atkins
Allan Badrow
Aidan Baillargeon, in honor of Tamara Smuts and no naps
Aidan Baillargeon, in honor of Aunt Paige
Henry and Ursula Baxley, in honor of Bob Sinclair's retirement
Ursula Baxley, in honor of Debbie Cosby
Ursula Baxley, in honor of Henry Baxley
Ursula Baxley, in honor of Joan Fries
Linda A. Bekermeier, in honor of Janet and Frank Harth
Linda A. Bekermeier, in honor of Jean and John Balogh
Linda A. Bekermeier, in honor of Kara, Mike, Jon, Katherine, Joe, Anne, and Matthew
Linda A. Bekermeier, in honor of Susan and Bob Makeever
Linda A. Bekermeier, in memory of Edna Bekermeier
Warren and Mary Bernard, in honor of Nancy Bernard
Liam Bizier, in honor of Liam
Blue Ridge Health Spa, in memory of Hylton Ellis Wilkerson
Bonnie and Chris Bogert
Merle Book, in honor of Liberty High graduates serving in the military
Laurene Bridges, in memory of her husband and daughter
Earl and Marie Browning, in honor of Johnetta Pruitt
Marie Browning, in honor of John Marshall Library staff
Jennifer Bush, in honor of Ho'ola Bush
Jennifer Bush, in honor of Imani Bush
Jennifer Bush, in honor of Joshua Bush
Jennifer Bush, in honor of Justyn Bush
Jennifer Bush, in honor of Phillip Bush III Family
Chacey Clair, Judy and Bill in honor of the Clair grandchildren
Julie M. Cleveland, in memory of Julia Ranier
Violet Cleveland, in memory of Julia Ranier
E. Constantindes
Richard and Jeanne T. Cooper
Deborah Cosby, in memory of Nelson L. Tinsley
Deborah Cosby, in memory of Nelson L. Tinsley
Deborah Cosby, in memory of Staff Sgt. Nelson L. Tinsley
Cheryl and Richard Crow
Ray and Diane Cultrera
Pam Dannaf
Sharon Darling, in memory of Jackson Yowell
Peggy Dearden, in honor of Katie and Rachel
The Del Rosso Family
Jeff Dombroff
Sylvia Dugan
David Durica
Emogene Eaton
Laure Egbert, in honor of Marlene Gembarowski
Helen Fortina
Joan Fries, in honor of Deborah Cosby and staff
Andi Frisk
Cory Frisk Jr.
Samran Funkhouser
Roberta S. Galanis, in memory of Barbara Arnold
Roberta S. Galanis, in memory of Christopher G. Galanis
Roberta S. Galanis, in memory of Doris Shreve
Karin Gettings, in honor of John Marshall Library staff
Karin Gettings, in honor of Marshall Afternoon Book Club
Jim Ginther
Vicky Ginther
Meghan and Stacie Griffin
Linda Grove, in memory of Jonathan Lyall
Kelly Haber
Brady and Reilly Halsey
Brady and Reilly Halsey, in honor of “Our Loving Grandma” Marilyn Williams
Liam Harris
Juergen Hauber
Lyn Herdt
Hilleary Family in honor of Dan Hilleary
Kerry and Marianne Hines
Annie Hunter
Mary Jackson
Cornelia Jennings, in honor of Jane and Jim Friel
Rachel Johnson
Anton James Keller
The Lawrence Family
The Lee Family in honor of Lee Boys
Patricia Leonard
Greg Mayer
Jason and Jimmy McAvoy
Janet Melancon
Linda Mifflin
Molly Morgan
Molly Morgan, in honor of Cordymay
Molly Morgan, in honor of Tanker
Christine E. Orr, in memory of Bob Orr
Clint and Judy Pease
Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia
Joanne and Rich Pinette, in memory of Maxwell
Johnetta Pruitt, in memory of Book Buddies: Mary McDonnell, Lucille Davis, Nell Sisk, Ann Morgan, Mildred Putnam
Carol Pye
Tommy W. Read, in memory of Juanita C. Read
Richard and Elly Riedel, in memory of Rose Andreas Riedel
Richard and Ellyin Riedel, memory of Bessie Way Fogle
Gail Ritchie, in memory of C. L. "Boots" Ritchie
Richard and Andria Roe
Rita and George Rowand, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hemmench
Susan Ruppel
Jerrie Rutledge
Helen M. Saulsbury
Loretta and Brian Saxe
Judy Scheuble
Judy Scheuble, in honor of Parker Hylton
Judy Scheuble, in honor of Skyler Riggio
Doris and Sherry Hume Simmons, in honor of The Iron Tree Antiques and Tree Garden
John and Kayt Erdahl Simpers
Beth Stenberg
Carolyn Stinger
Rob and Jen Strickland, in honor of children Colin, Morgan, Allie and Josie
Rob and Jen Strickland, in honor of daughters Morgan, Allie and Josie
Linda J. Suter
Bess and Hannah Taylor, in honor of Hannah E. Taylor
Mary Thompson, in honor of Sara Wilkins Warren
Merilyn Truxal-Hamburg
Merilyn Truxal-Hamburg, in honor of Merilyn and Bob Hamburg
Lynn Walker
Lynn Walker, in honor of Otto
Barbara Warner, in memory of Virginia Snyder
Sara W. Warren, in honor of the McCarty Family
Jane Weaver
Patricia White Wolf, in honor of the Dalai Lama
Amy Wiedenfeld
Mark Wiedenfeld
Robin Williams, in memory of Patricia K. Ruffner
John and Gloria Woodson, in memory of Melody's Canticle of Tob Tara

Monday, May 10, 2010

Share your memories, photos of Bealeton Depot

Fauquier County Public Library is searching for people who have memories and photos of the Bealeton Station train depot, which was once located on the primary rail route that connected Fauquier County with Washington, D.C. During its heyday, many travelers passed through the Bealeton Station depot on the way to the nation’s capitol. Now it is part of the Bealeton Library complex and is being renovated and will soon serve as a community and library program room.
If you have photos, writings, or would be willing to be interviewed about your memories of the depot, please e-mail or call Dawn Sowers, (540) 349-1253.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Volunteers present varied gifts

What do teens, retired men and women, Santa Claus, and therapy dogs all have in common? The answer is that library volunteers often fall into at least one of these categories.

Fauquier County Public Library recently honored its volunteers during a celebration held in Warrenton. Those attending soon learned how valuable library volunteers are and how diverse their skills. The library board chairman, the library director and library staff members representing every branch and all library services stepped up to the podium, one after another, to acknowledge the contributions of library volunteers.

The audience learned that over the past year 165 people and three dogs volunteered more than 5,200 hours of their time to the library. Library Board Chairman Barbara Severin pointed out that, according to the Volunteer Virginia website, the hourly value of a Virginia volunteer is $20.53. By this calculation, the monetary value of last year’s contribution by library volunteers exceeded $106,000.

Volunteers were involved with day-to-day operations, donating their time at the Warrenton, Bealeton, and John Marshall libraries. These volunteers helped process thousands of new and donated books, repaired and cleaned materials, transcribed historical documents, and assisted staff with special projects and programs that included such highlights as the appearance of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Sixty teens donated approximately 600 hours to ensure the success of the 2009 summer reading program by registering participants and assisting staff with program preparations. For many, this volunteer service was their first work experience, giving them a valuable introduction to the working world while benefitting the library. Many of the teen volunteers had participated in the library’s summer reading programs as children or were still participating in the teen summer reading programs, too.

Forty-five Friends of the Fauquier Library volunteers donated more than 2,500 hours to operate the Book Cellar, a used bookstore located in Warrenton. (See more about the Book Cellar below.) Proceeds from the Book Cellar fund most of the library’s special events for children, teens and adults, including the summer reading programs, family movies, science surprises and other afterschool programs. The Friends of the Library also generously sponsor the annual volunteer reception.

Sixteen volunteers donated 32 hours to guarantee the success of the library’s Gumdrop Square programs, which offer Head Start children an opportunity to enjoy a holiday story time at the popular holiday venue and to “shop” for gifts for family members.

Several other volunteers were acknowledged for their ongoing contributions. Honor students from Liberty High School spend every week throughout the school year at the Bealeton Library tutoring grade school children in any subject they need help with. Translators present beginning Internet classes in Spanish at the Bealeton Library and help staff prepare library informational brochures in Spanish as well. Literacy Volunteers help present English as a Second Language classes at all three branches.

The Cedar Run Garden Club was recognized for maintaining the beautiful gardens at the Warrenton and Bealeton libraries year-round, periodically rejuvenating the gardens with new plantings. The small, but charming garden at the Warrenton Library surrounds a lovely fountain with a bronze statue of a girl reading donated by renowned sculptor Heath King in the early1990s.

It was noted that the five Library Board of Trustees members volunteer countless hours planning and overseeing the library’s management in order to ensure Fauquier citizens enjoy the best library services possible.

Finally, three dogs and their owners were recognized for their participation in the John Marshall Library’s “Paws to Read” program. The certified pet therapy dogs listen quietly as children read to them. This is an encouraging experience for young readers, who gain confidence reading aloud to their nonjudgmental canine listeners.

Mrs. Severin pointed out how gratifying it is to be able to point to the volunteer contributions each year when the library board submits its annual justification for the library’s operating budget to the board of supervisors. She commented that such strong volunteer support in all areas of library operations is persuasive evidence of citizen commitment to the library.