Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Donations honor Fauquier residents

Over the last year many new books and other items were added to Fauquier County Public Library’s collection in honor or memory of county residents. The additions were made possible by donations from county and out-of-town residents specifically to honor friends and family members who were dedicated patrons of Fauquier libraries.

Clicking on titles below will take you directly the library's catalog. There you can reserve the item to be picked up at your local library.

The John Marshall Library received audio books, DVDs, and many books in memory of long-time Rectortown resident John McCreary. Some of the donations received are:

Audio Books (These titles are among the John Marshall Library's afternoon book group discussion list for 2010): Day After Night, The Help, Out Stealing Horses, and Half-Broke Horses.

The Prisoner (the original 1960s cult favorite that is now a classic starring Patrick McGoohan) and The Man Who Planted Trees (the complete collection of celebrated works by one of the most acclaimed animators of our time, Frédéric Back).

National Parks America’s Best Idea (two additional copies); Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History; Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently; Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories and Recipes from the Great Depression; Drink This: Wine Made Simple; 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species; The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One; Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond; Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science; Remarkable Trees of Virginia; and Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West 1941-1945.

The Warrenton Library received many titles in memory of John Heery. Some of the donations are:

Talking About Detective Fiction; Too Much Happiness: Stories; In the Land of Invented Languages; Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974; Washington Burning: How a Frenchman’s Vision of our Nation’s Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers and the Invading British Army; Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon; Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery; A Brave Vessel: The True Tales of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe; The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession; Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure; Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor; Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare; On Hallowed Ground: The Story of the Arlington National Cemetery; The Anthologist; The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology; Penguin Book of Japanese Verse; The Greek Poets, Homer to the Present; and Teacher Haiku: Three Short Lines for Your Long School Year.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Impact of Civl War on mill owners discussed

Ellen Percy Miller will speak on the Chapman/Beverley mill, located in Thoroughfare Gap, and the impact of the Civil War on the mill’s owners at 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 21, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

The free lecture will cover events related to Thoroughfare Gap and the mill, including the mill’s ownership by Nathaniel and Jonathan Chapman; the economic, physical and emotional impact of the Civil War on the last Chapman owner; the Beverleys and subsequent owners; the arson fire of 1998; and the mill’s economic impact on the development of the Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Interesting tidbits, such as the fact that the mill is said to be the tallest stacked stone building in the United States, and an update on current events and plans for the mill will be discussed.

Ellen Percy Miller has a masters degree in American history and a certificate in historic preservation, and has been involved in various local historic sites since 1996.

She became the Executive Director of Turn The Mill Around Campaign for two years after an arson fire damaged part of the Chapman/Beverley Mill in 1998. While serving in that capacity she received a $300,000 TEA-21 grant to stabilize the walls of the mill. In 2005 she returned to the executive directorship of Turn The Mill Around Campaign and brought in an additional $300,000 TEA-21 grant. She is still serving as executive director for the organization and continues to seek funds for the mill’s restoration.

The program is part of a series of free lectures on American history sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and Fauquier County Public Library.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Duo to sing about 'Heroes and Hard Times'

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker - performing artists who sing and tell stories in the American folk tradition - will entertain Fauquier County Public Library patrons in celebration of Black History this month.

Everyone is invited to the free concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library and brought to you by Bluemont. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton, Virginia.

The Ruckers’ program will span more than three centuries of African-American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the westward migration, the birth of blues and the civil rights movement.

See more about Black History Month and related resources at Fauquier County Public Library.