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.