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.