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.