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.