Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thanks for your support!

The library is on target with its fund-raising efforts this year, but still has a long way to go.
A goal was set to raise $43,000 for books and library programs this fiscal year, which ends in June 2012. As of November 2011, already more than $21,000, or 49 percent, of the goal had been raised. Thank you, thank you, to all who have supported the library in this way and to those who are continuing to support the library.

Moving toward our goal comes as good news as we wrap up our holiday donation campaign, “Books … gifts you can open again and again.” (Our donation trees will remain up until the second week of January – so you still have time to purchase books for the library this season.)

It is interesting to hear how and why people have made donations over the last few weeks. Here are some examples:

  • A woman donated children’s books in memory of her mother who was a teacher
  • Grandparents donated children’s books in honor of their grandchildren
  • Children have donated books in honor of their parents and grandparents
  • A patron has donated funds to replace perennially favorite children’s titles
  • A family donated a book in honor of their child’s teacher
  • A choir director donated a book in honor of a beloved priest
  • A pet salon donated books in memory of favorite pets
  • An individual donated a book in memory of her dog
  • A family donated a book in honor of library staff
  • A patron donated a book in memory of a long-time neighbor
  • A family donated a book in honor of their equine vet
  • A family used the library’s Wowbrary link to do their shopping on

 Thanks again!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Well-loved books need replacing

It is not unusual for Fauquier County Public Library’s most popular children’s titles to circulate 200 or more times before being replaced. Many items currently in the collection were purchased by the library 20 to 30 years ago — that’s before some of our regular’s parents were even born.

The library is seeking donors to “adopt” authors of easy readers and well-loved picture books to replace old, tattered but perennially popular books about characters such as ArthurAmelia Bedelia and Babar. Books by authors such as James Marshall, Katharine Holabird, and Cynthia Rylant are among those needing replacement copies.

Contributions of $50 or $100 will help purchase much needed replacement copies. An anonymous donor has given $1,500 to the library to purchase 150 new replacement books, but more are needed.
Send donations to: Fauquier County Public Library, 11 Winchester St., Warrenton, VA 20186. Contact Fran Burke-Urr, (540) 422-8504, if you have questions.

You can learn more about donating to the library this season or anytime.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Patron honors mom with a donation this season

Recently, a regular Bealeton Library patron honored her mom (a school teacher who loved to read to children) by donating three children's books to the library.

Throughout the month patrons are choosing titles from cards hung on festively decorated trees at all Fauquier County Public Library locations. While some donors wish to honor loved ones with their donations, others choose to donate books by favorite authors or titles related to a subject of interest. 

Find out more about about the library's donation trees and how easy it is to support your library this season. Hear about another patron's donation and its impact on the library.

Books ... gifts you can open again and again.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pick up NPR's book club for kids selection at library

BreadcrumbsNPR has a great book club for kids called the Backseat Book Club.
Every month, they pick a book to feature in the hopes that children will read it then send in questions. At month's end, they put some of the questions to the book's author during the afternoon radio program, All Things Considered.

The December selection is Breadcrumbs by Ann Ursu. Reserve it out now and pick it up at your Fauquier County Public Library

Find out other good books for children and teens at Kiddosphere.

New books commemorate Pearl Harbor

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occured December 7, 1941.

President Franklin Roosevelt called the day "a date which will live in infamy." On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, taking the country by surprise and catapulting the United States into WWII.

The library recently added two books (2011) on Pearl Harbor, one nonfiction and one novel.

Pearl Harbor Christmas : A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub offers a history of perhaps the most remarkable holiday season in twentieth-century history, December 1941. This Christmas season played out in the shadows of the Pearl Harbor attack and the start of America's involvement in World War II.

Pacific Glory: A Novel by P.T. Deutermann finds three military careers transformed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Navy nurse Glory grieves for the loss of her husband while ship officer Marsh battles his way toward Leyte Gulf and fighter pilot Mick struggles with the drinking problem for which he was grounded.

Many other titles relating to Pearl Harbor are available at the library in the 940.54 section, and you may also check out classic films on DVD such as From Here to Eternity and Tora, Tora, Tora, which is a dramatization that chronicles the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American points of view.

Cobblestone, the American History magazine for grades 5-9, features Pearl Harbor in its November/December issue, available to see now at the Warrenton and John Marshall libraries. Articles include “The Day the Bombs Fell,” a personal account of a child living in Pearl Harbor in 1941. A time line of Pearl Harbor from 1778 through 1959 is also featured along with an overview of tense relations between the United States and Japan leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.

See National Geographic online and the Library of Congress America's Story for more on Pearl Harbor.

The U.S. Navy took the photo above of the U.S.S. Arizona on fire, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

CREDIT: “USS Arizona, at height of fire, following Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,” 1941. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-104778.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The power of donations evident

The ripple effect a donation can have was recently demonstrated when the circulation of children's audio books jumped 78 percent in the first quarter of the Fauquier County Public Library’s 2012 fiscal year.

Thanks to an anonymous donation of $3,000, this year the library bolstered its children’s collection of books on CD kits for early readers. Now more than 64 kits of popular and classic tales, such as Corduroy, Duck on a Bike, and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food are available to check out at all library branches.

Books on CD have proven to be an excellent way to encourage reading skills of new and reluctant readers because children can listen to a CD at the same time they are reading the story. See all 64 kit titles.
While there are many ways to donate to the library, all county libraries have holiday trees festively decorated with titles for children, teens and adults that the library would like to add to its collection. See more about the donation trees.

If you have questions about making donations to the library, contact Fran Burke-Urr, (540) 422-8504.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Library becomes member of National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Map of the US showing regionsFauquier County Public Library recently became an affiliate member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The designation was received because the library provides access to health and wellness books, videos, magazines and numerous online resources related to health and wellness. It also partners with Fauquier Health

The National Library of Medicine is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Books ... gifts you can open again and again

Throughout the holiday season we give gifts to friends and loved ones, and many of us think about giving back to the people and organizations that we value in our lives.

Giving books as gifts has become a tradition for some, and books donated to the library are truly gifts that can be opened again and again - they are a wonderful way to give back to your community.

All Fauquier County public libraries are erecting holiday trees this week festively decorated with titles the library would like to add to its collection. Each title card on the trees explains how you can donate that title to your library. Among the cards are titles for children, teens, and adults.

When you donate funds to purchase a book for the library you will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a book plate bearing your name is placed in the new book. Donations may also be made in memory or in honor of a friend, family member, teacher, or any other significant person in your life. Honorees or their families are notified of donations and book plates are placed in the items purchased.

Tree decorations also include stars bearing the names of popular children’s authors whose books are well-loved and need replacing and “ornaments” reminding patrons to start their shopping at the library’s “Wowbrary” Web page. When you shop at using this link, no matter what you purchase, the library receives a donation based on a percentage of your purchases.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Paws to Read in Bealeton

Children ages 5-10 are invited to drop in and say hello to trained and certified therapy dogs at 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sat., Nov. 19, at the Bealeton Library. This "Meet and Greet" is an introduction to the library's new Paws to Read program coming to the Bealeton Library in January. 

Teachers and librarians have found that most children enjoy reading to therapy dogs, and for children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others, reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting.

The Paws to Read program is free, but a signed permission slip is required and each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other
caregiver. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or drop by the Bealeton Library to pick up a permission slip.

The John Marshall Library has a ongoing Paws to Read program. Children in the Marshall area read to therapy dogs at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Library "white table" a tribute to Veterans

This week, as a tribute to our veterans, the Warrenton Library is setting up a "white table" modeled after the table in the children's book America's White Table (written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny) and by the thousands of white tables set up all over the world in memory and honor of American service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.

Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. In America's White Table, as a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner.

As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.

The tradition of placing the table began with a group of Vietnam fighter pilots, but has now extended to honor all of those serving this country all around the world. Margot Theis Raven says, “The point is every single day of freedom is brought to you by that person who is not sitting there.”

The small table signifies one lone serviceman’s battle against many. The white cloth honors our comrade’s pure heart for answering his country’s call to duty. The lemon slice and grains of salt represent the captive serviceman’s bitter fate and the tears of his family awaiting his return. A black napkin is placed for the sorrow of captivity. The glass is upside down for the meal that won’t be eaten. The white candle and the red rose represent peace and hope for the serviceman’s return. The empty chair at the table is for the missing serviceman.“You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.”

Directions for placing your own white table can be found at the Military Salute Project.

Purchase your own copy of America's White Table from through the library's Wowbrary link. Your Amazon purchases through this link will benefit the library at no extra cost to you.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Antique, old books sale and more

The Friends of the Fauquier Library is hosting a special sale of old and antique books two weekends in November at its Book Cellar.

Other outstanding sales are slated for all four November weekends in the Friends used book store the Book Cellar.

The old and antique book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 18 in the meeting hall of the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton.

Old and antique books will be priced at $2 each and book sets will be offered at varying bargain prices. There are hundreds of books dating from the 1800s and later being offered.

One sale table will feature autographed books for $2 each. Browsers are sure to find some treasures. Any remaining books selected for this special sale, excluding the sets, will be sold as a single lot in a silent auction that will conclude at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

The Book Cellar will host its regular monthly sales every Friday and Saturday. Topics featured this month in the Book Cellar are: travel, self-help, relationships, and diet and exercise.

When you buy one book from these sale categories you are entitled to a second title of equal or lesser value in that category for free.

Featured authors priced under the same terms this month are: Tom Clancy, Robin Cook and Catherine Coulter.

All Book Cellar proceeds support library needs and help provide reading programs, cultural events and entertainment at the library for children, teens, and adults. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information or to volunteer at the Book Cellar.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learn warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free program that will discuss basic facts about Alzheimer’s disease, including the warning signs, what to do if you or a loved one is experiencing the warning signs, and factors that contribute to a healthy brain.

The program — presented by the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board Area Agency on Aging (RRCSB/AAA) — will be held at:
RRCSB/AAA is presenting the program in conjunction with Connections, its free program for those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s Disease in Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties. The Connection program teaches caregiving families how to facilitate interesting meaningful activities for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

After the presentation there will be a question and answer period. No registration is required. See some of the Alzheimer's related resources available at the library or pick up the list at any Fauquier County Public Library branch. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friends indeed! (The library always needs Friends)

Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Fauquier County’s public libraries, is in the spotlight this month just as Friends organizations across the country are being recognized.

This month Fauquier County Public Library is reminding library patrons how important its Friends group is. Fauquier Friends provide funding for special programs and services that expand and enrich the library's regular budget through membership dues, fundraisers and proceeds from The Book Cellar, a used book store in Old Town Warrenton.
The "extras" Friends provides include funding for special events such as author visits, guest story tellers, summer reading programs and cultural events for children, teens and adults. Friends also provides funding for items such as library equipment and furniture.

Friends members believe that libraries are for everyone — all ages, income levels, and neighborhoods in the community — and they work to increase the level of support the library receives from private sources, principally from citizens who appreciate the privileges of a great library.

“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They helped sponsor hundreds of library programs in 2011 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.”

Contributions, both in donations, membership dues, and time volunteered are crucial to the vitality of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

“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.”

The Friends of the Fauquier Library hosts special sales every month at The Book Cellar. Topics featured in October are: cookbooks and biographies. When you buy one book from these sale categories you are entitled to a second title of equal or lesser value in that category for free. Featured authors priced under the same terms in October are: Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, Frederick Forsyth, and Eric V. Lustbader. Get more Book Cellar news on facebook.
Anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo redeemable at The Book Cellar or at any Fauquier library.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation donates books to library

October is Breast Cancer Month. Fauquier County Public Library recently received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation to purchase current materials about various aspects of breast cancer. Some of the new titles added to the collection include:
  • Breast Cancer: The Path to Wellness and Healing, a 2-disc set DVD with interviews of celebrity breast cancer survivors Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, among others, who join America’s top cancer doctors and wellness experts, Dr. Susan Love, Dr. Dean Ornish among others. Disc 2 includes suggestions for stress reduction and anxiety, and ways to boost your immune system.
  • From Zero to Mastectomy by Jackie Fox describes her journey when diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ.
  • What Helped Me Get Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope is full of first-hand accounts of how survivors coped with the many aspects of facing this disease.
  • Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer contains crucial information about the revolutionary medical advances in follow-up testing, ongoing treatments, and recovery from breast cancer.

 Check the library catalog for more Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation titles or fiction and nonfiction titles related to breast cancer.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Teens 'Picture It', make pseudo sushi, find graphic novels and more

Fauquier teens are participating in the nationally observed Picture It @ your library® Teen Read Week™ celebrations at all Fauquier County Public Library branches October 16-22.

All week, whenever teens visit the library they will find graphic novels, discover new books and authors, and imagine the world through literature - just for the fun of it. They will also find cool things to do at the library all week, such as: creating their own comic strip or anime characters and getting tips for finding graphic novels, comic books and other great books.

One of the most intriguing Teen Read Week™ events is a Build A Pseudo Sushi Snack program. No raw fish involved, just favorite candy ingredients. First they’ll get to be the chefs and then they’ll get to eat their creations!

Registration is not required for this free event – it’s sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Just show up with an appetite on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bealeton and John Marshall libraries and 7 p.m. at the Warrenton Library.

Write poetry? Short stories? Working on a novel? Do you journal or blog? Although not a part of the Teen Read Week schedule, if you are 13 or older, now you can meet fellow teen writers, get positive feedback on material, learn about writing contests and get other helpful hints during the Warrenton Library’s Teen Writing Group scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library will help keep the muses flowing. Contact Jennifer Schultz, (540) 422-8516, for more information.

All library programs are free. See more of what the library offers teens.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

“Thank you donors!”

A library out ranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people.
Andrew Carnegie

Fauquier County Public Library wishes to sincerely thank its most recent donors (contributed July-September 2011). They are:

Bealeton-Remington Ruritan Club
Bill Chipman, in honor of Dr. Karen Dunegan
Leslie Cox in honor of Anna Cox
Veronica Johnson
Kim Kroes in honor of Noah
Teresa McCuin in honor of Dakota Puryear
Diana Norris and Fewell Merchant in memory of Hugh Wiley
Diana Norris in memory of Beatrice Young
Betty Umbel, for Brooke’s Books
Plus, 3 anonymous donors

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Teens learn ‘money smarts’ at library

All Fauquier County Public Library branches are hosting a workshop designed to help teens learn basic money management skills, such as long term saving, investing, spending wisely, and giving to the community.

The Money Smarts for Teens workshop - presented by The Fauquier Bank and Oak View National Bank (with the support of the Friends of the Fauquier Library and a grant from Library of Virginia) - will deliver much-needed information that is especially important for teens who wish to plan for a secure economic future.

Participants will exercise their financial skills through the use of activities and games and will receive a “Moon Jar Money Box’ to help put into practice their newly honed skills.

The free workshop repeats at different times and locations to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to attend. Registration is required; call your library to reserve a spot.

Workshops will be presented at:
Bealeton Library: 5:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 4, and at 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15
Warrenton Library: 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15, and 6:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 24
John Marshall Library: 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26

Teens may be interested in the following titles:
 Also, you may want to check out Fergusons Career Guidance Center

Friday, September 23, 2011

Library to have presence at two Warrenton events

blood pressure, Fauquier CountyFauquier County Public Library will have a table at the Fauquier Hospital's Family Wellness Fair 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 24. Stop by the library's table to pick up lists of the library's health-related resources and see a demonstration of online health and wellness resources available 24/7 to library card holders. 

Library staff will also be at the Warrenton-Fauquier Heritage Day event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in Old Town Warrenton. Stop by and learn what the library has to offer students of history and genealogy or visit the library's Local History and Genealogy page.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Connect with the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile

Grab your library card and your iPad, Nook or other e-reader and check out the Digital Bookmobile. On September 29, the Blue Ridge Download Consortium (Fauquier County Public Library is a member of the consortium), will host the Digital Bookmobile at the Culpeper County Library. The Digital Bookmobile is a community outreach vehicle for public libraries to promote downloadable e-books, audio books, music, and video through OverDrive. Developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the nationally touring vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players. Interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample e-books, audio books, music, and video from the library.

The Digital Bookmobile will also be at this weekend's National Book Festival in Washington, DC.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Teen writing group forming

Are you a Fauquier teen who likes to write poetry or short stories? Or are you working on a novel? Do you journal or blog? If so, and you are 13 or older, now you can meet fellow teen writers, get positive feedback on material, learn about writing contests and get other helpful hints. Snacks are being provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library to help get the muses flowing. Meet at the Warrenton Library, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Get details about other teen events.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The school supply every child needs

Fauquier County Public Library wants to make sure all of the county's children have the most important school supply of all this year – a library card. Owning a library card provides students the best resources for competing academically.

The library provides free access to online databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and other resources 24/7. So even if your student starts a project after the library closes for the day, if they have a library card they can begin their research immediately. And be sure to check out the other online resources for children and teens.

The library also has free Internet access, an especially important resource for families that don’t have access at home. Many schools require students to use the Internet to complete their homework.

As an added bonus, throughout September Warrenton’s Chick-Fil-A is offering anyone signing up for a Fauquier County Public Library card a free sandwich coupon. When applicants apply in person, or use a card for the first time after applying online, library staff will present them with a Chick-Fil-A sandwich coupon.  

Getting a library card is easy. Apply online or complete an application at any Fauquier County Public Library branch. Locations are: Warrenton Library; Bealeton Library; and John Marshall Library, Marshall.

See more about getting a library card or call (540) 422-8500 if you have questions about applying for a library card.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Cellar discounts books by popular authors, religious books

The Book Cellar is featuring discounts on religion (fiction and nonfiction), sports, and politics throughout September. When you buy one book from this sale category you are entitled to a second title of equal or lesser value in that category for free.

Featured authors on sale under the same terms in September are: John le Carré, Robert Ludlum, Stephen King and Lawrence Saunders.

The Book Cellar, operated by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, regularly offers bargains on used 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. Items are constantly added to the store’s inventory, and specials are featured each week.

All Book Cellar proceeds support library needs and help provide reading programs, cultural events and entertainment at the library for children, teens, and adults.

Call (540) 439-1939 for more information or to volunteer at the Book Cellar.

Genealogy research help just announced

If you are just beginning or need guidance with your genealogy research, or you have a family puzzle to solve, you may want to schedule a free 45-minute individual visit with Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh at the Warrenton Library to discuss your research. Email or call (540) 422-8500 for an appointment.

Appointments are available until filled between the hours of 1 and 2:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Sept.. 20, Oct. 4 and 18, and Nov. 1 and 15.

See more library resources and services for genealogists.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bealeton Library launches two new kids' programs

In September the Bealeton Library is launching two new ongoing programs for children.

Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to a drop-in to do crafts any time between 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of every month. Don't worry about supplies; just have the kids bring their imaginations. The first program is Sept. 3.

The other new Bealeton Library program for kids is Readers Rock, for kids in 4th-6th grade who love to read and would like to meet new friends. At this program, slated for 4 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, participants will hear about new books, talk about favorites and enjoy games and activities while noshing on snacks. The inaugural Readers Rock program is September 20.

Both new programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, are free to attend. Registration is not required.

See details on other library programs and resources for children at all Fauquier County Public Library branches.

Friday, August 26, 2011

TAG - Are you it?

Teens in 6th grade or higher are invited to join their library's Teen Advisory Group (TAG).

Being a TAG member is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun. A great bonus is that most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Get meeting details for the Warrenton and Bealeton libraries now or complete a membership form.

If you are interested in helping form a John Marshall Library TAG, email or call Deborah Crosby, (540) 422-8527.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Kindergarten kick-off

Get ready for the big day! Children entering kindergarten this fall may enjoy story times, songs, and finger plays, just like in school, during this free program.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Friends of Film to screen 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Fauquier County Public Library's Friends of Film group is viewing and discussing the award-winning movie To Kill A Mockingbird at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the Warrenton Library. New members are welcome.

"Six-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (Mary Badham) is growing up in the Depression era of the early 1930s in a small Southern town in this highly acclaimed motion picture based on Harper Lee’s semi-autobiographical novel. Jean’s father (Gregory Peck), the town lawyer, is a wise, quiet man with a great sense of justice who defends a poor, black man accused of rape.”

The film is a winner of three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.

For more information about the film or the Friends of Film group contact Jeanne Day, (540) 422-8505

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Cellar hosting half-off sale throughout August

The Book Cellar, a used book store in the heart of old town Warrenton, is marking everything in the store half-off its already low prices throughout the month.

The Book Cellar is operated by the Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library.

All Book Cellar proceeds support library needs and help provide reading programs, cultural events and entertainment for children, teens, and adults at all library branches.

Call (540) 439-1939 for more information or to volunteer at the Book Cellar.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Magician appearing at Fauquier libraries

Magician Mike Klee will present a high-energy magic show, Believe in Magic, at all of Fauquier’s public libraries on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The whole family is invited to attend the free show, which is packed with audience participation. It is the final event of the Amazing Tales summer reading program. The shows are scheduled for:
Children who are registered for the Amazing Tales summer reading program may log the number of books read until Friday, Aug. 12.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Final summer programs for teens wrapping up

Several free events are wrapping up the teen You Are Here: But Books Take You Anywhere series this week and next at Fauquier County libraries.

The final Game of the Month Club meetings are:

The final origami program of the summer is:

A book and game swap for teens is being hosted by all Fauquier libraries on Tuesday, Aug. 2. It is the final event in the teen You Are Here: But Books Take You Anywhere series.

Teens may bring a book and take a book, talk about latest favorite reads and play Wii and board games. Materials will be on hand to make beads or paper jewelry for those who are crafty, and Chick-Fil-A is adding to the festivities by donating chicken nuggets for all to enjoy. Check it out at:

In addition to the free programs, teens can qualify for prize drawings by reading books and then doing short book reviews through Aug. 5. Selected book reviews are posted on the library’s Facebook. You don’t have to register to attend library events, but teens can help the library meet its collective reading goal by registering here or and at any Fauquier library. Last day to log books read is Friday, Aug. 12.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information. See the library’s calendar for details on all library programs.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Story time change of pace

The library is presenting several special story times this month giving families some nice alternatives during busy summer schedules.

All Fauquier libraries are presenting a Saturday story time at 10:30 a.m. July 23: BealetonJohn Marshall and Warrenton (John Barton Payne Building). Terrific stories and fun songs are the order of the day.

Have you ever wanted to wear your pajamas and slippers to the library? Here’s your chance, and you can do a fun craft, too. Blankets and stuffed animal friends welcome. This program is suitable for all ages. Pajama story times are: 
Both special story time programs are suitable for all ages. Library programs are free; registration is not required. Get details about other story time programs, special events and the summer reading program. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Birthday Book Club great way to honor kids

Fauquier County Public Library is introducing a great new way for people to honor children's birthdays while benefitting many children for years to come.

The new program is called the Birthday Book Club. For a donation of $25 or more the library will purchase an appropriate book - based on the birthday child's age and interests - and place a special bookplate honoring the child in the book. Also, birthday greetings are mailed to the child and the donor receives an acknowledgement for their records.

To recognize your special child's birthday, complete a donation form now. See other ways to support the library.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Children take imaginary trip to Mexico, learn about butterflies

Jerry Schneider knows a lot about butterflies and he loves teaching children about them. Fortunately for Fauquier kids, Mr. Schneider will be in town on Monday as part of the public library's free Amazing Tales summer reading program.

On Monday, July 11, children will learn about the migration of monarch butterflies to and from Mexico, and about the Day of the Dead festivities and why butterflies are so important to this special holiday. This special event, Let's Go to Mexico!, is recommended for children entering K-5th grade this fall.

To add to the fun, kids attending this special event will do a cool butterfly craft. They should bring a white T-shirt for the butterfly craft, but for those who forget, T-shirts will be available for $4 at the program:
Don't miss any of the Amazing Tales summer reading program's special events. Register now. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Discount books: Presidents and politics

The Book Cellar is featuring discounts on presidents, presidential families and politics throughout the month of July. When you buy one book from this sale category you are entitled to a second title of equal or lesser value in that category for free.

Featured authors on sale under the same terms this month are: Howard Fast, Andrew Greeley, Tom Clancy and Lawrence Sanders.

Book Cellar proceeds benefit the library and support programs for children, teens and adults. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Teens celebrate new Harry Potter movie

Students entering 6th grade or higher this fall are invited to celebrate the release of the final Harry Potter movie on Tuesday, July 12, at all Fauquier libraries.

Two libraries will screen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, in preparation for the July 15 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. The program is free and so is the popcorn. No tickets are required. The Bealeton Library will show Part 1 at 4 p.m. July 12, and the John Marshall Library will show the movie and provide free popcorn at 6:30 p.m. July 12.

The Warrenton Library will host a release party from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on that same day, Friday, July 12, in the John Barton Payne Building. Games, contests and more are in the works. Costumes are welcome.
The free events are part of the You Are Here: But Books Take You Anywhere summer program for teens entering sixth grade or higher this fall. Register now. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pet Care 101 for kids

Friends from the Fauquier County Animal Shelter, both the two- and four-legged variety, will demonstrate how to love and care for pets during the library’s Pet Care 101 event for rising K-5th grade students.

Pets can be so much fun, but they require a lot of respect, care, and attention. This is a perfect opportunity for children to gain skills needed to care for family, friends’ or neighbors’ pets. Get more details.

Registration for the entire Amazing Tales summer reading program is underway online and at all of the county’s public libraries through Aug. 6.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday afternoon hours returning

All Fauquier County public libraries will resume Friday afternoon hours on July 1. (See hours of operation at your local library.)

Please join the library in thanking Fauquier County Board of Supervisors and loyal supporters who have missed Friday afternoons at the library since hours were cut due to county budget reductions last year. You are invited to celebrate the restoration Friday afternoon hours with activities and refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What do trees and clowns have in common?

Two very different events are happening at Fauquier libraries this month as part of the free summer reading program Amazing Tales, for children of all ages.

The first event, Treerific Tales, features guest presenters from the Warrenton Tree Board along with other local natural resource professionals, who will explore happy childhood memories, songs and stories feature trees. Every tree has a tale to tell, and children will hear of ways to explore trees artistically and scientifically at this free event recommended for students going into grades 1 through 5 this fall.
The next special event in the Amazing Tales series is an appearance of Mayhem the Clown at all Fauquier libraries. Mayhem will fascinate viewers when he demonstrates how he transforms himself into a clown, then he’ll share some of his clowning tricks and techniques. Everyone in the family is invited to this free event presented courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.
Register to participate in  Amazing Tales programs, which continue through Aug 6.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teens to win prizes for book reviews

Teens may enter a drawing to win prizes by writing a book review throughout the eight-week You Are Here, But Books Take You Anywhere program. Don't forget to see all the special events being offered during the program and definitely don't forget to register and track the number of books you read through Aug 12.

Go to the Read and Review form anytime, but drawings will be done at all Fauquier County public libraries each Friday beginning June 17 and continuing through Aug. 5.

Prize Drawing for Book Review Entries 
June 17 -- Blockbuster movie rental and small Warrenton Ledo pizzas

June 24 -- $10 Book Cellar gift certificate and $5 Carousel gift certificate

July 1 -- Fauquier County Fair passes and $5 Carousel gift certificate

July 8 -- $20 Fandango movie passes (compliments of Friends of the Fauquier Library)

July 15 -- 1 free project at Earth, Glaze and Fire; $10 Starbucks gift card; and $5 Book Cellar gift certificate

July 22 -- 3 free games at Broadview Lanes Bowling Alley (shoe rental extra); 3 free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches; and 3 free Great Harvest cookies

July 29 -- $20 Panera gift card

Aug. 5 -- $10 Five Guys gift card; admission for 4 to Rollerworks Skating Center (skate rental extra); and 4 free Dairy Queen cones