Sunday, February 13, 2011

Get checklist for fundraising grants

The Bealeton Library is hosting a workshop in early March that will help nonprofit groups, and those considering nonprofit status, learn the characteristics of established nonprofits and assess if their groups are ready for foundation fundraising.

The hour-and-a-half workshop — being presented by the Foundation Center, Washington, D.C., the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide — begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Bealeton Depot, which is adjacent to the Bealeton Library.

Registration is free, but reservations must be made in advance online or by calling (202) 331-1400. Registrants requiring ASL signers or other disability-related services are asked to contact the Foundation Center at least two weeks in advance.

The Bealeton branch of Fauquier County Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. For more information e-mail or call Bealeton Branch Manager Natalie Swart, (540) 422-8532.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nationally known historian lecturing in Warrenton

Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus for the National Park Service and one of the country’s foremost Civil War historians, is presenting a lecture in Warrenton on his perspective of the award-winning Ken Burns documentary The Civil War: A Film.

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting a free four-part lecture series based on the documentary to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Mr. Bearss, the first speaker for series, will present his lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Dates and speakers for the remaining lectures will be announced soon.  Seating is limited; reserve tickets are required; limit of 4 per requestor; no admittance to program without ticket. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information or to request tickets.

Mr. Bearss served as historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park, then as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service after his retirement. He was a featured commentator in the Ken Burns Civil War series, and also served as a commentator on Civil War Journal, A&E Network; Civil War Combat, the History Channel; and the Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War on The Learning Channel.

He has authored numerous articles and books on Civil War history, including Rebel Victory at Vicksburg, The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, and Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War.

The lecture series is one of several programs presented by the library to highlight its We the People collection of books and other items for children, teens, and adults donated by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

See the“We the People” selections in the library catalog.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Film group viewing, discussing 'The Color Purple"

The Warrenton Library’s Friends of Film group will watch and discuss the film The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover, at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the library program room. Light snacks and beverages are being provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library; attendance is free.

This 1985 film garnered Best Picture of the Year and Best Actress awards. Author Alice Walker’s intimate story of suffering, endurance, and triumph is set in early 20th century rural South. Celie Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg) is a browbeaten, much abused, nearly illiterate black farm girl who, over the course of 40 years, grows into a woman of self-assurance and wit, a woman with her own dreams and identity.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Donors helping to add films to library shelves

Many donors are already familiar with the library’s wish lists for children and adults. They know how easy it is to pick one or more titles, pay online, and know that Amazon will make their donations directly to the library.

Film lovers will be interested in learning that the library now has an Amazon wish list for DVDs. The library’s DVD collection currently includes a wide variety of topics such as travel; pet care; nature; PBS specials; health; crafts; gardening; how-tos; foreign films; silent classics; mystery series, musicals, plays, animation classics, beloved children's tales, and book-based series such as All Creatures Great and Small.

The new wish list includes titles that would be great additions to the library and include selections for all ages and interests, such as Disney’s Mulan and Bambi, teen flicks such as Clueless and the Princess Diaries, British film classics, mysteries and many award-winning films. View the entire wish list of nearly 100 items and see how easy it is to support your library. When ordering, be sure to check the box “This will be a gift” so that the library is notified of your donation.

Also, see recently added items already on the shelves for adults and children.