Saturday, May 28, 2011

Honor mothers, teachers this month

If you are tired of giving the same old flowers or fruit baskets to your mother on Mother’s Day, why not try something different this year and make a donation to the library in her honor. The library will notify your mother of the donation if you choose, and will acknowledge your gift on a bookplate placed in an item on the subject of your choosing.

Teachers may be honored in this way as well.

There are numerous ways to support the library. Get more details.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Studies prove summer reading programs boost achievement

A recent study confirmed what numerous earlier studies found – that students who take part in their local library’s summer reading programs significantly improve their reading skills.

The study, done by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, found that kids who participated in summer reading programs tested 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who did not participate. A Lexile is a unit of measurement used when determining the difficulty of text and the reading level of readers.

The study also concluded summer reading programs are an antidote for learning loss. So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, children who attend reading programs actually show gains.

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting two free summer reading programs this year. Registration for the eight-week programs begins online Sunday, June 5, and at all of the county’s public libraries Monday, June 6. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — begin June 11 and continue through Aug. 6.

Programs are offered at: Bealeton Library, John Marshall Library, and Warrenton Library. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Library wins awards for job skills programs, Bealeton Depot renovations

The Virginia Public Library Director’s Association recently recognized Fauquier County Public Library's renovated Bealeton Depot as an “Outstanding Library Facility.” In presenting the award during its annual meeting at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia, the association noted that, “the Bealeton Depot has been returned to its rightful place as a focal point and gathering place for the Fauquier community.” The depot is now used for library programs and as a community meeting room.

The association also recognized the library program, Job Skills Workshop and “Well-Suited” Fashion Show, as an outstanding adult program. The library partnered with the Department of Social Services, the Salvation Army, and Community Touch to present a thrift store fashion show featuring appropriate interview or work outfits for men and women. After the fashion show, participants received a clothing voucher for one interview outfit from the Community Touch or Salvation Army thrift shops. Organizers also handed out information on resources available to job seekers, library Internet classes, and upcoming job interview skills workshops.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Library receives donation from Green Building Resource Center

Fauquier County Public Library recently received six books on green building and energy conservation code from the Green Building Resource Center (GBRC), a division of Culpeper County’s Building Department.

Mr. Bruce Cornwall, a project manager for the GBRC, presented the books to the library's Manager of Collection Services Fran Burke-Urr. Included in the donation were three code-related manuals, and three books on green building science principles: The Builder’s Guide to Mixed-Humid Climates by Joseph I. Stiburek, The Green Home by Lynn Underwood, and Residential Energy by Krigger – Dorsi. The code books will be located in the reference section at the Warrenton Library and the remaining books will be available to check out by any Fauquier County Public Library card-holder.

The Green Building Resource Center is an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program recipient that supports Planning District 9 (Culpeper, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties).
For more information about the Green Building Resource Center, contact Lori Loy, (540) 727.3444, ext. 395.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Volunteers recently honored

Fauquier County Public Library recently honored its volunteers during a celebration held in Warrenton. The theme of the evening was Our Volunteers Are A Treasure and those attending soon learned how valuable library volunteers are and how diverse their skills. The library board chairman, the library director and library staff members representing every branch and all library services stepped up to the podium, one after another, to acknowledge the contributions of library volunteers.

The audience learned that over the past year 150 people and three dogs volunteered more than 6,000 hours of their time to the library. Library Board Chairman Barbara Severin pointed out that, according to the Volunteer Virginia website, the hourly value of a Virginia volunteer in 2010 was $21.36. By this calculation, the monetary value of last year’s contribution by library volunteers exceeded $128,160.

Volunteers were involved with day-to-day operations, donating their time at the Warrenton, Bealeton, and John Marshall libraries. These volunteers helped process thousands of new and donated books, repaired and cleaned materials, transcribed historical documents, and assisted staff with special projects and programs. Special events presented by volunteers were notable for their diversity, such as the lectures presented by guest Civil War historians, teen financial planning workshops conducted by BB&T staff, and visits from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Sixty teens donated approximately 700 hours to ensure the success of the 2010 summer reading program by registering participants and assisting staff with program preparations. For many, this volunteer service was their first work experience, giving them a valuable introduction to the working world while benefitting the library. Many of the teen volunteers had participated in the library’s summer reading programs as children or were still participating in the teen summer reading programs.

Fifty Friends of the Fauquier Library volunteers donated nearly 2,600 hours to operate the Book Cellar, a used bookstore located in Warrenton. Proceeds from the Book Cellar fund most of the library’s special events for children, teens and adults, including the summer reading programs, family movies, and other afterschool programs. The Friends of the Library also generously sponsor the annual volunteer reception.

Twenty-three volunteers donated 24 hours to guarantee the success of the library’s Gumdrop Square programs, which offer Head Start children an opportunity to enjoy a holiday story time at the popular holiday venue and to “shop” for gifts for family members.

Several other volunteers were acknowledged for their ongoing contributions. Honor students from Liberty High School spend every week throughout the school year at the Bealeton Library tutoring grade school children in any subject they need help with. Translators help staff prepare library informational brochures in Spanish and Literacy Volunteers help present English as a Second Language classes.

The Cedar Run Garden Club was recognized for maintaining the beautiful gardens at the Warrenton and Bealeton libraries year-round, periodically rejuvenating the gardens with new plantings. The small, but charming garden at the Warrenton Library surrounds a lovely fountain with a bronze statue of a girl reading donated by renowned sculptor Heath King in the early1990s.

It was noted that the five Library Board of Trustees members volunteer countless hours planning and overseeing the library’s management in order to ensure Fauquier citizens enjoy the best library services possible.

Finally, two dogs in attendance with their owners were recognized for their participation in the library’s “Paws to Read” program. The certified pet therapy dogs listen quietly as children read to them. This is an encouraging experience for young readers, who gain confidence reading aloud to their nonjudgmental canine listeners.

Mrs. Severin pointed out how gratifying it is to be able to point to the volunteer contributions each year when the library board submits its annual justification for the library’s operating budget to the board of supervisors. She commented that such strong volunteer support in all areas of library operations is persuasive evidence of citizen commitment to the library.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Great Books group celebrating 10-year anniversary

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Fauquier County Public Library's Great Books group.

The group, which uses the Socratic “shared inquiry” method of discussion, formed at the Warrenton Library in 2001 and began reading from a set of anthologies provided by the Great Books Foundation. The anthologies contain readings grouped by various themes such as: politics, leadership, justice, happiness, discontent, and living with the past.

Today the Great Books group has nine regular members, some of whom have been with the group since it began. Many more reading and discussion groups have formed at the library since 2001, including the Socrates CafĂ© and Adult Mystery Club in Warrenton, day and evening adult reading groups at the John Marshall Library, The Bealeton Library's Book Club, and the recently formed Friends of Film group in Warrenton.

The Great Books group, like the library’s other reading and discussion groups, always welcomes new members. Call or e-mail Jeanne Day, (540) 422-8505, for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Magazine “adoptions” keep favorites on the shelves

This month the library is highlighting a way to support the library while ensuring favorite magazines continue to be available for everyone’s enjoyment.

Early in May, look for “adoption forms” on the front of magazines at your local library. By “adopting” a magazine at the library, you ensure that title’s subscription will be renewed. Return completed forms to any library staff member along with a check in the amount needed to purchase the chosen magazine subscriptions.

Those adopting magazines will receive cards in the mail confirming their gifts and, with their permission, acknowledgments will be placed on the magazines adopted.

People may also help the library by donating funds to purchase books or through bequests, memorial, and honorary contributions. See more about supporting the library.