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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Teens to get creative this month

Three free events for teens this June will kick-off eight-weeks of fun for teens entering sixth grade or higher this fall.

  • Creation Stations, a crafty free-for-all with some science mixed in for good measure. Spark your creative muse with beading, collage, painting, and experimenting with science.
  • Have fun while making a difference in someone’s life by helping to make no-sew blankets for local foster children. That’s right, no sewing required!
  • The Game of the Month Club will help participants stay sharp this summer --and it’s a great way to meet fellow gamers.
These free events and many more are part of the You are Here: But Books Take You Anywhere series presented at all Fauquier County public libraries starting June 11 and continuing through Aug. 6. Register now and don't miss any of the fun.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Historian to give perspectives on Civil War

J. Michael Miller, a Civil War historian, is presenting a free lecture entitled Ken Burns and Fauquier County at the Crossroads: Sesquicentennial Perspectives on “The Civil War” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

Mr. Miller will show and discuss portions of Ken Burns' documentary The Civil War, focusing on the issues of slavery and states’ rights during the free lecture. Tickets are required for admittance, and up to four tickets may be issued per requestor. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information or to request tickets.

Mr. Miller is the author of Even to Hell Itself, the North Anna River Campaign, May 1864. He also helped with the preservation of the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Prince William County and the North Anna Battlefield in Hanover County.

The lecture is part of a series presented to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It also highlights the library’s We the People collection of books and other items for children, teens, and adults donated by the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Wild animals coming to libraries

Wild jungle animals are coming to all Fauquier County Public Library branches on Saturday, June 11, as part of the special events lined up for the library’s free eight-week summer reading program for children of all ages.

Wildlife Ambassadors — a nonprofit environmental educational organization that teaches respect for wildlife and the environment — will bring beautiful macaws, a python, huge creepy crawlies, and a kinkajou to help children and their families learn about the amazing and vital tropical rain forests of the world.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Cellar slashing prices

The Book Cellar, a used book store in the heart of old town Warrenton, is offering deep discounts on everything in its fiction room throughout June. When you buy one book from the fiction room you are entitled to a second fiction title of equal or lesser value for free. Cooking and history books are on sale 50 percent off in June.