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.