Friday, April 22, 2011

Be in the 'snapshot' of Virginia libraries

All Fauquier County public libraries will participate in a state-wide “Snapshot Day” on Wednesday, April 27. The purpose of Snapshot Day is to collect information and photos that illustrate the impact that Virginia libraries make in their respective communities on a typical day. The event is a Virginia Library Association and Library of Virginia project.


Fauquier libraries will collect and report basic information, such as how many people visited the library, used computers, attended programs, etc., and will collect images of people using the library and its resources. Library patrons may use the opportunity to comment on what their library means to them.

Results and pictures from libraries all over the state will be available on the SnapshotVA Web page after June 15.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Best Job

Marshall Branch Manager Deborah Cosby can still smell the books and the leather seats of the bookmobile that visited her Baltimore neighborhood in the early 60’s.

“I could live on that bookmobile,” she says. 

Now, nearly 50 years later, the Marshall branch library has replaced the beloved bookmobile of her childhood.

The 1,600 sq. ft. library is the “heart” of the community according to Debbie.  “New moms attending story time have a chance to meet others and make new friendships.  And, older people form book clubs that lead to bridge clubs that lead to walking clubs.”

“We have something for everyone,” she proclaims.

She didn’t start out as a branch manager. 

From 1978 through 1982, she worked as an archives and reference librarian at the University of Maryland.  She enjoyed working with students and professors, answering questions that required the use of an extensive card catalog and a huge reference collection.  “Stacks and stacks of books,” she recalls.  “You’d walk for hours.”

“I loved that job”, Debbie says.  “I thought I’d be there forever.”

Fate intervened, however, when her husband, Richard, could not find a job as a music teacher in the area.  The couple reluctantly left Baltimore and headed south to Lynchburg for one year and eventually landed in Fauquier County.

Debbie, with her two daughters, Amanda and Olivia, in tow, faithfully visited the Fauquier Library.  In 1986, Library Director Pat Downey called with a job offer as a part-time reference librarian.  Debbie readily accepted.

The schedule was Monday and Tuesday nights, and every other weekend.  “The same schedule I work today”, Debbie says, twenty-five years later.

In 1999, Debbie accepted her current position as branch manager.  “The job was perfect for me at the time.  The girls were in high school and I had more time to work,” she says.

Twelve years later, Debbie relishes the role the branch library plays in the community.  She has no plans of retiring soon. 

“I’d like to be here forever,” she laughingly declares. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friends of Film Group discusses ‘Duck Soup’

If you are interested in viewing and discussing films - from old silent movies and the latest thrillers to cartoons and documentaries – you might be interested in the library’s Friends of Film group.

Drop by the next meeting to see and discuss the classic film Duck Soup, 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Warrenton Library. The program is free; light snacks and beverages will be provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Duck Soup is the Marx Brothers’ purest and most insane film. A political satire, it contains some of the brothers’ most famous sequences: the Paul Revere parody, the “We’re Going To War” number, a spoof of 1930s musicals, the mirror scene, and, most famous of all, a final battle episode that has since been copied by everyone from Woody Allen to Mad Magazine.

Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information. See more on upcoming adult programs.



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Civil War’s impact on area examined

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a lecture entitled War’s Savage Heel on Warrenton and Fauquier County presented by Robert K. Krick, Retired Chief Historian, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton, VA.

The program is the second in a series of lectures related to Ken Burns’ documentary The Civil War being presented by the library as part of its Civil War sesquicentennial observance. The lecture is free, but tickets are required for admittance. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, to request tickets or for more information. Only four tickets per requestor will be issued.

Mr. Krick grew up in northern California, but has lived and worked on East Coast battlefields for more than four decades. He was Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park for 30 years, and is the author of 18 books and more than 200 published articles.

His Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain (University of North Carolina Press, 1990) won three national awards, including the Douglas Southall Freeman Prize for Best Book in Southern History. His Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic (William Morrow & Co., 1996) was a main selection of the History Book Club and a selection of the Book of the Month Club. His latest book, from the University of Alabama Press (2007), is Civil War Weather in Virginia.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Teen volunteers needed for summer

Applications are now being accepted for teen volunteers to help with the summer reading program for children at all Fauquier public libraries.

Many teens find that volunteering at the library is a great way to gain work experience while fulfilling community service or service learning hours, a graduation requirement for many high schools. Others just love being at the library and helping others.

Volunteer applications are available online through May 27 and at any Fauquier library. Volunteers must attend a training session prior to the start of the reading program, which begins June 11 and continues through Aug. 6. Staff will contact applicants to schedule the volunteer training. Applicants should be prepared to sign up for specific volunteer time slots when they attend the training session.

Some of the tasks teen volunteers perform include assisting children and parents with summer reading program registration, keeping the registration table stocked, assisting children and parents with entering the number of books read on the online book log, helping with crafts, programs, and clerical tasks.

Teens will also have a summer reading program of their own at the library. This year’s theme, You are Here, will offer eight weeks of programs and special events including origami, locker crafts, book and game swaps, making no-sew blankets for foster children, a Harry Potter party, and a game-of-the-month club. Watch for more details on the summer reading program. 

Teens may call or e-mail for more information about programs or volunteering: Warrenton Library, Jennifer Schultz, (540) 422-8516; Bealeton Library, Natalie Swart, (540) 422-8532; John Marshall Library, Deborah Cosby, (540) 422-8527.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Donating DVDs doesn't hurt your pocket book much

Donating DVDs is a great way to support the library without hurting your own bottom line too much. Many are under $10, and include titles that would be great additions to the library with selections for all ages and interests. Films include titles 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.

And, it's super easy to donate through the library’s Amazon.com DVD wish list. See the entire wish list of nearly 100 items. Please note though, when ordering, be sure to check the box “This will be a gift” so that the library is notified of your donation.