Sunday, November 20, 2011

Books ... gifts you can open again and again

Throughout the holiday season we give gifts to friends and loved ones, and many of us think about giving back to the people and organizations that we value in our lives.

Giving books as gifts has become a tradition for some, and books donated to the library are truly gifts that can be opened again and again - they are a wonderful way to give back to your community.

All Fauquier County public libraries are erecting holiday trees this week festively decorated with titles the library would like to add to its collection. Each title card on the trees explains how you can donate that title to your library. Among the cards are titles for children, teens, and adults.

When you donate funds to purchase a book for the library you will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a book plate bearing your name is placed in the new book. Donations may also be made in memory or in honor of a friend, family member, teacher, or any other significant person in your life. Honorees or their families are notified of donations and book plates are placed in the items purchased.

Tree decorations also include stars bearing the names of popular children’s authors whose books are well-loved and need replacing and “ornaments” reminding patrons to start their Amazon.com shopping at the library’s “Wowbrary” Web page. When you shop at Amazon.com using this link, no matter what you purchase, the library receives a donation based on a percentage of your purchases.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Paws to Read in Bealeton

Children ages 5-10 are invited to drop in and say hello to trained and certified therapy dogs at 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sat., Nov. 19, at the Bealeton Library. This "Meet and Greet" is an introduction to the library's new Paws to Read program coming to the Bealeton Library in January. 

Teachers and librarians have found that most children enjoy reading to therapy dogs, and for children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others, reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting.

The Paws to Read program is free, but a signed permission slip is required and each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other
caregiver. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or drop by the Bealeton Library to pick up a permission slip.

The John Marshall Library has a ongoing Paws to Read program. Children in the Marshall area read to therapy dogs at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Library "white table" a tribute to Veterans

This week, as a tribute to our veterans, the Warrenton Library is setting up a "white table" modeled after the table in the children's book America's White Table (written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny) and by the thousands of white tables set up all over the world in memory and honor of American service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.

Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. In America's White Table, as a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner.

As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.

The tradition of placing the table began with a group of Vietnam fighter pilots, but has now extended to honor all of those serving this country all around the world. Margot Theis Raven says, “The point is every single day of freedom is brought to you by that person who is not sitting there.”


The small table signifies one lone serviceman’s battle against many. The white cloth honors our comrade’s pure heart for answering his country’s call to duty. The lemon slice and grains of salt represent the captive serviceman’s bitter fate and the tears of his family awaiting his return. A black napkin is placed for the sorrow of captivity. The glass is upside down for the meal that won’t be eaten. The white candle and the red rose represent peace and hope for the serviceman’s return. The empty chair at the table is for the missing serviceman.“You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.”

Directions for placing your own white table can be found at the Military Salute Project.

Purchase your own copy of America's White Table from Amazon.com through the library's Wowbrary link. Your Amazon purchases through this link will benefit the library at no extra cost to you.