Sunday, December 2, 2012

You're invited to the Bealeton Library open house!

After the Bealeton Christmas parade, which starts at noon on Sat., Dec. 8, return to the Bealeton Library to warm up with cider and cookies, courtesy of the Friends of Fauquier Library. Then attend the awards ceremony in the Bealeton Depot, which is adjacent to the Bealeton Library. There will be a Christmas craft activity for school-age children in the depot after the parade.

See more about programs for children, teens and adults this season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Need advice on gift books to buy this year

Library staff have compiled handy lists of good reads to buy as gifts for the children, teens, and adults in your life this holiday season. Pick up the recommendations at any Fauquier County Public Library.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Here Comes Santa Claus...

There's nothing like a visit from that jolly old elf to make small faces shine with anticipation for the holiday season.  Come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at all three branches of Fauquier County Public Library.  Don't forget to bring your camera to get a photo you and your family will cherish for years to come.

Santa's sleigh arrives at the following times:

Bealeton Library, 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4.  Enjoy the lighting of the community Christmas tree and join in the singing of Christmas carols at 6:45 p.m.

Warrenton Library, 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 10.  The whole family is invited to make Christmas crafts too!

John Marshall Library, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 11.  Children will hear stories and songs while waiting for their turn to visit with Santa. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Books are gifts that keep on giving

In November we are reminded to give thanks for the good things in our lives, and during the holiday season many of us begin to think about how we can give back to the people and organizations that mean so much to us.
Books donated to the library are truly gifts that can be opened again and again for years to come, and they are a wonderful way to give back to your community.

All Fauquier libraries will soon have holiday trees festively decorated with ornaments bearing titles the library would like to add to its collection. On each ornament are details on how you can donate the book to your library. Among the titles are selections for children, teens, and adults.

When you purchase a book for the library you will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a book plate bearing your name is placed in the donated 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 will be notified of your donation and a book plate will be placed in the item purchased.

Please consider supporting your library this season. See more ways to donate to the library.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary Bealeton Depot!

This month marks the second anniversary of the grand opening of the renovated Bealeton Depot, which is part of the Fauquier County Public Library system and sits adjacent to the Bealeton Library. The library opened the doors to the long-awaited Bealeton Depot community room on Nov. 13, 2010.

The depot has been used for numerous library programs and by civic groups, sports organizations, churches and businesses. The community, according to Library Director Maria Del Rosso, has responded to having an accessible meeting space outfitted with the latest technology to conduct meetings, training sessions, or celebrations.

“We’re so pleased that the community is making good use of the depot. It reaffirms the Library Board’s vision that this lovely turn-of-the 20th century building would once again be a gathering place for southern Fauquier residents,” Mrs. Del Rosso says.Many in the community remembered the depot’s earlier days when the railroad figured prominently in the history and economic development of southern Fauquier County. See more about the history of the Bealeton Depot.

See more about using the depot for your special event.

Below are two upcoming events at the Bealeton Depot and the library.Tuesday, Dec. 4: Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to town! – 7 p.m.; drop by the library after the Bealeton Christmas tree lighting to hear holiday stories and have a jolly good time with the Clauses; make crafts in the Bealeton Depot while waiting your turn to see Santa; don’t forget your camera; sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Saturday, Dec. 8: Bealeton Library Open House and parade awards – shortly after noon; the Bealeton Library is hosting an open house after the community parade; parade awards will be presented in the Bealeton Depot once the parade full concludes; sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Cellar opens with a new look

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Friends of the Fauquier Library’s used book store, the Book Cellar, will open its doors after a two-week hiatus of refurbishing and restocking its inventory with all new selections of its books, music and movies for all ages.

The Book Cellar features used books by popular authors in hardcover and paperback, movies on VHS and DVD, music CDs, and more. Visit the new, improved Book Cellar, now with new stock and a new look.

As a bonus, show your  library card  at the Book Cellar to get a 10 percent discount off your purchases. 

All Book Cellar proceeds support library needs and help provide reading programs, cultural events and entertainment at the library for children, teens, and adults.

Call (540) 439-1939 for more information about the Book Cellar or if you are interested in volunteering there.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Library to honor veterans

The week of Nov. 5, all Fauquier County Public Libraries will begin displaying collages of veterans' photos submitted by county residents.  The collages will be displayed throughout the month.
Photos have captions identifying the veterans, the year and location of the photos if available, and the relationship and name of those submitting the photos if they chose to be identified. Other interesting facts may be included.
The libraries are also displaying a “white table” to honor American veterans.  White tables are 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, no one ever sits at a white table. In the book 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.” 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Play chess at the library

A group of chess players and those wishing to learn meet at the Warrenton Library twice a month, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Bring a chess board if you have one.

If you don't know how to play and want to learn, you are welcome too. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Get details about some of the chess titles in the Fauquier County Public Library collection. See more details about adult services and programs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Game On @ the library Nov. 3

All Fauquier County Public Library locations (get directions to your closest branch) will celebrate International Games Day at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Nov. 3, an event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.
Everyone in the family is invited to join the more than 20,000 gamers across the nation and in other countries by playing board and/or online games at the library that day. 
While the benefits of gaming are often thought of in terms of providing socialization and bonding experiences, did you know that gaming can have positive impacts on literacy? 

 Games such as Candy Land promote pre-literacy skills, while educational video games can assist in promoting letter/number/color recognition while more advanced gaming involves reading and interpreting rules and methods of play, in addition to eye-hand coordination.  Simulation games such as SimCity involve complex planning, strategic play, and learning how to deal with consequences.
See more about why ALA believes gaming is important. Download a PDF based on the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's a Monster Mash!

The Bealeton Teen Advisory Group (TAG) has whipped up a frightfully good time for children in grades K-5. Our teens will perform a spooky skit featuring a haunted scarecrow and scary sounds. Following the skit, children will play Halloween party games, including Wrap the Mummy, Bean Bag Toss, Monster Mash Musical Freeze, Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin. Children will also make and take home a ghostly craft. After games and crafts, there will be a costume contest, so be sure and come dressed in your scariest, funniest or most creative costume. 

Bealeton Library: 4 p.m. Tues., Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where would we be without our Friends?


The library's bookmobile, outfitted by the
Friends of the Fauquier Library, made its
rounds in the 1970s. This photo appeared
in the Fauquier Democrat on May 17, 1970.
 In 1970, Friends of the Fauquier Library outfitted an old laundry truck with shelves stuffed with books from donors. The truck, the county’s first bookmobile, was warmly greeted by adults and children in far flung corners of the county. While the bookmobile no longer makes the rounds from Opal to Orlean, the library still depends on the Friends to help bridge the gap between what the library needs and what it can afford. 
“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They help sponsor hundreds of library programs each year that would not have been possible through funds normally available for library operations. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”
This year, thanks to the Friends, Fauquier children and teens enjoyed robust summer reading programs and adults gathered together to discuss ideas, books and movies.  More than 1,880 children, teens, and adults participated in the summer programs by reading more than 42,0000 books, and attending more than 165 special events.
The Friends were also responsible for new tables, desks and chairs that brighten the John Marshall Library, and, because county funds for continuing education were scarce, the Friends sponsored library staff so that they could learn more about emerging e-books and other digital trends.
If you’re not a Friend, consider joining this vital organization. With your help, The Friends can continue the work begun more than 40 years ago — connecting county residents with the riches a public library offers.
And be sure to visit the Friends Book Cellar, especially during the October Madness sale this weekend.  Anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo redeemable at The Book Cellar or at any Fauquier library.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Writers group forming

A new writers group at the Warrenton Library meets for the first time from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

Plans are for group members to meet the first Thursday of each month to share their work for constructive criticism and for tips on enhancing writing skills.

Please call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, or email Dawn Sowers if you are interested in joining this group.

Here is a small sample of the library's titles on the craft of writing. Pick up a more comprehensive list of titles at the first meeting.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Cellar hosts 'October Madness' sale

Throughout October, the Friends of the Fauquier Library’s used book store, the Book Cellar, is selling everything in the store at greatly reduced prices with the goal of emptying the store.

All kids’ books and videos are 10 cents each while everything else in the store is 25 cents, including some rare books. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The goal for October is to clear everything out in anticipation of the Book Cellar getting spruced up after the sale and adding all new inventory which is to arrive in November. The Book Cellar will be closed Nov. 1-15.

All Book Cellar proceeds support library needs and help provide reading programs, cultural events and entertainment at the library for children, teens, and adults. Call (540) 439-1939 for more information about the Book Cellar or if you are interested in volunteering there.

Friends of the Fauquier Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lego club starting this month

A Lego club, for K-5th grade students starts its once-a-month meetings this month. Each meeting will feature a different theme. Children will hear a story, create something from Legos based on the story's theme, then enjoy Lego free-play time.
October's theme is: Trucks and cars and things that move. Meetings are:
All locations are in need of Lego blocks. If you would like to donate Legos, please call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6864.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Free tutoring at Bealeton Library

Free tutoring for students in elementary school and older is provided at the Bealeton Library by National Honor Society (NHS) members from Liberty High School from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Registration is not required - just drop in. (Note: Tutors are not available when school is not in session.)

Visit the library's website for online teen and children's homework help resources.

The website also has access to numerous databases, many of which are helpful to students and adults. The library's eResource News blog spotlights a different database each month.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

We want to honor your family's veterans

Throughout October, Fauquier County Public Library is collecting copies of photos of veterans serving in any American war for displays to be erected beginning Nov. 5. The images will become part of a collage to honor the veterans at all of the county’s libraries.

If you would like your family’s veterans to be a part of the display, bring copies of their photos to any Fauquier library branch. If you don’t have an extra copy of your photos, library staff will scan the originals and return them to you.

Photos will have a caption identifying the veteran, the year and location of the photo if available, and the relationship and name of the person submitting the photo if they choose to be identified. Other interesting facts may be included.

For more information call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, or email questions or photos to Mary Marsh.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GED classes in Bealeton

Piedmont Regional Adult and Continuing Education Programs is providing free GED classes for all five GED tests (writing, science, social studies, reading and math) 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays beginning Oct. 2, 2012, at the Bealeton Library.

Registration is required: Call (540) 829-9914 to reserve your spot. The classes are cosponsored by Fauquier County Public Library.

GED is a trademark abbreviation for General Educational Development tests, a battery of five exams designed by the American Council on Education to measure high school equivalency.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Improve Your Photography

Today most of us know how to use our cell phones to snap a quick picture whenever we feel like it.  My 3-year-old granddaughter knows how to do this and regularly uses an old cell phone her parents’ gave her expressly for this purpose.  She likes to take pictures, which she thinks are hysterically funny by the way, of her baby sister’s chubby little feet.  She recently surprised me when she showed me a picture she had taken of her own face.   I wondered if she had figured out how to hold the camera at arm’s length and photograph herself so I demonstrated that technique and asked: “Did you take it like this?”  She said: “No, Nana, in the mirror.”  Wow!  What a smart child she is.

If you would like to improve your photography skills, the Fauquier County Viewfinders Camera Club will provide an overview on the basics of digital photography, from cameras to processing, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Warrenton Library. The program is free; registration is not required.

The library also has some great books on photography.  Someone like me would probably need to start with the absolute basics and read Jennifer Dowling’s Multimedia Demystified, and then progress to Digital Photography: A No-Nonsense, Jargon-Free Guide For Beginners by Steve Bravister. 
I’m an admirer of nature photography and have heard that it is very difficult to capture those mountain views and vistas.  John Clements offers some helpful tips in that regard in his book:  A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Landscape Photography. 

Those who are more comfortable with all things digital might want to check out The Life Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros by Joe McNally, or The Complete Digital Photo Manual: Your #1 Guide For Better Photography. 
Snapping a picture is only part of the job when you use a digital camera.  There remains the task of editing and manipulating the picture on the computer.  This requires using some form of photo editing software.  For help with computer editing you might read Photoshop Elements 8 In Easy Steps for Windows and Mac by Nick Vandome, or, if you are already comfortable with the basics, try Advanced Digital Photography (Techniques and Tips for Creating Professional Quality Images) by Tom Ang. 
I haven’t even touched on the resources you can find at the library on the history of photography or on building scrapbooks or albums.  Come in and take a look and mark your calendar to attend the Viewfinders Camera Club program on October 6.  I hope to see you there.
Jeanne, Warrenton Library

Friday, September 21, 2012

Library collecting food on ‘Day of Service’

All Fauquier County public libraries are collecting nonperishable food items for the food bank sponsored by the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition Sept. 28-30. The food drive is being held in conjunction with the Sept. 29 Day of Service proclaimed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia; the District of Columbia’s mayor; and members of the region’s interfaith community.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Celtic band performing at library

Everyone is invited to celebrate Fauquier County Public Library’s return to Sunday hours with the music of the Celtic/Appalachian band AON at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Warrenton Library. The concert is free.

All of the county’s public libraries Sunday hours were cut in July 2010 due to county budget reductions. This summer, the county’s Board of Supervisors reinstated the former Sunday schedule, 1 to 5 p.m., at all Fauquier County Public Library branches.

The return of the library’s Sunday hours was especially welcomed by the many residents who, because of their work schedules and other commitments, can only visit the library on Sundays.

AON, which means number one in Gaelic, presents its vocals and the blended tones of banjo; fiddle; guitar; and the hammered dulcimer, an Appalachian instrument with more than 100 strings, for a unique sound. The group has performed at venues such as Bluemont’s First Night celebrations in Warrenton and Fredericksburg, the Virginia Renaissance Festival at Lake Anna, and numerous pubs, parties, fundraisers, fairs and traditional Irish sessions.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about the celebration or library hours and locations.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Financing your child's college education

Someday your child may come to you with an acceptance letter to the college of his or her choice. With the rising costs for college, it’s never too soon to begin to plan for your child’s higher education.

Mary Leigh McDaniel, partner with Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel, PLC, CPAs and consultants, will discuss families’ financial strategies to help meet education goals during a free program being presented at 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 23, at the John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton. The program will include time for participants’ questions.

Registration is not required. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information.

For more resources on college planning, (financial aid, test prep, etc., see our For the College Bound page. Also see recommended online resources for parents and details about more programs for adults.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Something for everyone

Libraries have something for everyone,” declares Fauquier County Public Library Director Maria Del Rosso.  “Most important of all,” she points out, “services are free to anyone with a library card.

Here are a few services Fauquier libraries offer that you might not be aware of:

  • A library card opens the door to a world of reliable online information, accessible and free to library card holders 24/7.  And it is delivered without ads.
  • Nonprofits and other groups in need of funding can visit the Bealeton Library for access to the Foundation Center, the world’s leading source for information on more than 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant making public charities and 2.3 million of their recent grants.  
  • The Warrenton Library’s Virginiana Room has an extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogical research. The library also welcomes historical and genealogical research questions by mail: Fauquier County Public Library, 11 Winchester St., Warrenton, VA 20186
  • If you get stumped while doing your research, help is a just phone call away.  Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, or email your questions
Need a library card? Complete a short online application. Once you apply you can immediately use online resources and check out e-books and e-audio books.

Get details on the more than 50 programs and special events offered each month for children, teens and adults and see the services offered at Fauquier County Public Library.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The most important school supply of all

How would you like your children to have access 24/7 to a world of reliable online information, trained professionals to help them locate resources to complete homework assignments, online language courses, and thousands of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, e-books and downloadable audio books to choose from?

All of this is available free at any Fauquier County Public Library or on the library website.  In addition, there are special events designed to reinforce school curriculum, including preschool story times, after school special events and regularly scheduled programs such as the Paws to Read programs and teen writing groups. There are opportunities for teens to earn community service hours by volunteering and  the library’s Teen Advisory Groups provide teens the valuable experience of planning activities.

 “Make sure your child has a library card in their backpack,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso, “it’s the most important school supply of all.”

With a library card students can use encyclopedias and other reference resources and find thousands of magazine and newspaper articles every day no matter what time it is or what the weather is like, an especially valuable service for those last-minute homework assignments. And the information is delivered without ads. Get quick links for children and teens now.

Need a library card? Complete a short online application. Once you apply you can immediately use online resources and check out e-books and e-audio books.

And, when students get stumped while doing research, help is a just phone call away by calling (540) 422-8500 during library hours or email questions and a librarian will respond as soon as possible.

Don't miss the library's parents and educators pages.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Schedule a genealogy one-on-one

If you are just beginning or need guidance with your genealogy research, you may want to schedule a free 45-minute individual visit with Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh at the Warrenton Library. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for an appointment. (Appointments available at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept.. 11 & 25, Oct. 9 & 23, and Nov. 6 until filled.)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thank you donors!

It is always so gratifying to thank our donors. Their generosity will be enjoyed by many people in the community for years to come.

The following people and organizations made donations to Fauquier County Public Library (April-June 2012):

Karen Alewine, Patricia Balasco Barr, Ursula Baxley, Paul Benevento, Paul and Dianna Blackmer, Sven Bridstrup, Marie Browning, Janette Burley, Mairead Carr, Leslie Cox, Henry Darlington Jr., Peggy Dearden, Jeff Dombroff,
John Simpers and Kayt Erdahl, Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, Pamela Fletcher, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Friedline, Karin Gettings, Mrs. Richard Gookin, John G. Green, Joan Howard, H. Thomas Howell,
Bruce Hutchison, Andrew M. Johnson, Sue Kellon, Avis Kessler, Nicole Letson, Maureen Lewis, Jason and Jimmy McAvoy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Menuet, Mulford Mediation, Antoinette Murphy, Abigail Shirley Myers, Lisa Vrooman Myers, Peter Frederick Myers, Mr. and Mrs. William Plissner, The Ratliff Family, Janet E. Rose, Mary K. Ruffner, Brian and Loretta Saxe, Peter Schwartz, Sally Shero-Letson, Alice Shelman, Paula M. Slack, Dawn Sowers, Linda and John Suter, Nancy Telfer, Jacqueline Thomas, Anita G. Tortorella, Clay Voight, Warrenton Stamp and Coin Club, Amy Wiedenfeld, Mark Wiedenfeld, John Woodson

Interested in donating to the library? See how.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

'Solace for Soldiers' tour begins at library

A program and walking tour entitled Solace for the Soldiers: Warrenton Hospitals in the Fall of 1862 begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Warrenton Library.

There will be a 30-minute talk at the library followed by a walking tour of former hospital sites in Old Town Warrenton. Historian Jim Ginther will present the talk and tour. The program is free and there is no registration. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Getting ready for kindergarten

Help your child get ready for the big day when the library hosts a program for children entering kindergarten this year.

The program is designed to help with those first-day-of-school jitters and the children will enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays, just like in school.

Call if you need more information. The program is free; registration is not required.
See more events for children.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Brooksie Wells helps us celebrate

Critically acclaimed musician and songwriter  Brooksie Wells will appear at all Fauquier County public libraries on Saturday, Aug. 11 to help Fauquier families celebrate another wonderful summer of reading and fun.

Everyone is invited to the free concert, which is sponsored by Friends of the Fauquier Library, and to sing along as we say "Goodbye" to summer. Concert times are:
Discovered by Bobby Darin, Brooksie wrote for years for Chappel Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. She later recorded with John Lennon's band Elephant's Memory and as a singer with Kid Creole and the Coconuts. While raising two kids in the early 1990s she became an international children's performer, recording Rainbow Family and Brooksie's Kid Songs.

This free event if part of the Dream Big summer reading program for children of all ages. Get more information about the summer events for children, teens, and adults at the library. (Children and teens can register now and begin recording the number of books read each week.)

Reminder: The last day to log the number of books read is Aug. 11.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beach Read Bingo

You still have time to win a Kindle Fire when you participate in Beach Read Bingo, the library's summer reading program for adults! 

Pick up a bingo card at any Fauquier Library location, read five books from the various genres on the card, return your card and be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire. 

All cards must be received no later than Saturday, Aug. 11.  The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Warrenton Library. 
This event is sponsored by Friends of Fauquier Library.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Teens to star gaze, party

What better way to celebrate the night than a star party? Tour the night sky, view the stars, moon, and constellations, and learn their names and lore with the Rappahannock Area Astronomy Club. Telescopes will be set up for this late evening event for teens in 6th grade and up. Please sign up prior to the event by calling (540) 422-8500.
See more about teen events this summer. Teens registering for the Own the Night series have the opportunity to win free prizes. Register now.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stuffed animals on the catwalk?

Children are giving their favorite stuffed animals style and pizzazz by creating fabulous outfits (no sewing required) then  walking them down the red carpet during stuffed animal fashion shows at all Fauquier County Public Library branches on Monday, July 16. Be there at:
This free event if part of the Dream Big summer reading program for children of all ages. (Just a reminder, be sure to see Paul Merklein draw GREAT BIG FACES on Saturday, July 14.)

Get more information about the summer events for children, teens, and adults at the library. (Children and teens can register now and begin recording the number of books read each week.)

Does your child love picture books? Be sure to check out Kiddosphere to read about some of the most beautiful picture books the library has.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rotary supports library's geography collection for children

The Warrenton Rotary Club recently made a donation that enables Fauquier County Public Library to enhance its children’s geography and world culture sections at all of the county’s public libraries.

The donation, in keeping with Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, puts more books about the world into the hands of Fauquier children — something that would otherwise be difficult for the library to do right now because of its reduced book budget.

The donation supplements a Warrenton Rotary Club donation made in 2009 for the purchase of the Scholastic Press’ Enchantment of the World series of books for children.

“I am thrilled that the Rotary Club is helping the library put books about world culture into the hands of Fauquier children,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “As a past recipient of a Rotary International scholarship, I especially appreciate Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding. The partnership between Fauquier County Public Library and the Rotary Club is ideal since both work to connect people to the world.”

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Teens: Artistic Ts, self defense, glow in the dark jewelry, more

Summer is a great time for teens to try new things, so Fauquier libraries are hosting a series of free events especially for students entering 6th grade or higher in the fall called Own the Night.
Turn an old T-shirt into a work of art with a bleach pen and imagination at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Bealeton Library. Just bring in a T-shirt (black or dark colors work best). Friends of the Fauquier Library is providing the pens.

How street smart are you? Martial Arts coach Chris Manuel will teach the basics of self-defense and personal safety at all of the Fauquier Library branches on July 9. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared for a great workout. Please sign up prior to July 9; call (540) 422-8500. 

Beat the heat during teen movie night at the library. Drop in for a showing of a popular movie and free freshly popped popcorn. (We're not allowed to publish the name of the movie online because of an agreement with our movie supplier, but it's a stop-motion animated fantasy musical film directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp - you'll like it.) 

Glow in the Dark Jewelry Craft — Create beads using recycled materials covered with glowing embossing powder for a one-of-a-kind necklace, bracelet or anklet. Friends of the Fauquier Library to the rescue again - they've supplied all the materials.
See more about teen events this summer. Teens registering for the Own the Night series have the opportunity to win free prizes. Register now.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Library use up at county's libraries

Walk through any branch of the Fauquier County Public Library these days and you’ll likely find a line at the checkout desk and every computer occupied. Library officials report that over the last six months the library is the busiest it’s been in five years.

Since December 2011, nearly 130,000 people visited a public library in the county, a 9 percent increase over the same time period a year ago. New card registrations have skyrocketed; the library issued on average 276 cards a month, 15 percent more than 2011 figures. At the same time there was a 7 percent uptick in books and other materials borrowed.

“It’s exciting to see people of all ages using the library. They are browsing the stacks, reading the magazines and newspapers, or enthralled in story time programs,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “The other day, I saw a young boy practicing shadow puppets with the aid of book he had just checked out. It was delightful.”

The increase in library use supports the results of a customer service survey conducted in March this year. The library received a nearly perfect score when 839 out of 841 library users responded “yes” to the question, “Would you recommend the library to a friend?” More than 65 percent of survey respondents indicated that they visit the library at least “once a month” with many answering “every week.”

‘The library board and staff were thrilled with the responses” said Del Rosso. “It was a confirmation that the community values the library and the services it provides. High marks for customer service also pleased staff who work hard to make the library a welcoming place to all who visit.”

Although the use of e-books and other electronic media seem to dominate any conversation about reading these days, Fauquier patrons still depend on the library for traditional services, according to survey responses. When asked why they use the library, the most popular response was “I borrow books” seconded by “I like to read.” Other popular responses were “I bring my children here” and “Books are too expensive to buy.”

Several people took time to comment further. The following is a sample:

“As far as I am concerned, the library is the best resource Fauquier County has to offer.”

“One of the best libraries I have ever been to. The customer service is splendid. The staff are nice and open. They are always willing to help.”

“Best value I get for my county taxes.”

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunday hours returning to county libraries

Fauquier County’s supervisors are restoring Sunday afternoon hours to all of the county’s public libraries effective July 1. The reinstated Sunday hours, 1 to 5 p.m., were cut in July 2010 due to county budget reductions. Friday hours, which were reduced in 2010 when Sunday hours were cut completely, were restored in July 2011.

The return of Sunday hours will be welcomed by many residents who, because of their work schedules and other commitments, can only visit the library on Sundays. On July 1 the library’s hours of operation will return to the level it was prior to the 2010 budget reductions.

Get directions to and the full hours of operation at the Warrenton, Bealeton, and John Marshall libraries.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Paul Merklein draws GREAT BIG FACES

Artist and comedian Paul Merklein will draw caricatures of famous people — and a few helpers from the audience — at all Fauquier County public libraries on Saturday, July 14. The whole family is invited to this high-energy program, which is sure to entertain everyone.

See Paul Merklein's Facebook page and his blogs.

Admission is free; the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library as part of the Dream Big summer reading program for children of all ages.

Paul Merklein will draw great big faces on July 14 at:

Get more information about the summer events for children, teens, and adults at the library. (Children and teens can register now and begin recording the number of books read each week.)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kids to celebrate musical heritage with musicians

Nationally known musicians Suzanne and Jim will be appearing at all Fauquier County public libraries on Monday, June 25, and your whole family is invited.

Admission is free; the concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library as part of the Dream Big summer reading program for children of all ages.

Suzanne is rapidly gaining a national reputation as a song stylist. Her powerful, rich voice is equally suited to sentimental ballads, cowgirl yodels, and old time gospel. Jim has been at the forefront of the claw hammer banjo revival for more than 30 years. His style has been referred to as “powerful” and “eloquent.”

Together this husband and wife duo look to the roots of Americana music and lore, blending their voices and instruments in songs of an earlier time. They have enthralled audiences in more than 35 states and in Canada.

Suzanne and Jim will appear at:
Get more information about the summer events for children, teens, and adults at the library.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Teens talk about dreams, make journals

Have you ever had a weird dream and wondered what it means? Most people find they remember dreams better if they write them down. Recording dreams is a tool for further reflection as to what your dreams mean, and some people use them as a catalyst for artistic expression or creative writing.

On Tuesday, June 19, teens will meet for a dream journal workshop. Participants will decorate a journal, talk about dream interpretation and get tips for keeping a dream diary.

Registration is not required for the workshop; all art supplies will be supplied. The event will be held: 
The event is part of the library’s free Own the Night program series for teens entering 6th grade or higher this fall. The series begins June 16 and continues through Aug. 11. Registration is not required for most of the events, but teens who register and track the number of books read are entitled to small prizes after logging in the number of books read each week. Larger prizes may be earned by writing book reviews to be shared with other teens.

Other upcoming events include: Wii games and tournament, transforming Ts, self-defense instruction, glow in the dark jewelry craft, star gazing party, and swap shop and pizza taste-off.  Register for the Own the Night series online now or at any Fauquier library.

All activities and special events are free courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Other sponsors supporting the programs include Chick-fil-A; Dairy Queen; Earth, Glaze and Fire; Effee’s Frozen Treats; Five Guys; Great Meadow Foundation; Latitudes; and Rollerworks Family Skating Center.

Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.