Monday, January 30, 2012

Half price sale at Book Cellar in February

Nearly everything in the Friends of the Fauquier Library Book Cellar is priced at 1/2 off this month. That includes fiction, nonfiction, children's items, audio books, CDs, Christian fiction, homeschooling resources, antiques, collectibles, autographed books and much more.

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 or to volunteer at the Book Cellar.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Civil War’s 150th stirs a trove of memories

Fauquier County Public Library is encouraging county residents to participate in the Library of Virginia’s Civil War 150 Legacy Project in March.

Borrowing from the popular PBS series Antique Roadshow, each weekend Virginians are gathering family mementos to share with Library of Virginia representatives. The representatives will photograph or scan artifacts to create digitized copies for the Library of Virginia collection while contributors wait.

Representatives from the Virginia Sesquicentennial Committee will assist the Library of Virginia’s effort to digitize Fauquier residents’ Civil War mementos Friday through Sunday, March 23-25 at Fauquier County Public Library’s John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton.

If you have mementos from the Civil War era you would be willing to share with the Library of Virginia, mark your calendar now to bring them to Warrenton to be copied. Your treasures will remain in your possession, but you will share their stories with the world.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Merci beaucoup! Donors come through for library

Thanks to library supporters, donations totaling roughly $4,460 were received during the months of October, November and December. An anonymous donor contributed $2,000 specifically to purchase adult new reader materials and to refresh the easy reader and picture book collections.

Fifty-six people have donated more than 140 titles to the library, many in honor or in memory of loved ones, during this period. Contributions of $29,393 have been tallied for the first half of fiscal year 2012, which is 68 percent of the library’s fundraising goal of $43,000 for the year. As Madeline would say, “Merci beaucoup!”

Below are the names of donors who contributed October through December 2011:
Darlene M. Abel, Betty Ann Ash, Kelly Baumgartner in memory of Janine MacDonald, Margaret and David Binning in honor of Neil and Estelle Bromilow, Margaret and David Binning in honor of Kirk and Clayann Binning, Margaret and David Binning in honor of Mary and David Howard, Helen and Scott Christian, Helen Christian in memory of Jane Sprague deButts, Ann Corrado in memory of Galeta, Peggy Dearden in honor of Katie and Rachel Crowe, Rebecca Dooley in memory of Marguerite Abbot, Vicki Freeman in memory of Keghan and Lucy Freeman, Terri Garonzik in honor of Lynne M. Johnson DVM and staff, Karen Gettings, Leo Graham, Barbara and Michael Greene, Jaxon Hammond, Tom Harris in honor of Connor Harris, Tom Harris in honor of Liam Harris, Georgia H. Herbert in honor of Catherine, Elizabeth and Liam Merchant,
William L. Hopkins, The Hodul Family in honor of Mrs. Carrie Vaughn, Karen Jackson, Katherine Jameson in honor of The Reverend Michael Mohn, Gail Jeffries, Jack Jeffery, Amy Kaye in honor of Jessica, Amy Kaye in honor of Shelby, Kyla and Marissa Kunkel, Douglas Larson in memory of Miriam Bucher, Eliza C. Larson in memory of Alejandro Corcino, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Larson in memory of Edith Larson, Pat Leonard in honor of Alice Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lewis, Muriel McCabe, Terry McCuin for Izabell Marie Puryear, Teresa K. McNeely in honor of Daniel J. Kerley Sr., Kathryn McSweeney, Muddy Paws Pet Salon, Imogene Murray in honor of the Bealeton Library staff, Robert and Pamela Myers for Paige Ann Makely, Leo and Christy Obrst in memory of Delores Hladio, Ruth P. Poland, Melanie C. Rightmyer, Barbara Severin, Louise Signorelli in honor of Jennifer Signorelli, Louise Signorelli in honor of Joseph Signorelli, Beth Stenberg in memory of Rick Dorkey, Linda Suter, Laura Symanski in honor of Diane Burgess, Cynthia Taylor in memory of Virginia Anderson, William and Jacqueline Thomas, M.E. Thompson, Mary Trussell in memory of Luke Andrew Melancon, Sue and Larry Weaver, Drs. David and Melissa Wiedenfeld, and 9 anonymous donors.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Have a genealogy puzzle to solve?

Do you have a genealogical puzzle to solve or need some guidance for your research? Schedule a free 45-minute individual meeting with Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh to discuss your genealogy research at the Warrenton Library. Slots fill quickly; reserve your spot by calling (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862.

Sessions are available during the hours of 1-2:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Feb. 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17 and May 1

Also, see what's new with, and get details on more upcoming adult programs at the library.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Check out DVDs at the library

The longest part of the winter is after the holidays, it seems. So it’s a perfect time to be reminded that the library has a wide selection of DVDs to check out. And like most items in the library, the lending period is three weeks, so you probably won't have to worry about getting them back on time.

You may already be aware there are classic films, perfect for snowy weekends, and children's and family movies that are ideal for snuggling up together to enjoy. But the library's DVD is impressive in its scope of subjects. Below is just a small sampling of the types of DVDs at Fauquier's libraries.

Planning on traveling domestically or abroad? Check out a DVD on your destination to ensure you don't overlook any must-see attractions. The library has something for you if you want to learn belly dance, salsa, tap or learn another type of dance. (A gentleman in his 80s recently came in to check out a DVD to help teach his cousin how to dance like he and his wife used to.)

Missed episodes of the incredible BBC series The Blue Planet and Planet Earth or want to see the whole beautiful series again? Or maybe you’d rather hark back to a BBC series like Bleak House or the A&E classics, such as Jewel in the Crown or Pride and Prejudice. Seems I rediscover something wonderful every weekend.

Resolved to cook more this year? I just noticed the DVD Julia Child: America’s Favorite Chef on the shelf and there are many other cooking DVDs to pique your interest. Easiest way to search is by using  keywords and narrowin down your search even more with the "advanced" search function.

Planning to build a deck, add a room, do repairs, or update the kitchen? See the Today’s Homeowner series. Want to take a course? Check out The Great Courses series, which covers everything from the history of the Catholic church to quantum mechanics. There are DVDs for almost every subject area.

Sign up to see the newest additions weekly, or search the catalog by title, keyword or subject. Tip: In the box that defaults to “View Entire Collection,” change to “Audio/Visual Materials - All.” Or you can search by call number “DVD” then scroll down to select “Limit/Sort Search.”

If you need help narrowing your search or finding something specific, contact the reference desk for help, (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tax forms arriving this month

IRS forms are arriving this month and will be available at all library branches as they come in.

The 1040-ALL instructions will not be shipped until late January at the earliest, according to the IRS, however, the 1040 forms and most of the other forms/instructions are available online now.

You may also access federal tax forms and Virginia tax forms online. If you intend to print online tax forms from a library computer, be aware the printer fee is 15 cents per page.

Questions? Call (540) 422-8500.