Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Library offers computer classes for adults

All Fauquier County public libraries offer free classes for adults who wish to improve their Web and computer skills. The classes — being offered in Warrenton in March and in Bealeton and Marshall in April — are designed to introduce basic Internet skills during the first sessions, while reserving the third session for skills practice. Advance registration required; reserve a space by calling (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, or visting your Fauquier County Public Library branch.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Teens to 'Geek Out" @ the library

Teen Tech Week™ is March 4–10. It's a great time for teens to Geek Out @ the library and discover the outstanding tech services Fauquier County Public Library has to offer - from online homework help to e-books, movies, music, audio books, databases and more.

Drop in at any Fauquier library March 5-10 to enjoy fun activities just for teens. Be sure to vote for your favorite book, movie, or video game in the Teen Choice Awards for a chance to win prizes. Select books from a display of popular genres: steampunk, dystopian, science fiction and more!

Teens’ use of technology has increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health, according to the Young Adult Library Services Association website.

It's good to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are here to help teens use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week aims to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially those that are offered through libraries.

Wii Tournament is Back!
Celebrate with gaming and snacks. Bring your own Wii controller and wheel if you have one. The tournament is presented courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library. (For students in 6th grade and up.)
Get more details on teen events at the library.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Friends of Film group seeing, discussing 'In the Heat of the Night'

The February selection for the library's Friends of Film discussion group is the movie In the Heat of the Night playing at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Warrenton Library.

The film won five Academy Awards in 1967, including Best Picture. It is a fascinating look at the strained relationship between a racist Southern cop (Rod Steiger) and a black detective (Sidney Poitier) from Philadelphia, who are involved in the same murder case. Norman Jewison’s film was one of the first to explore the sensitive issue of the color line in the South. But, first and foremost, In the Heat of the Night is a tense, taut, entertaining thriller.

The program is free; registration is not required. Call or email Jeanne Day, (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Grant seeking basics offered in Bealeton

In March the Bealeton Library is presenting a one-hour introductory overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grant-making public charities.

Grant-seeking Basics - to be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in the Bealeton Depot - will introduce methods for identifying potential funders and becoming a more effective grant seeker. Although free, registration is required to attend the program. Please call or email Natalie Wheeler, (540) 422-8532, to register.

The Bealeton Library is designated as a cooperative collection of the Foundation Center — the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. The Foundation Center was established in 1956 and is now supported by more than 600 foundations. It connects nonprofits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants. The cooperating collection helps individuals learn the basics of grant seeking and grant making, gathering information about grant proposals and proposal writing, finding detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers, and exploring additional topics related to philanthropy and fundraising.

Learn more about the library's cooperative collection resources.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Get your Downton Abbey fix

These days it seems everyone is talking about Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece Theater series set in an Edwardian country house in the early 1900s and portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

Fortunately, for people like me who currently don't have TV reception, and for the people who just can't get enough of Downton Abbey, the library has a variety of Downton Abbey offerings.

Top on the list, of course, is season 1 and season 2 of the series on DVD. If you missed it on TV or just want to revisit the Crawleys' drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms again, these are for you.

You might also want to check out Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. This book examines the life of Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon (and illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild), and the events in Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is set) during the First World War.

The World of Downton Abbey, a companion book to the British series, offers insights into the story and characters along with helpful background information on British society in the early 20th century.

Below stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell, according to the publisher, "brilliantly evokes the longvanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Rocketing back on to the UK bestseller lists almost fifty years after its initial publication, this is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman, who, though her position was lowly, never stopped aiming high."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrate Dickens' birthday at library

February 7 marked the 200th anniversary of Victorian author Charles Dickens’ birth. The English writer penned such classics as A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickelby, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Bleak House.

Dickens’ works are still popular with audiences all over the world as evident in the multitude of related films, TV productions, art, literature, and now even a theme park. His characters are so often quoted they have made their way into our modern lexicon and, often, many of us are unaware of the quotes’origins.

Ever wonder, "Is Little Dorritt Dead?" See what gems Richard Nordquist came up with on Dickens and language. And for the competitive types, here's a "fiendishly difficult" Dickens birthday quiz.

Fauquier County Public Library is celebrating Dickens  through March 2 by posting a different quote each week in all library branches. Patrons are invited to guess from which novel they originated and submit their answers to the library for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Friends of the Fauquier Library Book Cellar. Facebook friends may join the fun by posting favorite Dickens quotes.

For more information call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bad weather coming, don't forget the essentials

Bad weather is coming our way? If you think you'll be trapped indoors for a while, make sure to stop by the library to pick up books for yourself or the whole family. Don't overlook the magazines (maybe explore something new?), and while there, pick up a couple of movies or how-to DVDs, too.

There is nothing better than hunkering down in front of a fire or wrapping yourself in your favorite quilt and curling up with a good read (or film) while the wind and snow swirls around your house.

No time to stop by the library? If you have an e-reader you can always download e-books and e-audio books. Or, if you are worried about your overdues, log in to your account to renew items - you can even log in from your smart phone. And, while you are there, browse the catalog and place holds to pick up when the weather clears.

That's the fun stuff about being snowed in, but don't forget the practical side of things. Planning ahead is always a good idea, so be sure to review these tips and build an emergency kit if you can. Even if you don't have time to buy new supplies, you can assemble as many of the suggested items you have already and keep them close at hand.

Monday, February 6, 2012

New (or renewed) habit for this year: Using your online library account

This winter is a perfect time for establishing an online library account, or, reviewing all the things you've forgotten that you can do with an online account. Here are some reminders. With an online account you can:
  • Access your library record from home - Tending a sick family member? Snowed in? Insomnia? All good times to review due dates, check on holds, renew items, and peruse the lists you've been keeping at the library.  
  • Update your contact information (telephone and e-mail address) - This will save you time on your next library visit if you have changes the library needs to know about. 
  • Renew items you have checked out - It's easy to forget items in a child's room that got covered with stuffed animals or the book that slid under the car seat when you braked for the squirel jumping in front of you. This is a good way to see what you've checked out and renew them while you gather things up to return. 
  • Place holds - Be the first to check out that new best seller or get that "how-to" book or DVD on a skill you've been wanting to try. 
  • Create Lists -  Want to creat a list about an author, a subject or even a keyword? Then you'll want to learn how to create a preferred search list. 
  • Keep track of your reading history - Want to tell a friend about a great book you read and can't remember the title or the author? You have the option of keeping your reading history.   
Don't have an online account? Create one now.