Monday, March 26, 2012

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit

In April the Bealeton Library is presenting a one-hour workshop introducing a key online tool for finding funders, the Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Finding Funders will be presented at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, and repeated 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. The workshop will cover learning how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundation and corporate donors that will match your nonprofit organization’s funding needs.

Although free, registration is required to attend the program. Please contact 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.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Job seeker assistance @ your library

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) - Job Seekers Assistance program: 

Effective October 10, 2013, VEC job seeker assistance will only be available by appointment. VEC representatives will no longer be available at the Bealeton library. 

To schedule an appointment, call Patricia Height at (540) 717-0233

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The library's meeting rooms are unique

If you are researching venues for an upcoming event - whether it's a workshop, conference, wedding reception, or family reunion - you may want to consider looking at Fauquier County Public Library's meeting rooms.

The library has two unique meeting spaces, the John Barton Payne Community Hall (across the street from the Warrenton Library) and the Bealeton Depot (which sits adjacent to the Bealeton Library). Both are used for library programs, but when not in use by the library they are available for public use for a fee.

In 1921, Judge John Barton Payne, a Secretary of the Interior under President Wilson who had family ties to Fauquier County, provided funds for a permanent structure for the Warrenton Library. The classically styled building, now known as the John Barton Payne Building, was home to the Warrenton Library from 1922 until 1982. When the library moved to its current location, the building's upstairs hall, which boasts a full-size kitchen, became a perfect spot for library programs and special events.

The Bealeton Depot, built around 1905 by the Southern Railway Company, was situated on the primary rail route from southern Fauquier County to Washington, D.C. With the development of Route 17, Bealeton’s transportation center shifted and the depot was decommissioned in the 1950s. Later it was moved to its current location adjacent to the Bealeton Library. The depot, considered a fine example of early 20th century Gothic style construction, has been charmingly renovated, but includes practical additions such as a drop-down screen and laptop-ready projector.

Get more details on fees and reserving the library's meeting rooms.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Genealogy 101: A seminar for beginners

If you are just beginning to do family research or just curious about genealogy, you may be happy hear that the Bealeton Library is offering a free seminar especially for beginning genealogy researchers.

The seminar is being offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Bealeton Depot, which is adjacent to the library. Seminar features include basic research steps and information on recommended information sources, forms for compiling data, and an introduction to online databases available at the library. Registration not required. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, for more information.

See information on the library's genealogy resources.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March is National Umbrella Month

We've all heard the old saw "April showers bring May flowers," so I was surprised to learn that March is actually National Umbrella Month. Seems some places generally get more rain in March than in April.

This national recognition got a few of us thinking about some of the movies on DVD the libray has that are umbrella related. Of course, the first one to come to mind is Singin' in the Rain. I'll never forget Gene Kelly's incredible dance scene in that movie. OK, I admit it, I also loved Glee's rendition.

You can't talk about umbrellas and movies without mentioning The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This unusual French movie, starring Catherine Deneuve, was the 1964 Cannes Film Festival's Grand prize winner and it was nominated for five Academy Awards. The film's entire dialog is sung - not for everyone, but I liked it.

Howards End (also available in book, e-book, and audio book), another favorite of mine, has a pivotal scene involving the "theft" of an umbrella. Here's a peek.

Maybe someone will tell me about their favorite children's book about or related to umbrellas. I know of one very famous one. Can you guess what it is. Share these on our Facebook page if you'd like.

Want more about umbrellas? Here is a very brief, but interesting promo about National Umbrella Month, and see for the answer to the burning question, "What is the difference between an umbrella and a parasol?"

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Solar energy

Energy consultant Sam Cochrane will present a free program in Warrenton to help home and business owners decide if solar energy is a viable alternative for them.

Registration is not required for the program being presented at the Warrenton Library, 10:30 a.m., Sat., March 10.

Is there a way to use solar energy in your home or business to reduce expenses? Is it possible to use solar energy in your new construction project, whether it is a private home or a whole subdivision, without breaking the bank? Learn the answers to these and other solar energy questions.

Some library resources on solar energy: