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.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nocturnal animals make an appearance at the library

Wild nocturnal animals are coming to all Fauquier County Public Library branches as part of the library’s free Dream Big: Read summer program series for children of all ages.

Wildlife Ambassadors — a nonprofit environmental educational organization that teaches respect for wildlife and the environment — will bring live animals to help children and their families learn about the amazing creatures that are busy throughout the night while we are sleeping.

See the animals on Saturday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the John Barton Payne Building; 1 p.m. at the Bealeton Library; and 3:30 p.m. at the John Marshall Library.

Registration is not required to attend the Wildlife Ambassadors event, but children who register for the Dream Big program and track the number of books read this summer are entitled to spin a prize wheel after logging in the number of books read each week.

Get more details or register now for the Dream Big and the teen Own the Night summer reading programs. Copies of the schedules are available at all Fauquier libraries.

Also get details on the adult Beach Read Bingo summer reading program.