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.