Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Game On @ the library Nov. 3

All Fauquier County Public Library locations (get directions to your closest branch) will celebrate International Games Day at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Nov. 3, an event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).  Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.
Everyone in the family is invited to join the more than 20,000 gamers across the nation and in other countries by playing board and/or online games at the library that day. 
While the benefits of gaming are often thought of in terms of providing socialization and bonding experiences, did you know that gaming can have positive impacts on literacy? 

 Games such as Candy Land promote pre-literacy skills, while educational video games can assist in promoting letter/number/color recognition while more advanced gaming involves reading and interpreting rules and methods of play, in addition to eye-hand coordination.  Simulation games such as SimCity involve complex planning, strategic play, and learning how to deal with consequences.
See more about why ALA believes gaming is important. Download a PDF based on the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's a Monster Mash!

The Bealeton Teen Advisory Group (TAG) has whipped up a frightfully good time for children in grades K-5. Our teens will perform a spooky skit featuring a haunted scarecrow and scary sounds. Following the skit, children will play Halloween party games, including Wrap the Mummy, Bean Bag Toss, Monster Mash Musical Freeze, Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin. Children will also make and take home a ghostly craft. After games and crafts, there will be a costume contest, so be sure and come dressed in your scariest, funniest or most creative costume. 

Bealeton Library: 4 p.m. Tues., Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where would we be without our Friends?


The library's bookmobile, outfitted by the
Friends of the Fauquier Library, made its
rounds in the 1970s. This photo appeared
in the Fauquier Democrat on May 17, 1970.
 In 1970, Friends of the Fauquier Library outfitted an old laundry truck with shelves stuffed with books from donors. The truck, the county’s first bookmobile, was warmly greeted by adults and children in far flung corners of the county. While the bookmobile no longer makes the rounds from Opal to Orlean, the library still depends on the Friends to help bridge the gap between what the library needs and what it can afford. 
“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They help sponsor hundreds of library programs each year that would not have been possible through funds normally available for library operations. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”
This year, thanks to the Friends, Fauquier children and teens enjoyed robust summer reading programs and adults gathered together to discuss ideas, books and movies.  More than 1,880 children, teens, and adults participated in the summer programs by reading more than 42,0000 books, and attending more than 165 special events.
The Friends were also responsible for new tables, desks and chairs that brighten the John Marshall Library, and, because county funds for continuing education were scarce, the Friends sponsored library staff so that they could learn more about emerging e-books and other digital trends.
If you’re not a Friend, consider joining this vital organization. With your help, The Friends can continue the work begun more than 40 years ago — connecting county residents with the riches a public library offers.
And be sure to visit the Friends Book Cellar, especially during the October Madness sale this weekend.  Anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo redeemable at The Book Cellar or at any Fauquier library.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Writers group forming

A new writers group at the Warrenton Library meets for the first time from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

Plans are for group members to meet the first Thursday of each month to share their work for constructive criticism and for tips on enhancing writing skills.

Please call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, or email Dawn Sowers if you are interested in joining this group.

Here is a small sample of the library's titles on the craft of writing. Pick up a more comprehensive list of titles at the first meeting.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Cellar hosts 'October Madness' sale

Throughout October, the Friends of the Fauquier Library’s used book store, the Book Cellar, is selling everything in the store at greatly reduced prices with the goal of emptying the store.

All kids’ books and videos are 10 cents each while everything else in the store is 25 cents, including some rare books. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The goal for October is to clear everything out in anticipation of the Book Cellar getting spruced up after the sale and adding all new inventory which is to arrive in November. The Book Cellar will be closed Nov. 1-15.

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 about the Book Cellar or if you are interested in volunteering there.

Friends of the Fauquier Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lego club starting this month

A Lego club, for K-5th grade students starts its once-a-month meetings this month. Each meeting will feature a different theme. Children will hear a story, create something from Legos based on the story's theme, then enjoy Lego free-play time.
October's theme is: Trucks and cars and things that move. Meetings are:
All locations are in need of Lego blocks. If you would like to donate Legos, please call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6864.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Free tutoring at Bealeton Library

Free tutoring for students in elementary school and older is provided at the Bealeton Library by National Honor Society (NHS) members from Liberty High School from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Registration is not required - just drop in. (Note: Tutors are not available when school is not in session.)

Visit the library's website for online teen and children's homework help resources.

The website also has access to numerous databases, many of which are helpful to students and adults. The library's eResource News blog spotlights a different database each month.