Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Need advice on gift books to buy this year

Library staff have compiled handy lists of good reads to buy as gifts for the children, teens, and adults in your life this holiday season. Pick up the recommendations at any Fauquier County Public Library.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Here Comes Santa Claus...

There's nothing like a visit from that jolly old elf to make small faces shine with anticipation for the holiday season.  Come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at all three branches of Fauquier County Public Library.  Don't forget to bring your camera to get a photo you and your family will cherish for years to come.

Santa's sleigh arrives at the following times:

Bealeton Library, 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 4.  Enjoy the lighting of the community Christmas tree and join in the singing of Christmas carols at 6:45 p.m.

Warrenton Library, 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 10.  The whole family is invited to make Christmas crafts too!

John Marshall Library, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 11.  Children will hear stories and songs while waiting for their turn to visit with Santa. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Books are gifts that keep on giving

In November we are reminded to give thanks for the good things in our lives, and during the holiday season many of us begin to think about how we can give back to the people and organizations that mean so much to us.
Books donated to the library are truly gifts that can be opened again and again for years to come, and they are a wonderful way to give back to your community.

All Fauquier libraries will soon have holiday trees festively decorated with ornaments bearing titles the library would like to add to its collection. On each ornament are details on how you can donate the book to your library. Among the titles are selections for children, teens, and adults.

When you purchase a book for the library you will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a book plate bearing your name is placed in the donated book.

Donations may also be made in memory or in honor of a friend, family member, teacher, or any other significant person in your life. Honorees or their families will be notified of your donation and a book plate will be placed in the item purchased.

Please consider supporting your library this season. See more ways to donate to the library.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Anniversary Bealeton Depot!

This month marks the second anniversary of the grand opening of the renovated Bealeton Depot, which is part of the Fauquier County Public Library system and sits adjacent to the Bealeton Library. The library opened the doors to the long-awaited Bealeton Depot community room on Nov. 13, 2010.

The depot has been used for numerous library programs and by civic groups, sports organizations, churches and businesses. The community, according to Library Director Maria Del Rosso, has responded to having an accessible meeting space outfitted with the latest technology to conduct meetings, training sessions, or celebrations.

“We’re so pleased that the community is making good use of the depot. It reaffirms the Library Board’s vision that this lovely turn-of-the 20th century building would once again be a gathering place for southern Fauquier residents,” Mrs. Del Rosso says.Many in the community remembered the depot’s earlier days when the railroad figured prominently in the history and economic development of southern Fauquier County. See more about the history of the Bealeton Depot.

See more about using the depot for your special event.

Below are two upcoming events at the Bealeton Depot and the library.Tuesday, Dec. 4: Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to town! – 7 p.m.; drop by the library after the Bealeton Christmas tree lighting to hear holiday stories and have a jolly good time with the Clauses; make crafts in the Bealeton Depot while waiting your turn to see Santa; don’t forget your camera; sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Saturday, Dec. 8: Bealeton Library Open House and parade awards – shortly after noon; the Bealeton Library is hosting an open house after the community parade; parade awards will be presented in the Bealeton Depot once the parade full concludes; sponsored by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Cellar opens with a new look

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Friends of the Fauquier Library’s used book store, the Book Cellar, will open its doors after a two-week hiatus of refurbishing and restocking its inventory with all new selections of its books, music and movies for all ages.

The Book Cellar features used books by popular authors in hardcover and paperback, movies on VHS and DVD, music CDs, and more. Visit the new, improved Book Cellar, now with new stock and a new look.

As a bonus, show your  library card  at the Book Cellar to get a 10 percent discount off your purchases. 

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.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Library to honor veterans

The week of Nov. 5, all Fauquier County Public Libraries will begin displaying collages of veterans' photos submitted by county residents.  The collages will be displayed throughout the month.
Photos have captions identifying the veterans, the year and location of the photos if available, and the relationship and name of those submitting the photos if they chose to be identified. Other interesting facts may be included.
The libraries are also displaying a “white table” to honor American veterans.  White tables are modeled after the table in the children's book America's White Table, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny, and by the thousands of white tables set up all over the world in memory and honor of American service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.
Solitary and solemn, no one ever sits at a white table. In the book America's White Table, as a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give.
The tradition of placing the table began with a group of Vietnam fighter pilots, but has now extended to honor all of those serving this country all around the world. Margot Theis Raven says, “The point is every single day of freedom is brought to you by that person who is not sitting there.”
The small table signifies one lone serviceman’s battle against many. The white cloth honors our comrade’s pure heart for answering his country’s call to duty. The lemon slice and grains of salt represent the captive serviceman’s bitter fate and the tears of his family awaiting his return. A black napkin is placed for the sorrow of captivity. The glass is upside down for the meal that won’t be eaten. The white candle and the red rose represent peace and hope for the serviceman’s return. The empty chair at the table is for the missing serviceman. “You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.” 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Play chess at the library

A group of chess players and those wishing to learn meet at the Warrenton Library twice a month, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Bring a chess board if you have one.

If you don't know how to play and want to learn, you are welcome too. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Get details about some of the chess titles in the Fauquier County Public Library collection. See more details about adult services and programs.