Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New programs for the new year

It's hard to believe, but a new year is right around the corner! 2013 has flown by - filled with book club meetings, scrabble and chess, Socrates Cafe, writing groups for teens and adults, the annual summer reading program and so much more.

As we look at the year ahead, we are pleased to announce that even more programs and events are being added to the program lineup - creating even more opportunities for patrons to learn, collaborate with their peers, and have fun.

Here is a snapshot of the expanded program schedule for 2014:
  • Thursday session added to the Bealeton Book Club - once a month just isn't enough! To enable more patrons to join, the Bealeton Book Club is expanding its meetings to include a 2:30 p.m. Thursday session (usually the third week of the month). The list of books being discussed is available here
  • A Saturday session of LEGO Club - one of our most popular programs for children-  is coming to all the Fauquier County Public Library locations on Saturdays, beginning January 4th at 11:00 a.m. 
  • NEW Bealeton Adult Writing Group - based on the popularity of the Warrenton library's Adult Writing Group, a new adult writing group is being formed at the Bealeton Library. Meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month (with some exceptions based on holidays). 
Just for the fun of it, take a peek at some of the great programs from 2013 - you can see photos here.

Other programs and special events will be announced soon! Watch our website and Facebook page for more details or contact us at (540) 422-8500 to learn more.

Happy Reading (and writing and building!),
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Happenings @ the library

Jack Frost has nipped at my nose. Black Friday has come and gone. Cyber Monday is in full swing. The holiday season is upon us!

The Fauquier County Public Library invites you to join us as we celebrate the holiday season:

  • Tues., Dec. 3 @ 6:45 p.m. - Lighting of the community Christmas Tree and visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus - Bealeton Library 
  • Wed., Dec. 4 @ 10:30 a.m. - Holiday story time and Santa and Mrs. Claus visit - Bealeton Library  
  • Fri., Dec.6 @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Cookies & Cocoa served during Warrenton Christmas Parade - Warrenton Library  (Cancelled due to inclement weather)
  • Sat., Dec. 14 (following the Bealeton Christmas Parade) - Holiday Open House - Bealeton Library 
Happy Holidays!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Celebrate National Cookie Day with us!

December 4 is National Cookie Day.  Here's a little bit of  the history behind these delightful treats.

The English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," which means little cake. Dutch bakers tested their oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they would not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn't right. It didn't take long before bakers realized that these little pieces of cooked batter could satisfy the sweet tooth!

Cookies come in many different shapes, flavors and classifications including bar cookies, filled cookies, rolled cookies and sandwich cookies, to name only a few. Perhaps it is this wide variety - with a cookie to satisfy even the most discriminating sweet tooth - that attributes to the whopping 35,000 cookies that are consumed annually per person! I know I've certainly eaten my share!

About half of all home baked cookies are chocolate chip. Yummy! If you want to expand your cookie making skills, and are looking for a new recipe, check out one of the many cookbooks found in our collection.

We'll be celebrating National Cookie Day at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations during story times this week.  Here's the schedule:
Warrenton Library 
Wednesday, Dec. 4 @ 10:30 a.m.
(during toddler story time)
Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 10:30 a.m.
(during pre-school story time)

Bealeton Library 
Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 10:30 a.m.
(during pre-school story time)

John Marshall Library 
Friday, Dec. 6 @10:30 a.m.
(during pre-school story time)

Happy Reading (and baking and cookie eating!)

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, November 25, 2013

What gift can you open again and again?

Books!  And that makes them the perfect gift for the holiday season! 

If you are looking to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, but are perplexed by the seemingly endless options, stop by and pick up one of our holiday gift book suggestion lists. Compiled by library staff, the lists provide ideas for children, teens and adults. Lists are available at all library locations.

Holiday Tree at Warrenton Library
If your holiday generosity extends to organizations within the community, please consider adding the Fauquier County Public Library to your list. Beginning November 25, holiday trees at all library locations will be decorated with ornaments bearing titles of books the library would like to add to its location. Donation details are on each ornament. Selections for our children’s, teen and adult collections are included.

Looking to avoid the crowds by shopping online? Each time you shop at Amazon.com,  Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchase to the Fauquier County Public Library. Just log using this link, then continue to Amazon and place your order. There are no additional steps or costs to you.  

Of course, if you are giving (or receiving) an eReader this holiday season, don't forget that the library's collection includes a wide selection of eBooks, audio books and digital magazines - all available free with your library card

Happy holidays and happy reading! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Join in: Holiday Mail for Heroes

Students in grades 6 and up are invited to make holiday cards for service members. Completed cards will be delivered to the American Red Cross for distribution to service members.

All materials will be provided by the Fauquier County Public Library.

Cards will be made during the Teen Writing Club and Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings; teens do not need to be members of either group to participate. Schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4 - 5 p.m., Bealeton Library (during TAG meeting)
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5 - 6 p.m., John Marshall Library (during Teen Writing Club meeting)
Monday, Dec. 2, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Warrenton Library (during TAG meeting)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4 - 6 p.m., Warrenton Library

This is a great opportunity to earn service hours and show your support for service members.

For more news about programs, books, websites and other resources for teens, check out Reading Riot, our newest blog, just for teens!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween: Celebration and Superstition

With roots that trace back to ancient Celtic festivals to ward off roaming ghosts, Halloween has evolved into a community event most often characterized by children dressed in costumes and modern-day trick-or-treating. 

My own childhood Halloweens were marked with a costume parade during elementary school, haunted houses set up by local farmers for area children to explore and modest amounts of candy. 

Today's Halloween is, well, not modest by any measure. In fact, according to The History Channel's website, Halloween traditions have grown, quite literally: 

  • US growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins per years, twice the weight of the Empire State building. 
  • Over 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That equals nine billion pieces or enough candy corn to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end. 
  • Nearly 120 million Americans dress in costume for Halloween. 
  • 50% of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween. 
  • 46% of American adults carve pumpkins.
  • 90% of parents admit to raiding their children's goody bags when they return home from trick-or-treating (guilty as charged!). 

While many countries have their own unique traditions to mark Halloween, it is celebrated around the world, ushering in the winter season. The Fauquier County Public Library joins in - with special "monster mash" themed story times for young children this week:

Preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy Halloween Hoopla: 

If you would like to learn more about this frightful holiday, a quick search of our online catalog will return hundreds of results, from Hilarious Halloween Jokes by Alison Grams to Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie and a wide range of books in between. 

Whether you will be donning a costume and hitting the neighborhood streets for trick-or-treating, or trying to convince Fido that he will look adorable decked out as a pumpkin, have a bewitching Halloween! 

And, as always, happy reading! 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Welcome fall with local flavors

Each October, food crafting company Wilton Enterprises celebrates National Bake and Decorate Month. There is no tastier way to welcome fall than with a celebration of the art of baking and decorating!

It comes at a perfect time. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, many of us will pull out our favorite family recipes to make. Like most, I have tried and true family recipes that I dust off for holiday baking. Fall just wouldn't taste the same without a pan of mom's special apple dumplings. No dessert buffet would be complete without grandma's raisin-filled cookies. And Thanksgiving dinner would be sadly lacking without pumpkin pie made with Aunt Dana's "perfect pie crust" recipe.

Many local cookbooks can be found
at the Fauquier County Public Library 
Despite all the delicious recipes that are staples on our table, I find myself searching the internet, magazines and cookbooks for yet another recipe to serve. Without fail, however, I find some of the best recipes in local cookbooks - often produced by schools, churches or other civic organizations as fundraisers.

Introducing a new pie, tart or other dessert to your family is just a spatula and library card away! Many local cookbooks can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library. Click here to view a list of local cookbooks in our collection.

If you are looking for ways to introduce baking to your children, check out the latest installment of Kiddosphere, our blog for children, which featured children's books and ideas for National Bake and Decorate month!

Happy reading (and baking)!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Information Sessions offered by FCPL

The Fauquier County Public Library is teaming with ENROLL Virginia to present information sessions later this month on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the new online health insurance plans available through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The sessions will help consumers and small business owners become familiar with the options available through the marketplace and the enrollment process to obtain health insurance. ENROLL Virginia is a non-partisan organization, created by the Virginia Poverty Law Center and legal aid programs throughout Virginia.
Sessions are free to the public; no registration is required.

Sessions will be held:

  • Monday, October 21, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Bealeton Depot, 10877 Willow Drive North, Bealeton
The Fauquier County Public Library, like other public libraries throughout the United States, is a key access point to health information for the community. Libraries anticipate an increased demand for these services with establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other agencies to ensure that librarians are prepared to connect the public with ACA information and resources.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act went into effect on October 1, 2013. Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance by March, 2014. Some exceptions apply. 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mark your calendar for Teen Read Week

Teens are challenged to "Seek the Unknown @ your library" during Teen Read Week 2013, October 13 - 19. 

What is Teen Read Week™? Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is celebrated at thousands of libraries worldwide each year.

Here at the Fauquier County Public Library a variety of special events and programs will be held to encourage teens to read for the fun of it. Activities include a "blind date with a book," book review contest, "guest" appearances by several Star Wars characters, and a Seek the Unknown @ your library party at all library locations on Tuesday, October 15.

In addition to the activities being held at all Fauquier County Public library locations, there are many ways parents can help their teens celebrate Teen Read Week as well. Here are a few ideas from our youth services staff: 

  • If your teen doesn’t already have a library card, sign them up! Library cards are free to all county residents. 

  • Visit a local library with your teen to attend a program or check out books.

  • Set aside time each night for the family to read.

  • Share your favorite book with your teens.

Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms – books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and more – all available at your local library. It is also a way to encourage teens to become regular library users. I hope you - and the teens in your life - will join us as we celebrate Teen Read Week™ 2013! 

As always, happy reading.  

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, September 30, 2013

New for teens: A blog looking for a name

Last week, we excitedly launched a new blog just for teens and young adults. It will provide great stuff: book reviews and recommendations, suggestions for cool and useful websites, a heads up on teen events and programs and much, much more.

What it's missing is a name! 

Sure, we have some ideas, and our Teen Advisory Group helped us narrow it down, but we would like to hear from more teens - after all, this blog is for you!

What do you think about Reading Riot? Or Teen Shelf? Maybe we should go with Book Thirst? Or do you have a creative and unique title to suggest? We'd love to hear it!  You can cast your vote at any Fauquier County Public Library location, or you can take our online poll and let us know what you think.

The new blog is written by Fauquier County Public Library youth librarian Ann McDuffie, who works closely with the teen community near the Bealeton library, including its Teen Advisory Group.  Ann will be looking to expand the Bealeton library's teen program early next year with a Teen Writing Club. You guessed it; the first place you will hear more details about that will be her blog.

If you are a teenager, I hope you will check out our new blog. If you are the parent of a teen, it is a good resource for you too. After all, it will give you a central source for news about what is hot in young adult literature and information about local teen events at your library.

Check it out, cast your vote and make it one of your go-to sources for teen info and resources!

Happy Reading!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Can we talk about books?

I’ve belonged to one book club or another for much of my adult life. Truth be told, I reluctantly joined that first book club so many years ago, hesitant that it would match my reading taste and hectic commuter schedule. Had my husband not nudged and prodded, I probably would have never started going to the meetings.

Several book clubs later, I can say that every book club I have joined has had its own personality; some were serious, some opened my eyes to new authors, some led me to read books I would have never picked up otherwise. I enjoyed each of them.

Which book club is right for you?
Maybe you don't have a lot of time to read, or don’t know where to find a book club that will be a good fit for you and your reading interests. Where do you start?

Use the list below as your guide to the genre and meeting time/date to select the best book club for you. With so many options at your local library, you should be able to find one that works for you.
Great Books Club – meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Warrenton Library. They will be discussing The House with the Mezzanine by Anton Chekhov in October.

Adult Mystery Book Club – meets at noon the third Thursday of each month at the John Barton Payne Building. The group will be discussing Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke in October.

Bealeton Book Club – meets at 7:30 p.m., usually on the third Monday of each month at the Bealeton Library.  They will be discussing The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli at their October meeting.

Marshall Book Club Meeting
Marshall Book Club - Afternoon  – meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the John Marshall Library.  In October, they will be discussing The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

Marshall Book Club - Evening – meets at 7 p.m., usually the last Monday of the month. They will be discussing The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar at their October meeting.

Marshall Book Club Annual Tea
Book clubs on the move!
Certainly talking about books is what these book clubs are all about – but sometimes that takes them outside the walls of the library.  Just this month, the Afternoon and Evening Marshall Book Clubs were on the move.

Trip to 2013 National Book Festival

The Marshall Afternoon Book Club's September meeting was their annual tea, where they enjoyed good company, wonderful treats and their favorite Nora Ephron works.  And this past weekend, a small group of Marshall Book Club members travelled to the National Book Festival in Washington, DC to explore the books and authors being celebrated during this annual event.

Still not ready to join?
If your still not convinced that a book club is right for you, but are looking for interesting books, you may be inspired by one of our book club’s reading lists. When I am perplexed as to what to read next, those lists are my first stop. Invariably I find at least one book that intrigues me or tempts me to venture outside my comfort zone.  If that fails, our Book Notes blog is a great resource where I can choose from “Read Alike” lists, Best Seller Lists or recommendations compiled by library staff for ideas and options.

If you have questions about any of the Fauquier County Public Library book clubs, call (540) 422-8500 to learn more.
I hope we will see you at the next meeting. Until then, happy reading!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, September 16, 2013

The most important back to school supply

As you prepared your children to head back to school you probably had a checklist of school supplies that you waded through:
Notebooks? Check.
Paper? Check.
Pencils? Check.
Library Card? Not on your list?
September is National Library Card Sign-up month, so if a library card wasn't on your back-to-school list, this is the perfect time to register for one! Throughout the month, libraries across the country will be promoting library cards and encouraging residents to sign up. 
Leading by example, Dr. David Jeck, Division Superintendent, Fauquier County Public Schools, recently joined the ranks of Fauquier County
Public Library card holders. Half of all county residents have a library card. With it, they can access books, eBooks, online databases, digital magazines, health and legal resources, and resources for children and teens.
As students head back to school, they will benefit from an array of free databases, online homework help and programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience. The library can also help children and teens explore and develop new interests, from writing blogs to building with Legos. It can all be found at your local library.

Obtaining a library card is simple: stop by any Fauquier County library location or complete an application online.

Back to that list…. Library Card? Check! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

To learn more about Fauquier County Public Library, our collection, programs and events, visit our websitemobile card catalog or follow us on Facebook

Monday, September 9, 2013

Raising Awareness: Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the individuals who do not have sufficient food. It is estimated that one in five children in America are in homes that struggle to provide food for them.  Food insecurity is the term that refers to this issue.  And it’s not just children who are hungry.  

What does this mean in Fauquier County?  Well, as of August, 2013 almost 2,000 Fauquier households participated in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). 

Feeding America, a nationwide group, challenges us on their website to try living on $4.50 for food a day, which is the average daily per person allowance through SNAP.  This month, Feeding America is highlighting actions you can take to become involved to end hunger in America.

No Kid Hungry, another national organization, provides resources and solutions to eliminate childhood hunger.

These sobering statistics are brought home in Fauquier County through our community food banks that see the ever-growing need for food assistance.

Last year, the Fauquier Community Food Bank published “These are our People”. This book is a compelling mosaic of local people’s life stories that, through various incidents, needed assistance from the food bank.  In addition to copies you can check out at any library branch, this book is also available for purchase through Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Fauquier Community Food Bank.

Another activity during Hunger Action Month is to become aware of your local food banks. Some of these are very small food pantries with limited hours and volunteer staff.  It is always best to inquire if an appointment is needed.  

Here is a brief list of local resources; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Evangelist church: 

Fauquier Education Farm, which provides fresh produce to local food banks.  Volunteer opportunities at the Education Farm are available. 

If you are interested in learning more, visit our website or mobile card catalog

Fauquier County Public Library staff

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Summer reading for kids, teens and adults: A look back

Here at the library, summer just wouldn't be summer without the musical sounds of children’s laughter, the clackity-clack of the prize wheel and the steady stream of children and adults coming and going to special summer reading programs and events.

Although our summer reading program officially ended earlier this month, we wanted to share with you the impressive milestones library patrons of all ages reached.

1,723 children and teens registered for either the children’s program – Dig into Reading, or the teen program  Beneath the Surface.  Collectively, they read an amazing 28,903 books.  That comes to 16.77 books per registrant!  

K-9 program at Bealeton library 
The summer reading program was more than just books. It included over 170 programs, attended by 3,945 families, children and teens.  All programs were open to the public and are offered free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Library. In addition, local businesses provided generous support of the program, including gift cards, tickets and other prizes.  By logging books and submitting book reviews, children and teens earned the chance to spin the prize wheel and earn prizes and reading incentives.

Not to be left out, adults played Beach Read Bingo.  Adult participants read over 1,700 books and 348 completed bingo cards were submitted for a chance to win the grand prize. Congratulations to Rosemary Huffman, the 2013 Beach Bingo Read winner!  Rosemary won a Kindle Fire – and can now access our traditional book collection, and the many books available as eBooks, as well as digital magazines and other items available in electronic format.

Rosemary Huffman accepts her prize
On the day she came in to pick up her prize, Rosemary was accompanied by her friend Nancy Bartoo. “It was Nancy who encouraged me to enter,” said Rosemary. 

Even though Nancy didn't win the contest, she had great things to say about the Beach Read Bingo contest.  “Filling out the bingo card encouraged me to read out of my comfort zone. I read some non-fiction about Virginia, which I probably wouldn't have read otherwise,” she added.

Runner-up prizes were also awarded to Michele Jones and Nancy Telfer, who received digital picture frames.

If you missed our summer reading program, you can sneak a peek at the fun, via one of our summer reading program online albums. Here are just a few of the programs we offered this summer:

If you participated in our summer reading program, please take a few minutes to provide your feedback via our online survey

Be sure to check out our website or follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest library news, information and programs.

Happy Reading!
Lisa at Warrenton 

Monday, August 26, 2013

TAG isn't just for little kids

I know, you thought TAG was for little kids. Well, not anymore. TAG at the library is the Teen Advisory Group (TAG), for students in the 6th grade and higher. 

Being a TAG member is a fun way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun. A great bonus is that most schools accept TAG activities as service hours.

We took a break from TAG meetings over the summer, but sessions will be starting again shortly.  Here is the schedule: 

Bealeton Library - 4 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month.
Contact ann.mcduffie@fauquiercounty.gov or call (540) 422 8535 for more information.

Warrenton Library - 4:30 p.m., the 4th Monday of each month.
Contact jennifer.schultz@fauquiercounty.gov or call (540) 422 8516 for more information.

John Marshall Library - TAG group now forming. Contact debbie.cosby@fauquiercounty.gov or call (540) 422-8525 for details. 

Membership forms are available online or at any library location

To learn more about other events and programs at the library, or to browse our collection, visit us online at fauquiercountylibrary.gov or follow us on facebook

Oh, and TAG, your it! 

Happy Reading, 
Fauquier County Public Library, Youth Services staff 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What are the Teens' Top Ten?

The Teens' Top Ten are a "teen choice" list of books, nominated and chosen by teens from books from the previous year.

Pretty cool to have a voice in selecting the best teen books of the year, right?

Here is how it works. Readers between the ages of 12 and 18 vote online between now and October 19, 2013 for their favorites from a list of 28 books below. It's that easy to cast your vote! Winners will be announced during Teen Read Week (the week of October 21, 2013).

Check out the Teen Book Finder app made available by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to help you locate the nominated books, as well as winning books from the last three years.

Click here to learn more about the app.

To be part of Teens' Top Ten and Teen read week, grab your library card and get reading!

Here is a complete list of the Teen's Top Ten nominees:
1. 172 Hours on the Moon by John Harstad                                
2. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult
3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore 
4. Butter by Erin Jade Lange 
5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  
6. Crewel by Gennifer Albin 
7. Croak by Gina Damico 
8. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
9. Every Day by David Levithan
10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes   
11. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen  
12. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers                                                     
13. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda   
14. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
15. Immortal City by Scott Speer 
16. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 
17. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross 
18. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
19. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks 
20. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole 
21. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 
22. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 
23. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
24. Skinny by Donna Cooner 
25. Son by Lois Lowry 
26. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins 
27. Underworld by Meg Cabot 
28. Wake by Amanda Hocking 
And be sure to check out our website and facebook page for updates on programs and fun events coming to all Fauquier County public libraries during Teen Read Week.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kindergarten Kickoff at your library

Join us for Kindergarten Kickoff, a special story time for children entering kindergarten this fall.

Starting kindergarten is exciting, but it can be a little scary, too. This special story time will feature stories and activities about school and the many things kindergartners learn.

Plus, children who attend will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program!

For more resources about kindergarten - from story books to resources for parents with tips and tactics to prepare their rising kindergartner for the big day, check out our collection.

Kindergarten Kickoff dates/times are as follows:

See you there!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Join us for Wings of Wonder

Wings of Wonder, presented by the Blue Ridge Wild Life Center, will be at all library locations on Sat., Aug., 10. 

This is the final program in the 2013 Summer Reading program and a fantastic end to a great summer! 

The program will feature exotic birds. Children and adults will be thrilled by these beautiful creatures.  Learn about their habitat and other interesting facts and information.

This program is for families and is free of charge. 

Program times are as follows: 

Come soar with us!