Sunday, March 31, 2013

Writers' Group Going Strong

Since November 2012, a group of industrious writers has been meeting at the Warrenton Library to share their works and provide one another with constructive criticism and encouragement.   The group is so successful that they've decided to begin meeting twice monthly on the first and third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the program room on the first floor of the Warrenton Library.  

The group hopes that two sessions per month will provide greater opportunity and more flexibility for those already participating in the group and for newcomers.   As one member said,
"I have been so impressed with  the work being read, and the thoughtful feedback, that I hope most will want to have this extra opportunity!"
Questions?  Call 540-422-8500 x6862. 


Monday, March 25, 2013

Introduction to Grant Writing

Ginger Hilleary, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County, will conduct a four part workshop on Grant Writing Basics at the Bealeton Depot. Participants are welcome to stay afterwards and use the Foundation Center’s cooperating collection housed at the Bealeton Library. 

Note: This is a four (4) part series. Participants should plan on attending all four (4) sessions.
  • Bealeton Library: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Upcoming Dates: Wednesdays - 4/3/13, 4/10/13, 4/17/13, 4/24/13
Feel free to contact Natalie Wheeler with any questions.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Break Science

While spring break conjures images of frolicking on the beach, the reality is that not everyone can take the time and money to go away during the holiday.  If you have an elementary school age child and you're looking for something for him/her to do during vacation, make plans to attend one of our Spring Break Science programs during the week of March 25th.  No registration is needed, and you don't need to bring anything, except a willingness to have fun and learn some new science experiments (casual clothes are recommended, because it can get messy).

Sounds like fun? Mark your calendars for Spring Break Science!
  • John Marshall Library: March 25th at 4 PM
  • Bealeton Library: March 26th at 3 PM
  • Warrenton Library: March 27th at 3 PM
If you're a science experiment aficianado, you'll want to check out these books the next time you come to the library:

The Everything Kids' Easy Science Experiments Book

We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do At Home


365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials

Janice VanCleave's 202 Oozing, Bubbling, Dripping, & Bouncing Experiments (and other books by Janice VanCleave)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Chess Club Update

Since we switched our Chess Club meetings from Saturday afternoon to Monday evenings, we've experienced quite an uptick in attendance! Going forward, the Chess Club will now meet twice a month in the Warrenton Library program room (located on the 1st level) on the following Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m.:

  • March 25
  • April 8 & April 29
  • May 13 & May 27
  • June 10 & June 24

Light snacks and beverages are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

Don't worry if you're a novice---members will help you learn to play. If you'd like to brush up on the game beforehand, we recommend the following resources:
We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ductigami Designs

Ductigami is the art of making things out of duct tape. In this crafty program, teens will create neat stuff like belts, wallets, handbags and more.
It’s hard to believe that duct tape was originally designed for the military and it’s been called “the handyman’s secret weapon!” I’ll bet it’s even holding something together in your house, car or backpack right now. But this magic fix-it tape is perfect for craft creations, too. It’s strong, water resistant and comes in a rainbow of cool colors and patterns. In recent years, duct tape creations have exploded in popularity and the possibilities are endless; artsy types have designed everything from sassy prom dresses to bodacious bow ties.
In Ductigami Designs, Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members and students in 6th grade or higher are invited to find their inner artist and make truly one of a kind projects for fun. The library will supply rolls and rolls of multi-colored tape so whatever you make will be as unique as you are!

·         Marshall Library: 5 p.m. Monday, March 11 
·         Bealeton Library: 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 (during TAG meeting) 
·         Warrenton Library: 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25 (during TAG meeting)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

First Annual Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge

National Poetry Month is celebrated each year in April. For the first time ever, the Fauquier County Public Library invites teens in grades 6–12 to submit their original work to the Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge.

Our Poetry Challenge highlights this creative art form and gives teen writers a voice, recognition and a chance at publication on the library's Facebook page and/or website.

Students are encouraged to submit up to three original poems or one short story (500 words maximum). Submit entries online  or in person at your local library branch now through April 14. Guidelines for participation and entry forms are available at all library branches. Entries will be chosen anonymously and prizes awarded to the top three pieces of work in each category: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Poems and stories will be judged on originality, creativity and artistic quality.

Meet our fabulous judges:

Susan McCorkindale is the author of two popular memoirs. The first, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is the laugh out loud true tale of her move from the suburbs to a farmhouse in Virginia. The second, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide, is her charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up. An inspirational speaker, Susan also teaches creative writing courses.

Jennifer Handford is the author of Daughters for a Time, an acclaimed novel that People Magazine hailed as, “A wrenching, resonant debut...Grab your hankies.”  In 2010, Jennifer was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Jennifer teaches writing at American University. Her second novel, Acts of Contrition, will be published in early 2014.

Aimee O'Grady earned a master's degree in Professional Writing and Editing from George Mason University where she focused the theme of her thesis on environmental awareness. She is the current editor of Piedmont Family Magazine and resides in Warrenton with her husband, two children and the family's dogs and cat.
All contestants and their guests are invited to attend a Poetry Night reception on Tuesday, April 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton. Winners are encouraged to read their work.

The library may post submissions in the library or online.

For more information contact Ann McDuffie @ 422-8535.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Series for Non-Profits at the Bealeton Library

This Spring, the Bealeton Library is hosting a number of classes for non-profit organizations seeking grants.  Below is a list of upcoming Cooperating Collection programs slated for this Spring.  Please note, all classes are free of charge, however registration is required.  To register, contact Natalie Wheeler at 540.422.8532 or e-mail

Grant Seeking Basics:  Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization?  New to fundraising?  This introductory one hour course provides an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.
  • Bealeton Library: 9:30 a.m. Tues., 3/12/13
  • Bealeton Library: 6:30 p.m. Wed., 3/13/13
Introduction to Finding Funders:This one hour hands-on workshop provides an introduction to one of the key online tools for finding funders, Foundation Directory Online Professional.  Learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundation and corporate donors that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs.
  • Bealeton Library: 9:00 a.m. Tues., 3/19/13
  • Bealeton Library: 9:00 a.m. Wed., 3/20/13
Introduction to Grant Writing: Ginger Hilleary, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County, will conduct a four part workshop on Grant Writing Basics at the Bealeton Depot.  Participants are welcome to stay afterwards and use the Foundation Center’s cooperating collection housed at the Bealeton Library. Note:  This is a four (4) part series.  Participants should plan on attending all four (4) sessions.
  • Bealeton Library: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Wednesdays - 4/3/13, 4/10/13, 4/17/13, 4/24/13
Feel free to contact Natalie Wheeler with any questions.