Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Meet Mother Goose

The library's own Mother Goose will present a special story time celebrating Mother Goose Day - a national day of appreciation for childhood nursery favorites held each year on May 1 - at all Fauquier libraries. The program is geared to 2- to 3-year-old children with a parent or caregiver.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 2
  • John Marshall Library: 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 3
While you're here, be sure to check out the library's extensive selection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes and other related materials, including the beautifully illustrated collection by folk artist Will Moses and the always-popular Richard Scary's sing-along DVD.

Our gardens are in bloom!

Garden Club and Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group team up for Spring gardening

Continuing a tradition that spans two decades, the Cedar Run Garden Cub is once again refreshing the
Warrenton and Bealeton library gardens and creating a welcoming and beautiful entrance for Library patrons.

For the second year in a row, the Garden Club worked alongside the Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) as it replaced flower pots, replanted flowers and came to the rescue of several tired indoor plants at the Bealeton Library.

Lead by Karen Pearson, member of Cedar Run Garden Club and president of Fauquier Master Gardeners, Bealeton TAG members dug in, literally and figuratively, to the Bealeton gardens and plants earlier this month. Thanks to their efforts, the front entrance of the Bealeton library once again welcomes patrons with colorful fresh flowers.

The enthusiasm of the TAG and the experience of the Garden Club is truly a wonderful combination – when these two groups get together, the grounds are beautified, the teens learn something new and everyone has a great time!

Funding for the project is generously provided by the Friends of the Library each year.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Library

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines poetry as:
Metrical writing or the productions of a poet.

Sounds easy enough, but anyone who has attempted to author a poem knows it isn't that simple.

From Greek poets of old to the beloved Mother Goose, poetry has entertained, intrigued and moved us throughout our lives. In recognition, April is National Poetry Month.

How can you celebrate? Here are some ideas:

  • Read a book of poetry by an author you have never read before
  • Carry a poem in your pocket. Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. Try it on April 18th, National Poem in Your Pocket Day
  • Organize a poetry reading and invite friends and colleagues to share their favorite poetry as well. 
  • Put a poem on the pavement. This is a great way to get the kids involved. Pick your favorite line of poetry, grab a piece of sidewalk chalk and write the line on your sidewalk or clean pavement. Make it bright for everyone to see! 

And don't forget to join Fauquier County Public Library as we celebrate National Poetry month throughout April. One of the highlights is our first annual Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge. The 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.

Over 100 original works have been submitted by teens in grades 6-12. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 30th at a Teen Reading Night and Reception to be held at the John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, 7:30 pm.

Stay tuned for news about the winners. To explore poetry available from the library, visit us or search the Catalog.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Exploring our Past: Genealogy and Cemeteries

Have you spent time in a cemetery, looking for that elusive ancestor's grave?  Remember the excitement you felt when you finally found it?  If so, then you know how invaluable cemeteries are to genealogy research. 

The Virginiana Room at the Warrenton Library has a number of indexes to local cemeteries that will help you begin your research.  One of the most popular is the two-volume set of Fauquier County, Virginia Tombstone Inscriptions, compiled by Nancy Chappelear Baird. These volumes list the known burials in most of the larger cemeteries in Fauquier County, and in many of the smaller cemeteries as well.  Lee Moffett's Those Who Were: Annotated Inscriptions of Two Thousand People in Warrenton, Virginia, Cemetery 1811-1998 is an interesting and often amusing look at some of the tombstone inscriptions found in the Warrenton Cemetery.

If you are looking for cemeteries in other Virginia counties, try the six-volume set of Fairfax County, Virginia GravestonesMiddleburg Cemeteries, Loudoun County, Virginia is a popular resource, as is the book on Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery: The History of a Southern Shrine.

Civil War enthusiasts may want to check out The Memorial Wall To Name the Fallen: Warrenton, Virginia Cemetery.  This book is devoted to the Confederate Soldiers buried in the Warrenton Cemetery. The Cedar Grove Cemetery Veterans Project, compiled by students at Liberty High School in Bealeton, includes biographical information on ten Civil War veterans buried in Bealeton's Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Another resource is the 16-volume set Virginia's Men in Gray Interments, which lists Confederate soldier burials in cemeteries all over Virginia.

If you would like to begin your cemetery research, but aren't sure how to start, check out Sharon DeBartolo Carmack's Your Guide to Cemetery Research, which covers topics such as locating cemeteries and their records, American burial customs, and cemetery projects.  For more information on cemetery preservation, see the Gone But Not Forgotten: Cemetery Preservation Guide compiled by the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc.

In addition to the many resources available at The Virginiana Room, a Cemetery Conservation Workshop is being held on Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 4 pm at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton. The workshop, presented by the Fauquier County Architectural Review Board, in partnership with the Fauquier Historical Society and Virginia Department of Historical Resources, will focus on how to care for historic cemeteries.

Additional resources are also available at The Virginiana Room at the Warrenton library.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Play Well with LEGOs

We mean that literally. The name LEGO is an abbreviation of two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well”. And over the years countless children (and some adults) have … creating palaces, animals, super heroes, vehicles—to name only a few.

While those little LEGO bricks may make you say “ouch” when they liter the floor at your house (as they once did at mine), LEGOs also have a place at the Fauquier County Public library.

Each month, children K-5th grade meet at the Warrenton, John Marshall and Bealeton libraries to create with LEGO’s.  They hear a story, create something from LEGO’s based on the theme (April’s theme is architecture), and then enjoy LEGO free time. 

If your child loves LEGOs—and you would rather those little LEGO bricks scatter our floor than yours—mark your calendar for one of the April LEGO Club meetings:

  • Warrenton Library – Wednesday, April 10, 4 p.m.
  • John Marshall Library – Monday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
  • Bealeton Library – Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m.

LEGOs provided, just bring your imagination! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teen Writing Club - Next Meeting

Calling all teen writers!

Do you write poetry? Keep a journal or author a blog? Are you interested in meeting other teen writers or looking for feedback from other teens who love writing like you do? Come to the next meeting of the Fauquier County Public Library Teen Writing Group and connect with other teen writers.

Need additional inspiration? The Fauquier County Public Library has a wide array of books by local authors from Susan Crites' board books for children to John Latka's adult fiction. Stop by and check out the works by these and other local authors.

The group meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Monday of every month at the Warrenton Library and at 5:00 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the John Marshall Library.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 2 at the Warrenton Library.

Join your fellow teen writers!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame

It’s that time of year again. Winter is fading into a memory, and the first signs of spring are here.  Baseball 2013 opening day is April 1, marking the start of another season.

If you aren’t going to a game, or just want to immerse yourself in baseball another way, visit your nearest Fauquier County Public Library to check out a baseball-related book or DVD.

You can start by brushing up on the history of baseball with Ken Burns's DVD documentary Baseball.  Full of interesting stories, useful facts, and wonderful video footage, this series is a must-see for every baseball fan.  Geoffrey C. Ward's book Baseball: An Illustrated History is based on the Ken Burns DVD series, and is full of interesting photos.  Sports Illustrated's The Baseball Book, includes historical information on the game and biographical information on many players.

Prefer biographies to learn more about your favorite players or the games legends?  We have a large selection of books on early baseball players such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, well-known players such as Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, and Lou Gehrig, and modern-day players such as Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripkin.

If a movie is what you are looking for, check out these baseball movies: Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who turns his cornfield into a baseball field, and A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks as a coach in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War II.

This is just a small portion of the baseball-related resources you can find at your local library. 

Happy baseball season, everyone!