Thursday, July 18, 2013

Meet Ernie, the library cat

Hello. You may not have had the pleasure of meeting me yet, but I am Ernie, the library cat.

About eight years ago, the Bealeton library staff found me living a less-than-luxurious life underneath the boarded up Bealeton Depot, outside of the Bealeton Library (I've now fixed up the Depot; you really should take a look).

Anyway, back to our story. I decided that they were a good group, and I allowed them to adopt me. Though I am magnificent in many ways, I also have extra toes which add to my overall dashing appearance and distinction. The ladies at the library, being book lovers, named me after Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer who had a collection of cats with extra toes, also known as polydactyl cats. So I was named Ernest P. Hemingway - the "P" standing for "polydactyl."

My friends just call me Ernie.

Ernie ruling from inbox
Since I've allowed the library staff to adopt me, life has been good. I live in the workroom of the Bealeton library, and I run the library from there. You can often find me in the manager's chair (my rightful place), in staff members' inboxes, or near my own collection of books.  I stave off boredom by chasing my tail, which is not as easy as it may look. I take my job of guarding the parking lot very seriously, and I can often be found keeping watch. It may look like I am sleeping, but trust me, I can spring into action very quickly if squirrels or butterflies invade my territory. 

Sometimes, my fans come to greet me at the library. As any true gentleman would, I realize that not everyone may like cats, as we can be a bit aloof, and cause some folks to sneeze. So I stay in the workroom and let my fans admire me from the entrance. The librarians here seem to think that all of these people are coming here for books, the fun programs and the great service, but I know they are really coming to see me.

Ernie at St Basil's Cathedral, Russia
Overall, I must say that I do a fine job of managing the Bealeton library. It's a big job (plus I have to keep all these librarians in line - geesh!). Alas, that means I can't get away for a much needed vacation, but I can vacation vicariously with you! You see, over the past few years, my good friends who use the Bealeton library have taken me to some fun places (well, technically not ME, but the "flat" version aka Flat Ernie, who is, after all, easier to pack in a suitcase and get through airport security).

This year, I am delighted that folks from all over Fauquier County are taking me on vacation.While I love to explore interesting and far-away places, I have fun at local parks, grabbing ice cream or touring local farms, too. So regardless of where your summer travels take you, stop by, pick up a Flat Ernie to take with you, or just come by to say hello.

And, of course, have a purrfectly relaxing summer!

Ernie, the library cat

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fauquier County Public Library invites community input

The Fauquier County Public Library will hold a series of community focus groups to solicit information about the services and direction of the library. The focus groups are open to the public; interested members of the community are invited to participate.

Information from the focus groups will assist the library in development of its five-year plan as it continues to provide services and programs that inform, educate, enrich and entertain every member of our community.

The Fauquier County Public Library, like all modern libraries, faces the challenge of providing services to an increasingly technology-oriented society, while continuing to serve patrons seeking traditional library services. Input is sought about how to meet current patron needs and assess what patron needs will be in the future.

The focus group meeting schedule is as follows:
For more information, call (540) 422-8518.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Are you playing Beach Read Bingo?

Our summer reading program isn't just for kids! Adults can join in the fun - and the challenge - of reading and logging books all summer long!

Beach Read Bingo is our adult summer reading program. It's easy to play:
Pick up a Beach Read Bingo card at any Fauquier County Public Library location;
Mark off books on your Bingo card as you read them;
Complete your card by reading five books;
Return the completed card to any Fauquier County Public Library location.

There is no limit to the number of cards you can complete; the more you read the more times you are entered to win. The last day to turn in your Beach Read Bingo card is August 10, 2013.

Several mid-summer drawings will be held for cool prizes. The grand prize drawing for a Kindle will be held the week of August 12th.

Join in the fun and good luck!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Test your knowledge - 4th of July trivia

Annual fireworks in Washington, DC 
The 4th of July is a national holiday, typically associated with fireworks, baseball games, parades and cookouts. 

As you make your plans to celebrate, take a moment to test your 4th of July IQ with some Independence Day trivia: 
  • Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  • Who was the King of England during the Revolutionary War?
  • What year was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  • How many men signed the Declaration of Independence?
  • Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
  • What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?
  • Three presidents died on the Fourth of July -- name at least 2 of them. 
  • Who was the only person who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?
  • Who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence?
  • Which state had the most delegates sign the Declaration of Independence?
  • When was the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence?
  • When did the Liberty Bell get its famous crack?
  • Where can you see the actual Declaration of Independence on display?
Fireworks and cookouts are at the heart of virtually all 4th of July celebrations. Do you know... 
  • What is America’s favorite food dish on the 4th of July?
  • What is the name of America’s oldest and largest firework’s company?
Answers to these trivia questions can be found in the printed July Library Calendar and on special 4th of July trivia bookmarks, available at all library locations. Or, look for answers on our Facebook page. However you spend your 4th of July - relaxing at a picnic table with friends, on a beach (with a good book!), or watching the local fireworks extravaganza - have a safe holiday! 
Don't forget, the Fauquier County Public Library will be closed Thursday in observance of July 4th; we will reopen Friday, July 5th.