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! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Get ready for a JAWSOME good time

The 2013 summer reading program has been fun for children, teens and adults. 

The fun isn't over yet! 

If you are in the 6th grade or higher, join us Tues., Aug. 6 for our final summer reading program event - the Shark Week Party! 

We will celebrate all things shark. Create a shark tooth necklace, play shark Bingo, and make and eat your very own shark candy sushi, while watching shark movies. 

Shark Week Parties will be held at three locations

  • Bealeton Library - 4:00 p.m.
  • John Barton Payne Bldg - 6:30 p.m.
  • John Marshall Library - 6:30 p.m.

To get ready, here are some fun "shark facts": 

  • There are over 470 species of sharks.
  • Most sharks do not live in freshwater, but the bull shark and river shark can survive in both fresh and salt water.
  • A sharks teeth are constantly replaced throughout their life; some sharks lose 30,000 or more teeth in their lifetime. 
  • Jaws, the 1975 thriller about a man-eating great white shark, was the highest-grossing film in history at the time.

Want to learn more about these amazing creatures? Check out our wide array of shark books available from the Fauquier County Public Library

See you Wednesday, Aug., 6th - its gonna be a JAWSOME good time!