Monday, January 28, 2013

Paws to Read @ Your Library

Make no bones about it, children are improving their reading skills at Fauquier County Public Library Paws to Read programs and having a whole lot of fun while they're at it.

Children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others find reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting. This kind of encouragement is proving to be beneficial to young readers nationwide.
Library Journal recently reported that therapy dogs' presence is growing in libraries across the country. The article cites a Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University study that found that second-grade students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading experienced a gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading after reading to therapy dogs. In the same study, those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures.

Other studies found children's reading skills increased as much as two grade levels after reading to dogs over a several week period.
 
  • John Marshall Library: 4 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the month
  • Warrenton Library: 4 p.m., 3rd Monday of the month (except holidays; call for more information)
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m., 3rd Saturday of the month

 The library's Paws to Read programs are free, but you do need a signed permission slip to attend.

Children gain skills when they read to dogs in the library

Make no bones about it, children are improving their reading skills at Fauquier County Public Library Paws to Read programs and having a whole lot of fun while they're at it. 

Children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others find reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a nonjudgemental setting. This kind of encouragement is proving to be beneficial to young readers nationwide.

This week the Library Journal reported that therapy dogs' presence is growing in libraries across the country. The article cites a Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University study that found that second-grade students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading experienced a gain in their reading ability and improvement in their attitudes toward reading after reading to therapy dogs. In the same study, those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures.

Other studies found children's reading skills increased as much as two grade levels after reading to dogs over a several week period.

Bealeton’s first Paws event in January was cancelled due to snow, but an introductory "meet and greet" last November drew a crowd. One dad said that when his young son heard about the program he was so determined to read to a dog that he taught himself to read Hop on Pop. The next program in Bealeton is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. If you have questions about the Bealeton Library program call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or email Ann McDuffie.

The John Marshall Library's Paws program began in 2005 and has remained popular ever since. "One of our regulars has grown up with the dogs," says Branch Manager Deborah Cosby, "She is proud she has perfect attendance - she hasn't missed a Paws program in four years." The next program in Marshall is 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. If you have questions about the John Marshall Library program call (540) 422-8500, ext. 4, or email Deborah Crosby.


2013 UPDATE:  Paws to Read is now at all three library locations.  Stop by the Warrenton Library this afternoon at 4 pm.  Since school's out today, it could be just the perfect thing for an afternoon activity for your children. 


Fauquier's Paws to Read programs are free, but you do need a signed permission slip to attend.






Super Bowl Parties!

If you're preparing for your Super Bowl party don't forget to stop by the library and pick up some helpful party planning guides and cookbooks

Library staff is busy pulling titles for display---but you better come early---last year these books flew off the shelves faster than Colin Kaepernick can scramble.

And while you're here, you can vote for who you think will win the Super Bowl.  We'll post the totals pre-game.


 


 



 

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Snuggle Up and Read This Winter


Winter is a perfect time to catch up on books, revisit old favorites, and encounter exciting new titles.  It’s also a great time to participate in our Winter Reading Program!
 
It’s very simple; pick up an activity sheet at the juvenile reference desk, complete it, and turn it in to receive a small prize. 
 
Program begins February 1 and ends March 2 (Read Across America Day). Open to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artwork by Anita Jeram from
I Love My Little Storybook copyright 2012
& published by Candlewick Press

Friday, January 18, 2013

Chess Club meets at new time

If you've ever thought you'd like to learn to play chess, now is the time for you to do just that. 

The library's chess club, which previously met on Saturdays, has relaunched with the new year and will meet Monday, January 28 from 6:30-8:30 at the Warrenton Library.  Monthly meetings will continue the fourth Monday evening of every month. 

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, the library has resources you can use, including:

Hope to see you Monday, Jan. 28!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Branch Manager Named Marshall District Citizen of the Year



On January 10, Marshall District Supervisor Peter Schwartz named John Marshall Branch Manager Deborah Cosby “Marshall District Citizen of the Year.”  In his presentation, Supervisor Schwartz highlighted Debbie’s work with children to instill the love of reading.  He also commended her for the  excellent service she and her staff provide to patrons of all ages and background.

The Library Board and staff are thrilled with Debbie’s award.  Barbara Severin, Chairman of the Library Board, said in a letter thanking Supervisor Schwartz, “We have long known about Debbie’s enthusiasm and dedication to John Marshall Library patrons.  It’s nice to have others publicly acknowledge her work.”

In 2011, Debbie marked 25 years with the library.  Here’s a link to an article marking her anniversary.     

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Need help with your new e-reader?

Did the holidays bring you a new e-reader or tablet computer? Hopefully you're taking advantage of the library's free e-book and e-audio book options. If you need a little extra assistance loading library e-books on to your device, drop-in sessions for help with e-readers are now offered at the Warrenton Library:
  • 2-3 p.m.Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 11-noon Fridays
  • 1-5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 6
E-reader help will also be available at all library reference desks during normal business hours.