Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween: Celebration and Superstition

With roots that trace back to ancient Celtic festivals to ward off roaming ghosts, Halloween has evolved into a community event most often characterized by children dressed in costumes and modern-day trick-or-treating. 

My own childhood Halloweens were marked with a costume parade during elementary school, haunted houses set up by local farmers for area children to explore and modest amounts of candy. 

Today's Halloween is, well, not modest by any measure. In fact, according to The History Channel's website, Halloween traditions have grown, quite literally: 

  • US growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins per years, twice the weight of the Empire State building. 
  • Over 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That equals nine billion pieces or enough candy corn to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end. 
  • Nearly 120 million Americans dress in costume for Halloween. 
  • 50% of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween. 
  • 46% of American adults carve pumpkins.
  • 90% of parents admit to raiding their children's goody bags when they return home from trick-or-treating (guilty as charged!). 

While many countries have their own unique traditions to mark Halloween, it is celebrated around the world, ushering in the winter season. The Fauquier County Public Library joins in - with special "monster mash" themed story times for young children this week:

Preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy Halloween Hoopla: 

If you would like to learn more about this frightful holiday, a quick search of our online catalog will return hundreds of results, from Hilarious Halloween Jokes by Alison Grams to Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie and a wide range of books in between. 

Whether you will be donning a costume and hitting the neighborhood streets for trick-or-treating, or trying to convince Fido that he will look adorable decked out as a pumpkin, have a bewitching Halloween! 

And, as always, happy reading! 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Welcome fall with local flavors

Each October, food crafting company Wilton Enterprises celebrates National Bake and Decorate Month. There is no tastier way to welcome fall than with a celebration of the art of baking and decorating!

It comes at a perfect time. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, many of us will pull out our favorite family recipes to make. Like most, I have tried and true family recipes that I dust off for holiday baking. Fall just wouldn't taste the same without a pan of mom's special apple dumplings. No dessert buffet would be complete without grandma's raisin-filled cookies. And Thanksgiving dinner would be sadly lacking without pumpkin pie made with Aunt Dana's "perfect pie crust" recipe.

Many local cookbooks can be found
at the Fauquier County Public Library 
Despite all the delicious recipes that are staples on our table, I find myself searching the internet, magazines and cookbooks for yet another recipe to serve. Without fail, however, I find some of the best recipes in local cookbooks - often produced by schools, churches or other civic organizations as fundraisers.

Introducing a new pie, tart or other dessert to your family is just a spatula and library card away! Many local cookbooks can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library. Click here to view a list of local cookbooks in our collection.

If you are looking for ways to introduce baking to your children, check out the latest installment of Kiddosphere, our blog for children, which featured children's books and ideas for National Bake and Decorate month!

Happy reading (and baking)!

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace Information Sessions offered by FCPL

The Fauquier County Public Library is teaming with ENROLL Virginia to present information sessions later this month on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the new online health insurance plans available through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The sessions will help consumers and small business owners become familiar with the options available through the marketplace and the enrollment process to obtain health insurance. ENROLL Virginia is a non-partisan organization, created by the Virginia Poverty Law Center and legal aid programs throughout Virginia.
Sessions are free to the public; no registration is required.

Sessions will be held:

  • Monday, October 21, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Bealeton Depot, 10877 Willow Drive North, Bealeton
The Fauquier County Public Library, like other public libraries throughout the United States, is a key access point to health information for the community. Libraries anticipate an increased demand for these services with establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other agencies to ensure that librarians are prepared to connect the public with ACA information and resources.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act went into effect on October 1, 2013. Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance by March, 2014. Some exceptions apply. 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mark your calendar for Teen Read Week


Teens are challenged to "Seek the Unknown @ your library" during Teen Read Week 2013, October 13 - 19. 

What is Teen Read Week™? Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is celebrated at thousands of libraries worldwide each year.

Here at the Fauquier County Public Library a variety of special events and programs will be held to encourage teens to read for the fun of it. Activities include a "blind date with a book," book review contest, "guest" appearances by several Star Wars characters, and a Seek the Unknown @ your library party at all library locations on Tuesday, October 15.

In addition to the activities being held at all Fauquier County Public library locations, there are many ways parents can help their teens celebrate Teen Read Week as well. Here are a few ideas from our youth services staff: 


  • If your teen doesn’t already have a library card, sign them up! Library cards are free to all county residents. 


  • Visit a local library with your teen to attend a program or check out books.


  • Set aside time each night for the family to read.


  • Share your favorite book with your teens.





Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms – books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and more – all available at your local library. It is also a way to encourage teens to become regular library users. I hope you - and the teens in your life - will join us as we celebrate Teen Read Week™ 2013! 

As always, happy reading.  

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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