Monday, December 29, 2014

Celebrating Ten Years at Willow Drive

During 2014, the library celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Bealeton branch library at Willow Drive.  The Bealeton branch library originally opened in 1991 in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center.  In December 2003 a newly built 10,000-square-foot Bealeton library opened its doors at Willow Drive North.

To commemorate the official January 2004 Grand Opening, and in a nod to the area’s railroading history, the library hosted an open house with a model train exposition by the Piedmont Railroaders in the Bealeton Depot.  February brought many “valentines” for the Bealeton branch as patrons jotted down reasons why they “love” their library. 

History was the focus in March:  patrons were polled if they had ever visited the “shopping center” location (86 had and 94 had not), a new adult writing group was formed and their first writing prompt encouraged reflection over the past 10 years of history, and the library hosted a Genealogy 101 class for family history enthusiasts. 

As the Bealeton branch has grown much in the past 10 years, growing was the theme of April.  Preschoolers enjoyed a special story time with a seed growing project and the Teen Advisory Group, with the guidance of the Cedar Run garden club, planted beautiful flowers at the library’s front entrance.  Fauquier County Master Gardeners hosted a seed swap and informal Q and A.    

In May and June, teens submitted and voted on their Top Ten favorite titles and Bealeton patrons were asked to submit candidates and subsequently vote on their favorite places to visit in Southern Fauquier County (no, we did not stuff the ballot box).  In addition to our annual Summer Reading Program fun,  Bealeton’s library cat, Ernie, enjoyed Christmas in July as patrons showered him with requested necessities.  In August, the library encouraged patrons to Beat the Heat at the library with 10 ways to stay cool.  

In September, as the students settled back into school, the library highlighted 10 reasons why a library card is the best school supply (there were 80 new library card registrations!) and in October 10 great programs were featured, among them Halloween Hoopla, Monster Mash, Teen Read Week, Grant Seeking Courses for Nonprofit Organizations and Teen Writing Club.   

The year was rounded out with a fun “Do you Dewey” scavenger hunt with 10 popular Dewey numbers to find / name in the adult and children’s areas (Do you know where to find books on Greek Mythology, Cooking, World War II and Magic Tricks?), followed by a very festive 10 ways to enjoy the Christmas season at the Bealeton Library, complete with not one but two visits from Santa (lots of good children here!), a holiday Teen knitting program, Holiday Open House and Saturday story time.  The Piedmont Railroaders concluded the year with another exposition to the delight of many train enthusiasts.   

Though we have officially concluded our “10 year anniversary,” there is a lot to do, discover or research at your local library.  Stop by soon and see what we have to offer in 2015! 
 It has been a wonderful 10 years at Willow Drive.  Thank you for your support; we are proud to serve this community!

Natalie @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Wishing You a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season!

As you plan your holiday, please keep in mind that the Fauquier County Public Library will be closed on the following dates, in observance of the holidays: 

Wednesday, December 24
John Marshall branch library - Closed
Bealeton branch library and Warrenton central library - Close at Noon
Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 
All library locations closed

Wednesday, December 31 
All library locations close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2
All library locations closed 

On behalf of the staff at the Fauquier County Public library, we wish our patrons and their families a safe and happy holiday and a new year filled with good books and good cheer! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: Story Time Break Coming Soon

Story Times are a great way for young children to interact with others and take part in stories, songs and finger plays. It is also an important step in helping young children get ready to read. 

During the busy holiday season, Story Times at the Fauquier County Public Library will go on a short break starting Monday, December 22, 2014. Story Times will resume Monday, January 5, 2015. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading aloud to infants from birth. So keep the Story Times going even during the break. Here are some fun and easy tools available at your library: 

Story Time To Go
With 35 themes to choose from, busy parents have easy access to a set of books, songs, games and other activities to share with toddler and preschool children. 

Box 'O Books
Packaged and ready to go, our "Box 'O Books" includes an assortment of 50 nonfiction and fiction titles for children ranging from toddler to early grade school.  

Additional online resources are available for parents adn children, including TumbleBooks, animated talking picture books and FunBrain Moms and Kids Playground, with games to help children practice mouse skills (part of the Family Education Network), to name only a few.  A complete listing is available on the Children's Page of our website.
 

Want to learn more about Story Times at your local library? Stop by and pick up our Story Time guide, with tips for choosing the right Story time for your child, Story Time health and safety and other useful tips for getting the most out of the Story Time experience. 

The Fauquier County Public Library offers an array of story times at all three library locations. Be sure to check your local library's schedule and then join us for Story Time with your child!

See you at the library! 


Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Spread Holiday Cheer: Books Make Great Gifts

The holiday season is in full swing - meaning that for many of us, the mad dash is on - to decorate the house, finalize our holiday travel plans and yes, find just the right gifts for everyone on our list

A few of the names on my list are avid readers and receiving a book is a sure way to spread holiday cheer to them. Even knowing that, I am sometimes not sure what book to choose. Perhaps they read a different genre than I do or I'm not sure, despite the glowing description on the jacket, how good the book really is. My solution? I turn to the holiday gift book suggestions compiled by library staff. These lists provide a wide range of ideas for children, teens and adults. Lists are available at all library locations.

If your holiday generosity extends to organizations within the community, please consider adding the Fauquier County Public Library to your list. Holiday trees at all library locations are adorned with ornaments bearing titles of books the library would like to add to its location. Donation details are on each ornament. Donations can be made in honor of a friend or family member or anonymously. Selections for our children’s, teen and adult collections are included. 

If you missed Cyber Monday but still plan to do some of your shopping online, consider using Amazon.com. Amazon donates a portion of your total purchase to the Fauquier County Public Library each time you shop. Just log in then continue to Amazon and place your order for books, movies, electronics or other gifts. There are no additional steps or costs to you. You can even bookmark the page to make return shopping trips to Amazon easy and convenient.

If an eReader is in your stocking, don't forget that the library's collection includes a wide selection of eBooks, audio books and digital magazines - all available free with your library card! We also have handouts available at the reference desk to help navigate your new device. 

Happy holidays and happy reading! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Programs for Kids of All Ages at Your Library

A stroll down main street, a trip to virtually any store or a glimpse of television commercials and you are sure to know - the holiday season is officially here. 

A visit to you local library will soon reveal sights and sounds of the holidays as well. From brightly lit holiday trees to visits from Santa himself, the elves at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations have been busy planning and preparing great holiday activities and programs for children of all ages. 

Highlights include: 

Santa and Mrs. Claus @ the Library 

Tuesday, December 2 
5 p.m.
Children can sit on Santa's lap and parents can take holiday photos
(Reservation required - call Natalie Wheeler to reserve your space (540) 422-8532.)

6 p.m. 
The annual holiday program continues with community caroling led by Liberty High School Chorus and lighting of the community Christmas tree. Immediately followed by additional opportunities to visit with Santa, stories and crafts. Receive your number to see Santa upon arrival. 

Saturday, December 6
10 a.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus return to the library. Drop in - no registration or numbers required.

Monday, December 8 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children of all ages will enjoy stories and an opportunity to meet Santa while parents take holiday photos. 


John Marshall branch library 
Tuesday, December 9 
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
A special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children of all ages will enjoy stories and an opportunity to meet Santa while parents take holiday photos

Piedmont Railroaders Train Exposition

Saturday, December 6 
There's a lot going on at the Bealeton library! The year-long celebration of 10 years at the Willow Drive concludes with a special train exposition. Multiple model train layouts will be on display. 

Holiday Open House and Story Time

Bealeton branch library 
Saturday, December 13 
11 a.m. (story time)
More holiday fun! The community is invited to visit the library for a holiday open house and story time prior to the annual Bealeton Christmas Parade. Grab some warm cider and cookies to ward off the chill, then head outside for the parade. Parade route begins just outside the library. 


Holiday Knitting Class for Teens

Bealeton branch library 
Tuesday, December 16
4 p.m.
Learn a fun craft just in time for the holidays! The Bealeton Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites students grade 6 and up to join them for a fun, holiday TAG meeting. Its a great way to learn more about TAG and have some holiday fun. 

LEGO Club

Children grades K - 5 have fun with LEGOs. Each meeting starts with a story based on the theme then crate something from LEGOs based on the theme. December's theme is "holiday hoopla." Meetings are held at all three library locations. Check the online calendar of events for meeting dates and times. 

Happy Holidays - see you at the library.

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collectionevents or programs, visit us on FacebookTwitter (Kiddosphere Twitter is here) or online.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Calling all Student Athletes!

The Fauquier County Public Library will host The New NCAA and the Rules You Need to Know to Play Tuesday, November 18th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the John Barton Payne bldg, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton.

This program is being offered in cooperation with
Wakefield School. Paul Sipes, Athletic Director, Wakefield School, will lead the presentation, drawing upon 23 years of experience coaching and advising more than 200 NCAA level athletes. Sipes was named VISAA Division 3 Coach of the Year in Girls Basketball in 2013 and VIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.

According to the NCAA, over $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships are distributed annually to student athletes. This program will provide student athletes with information about NCAA eligibility rules and the information necessary to navigate the complex NCAA eligibility process. It is designed for student athletes and their parents, as well as coaches and school personnel who work with student athletes.

“It is a rare and precious thing to be talented enough in a sport to be awarded an athletic scholarship. Talent and hard work are just a small part of the process. Unfortunately, many young people may not have an idea of how far their abilities will take them until very late in the process. Without the right guidance, planning, foresight and understanding of the processes involved in securing an athletic scholarship; students find themselves in a position of not qualifying as seniors for mistakes made in their freshman and sophomore years,” according to Sipes.

The program is free; no registration is required. 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Finding Funders Workshop at the Bealeton Library

The Bealeton Library is offering a hands-on workshop - An Introduction to Finding Funders. The workshop will provide an introduction (or refresher) to The Foundation Directory Online Professional, a research tool to help nonprofits find the grant makers most likely to fund their projects with access to 120,000+ foundations and corporate donors. 

The workshop will be held at the Bealeton Library on the following dates/times:
Wednesday, November 5 - 9 a.m.
Tuesday, November 18 - 9 a.m.

Attendees of this workshop will learn how to create customized searches to develop lists of prospective foundations and corporate donors that match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. This is a great follow-up to the Grant Seeking Basics courses, held in October. 


The Bealeton Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network and provides access to the leading sources of data about philanthropy worldwide.  These resources are available free of charge at the Bealeton Library. 

There are still have a few openings for Wednesday, November 5 at 9:00 am.  The workshop is free, but registration is required. Contact Natalie Wheeler, Bealeton Branch Manager and Grant Research Collection Manager, at (540) 422-8532 to reserve a space. 

Natalie @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mark Your Calendar: November Programs for Children and Teens

November is a month with many events and observances. It kicks off with All Saint's Day (November 1) and includes the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10), Veterans Day (November 11) and, of course, Thanksgiving (celebrated on the fourth Thursday). "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are also in November.

Many month-long observations are also held in November. Here is a sampling: 

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Blog Writing Month 
  • No Shave November 
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month (no, I did not make that up!)
Clearly, November is a very busy time! Not to be outdone, we have a November calendar chocked full of activities too. Here are the highlights for children and teens: 

Geography Awareness Week Trivia Challenge 

Elementary school students are invited to test their geography knowledge during this week-long trivia challenge. It's easy to join in: grab a list of clues at any library location, find the answers around the library and win a cool prize! 
All Fauquier County Public Library locations - November 10 - 15 

International Games Day 

This annual event, now in its 7th year, is a great opportunity for family fun at your local library! Children and their families are invited to stop by and play their favorite game(s). Choose from classic games and new favorites. 

Bealeton and John Marshall libraries: Saturday, November 15, 1 - 4 p.m.
Warrenton Library: Monday, November 25, 4:30 p.m. 

Holiday Mail for Heroes

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites you to make greeting cards to be sent to servicemen and servicewomen at military hospitals and installations; service hour opportunity.

Bealeton Library: Tuesday, November 4, 4 p.m.
Warrenton Library: Tuesday, November 4 from 1-4 (drop in) & Monday, November 24, 4:30 p.m.
Marshall Library: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m.

This is a great way to learn more about TAG and do something nice for the community! TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Membership forms are available at your local library or ask your librarian about getting involved; (540) 422-8500.

For a complete listing of programs for children and teens, pick up a calendar at any library location, or view the calendar online

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

We Couldn't Do It Without Friends

Everyone needs a friend, right? Right! Even your local library. 

The Friends of the Fauquier Library provide generous support for library programs and events for children, teens and adults, as well as special library purchases. In FY 2014, they contributed $26,000 to the library. Funds are raised largely through from the Book Cellar, a used book shop located in the basement of the John Barton Payne bldg. in Old Town Warrenton. 

Libraries around the country celebrate their local Friends organizations October 20-26 during National Friends of Libraries Week. 

To join the Fauquier County Public Library in thanking the Friends, all library users are invited to sign the Thank You card located at your local library's circulation desk. While your here, ask about how you can join the Friends of the Fauquier Library - new members are always welcome! It's easy to join and your support helps ensure vibrant library programs and services. 

There are numerous ways you can help: 


So go ahead - thank a Friend! 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Fun @ the Library

Halloween is fast approaching, but you don't need to wait until October 31st to have a ghoulish good time! There are plenty of fun Halloween activities to choose from at your local library. 

Monster Mash
Warrenton and John Marshall Library
Monday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.
Bealeton Library 
Tuesday, October 28, 4 p.m.
Stories, crafts and activities for children of all ages will make Monster Mash a ghoulishly good time! Costumes encouraged (but not required). 

Halloween Hoopla story time
Bealeton Library
Thursday, October 30, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs and rhymes to celebrate Halloween. It will be spooky - but not TOO spooky - fun for preschoolers and kindergartners. Come in costume and trick-or-treat around the library, then finish with a craft activity. 
(Parents and caregivers must remain in the children's area during story time.) 

Sweet Treats - Warrenton Halloween Happyfest Parade 
Warrenton Library 
Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Stop by the library for a sweet treat (and check out a book or two, too) directly following the parade. 

Happy Haunting! 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Grant Seeking Basics Seminar Coming to Bealeton Library

The Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a free seminar - Grant Seeking Basics - on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 28, 9:30 a.m.

The seminar will be held at the Bealeton Depot10877 Willow Drive North. 

Through a partnership with the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, Fauquier County Public Library provides access to the leading source of information on grant makers and grants. This includes a wide range of valuable tools to help individuals and organizations navigate the grant seeking process. 

This introductory, one-hour course will provide an overview of the funding research process for those seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant making public charities. 

Registration is required. To register, contact Natalie Wheeler at (540) 422-8532. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

October is National Reading Group Month

October is .... leaves changing color
October is .... pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins 
October is .... the perfect time to try a book group! 

How did I make the leap from pumpkins to book groups? Easily, thanks to the Women's National Book Association, which designated October National Reading Group Month in 2007. The goal is to raise awareness of reading groups/book clubs and the value of shared reading. 

It's also a great time to join a book club - like those hosted at your local library. 

The following book groups meet at The Fauquier County Public Library. New members are always welcome! 
Great Books Club
Adult Mystery Book Club 
Bealeton Book Club (afternoon) 
Bealeton Book Club (evening)
Marshall Book Club (afternoon)
Marshall Book Club (evening)

If you are thinking about starting your own reading group, here are some things to consider;
  • Group composition 
  • Reading preferences 
  • Book selection process 
  • Meeting logistics
  • Facilitating discussions

There are numerous online resources to help you work out the details of your own book group, from Oprah to the American Library Association.  

Numerous books are also available via the library's collection that cover everything from good books for discussions to recipes for your book club dinner menu (of course, if you participate in a book group at your local library, all those things are already taken care of - hint, hint!). 

Book groups are a great way to identify books you might not otherwise stumble across, participate in interesting book discussions and meet other people who are as passionate about reading as you are. 

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Library Seeks Photos to Honor Veterans

For the third consecutive year, Fauquier County Public Library is seeking photos of area veterans for the “Honoring Our Veterans” display, which will run November 3 – November 28, 2014 at all library locations.

Photos will be collected throughout October and will form a historical collage that is prominently displayed at all three library locations

To include your family's veteran in the display, bring scanned copies of photos to any Fauquier library branch. Library staff is also available to scan original photos upon request. 

Each photo will be accompanied by a caption identifying the veteran, the year and location of the photo if available, and the relationship and name of the person submitting the photo. Other interesting facts may be included. 

Photos from past displays are available here

The libraries will also display a “white table” to honor American veterans in November. White tables are modeled after the table in the children's book America's White Table, written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Mike Benny, and by the thousands of white tables set up all over the world in memory and honor of American service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. 

The Fauquier County Public Library’s “Honoring Our Veterans” program is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Adult Program award from the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Archaeology Film Fest Coming in October

Every October Virginia recognizes and celebrates Virginia archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs and active archaeological sites.

To commemorate archaeology here at the Fauquier County Public Library, we put our heads together and came up with some great archaeology-related movies each Sunday in October. All movies will be shown at the Warrenton Library.

Admission is free; popcorn and drinks will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Showtime is 2 p.m. If you dig movies, mark your calendars. Here's the lineup:

Sunday, October 5
"National Treasure" 
Rated PG
© Walt Disney Pictures 









Sunday, October 12
"National Treasure: Book of Secrets"
Rated PG
© Walt Disney Pictures 










Sunday, October 19
"The Mummy" (1932)
Not Rated 
© Universal Studios Home Entertainment











Sunday, October 26
"The Mummy" (1999)
Rated PG-13
© Universal Pictures 












If you want to explore archaeology, check out the selection of books, DVD's and other resource available at any Fauquier County Public Library location.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Movies Return to Warrenton Library

When you think of the library, you probably think books. Paperbacks, hard backs, large print, books on CD and maybe audio books. But do you think about family movies?  

If not, you should! 

In addition to have a wide selection of great movies for kids, teens and adults on our shelves, each month a great family movie is shown at the Warrenton Library. All family movies are free and we provide the popcorn! The show starts at 1 p.m. 

Here's is the family movie schedule for this fall - mark your calendars! 

Saturday, September 20
Disneynature: Bears
© Walt Disney Pictures 


Saturday, October 18

Monsters, Inc.
© Buena Vista Home Entertainment 


Saturday, November 15

Madeline
© Columbia TriStar Home Video 


Saturday, December 20

The Polar Express
© Warner Home Video


See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Library Card Sign-up Month

Every parent wants their child to succeed.

One of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Fauquier County Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 

Resources at all Fauquier County Public Library locations are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. A wide selection of print and electronic materials, magazines, homework resources and programs for children of all ages are available. 

Students can also use their library cards from home. The Fauquier County Public Library offers access to important educational resources, like Literati by Credo Reference, which includes research topics and free homework help and Tumble Books, interactive books for pre-schoolers and early readers. Students also have access to online SAT, ACT and AP test prep, and will enjoy the convenience of access to many other online tools.

Chose from one of 4 library card designs
Throughout September, individuals will receive a free, gently used book when they sign up for a library card. Library cards are available in four designs: Country Roads, Virginia, the Bealeton Depot and Book-Bot, a fun design for young patrons.  

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any Fauquier County Public Library location or apply online

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