Monday, May 19, 2014

What Book Shaped You?

For the second year, the Fauquier County Public Library is participating in the Library of Congress summer essay contest  “A Book That Shaped Me" to encouraging rising 5th and 6th grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. 

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the contest is held in conjunction with 300 public libraries in the Mid‐Atlantic region. Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2014 are eligible. Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 11, 2014. Librarians at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations – Bealeton, John Marshall and Warrenton – are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.

Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress on October 18. All contest entrants can redeem a free ‘contest prize pack’ at the Library of Congress National Book Festival taking place August 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. 

“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.

Submission forms are available at all Fauquier County Public Libraries as well as on the Library of Congress website. The full list of participating libraries in the Mid‐Atlantic region, more information, and program updates are also available online.

Launched in 2012 with DC Public Library, “A Book That Shaped Me” is expanding throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region in its second year with the help of public libraries in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. More than 300 public libraries are registered to participate.

So, tell us. What book shaped you? 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Is a Book Club Right for You?

What’s So Great About Book Clubs?

Several libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, and communities have regular book clubs. A book club can be facilitated by an organization or individuals who want to offer an opportunity for reading and discussing selections of various published works.

Choosing a viable meeting space and time are vital to a well-run club. Many offer refreshments and a quiet place for discussion. The selections may be chosen from different genres or based on specific interests, such as best-selling general fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, inspirational fiction, classic fiction, or nonfiction.

Publishers often provide a discussion guide in the back of a book that might be of interest to a book club. Several internet sites, such as LitLovers and Reading Group Guides also offer discussion guides, particularly for popular books and classics.

Why Join?
  • It provides an opportunity to meet with interesting people who enjoy reading and discussing what they have read.
  • You want to stretch your reading to new horizons – it is an opportunity to read and discuss a book you may not have chosen.
  • You want to discover a new author (or new to you)
  • You want to add reading to your busy schedule – at least you are reading one book this month!
  • To get out of the house for some intellectual stimulation.
  • To practice your communication skills, particularly if you are shy.
  • If you are a writer, you may learn some new writing techniques!
  • It is FREE and it is FUN!

What Can I Find at My Library?

Try out some books about Book Clubs, available at the library.

Please see our blog about this month's reading lists. Here is a list of all the Book Clubs and their reading lists offered at the Fauquier County Public Library. Come join us for some interesting reading and discussion!

Great Books Group (Warrenton)
Mystery Book Club (Warrenton)
Bealeton Book Club (Afternoon)
Bealeton Book Club (Evening)
Marshall Book Club (Afternoon)
Marshall Book Club (Evening)

Also see Fauquier County Public Library's read-alike blogs and staff recommendations for various genres.

Happy Reading!

Mary Sue @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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