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 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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