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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