Monday, January 27, 2014

Bird Watching Basics - A Program for the Entire Family

This time of year, I delight in looking out my kitchen window and seeing birds at the bird feeder. I enjoy the sight of their wings fluttering and marvel at the range of birds that visit our yard and help mark the seasons. 

I am not alone - according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are about 50 million birders in the US alone, and that number is growing.

Many bird watchers - from novice to expert - participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count each year. During the count, bird watchers around the world work together to help track the health of bird populations and create a snapshot of where the birds are. The 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 14 - 17. Participants can count birds for as little as 15 minutes during the count and enter their sightings at www.birdcount.org.  

Grab your binoculars and get ready! Bird Watching Basics, is being offered by the Fauquier County Public Library. Presented by Dr. David Wiedenfeld, of the American Bird Conservancy, the program will provide an introduction to bird watching and information about how you can join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Program details are as follows: 
Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. 
John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Old Town Warrenton
Admission is FREE

In the interim, check out our collection of books, DVD's and other resources to jump start your bird watching.

Happy Reading 
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fun, Science and the Library: A Winning Combination

Warrenton Library 

Our recent Science @ the Library program, offered in cooperation with Wakefield School, The Plains, was a huge success!  The program, held at all three Fauquier County Public Library locations, was well attended and provided children with a fun way to explore science. 

Our instructors had a great time too, as evidenced by this note: 

Dear Friends,
John Marshall Library 


Thank you for joining us at the Fauquier Library for our “Science @ the Library” session. We truly enjoyed meeting you and your children and had great fun together following the engineering design process to create bridges out of straws and triangles. There were some amazing creations! We hope to be able to offer more programs in the future.

Many thanks,

Miranda Lambourne, Cyndi Williams, & Mary Steensma

If you would like to see more of the fun from Science at the Library, check out our album

The Fauquier County Public Library offered over 900 programs and events in 2013. With a diverse set of programs and events, there is sure to be something of interest to virtually every interest and age group! Stay tuned for details about upcoming programs and events. 

As always, 
Happy Reading
Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Celebrate! Bealeton Library Marks 10 Years at Willow Drive


Join us as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Bealeton Library at its Willow Drive location!

To kick-off the celebration, an Open House and "Train Ride Through Time" exhibit will be held Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bealeton Library started modestly in a small space in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center, but as it expanded and its role in the community grew, it became clear it needed more room. In January 2004 the library on Willow Drive opened with 10,000 square feet and a dynamic collection of 50,000 items.

Over the years, the Bealeton Library has provided the community with more than access to
books. Each winter, the library hosts a visit with Santa and lighting of the community Christmas tree, which was donated by the Southern Fauquier Business Association. The event attracted over 200 children and their families this past year. 

The iconic Bealeton Depot sits next to the library, and memorializes the areas railroad roots. The charming Depot now provides space for a variety of uses, including library programs and meeting space for private and community events.  

Another much-beloved feature at the Bealeton Library is Mr. Tree, a large-as-life feature of the Bealeton Library's children's room, designed and built by talented artist and library volunteer, Donna Rose. 

A wide array of programs are offered to the community free of charge - from story times for children to book clubs for adults. Weekly tutoring is provided by Liberty High School National Honor Society students for elementary and middle-school students. GED classes are also offered. A complete listing of programs and events can be found on the library calendar. 

The Bealeton Library provides free use of computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office applications, as well as free WiFi. The Bealeton Library is also home to the Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, which provides grant seekers access to the collection and online database free of charge. 

Stay tuned for more information about monthly events to commemorate the anniversary of the Bealeton Library at Willow Drive! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Science @ the Library - Coming Soon

Science: The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. 

Hmmm... sounds a little intimidating. Maybe even boring. 

Hold on!  Science can be fun, and it's coming to the Fauquier County Public Library this month. 

Science @ the Library is a free program being offered in conjunction with Wakefield School, The Plains, VA, for children in grades 3 - 5.  Students will explore the wonder of triangles - identifying them in everyday life, building them, and constructing an engineering project using triangles. Activities will include math games and engineering challenges. 

The schedule is as follows: 
John Marshall Library 
(540) 422-8500 X4
Mon., Jan. 13, 4:30 p.m.

Bealeton Library 
(540) 422-8500 X3
Tues., Jan. 14, 4:30 p.m.

Warrenton Library 
(540) 422-8500 X6864
Wed., Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m. 

Space is limited; reservations are required. To reserve your space, contact the library location you would like to attend. Registration deadline is Jan. 9. 

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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