Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading Fun for Adults

Okay, I'll fess up. I feel a pang of envy summer mornings as I race out the door while my children remain home to enjoy their summer break. Yes, I was young once and had the same luxury. And yes, I am fortunate to work in a great place with wonderful people, but I would still love to sleep late, go to the pool, hang out with my friends and enjoy the many other things that kids do during those blissful weeks when school is out. 

Another luxury of my childhood summers that I miss is having more time to read. As a child, I spent hours each summer traveling to far of places, meeting new people and having grand adventures, all within the pages of one book after another. It was one of my favorite things about summer! 


Luckily, summer reading - and the summer reading program hosted by local libraries - isn't just for kids! Part of the Fauquier County Public Library's summer reading program is for adults. While children are encouraged to Fizz Boom Read and teens can Spark a Reaction during the summer reading program, adults will enjoy Literary Elements

It's easy - and fun - to join. Simply pick up a Literary Elements game card at any Fauquier County Public Library location. Then complete five of the tasks on the game card (diverse tasks ranging from reading a mystery to liking our page on Facebook), fill out your name and contact information, and drop your completed game card off at any library location. Each time you complete five tasks on a game card, you can enter. 

Drawings are held throughout the summer for fun prizes (like passes to Great Meadow); the grand prize drawing will be held the week of August 10th for a Kindle Fire! 

If you are looking for ideas for summer reading, be sure to check out what they are reading in one of the many Fauquier County Public Library book clubsRead Alikes, or browse our many displays of staff picks, "beach reads" and other great books.

Game cards must be submitted by August 9. You must be 16 or older to enter. 

Good luck and happy reading! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrate With Us: 10 Years on Willow Drive


All year, the Bealeton Library is celebrating its tenth anniversary at Willow Drive. Special events and activities are being held each month to help us mark this milestone. This month, in conjunction with our Summer Reading Program kickoff, we’re encouraging our patrons to get out and about in beautiful Southern Fauquier County.   

We are asking patrons to submit the names of a few of your favorite places to visit in Southern Fauquier. 
Then, we’ll compile a list and have you vote on the Top Ten places to visit in Southern Fauquier County.   
The voting is all in good fun; the main point is to highlight all that Southern Fauquier has to offer!  Fill out a submission form at any branch or submit your favorites in the comment section below. 
 
Also of note, Flat Ernie is back and ready to travel!  Our very own Ernest P. Hemingway, Library Cat Extraordinaire, enjoys the prestige of traveling with the families of Fauquier. As much as Ernie enjoys hanging out with library staff and patrons, he loves to travel - even the most well-loved felines need a vacation some time. So stop by any branch and pick up a Flat Ernie to take with you on your next adventure, near or far.  

Happy travels! 

Natalie @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Monday, June 16, 2014

World Wide Knit in Public Day Returns to Fauquier County Public Library

2013 Knit in Public Day 
On Wednesday, June 18, Book ‘N Stitchers, one of many Fauquier County Public Library  book clubs, will participate in an international celebration of knitting—with a special knitting session to commemorate World Wide Knit in Public Day. 

Knitters of all ages and skill levels are invited to bring their favorite project, share tips and celebrate knitting! Participants do not have to be a member of Book ‘n Stitchers to participate.

Celebrations of knitting and other fiber arts will run June 14 – June 22, 2014 around the world. World Wide Knit in Public Day was created in 2005.

Book ‘n Stitchers, which began several years ago, also hosted a Knit in Public Day celebration at the Fauquier County Public Library in 2013.

Book 'n Stitchers at 2013 Knit in Public Day
Time 
10 a.m. - Noon
Location 
Warrenton Library, next to the library garden

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dads Read!

Father's Day is upon us and what better time to think about the importance men play in the lives of young people. According to Reading Rockets, a service of WETA, Washington's public television station, "Dad's play a critical role in their children's literacy development by modeling reading, sharing stories, exploring the world together, and engaging in meaningful conversations that build critical thinking skills."


So if, as a father, or other important man in a child's life, you are looking for ways to help the children in your life build critical thinking skills and explore the world, don't forget to put the library on your "places to visit" list. 

All summer long the Fauquier County Public Library is holding fun and interesting events for children and families as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program.  

If you're looking for great books to read with the children in your life, go no further---we have book lists and expert advice from our youth services librarians that can help you find just the right book to capture their imagination and engage in conversation.  Whatever the topic, we can help you find the right book. And don't forget to check out the blog Kiddosphere by our very own, Jennifer Schultz, youth services librarian at Warrenton, for great reads for kids and adults alike.

BTW the fun isn't just for kids.  Spark a Reaction is the teen-centric portion of summer reading, filled with cool things for those middle and high school students in your household - including chances to win prizes all summer long.  And for the grown folks there's Literary Elements - a great way to challenge yourself to read outside your normal genres and explore the many services the library has to offer. Asa bonus, you'll also have a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

We hope to see more of you dads, grandfathers, uncles, and just good friends all summer long at the library. 

Happy Fathers' Day!

Dawn @ Warrenton

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Mark Your Calendar - Summer Reading Fun Starts June 14

We hope you will join us for an exciting start to the summer reading program special events. 

For Children 
Start off summer reading with a bang, literally, when Mad Science of DC visits all three Fauquier County Public Library locations. This highly interactive program for children grades K - 5 is action packed with fascinating science demonstrations. Science IS fun! 

Saturday, June 14 
John Barton Payne Building - 10:30 a.m.
Bealeton Library - 1 p.m.
John Marshall Library - 3:30 p.m.


For Teens


Teens will enjoy the opportunity to meet the co-authors Amie Borst and her teenage daughter Bethanie for a discussion about their book Cinderskella, a laugh-out-loud story of a girl who wakes up to find herself dead. 

Where did they get their inspiration? How hard was it to work as a mother-daughter team to write the book? What is it like to be a published author?

Attend this author visit to learn the answer to these any other questions - and get tips to pursue your own writing dreams. PLUS, one lucky teen at each library location will win a copy of the book. 

Bealeton Library - Tuesday, June 17 @ 4 p.m.
Warrenton Library - Tuesday, June 17 @ 6:30 p.m.
John Marshall Library - Tuesday, June 24 @ 6:30 p.m.


For Adults 

Adults, don't despair - we have great summer reading program events planned for you too. Author and farmer Forrest Pritchard will discuss his book Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family FarmLearn how the author and his family beat the odds, stayed true to their roots and saved the family farm. Copies of Gaining Ground will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 

Sunday, June 22 
John Barton Payne Building - 5 p.m.

To learn more about other programs and activities taking place during our 2014 summer reading program, click here or pick up a schedule of events at any FCPL library location

All programs are free, thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Fauquier Library and local businesses. 

Join us! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Reading Program Starts Now

Summer has finally arrived. The 2014 Summer Reading Program has arrived as well at the Fauquier County Public Library. 

Registration is now open for children and teens at all library locations and online. Registration only takes a few minutes and opens the door to eight weeks of reading, special programs and, yes, prizes. Weekly special events begin Saturday, June 14 and run through August 9. 


Children

Children from preschool through 5th grade will Fizz Boom Read their way through summer. Each week, log the books you have read and earn one spin of the prize wheel. Once you register, you can start logging books; spins on the prize wheel begin Saturday, June 14. Programs will be held for children of all ages - from babies to tweens - so be sure to pick up a schedule of events at any library location or access it here - and mark you calendars! 


Teens 

If you are a rising 6th grader or older, come to the library to Spark a Reaction!  During this fun-filled program, teens can log books, write book reviews and attend special programs and events. When you submit book reviews, you are entered into a weekly prize drawing for cool prizes like car passes to Great Meadow's Fourth of July Celebration, Fauquier County Fair tickets, gift cards to local restaurants and businesses and other fun prizes. 

New for teens in 2014, each time you attend one of the special Summer Reading Program events, teens are also entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a Google Nexus Tablet - Good luck!  Register here for the Teen Summer Reading Program. 


Adults 

The fun isn't just for kids! By popular demand, the adult summer reading program is back. 

This year, adults can join in Literary Elements and be part of the reading fun. Pick up your game card starting June 14th. Special prize drawings will be held throughout the summer and a grand prize will also be drawn August 9 - one lucky patron will win a Kindle Fire!  

All Summer Reading Program events and activities are free thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Fauquier Library and local businesses.

So join us - and help us reach our 2014 Summer Reading Program goal of 30,000 books read. Don't miss it - there is fun planned for patrons of all ages. 

See you at the library! 

Lisa @ the Fauquier County Public Library 


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