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You’ll find a Different Kind of Easter Egg at Your Library

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130330-F-KB862-111It’s that time of year again.  Easter is just around the corner and soon kids will be hunting for the brightly-colored plastic eggs scattered across lawns all over the nation. Thrills of delight mark the opening – when a fun surprise is found inside.

But did you know you can find Easter eggs at the library all year long?  DVD Easter eggs – those little cinematic gems hidden on discs – can be found on dozens of movies at the library.  Here are some of our favorites and how to find them. You’re sure to be thrilled – and surprised – by what you find inside.

Ratatouille – On the main menu, you’ll see a rat that pops up behind two pots.  When the rat appears behind one of these pots, use your remote control’s arrow buttons to select it and press enter. Each pot will play a different clip. Once you’ve found these, keep searching there are more to be found!

Help – Beatlemania never really went away, right? If you’re a fan of the Beatles, then you’re sure to enjoy the radio promos hidden on these discs. From the disc one main menu, highlight ‘Play’ then arrow up to highlight John and press enter. There are four promos on the first disc and two more on the second.

Troy – This is one of the shortest Easter eggs on the list, but it’s also one of the funniest. From the disc two main menu, highlight ‘In the Thick of the Battle.’ Then arrow right to highlight a plank on the horse and press enter.

Vertigo – Did you know Alfred Hitchcock had to film an alternate ending to this classic for the foreign markets?  Find it by selecting ‘Obsessed with Vertigo.’ After the documentary you’ll be treated to two “Vertigo” trailers and the alternate ending. Then, arrow right and you’ll find hundreds of storyboards, photos and sketches.

The Matrix – Unsurprisingly, “The Matrix” is packed with hidden Easter Eggs.  To find our favorite, go to ‘Special Features’ and select ‘Cast and Crew.’  Next choose ‘Written and Directed by the Wachouski Brothers,’ then arrow up to highlight the red pill and press enter.

There’s lots to discover in the library’s DVD collection, so grab your remote and let the hunt begin!

Frances, Circulation, Warrenton central library and Bealeton branch library 

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to January 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.

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Catalog Tip: Check Out Our “Refreshed” Library Catalog

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Ernie the Bealeton Library cat Do you use the library’s online catalog from home? If not, you’re missing out. We’ve recently made some updates, including a bold new design that matches the library’s new website, so now is a great time to log in to your library account and take advantage of the following features:

  • Place and manage your holds
  • See what items you have checked out
  • Renew your checked out items
  • Check to see if you have any fines
  • Update your contact information – you can even add your mobile phone number if you prefer you get your notices by text
  • Create lists of books to read later
  • Keep track of your reading history
  • “Freeze” your holds when you go on vacation
  • Set up preferred searches of your favorite authors – get a notice when a new item is added to our collection

For tips on using these and other features of the catalog, visit our Help page.

On the go? We also have a mobile-friendly version of the library catalog to make it easy to search for items, place holds, and check your account status.

Tell us what you think of the new design by completing a short survey. If you’d like to be contacted by a library staff member, please indicate in your comments and include your contact information.

We will continue to work on ways we can make the online catalog more efficient and easy-to-use. This may result in small changes to the site from time to time. We hope you enjoy the new look and look forward to ongoing improvements to our catalog.

Happy searching!

Fauquier County Public Library 

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Fauquier County Public Library Seeks Teen Volunteers

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Fauquier County Public Library Seeks Teen Volunteers

(Warrenton, VA) March 27, 2015 —The Fauquier County Public Library is now accepting teen volunteer applications for the 2015 summer reading program. Positions are available at all three library locations.

Teen volunteers gain valuable work experience, earn service hours, meet graduation requirements or simply fill the need to give back to your community.

“We encourage applicants to think about their strengths and how they can best be used here at the library,” said Dawn Sowers, Public Services Manager. “Some teens are well suited to helping young children log their books, while others prefer to work behind the scenes. We try to match each volunteer up with tasks that are right for them. We certainly couldn’t make the summer reading program successful without their help.”

Forty-five teens volunteered during the 2014 summer reading program, contributing over 750 hours of valuable support.

Teens 13 years of age or older can pick up an application at any library location or online at Applications are due no later than Thursday, April 30. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview and must complete a training session prior to June 1.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations or visit us online at


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Fauquier County Public Library Expands Nature Adventure Pack Program

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Fauquier County Public Library Expands Nature Adventure Pack Program

Left to Right: Lowery Constance Pemberton, Friends of the Rappahannock Education Coordinator, Jennifer Schultz, FCPL Youth Services Librarian and Bailey Roseveare, Friends of the Rappahannock Intern

Left to Right: Lowery Constance Pemberton, Friends of the Rappahannock Education Coordinator, Jennifer Schultz, FCPL Youth Services Librarian and Bailey Roseveare, Friends of the Rappahannock Intern

(Warrenton, VA) March 25, 2015 —The Fauquier County Public Library, thanks to a generous donation from Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), has expanded its selection of Nature Adventure Packs at the Warrenton central and Bealeton branch libraries.

Nature Adventure Packs are nature-themed backpacks filled with tools for exploring the outdoors, including books, field guides and activities for children of all ages. Each has a different theme such as rocks, wetlands, forests or rivers.  Activities include identifying birds, creating habitats and exploring the outdoors. They can be used anywhere from a child’s backyard to a national park.  The packs make it easy for children to connect with nature and take a break from technology.

FOR is a recent recipient of Make It Happen! funding from the Fauquier Health Foundation. The Fauquier County Public Library is one of several area library systems in our region to receive new packs as a result of this funding. This is the second Nature Adventure Pack donation made to the Fauquier County Public Library by FOR.

Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library Youth Services Librarian, accepted the packs on behalf of the library. “We are grateful that FOR has been able to expand our selection of nature packs. They give parents and caregivers great ideas on how to explore the outdoors. And with our close proximity to local parks like Sky Meadows and Shenandoah, there are many fantastic area places to use the packs,” said Schultz.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations or visit us online at


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Reading Roundup: Bealeton Book Club Discusses Me Before You

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Me Before You book coverMe Before You, by Jojo Moyes, was the March selection of the Bealeton Book Club.


Louisa Clark is a looking for a new job, but she does not expect to find employment as a caregiver for a man who was previously an athlete and businessman, but is now confined to a wheelchair. Will Traynor does not expect his new caregiver to be so impervious to his shifting moods and sarcasm. As secrets are revealed and affection grows, the novel delves into the relationships between the characters. It is a beautiful, yet bittersweet and thought-provoking love story.

Book Club Review

The members of the Bealeton Book Club recommend this novel as a good read. It may make you cry and it sparks good discussion points, because it makes you think about major life decisions and the important relationships in your life. Jojo Moyes is publishing a sequel called After You in September 2015.

Similar Reads

If you are looking for similar reads, try the following books:
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
God’s Gift by Dee Henderson
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand
Next To Love by Ellen Feldman
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
A Time to Mend by Angela Hunt

The Bealeton Book Clubs meet once per month. If you would like to join us, please check our schedule for dates, times, and reading selections:

Bealeton Evening Book Club,  Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Bealeton Afternoon Book Club, Thursday 2:30 p.m.

Happy Reading!

Mary Sue, Adult Reference, Bealeton branch library

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Reading Riot: Once Upon a Time…Fairy Tales for Young Adults

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Stories concocted with wicked witches, powerful curses and magic spells tend to create charmed fables. These traditional folk and fairy tales have been passed down for generations and explore lessons to be learned. Although often associated with stories for younger children, books for young adults can also be based on traditional tales. To celebrate World Folktales and Fables Week, we’ve put together a list of enchanting books retold from classic fairy tales just for teens. Happy reading!

The Frog Princess by E.D. BakerDragon and castle

Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Once upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

Princess of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Birdwing by Rafe Martin

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library

For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teens.

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Staff Picks: From Award Winners to Light Reads

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couple_readingOnce again the Fauquier County Public Library administrative team has shared some of the books they have read and enjoyed in hopes that you may find some of these titles interesting and entertaining as well. Happy reading!

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. Set in rural western North Carolina, this powerful and tragic novel features a story told from three differing viewpoints. Described as a “literary thriller,” Cash’s debut novel made several “best of lists” in 2012 and won a number of awards, including the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Book Prize and the Appalachian Writers’ Association’s Book of the Year and was a PEN Robert W. Bingham Award Finalist.  Dawn, Public Services Manager, Warrenton central library

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast. A top-notch graphic memoir about the unbelievable stress that results when the tables turn and grown children are left taking care of their parents. At times grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Ms. Chast captures perfectly the struggles facing adult children of aging parents. On several lists of best books of 2014, this book was also a National Book Award Finalist. Maria, Library Director, Warrenton central library

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. This fall I found myself in a reading funk. It seemed that none of the books I picked up grabbed me. Then along came The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It had a pleasant blend of romance, suspense and humor that kept me turning the pages. In a time when many are saying the printed book is a dinosaur, its optimism about the printed word (literally) and the pleasure books bring to readers of all kinds was refreshing. Lisa, Public Information Coordinator, Warrenton central library

A Real Basket Case by Beth Groundwater. The first book in the Claire Hanover series is exciting. Set in Colorado, this series is about a forty-something gift basket designer. It was an Agatha Award finalist in 2007 for best first novel. Linda, Support Services Manager, Warrenton central library

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a one hundred-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she’s never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family. I liked this book because: 1) I’m a sucker for a happy ending; and 2) there were some awesome recipes found throughout the book. And, although there was ultimately a happy ending, there were plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me reading. Terri, Administrative Specialist, Warrenton central library

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to January 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.

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Staff Picks: Songwriter Stories

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In the past few years, a number of memoirs by rock and folk musicians have hit the best seller charts. I find that even better than reading them is listening to the performers tell their own stories in CD book format. Here are a few favorites:

Graham Nash  Wild Tales  Wild TAles

The tales start with his childhood adventures in Northern England, skipping school, hanging out in the rain with a friend to see the Everly Brothers, whose harmonizing was an important influence on Nash’s vocal style. His youthful interest in photography developed into a lifelong passion.  The Hollies were formed, found fame and then Graham decided to leave and come to America, specifically Laurel Canyon. On his first night there he met Stephen Stills and David Crosby. There was an instantaneous, natural harmony of voices if not personalities. Life with Joni Mitchell was immortalized in the song, “Our House.”  Many of the wilder tales (some truly amazing)  involve David Crosby and the super group’s own complex  internal relationships and their on-again, off-again partnership with Neil Young. Graham also shares his evolving involvement with the anti-war, anti-nuclear movements and other social issues.

Judy Collins Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

Her father was blind, a charismatic ladies’ man. He hosted a popular radio show in her childhood Colorado town where celebrities  were frequent dinner guests. She was trained in classical piano by the brilliant and demanding female conductor, Antonia Brico, about whom Judy later produced the acclaimed documentary “Antonia: a Portrait of the Woman.” She rebelled against her classical training and went on to perform folk and popular music with high school friends.  Her early blissful marriage later ended in divorce, but her husband was supportive of her fledgling musical career as she learned the ropes of touring and performing. The sad loneliness of the road led to many nights of drinking and a long-term battle with alcohol which eventually threatened her vocal cords. Her relationship and life-long friendship with Stephen Stills inspired his classic “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” – listen to how it came to be heard by her for the very first time.  Her complicated personal life included New York apartment living with the actor Stacy Keach, and the tragic death of her adult son. Bonus tracks include song fragments throughout the narrative and four extra songs beautifully sung by Judy at the end.

Keith Richards Life

Narrated by Johnny Depp (ok, it’s not Keith narrating but still…)

If the Stones are your cup of tea, here’s 19 hours of listening to Keith’s helpful life lessons. Hear about Mick aka “Brenda,” Brian, Anita, Patti, Rastafarian drummers, the X-Pensive Winos and possibly more than your ears or mind can absorb.

Carole King A Natural Woman: a MemoirCarole King

Musically precocious, Carole went to a special high school for talented kids that included Neil Sedaka, who wrote “Oh! Carol” about  her.  Carole’s own first hit song came when she was only 17. Her then husband, Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics to “Will you love me tomorrow?” and she wrote the music. Her hits co-written with Gerry cover the early years and the first part of this memoir which is now featured  on Broadway as Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.  Eventually, she moved to the West Coast (Laurel Canyon) and met her 2nd and 3rd husbands. But Carole didn’t much care for the West Coast drug scene and found land in Idaho (!) where she homechooled her children, lived for a time without running water or electricity  and became involved with environmental causes and her 4th husband.  Oh yes, and then there’s Tapestry, and touring with James Taylor, who helped her to overcome stage fright and perform center stage. While Carole’s singing voice is not quite what it used to be, there are plenty of musical interludes throughout this audio memoir.

Johnny Cash

The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend

Introduction by Kris Kristofferson.  Bonus Track: Big River. A special mention goes to this authorized biography, written by Steve Turner after Cash’s death.

The larger than life legend of Johnny Cash continues to fascinate. Beginning near the end of Johnny’s life, with the death of his beloved wife, June Carter Cash, this bio benefited from access to Johnny’s private thoughts and opinions not previously published  in his own memoirs, and insights and interviews of close family and friends.

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. For online book lists published prior to January 2015, visit Book Notes, our blog all about books.

Fran, Technical Services, Warrenton central library 

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Kiddosophere: Slimy Scaly Stories – Stories About Reptiles and Amphibians

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I love reading books with animal characters for story time, but I get a little tired of adorable animal antics from time to time. Since my previous story time was all about baby animals, I wanted something that wasn’t so sweet and cute. I have many story time plans that I’ve revised throughout the years, but nothing was really inspiring me until I decided to combine my outlines for a frogs story time and a snakes story time.

 I’d only presented these story times once or twice, and frankly, they weren’t that successful. Gathering fingerplays wasn’t a problem; I had some fun fingerplays for both themes. The truth was that I was really only excited about two books in my list for each theme. Experienced children’s librarians know that presenting a book that you’re rather “meh” about is a recipe for disaster. You should only include books that you really love to share. I usually include 3-4 books per story time session, so I decided to create a new “reptiles and amphibians” theme. I found new fingerplays and presented the story time this past Wednesday.

 It was a hit! Two stories were a bit longer than what I normally read, but we had no problems sitting and listening to the story. They even elicited impromptu feedback, which is always wonderful. This story time is a keeper! Here’s what we enjoyed:

Little Quack's New Friend by Lauren Thompson. Pictures by Derek Anderson book cover

I introduced Lauren Thompson’s Little Quack in my baby animals story time (a bit hit), so I decided to bring back this darling duckling one more time. Little Frog invites the little ducklings to play, but since he’s so different (green and says “ribbit”), they’re a little hesitant…except for Little Quack! When the ducklings see how much fun they are having splashing, squishing mud, and ducking their heads in the water (the illustration of the ducklings bottoms-up is precious), they know that having friends who are different is super cool. Little Quack’s New Friend is not only a super-cute story, but it has a quiet little message about the universality of play and friendship.

 Want to add some drama to your story time? Snip! Snap! What’s That? will definitely bring it. An alligator invades the home of three unsupervised children; although they are initially scared (who can blame them?), they drum up enough courage to boot the alligator out. One of my all-time favorite read alouds.

I begin story times with my longest story first; Turtle Day was the perfect way to end the read aloud portion of my toddler story time. It’s a simple story of a turtle waking up, quenching its thirst, sunning itself, protecting itself from a snake, and crawling inside its shell at the end of the day. It’s also a good “cause/effect story”–because turtle is thirsty, it drinks water. Because it is scared, it goes inside its shell, etc.

We have many excellent children’s nonfiction books if  you want informational books on reptiles or amphibians.

 Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library


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Reading Riot: Irish themed books

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, now’s a good time to take a look at books with an Irish theme. No mischievous leprechauns or pots of gold in these young adult novels. Like mournful Irish ballads, they seem to reflect Ireland’s sad past but definitely make for captivating reading.

Aerial view of Ireland island

An intense story about the power of music, The Carnival at Bray follows 16-year-old Maggie as she is uprooted from her home in Chicago when her mother remarries and moves the family to Ireland. While trying to fit in and adjust to life in a windswept town on the Irish Sea, Maggie, a huge fan of grunge rock, undertakes a journey to see the band Nirvana. Stellar writing, quirky characters and beautiful Irish scenery – it’s no wonder this debut novel by Jessie Ann Foley was a 2015 Printz Honor book. Edgy and mature content makes it suited to older teens.


Human rights activist and writer, Siobhan Dowd wrote several young adult novels set in Ireland before her life was cut short by cancer. One of my favorites, Solace of the Road, is about a teenager who runs away from her foster home in London, trying to get back to Ireland and find her mother. This gritty story of a street-smart girl facing hardships, surviving on the road and coming to terms with a painful childhood will break your heart. But lucky for Holly, there were guardian angels along the way that gave her solace and helped her grow up.

Another book by Dowd, Bog Child takes place in 1981 at the height of Ireland’s “Troubles.” 18-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother’s hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

Read on for more books set in Ireland.

Running with the Reservoir Pups by Colin Bateman

When his parents divorce and his mother moves with him to Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12-year-old Eddie contends with the Reservoir Pups, a gang of children who rule his neighborhood.

Airman by Eoin Colfer

In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions.  He plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive, but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson

Bobby’s mother, concerned at the reckless life he leads in Dublin, moves the family to the country, but Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems.

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tír na n’Óg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

Wild blood by Kate Thompson

Shortly before she turns fifteen and loses the power to “Switch,” Tess spends time with her cousins in the Irish countryside trying out different animal forms. When her cousins disappear in the woods she must face her fears to save them.

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library

For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.

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