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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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Kiddosphere: Ridiculously Good Reads – March Edition

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March is nearly over, so I thought this would be a good time for another “Ridiculously Good Reads” post. Every month or so, I’ll round up my favorite reads published in 2015. (The first post featured a book published before 2015, but now that the 2015 books are pouring in, I don’t need to do that anymore.)

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach book cover

A tragedy has occurred; SOMEONE has eaten someone’s sandwich. The narrator tells an impressive story of a sandwich stealing bear who somehow leaves the forest, stumbles into the city, and just happens upon your sandwich. Quite a story, isn’t it? (High school literature teachers who need to explain the concept of “unreliable narrator” should read this book to their classes.) I’m definitely adding The Bear Ate Your Sandwich to my list of awesome read alouds for K-3 students.

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat is GORGEOUS and already one of my favorites for the 2016 Caldecott, Through American four families making the same dessert, Blackberry Fool, Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall brilliantly depict the evolution of food technology over the course of four centuries. Kirkus Reviews interviewed the pair about their research and creation of this stunning picture book; definitely worth a read. I was bowled over by the intense research and care taken to accurately depict the times in which each family lived.

I Was Here is an authentic, moving, and realistic YA novel about the aftermath of suicide. After her best friend, Meg, commits suicide, eighteen year old Cody attempts to retrace her steps in order to understand why she took her life. For mature teens.

If You Plant a Seed. Words and pictures by Kadir Nelson book cover

Kadir Nelson made his name for his extraordinary illustrations and writings on African-American history and biographical figures. He took a marked departure last year with Baby Bear, which some adored and which some were rather indifferent. I think even those who weren’t that pleased with Baby Bear will fail to resist If You Plant a Seed. The illustrations are divine, and the moral lesson about kindness is never saccharine or preachy. The pictures and story are beautiful; this would be both a fine addition to an Easter basket and the Caldecott Medal canon.

I adore everything by Marisabina Russo (The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds is one of my all-time favorite read alouds), so I immediately scooped up Little Bird Takes a Bath. Little Bird is seeking the perfect after-rain puddle for a bath, but somehow gets interrupted each time. Eventually, of course, he finds a fine bath in this pitch-perfect read aloud for a bird/weather/spring story time.

March: Book Two continues and expands upon the astounding achievement created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell in March: Book One. March: Book One ended with the rise of the student protest movement in Nashville; the second volume highlights the Freedom Riders movement and the March on Washington. As with the first title, this is presented as a flashback on Barack Obama’s first inauguration day. It’s remarkably moving (Lewis reflects upon the fact that out of the “Big Six” of the civil rights movement–Martin Luther King, Jr., James Farmer, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young–he is the only one still alive), and I felt that the scenes involving Obama’s inauguration day were more effectively sewn into the narrative (especially the final pages in which Obama’s presidential oath is juxtaposed with the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing). Although this is written for adults, teens interested in the civil rights movement should definitely read this (wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than that). The third and final title will be released at a later date. (I’m assuming next year, since Book One was published last year.)

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon book cover

Ilyasah Shabazz was only two years old when she witnessed her father, Malcolm X, assassinated (she has no memory of it). X: A Novel, co-written with notable YA author Kekla Magoon (author of the excellent The Rock and the River and How it Went Down), is a fascinating novel centered on Malcolm Little’s chaotic childhood and early adulthood, ending with his first imprisonment and growing awareness of the Nation of Islam (before he became Malcolm X). It’s a gritty and mature read (but truthful); a unique addition to YA historical fiction. I’m hopeful that these two authors write a sequel!

Spring 2015 children’s and YA titles are rolling in! Check out this Saturday’s edition of Wowbrary for many enticing titles.

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Service Librarian, Warrenton central library

For book lists, reviews and staff suggestions for children published prior to January 2015, visit Kiddosphere, our blog about children/young adult fiction and non-fiction.

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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 fauquierlibrary.org. 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 fauquierlibrary.org.

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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 fauquierlibrary.org.

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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.

Summary

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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