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Consumer Reports August 2015: From Superbugs to Better Kitchens

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Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.  The August issue of Consumer Reports kicks off a three-part series with “The Rise of Superbugs.”  It mentions how superbugs can spread through a community and how antibiotics can be misused. An April 2015 Consumer Reports survey noted that of 1,000 adults surveyed, many were prescribed antibiotics for things such as colds, sinus infections and dental work, when they may not be necessary.

Dream Kitchen

Do you like to cook, or just enjoy spending time in the kitchen?  If so, check out the guide to remodeling your kitchen, step by step, to create the kitchen of your dreams. The article includes ratings for countertops, sinks, flooring, ranges, cooktops, refrigerators, and dishwashers.

TV Options

Most of us watch TV–sometimes too much! But as costs for cable and streaming services rise, people are looking for ways to cut expenses without losing quality or variety of channels. The article “How to Win at TV” lists some new TV options; you may find one that’s just right for you.

More in This Issue

  • Ratings for smartwatches
  • Article on “Can You Afford to Live to 100?”
  • Article on oil–do you need to top off you car’s oil reservoir between oil changes?

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2011 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

Reference Staff, Warrenton central library


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Homework Help: School Tools You Can Use

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Pencil sitting on pages of dictionaryIf you’re not already aware, your library card provides you with free access to numerous research and reference resources — available online, any time, from any Internet-connected device. Below are a selection of resources that are geared at students…

Britannica Library: This reference staple offers research materials through three levels of access: children, young adults and the reference center for adults. Content includes three encyclopedias, new and continually updated journal articles, primary-source material, multimedia assets, a world atlas and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish. Students will appreciate the “How-To” documents on creating book reviews, presentations, research papers and science reports.

Literati/CREDO Reference: Literati is a good tool for finding topics and basic information in high school or first-year college courses. The site includes over 10,000 “Topic Pages” provide authoritative background information, context and customized links to online reference materials and other vetted library resources. In addition, the site offers Live Homework Help to give real time access to state certified teachers for students in grades 3-12.

Kids InfoBits: Perfect for young learners (grades K-5), the graphical interface of this e-resource helps kids explore age-appropriate, educational content.

InfoTrac Student Edition: Geared at older students, this site provides access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. It also includes age-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

World Book Online: Access encyclopedia articles, maps, science project ideas and more. There is also a Spanish version of the World Book Encyclopedia.

Bloom’s Literature: This resource contains more than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, including 700 titles published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism and Facts On File. Also included in the database are more than 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

If you need help with these or any of the library’s research resources,  e-mail a librarian or call the Adult Reference Desk at (540) 422-8500 ext. 6862.

Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central library


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Staff Picks: Recent Picks by Warrenton Staff

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The reading tastes of staff members vary widely. Here are a few recommendations from the staff at the Warrenton central library staff from books we’ve recently read:Book Clubs

The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

A good read about overcoming a loss and finding the “magic” again, Sarah Addison Allen’s The Lost Lake, is about Kate, a recently widowed mother of one, who returns to her Aunt Eby’s cottage in Georgia, which she had visited one summer as a child. Kate is looking for a place where she can heal with her daughter. However her aunt is looking to sell those cottages and move on. Kate soon realizes the “magic” of the cottages is no longer there and hopes she will find that magic again. Kate finds that what she thought was lost is indeed still there, she’ll just need to put in the effort to find it again. With the help of her daughter Devin, she finds so much more.

– Jody, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

I am fascinated by early Hollywood and the silent movie era. Of the many scandals of that time, one of the most mysterious is the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, on the night of February 1, 1922. The murder has never been solved. Many books have been written on the topic, most recently Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann.

Using a variety of sources, Mann focuses on the persons closest to Desmond, but which one (if any) was the killer — actress Mabel Normand, actress Mary Miles Minter, her mother Charlotte Shelby, actress Margaret “Gibby” Gibson or Edward Sands, Desmond’s valet?  Was there a Hollywood cover up? The solution arrived at by Mann makes sense, at least to me, and may be the final word on the subject. If you like a good, true-life, intriguing mystery, this book is for you.

– Vicky, Reference/Virginiana Room Librarian, Warrenton central library

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

One of the best books I have read recently is The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. I am a big fan of Gillian Flynn’s novels, and I am always on the lookout for read-alikes. I had never read anything by Harrison, and I came across The Silent Wife in my search for further novels featuring psychologically tangled relationships. This was Ms. Harrison’s debut fiction novel, published in 2013. The book focuses on couple Jodi and Todd. The title of the book is of interest because Jodi and Todd are not actually married, and this ends up being an important distinguishing point in the story. The couple is not in a good place in their relationship, and the issues between them are exacerbated by Todd’s indiscretions and Jodi’s passive-aggressive tendencies. Things will boil over between them when one indiscretion becomes much more, and Jodi finds herself resorting to extreme measures. The book is told in the alternating voices of Jodi and Todd, and is a quick read featuring realistically flawed characters. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting.

-Amanda, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

You can find other staff picks online, as well as reading recommendations from our book clubs. Or you can stop by the Reference Desk at any library locations.



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Special Program: Kindergarten Kickoff!

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1000-peopleIs your child starting kindergarten soon? Even the most well-prepared child many wonder what exactly kindergarten will be like or be a little nervous about stepping into the kindergarten classroom for the first time.

Come on over to our Kindergarten Kickoff for stories and activities about school, paving the way for a smooth transition from being a preschool child to kindergarten student. Participants will earn a Kindergarten Kickoff certificate too!

Thursday, August 13th, 10:30 a.m.


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Whoo’s back? OWLs return in August

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Our older, wiser, learners, or OWLs meets monthly to learn new things, and to meet new people. Each Fauquier County Public Library location hosts a different topic, interest or presenter. Conveniently located at each of our library locations, you can choose the location or date that works for you. Have a suggestion for a program or something to share? let staff know at any branch.  Join us in August for movies and popcorn, travel tales.

Thursday, August 13

1 p.m. @ Warrenton central library
Join us for a Travel Tales.  “Travel” to other parts of the country and the world, without leaving town! OWLs are invited to informally share experiences of traveling and / or living in other parts of the country and world.  Talk with Adult Reference librarian, Jody as she shares the tale of her family climbing Mt. Fujii. All are welcome to share. Call 540-422-8500 ext 6862 for more information.

2 p.m. @ Bealeton branch library
Join us for the movie, Secondhand Lions. Garth and Hub are mysterious old men hiding millions. But to Walter, they are family – and now they’re about to lead him on an adventure he’ll never forget.  Call 540-422-8500 ext 3 for more information.

Wednesday, August 26

1 p.m. @ John Marshall branch library
Beat the heat and drop by the John Marshall branch library for movie and popcorn. Join us for Driving Miss Daisy starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.  Call 540-422-8500 ext 4 for more information.

Stop by, share, learn new things and meet new people. We hope to see you at OWLs!

Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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Reading Riot: Kudos to Our Teen Volunteers

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With the busy Summer Reading Program (SRP) wrapping up, I want to send a huge shout out to our wonderful teen volunteers. Throughout the summer, these enthusiastic and hardworking young adults helped in so many ways. I don’t think SRP would have been as successful without them. By volunteering their time, the teens gained valuable work experience, earned service hours, met graduation requirements and simply filled the need to give back to the community.

One of the main jobs teen volunteers did was to help children register for SRP, log their reading, spin the wheel and get prizes. They also assisted with crafts and games during children’s programs. Some did clerical tasks or shelved books. Oftentimes, theirs were the first welcoming faces that greeted patrons who came into the library.

Warrenton Volunteer

At the Warrenton branch, Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Schultz reported that she’s had a great group of volunteers this year with 25 teens, the largest number in several years. Many of the helpers were amazingly creative; they enjoyed painting and putting together the games like the ping pong toss and the ring toss.

“[They] love helping out,” Jennifer says. “Whenever I’ve needed extra volunteers for Celebrate America or Superhero Training School, I’ve had 7-8 volunteer for extra time, and they come dressed for the theme!”


John Marshall Volunteers

The Marshall branch library also had a dozen awesome volunteers eagerly doing any task that was asked of them. In particular, each Wednesday for Family Movie, these industrious teens set up chairs, made and served popcorn and at the end of the movie vacuumed up every crumb of popcorn that landed on the floor.

Bealeton Volunteers

At Bealeton new friendships bloomed among the 12 volunteers. Working together, these teens discovered shared interest in movies, music and books like Erin Hunter’s Warrior series. They pitched in and made special events for children especially entertaining. During Superhero Training School, these fun-loving teens made their own superhero masks to wear while assisting children through the games and obstacle course. How fun is that?!?

The SRP volunteer service is finished for this year and those teen helpers deserve a big pat on the back. If you want to help next summer, and will be 13 years old, you can apply next spring.

In the meanwhile, recruitment for the Teen Advisory Group starts soon. This group of 6th graders and above meets monthly to plan and participate in library activities and service projects. Just complete the membership form or ask your librarian how to get involved.

If you’re a teen, there is something for you, at your local library!

Ann McDuffie, youth services librarian, Bealeton branch library

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August Book Discussions

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The Fauquier County Public Library will hold the following book discussions during the month of August. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us – new members are always welcome!

Bealeton Book Clubs
Monday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.boys in the boat
Thursday, August 20, 2:30 p.m.
Planning Meeting for upcoming selections

Great Books (Warrenton)
Monday, August 10, 7 p.m. [please note new date]
Sonny’s Blue by James Baldwin

Marshall Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m.Rosie Project
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

Marshall Evening Book Club
Monday, August 31, 7 p.m
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Mystery Book Club (Warrenton)
Thursday, August 20, noonThe Dark Winter
The Dark Winter by David Mark

Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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Reading Roundup: Bealeton Book Club Discusses The Spymistress

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The Spymistress book cover

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini is a fascinating historical fiction account of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Van Lew, a wealthy spinster in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. Her convictions as both an abolitionist and as a Unionist spurred her toward activities that could endanger her and her family in a deeply divided South. She helped create the Richmond Underground and became a “spymistress” for the Union. Most of her work involved nursing and providing food for wounded and imprisoned soldiers at Libby Prison.

The book club members enjoyed this easy, but thought-provoking historical fiction novel. Lizzie was a strong character, oftentimes annoying and manipulative. Her amazing ability to have a seemingly innocent reason for all she did while committing “treason” against the Confederacy was especially noted. We could not believe what she was able to do and how bold she was in her endeavors. She sometimes put her own family in extreme danger while pursuing her own agendas. The book club members discussed economic and political causes the Civil War, including slavery, states’ rights and industrialism. The members especially enjoyed that the novel was set locally, with historical vignettes of Manassas / Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Richmond and other places and events, in the form of newspaper articles read by Lizzie or told to her by prisoners at Libby Prison.

Suggested Titles:

Civil War Espionage
A Yankee Spy in Richmond: the Civil War Diary of “Crazy Bet” Van Lew
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
The Rebel and the Rose: James A. Semple, Julia Gardiner Tyler, and the Lost Confederate Gold
Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South

The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts
Gateway to Freedom
Roots of Resistance (DVD)
Bound for Canaan
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Union Quilters
His Promised Land
The Mapmaker’s Children
The Last Runaway
The Quaker and the Rebel

The Invention of Wings
Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War
Lift Up Thy Voice: the Grimke Family’s Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders
The Abolitionists (DVD)

Virginia in the Civil War
Spy of Richmond
Hell or Richmond
Virginia at War
Richmond Burning
Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War
Escape from Libby Prison
Libby Life
The Richmond Howitzers
The Beleaguered City: Richmond, 1861-1865
The Years of Anguish: Fauquier County, Virginia, 1861-1865
The Civil War in Fauquier County, Virginia

Civil War Causes
1861: The Civil War Awakening
The Causes of the Civil War
The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861
In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863
The Road to Disunion
What Caused the Civil War?

Civil War Diaries and Letters
Southern Woman’s Story
A Woman’s War
No Soap, No Pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery, and Desertion
Send Me a Pair of Old Boots and Kiss My Little Girls
Mama: I Am Yet Still Alive
A Diary from Dixie
Dark Days in our Beloved Country: The Civil War Diary of Catherine Hopkins Broun
In the Shadow of the Enemy: the Civil War Journal of Ida Powell Dulany
‘My Heart Is So Rebellious’: the Caldwell Letters, 1861-1865
Journals of Amanda Virginia Edmonds: Lass of the Mosby Confederacy, 1857-1867
The Women of the Debatable Land

Book Club Meetings:
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,  usually the 3rd Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m.
(PLEASE NOTE: Starting in September, the Bealeton Evening Book Club will meet on a Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.)
Bealeton Afternoon Book Club,  usually the 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:30 p.m.

Happy Reading!

Mary Sue, Adult Reference, Bealeton branch library

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e-Resource News: Automobiles – Advice & Guidance

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For sale signs posted on automobilesThinking about buying a new car? Scheduling a tune-up? If you are looking for advice before you hit the dealer lots or service department, check out the following resources available through the Fauquier County Public Library:


  • Car and Driver – available in print or online via Zinio
  • Databases – Use your library card to log in to view articles and reviews from various magazines, journals and newspapers
  • N.A.D.A. appraisal guides (in print and online) – ask at the Reference Desk for access
  • Motor Trend – read online/download to your device via Zinio
  • The library also has the ALLDATA Online Repair Manuals database available for in-library use (Warrenton Library only). Features include:
    • Factory images, diagrams and diagnostic flow charts
    • Factory wiring diagrams with instructions
    • Maintenance tables for each year, make, model and engine
    • Parts and labor information for estimating repairs
    • Manufacturer’s technical service bulletins (TSBs) and recalls, updated daily

In Print

  • The Car Book by Jack Gillis REF 629.222 GIL (library use only)
  • Consumer Reports (available at the Reference Desk):
    • April – annual Used and New Car Buying Guide
    • October – annual Best and Worst New Car Preview

If you have an older vehicle and want to avoid paying a mechanic, in addition to ALLDATA Online, the library also carries the Chilton manuals.  Manuals available for check-out are mostly located in the 629 area of the non-fiction section.

Happy driving!

Alison Pruntel, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central library

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