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Staff Picks: Captivating Non-Fiction

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Whether you are a fervent or not-so-fervent reader of non-fiction, the reference staff at Warrenton central library tops of bookshopes to entice you into choosing one of these captivating non-fiction titles. What gets you pondering: tales of friendship, stories of perseverance or a biography that brushes up against the topic of our own mortality? They say the truth is stranger than fiction. Sometimes that is the case, and sometimes the truth simply blows you away. Let your mind be swept up, as by a sweet spring breeze, in one of these real-life tales. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Ridiculously Good Reads, March Edition

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How’s your springtime reading going so far? I’m constantly overwhelmed by the number of amazing books we have in our collection. Instead of whittling down my To-Be-Read list, I find it growing all the time!

hamilton

What’s the hottest show on Broadway right now? It just happens to be a (mostly) hip-hop musical about Founding Father and the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. Tickets are sold out until infinity, and the cast (along with creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda) have been hosted at the White House, featured on 60 Minutes, and stole the show at the Grammy Awards. (more…)

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Reading Riot: Calling Teen Volunteers!

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We Want You pointing fistFauquier County Public Library is looking for a few good teen volunteers to help with our annual Summer Reading Program.

Volunteering of your time is a great way to gain valuable work experience, earn service hours, meet graduation requirements or simply fill the need to give back to your community. And what better place to give back than the library! (more…)

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Catalog Tip: Library Notices

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If you have an e-mail address and/or a mobile phone, the library will send you notices related to your library account, including hold pickup, hold expiration/cancellation, courtesy (3 day advance notice of items due), alerts for new materials and overdue notices. (more…)

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Resources To Explore Irish Genealogy

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Do you have Irish ancestors? If you do, I’m sure you’ve heard that doing Irish genealogy is almost impossible because so many records were destroyed in Ireland’s Public Records Office fire of 1922. Fortunately, although many records were destroyed, a number of records did survive, and they are worth looking into.

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Consumer Reports April 2016: The Automobile Issue

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Car lotEvery year, the April issue of Consumer Reports is all about automobiles–articles, reviews, etc.  Here are some of the highlights of this year’s auto issue:

New Car Ratings

This is probably the most-used section of the April issue. Here you will find ratings for all types of vehicles, from electric cars to pickup trucks, and everything in between. This year, ratings for the 250 best-performing, safest and most reliable vehicles are included. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Celtic Pride: Books for St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Heritage Month

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Shamrocks and all things green will be sprouting this Thursday for St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s look at our fabulous children’s books about the holiday and Irish-American history!

patrickTome dePaola’s Jamie O’Rourke folktales are among his most popular stories, so the fact that he wrote a children’s biography of St. Patrick is no surprise. DePaola presents the known facts and even legends associated with St. Patrick; this is a good read-aloud for elementary school children. (more…)

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Reading Roundup: Recent Reads by the Bealeton Book Club

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The Bealeton Book Club has had some lively and interesting discussions in recent month as they discussed three recent selections – all of which were greatly enjoyed by the group.

 

December Discussion – The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry is a curmudgeonly bookseller on an isolated island. He owns a rare copy of “Tamerlane,” an epic poem by Edgar Allan Poe, which gets stolen early in the book. A surprise appears on his doorstep and he chooses to step out of his comfort zone and selfishness, in the process gaining purpose and a more affable personality. The novel follows his change through several years, which brings him a family, romance, and perhaps more fulfillment than he would have gained before. (more…)

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Reading Riot: Improv Fun @ the Library

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If you have ever watched “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and thought, hey, I could do that … or at least thought you’d like to give some improv games a try, now is your chance! Improv is coming to the Warrenton central library!Actors performing improv

In my experience, there are a lot of people who want to try improv; what keeps them away is the fear they have about trying it. But, fear not. I can virtually guarantee a fun, non-painful experience. Why? Not only will you be surrounded by supportive friends and participants, but also you’re improvising all the time! Think about it. Your whole life is improv. Every day, you get up and have no idea what will happen, who you will talk to, what that person will say next or how you will respond. Isn’t it going well so far? (more…)

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