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Reading Riot: TAG Volunteers Have Green Thumbs

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TAG Planting at Bealeton libraryThanks to our Teen Advisory Group (TAG), the Bealeton branch library is bursting with spring blooms. For the fifth year, TAG celebrated Earth Day by beautifying the library for our patrons with replanted flower pots at the front entrance of the Bealeton library.  Materials for this project were generously supplied by the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

If you’re a teen looking for ways to give back to the community, consider volunteering to help with the Summer Reading Program. Applications accepted through April 30. (more…)

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e-Resource News: Car Buying? Arm Yourself With Information

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Thinking about buying a new car? Do your research online and save trips to the dealerships for test drives.Used Car Salesman

Premium e-resources available at the library or from home with your library card:

  • Zinio Downloadable Magazines – Titles include Car and Driver and Motor Trend. Read online or download/save to your tablet.
  • Magazines, Journals & Newspapers – Access articles on and reviews of automobiles from a variety of publications using Infotrac Newstand, Infotrac OneFile and America’s Newspapers from Newsbank


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Discover the History of Your House

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Every house has a story, what does yours say? If you are living in an old or historic home, you may be wondering about its history. Who lived in it before? When was it built? Is it “historic” or just old? The Fauquier County Public Library has some tips and the resources available to help you on your quest.Old Town Warrenton

Getting started

Begin by writing down the details of your house, starting with the address, block or plot number, the lot size and the type of architectural style. Jot down everything, even if it see’s insignificant, it may just be that one detail that leads to a clue! Check with your neighbors. (more…)

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Consumer Reports May 2016: What Do You Know About Your Doctor?

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unnamedCheck out this information in the May issue of Consumer Reports:


Did you know that thousands of working doctors are currently being disciplined by their state medical boards for matters such as over-prescribing controlled substances, botched surgeries, substance abuse and other infractions?  How can you find out? This month’s cover article has information on what makes a great doctor, smart ways to choose a doctor, and how to file a complaint, if necessary. (more…)

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Celebrate Shakespeare With Your Local Library

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For Immediate Release

(Warrenton, VA) April 14, 2016 — The Fauquier County Public Library, with the generous support of the Norris Family Fund and in cooperation with Highland School, will present “Tiny Tempest” on Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. at the Rice Theater.

“Tiny Tempest” will be performed by The Shakespeare Theatre Company and is adapted specifically for young audience from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”  The performance allows attendees to interact with the cast and is followed by group activities. Admission is free. (more…)

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Read and Reorganize: Kick Start Your Spring Cleaning

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Do you believe an empty desk signals an empty mind? Or do you require a clean space to think clearly?

Many of us are trying to find a happy medium when it comes to our possessions. Luckily, there are a lot of suitable intervals between not being able to see your floor and drinking all beverages out of a singular coffee mug.

It’s a delicate balance, but it can be struck. (more…)

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Staff Picks: Top Picks for April

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After a long winter, it is delightful to spend time outdoors enjoying the sun. However, on rainy or chilly Spring days, it’s time to find some great reads at the library. The John Marshall branch library staff has some favorite suggestions on what to read in your free time. (more…)

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Reading Riot: Gardening @ the Library

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This issue of Reading Riot features a guest book review by Teen Advisory Group member Allison G. Just as the weather warms and we begin to plan our spring gardening project at the library (see below for details), Allison reviews the classic story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When orphaned and homeless young Mary Lennox has nowhere to go, her uncle allows her to come live in his castle in the Yorkshire Moor. This proves to be a very different lifestyle than where she used to secret garden cover children playing in gardenlive in India. Mary must learn to be nice to people which she has some trouble doing. Shortly after meeting her uncle, Archibald Craven, he leaves to travel for an extended time. Mary is alone and has no one to talk to until she meets Martha, a young girl from the nearby village who works as a maid in the castle. Martha had been assigned to help care for Mary. Soon Mary gets bored and decides to explore the many rooms of the castle. While she is exploring, she hears a strange crying sound. Even though she was told to stay in her room and to ignore the strange cries, she finds time to explore the castle and scouts out to find out what the strange sound was. Later Mary is told to go outside to explore the gardens where she meets the gardener, Ben Weatherstaff and some unique and interesting friends. Mary learns about the secret garden on the property that has been locked up for many years. Mary searches for and finds a way inside. Mary and her friends learn about the magic inside the secret garden.

I really enjoyed this book and I intend to read it again. I am listening to the audio version of it now and when I am finished with that, I am going to watch the movie. This is a great book and a really nice story. There were some funny parts, some interesting parts and a sad part. The story kept me interested all along the way. I would recommend this classic book for all ages. My mother read this book with me and we both equally enjoyed it. It is one of those good books that you want to read to the end but you don’t really want it to end. To me, that is the mark of a good book.

Allison G., 13

The Bealeton library garden may not be magical but each year, thanks to our Teen Advisory Group (TAG), it comes alive with fresh plants and flowers.

To honor Earth Day in April, TAG will continue the tradition by replanting flowers and greenery to create a welcoming and beautiful entrance for library patrons.

But you don’t have to be a TAG member to participate.

All young adults in 6th grade and above are invited to help with our annual planting project. Participants will dig in, literally and figuratively, to the Bealeton garden once again creating a welcome splash of colorful fresh flowers.

Funding for the project is generously provided by the Friends of the Library each year.

Bealeton branch library – 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, (540) 422-8500 x 3

If you’re still looking for ways to give back to the community, consider volunteering to help with the Summer Reading Program. Applications accepted through April 30.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

Want to stay informed about books, websites and events for teens and young adult readers? Check out more from Reading Riot.

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