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Kiddosphere: Olympic Fever

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Despite the inevitable controversies and worries over each Olympics, I am always excited when another Olympic Games is upon us. Although I enjoy the Winter Olympics very much, the Summer Olympics are my top favorite (I get bored with the endless skiing events). Track and field, swimming, gymnastics, diving, rowing and volleyball–I love them all! In anticipation of renewed interest in the Games, we recently ordered a bunch of new Olympics-themed titles. Here are some of my favorites (or ones that I am looking forward to reading): (more…)

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We Want Your Feedback!

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The Board of Supervisors’ Broadband Committee seeks your input on your current access to and need for broadband:

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Copies of the Fauquier County Resident and Business Broadband Surveys are available at all Fauquier County Public Library locations — in paper and online via the library’s public computers.

Thanks for your feedback!

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Thomas Jefferson: More Than Just a Politician

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Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, died 190 years ago this month, on July 4, 1826. If you grew up in Virginia, you probably know that Jefferson was born here and that his home near Charlottesville, Monticello, is a major tourist attraction. But do you know anything else about Jefferson? That he was not only a politician, but also had an avid interest in gardening, farming, and viticulture (the study of grapes)? Read on for a few resources you may want to check out.

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Kiddosphere: Read for the Win: Bingo Cards!

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This year, the Fauquier County Public Library incorporated “game cards” into the summer reading program and so far it’s been a big success. Each week’s card consists of both reading and non-reading activities (follow the library’s social media, bring a friend/child to the library, ask a librarian to recommend a book, etc). If you’re still working on your bingo card and need some suggestions to complete it(a total of three completed activities is required), then today is your lucky day! Remember: children, teens and adults have the same categories! (more…)

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Consumer Reports August 2016: The High Price of a College Education

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Check out this information in the August issue of Consumer Reports:

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Most of us who have attended college ended up with some kind of student loan debt. But did you know that 42 million people owe on student loans, and that equals $1.3 trillion in student debt? The article “Lives on Hold” spotlights several former students who are trying to pay off their debt. There is also a section with ten key questions that families should ask before deciding on a college or university, including what does the student want to get out of college, what kind of financial help can you expect, are there ways to cut costs, and how to know if the college education will pay off. (more…)

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Staff Picks: Getting to Know Writers

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writing[1]When you love to read the books of a particular author, you often want to get to know that author beyond just their works of fiction. Many writers either understand this need of bibliophiles or experience it themselves with their favorite writers, because there are many essay collections and autobiographies by some of our best writers you can spend hours enjoying. Here are two books recently read by members of library administration that were particularly enjoyable. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Reading Goals: Graphic Novels

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If you’re a Goodreads user, you know that the site is helpful in keeping track of reading goals. Users can set a reading goal of X amount of books, and Goodreads will keep track of your progress. While I don’t set a general number of books to read in a year, I do keep track of the types of books that I read throughout the year, and try to at least match the previous year’s total + 1 title. I divide my completed reads into categories: children’s (includes fiction and nonfiction), young adult (fiction and nonfiction), adult fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels/comic book collections, and diversity/disability, which includes any book that prominently features a character in a minority group, a character with a physical, mental, or emotional disability, or a nonfiction/biography title that is about some aspect of ethnic/disability history or a noted member of a minority/disability community. (more…)

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