As a family that frequently went on camping trips and visited historical places (I identify with Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation), visiting national parks was part of my childhood experience. I have many fond memories of Shenandoah National Park (rained the entire time during one trip!), Rocky Mountain National Park (briefly snowed during our July trip!), and how could I forget the car trip and visit to Grand Canyon National Park and the Petrified Forest (we often stopped at rest stops for a picnic lunch; a stop in New Mexico taught me about desert heat when I reached for my second sandwich slice, which contained very dried out bread). (more…)
Do you tend to read more books in the summer than at any other time of year? Summer is a laid-back season, when many people have more down time – either being on vacation, or on school break, or just taking the time to slow down because of the heat. The Warrenton Circulation Staff has several books to recommend for those lazy, hazy days of summer – check these out, and maybe one will be the best book you read this summer! (more…)
Where did the summer go? I hope you read some awesome books this summer! When I realized that I haven’t done a “Ridiculously Good Read” post since May, I knew that I had a lot of catching up to do. I had a much longer list than this, but I am saving some titles for future posts. Here are some of my outstanding favorites from the summer.
I’ve been a huge fan of Sundee T. Frazier ever since I read The Other Half of My Heart, which was shamefully neglected during its publication year for recognition and awards. (more…)
Volunteers at Marshall branch library dressed up for Pirate SPLAT.
Kudos to all the teen volunteers who tirelessly assisted the library throughout our Summer Reading Program! These young adults helped keep SRP running smoothly in so many ways.
They helped children log game cards, spin the wheel and earn prizes. They played games and made crafts with children in our many programs. They set up movies and cleaned up after science experiments. They also made lasting friendships, ate pizza and had fun!
Bealeton teen volunteers take an ice cream break after helping at the Children’s Grand Finale.
The SRP would not be the same without our teen volunteers…so thanks a million!
If you will be 13 or older next summer, consider joining our teen volunteer crew. You can earn service hours and job skills in a great environment.
∼ 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.
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online classes allowing unlimited participation, accessible via the web. These online courses, many available at no cost, usually offer traditional course materials, such as recorded lectures, readings/assignments and problem sets. They also usually provide interactive user forums that allow interaction between students, professors and teaching assistants, especially in those courses that you pay for. (more…)
Whether you are new to researching your family history or are a seasoned researcher who has hit a road block, give Genealogy Connect a try. This library database can be accessed in the library or in the comfort of your home with your Fauquier County Public Library Card. Genealogy Connect features a wide range of references covering the American Revolution, Atlantic States, Family Histories and Quaker Ancestors.
How it works
- Full text PDF’s of titles are available to view
- The titles can be easily searched and navigated
- Options for citing your sources, email, downloading and printing from the text
- Includes a table of contents, list of illustrations and appendix
- A content summary for each title
Below is just a sampling of full text titles available.
- American Revolution, 1775-1783
- Atlantic States
- Emigration and Immigration
- Genealogical Databases And Libraries
- Reference Works
- United States History, 1600-1775 (Colonial Period)
- War of 1812
A Closer Look
An example from the Emigration and Immigration collection is American Passenger Arrival Records: A Guide to the Records of Immigrants Arriving at American Ports by Sail and Steam, Updated and Enlarged. Originally published in 1988 and updated in 1999, this title features coverage of colonial emigration records, finding aids and reference materials, National Archives microfilm programs and publications, current projects and new developments in immigration research.
If you know the name of the ship your ancestor arrived on, Ships of Our Ancestors is a compilation of photographs of some 900 steamships that transported immigrants to the United States, arranged alphabetically by ship name. Includes well known shipping lines North German Lloyd, White Star, Cunard, Guion, Red Star, Inman, and Hamburg-American.
Within the Atlantic States collection you will find indexes of Maryland marriages, Muster Rolls and Colonial Immigration. States covered include New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. This resource includes naturalization records and much more.
If your looking to trace your Quaker Ancestors, check out Index to Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 1999. This index includes an alphabetical listing of around 600,000 names found in “Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy” with entries containing surname, given name, volume number and page number.
For a little humor check out Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector. Veteran researchers will enjoy this humorous account of the many adventures one can have while on a quest for genealogy answers. A sequel to Collecting Dead Relatives, this title also includes advice for researchers.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can connect with Genealogy Connect, stop by and talk to a reference librarian. We’d be happy to assist you and help you find the correct resource to assist you in your family history research. Don’t forget you can find this and much more on our Genealogy and Local History page of the library website.
Jody ~ reference librarian, Warrenton central library
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Check out this information in the September issue of Consumer Reports:
Many of us occasionally take dietary supplements such as probiotics, calcium, Vitamin B12, Echinacea or fish oil. Did you know that dietary supplements are not regulated in the same way as drugs? So just how safe are these supplements? This month’s article on “Supplements: A Complete Guide to Safety” lists 15 ingredients to always avoid, tips on how to read labels, and what you can do instead of taking certain supplements. (more…)
While there’s no shortage of awesome read alouds, trying to find something other than the usual standards (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, etc) can be overwhelming. Warrenton Youth Services staff is always ready to recommend great read alouds for all ages. Here are some of our favorites! (more…)
Elephants are amazing creatures. They are fierce fighters, attentive mothers (and aunts, older sisters, and grandmothers!) and have complex behaviors that have intrigued scientists for ages. In honor of World Elephant Day, let’s take a look at the fascinating and fun books we have about these majestic creatures. (more…)
Since the Pokemon Go phenomenon began, the Bealeton library has been crawling with packs of Pokemon Trainers using their mobile phones to capture creatures and earn rewards. It’s been fun welcoming so many new faces to the library and hearing about the game.
But remember, we are more than just a PokeStop! The library has lots of other resources to check out while you’re on the Pokemon trail.