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Survey Confirms Library is Highly Valued as Cultural Center of Community

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Press Release

Survey Confirms Library is Highly Valued as Cultural Center of Community

(Warrenton, VA) February 28, 2017  ̶  The Fauquier County Library 2016 Community Survey and Community Leaders’ Forum finds that the library is highly valued as a cultural center in the community.

Over 1,600 county residents completed the survey during the fall of 2016. In November, a group of community leaders representing a wide variety of county residents discussed preliminary survey results and developed recommendations for library services.

The study, designed and executed by Research America and funded by a PATH Foundation grant, was the first comprehensive assessment of library services undertaken in Fauquier County.

Key Findings

As a cultural center, respondents expect the library to be a place to access information and to meet and exchange ideas. While Bealeton and Marshall library users are satisfied with the services provided, Warrenton users rated available space and parking poorly. Community leaders concurred noting that “Warrenton is hampered by lack of physical space and parking in effectively fulfilling its role” as a central library for the county.

Other key findings include:

  • 65% of library users visit the library at least once every few weeks.
  • 91% primarily use the library to borrow books, DVDs, CDs or books on CD.
  • 77% received assistance from a librarian.
  • 63% of patrons are interested in more lifelong learning programs and activities, including attending an author talk or lecture, or learning a new technology skill.
  • 77% of patrons rank room for a larger collection of books/physical resources a priority for redesigned library space.

“Clearly public libraries remain central to a thriving community. The survey has determined what citizens want from their local library and how it can continue to serve as a vital hub for Fauquier County residents,” said Patricia White, Library Board Chairman.

The full report with an appendix of additional information is available.  Interested patrons can also review a hard copy of the report at each library location.

Next Steps

The library board and staff will review current and future services and will revise the library’s five-year plan to reflect survey findings. Moreover, results will be used to plan a new Warrenton library that will serve the community well into the 21st century.

The Fauquier County Public Library welcomes over 22,000 visitors each month. Locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.


Contact:Lisa Pavlock
Public Information Coordinator
(540) 422-8518 (o) (540) 272-0241 (c)

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Staff Picks: Murder She (or He) Wrote

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Rather serendipitously, everyone in Library Administration has been reading mysteries and thrillers. If you’re up for a little excitement, consider one of the books reviewed here.

I wanted to try a new author, so I chose a new book to the library’s collection: The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan. Once the story got moving, I thoroughly enjoyed the multi-layered psychological suspense about the various secrets, lies and hidden moments that make up the lives of the characters. Multiple narrators show each character’s particular view of events, including some of what actually happened to cause Zoe (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Oh, The Things You Can Read: A Dr. Seuss Celebration

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March 4th is nearly upon us, which can only mean one thing–it’s time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday/Read Across America Day! Many elementary schools, libraries, and other community places are hosting fun-filled celebrations that week–and Fauquier County is no exception! Please join us for our annual Dr. Seuss Birthday/Read Across America celebration on March 4th at all library locations (Warrenton celebration will be at the John Barton Payne building). We’ll enjoy our favorite Seuss stories, make a crazy Seuss-inspired craft, and even receive a book for our own personal library! Our celebration is made possible by the Fauquier Education Association and the Friends of the Fauquier County Library. (more…)

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Discover Your African-American Ancestry at the Library

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Finding your genealogical roots can be challenging–even more so if your family tree includes people of color. Fortunately, the Fauquier County Public Library has several resources to help you uncover your African-American heritage. Whether you’re just beginning your journey through family history or looking to dig deeper, you’re bound to find a few helpful hints in these resources. (more…)

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Staff Picks: Bealeton Staff Enjoys Magazines

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Bird Watching periodical coverAt the beginning of a new year, it isn’t uncommon to look for ways to save money, become better organized, learn something new, travel more and overall expand our horizons. Quite a tall order, but the library has you covered! From The Artist’s Magazine to Yoga Journal, we offer hundreds of magazines in print and electronic formats. Browse the most current issue in your local library branch and check out back issues for enjoyment at home. For anytime access, try Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection. (more…)

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Consumer Reports March 2017: Be Happy With Your Home!

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

Projects to create a happy home

Do you love your home as it is? Or does it lack the comfort and convenience you want? Check out this month’s cover article, “Boost Your Health & Happiness at Home,” for some easy home improvement projects and top product picks. This article is for you if you want to clean the air in your home, promote healthy eating, lighten and brighten up your home, make your home safer and much more. Ratings for household items such as water filters, upright vacuums, washer-dryer pairs, power blenders are included. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Once Upon a Time: Books for National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

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I honestly don’t know how these “national day” celebrations are started, but they’re great ideas for blog posts, story time ideas and more (and they often show up on social media, so they’ve become more popular). February 26 is “National Tell a Fairy Tale Day,” so it’s a great excuse to tell you about my favorite fairy tale adaptations! Now, with “World Folk Tales and Fables Week” coming up in March, I had to think about the difference between a fairy tale and a folk tale. Fairy tales involve witches, mermaids, fairies, and other supernatural creatures, while folktales involve people (or animals) in everyday situations. Fairy tales tend to end with a happy ending for the main character (not always true in folktales, because sometimes the main character is there to learn a hard lesson). (more…)

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Reading Riot: Queens of Hearts

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Well, we made it through another Valentine’s Day! Did the thought of another mushy, gushy holiday make your eyes roll? Let’s show our collective relief with books that celebrate anti-hearts day.

There’s a recent trend in books about evil, heartless queens in Wonderland. Not all are necessarily wicked… just misunderstood. Here are some recommendations that will satisfy your craving for an un-Valentine bash. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Random Reads: Check Them Out!

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It’s only the middle of February, but I am already overwhelmed with the amount of amazing sounding 2017 titles that are coming our way (or already on our shelves)! I’m still playing catch up with 2016 titles that I missed, so I’ve held off on some 2017 titles, for the most part. From time to time, I will share “Random Reads” posts on my recent reads. It’s always a hodgepodge of picture books, chapter books, YA and some adult nonfiction/fiction from time to time; I hope something here will pique your interest! (more…)

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