- What U.S. biologist is a leading authority on ants?
- What four elements were added to the periodic table in 2016?
- How can I make my own white-noise generator?
- What is the Scoville scale and what does it have to do with Sriracha?
The Fauquier County Public Library will hold the following book discussions during the month of April. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us; new members are always welcome!
Marshall Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, April 12, 1 –3 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
Book lists, reviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for your next book. Stop by the reference desk at your local library for suggestions.No comments
Unless a holiday has a formal proclamation (from the president, Congress, or other government agencies) or an official website, it’s often difficult to get information on how and why a certain national day/week/etc., got started. Luckily, for National Crayon Day, there’s no surprise, as March 31 is the official founding day for the Binney and Smith Company, later known as Crayola. While Crayola is certainly not the only crayon brand around, it’s a great excuse to talk about some terrific books that feature crayons.
There’s no better book to start a National Crayon Day post than Crockett Johnson’s classic picture book, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Published in 1955, this engaging story about a little boy who creates many adventures with his purple crayon continues to inspire and enchant new generations.
Inch by Inch is my favorite Leo Lionni picture book. His adaptation of the classic song is charming and endearing; I don’t often enjoy picture book adaptations of songs, but this one works perfectly. Lionni used a collage of rice paper and crayons to create his magnificent illustrations for this story.
The Day the Crayons Quit has been consistently popular ever since we received it in 2013 (as is its sequel). This hilarious story about crayons complaining about their treatment (in the form of letters to a befuddled young boy) is immensely clever, and a great example of how picture books remain appealing long beyond the kindergarten years (and can contain sophisticated vocabulary and humor that enriches young listeners and readers).
New crayons eventually break, get crushed, or go missing. Such is the dilemma that faces our young character in Snap; although he is frustrated, he learns that combining colors or using them in different ways creates art that is just as cool as the art created by fresh crayons.
Finally, Wax to Crayons is a fine and simple overview of the process in which crayons are created. Starting with wax, readers learn how wax is molded and created into bright new crayons.
Hope this inspires you to create something with crayons–or to find new reads the next time you visit the library. Happy National Crayon Day!
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Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public LibraryNo comments
Each April issue of Consumer Reports is all about automobiles — articles, reviews, etc. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s auto issue:
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 245 new cars are included, based on proprietary performance and fuel-economy tests, government and insurance-industry safety data, and magazine subscriber surveys. (more…)No comments
Do you realize how important your name is? It identifies you to the rest of the world, and helps make you unique. Even if we personally had no say in what we were named, someone chose your name for you, with a reason. Were you named after a beloved relative? A friend of one of your parents? A movie star or popular musician? A town? An occupation? In my own case, I was given the first and middle names of a long-ago ancestor, and I have been proud to carry on her name.
Each year, the first complete week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week. This year’s has passed–it was March 4-10, but please join me in honoring names.No comments
Folktales are one of my top favorite types of stories; when patrons ask for read alouds for elementary school classes, I always take them to our J 398 section and start pulling titles. Throughout humanity, folktales and fables have communicated universal messages about cooperation, being appreciative for what you have, the comeuppance of tricksters, and the triumph of the small over the powerful that continue to resonate with listeners young and old. (more…)No comments
Each March, libraries across the country celebrate Teen Tech Week to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available. We encourage you to take advantage of our technology to help you succeed in school, prepare for college and 21st century careers and make a positive change in your life and community. (more…)No comments
Although March can occasionally bring some late winter surprises, Warrenton Youth Services staff is ready to share our favorite springtime reads. Whether it’s kites flying in the wind or celebrating springtime holidays, these books are perfect for any spring day! (more…)No comments
When I started compiling the list of books I wanted to feature for Women’s History Month, I quickly realized that I needed a narrower focus than just “women’s history.” I love reading books about women’s history and biographies of little-known women, so my list of favorites was way too long for a post! Therefore, I decided to focus on outstanding books about women that do not have the same recognition as women like Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc. If you’re looking for memorable reads about extraordinary women, you are in for a treat! (more…)No comments
Like a bag of potato chips – when you can’t reach for just one – here are a couple of authors with several selections to sample. (more…)No comments