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Homework Help: The Definitive Record of the English Language

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OED Logo and tagline

Over six hundred thousand words… over three million quotations… over 1,000 years of English. This describes the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, past and present, from across the English-speaking world.

Complete set of OED books on a shelf

The OED, which was started more than 150 years ago, is not just an enormous dictionary (the original version was ten volumes and continued to expand as it was updated). (more…)

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Staff Picks: Looking for Modern Magic

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What do you picture when you think of the fantasy genre?  Likely, you see images of wizards, dragons and fairytale castles set in faraway magical realms.  They’re fun stories to be sure, but what if you prefer your fantasy to be a little more grounded in reality?  Well, then you’re looking for contemporary fantasy. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Random Reads: Check Them Out!

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I haven’t written a “Random Reads” post since early February, so I have lots to share with you! Random Reads posts include a mix of children’s, young adult (YA) and adult books, so if you’re not looking for anything in particular, I hope you’ll find something here that captures your interest! (more…)

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Reading Riot: An Earth Day Celebration

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To celebrate Earth Day this month, the Teen Advisory Group hosted a mini-terrarium project at the Bealeton and Warrenton libraries.TAG members with hand-made terrariums

We all know that plants help the environment by producing oxygen so our Mason jars (and pickle jars!) were transformed into little biospheres with their own mini-climate. To make the terrariums, we layered pea gravel, soil, moss and a variety of small plants to create one of a kind miniature gardens. Such a memorable outdoor activity on a warm spring day! (more…)

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Digitizing Your Genealogy Records

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stack of books flying into a laptop computer to represent digitization

At some point, your genealogy paperwork, such as census records, wills, vital record certificates, photographs, etc. may be better preserved and managed digitally. This can be a huge undertaking, both in organizing so you can find it again and in performing the actual digitization process. (more…)

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Consumer Reports May 2017: Heart Matters

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

Heart Health

Did you know that approximately 790,000 American have heart attacks each year? And that one in seven deaths is caused by heart disease? Studies show that you may have more control over your heart health than previously thought. Check out the article “Take Charge of Your Heart Health,” which includes sections on understanding the stages of heart disease, gender, “slowing down the rush to heart surgery,” heart-healthy diets and cholesterol and blood pressure drugs. The article also includes ratings for blood pressure monitors and top-scoring hospitals for heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement. (more…)

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Calling all Teens!

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Each year, the Fauquier County Public Library welcomes over 1,700 children, teens and adults during the annual summer reading program. Teen volunteers are central to the success of the program.

Teen volunteers assist with special events, registration and weekly movies. We couldn’t do it without them! (more…)

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Staff Picks: Earth Day Reads

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April 22 is Earth Day, a day to get inspired and learn about ways to protect our earth and our environment. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, observed by many colleges and communities around the country in appreciation for clean water, air, and land, and in support for environmental reform that would protect these critically important resources. Earth Day is now a globally observed day, and in some places it has extended into Earth Week. (more…)

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