With the year halfway through and the Fall 2017 publishing season creeping upon us, I wanted to take a look at my favorite reads of the year–so far!–and think about their Caldecott/Newbery/Printz possibilities. I have a dismal track record with my favorites winning, but hope springs eternal, right?
(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
What is the Caldecott Medal? The Caldecott Medal, first awarded in 1938, is given to the illustrator of the “most distinguished American picture book for children.”
Who is eligible for the Caldecott Medal: Illustrators must be residents or citizens of the United States. The book must be published in the previous publishing year, and not originally published in another country (US territories and commonwealths not excluded). Audience for the book includes children 14 years and younger.
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The books of summer are usually a little lighter and a little more relaxing. They are books that you simply enjoy and want to share with a friend. Here are a few favorites from the staff at the John Marshall branch library to enjoy as summer winds down. (more…)
Beekeepers and other friends of bees have celebrated National Honey Bee Day on August 19 since 2009. While it’s certainly fine to be alarmed by bees (doubly so if you are allergic), children should understand that, for the most part, bees will leave you alone if you keep a respectful distance, and that bees are actually our “friends” that play crucial roles in food production. If you’d like to introduce your children/students to the importance of bees in our world, read on for some awesome titles for a wide range of ages. (more…)
Fauquier County Public Library Public Safety Announcement Regarding Solar Eclipse Glasses
(Warrenton, VA) August 17, 2017, 4:30 p.m. The Fauquier County Public Library advises residents that received solar eclipse glasses distributed August 9 -14, 2017 by the Library not to use those glasses. It cannot be confirmed that use of the glasses distributed during that time frame to view the solar eclipse is safe or that those glasses meet the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for such use. (more…)
To mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Memphis, Tennessee (among others) will celebrate the music, movies and legacy of the king during Elvis Week 2017 Aug. 11-19. Whether you’re a fan of Elvis Presley or just like books that feature musical groups, the library has plenty to feed your rock and roll fantasies. We hope you get some inspiration from these recommendations. (more…)
With summer winding down, our patrons are now looking for terrific back-to-school stories. Warrenton Youth Services shares their favorites school tales:
My favorite chicken, Minerva Louise, is going to school, although she doesn’t have a clue! As usual, Minerva Louise interprets things in the context of her own familiar world, exactly as a child entering school for the first time would do. She loves the nesting boxes (cubbies); one even has an egg (baseball) in it! Preschoolers love the silliness of this very silly chicken and feel so smart that they know the wooden blocks are not really a pig pen. Listeners might even realize they know a little more about what school is going to be like than they thought they did! (more…)
Code of the Road with Hawk Hagebak
(Warrenton, VA) August 8, 2017 – Fauquier County Public Library will host “Code of the Road” – a humorous look at the adventures of motorcycling and travel, presented by Hawk Hagebak. The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 in the John Barton Payne building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton.
Hagebak is the author of a monthly blog Code of the Road, a humorous discussion on touring, packing and maintaining motorcycles. He has also written several best-selling guidebooks on motorcycle travel in the southeastern United States. Hagebak’s love for motorcycles began on the back of his mother’s purple Honda. For more than a decade he was an officer in the Cobb County, GA police motorcycle squad. His devotion continues as he shares humorous insight in motorcycle travel and experiences that will entertain riders and non-riders alike. (more…)
Even if a child has experienced preschool, starting full-day kindergarten is a huge step! We have many outstanding stories that will help ease the transition:
Follow the Line to School is a fun interactive tour of a school: when readers follow the line, they “explore” the classroom, library, art room, cafeteria, and more. (more…)
As we continue to update the young adult department, we often happen upon some favorites that haven’t been checked out in a while. Read on for our recommendations this week. (more…)