Remember the cozy feeling of visiting the library as a child? The excitement of a new adventure in a stack of books? The feeling of accomplishment when you figured out the Dewey Decimal system? Some children are missing out on those experiences since so much is on the internet now. But we have the perfect opportunity to make sure your child builds those memories too.
Take Your Child to the Library Day is Saturday, Feb. 3 and Fauquier County Public Library will celebrate with free events and activities for children and families.
This national initiative was developed to spotlight libraries as vital community resources that enrich, educate and entertain – and to encourage families everywhere to take their children to their local libraries. More than just books, the library has movies and music, cutting edge technology, games, magazines, comfortable spaces for quiet study and reading, and a host of programs throughout the year. Fill up on Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose for the youngest readers. Young adults have a special section all to themselves. And if there’s something you can’t find, just ask a librarian; we can usually get it.
Here in Fauquier County, we’ve expanded the event to all week! Special programs planned to delight children and families include:
Sat. Feb. 3, 10:30-11:30
Saturday Family Story Time and Crafts. We’ll have stories, songs and rhymes for all ages to enjoy plus a craft to take home. Warrenton and Bealeton branches.
An exciting scavenger hunt to test your library skills based on the book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! Earn a prize for completion. 3rd–5th grade; all branches.
So pack up the whole family and explore what the library has to offer.
See you at the library!
Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian
Bealeton branch library
And then there were two….
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As young adults, you’re dealing with so much – school work, jobs, friends, social media, extracurricular activities, family issues and more. No doubt, life can be stressful. Your local library is a warm, safe place to just be. Stop in for quiet reading or study time. Access our free Wi-Fi for gaming on your device or let us show you how to download an e-book. New books are always being added so come in and check out to read or listen to. Here are some recommendations. (more…)
Check out this information in the February issue of Consumer Reports:
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Picture Books/Easy Readers:
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Jacob with his returned Wallet, including his library card
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Continuing with my favorite reads of 2017: children’s novels and nonfiction!
Why I picked it: This sensitively and warmly told coming-of-age story about a Pakistani-American’s struggles with middle school and the vandalization of her mosque is engaging and moving without being didactic. (more…)
Welcome back to Reading Riot!
You’ve enjoyed a nice long holiday but now it’s time to get your mental juices flowing again. Stop in to our Teen Advisory Group meeting for some brain games and trivia. We’ll challenge your mind with some fun activities to get you thinking.
What’s your vision of the future?
This is also a good time to consider your New Year’s resolutions. We all have dreams and goals we want to achieve; whatever they may be, a vision board is a concrete representation of those hopes. So, set your goals and create a vision board to reinforce your dreams and keep you focused on achieving them. It’s also a fun reminder of who you want to be in life.
We’ll provide poster board and magazines and you can bring photographs and memorabilia to attach. Combine pictures and inspirational words to create a work of art that reflects your goals in life. Then display your Vision Board in a prominent place and look at it every day to remind you of where you want to be.
4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 Bealeton branch library
All young adults in 6th grade and above are invited. Call 540-422-8500 x3 for more information.
So make those resolutions, read more and have a happy New Year!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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