Library Updates

Honoring the Past: Books for Black History Month

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Although there’s still much work to do, we are finally seeing a better variety of children’s books centered on African-American history. If you’re looking for reads that are unique and revealing, check out these titles. I’ve met many adult patrons who enjoy and learn a lot from children’s nonfiction, so even if you don’t have a student currently studying African-American history, these titles will educate and inspire readers of all ages! (more…)

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Kiddosphere: And the Winners Are…

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Last Monday, the Youth Media Awards were announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. Committees for the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and other awards have been reading and critiquing like mad all year long. It’s an honor to serve on these committees, but it’s an enormous time commitment (and financial, since members have to finance conference attendance if their employers do not). You can see the full list here, but I’m just going to mention my favorites: (more…)

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Reading Riot: Kindness Starts With One

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One act, one smile, one favor for a friend. Now is your chance to demonstrate that kindness can begin with just one person. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) this week by going above and beyond, doing good for someone else and making the world a better place. RAK is an annual celebration recognized around the globe that inspires people to practice kindness and pass it on to others. Let’s make kindness the norm rather than the exception.


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Kiddosphere: Sweet Reads -Books for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day just around this corner, let’s look at some sweet reads to share with your favorite little valentine(s):

Alfonso wants to catch Ida’s eye, but she constantly has her attention on her book. When he decides to make a cake, only the salt from the deepest sea, butter from the summer sun, and flour as delicate as snowflakes from the sky will do. Apple Cake: A Recipe of Love is a gentle, warm and beautiful story that features an interracial couple; one of my favorites. (more…)

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Fauquier Community Read Presents An Evening with Michael Hingson

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Meet the author!

Michael Hingson, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker and social advocate for change concerning disabilities, will share his experience and memories of escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11 with the help of his guide dog, Roselle, and discuss his lifelong refusal to be limited by blindness.  (more…)

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Meet the Working Dogs of Fauquier

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Join us Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m. for a special Sunday with the Library program, Meet the Working Dogs of Fauquier. 

Patrol dogs and a search and rescue recruits from the Fauquier County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will be featured.  Assistance dogs will also share their skills.

Learn more about the contributions of “man’s best friend” through demonstrations by these special dogs at work.

Program location:
John Barton Payne Bldg.
2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton

Sunday with the Library is a free monthly program offered by Fauquier County Public Library. Additional Sunday with the Library program information is available here.

To learn more about assistance and working dogs, check out Thunder Dogthe inspiring story of Michael Hingson, his guide dog Roselle and their escape from the World Trade Center when the tragic events of 9/11 took place.

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Fauquier Community Read Programs for Adults

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Book DiscussionsBook Cover of Thunder Dog with Guide Dog Roselle
Members of all the library’s regular book clubs are invited to discuss Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson.  New members are welcome.

Thursday, March 15, 2:30 4 p.m. (B)
Monday, March 26, 7 8 p.m. (JM)
Monday, April 2, 7 8:30 p.m.  (W)
Wednesday, April 11, 1 2:30 p.m. (JM)

Book Club Kits
Are you a member of a book club?  The library offers book club kits containing multiple copies of Thunder Dog, plus related material, for checkout to reading groups.  Call 540-422-8500 to reserve your kit.

Writing Groups
The library’s writing groups extend an open invitation to individuals who would like to write about their 9/11 experiences or memories.

Wednesday, March 28,  3:30 6 p.m. (B)
Tuesday, April 3, 1 3 p.m. (JM)

Older Wiser Learners (OWLs)
Mobility, accessibility and animal companionship are important aspects of Michael Hingson’s life.  A representative from Aging Together will discuss mobility and accessibility options to allow
“aging in place.”  A Paws for Seniors representative will also discuss the benefits of adopting senior cats and dogs.

Thursday, March 8, 2 4 p.m. (B)

 Haven’t read Thunder Dog? Visit your local Fauquier County Public Library location or reserve a copy online.

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Special Community Read Program for Teens

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Inspired by Thunder Dog and thinking about a career working with animals? Service dogs like Roselle need strong training and regular care in order to perform their work. Representatives from a variety of animal-related careers will discuss education, work requirements, joys and even hardships of a career with animals.Michael Hngson with Guide dog Roselle (more…)

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Fauquier Community Read Programs for Young Readers

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STEAM @ the Library

Michael Hingson and Roselle relied on their senses to work together. Join us for a special STEAM program to investigate our senses!

Wednesday, March 21, 4 – 5 p.m. (B) (W)
Wednesday, March 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (JM)

PAWs to Read

Whether they are service dogs like Roselle, or therapy dogs like the library’s PAWS to Read dogs, dogs enrich our lives in many ways! Trained therapy dogs visit our libraries every month to listen to readers ages 5 – 10 to help build confidence as they read aloud.

Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. – noon (B)
Monday, March 19, 4 – 5 p.m. (W) 
Wednesday, April 4, 4 – 5 p.m. (JM)

For younger readers: Running With Roselle: How a Blind Boy and a Puppy Grew Up, Became Best Friends, and Together Survived One of America’s Darkest Days, by Michael Hingson available at
Fauquier County Public Library.

Haven’t read Thunder DogVisit your local Fauquier County Public Library location or reserve a copy online.

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Fauquier Community Read Community Partners

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Fauquier Community Read 2020 is made possible through the generous support of The Friends of the Fauquier Library, Fauquier Library Board of Trustees, the Nicolaas and Patricia Kortlandt Fund at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation and the support of these community partners:

Discovery Publications

Fauquier County Public Schools

Hampton Inn Warrenton

       The Open Book

Piedmont Media—Fauquier Times

Piedmont Press & Graphics

Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine

Haven’t read How We Got to Now? Visit your local Fauquier County Public Library location or reserve a copy online.

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