A new school year has begun and students of all ages will be looking for tools and resources to help them tackle tough subjects, prepare for SAT’s or find reliable sources for research papers. Here are some of our favorite tools for students to get you started:
Begin with the Basics
Need basic background information on a topic?
Britannica for Children, Britannica for Young Adults and World Book Online provide links to vetted websites, atlases, timelines and more. Versions for children and teens, even adults, are available.
Looking for supporting articles on your topic? Be sure to try America’s News from Newsbank, which includes over a thousand local, regional and national newspapers. Be sure to explore the Special Reports section covering topics like School and Campus Security, World Politics and Government and Issues in the News. It even includes “hometown” and regional papers, providing a localized perspective you won’t find in national publications.
Global warming. Minimum wage. The effects of junk food. There is no shortage of debatable topics in the national conversation. Finding the most trustworthy information and insights can bolster any side of the issue, but it can also be time consuming. That’s where Opposing Viewpoints in Context comes in. Build your case with video and audio clips, interactive maps focusing on trends, major coverage in New York Times, Newsweek and more.
If you find the task of analyzing themes and context of literature in your English course daunting, check out Bloom’s Literature. Students in grades six through college will find critiques of many books presented in the classroom. With information on thousands of authors and their works, an overview of characters and articles on topics and themes, Bloom’s Literature can help students excel in their study of literature.
College Bound and Beyond
Students preparing to take the PSAT, SAT, ACT or AP tests (and numerous other standardized tests) can prepare by taking full-length practice exams and diagnostic pre-tests with Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC).
Ready to start applying to colleges? Get a jump-start on college planning with TERC’s easy-to-search database of more than 4,000 schools, including academics, admission requirements, campus life, tuition and more.
Worried about how to pay for it? Search for scholarships, pinpoint tuition costs and calculate college savings.
To explore these and more amazing tools for students of all ages go to fauquierlibrary.org/research. These tools are free with your Fauquier County Public Library card. Don’t have a
library card? Stop by your local library or apply for a library card online.
Warrenton central library
Fauquier County Public Library reading groups will discuss the following books in September. 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
Wed., September 12, 1-3 p.m.
Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue
Mystery Book Club (Warrenton)
Thursday, September 20, noon-1:00 p.m.
Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
Bealeton Book Club
Thursday, September 20, 2:30 p.m.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Marshall Evening Book Club
Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Without Precedent: John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul or a book of your choice about John Marshall
Great Books (Warrenton)
No meeting in September
Book lists, reviews from our book clubs and favorites from library staff are great resources when searching for you next book. Stop by the reference desk at your local library for suggestions.
In the 19th century, several diseases impacted our ancestors. When reviewing a death record of an ancestor in the 1800’s, the coroner or doctor reporting the death often used terms like consumption / tuberculosis, typhoid, cholera, or diphtheria. We rarely hear these terms today, due to changes in hygiene, the availability of vaccines and the virtual eradication of many diseases of the previous centuries. (more…)
I hope you enjoyed some fantastic reads this summer! If you’re looking for a very random list of books for adults and children, today is your lucky day. Here’s what captured my attention in late July and early August. (more…)
Since 2005, the third week of August has been set aside to honor chefs from all walks of life during “National Chef Appreciation Week.” It’s hard to beat a great food-related read, so I’ve gathered some awesome chef-related titles guaranteed to entice your taste buds. (more…)
Check out these topics in the September issue of Consumer Reports:
Eat Those Leafy Greens!
We all want to eat healthy foods, but often have difficulty determining which foods are healthy. “Eat Yourself Healthy” may help. It included sections on leafy greens, which are some of the healthiest foods available, other vegetables and fruits, and fish, with some tips on how to prepare them. Information on farmers markets and organic produce is also included. (more…)
The last days of summer are winding down. It’s time for one final day trip, a return to the early morning routine, back-to-school shopping and picking up some fantastic school-themed books for your young scholars.
If your child is nervous about the first day of school, reading School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex may ease their fears. Written from a jittery school’s perspective as it wonders if the students will like it and be nice to it, this book presents a cute and universal perspective on a very common situation. (more…)
Can you believe that summer is nearly over? It’s almost time to pack away the swimsuits and bring out the backpacks. Books with school themes never go out of style, so there’s always plenty of awesome school-related books from which to choose! Here are a mix of new and older books for students of all ages. (more…)
August is American Adventures Month, a time to celebrate vacationing in the Americas. Whether they travel in luxury or primitive conditions, tourists are encouraged to explore South, Central and North Americas. Even if you can’t take a cross-country journey, you can read about it. Here are our recommendations. (more…)
Tin Pan Alley Cats Performing at John Barton Payne Building
Fauquier County Public Library will host Tin Pan Alley Cats, featuring vocalist and guitarist Ken Lelen, on Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.
The Tin Pan Alley Cats program offers stories and songs of the great American songwriters who composed for the Broadway stage, Hollywood musicals, recordings and radio shows between 1915 and 1965 – the Golden Age of the American Song. (more…)