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Tools For The New School Year

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Three students sitting on wall using smart phone, tables and laptopA 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.

Advanced Research

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.

Lisa Pavlock
Warrenton central library

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Epidemics and Genealogy

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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…)

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Easing Back-to-School Jitters

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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.School's First Day of School by Adam Rex (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Back to School – Books for a New School Year

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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…)

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Reading Riot: Adventures in Books!

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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…)

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Tin Pan Alley Cats Performing at John Barton Payne Building

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Tin Pan Alley Cats Performing at John Barton Payne BuildingKen Lelen holding vintage acoustic guitar

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…)

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