Library Updates

A Little Magic, Miniature Therapy Horses, Come to Library

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Mini therapy horse Dakota with handlersMiniature Therapy Horses Help Adults and Children

Horses welcomed into schools, hospitals, rehabs and nursing homes? It’s true, and now add libraries to the list. Children preschool to grade 5 and their families are invited to meet the mini therapy horses of A Little Magic, who bring the joy of miniature horses to those in need of a healing touch.

A Little Magic is part of Love of Little Horses, a charity that provides animal assisted activities with trained and registered minis. With their small size, miniature horses provide a non-threatening experience, especially for those in wheelchairs, seniors and children. These minis provide non-judgmental acceptance and genuine affection.

Join us Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. as their trained handlers show the unique connection between horses and humans and demonstrate the special work their organization does with children and adults. This free event will be held at Eva Walker Park in Warrenton.

Charming, smart and cute these horses are the best at therapy, but other talents are included. Observe mini Dakota as she plays basketball, shops with a grocery cart and plays the piano. These little horses perform “mini-magic” wherever they go!

To learn more about therapy animals, check out these resources, available at your local Fauquier County Public Library location.

A Dog’s Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man’s Best Friend by Bob Drury

Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for my Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything by Stefany Shaheen

Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You by Jon Katz

Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others by Kathy Diamond Davis

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life From an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern

Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing Into our Lives by Rachel McPherson

Titles for Children

Animals Helping With Healing by Ann O. Squire

Therapy Horses by Catherine Nichols

By Deborah Cosby, Branch Manager, John Marshall branch library

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Fauquier County Public Library now offers evening story time

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Child with book on head, surrounded by stars and moonAn evening story time is now being offered at the Warrenton central library.  Pajama Story Time is held  Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. Filled with stories, songs and activities, it is perfect for busy families and their children.

“Story times are central to our mission,” said Dawn Sowers, Public Services Manager, “and are one of the best ways to foster a love of reading. With the addition of Pajama Story Time, commuting parents and others whose busy schedule doesn’t allow them to come to morning story times can also participate.”

Reading to your child at home is important, and story times offered at your local library provide parents with additional support in raising successful readers and learners. Story times are great for parents and caregivers too, providing a social opportunity, and may introduce them to previously unknown authors and illustrators.

Fauquier County Public Library offers various story times for children from infants through age five.  1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – a program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten – helps parents prepare children for school by offering young readers incentives as they reach reading milestones.  The library also offers Sensory Story Time for pre-school children with special needs. Paws to Read, a program in which children ages five – ten read to trained and certified therapy dogs, helps children build reading skills and confidence and rounds out the story time offerings. Detailed descriptions can be found on the library’s Children’s Programs page to help you choose the right story time for your child.

Library staff offers these suggestions on how to get the most out of story time:

Come Early:  Arrive a few minutes early to enable you and your child to get comfortable.

Health and Safety First: Use the space outside the story time area to park strollers. Toys, puzzles and snacks are best saved for after story time.  To keep everyone healthy and happy, ailing children and parents are encouraged to join us when they are feeling better.

Join In: Sing, clap, play along and help your child do the same.  Young children learn by doing and you are your child’s best role model.  Joining in maximizes learning and fun!

Model Good Listening Behavior: Sit close to your child and be attentive to the presentation. Children take their cues from adults and seeing you engaged and enthusiastic will encourage them to be the same.

Looking for a good book to read to your child? Check out Kiddosphere, a library blog written collections manager Jennifer Schultz, for book reviews and recommendations for children of all ages. Check out the complete Kiddosphere archive on our website.

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

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Kiddosphere: Fall for a Great Read: Books for Fall

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Although it’s currently cloudy, windy and rainy with a chance of heavy thunderstorms and wind this weekend due to Hurricane Florence, fall weather is (hopefully) soon approaching. Seasonal books are among my favorite type of books to read, and autumn-themed books are among the most beautifully illustrated in our collection. The following are some outstanding picks to get you ready for fall. (more…)

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David Goetz Discusses Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy

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Fauquier County Public Library will host author David Goetz on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the John Barton Payne Bldg. in Warrenton.Author David Goetz

Goetz will discuss Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, which examines the background of individuals and groups from both sides of the Civil War who wanted to capture or kill confederate President Jefferson Davis and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The author will discuss in particular Colonel Mosby’s role in the conspiracies against Lincoln.

“Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies” is Goetz’s newest book. His first, Hell is Being a Republican in Virginia: The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant” examined the pursuit of peace and reconciliation between North and South by Colonel Mosby and President Grant during and after Reconstruction.

Goetz, a Culpeper County resident, is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, Virginia, current vice-president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and member of the Fauquier Historical Society board of directors. He owns Mosby’s Confederacy Tours and leads tours in Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren and Clarke counties. He is a U.S. Army veteran.

Copies of Goetz’s book will be available for sale after the program.

Interested in more books about John Mosby? Stop by the reference desk for assistance, or check out on of the following books:

Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library

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Catalog Tip: Finding Your Next Great Read

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Enhanced reading recommendations, powered by NoveList, are now part of the library’s online catalog and appear on each book entry.  Look for book recommendations based on similar titles and authors, as well as similar series.

Follow these easy steps to find your next great read:  (more…)

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Join us for the History of the Remount Depot: Warren County’s Army Base

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This month’s Sunday with the Library program spotlights the U.S. Army’s Front Royal Remount Depot.US Army Officer with two stallions from the Remount Depot

In his presentation, Patrick Farris, Professor of Anthropology at Shenandoah University and former executive director of the Warren Heritage Society in Front Royal, will discuss the fascinating history of this important military installation. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Are You Ready for Some Football?

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Believe it or not, fall is on its way (hard to believe when it feels like 100 degrees outside). If you’re a college football fan, this past weekend was probably a fun one for you (unless your team lost…but remember it’s still early in the season! This could be your year!). With this upcoming weekend being the start of NFL season, football fans are definitely ready for some action. Why not spend some time during commercials reading a fun football book? (more…)

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