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Pro or Con? Get the Facts on Today’s Hottest Issues

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From research for an upcoming paper to preparing to compete in your high school debate program, understanding both sides of an issue can be daunting and time consuming. That’s where Gale: Opposing Viewpoints in Context comes in.  Covering more than 300 popular issues, users have access to credible sources to develop informed, authoritative perspectives on contemporary issues.

Simplify Your Search: Find Credible Sources For Both Sides of Social and Political Issues

Global warming, the role of the Supreme Court, criminal justice reform—there’s no shortage of debatable topics in the national conversation. Finding the most trustworthy information and insights — not just opinions — can bolster any side of an issue, but it can also be time consuming. Fortunately, Fauquier Public Library offers Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints to help you go into serious search mode.

A Winning Site For Credible Content

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints is a multi-media, mobile-friendly database that brings together authoritative content on over 300 political and social issues, including:

  • Major coverage in the New York Times, Newsweek, and more;
  • Topic overviews and expert analyses;
  • Video and audio clips;
  • Interactive maps focusing on trends; and
  • Charts and graphs.

Debaters will appreciate a dedicated web portal focused on national debate topics as well as content on espionage, intelligence, and national security—over 300 profiles of federal agencies and special interest groups in all.

Why wait?

Available 24/7, Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints offers over 20,000 pro/con viewpoints to help you draw your own informed conclusions. Learn more about Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints in this video.

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Consumer Reports November 2020: Safer Drinking Water

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

November 2020

Some drinking water, including bottled water, contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). “Your Guide to Safer Drinking Water” includes tips on how consumers can limit their exposure.  Consumer Reports tested 47 bottles waters, 12 carbonated and 35 noncarbonated, for four heavy metals and 30 PFAS chemicals. Find the results in “What’s Really In Your Bottled Water?” (more…)

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What We’re Reading: Mystery Book Club September 2020

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The Mystery Book Club recently read The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne. It’s the first book in The Naturalist series. Dr. Theo Cray, a computational biologist, is trained to see patterns in nature. When one of his former students is murdered and other mutilated bodies are found, Theo is a suspect (along with a rogue grizzly bear). He becomes involved in the investigation and must use his scientific knowledge to stay ahead of the police.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about it. (more…)

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Join the Fall Bucket List Challenge

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Wreath made of fall leavesThere are so many fun things for children and families to do in the Fall  – from leaf peeping to drinking hot cocoa.  What’s on your Fall bucket list?  Our Fall bucket list includes feeding squirrels, reading a book outside, carving a pumpkin and tossing around a football.

Your invited to join Fauquier Public Library’s Fall Bucket List Challenge. The Challenge begins Tuesday, October 13; pick up a game card at your local library or print a Fall Bucket List Challenge game card at home.  Completed game cards must be submitted by Monday, November 16.  Enter for your chance to win a gift certificate to The Open Book! (more…)

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Kids In Costume

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Halloween brings to mind images of black cats, ghosts, candy (lots of candy) and children and adults dressing up in Halloween costumes. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $3.2 billion on costumes each Halloween.

black and purple witch stockings from knee down Throughout October, we’ll be sharing pics of some of library staff’s favorite, spookiest and silliest Halloween costumes. We’d like to see your costumes too! Share photos of your funniest or most impressive Halloween costume on our Facebook or Twitter pages every Sunday throughout the month, using the hashtag #costumesfpl when you post!

We’ll also be sharing great fall reads, Halloween-themed mysteries, and Halloween fun facts – watch for it!

 

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What We’re Reading: Mystery Book Club

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The Mystery Book Club recently read The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. It is the first book in the Perveen Mistry mystery series, set in early 1920’s India. Perveen, one of India’s first female lawyers, is devoted to preserving women’s rights. Her father’s law firm, Mistry Law, is appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid. Perveen is suspicious when all three of Farid’s wives sign their inheritance over to a charity and decides to investigate.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about it. (more…)

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Get Reviews, Recommendations, Lists and More with NoveListPlus

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Have you ever finished a book and couldn’t decide what to read next? Tried to find a good book for your young reader but weren’t sure where to start?  Need discussion questions for your next book club meeting?  Try NoveList Plus for expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more to help you along the way.  The link to Novelist Plus can be found on the Reading page under Reviews & Series Information. (more…)

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Consumer Reports October 2020: Pesticides and Produce

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Eating vegetables and fruit is vital to your health. But do they contain pesticides? Consumer Reports analyzed 2014-2018 data from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program then calculated ratings for 35 fruits and vegetables, from broccoli to tomatoes, and apples to watermelon. Along with the ratings, “Stop Eating Pesticides” includes information on the cost of organic produce, the right way to wash produce, and the most concerning pesticides. (more…)

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