In a year fraught with many uncertainties, one thing is certain – the holidays will look different from years past. Celebrations will be smaller and season’s greetings will be delivered via phone, text or online.
With fewer traditional holiday activities available, start a new one – get comfy around the kitchen table and have a go at a new card game, gather around for a family craft afternoon or play a challenging game of chess. And for those plagued by screen-fatigue (and let’s admit it, who isn’t these days?), these activities also provide a much needed break from our devices. (more…)
Update on Library COVID-19 Operations
December 22, 2020
After careful consideration, beginning Monday, December 28, 2020, Fauquier Public Library will close its doors to the public and return to offering only curbside pickup service.
In making the decision, the Library Board relied on information from the Fauquier County Health Department and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District about virus trends, area infection rates, testing capacity and hospital capacity. (more…)
With the holiday season in full swing, its a great time to take a few minutes to relax and read a holiday-themed mystery. Fauquier Public Library has many mystery books centered around Christmas, New Years, or both.
Here are just a few to add to your holiday reading list, or stop by the reference desk for additional suggestions.
Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt (more…)
When it comes to dessert, pie is an American staple providing warm and cozy memories for many. As a lover of pie myself, several years ago, I was delighted to stumble upon American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads by Pascale Le Draoulec, an American food writer who embarked on a cross country trip seeking out pies of all ilk, the people who make them and the people who eat them. This is a fun, light read filled with interesting “ordinary Joes and Josephines” from all across our nation—plus some really good pie recipes. (more…)
December 10, 2020
This memorable year is coming to a close. But, there’s still plenty of time to count our blessings before the clock tolls midnight on December 31 and 2021 rolls in. (more…)
Need help choosing a holiday gift? Consumer Reports, the reliable independent source for unbiased ratings and reviews, can take some of the guess work out of choosing the best gift for everyone on your list. (more…)
Thanksgiving is a much loved American holiday. For many it is their favorite holiday – focused on family and reflections of the many things they have to be thankful for. But have you ever wondered how Thanksgiving came to be? There is actually some dispute about the origins and date of the first Thanksgiving feast. (more…)
Did you know Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to an ever-growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of service members? It’s a must-have tool for researchers looking for information on family members who served in the US military. (more…)
Although your holiday entertaining may be limited to a small group this year, you can still make it a perfect meal with great food, lovely decorations and all the trimmings. The library has a good selection of books to help you navigate the role of host and hostess.
Check these out before you start cooking! (more…)
Most would agree that this has been a very different year. While our lives slowed down, it seems that the months and seasons sped by. Now we look towards the end of year holidays, with Thanksgiving being the first of those. Gatherings with family and friends, treasured traditions, may all be put on hold for another year. There is a sense of loss, but many of us are finding creative and meaningful ways to make changes in our lives that can bring unexpected joy and happiness. (more…)