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…)
Read. Shop. Buy smart.
Holidays are the traditional time for families and friends to gather for meals, parties and conversation. This year, gatherings should be smaller and done with care. “Keep Calm & Come Together” has numerous tips on how to reduce COVID-19 exposure risks if you’re inviting guests into your home. Tips for hosting a festive virtual gathering are also included. (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…)
The Mystery Book Club recently read All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming. It’s the 5th book in her Clare Fergusson/Russ VanAlstyne mystery series. Miller’s Kill, NY Police Chief Ross VanAlstyne admits to his wife Linda that he is attracted to Reverend Clare Fergusson. Linda kicks him out of the house and soon after she is murdered. Russ is the prime suspect.
Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about it. (more…)
Our month-long building challenge is almost complete. We hope you have had fun building cool creations, using your imagination and getting creative! It’s time to once again grab some LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, wooden blocks or anything else you like to build with and see if you can complete this week’s challenge!
How the Challenge Works
Each Sunday we will post a building challenge; you decide what kinds of materials to use to build it. Get creative – try LEGO’s, Lincoln Logs, even paper! (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…)