Library Updates

10 Tools to Preserve Summer’s Bounty

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Cover of 4 books on preserving fruits and vegetablesThere’s nothing so delicious as home canned vegetables, pickles and jams.

If your garden is overflowing with fruits and vegetables to preserve for the cold months ahead, here are 10 library resources on gardening and preserving that will help you make good use of them.  These books offer tips on the best varieties to grow for canning as well as tried and true recipes and easy to follow instructions. (more…)

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10 Tools to ID the Trees and Wildflowers Around You

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5 books about plant identification on tableAre you spending more time outside, taking walks and going on hikes?  How many of the plants you see along the way can you name.  Get to know Virginia’s native trees, shrubs and weeds, even those invasive species, dare we say weeds? Some of them are so beautiful they deserve a place in the home landscape!

Library staff has compiled a list of 10 resources to help you identify the trees and flowers of our area.

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Tony Dove

Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp

Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines by William Cullina

The Native Plant Primer by Carole Ottesen

Native Plants of Value to Wildlife in the Northern Virginia Piedmont by Environmental Studies at Airlie

Invasive Plants by Sylvan Ramsey

Non-Native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests by James H. Miller

Weeds of North America by Richard Dickinson and France Royer

Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont by Timothy Spira

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10 DVDs to Cool Down With On a Hot Day

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Several movies lined up on a tableSummer is here, complete with 90 degree days! Take a break from the heat with a nice cool movie.  We’ve got penguins, snow and chilly locations to take your mind off the rising temperatures. They’re all available from your local Fauquier Public Library. Place a hold; we’ll let you know when there ready for convenient (and contact-free) curbside pickup.

Don’t despair… winter is coming!


Arctic Passage


Game of Thrones

Happy Feet

Ice Age

Life in the Freezer

March of the Penguins





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