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What We’re Reading: Mystery Book Club, March 2021

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The Mystery Book Club recently read Vultures in the Sky by Todd Downing. It’s the third book in his mystery series featuring U.S. Customs Agent Hugh Rennert, first published in 1935. Several passengers on a train from Laredo to Mexico City are murdered, and it’s up to Rennert to investigate and unmask the killer before it’s too late.

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

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Consumer Reports April 2021: Annual Auto Issue

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Each April Consumer Reports publishes a widely-popular auto issue. With everything from ratings of new vehicle models to the best used cars, it is a must-read for anyone planning to purchase an automobile in the next year. Fauquier Public Library offers Consumer Reports free to patrons in both digital and print format. (more…)

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What We’re Reading: Mystery Book Club

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At it’s February meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. It’s the first book in his Grantchester series featuring vicar/amateur sleuth Sidney Chambers. The series was adapted for TV as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series. This book contains six continuous short stories, set in 1953 and 1954, featuring several recurring characters.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. (more…)

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Irish Heritage Month for Children

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Celebrate Irish Heritage Month with a touch of the Irish! Elementary school-aged children may enjoy some of these Irish stories and tales set on the Emerald Isle. Read an Irish version of Cinderella, learn about the namesake of St. Patrick’s Day, or a tale of the Isle’s mischievous leprechauns. Whether you are of Irish heritage or are just Irish at heart, we hope these selections bring you the luck of the Irish! (more…)

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Coming Soon: New Online Catalog

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Later this spring, Fauquier Public Library will introduce a new and easier way to find books and other materials.  Vega, a new electronic catalog, creates connections across the library’s collections giving users a clear understanding of what is available, when and where. (more…)

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Pass the Exam. Explore New Careers. Prepare for College.

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LearningExpress Library provides support for students and professional in skill-building, test prep and career certification.  With tools to tackle everything from middle school math to the LSAT, it can help learners of every age.

Succeed in the Classroom
Before heading back to the classroom after months of online learning, build classroom and homework skills in key subject areas from English language arts to social studies. LearningExpress library has practice tests, tutorials, even flashcards to help give you that academic edge. (more…)

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Press Release: Update on Library Covid-19 Operations

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Library Branches Re-Open for Browsing

(Warrenton, VA) March 9, 2021 – Fauquier Public Library will re-open its buildings to the public on Monday, March 15, 2021.

The Library Board’s decision to re-open reflects subsiding local COVID-19 cases.

The library closed on December 28, 2020 because of rising virus trends and area infection rates.

Patrons have since relied on curbside and online services for library materials and information. 

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back on March 15th,” says Maria Del Rosso, Library Director.  “The pandemic posed many challenges in the past year but we tried to focus on what we can do rather on what we can’t.  Sometimes that has meant access to online resources and curbside service only, but throughout we have prioritized the safety of our customers and our staff.”

Library hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday –Friday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The library is always open online at fauquierlibrary.org, Del Rosso pointed out.

In making the announcement, she also noted the following:

  • Curbside service is available during library hours.
  • Book drops are open.
  • Overdue fees are suspended.
  • Wifi can be accessed 24/7 from outside library buildings using the passwords posted on library doors.
  • Reference services are available in person, online and via phone during normal business hours.
  • Computer stations are available at all locations. Sessions may be limited depending on demand.

To protect patrons and staff a number of safety measures are in effect, Del Rosso said.

  • Occupancy limits are in place.
  • Masks and social distancing are required.
  • All programs remain online.
  • Meeting rooms are closed to the public.
  • Book donations are not accepted.

The Library Board expects the library to remain open as long as COVID case counts remain at acceptable levels.

“We look forward to seeing our patrons again.  We’ve missed them and we know that they’ve missed us,” said Del Rosso.

Find additional information about services and resources available from Fauquier Public Library can be found on our website.

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James Herriot

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man holding sheep with other animals in backgroundSpring is a busy time for veterinarians out on the farms.  Have you ever been curious about the life of a vet, or about what goes on at the farm when the vet is called?  If so, consider checking out a biography about James Herriot, a veterinary surgeon and popular writer.  His own work provides a wonderful glimpse into life on the farm from a vet’s point of view.  The library has many of his works in various formats – from books and e-books to CDs and DVDs – which the whole family will enjoy. (more…)

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Consumer Reports March 2021: Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Woman sleeping on mattressSleep may be important to our health, but the COVID-19 pandemic is making sleep more difficult for some people. A recent Consumer Reports survey of over 2800 adults found that 28 percent of them were having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. “20 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight” has tips on how to get ready for bed, such as lowering the room’s temperature and turning off the TV and cell phone. The article includes ratings for foam and adjustable air mattresses, pillows, and sheets, as well as tips for your wake-up routine. (more…)

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