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Celebrate Audiobook Month!

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selection of books with headphones surrounding themJune is National Audiobook Month.  It is also a popular month for vacations. Audiobooks and vacations go great together!

So whether you travel by phone, plane or train, listening to a brilliantly performed and produced audiobook can make the hours spent traveling fly by.

Audiobook not available? Browse by “available now” in Libby/Overdrive to find great titles waiting to be discovered and downloaded! Or choose “advanced search” to filter results by subject, audience, and much more.

Here are a few options to consider, from memoirs to mysteries:

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  (historical fiction)

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford  (memoir)

IQ by Joe Ide  (mystery)

Running With Sherman: The Donkey With the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall (memoir)

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran (memoir)

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (romance)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (fantasy)

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (contemporary fiction)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (horror)

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole  (thriller)

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Like It or Love It: Breaking Creed

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At its latest meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Breaking Creed by Alex Kava. It’s the first book in the Ryder Creed mystery series and the twelfth book in the Maggie O’Dell mystery series. Ryder Creed and his trained search and rescue dogs team up with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell to stop drug running and human smuggling operations.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Breaking Creed: (more…)

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Consumer Reports June 2021: Outdoor Fun

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

If you’re planning to be outside more this summer, whether in your own yard or on vacation somewhere, “CR’s Great Outdoors Guide” is for you. Check out the reviews for grills, including portable grills, and information on grilling tools and menu ideas. Information on projectors and speakers for taking your entertainment with you is also included. (more…)

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What Does Your Future Hold?

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As the school year comes to a close, many students are thinking beyond high school.  There are many paths available; determining which one is right for you can be daunting. What career do you want to pursue?  Is college right for you? Will you take the SAT or ACT?

Fauquier Public Library cardholders can access free tools to explore career options or prepare for college: (more…)

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Great Reads For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Since 1992, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month has celebrated the “stories, contributions, and experiences of the Asian and Asian American communities.” May was chosen as the commemorative month to remember the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States (May 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 1869), that would not have been possible without the labor of Chinese-American workers.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here are some excellent memoirs, historical titles, and novels available in our collection:

Memoirs & History

Captive Paradise: A History of Hawai’I by James L. Haley

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang

Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey by G.B. Tran

Historical and Contemporary Fiction

China Dolls by Lisa See

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Pan Que Mai

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

Browse the library’s catalog to find your next great read!

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Consumer Reports May 2021: Cleaning Your Home

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Are you tired of constantly cleaning the surfaces in your home in an effort to avoid getting COVID-19? This month’s cover article, “Cleaning Secrets for Every Room,” has tips on how to clean kitchens, bathrooms, high-traffic floors, washers and dryers and filters. Ratings for vacuums, carpet cleaners and steam mops are also included.

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Goodbye RBdigital

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On May 15, 2021, RBdigital will no longer offer its streaming services to libraries. The RBdigital app/website will retire on May 20, 2021.

How does this affect you?

Although The Great Courses will no longer be available from RBdigital, you can continue to enjoy this marvelous resource through Kanopy, a streaming service now offered by Fauquier Public Library. (more…)

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

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At its April meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Above the Bay of Angels by Rhys Bowen, a non-series book. Isabella Waverly assumes a dead girl’s identity and takes a position in Queen Victoria’s household kitchen. Will her deception be discovered, and what price will she pay after a member of the Queen’s retinue dies and Isabella is suspected of poisoning him?

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Above the Bay of Angels: (more…)

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A Message From the Director: May 2021

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Picture of Maria Del Rosso sitting at desk in front of windowSide by side on the library’s new books shelf you’ll find The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell, Dreams: Unlock Inner Wisdom, Discover Meaning and Refocus Your LifeSprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees, The Book of EelsA Field Guide to Cheese and The World Beneath the Sands: Golden Age of Egyptology.

Such a wide-ranging selection brings to mind Francie Nolan, the bright young dreamer in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, who visits her local library and discovers “the world was hers for the reading.” (more…)

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