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.”

While Francie’s sentiment is still true, today’s library offers more than what she found in her library.

Each month we add hundreds of books to our 190,000 book collection. We subscribe to over 200 magazines in print, while the Library of Virginia provides access to 3,000 e-Magazines. There are more than 50 online databases and other electronic services available online. We offer Wi-Fi, computers and mobile hotspots.

And, undaunted by the pandemic, we moved book clubs, story times and other programs online.

Take a look and you’re sure to find something to explore, educate or entertain.

While you’re searching, check out Kanopy, a new collection of nearly 30,000 critically-acclaimed movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos.

If you’re an investor, rejoice! We’ve added Value Line Research Center, a premier database that provides up-to-date info for over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries.

Other things to pay attention to this month.

Good Birding returns with Dr. David Wiedenfeld revealing his favorite local places to bird watch. In our newest series, Growing Gardens, Master Gardener Tom Baughn details methods to extend the growing season and how to grow hellebores, a lovely sight for winter weary souls.

Consider this.

Francie Nolan vowed “when she grew up, she would work hard, save money and buy every single book that she liked.”

Fortunately for you, that’s not necessary. The world’s yours — with a library card.

Until next month,

Maria Del Rosso
Director, Fauquier Public Library

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