A Message From the Director, September 2021

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Photo courtesy of Fauquier Times

“Come on in, it’s cool inside,” greeted shoppers in the early days of air conditioning.  How well I remember the welcome gust of cold air when I accepted the invitation and stepped inside the local supermarket or convenience store.

As much as I enjoyed the climate-controlled atmosphere, I never considered how air conditioning changed the world.  As bestselling author Steven Johnson explains in How We Got to Now, the library’s newest Community Read selection, artificially cooled interiors enabled “the largest migration of human beings to cities such as Dubai and Phoenix.”

Air conditioning is just one of six innovations that Johnson explores in his popular book, adapted by PBS into an Emmy-winning series.

Join us on October 6 for a virtual conversation with Johnson, the author of 12 books on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience.  It’s an evening that promises a look at, “history worth telling because it allows us to see a world we generally take for granted with fresh eyes.”

Find details on how to join the conversation and other How We Got to Now activities here.

Taking a cue from Johnson’s approach, September is National Library Card month and a good time to reconsider your public library with “fresh eyes.”

Since Benjamin Franklin donated 116 books to a Massachusetts town in 1790 to start a lending library, the public library has been a “temple of learning, ambition, and aspiration for towns and cities throughout the United States.”

Today’s library proudly carries out Franklin’s original intention as well as adding several new services to keep up with 21st century demands.

Check out the current issue of our newsletter, Opportunities @ the Library, or watch for the September edition of bookmarks, our month electronic newsletter, for details about the library’s ever-expanding collection of books, DVDs and electronic resources.  Fauquierlibrary.org is the starting point for animated, talking picture books for children, over 50 subscription databases, or story time with favorite librarians.

A library card, the most valuable thing in your wallet according to former First Lady Laura Bush, is the gateway to these resources as well as hundreds of CDs, magazines, downloadable books, or full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Mr. Franklin’s innovation transformed millions of lives over the years.  Give us a chance and we’ll transform yours.

Maria Del Rosso
Director, Fauquier Public Library


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