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Book Cellar News: December 2023

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In December the Book Cellar will celebrate the year-end holidays with fun displays.

And we have some exciting news for December. In addition to our normal hours, we will have extended hours in December:

Sunday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17
1-4 p.m.  

Bring the kids to GumDrop Square then stroll downstairs to the cozy and festive Book Cellar for a visit. There will be plenty of stocking stuffers and other gifts available!

We wish all of our customers a most happy holiday season!

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Telling Your Family’s Story

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November is Family Stories Month, a great time to learn about your family’s history. Where to begin?

Start with AncestryLibrary, the library version of the popular and extensive genealogy database, It is available for in-library use only at any Fauquier County Library location and provides access to thousands of databases, including: (more…)

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Upcoming November Author Talks

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Check out these Meet the Author talks coming later this month:

Joy Harjo
Thursday, Nov. 16  |  4-5 p.m.

United States Poet Laureate and winner of the 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award, Joy Harjo, joins us for a chat about her most recent memoir, Catching the Light and to discuss her rewarding lifetime as a writer and poet.

In Catching the Light, Harjo examines the power of words and how poetry summons us toward justice and healing. In this lyrical meditation about the why of writing poetry, Harjo reflects on significant points of illumination, experience, and questioning from her fifty years as a poet. Comprised of intimate vignettes that take us through the author’s life journey as a youth in the late 1960s, a single mother, and a champion of Native nations, this book offers a fresh understanding of how poetry functions as an expression of purpose, spirit, community, and memory.

Naomi Alderman
Thursday, Nov. 30  |  3-4 p.m.

Bestselling and award-winning author Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about women in science fiction and writing dystopian worlds featuring her new book, The Future. This new novel delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.

By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender, and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. The future is coming. The Future is here. What are you waiting for?

Meet the Author is sponsored by Friends of the Fauquier Library and made possible through the Library Speaker’s Consortium. Two to three programs are offered each month.

Register for this author talk and check out other Meet the Author events online. All programs will also be available for on-demand viewing following the event.

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Consumer Reports November/December 2023: Top Picks of the Year

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In this special double issue CR rates and reviews 855 products – everything from Great Gifts to Cooking Appliances.

The holidays should be a time of good cheer, not a time for angry phone calls and long waits on customer service hold lines.  “9 Secrets to Getting Great Customer Service” can help making a gift selection over the phone or an exchange or return easier.  CR’s “Secret Shopper’s Advice for Better Service”is also a must-read before picking up the phone. (more…)

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Message From the Director: November 2023

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I cooked my first turkey in a church cafeteria for 20 college friends doing flood relief in Bluefield, West Virginia.  All went well, until after we had eaten and I found a paper package inside the breast cavity.  Whoa, who knew you had to remove the giblets, hearts and neck?

Novice or old hand, Thanksgiving presents promise and possibility. (more…)

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Honoring Our Veterans, Veterans Day 2023

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Photo Display

Collage of veterans photosIn honor of Veterans Day, a photo collage of area veterans who served in all branches of the military will be on display at all Fauquier Public Library locations Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Thursday, Nov. 30.

The photo tribute is comprised of photos supplied by veterans and their families.  All previously submitted photos will be included. (more…)

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