According to recent polls, genealogy is a popular pastime, second only to gardening. While many people want to find out more about their ancestors, getting started can be a daunting task.
The Fauquier County Public Library, with numerous online and print resources, plus knowledgeable reference staff to help navigate the wide range of research options, is a good place to start. To learn about resources available at the library, join us for Getting Started in Genealogy – an overview of how to conduct genealogy research using the library’s resources. (more…)
Earth Day, observed each year on April 22, promotes ways to protect our earth and environment. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 by many colleges and communities around the country in appreciation for clean water, air and land, and in support of environmental reform to protect these critically important resources. Earth Day is now a globally observed day.
Fauquier County Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with Piedmont Polliwogs, a special story time presented by the Clifton Institute. (more…)
Fauquier County Public Library Introduces “Internet to Go”
(Warrenton, VA) April 7, 2019 – Thanks to a PATH Foundation Make-it-Happen grant, Fauquier County residents will soon have access to wireless mobile hotspots through a new library service, “Internet to Go.”
Internet to Go will enable library card holders to connect their computer or Wi-Fi-enabled electronics like smartphones and tablets to the internet via filtered Wi-Fi hotspots. Residents served by wireless providers Verizon and T-Mobile will be able to complete homework assignments, apply for jobs or conduct business even in areas not served by hardwired broadband connections. (more…)
Read. Shop. Buy smart.
Each April Consumer Reports publishes the widely-popular automobile issue. With everything from ratings of new models to the best used cars, it is a must-read for anyone considering purchasing a car in the year ahead. Fauquier County Public Library offers Consumer Reports free to patrons in both digital and print format.
Here are some of the highlights of the April issue.
New Car Ratings
This is probably the most-used section of the April issue with ratings for all types of vehicles – from electric cars to pickup trucks – and everything in between. This year, ratings for 251 new cars, minivans, SUVs, and trucks are included, based on road-test data and responses to member surveys. (more…)
Adults come to the library to check out books or apply for jobs online. Young children attend story times or LEGO club.
Why do teens come to the library?
Libraries provide a safe, non-judgmental place for teens to hang out, meet new friends and get involved in their community. Libraries also offer free access to programs and resources geared specifically for teens and trained reading experts who match the right book with the right teen. (more…)
Before We Were Yours, the 2019 Fauquier Community Read selection, is a riveting story of two families, generations apart, that are forever changing by a heartbreaking injustice.
New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate draws inspiration from the real-life 1930s scandal of a Memphis-based adoption agency that kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.
A list of Before We Were Yours Discussion Questions, in printer-friendly format, is available.
Library Selects Before We Were Yours by New York Times Best-Selling Author Lisa Wingate, for Second Fauquier Community Read
(Warrenton, VA) March 13, 2019 – A thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart who are forever changed by a 1930’s adoption scandal has been selected as the Fauquier County Public Library’s 2019 Fauquier Community Read book.
Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, is a New York Times best-seller and the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. (more…)
What better way to get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day than an Irish dance performance? The Southern Academy of Irish Dance returns to the library to perform traditional Irish dances, sure to be enjoyed by children and adults.
Wednesday, March 6, 4 p.m.
John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton
Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m.
John Marshall branch library
Ireland isn’t just the home of Irish dance – it is also the birthplace of many great authors. Here is a sampling of books by Irish authors available at Fauquier County Public Library.
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
House of Names by Colm Toibin
Ireland is known for both its unspoiled landscapes and vibrant cities, making it a popular tourist destination. It is also a popular literary setting. Stop by your local library for suggestions, or choose from this list of novels set in Ireland.
Novels based in Ireland
Death at Whitewater Church by Andrea Carter
Patrick: Son of Ireland by Stephen Lawhead
The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
An Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor
The Second Death: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland by Peter Tremayne
Stop by The Book Cellar, the used book store operated by Friends of the Fauquier Library, and browse “Lots of Luck” books by Irish authors, featured throughout March.
*This article first appeared in the March 6 edition of Fauquier Times.
Read. Shop. Buy smart.
Did you know that over one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived? Out of all of the sleep-promoting products on the market today, how do you determine which ones actually help? The March issue of Consumer Reports examines mattresses, cotton sheets, and pillows to see which ones might help you get a better night’s sleep. The article also comments on other sleep aids frequently used by Americans–supplements, alcohol and medications.
Check out “Get More From Your Drugstore” for advice on how to get the best price for your medications, and tips on how to decide what drugstore services are most important to you–hours of operation, walk-in health clinics, prescription renewals via the internet, etc. In addition, ratings for 50 leading U.S. pharmacies are included.
We’ve all heard about the large data breaches at big companies like Facebook and Equifax, but it can also happen to small companies. How do you protect your data from these breaches? “The Data Breach Next Door” lists seven things you can do to try to keep your data more secure, such as giving out less personal data, using unique passwords and monitoring your accounts for suspicious activity.
Although new car prices continue to rise, the same is not true for owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports members were asked whether or not they would purchase the same car again. Their answers are part of the Consumer Reports 2018 auto survey in this issue.
Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2015.
To access Consumer Reports online from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.
On Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, the library’s automation system – which sends out notices for hold pickups, renewals and material due dates – did not issue reminders to some library patrons. For details, please see our Library Notices Alert post.
The issue has been resolved. (more…)