Valentine’s Day – marked by flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate – is celebrated in the US and other countries around the world. The holiday isn’t solely for couples; school children often exchange cards or candy hearts. All those candy hearts and boxes of chocolate add up to big business. American’s are expected to spend about $1.8 billion on sweets for the holiday, topping the sale of jewelry and other popular traditional purchases, according to the American Retail Federation. (more…)
Entrepreneurship can be exciting, fulfilling and, yes, daunting. Join Fauquier County Public Library and ReferenceUSA – a leading provider of accurate and complete business and consumer data – to learn how entrepreneurs and business owners can use the library’s ReferenceUSA tool to find mission-critical information to start, manage, and grow a business. (more…)
African American History Month, also called Black History Month, is a month-long commemoration of African American history and achievement held each February.
Did you know that the founder of what eventually became Black History Month was a Virginia citizen? Or that the current hit movie, Green Book has a connection to Warrenton? Readers of all ages can learn more about African American history at their local library. (more…)
Are you all set for Super Bowl LIII? Whether or not you’re favorite team came heartbreakingly close to the big game, or they never had a chance, many of us will be tuning in on Feb. 3 to see if the New England Patriots tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins (six), or if the Los Angeles Rams hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time.
If you’re planning a get-together and want to impress your guests, check out these tantalizing cookbooks: (more…)
We all begin the new year with plans and good intentions for changing habits, healthy eating or exercise regimens to improve our overall lives and surroundings. Sometimes, however, we may try to accomplish more at one time than we can handle, initial enthusiasm wanes, or we haven’t identified the right resolution for us personally. This has a great impact on the success of what we want to accomplish; it’s no surprise that more than half of all resolutions fail.
How do we make our new year’s resolutions stick?
Setting a goal and having a plan to reach it is the most important step to keeping a resolution. Start small, maybe start with just one project, and give yourself a reasonable time frame to accomplish it. Choosing a goal that is personal and not one others are telling you to choose is also key. And remember that perfection is not the goal – accomplishing the goal is.
Most importantly, ask for support from friends, family, a professional organization – or your local library.
There are great resources at the library that can help you get started with whatever your new year’s goal is. Stop by and browse, or ask the reference librarian to assist you in finding the right resource – a book, magazine or online class. The list of tools below can help you get started.
Here’s to a successful new year for you!
∼ Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library
- 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well With the Money you Have by Michelle Singletary
- Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your way Healthy by Mehmet Oz
- Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? By Mark Hyman
- Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home edited by Sara Lyle Bow
- Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days by Kevin Leman
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying directed by David Swift
- The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And how to Keep it That Way by the editors of Real Simple
- Stuffology 101: Get Your Mind out of the Clutter by Brenda Avadian and Eric M. Riddle
- *This Year I Will… How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
- **Yoga for a New You
*Available through RB Digital: Download the RB Digital app and register. Then browse from the app or the library’s website (select E-Media).
**Free online course available through UniversalClass: Start at fauquierlibrary.org, select “E-Media,” under e-learning select “UniversalClass;” register in just a few easy steps and begin learning something new. Free with your library card. Don’t have a library card. Apply for a library card online or stop by your local library today!
[This article originally appeared in the January 23 edition of The Fauquier Times.]
The lists start to appear in December and become more prevalent by early January: Favorite books of the year, the year’s best sellers, the best book of the year. The list of lists goes on and on.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular books are where you live? The following are the most popular books of 2018 in Fauquier County, based on checkouts throughout the year. Is your favorite on the list? (more…)
Tax Assistance for seniors and low income residents of Fauquier County will once again be provided through a partnership with the Foundation for Tax Assistance Saturday, February 2 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (more…)
Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to announce the 2019 Sunday with the Library schedule. The series, which began in 2017, offers free monthly programs for families and adults ranging from author presentations to flower arranging. The program, which is sponsored by Friends of the Fauquier Library, was attended by more than 400 individuals in 2018. Mark your calendar for these dates and topics: (more…)
Read. Shop. Buy smart.
Health screenings are a part of preventive health care. But often the screenings are done too frequently, not at all, or with inaccurate tests. The January issue of Consumer Reports, available at your local Fauquier County Public Library, looks at 18 different screenings including bone density, cholesterol, and skin cancer, with information on why the screening is done and for whom it’s recommended.
Consistent exercise is proven to be good for people, but according to the latest survey by the Physical Activity Council, more than a quarter of all Americans get virtually no exercise. While climbing and walking are some of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise, many people prefer to exercise alone at home. Check out this issue’s ratings for treadmills and ellipticals.
Pasta and sauce is a quick and easy comfort food meal for many Americans. In 2017, Americans spent around $2.6 billion on ready-made pasta sauces. Tomato sauce counts toward the 2-3 cups of vegetables recommended per day; although some jarred tomato-based sauces are high in sodium and sugar, many are still healthy options. In this issue, the Consumer Reports team of nutritionists and professional food tasters rate the taste and nutritional value of 35 tomato-based sauces.
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.
Genre is a term often used when describing categories of literature; familiar and often-cited genres include poetry, non-fiction, romance and mystery. Did you know that “personal narratives,” “vampire fiction” and “pastoral fiction” are also genres of literature? In fact, libraries use an extensive list of genres to identify materials. Using a Genre Search to browse the library catalog is a useful tool.