Library Updates

Feeling a Little Grouchy?

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October 15 is National Grouch Day.

We did not make that up!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, the day was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. (more…)

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Like It or Love It: Absence of Mercy

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At its latest meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Absence of Mercy by S.M. Goodwin. It’s the first book in the Lightner and Law mystery series. Forced by his father’s political connections to relocate to pre-Civil War New York, former Crimean War hero Jasper Lightner teams up with misfit detective Hieronymous Law to investigate a philanthropist’s murder and wrongful charges targeting an innocent woman.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Absence of Mercy:

What We Liked

  • Very readable with vivid characters
  • Clues were subtly scattered throughout the book and came together at the end
  • More exciting than other historical mysteries we’ve read

What We Didn’t Like

  • The ending was good, but a little confusing
  • Not a very uplifting book – the less savory facets of this time period were in full display

Book Notes

Similar mysteries available from Fauquier Public Library include:

If you enjoy a good mystery, the Mystery Book Club welcomes new members! Meetings are currently being held virtually. For details about how to join these virtual meetings, please contact or call 540.422.8500, ext. 3.

Looking for your next great read? Browse the library’s catalog, or try our BookMatch Reader’s Advisory Service and let us do the “browsing” for you! Complete the online BookMatch form and we will create a customized reading list of up to 10 titles.

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Latest Episode of Growing Gardens Now Available

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Why are we losing so many oak trees? In Growing Gardens, Episode 7: Saving Your Oak Tree, Master Gardener Tom Baughn explains how you can take preventive action to avoid the decline and death of your Oak tree.

Oak trees are the host plant of more insect and animal species than any other family of plants. It is important to learn about recent scientific discoveries that can reverse this alarming Oak decline trend.  This snapshot presentation focuses on the most prevalent problems and the important science of recent decades.

If you have questions, email the Master Gardner Help Desk at for information about your specific tree or to learn how to keep your oak tree alive and thriving.

Missed an episode of Growing Gardens?  Episodes 1-6 are available on-demand.


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What’s New On the Shelves?

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Open book and CD

Each month, Fauquier Public Library adds hundreds of books, movies and e-materials to its collection.  Here are a few tips to find the latest additions.

Subscribe to Wowbrary and be one of the first to know about the latest books, movies, and other items on order! Subscribers receive the latest email newsletter every Saturday.

Subscribe to Wowbrary here  or use this QR Code.

You can also find the list on the library’s website at.

New Items Shelf
Each library has a special location for new books (adult, children and young adult). Items stay on the new shelves for several months.

Previous Month’s New Titles
Find last month’s new titles on the library’s website.

Here is a sampling of new titles recently added to the collection:

Take one home today!


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Hallow-reading for Elementary Schoolers!

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black and purple witch stockings from knee downOctober is just a few days away and that means the spooky season is upon us and children are eagerly awaiting the costume and candy-fest that is Halloween. This year, we encourage kids to visit the library in their Halloween costume from Monday, October 25-Saturday, October 30. Those who do will receive a few treats, but no tricks! While stopping by, we also encourage parents to pick up a few books to get your elementary school reader in the festive spirit.

Here are a few chilling tales to try:

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe; illustrated by Alan Daniel

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Peanuts Countdown to Halloween!: With a Story a Day by Charles M. Schulz; illustrated by Robert Pope

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker; illustrated by Junyi Wu

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Tailypo! retold by Jan Wahl; illustrated by Wil Clay

Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

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How DOES That Database Work?

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Learn how to navigate popular resources from AncestryLibrary to Universal Class with new online tutorials.

Short, easy-to-follow tutorials are available for over two dozen digital library resources.

Look for an icon like the one below to launch the tutorial and get started exploring the many resources your local library offers!


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Consumer Reports October 2021: Smarter Shopping

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Are you looking forward to the holiday shopping season?  Find out how to get the best deals and save money at the store or online in “Our New Guide to Smarter Shopping.” Here you’ll find tips on “How to Navigate Shortages & Price Hikes.” This is advice you can use for shopping anywhere, from big box stores to second hand shops.     (more…)

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Press Release: Library Upgrades Children-Teen Offerings

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Bealeton-Remington Ruritans Fund Library Wish List

(Warrenton, VA) September 16, 2021 – Thanks to a generous donation from the Bealeton-Remington Ruritan Club, Fauquier Public Library will upgrade furnishings at the Bealeton branch library and add new resources for school age children.

The Ruritan’s donation will fund numerous items on the library’s “wish list,” including new tables and activity boards for young children, STEAM kits for school age students, incentives to encourage teens to sign up for library cards and the addition of numerous books to the library’s collection. (more…)

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Press Release: Library Expands Story Times To Go Collection With Donation From Learning Starts Early®

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40 Kits Added to Library’s Collection

From Left – Right: Dr. Bob Dart & Dr. Eileen Burgwyn, co-chairs LSE, Maria Del Rosso, Director, Fauquier Public Library

(Warrenton, VA) September 15, 2021 – Thanks to a $2,000 donation from Learning Starts Early (LSE), Fauquier Public Library added 40 new Story Times to Go kits to its book collection for young children.

Story Times To Go include three or four preschool picture books with themes ranging from bugs to zoos.  Each kit has an activity sheet that encourages finger plays, rhymes, etc.  The kits aim to bring the story time experience into a preschooler’s environment, wherever that may be. (more…)

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