Library Updates

Consumer Reports April 2020: The Auto Issue

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Each April Consumer Reports publishes the widely-popular auto issue. With everything from ratings of new vehicle models to the best used cars, it is a must-read for anyone considering purchasing an automobile in the next year. Fauquier County Library offers Consumer Reports free to patrons in both digital and print format. (more…)

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Same Book, Next Year

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Due to current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 Fauquier Community Read, including author Steven Johnson’s April 29 visit – has been postponed until Spring 2021.

“We are glad Steven Johnson is able to adjust his schedule to be in Fauquier County next year. Until then, we encourage everyone to keep reading How We Got to Now and other good books,”  according to Maria Del Rosso, Director,  Fauquier Public Library.

Copies of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, the adapted young readers version and the PBS series “How We Got to Now” will be available for checkout over the course of the next year.

Fauquier Public Library is currently closed to the public, but curbside pickup of materials is available. A wide range of e-resources, including e-books, e-audio, e-magazines, and  streaming services, are available 24/7 will a library card.

Don’t have a library card? Apply for one online.

Please watch the library’s website and follow us on social media for updates as COVID-19 situation develops.

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Curbside Pickup Information

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Curbside Pickup Locations
Warrenton central library, Winchester Street entrance
Call 540.422.8500 option 1 when you arrive.
Bealeton branch library:
Call 540.422.8500 option 2 when you arrive.

Curbside Pickup Hours
Monday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Returning Materials
All exterior book drops are closed at  this time.  If you  have items due, please keep them until further notice.

Fines & Fees
Overdue fines are waived on items due after March 16, 2020.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of utmost importance.  We continue to assess COVID-19 information day by day. For the latest on library operations, click here.

Please watch the library’s website and follow us on social media for updates.

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COVID-19 Library Operations Update

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All Fauquier Public Library locations closed to the public on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. and remain closed until further notification.

Materials can still be checked out using curbside pickup beginning Wednesday, March 18.

How Does Curbside Pickup Work?

Think of it like ordering ahead at the grocery store and follow these easy steps:

  1. Place a hold on the materials you want to check out. Use the library’s website, the MyLibrary! Mobile app or call 540.422.8500 option 3 to place a hold.
  2. Watch for a text or email notification that your materials are ready for pickup.
  3. Once notified that your materials are available, please come to the location you chose for curb-side pickup.
  4. When you arrive, call the number listed below for your pickup location.
  5. Materials will be labeled and arranged in alphabetical order on tables outside the library.


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Library suspends programs until further notice

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Out of an abundance of caution, Fauquier Public Library is cancelling all programs, including story times, book club meetings and all other library events, until further notice.

We will continue to work closely with County Government to monitor the status of COVID-19 and take appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of our customers, staff and volunteers.

There is no change to library hours at this time. Any changes will be announced at and via social media.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

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Updated Friday, March 13, 2020
4:40 p.m.

As individuals, families, and institutions in Fauquier County confront Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its potential effects on our community, Fauquier Public Library is providing this informational update.

Fauquier Public Library is operating on our normal operating schedule. (more…)

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Opportunities to Log On

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Man in blue shirt using library workspace on laptop“Without the Wi-Fi and space to work at the Marshall Library, I would have had not choice but to drive an hour each way to work in an office.”   –  David G.

Your Opportunity To…

Skip the commute

Home internet unreliable, slow or nonexistent? Check out a free hotspot. Or work remotely using the Library’s computers and Wi-Fi.

Sharpen your skills

Bolster your resume with Hoonuit’s on-demand video training or by taking any of Universal Class’s 500 CEU level courses. Access these and many more tools from home or at a library computer workstation.

Begin your job search

Discover Opportunities @ Fauquier Public LibraryHeading back into the workforce? Changing careers? It’s a big work world out there! Gear up your job search and start submitting resumes using the Library’s job search tools and high-speed internet.

Stop by your local Fauquier Public Library location and discover the opportunities that away you, at the library!

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Library Selects “How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World” for 2020 Fauquier Community Read

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(Warrenton, VA) February 26, 2020 – Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World is Fauquier Public Library’s 2020 Community Read selection. Author Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation, tracing facets of modern life from their creation to their unintended consequences. The library expects How We Got to Now, a New York Times best seller, to spark a community discussion that considers the future by exploring the past. (more…)

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Consumer Reports March 2020: Leafy Greens

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March 2020 Cover of Consumer ReportsWe usually consider a salad a healthy meal choice. However, E. coli bacteria outbreaks are becoming more and more frequent. Salad greens can be exposed to the bacteria at any time during the growing, harvesting or packaging process. “Leafy Greens Safety Guide” explains how greens may become contaminated, how to read lettuce labels (organic, pesticide-free, etc.), and has tips on safe ways to eat greens such as cooking them until wilted or soaking them in vinegar. An added section on “The Health Benefits of Leafy Greens” discusses nine types of greens (from Arugula to Swiss Chard), and the vitamins and other nutrients each contains. (more…)

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Discussion Questions: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson


In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes – from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species – to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. (more…)

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