Library Updates

Book Drops Now Open 24/7

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Update On Library Operations
August 12, 2020

In addition to contact-free curbside service and use of public computers, book drops at all Fauquier Public Library locations are now open 24/7. (more…)

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Consumer Reports August 2020: Purchasing a New or Used Car

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

woman reading magazine on ipadDue to the coronavirus, car dealerships are rethinking how they sell cars. Depending on where you live in the US, if may be possible to arrange a car purchase entirely from home. This month’s cover article, “The Right Time to Buy is Now,” lists the steps involved in a typical sale. A list of used vehicle models that have proven to be reliable is also included. (more…)

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Bird-Watching for Kids

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Various books about bird watching on tableEncourage the kids in your life to spend some time this summer in the great outdoors with our fine feathered friends!  These titles will help kids of all ages learn about the many varieties of birds and guide them in bird finding and identification.  DVDs and bird-watching stories are also available, or take home a nature backpack for additional bird-watching materials. What birds are waiting to be found in your own backyard? (more…)

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10 Tools to Preserve Summer’s Bounty

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Cover of 4 books on preserving fruits and vegetablesThere’s nothing so delicious as home canned vegetables, pickles and jams.

If your garden is overflowing with fruits and vegetables to preserve for the cold months ahead, here are 10 library resources on gardening and preserving that will help you make good use of them.  These books offer tips on the best varieties to grow for canning as well as tried and true recipes and easy to follow instructions. (more…)

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10 Tools to ID the Trees and Wildflowers Around You

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5 books about plant identification on tableAre you spending more time outside, taking walks and going on hikes?  How many of the plants you see along the way can you name.  Get to know Virginia’s native trees, shrubs and weeds, even those invasive species, dare we say weeds? Some of them are so beautiful they deserve a place in the home landscape!

Library staff has compiled a list of 10 resources to help you identify the trees and flowers of our area.

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Tony Dove

Native Plants of the Southeast by Larry Mellichamp

Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines by William Cullina

The Native Plant Primer by Carole Ottesen

Native Plants of Value to Wildlife in the Northern Virginia Piedmont by Environmental Studies at Airlie

Invasive Plants by Sylvan Ramsey

Non-Native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests by James H. Miller

Weeds of North America by Richard Dickinson and France Royer

Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants by Richard Mabey

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont by Timothy Spira

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It’s Time For StoryWalk® Fauquier

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black and white shoe printStoryWalk® Fauquier is here!

What is a StoryWalk®?  StoryWalks® are a fun educational activity that place a children’s story along a community route. Simply follow the route to read the complete book! A StoryWalk® combines physical activity with reading and learning and is fun for the entire family. (more…)

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10 DVDs to Cool Down With On a Hot Day

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Several movies lined up on a tableSummer is here, complete with 90 degree days! Take a break from the heat with a nice cool movie.  We’ve got penguins, snow and chilly locations to take your mind off the rising temperatures. They’re all available from your local Fauquier Public Library. Place a hold; we’ll let you know when there ready for convenient (and contact-free) curbside pickup.

Don’t despair… winter is coming!

Abominable

Arctic Passage

Frozen

Game of Thrones

Happy Feet

Ice Age

Life in the Freezer

March of the Penguins

Miracle 

Yosemite

 

 

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Consumer Reports July 2020: Summer Sun Safety

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Summer scene of grill, pitcher of tea and adults minglingRead. Shop. Buy smart.

Many of the articles in this month’s issue are on summer topics–grills, sun safety, insect repellents. The cover article, “Sun Safety Guide,” discusses sunscreens, the UV Index and skin cancer. Ratings for sunscreens, both lotions and sprays, are also included. (more…)

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Fauquier Public Library Launches BYOB Book Club

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We miss chatting with you about your latest and greatest read! If you have read something awesome – and want to get other reading recommendations – join us for a new, online book club – BYOB (bring your own book) book club!

We’ll discuss books, old and new, and share recommendations. Get ready to brag about your favorite reads and  jot down all the intriguing titles you’ll hear about from others.

Meeting Dates: 
Tuesday, July 7, 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, 6-7 p.m.

Contact Jennifer Schultz-Angoli at 540.422.8504 or email Jennifer.Schultz@fauquiercounty.gov to learn more or for a link to join the meeting!

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