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It’s a Great Time to Join a Book Club

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Looking for something new to read? How about joining a Book Club? The Great Books Discussion Group has announced their selections for 2015 and the new year would be a great time to join. The focus of the Great Books Group in 2015 will be on the short story. Short stories, by definition are more concerned with mood than plot and this leads to reader interpretation. This makes short stories perfect candidates for the “Shared Inquiry” method of discussion which is used by our Great Books Discussion Group and adopted from The Great Books Foundation. The Great Books Discussion Group meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Warrenton central library program room.

2015 Readings

We welcome and encourage all readers to join and we don’t expect you to be a literary critic! Book clubs are a great way to try reading something new. Even better you get to share your love of reading with others who love reading as much as you do.

For more information about Great Books, stop at the Warrenton central library reference desk or call (540)422-8500, ext. 6862. To learn more about all of the library’s book clubs, visit our adult services. Still curious about book clubs? Check out these titles to learn even more.

Book Club Companion Book Cover

The Book Club Companion, A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group Experience by Diana Loevy. This guide provides a list of popular titles, tips on planning your get together and suggestion on drink and food recipes.


Reading Group HandbookThe Reading Group Handbook, Everything you need to know to start your own Book Club by Rachel W. Jacobsohn. Get tips for starting and hosting your own book club.


Read It and Eat

Read It and Eat, A Month by Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus by Sarah Gardner.  Plan the perfect menu for your book club with this title by Sarah Gardner.

Jody, Reference, Warrenton central library

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Online best seller lists published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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Holiday Giving for Teens

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More Opportunities to Make Holiday Cards for Heroes…

With many service men and women separated from their families during the holidays, the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes is a chance to do something worthwhile by creating cards of thanks and support. If you missed our first events, it’s not too late to participate. Students in 6th grade and up are invited to make greeting cards for service members during Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings. Completed cards will be delivered to the American Red Cross for distribution to service members on deployment or in hospitals.

Marshall library: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m.
Warrenton library: Monday, November 24, 4:30 p.m.

And to continue in the giving spirit…knit a holiday gift with Jen!

Holiday-shopping-girl with gifts

During the Bealeton TAG meeting, 6th grade and above will learn to knit a holiday ornament or gift. Some knitting needles will be provided but participants can bring their own if they have them. Yarn will be provided.

Bealeton library: Tuesday, December 16, 4 p.m.


Teen Top Ten-2014

Last month we announced the Fauquier County teens’ ten favorite books. Now we find out how teens nationwide voted. The results of the Teens’ Top Ten are in! The annual “teen choice” poll created by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) seeks the best books of the year for teens. Throughout the summer, young adults from across the country read from the list of nominated titles and voted on their favorites. The top ten winners were announced during October’s Teen Read Week celebration. From dystopian futures to romance and sci-fi, there’s something for everyone. Check out the list to see if your favorite made the cut and find them at your nearest library branch!

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And the winner is…




  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Ann, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library

For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.

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Staff Picks: My Favorite for Reading and Listening This Year!

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supremes coverThe Supremes at Earl’s All -You -Can- Eat creates a circle of friends and  families dealing with illness, infidelity and the evolution of interracial relationships with the help of the healing power of music, and a little help from the great beyond.  A wonderful narrative and a compelling story with situations that will make you cry, then laugh out loud. Read the book to find out why you should be very worried if Eleanor Roosevelt comes to see you. Wonderful reader for the book on CD.

Gloria, Circulation, John Marshall branch library

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Online best seller lists published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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Give the Gift of Reading This Holiday Season

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(Warrenton, VA)  December 11, 2014 —The Fauquier County Public Library has launched its 2014 annual holiday giving campaign – “Books … gifts you can open again and again.”  Now in its fourth year, the campaign provides several ways for the community to give the gift of reading.

Support the library’s collection

Central to the campaign, patrons may select an ornament from the holiday tree, bearing the title of a book the library would like to add to its collection. Each ornament includes details about how to donate the book to the library. Books purchased through the program are noted with a book plate bearing the name of the donor or the person in whose memory the book was purchased.  Trees are located at all three library locations. In addition, the library’s “wish list” of books to add to its collection is also available via Amazon.com, where books can be purchased directly through Amazon.

Shop to support the library

Wowbrary enables holiday shoppers to support the library any time they shop at Amazom.com. Simply by using this link – http://wowbrary.org/fauquier – and designating the Fauquier County Public Library as a recipient, a percentage of the total purchase price is automatically donated to the Fauquier County Public Library, at no additional charge to the shopper.

Gifts for others

The campaign isn’t just about donating to the library, however. “Patrons ask us for book suggestions all year,” noted Maria Del Rosso, Fauquier County Public Library director, “But during the holiday season they are always looking for good books to give as holiday gifts. Sharing the gift of reading is what we are all about, and we are happy to provide them with ideas.” To that end, library staff has compiled gift suggestion lists for children, teens and adults. The lists are available at all three library locations and make it easy to share the gift of reading with someone on your holiday list.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

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Kick the Clutter

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A popular toOrganize your homepic among new items in the collection is organizing your household, clearing clutter and streamlining your life.

Here are a few recent titles added to the collection:

Clutter Busting

Organize your home clutter cures for every room 

Fran, Technical Services, Warrenton central library

Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Online best seller lists published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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Beatles Movies: Staff Favorites

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Help!Did you know that the Beatles made five movies during the time they were together as a band? They are: A Hard Days Night  (1964), Help! (1965),  Magical Mystery Tour (1967), Yellow Submarine (1968), and Let It Be (1970). Which one is your favorite?

My favorite is Help!, their first color film and by far the funniest of the bunch. It’s a spoof of the James Bond films, with the Beatles being chased all over the world by the followers of the Indian god Kaili, trying to get back the sacred ring of Kaili that a fan mailed to Ringo. In the end, the Beatles triumph, and Ringo’s life is spared, of course.  Check out the Help! music CD as well. Not all of the songs on the CD were used in the movie, but all of the music is great!

Yellow Submarine is also fun to watch. It’s a cartoon, done in the bright psychedelic colors of the late 1960s, also with great music.

Filming on A Hard Days Night began just one month after the Beatles appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964. A funny, comic version of Beatlemania, it captures 36 hours in the life of a pop group, including screaming fans, and ends with a concert. This movie was recently selected for digital restoration by the Criterion Collection, which is dedicated to restoring and preserving important classic and contemporary films.

The Fauquier County Public Library has all three of these films; check them out today!

Vicky, Adult Services, Warrenton central library

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Books on Historical Fiction

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Historical fiction is a favorite genre for many readers, as the authors of these books delve into different time periods of history and imagine people, conversations, and events within that context. The following titles are recommended by library staff and are available at your local Fauquier County Public Library location.




Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Online best seller lists published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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Books on Christian Fiction

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Sometimes referred to as inspirational fiction or gentle reads, Christian fiction is characterized by explicit or implicit Christianity and little or no sex, violence or profanity. Often written in a series to show the growth of faith over time, these books often emphasize a conversion or crisis of faith and exemplify faith in real life. The following titles are recommended examples of Christian fiction available at the Fauquier County Public Library.

Contemporary Fiction



Historical Fiction




Fantasy/Science Fiction



Looking for more book lists and staff suggestions? Stop by the reference desk at your local library. Online best seller lists published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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