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Reading Riot: The Sleeper and the Spindle

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Looking for a unique book to enjoy? This week, library clerk Frances A. recommends one of Neil Gaiman’s latest illustrated tales for young adults.

Growing up, I always adored fairy tales and legends.  I’d spend hours at a time with my well-worn copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and later Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.  But one thing always bothered me about these stories of good and evil, magic and mystery.  After the Prince has slayed the dragon, after the impossible challenges have been met and conquered, what then?  What happens after ‘Happily ever after?’ (more…)

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Reading Roundup: Books By Jane Austen

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Jane Austen portrait

The Bealeton Book Club met in November to discuss various books by Jane Austen, the classic English novelist known for her grasp of society’s mores, character portrayals, romance and relationship entanglements, and wit. Some memorable quotes are:

  • The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Northanger Abbey
  • “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.” Persuasion

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Staff Picks: ‘Tis the Season…For Reading!

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Warrenton Youth Services staff has a combined 30 years of reading and selecting Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter stories for our collection and programs. While we find new delights every year, we have a handful of titles that immediately come to mind when we are asked for our favorites. Read on for the best seasonal books in our collection! (more…)

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Star Wars Books: For Your Inner Jedi, Droid, or Wookie

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I told myself I would not begin this post with “In a galaxy far, far away.” But, I hope you will forgive me for working it in there anyway. I couldn’t help myself, what with the Star Wars mania sweeping the nation as we speak! In celebration of the release of the new Star Wars movie, we are excited to show off some of our collection of Star Wars adult fiction.

For all of the Star Wars aficionados, this may be a review. You may have selected and read, and reread, many or all of our Star Wars titles and this will be a pleasant trip down memory lane for you! For those considering taking up the books because you’ve been inspired by the movies, you love science fiction, or you just want to see what the last thirty-plus years of fuss has been about, this is for you! (more…)

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Reading Riot: Outstanding Nonfiction Recommendations

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School teachers, parents and students are often on the lookout for engaging stories that connect with the curriculum. Quality nonfiction encourages students to read and think critically, to ask questions and to look for evidence. The following recommendations examine the real world and encourage readers to consider diverse perspectives.

Learning to read and think critically calls for a healthy sense of skepticism.eyes wide cover smoke pollution and teen holding protest sign  Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines advises readers to question conflicting information, identify bias and scrutinize sources while zeroing in on environment challenges. (more…)

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Staff Picks: Top Picks for Holiday Reading

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Throughout the year some of us keep lists of those special books to save for cozy Christmas reading. With Thanksgiving behind us, and the weather turning colder, it’s time to welcome Christmas and settle down with these new and old treasures of the season. (more…)

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Reading Riot: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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It’s not just teens and youth services librarians that read and enjoy teen fiction. In fact, lots of “grown ups” enjoy this genre too. Jen B. is one of those, joining us again as a Reading Riot guest blogger.

If you are looking for something that is part humor, part fantasy, Jen’s latest pick may be just what you are looking for. Did you ever watch a show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and look past Buffy and her crew to see the regular kids? You know, the ones just trying to graduate while the Chosen One and her pals are out staking and slaying? Did you ever consider what it would be like to be them? (more…)

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December Book Discussions

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The Fauquier County Public Library will hold the following book discussions during the month of December. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us- new members are always welcome! (more…)

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Reading Roundup: Great Books Explores Lost In The Funhouse

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Lost in the Funhouse

The Fauquier County Public Library Great Books Club met recently to discuss Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth.  This year, our discussion group has been reading from the Short Story Omnibus. The short stories we have discussed focus on mood, rather than plot. In Barths’ “Lost in the Funhouse” we were introduced to a young boy who is coming of age. This story also reflects the young author coming into an understanding of his unique position relative to others.  (more…)

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