Let’s say you’re day-dreaming about opening your own business. Maybe a bakery. Or maybe an antique/collectibles shop. And you’d like to open it in your hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Time to do to some research using your library card and the Small Business Reference Center…
- How many bakeries are in Winchester? (9)
- What were estimated sales for baked goods stores in Winchester in 2017? ($2.7 million)
- What about sales of used goods in Winchester for the same time period? ($6.4 million)
Maybe you should open a combination antiques/collectibles shop and bakery! (more…)
I often find that summer is a great time to catch up on all those items on my to do list. Reading and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are at the top of my list this summer and the library has a great selection of books for the DIYer!
One of my favorites this year has been A Touch of Farmhouse Charm by Liz Foure. If you’re a fan of Joanna Gaines, then you’ll love the ideas included in this book. It is filled with easy projects inspired by the current farmhouse or rustic trend, and better yet, these projects won’t break the bank! Wood projects. Drop cloth curtains. Fabric covered books. Need I say more? (more…)
A map of Fauquier County, Virginia. 1863. Image provided by Library of Congress.
It seems every family has an elusive family member that can’t be located. Where do you turn when you hit a genealogy roadblock? Maps can help you determine if your ancestor owned land, what type of terrain the property was on and if they had transportation options.
The Virginiana Room, located at the Warrenton central library, has an extensive collection of materials and sources to help in your research. In addition to microfilm, newspapers and census records, (just to name a few) we have maps to help you navigate your research. Here are the most common maps to consider in your genealogy search. (more…)
We are full steam ahead with our summer reading program! With the armful of books we see leaving the checkout desks, we know that many readers are (hopefully) discovering some awesome new reads (or enjoying old favorites). Here are my favorite recent reads:
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is a sweet and encouraging testament to the value of creativity, hard work and determination. This young lady has an idea for a magnificent thing but she’s not quite sure how to make it happen! It’s harder than she thought it would be but with the help of her dog, she’s determined to be successful. (more…)
If you think the summer reading program at your local Fauquier County Public Library is for kids and teens only, think again. Adults can get in on the summer reading fun with Library Bingo. (more…)
At the start of summer, thoughts inevitably turn toward outdoor adventures, whether it’s catching a baseball game, embarking on an early morning fishing adventure or simply flying a kite on a windy day. It’s not surprising that June has designated as the official Great Outdoors Month. Here are some of my favorite books celebrating the fun of the great outdoors. (more…)
The summer reading program has kicked off! Books are flying off the shelves and teens are logging the number of minutes they read to earn chances to win great weekly prizes.
Although summer is a good time to kick back, relax and read for fun, you may also be thinking about a summer job to earn extra spending money or to save for the future. Here are a few recommendations available at your local Fauquier County Public Library about young adults who are working, making a few bucks or in some cases spending in all sorts of ways. (more…)
If your Father’s Day plans include some down time with the kids, why not pick up a few titles that celebrate the special bond between father and child? We have so many terrific books about fathers that I had a hard time whittling down my list to a manageable size! (more…)
With our fun-filled summer reading program under way, Warrenton Youth Services staff is eager to share their favorite stories about hot summer days!
“Beach Feet” transports you to a bright day at the beach from the perspective of a young child. Meghan Gurdon, book critic at “The Wall Street Journal,” wrote ‘There is such a feeling of seaside exuberance in Masamitsu Saito’s illustrations for “Beach Feet” that as you turn the pages you can almost taste the salty spray. In delicious vivid colors, we follow a small boy as he relishes a day at the beach through the sensations of his feet: The “ow,ow,ow!” of baking sand, the “ahhh” of wet, cool sand and the splash of cold waves.’ I borrowed “Beach Feet” from the library for my 2-year-old granddaughter’s first trip to the beach. The book exactly portrayed her own experiences and we had to read it over and over and over at her request. She carefully placed her own little feet on the illustrated cover and back of the book and she “read” the final word of each phrase on a page. I eventually bought “Beach Feet” for her; it remains a favorite bedtime book. I highly recommend this book for a summer read!
∼ Ellen, Youth Services Assistant (more…)
The Summer Reading Program kicks off today and we’ve planned much more for teens than reading just for fun. You can register online or at any Fauquier County Public Library location.
This year we introduce Learn to be a Grownup: A Life Skills Series for young adults who are looking toward the future and want tools to help them survive adulthood. (more…)