With Passover starting March 30 and Easter being celebrated on April 1, it’s time to discuss my favorite books for both holidays!
If you need something more in-depth than your basic introductory children’s book about Passover, consider ABC Passover Hunt. Published by Kar-Ben Publishing, one of the leading publishers of Judaica for children, this was written for children that are probably familiar with the basic aspects of the observation. (more…)
Thursday, March 29 is the opening day of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. According to MLB, it is the earliest start to the major league season at traditional major league ballparks in history.
Can’t make it to the ballpark to watch your favorite team start the season? Stop by the Warrenton central library instead and join us for complimentary popcorn from noon – 3 p.m.
Interested in learning more about “America’s Favorite Pastime?” How about Batter Up! Its Baseball Time Again? Or check out these lists, compiled by library staff, or browse the catalog.
Baseball Greats: Biographies
Baseball Fiction and Mysteries
We hope to see you March 29th.
I’m still trying to catch up on books published in 2017 (especially adult fiction and nonfiction), but bring on the Spring 2018 books!
Aru Shah and the End of Time is the opening title in Rick Riordan’s “Rick Riordan Presents” imprint, which will publish fantasy titles by authors from underrepresented communities incorporating their cultures’ mythology/folklore into their stories. I’m super excited, since fantasy can certainly use more diversity. This has already received outstanding reviews! (more…)
Who doesn’t love a good dog story? In keeping with our Community Read of the book Thunder Dog, we’ve put together a list of favorite stories about our canine companions. Fittingly, National K-9 Veteran’s Day is celebrated this week reminding us to honor those dogs that have served us in so many ways. “Dogs serve as protectors of life and liberty, dogs serve on the farm, as service dogs, as military dogs, and above all, dogs serve as man’s best friend,” according to the editors of The Dog Place. (more…)
Ezra Jack Keats, the author-illustrator of The Snowy Day, was born on March 11, 1916 in East New York, Brooklyn. Keats’ family was very poor and his father discouraged him from pursuing a career in art, so young Keats turned to his school for validation about his skills and the local public library to learn about art. (more…)
Need for Library Space
The Fauquier County Public Library provides services to the community from three locations — Warrenton, Bealeton and Marshall. The three branches circulate roughly 460,000 items each year. Fifty-six percent of county residents have a library card.
The library is a vital and highly regarded institution. Each month, over 22,345 people visit a library branch; 99% of patrons surveyed rated the library as “important” to their family. The library enjoys strong community support – in 2017, over $50,000 was contributed to programs and services by individuals and the Friends of the Fauquier Library. Nearly 6,000 hours were logged by dedicated volunteers.
The need to add space is critical; the library system has roughly 70% of space and 65% of seats recommended by the Library of Virginia.
The Warrenton library suffers from overcrowded conditions and lack of parking. It has become difficult to provide basic library services.
- Parking is a serious problem; only 13 of the 50 required parking spaces for a facility its size are available.
- Seating is limited; patrons must vie for places to study, read or use a laptop computer.
- Shelf space is scarce; for each book added one must be removed.
- Meeting space is not readily available; community groups or students working on collaborative projects must be turned away; library programming for youth and adults is limited.
- Public access computer terminals are in constant demand; wait times for computer use are common.
- Lack of space for shelving, seats, and tables has infringed upon American Disability Act (ADA) access to library resources.
A new 30,000 sq. ft. Warrenton library is estimated to cost $15 million.
The proposed FY ’19-’23 Capital Improvement Plan includes no funds for a new Warrenton library. The Board of Supervisors has been asked to amend the plan to include $7.5 million in FY ’19-’20 of the plan. The balance, $7.5 million, will be raised from private sources.
To date, $2.5 million has been pledged.
The new library, located at the corner of Waterloo and Chestnut streets, is meant to serve as the cultural center for the community. It doubles the square footage currently available. In addition to more space for books and seating, the design includes private study and conference rooms, a large community room, an expanded Virginiana Room, wireless internet workspaces and public access computers. With ample parking available (85 spaces), the Library Board anticipates that the state-of-the-art library will attract hundreds of people per day, a great boost to the local economy.
Making healthy eating a mainstay can be difficult at any age, much less with children who don’t understand how good food fuels your body and mind. Luckily, we have a great collection of enticing books that might help!
DK is one of my top favorite publishers for children and adults; they can make any topic fun and exciting. Are You What You Eat? A Guide to What’s On Your Plate and Why! is filled with intriguing facts about food and nutrition (along with interactive quizzes), but as you can guess from the cover, it’s laced with plenty of humor. (more…)
1968. It was a time of great social change, unrest and hope.
Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th U.S. President. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. The 1968 riots rocked Chicago. Pres. Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act and Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.
1968 was also a time of creativity and culture, filled with memorable music, TV shows, books and classic movies.
Popular songs that year included the “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Think” by Aretha Franklin.
TV shows that premiered in 1968 include Hawaii Five-O, Here’s Lucy, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Banana Splits, 60 Minutes and Adam 12. Some of these can still be seen in reruns today.
As someone who loves reading history and biography, February and March are two of my favorite months for blogging purposes: Black History Month and Women’s History Month! Here are my top favorites for learning about women from all walks of life: (more…)
Hey teens, do you want to boost your chances of scoring big on the SAT? The library has tablets for you to do just that. Playaway Launchpads for teens are preloaded with dozens of apps to help you score more points on the English and Math SAT. (more…)