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Before We Were Yours Discussion Question

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Before We Were Yours, the 2019 Fauquier Community Read selection, is a riveting story of two families, generations apart, that are forever changing by a heartbreaking injustice.

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate draws inspiration from the real-life 1930s scandal of a Memphis-based adoption agency that kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.

A list of Before We Were Yours Discussion Questions, in printer-friendly format, is available.


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Library Selects “Before We Were Yours” by New York Times Best-Selling Author Lisa Wingate, for Second Fauquier Community Read

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Press Release

Library Selects Before We Were Yours by New York Times Best-Selling Author Lisa Wingate, for Second Fauquier Community Read

(Warrenton, VA)  March 13, 2019 – A thought-provoking and complex tale of two families, two generations apart who are forever changed by a 1930’s adoption scandal has been selected as the Fauquier County Public Library’s 2019 Fauquier Community Read book.

Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, is a New York Times best-seller and the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. (more…)

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Consumer Reports March 2019: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Cover of March 2019 issue of Consumer Reports with couple in bed sleepingDid you know that over one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived? Out of all of the sleep-promoting products on the market today, how do you determine which ones actually help? The March issue of Consumer Reports examines mattresses, cotton sheets, and pillows to see which ones might help you get a better night’s sleep. The article also comments on other sleep aids frequently used by Americans–supplements, alcohol and medications.

Check out “Get More From Your Drugstore” for advice on how to get the best price for your medications, and tips on how to decide what drugstore services are most important to you–hours of operation, walk-in health clinics, prescription renewals via the internet, etc. In addition, ratings for 50 leading U.S. pharmacies are included.

We’ve all heard about the large data breaches at big companies like Facebook and Equifax, but it can also happen to small companies. How do you protect your data from these breaches?  “The Data Breach Next Door” lists seven things you can do to try to keep your data more secure, such as giving out less personal data, using unique passwords and monitoring your accounts for suspicious activity.

Although new car prices continue to rise, the same is not true for owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports members were asked whether or not they would purchase the same car again. Their answers are part of the Consumer Reports 2018 auto survey in this issue.

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2015.

To access Consumer Reports online from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.


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Library Notices Issue Resolved

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On Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, the library’s automation system – which sends out notices for hold pickups, renewals and material due dates – did not issue reminders to some library patrons. For details, please see our Library Notices Alert post.

The issue has been resolved. (more…)

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Fauquier County Joins Read Across America

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Read Across America is an annual program that encourages every child, in every community, to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Fauquier County Public Library, in partnership with the Fauquier Education Association, joins the nation-wide celebration and invites elementary-age children to a special story time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit by the one and only Cat in the Hat. Each child who attends will receive a complimentary book, courtesy of the Fauquier Education Association.

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
All Fauquier County Public Library locations
Free; no registration required.

Literacy development begins at birth and is fostered by literacy-rich experiences. Young readers need to practice in order to recognize letters and sounds. Motivating them to read is essential to achieve reading success and to create lifelong readers. The more a child reads, the better they will read.

According to United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, children ages three – five who are read to at least three times a week are more likely to:

  • Recognize letters
  • Have word-sight recognition
  • Understand words in context

The first Read Across America day was held March 2, 1998. Since then, public libraries, schools, bookstores, churches, hospitals and other community organizations across the United States have joined in, hosting their own community activities. The events – filled with stories, crafts and fun – encourage children to become excited about reading; that excitement can lead to reading success.

While Dr. Seuss’s books are iconic, there are many other books for beginning readers to explore. Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, recognizes the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

The following books were recognized in 2019:

Medal Winner
Cartoon illustration of Fox with tiger-like stripes. Book Cover "Fox the Tiger)Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor (winner)

Honor Books
The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap by David Milgrim

Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri Fox

Remember, in the words of Dr. Seuss himself

“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library

*This article first appeared in the February 20, 2019 edition of Fauquier Times.

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15 Favorite Movies For Date Night

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Valentine’s Day – marked by flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate – is celebrated in the US and other countries around the world. The holiday isn’t solely for couples; school children often exchange cards or candy hearts. All those candy hearts and boxes of chocolate add up to big business. American’s are expected to spend about $1.8 billion on sweets for the holiday, topping the sale of jewelry and other popular traditional purchases, according to the American Retail Federation. (more…)

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African American History Comes to Life at the Library

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African American History Month, also called Black History Month, is a month-long commemoration of African American history and achievement held each February.

Did you know that the founder of what eventually became Black History Month was a Virginia citizen?  Or that the current hit movie, Green Book has a connection to Warrenton? Readers of all ages can learn more about African American history at their local library. (more…)

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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Are you all set for Super Bowl LIII? Whether or not you’re favorite team came heartbreakingly close to the big game, or they never had a chance, many of us will be tuning in on Feb. 3 to see if the New England Patriots tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins (six), or if the Los Angeles Rams hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time.

If you’re planning a get-together and want to impress your guests, check out these tantalizing cookbooks: (more…)

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