Magic, race cars and miniature horses all coming to library near you
During the summer over 25,000 patrons visit the library each month, making it a bustling place, as children, teens and adults browse the stacks, check out books to take on vacation or use the computers and wifi. Add to that the hundreds of patrons who join in the fun of the annual summer reading program, including the many special events offered, and it’s easy to see why summer is a busy time at the library.
Only three weeks remain in the 2018 summer reading program, but they will be packed full of everything from robots to hula dances. Here’s what’s coming to a library near you:
Preschool – grade 5
A Little Magic
John Marshall branch library: Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Eva Walker Park, Warrenton: Monday, July 23, 11:30 a.m.
Bealeton branch library: Friday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.
There are many positive effects of human-animal interaction. The trained volunteers and their miniature therapy horses of A Little Magic are eager to show the unique connection between horses and humans and demonstrate the special work the organization does with children and adults. With their smaller size, miniature horses provide a non-threatening therapy experience, especially for those in wheelchairs, seniors and children.
Goodlife Theater: Land of the Aloha Puppet Show
Saturday, August 4 at all library locations:
Bealeton branch library: 10:30 a.m.
John Barton Payne Bldg., Warrenton: 1:30 p.m.
John Marshall branch library: 3:30 p.m.
It’s time to say “aloha” to the summer reading program. Goodlife Theater has performed at the National Theater’s children’s series, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods, as well as many schools and libraries. Using puppets, music and hula, they will bring the legends and children’s tales of the Hawaiian Islands to life. Attendees will even learn a basic hula dance.
Rising 6th graders and above
Rarin’ to Race
Warrenton central library: Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
Bradley Kilby may be the fastest teenager you ever meet. Hear how the 14-year old race car driver has turned his dream to race competitively into a reality. You’ll even have a chance to see his sleek, black stock car up close.
John Marshall branch library: Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
What is robotics? FROGBots, a local championship robotics team, will demonstrate how they design, build and program robots. Participants can even remotely drive a robotic vehicle.
If reading, special programs, and cool activities aren’t enough, there are prizes, too. Thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Fauquier Library and local businesses, children can select a small prize each week with a spin of the prize wheel. Prize drawings are also held for teens and adults. Adults? That’s right, adults. Readers over the age of 16 can play Library Bingo. Complete four simple tasks on a game card like “read a book with a green cover” or “attend a library program,” return your game card to the library and earn a chance to win fun prizes throughout the summer.
Public Information Coordinator
Fauquier County Public Library