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A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR: OCTOBER 2023


“But, where are the numbers?” I asked Mr. Hartledge, my freshman algebra teacher, after he had sprinkled the blackboard with a dizzying array of x’s and y’s.  It made no sense to me.  I was woefully unprepared for the world of abstract symbols.


Too bad Brainfuse, a homework assistance service, wasn’t around.  Brainfuse provides live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies for all ages, 7 days a week.  It’s free with your library card.


With help like that algebra and I might have come to a happier end.


Hope that introduction is met with cheers at your house.


Beyond homework help, we’ve got an impressive October program schedule.


The virtual Meet the Author series has a blockbuster lineup.  Guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves shares the secrets of safe, smart, inexpensive travel — low on stress and high on fun.


Psychological thriller writer Ruth Ware discusses her new book Zero Days.  And, John Irving, who published his first novel at twenty-six, reflects upon his prolific body of work and a lifetime spent writing.


The non-fiction book club takes on Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.  According to one review, “this superb book reads like a classic disaster story and reveals a Soviet empire on the brink.”  Discussion is led by Bob Jacobs who taught history for over 38 years, many of them at Fauquier High School.


Folks from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation show teens how to save seeds or create a beautiful work of art.


Major Warner sits down with veteran journalist Lou Emerson to talk about his somewhat bumpy path to become the head of Fauquier County schools.  It’s the next installment of Sundays at Two, a series that brings together distinguished writers, artists, and scholars for conversations about their work and lives.


Last thoughts on algebra.  A few months ago, I checked out Algebra for Dummies.  I thought with age and a clear head, I could lick it.  No good, I tell you.  I think I’ll give Brainfuse a try.  After all, it’s for all ages, including this senior librarian.


Maria Del Rosso

Director, Fauquier Public Library

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