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In the movie The Way We Were longtime buddies Hubbell and J.J. while sailing recount the best Saturday afternoon, the best month, the best year.

Perhaps not the whip and snap of sails but the stillness and quiet of winter evenings will invite you to contemplate the year’s best book, best meal, best time with family and friends.

We’ve done our own little bit of reflecting and here are some highlights of our year serving you.

Of course, the news is filled with those in the know who have compiled “best of” lists.  We’ve shared some with you –  best fiction, best non-fiction.

In our Meet the Author series, Fredrik Backman, Geraldine Brooks and Amor Towles received high marks from our patrons.  You can still watch most interviews here.

“Accidental activist” Hope Porter sat down with local editor Lou Emerson to discuss her work over 60 years to keep Fauquier rural. This was the first in our new series “Sundays at Two.”

Old Rag Naturalists set up shop in our libraries to answer questions about Virginia flora and fauna.

The Marshall branch got a much-needed facelift when very tall and crowded children’s shelving was replaced with shelving that makes it much easier for youngsters to browse.

After boosting Brainfuse, a live homework assistance service, use skyrocketed.

Non-fiction afficionados welcomed legendary history teacher Bob Jacobs who helped launch a new book club.

A personal favorite – each week, bright and shiny Head Start children pile off their bus and fill our program rooms for a story hour.  Oh, the joy in seeing those beautiful rapt faces soaking in the tale of the day.

And, last but not least. A library user survey this fall showed, to quote Sally Fields, “you like us, you really like us.”

“Our library is the jewel in the crown of Fauquier County,” one patron wrote. Another said, “The staff is superb. They are limited by space and funds, nevertheless what they accomplish is amazing.”  And, here’s one to puff our chests out, “Best use of my tax dollars.”

Thank you, dear library friends.  We return the sentiments in full measure.  We really like you, too.

Maria Del Rosso

Director, Fauquier Public Library

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