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Message from the Director: JANUARY 2024

Updated: Mar 5

“If you build it, they will come.”

On December 18, 2003, the Bealeton branch library opened its doors to the southern Fauquier community.

A beautiful building, the 10,000 sq. ft. library took its architectural cues from the “roofy” Bealeton depot that a few years later would serve as its meeting room.

From that December day 20 years ago, the branch library has served as the hub of the community. Folks have gathered to light a community Christmas tree, visit with Santa and marvel at the intricate trains as part of the Piedmont Railroaders exhibition.

We have hosted youngsters for story hour, National Honor Society tutors, people seeking their GED or learning English as a second language.

Older Wiser Learners (OWLS) have gathered to discuss a myriad of topics and share fellowship.

And through it all we have checked out thousands of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

Join us the week of January 22-28 as we mark this important milestone. There will be activities for children and historical displays of the library’s construction. An open house on January 24 will feature a 20-year book display and children’s crafts. Of course, refreshments will be served.

Now about that Field of Dreams quote. It should be “If you build, he will come.” But for our purposes, it works for the message this month.

We built it and they sure came.

Maria Del Rosso

Director, Fauquier Public Library

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