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Updated: Mar 8

“When it’s good, it’s very good, but when it’s bad it’s horrid.”

Forgive me for altering Longfellow’s poem, but it sizes up the situation perfectly when confronted with a balky technology problem.

If you don’t have a resident techno whiz to sort out your confusing phone, tablet or laptop, we have a new service that may help.  Teen volunteer Jack Woodard staffs a weekly help desk at the Warrenton library for the technology challenged.  Teaching and troubleshooting only; no device repair offered.  Appointments are recommended.

Other highlights this month.

We’re pleased to welcome back Socrates Café after a pandemic hiatus.  Taking its cue from the Greek philosopher’s adage, “the unexamined life is not worth living”, the group includes people from different backgrounds who get together and exchange philosophical perspectives. This month’s topic -- “Does life have meaning?”  New members welcome.

With a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve put together Irish films for your enjoyment. Golly, there are some good ones.

Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite book of 2023.  We’re collecting titles and will publish a list.  A great way to help you decide what to read next.

When I was a high school senior and taking standardized tests, I was told to show up on Saturday with a #2 pencil.  Times have changed.  Test prep has become far more elaborate and expensive.  Give your wallet a break and try Peterson’s one-stop-shop test prep.  From high school placement tests to college admissions tests to career exams, Peterson's includes practice tests, online courses and career assessments. There’s even a job search powered by

I’ll leave you with more of Longfellow, “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.”  Yep, got it, got it, got it at the library.

Maria Del Rosso

Director, Fauquier Public Library

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