Transform Your Ideas About the Library: National Library Week 2016
For Immediate Release
(Warrenton, VA) April 5, 2016 — April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. The Fauquier County Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries.
Libraries today are much more than a place of quiet study. They are also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate on projects, take advantage of free WiFi, discuss books, exchange ideas or just relax.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Maria Del Rosso, Library Director. “How we deliver on that promise has evolved over the years, but remains at the core of what we do. We work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public to discover and address the needs of our community. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, I encourage you to stop by and see how we have transformed.”
In addition to books, magazines and newspapers in print, Fauquier libraries offer access to e-books and e-magazines, technology classes, and STEAM programs for children. Digital resources include Ancestry Library Edition, Transparent Language, Atomic Training, Overdrive media, Zinio magazines and more that can be accessed in person or online with a Fauquier library card. Programs for older, engaged adults and for English-language learners are also offered.
Del Rosso also points out that more than half of Fauquier County residents have a library card and over 22,300 people visit a library branch each month. Recently, ninety-nine percent of Fauquier library users rated the library as “important” to their family. The Fauquier library enjoys strong community support – in 2015, over $50,000 was contributed to programs and services and nearly 6,000 hours were logged by dedicated volunteers.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.
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