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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Reading Recommendations for Teens

With the bustling holiday season in full swing and free time in short supply, a collection of short stories may be your best reading bet. Let it Snow features three interconnected Christmas romances by three of today’s bestselling young adult authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.

Along with sparkling lights and wrapped presents, a Christmas Eve snowstorm adds magic to the holiday. In The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee’s day is upended when her parents are arrested, her train is stranded in snow and she breaks up with her boyfriend but in the end meets a new love.

Author John Green, famed for The Fault in Our Stars, contributes A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle in which three friends hike through the blizzard to the Waffle House to gawk at the cheerleading squad from the snowbound train.

Finally, Lauren Myracle wraps it up with The Patron Saint of Pigs in which Addy makes amends for cheating on her boyfriend (who was also stuck on Jubilee’s train). These tales of believable teen love will warm your heart during the winter break or any time of the year.

If you’re looking for more action and suspense during the winter vacation, try The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. This fast-paced sci-fi thriller received so much attention since it came out last year that I just had to add it to my reading list. It was worth the wait. In the story, 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age. The Fifth Wave movie is in the works scheduled for release in January 2016, so there’s plenty of time to read book one and it’s follow up The Infinite Sea.

I’m looking forward to reading the second novel, which just came out this fall. It has received good reviews as a heart pounding survival story. Now that Cassie and her companions have lived through the Others' four waves of destruction and with the human race nearly exterminated they have to choose between holing up for winter, or setting out in search of other survivors before the alien enemy closes in.

Whether you yearn for holiday romance, crave alien invasions or want something in between, I wish you a happy holiday and the pleasure of a good book.

Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Knitting for Teens @ the Fauquier Library

Need inspiration for your holiday gift giving? Try a Holiday Knitting Class at the library! The Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is hosting this fun event. All young adults in the 6th grade and above are invited. Library staffer Ms. Jen will teach participants to knit a simple ornament or gift just in time for the holidays. Yarn and knitting needles will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. This is a great way to learn more about TAG and learn a new craft!

Bealeton Library, Tuesday, December 16, 4 p.m. 

TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Meetings are held monthly at the Bealeton branch library and Warrenton central library. TAG now forming at the John Marshall branch library.

Membership forms are available online or stop by your local library to find out more about how you can get involved.

You don’t have to wait for the class to start knitting. The library has some great books to inspire your creativity and get you started. From simple scarves and wrist bands to complex handbags and sweaters, these books provide lots of color photographs and step-by-step instructions. Or maybe you’d like to get “hooked” on crochet. We have books for that, too!

Check out the following list and then check out the books at your nearest library location.

Knit Grrl and Knit Grrl 2 by Shannon Okey — Fun and funky projects and patterns from the basics of getting the first row on the needle (casting on) to cool finished and useful projects–how about thumb-free mittens just perfect for texting?

Teen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit by Jennifer Wenger — You don’t have to be in a club to knit, but knitters seem to form a community of people who appreciate handmade stuff. This book offers lots of detailed project instruction and even advice to start your own knitting club.

Chic Knits for Young Chicks by Sarah Paulin — Packed with unique knitted patterns and accessories — who knew you could knit a sweater for a water bottle? Perfect for the more experienced knitter.

Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell — Reads like a high school yearbook; everyone is in this book—knitted crafts for the preppy, punk, jock and more. Advice on how to create a variety of cool knitting projects, with ratings of difficulty and instruction in different needlecraft techniques.

Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson — Transform sweaters and second-hand clothing into other garments and accessories, including such items as skirts, tops, hats, vests, small bags, and leg warmers.

Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff by Kim Werker — If you can imagine it, you can crochet it! All you need is a hook and some yarn. Clear instructions and bright, bold photographs make this guide book a winner.

Way to Crochet! 20 Cool, Easy Projects for Kids of All Ages by Sherri Haab  — Here’s another great book filled with cool projects. From tiny beaded rings and friendship bracelets to thick, cushy pet blankets – your dog will love you and so will your friends and family for all the hand-made gifts.

Fiction

Chicks with Sticks (it's a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard — Four teenage girls from very different social cliques at their progressive Chicago high school become friends after forming a knitting club.

What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson — Placed in a group foster home, 11-year-old Cal Lavender learns how to cope with life from the four other girls who live there and from their storytelling guardian, the Knitting Lady.

Happy Reading and Knitting!

Ann, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library



To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's 
collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Giving for Teens

More opportunities to make holiday cards for heroes…

With many service men and women separated from their families during the holidays, the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes is a chance to do something worthwhile by creating cards of thanks and support. If you missed our first events, it’s not too late to participate. Students in 6th grade and up are invited to make greeting cards for service members during Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings. Completed cards will be delivered to the American Red Cross for distribution to service members on deployment or in hospitals.

Marshall Library: Tuesday, November 18, 5 p.m.

Warrenton Library: Monday, November 24, 4:30 p.m.

To continue in the giving spirit…Holiday Knitting Class with Jen!

The Bealeton Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will host a holiday knitting class; learn to knit a simple ornament or gift just in time for the holidays; participants must be in 6th grade or higher. Knitting needles will be provided but participants can also bring their own. Yarn will be provided. 

This is a great way to learn more about TAG and learn a new craft! TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Membership forms are available at your local library or ask your librarian about getting involved

Bealeton Library: Tuesday, December 16, 4 p.m. new date!


Teen's Top Ten Redux

Last month we announced the Fauquier County teen's ten favorite books. Now we find out how teens nationwide voted. The results of the Teens’ Top Ten are in! The annual “teen choice” poll created by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) seeks the best books of the year for teens.
Throughout the summer, young adults from across the country read from the list of nominated titles and voted on their favorites. The top ten winners were announced during October’s Teen Read Week celebration. From dystopian futures to romance and sci-fi, there’s something for everyone. Check out the list to see if your favorite made the cut and find them at your nearest library branch!

And the winners are…
  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siegeand Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Happy Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saturday @ the Library


Come celebrate International Games Day, an event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Everyone in the family is invited to join the more than 20,000 gamers around the world by playing board and/or online games at the library.

While the benefits of gaming are often thought of in terms of providing socialization and bonding experiences, did you know that gaming can have positive impacts on literacy?

Games such as Candy Land promote pre-literacy skills, while educational video games can assist in promoting letter/number/color recognition, while more advanced gaming involves reading and interpreting rules and methods of play, in addition to eye-hand coordination. Simulation games such as SimCity involve complex planning, strategic play, and learning how to deal with consequences.

Children of all ages are invited. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

Drop in from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15; Bealeton Library and John Marshall Library

4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24; Warrenton Library

Paws @ Bealeton this Saturday

Children ages 5-10 are invited to read to trained and certified therapy dogs at Bealeton Library.

Teachers and librarians have found that most children enjoy reading to therapy dogs, and for children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others, reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a non-judgmental setting.

The Paws to Read program is free, but a signed permission slip is required and each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other caregiver.

Paws to Read is held at all three Fauquier County Public Libraries. Check the online calendar of events for session dates and times, or pick up a copy of the calendar of events at your local library. 

The next Paws to Read is this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-noon; Bealeton Library. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or drop by the Bealeton Library to pick up a permission slip.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Multicultural Books in the Library

Recently at the library and throughout the country, National Hispanic Heritage Month was observed. As I selected books for a display, I thought about the importance of multicultural books. Culturally diverse literature can be a window into another world, allowing readers to experience ways of life other than their own. Books that reflect diversity can bring understanding and tolerance in our global society.

I’m happy to say that the library’s young adult collection has a great selection of multicultural books that were released in the past few years. Read on for my recommendations.


Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other. A gripping coming-of-age novel set against the conflict between the government and ethnic minority.


The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Feeling out of place as a biracial student in an all-white school, 11-year-old Violet reconnects with the African American side of her family. Her struggles with not fitting into either world reflect the reality of many bi-racial kids.


Bridge by Patrick Jones

José serves as the bridge between his non-English speaking family and the rest of the world. Money is tight so the 18-year-old works nights and arrives at school so tired that teachers at his alternative high school step in to help. This short (about 100 pages) book is a fast read that sheds light on the illegal immigrant experience.


A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.


Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca

Caught in the midst of the brutal Sudanese civil war, Poni must run for her life. Driven by the sheer will to survive, she must make it to a refugee camp. A heartbreaking look at life for many girls and refugees during the conflict.


Revolution by Deborah Wiles

The story of a black boy and a white girl living in Mississippi during the tumultuous Freedom Summer of 1964. Using song lyrics, bible verses, photos, political speeches and more, the documentary novel brings to life important moments of the Civil Rights Movement.


Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg

Living in poverty-stricken Haiti, Serafina dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor. When the devastating 2010 earthquake hits, she faces unthinkable obstacles to help her family survive in this poignant novel in verse.



Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

A Mexican-American adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey in which five sisters embark on a journey to return a man’s corpse to his family in Mexico. Hindered by all manner of fantastic beings, the sisters form a strong bond.


Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry

In the early 20th century, 13-year-old Pearl dreams of following in the footsteps of her whale-hunter father and preserving the stories and ways of her people. Her dreams are shattered by her father’s death and the arrival of white whalers in steam-powered harpoon ships.

All these books can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library!

Good Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier library


Upcoming Events for 6th grade and above


Holiday Mail for Heroes – The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) invites you to make greeting cards to be sent to servicemen and servicewomen at military hospitals and installations; service hour opportunity.

Bealeton library – Nov. 4 @ 4 p.m.
Warrenton library – Nov. 4 from 1-4 (drop in) and Nov. 24 @ 4:30 p.m.
Marshall library – Nov. 18 @ 5 p.m.

This is a great way to learn more about TAG and do something nice for the community! TAG membership is a cool way to get involved at the library, make new friends, plan events and have fun; most schools accept TAG activities as service hours. Membership forms are available at your local library or ask your librarian about getting involved; (540) 422-8500.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mark Your Calendar - Teen Read Week Fun Activities

Teen Read Week (TRW) is almost here! We've planned fun events throughout the week of October 12-18 just for 6th grade and up.

First, we challenge you to test your knowledge of famous young adult books and authors. Complete a game card at any library branch and earn a sweet treat! 


More fun TRW programs just for teens:

Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library
Teens have big dreams so drop in to the library and weave your own Dream catcher. Learn the legend behind these mystical Native American webs and turn your dreams into reality. 
October 14, 4 p.m.
Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North

Turn Your Home Into a Recording Studio!

Jason Bell (instructor at Allegro Music) will demonstrate how to compose and record music, with the ease of tablets and apps. Learn the ins and outs of home recording in this relaxed and fun seminar. All levels – beginner to advanced – are welcome.

October 14, 4:30 p.m.
Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North

October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester Street

Stay tuned for more great teen programs coming this fall. You can find out more here or on the Teen page on our website.

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Top Ten for Teens, by Teens!

To celebrate Bealeton library’s 10th anniversary at Willow Drive, we set out to discover the Top Ten Teen Reads in Fauquier County. First we asked you each to submit your favorite young adult book titles; we received A LOT of great suggestions at all three library branches. Then we compiled a list of those nominations and put them to the vote. Throughout the summer, teens selected their ten favorite titles.

And now the results are in! Here is YOUR Ultimate Top Ten Teen list:

1 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2 - Divergent series by Veronica Roth    
 
3 - The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

4 - Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

5 - The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

6 - House of Hades by Rick Riordan    
           
7 - Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

8 - The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

9 - Three Way Tie:
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Haddix
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Holes by Louis Sachar    
     

10 - Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

If you haven’t read these Best Books yet, drop in to any Fauquier library branch to check one (or more) out. We’ll have them on display for Teen Read Week (TRW) in October.

And TRW fun doesn’t stop there. Throughout the week of October 12-18 we challenge you to test your knowledge of famous young adult books and authors. Complete a game card and earn a sweet treat!

More fun TRW programs just for teens:

Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library - Teens have big dreams so drop in to the library and weave your own Dream catcher. Learn the legend behind these mystical Native American webs and turn your dreams into reality. 4 p.m.; Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North

Turn Your Home Into a Recording Studio! – Jason Bell (instructor at Allegro Music) will demonstrate how to compose and record music, with the ease of tablets and apps. Learn the ins and outs of home recording in this relaxed and fun seminar. All levels – beginner to advanced – are welcome.
4:30 p.m.; Oct. 14; Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North
6:30 p.m.; Oct. 21; Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester Street

Stay tuned for more great teen programs coming this fall. You can find out more here or on the Teen page on our website.

Good Reading!
Ann @ the Fauquier Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter (Kiddosphere twitter is hereor online.