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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Reading Riot Has Moved

Looking for Reading Riot?  

Effective February 1, 2015, the Reading Riot blog has moved. It can now be found at fauquierlibrary.org, along with a ton of other great information – book reviews, staff recommendations, program highlights and other library tools.
Check it out and, as always, happy reading!
Fauquier County Public Library

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kudos to our Homework Helpers

For several years now, Liberty High School National Honor Society students and the Bealeton branch library have had a happily synergistic relationship. To meet their community service requirement, NHS members offer Homework Help (formerly entitled Tutoring) to school-age children. In return, the library promotes the program and provides the space for the students to work.



As word has spread to local elementary and middle schools, the program has grown and thrived. Often seven to ten families drop in for the sessions and a half dozen tutors eagerly wait to assist. Students are encouraged to bring specific school work that they need help with and in they come with math sheets, language arts assignments and history projects in hand. The tutors always give excellent one-on-one assistance to the younger students with kindness and skill. Some of the tutors are even proficient in Spanish and have been invaluable helping our Hispanic patrons.



It is so gratifying to see this much-needed service being taken advantage of. And it’s great that NHS tutors not only gain the satisfaction of helping their community but also earn volunteer hours that boost their job and college applications. So here’s a shout out to our wonderful NHS volunteer tutors – past, present and future – for the great work they do for the patrons of the Bealeton library!

Homework Help is offered 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bealeton branch library throughout the school year when school is in session. Free; drop-in.

Other news from Reading Riot - Reading Riot is moving! This will be last post published here - all future posts will be available on the Fauquier County Public Library's redesigned website. You can also find tons of other great information – book reviews, staff recommendations, program highlights and other library tools. Please check it out! 


Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get in Shape for the New Year!

It’s resolution time and one goal that tops many lists is to exercise and get in shape. To help you stick to that promise, the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is hosting a free Teen Fitness class.

So come in out of the cold and shape up!

Certified fitness instructor Beth Howser will present an exercise and nutrition class just for 6th grade and above. Don't let gray winter days sap your energy; come to the library and get pumped up! Learn some great fitness techniques you can do on your own without fancy equipment. Classes will be offered at all three library branches.

Bealeton branch library - 4 p.m., Tuesday, January 13
Warrenton central library - 4:30 p.m., Monday, January 26
John Marshall branch library - 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 27

Reading suggestions to keep the workout momentum going:

Fitness Training for Girls - this guide to resistance training, conditioning and nutrition offers advice on the importance of physical fitness, and recommends a program of exercises--including stretching, using gym equipment, and weight lifting--and a healthy diet.

Get Strong - a guide to building confidence, muscles, and a great future for teenage guys.

runningdreamRunning Dream - an inspiring story of learning to run again. Jessica loses her leg in a school bus accident and returns to school with a prosthetic limb. But her former track team finds a way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Losing it - Tired of being the fat kid, 13-year-old Bennett joins the cross country team to find out if there is more to life than French fries. A heartfelt and humorous take on a serious subject.

Happy reading and best of luck keeping all your New Year’s Resolutions!

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 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



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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

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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.

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