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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Great Inspirations!

Is there someone in your life who you admire and look up to? A friend who encourages you to be a better person? Even a stranger that you aspire to be like? November is National Inspirational Role Models month and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a good time to send them a shout out.

I am especially grateful for the library’s wonderful teen volunteers who donate their precious time to helping us make the library and community a better place. These teens have devoted countless hours during our Summer Reading Program, after school tutoring, and special assignments like sprucing up the library garden or planning a Halloween party for younger kids.

Cards created by teens at the Bealeton library

Most recently, the teens participated in a heartwarming community service project - Holiday Mail for Heroes. At this program, teens created holiday cards for service members. Many of these hand-made cards express gratitude, best wishes and holiday cheer to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Completed cards will be delivered to the American Red Cross for distribution to service members around the world.

Being a volunteer is a cool way to get involved at the library, gain valuable work experience in a really great environment and earn service hours for college applications. You are the role models that others will aspire to be!

If you’re interested in joining the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) or participating in any teen volunteer activities, contact your local library branch.

Here are dates and times of TAG meetings - we hope to see you there! 
Bealeton Library - 4 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month.
Contact or call (540) 422-8535 for more information.

Warrenton Library - 4:30 p.m., the last Monday of each month.
Contact or call (540) 422-8516 for more information.

John Marshall Library - TAG group now forming. Contact or call (540) 422-8525 for details

This Month's Featured Book Review

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Imagine a typical day. You’re riding the bus to school and wham, the world as you know it ends. The school bus crashes into the glass front of a superstore, trapping the students inside the building. In this action-packed story, cataclysmic events cause a series of disasters that wipe out most of civilization. Fortunately for the young people, the huge department store filled with supplies becomes a refuge from the mega-storm, crushing earthquake and toxic black clouds outside. Mostly working together, the kids manage to survive and form a solid family as the older teens take care of the youngsters.

Narrated by sophomore, Dean, who keeps a journal of the harrowing days, this fast-paced thriller will keep you turning pages as the group deals with contaminated air and water, murderers on the outside, even head lice. When two outsiders intrude, the gang breaks into factions; who will escape and who will remain barricaded in the fortress? A few mildly racy scenes, some substance abuse and violence make this suitable for slightly older teens, but everyone who likes a good post-apocalyptic story with a cliffhanger ending will be satisfied and look forward to the sequel.

Thanks for Reading!

Ann @ Bealeton Library

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library