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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

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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

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just for 6th grade and up

Now that you’re back in the swing of school, you may be looking for activities to do after the last bell rings. The library has loads of fun programs and resources to check out; visit our Teen Page for all the details. Below are a few highlights: 


Teen Advisory Group 

Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to meet new friends and get involved at the library. The group gets together monthly for cool activities and service projects. In September you can help the library plan its teen webpage. In October we will learn about recording music and put on a Monster Mash party for younger children. In November we’ll make Holiday Cards for Heroes and in December teens help with our annual Santa visit! There are so many fun things to do, you’ll be glad you joined the library family. Just fill out a membership form or ask your librarian about getting involved.


Teen Writing Clubs

Do you write poetry or short stories? Are you working on a novel? Do you journal or blog? Join one of our Teen Writing Clubs to meet fellow teen writers, get positive feedback on material and other helpful tips.


Browse the Collection

Not ready to commit to a club? Then drop in to the library and just browse our wide collection of young adult books. We stock the latest bestsellers as well as old favorites and library staff is always ready to offer reading suggestions.

Need research help for school assignments? The library has excellent online databases that provide accurate and efficient searches of hundreds of topics.


Another Young Adult Book to Movie

So many good young adult books are being made into feature films! An upcoming movie release usually creates a surge of interest in the book. The latest book-to-movie phenomenon  is If I Stay by Gayle Foreman. 


Click on book cover to watch movie trailer!

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman  is one I read and loved when it came out in 2009. Filled with raw emotion, the story centers on Mia, who is in a coma after a car accident that took the lives of her entire family. Weaving reality with the supernatural, Mia’s spirit drifts through memories while she is torn between awakening to live with her grief or letting go of life to join her family in death. Choosing life will reunite Mia, a classical cellist, with her rocker boyfriend. But will she be able to live with herself? 

Needless to say, this is a very popular book pick right now, and there is a hefty waiting list. Here are some read-alikes to enjoy during the intermission.



In The Chance You Won't Return, high school junior Alex is dealing with Driver’s Ed and a first crush but what she’s really worried about is the growing disaster at home. Alex’s mother has already had one nervous breakdown and now she’s having delusions that she’s somebody else. This is a sensitive story about keeping a mortifying family secret from going public.



The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a fictional look at biotechnology. In the not-too-distant future, technological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal. Jenna, a 17-year-old, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.



Sisters Kate and Mary take on major life decisions when their father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistent vegetative state since an accident four years earlier. Irises mixes pain and joy in a story about following your dreams.



While their mother recovers from a car accident, 13-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers. Funny and perceptive, Outside Beauty depicts a family of strong-willed girls who have learned to rely on their looks and their courage.

Happy Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier Library

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Giver: From bookshelf to big screen

The adaptation of Lois Lowry's classic young adult novel The Giver is being released in theaters tomorrow.

If you haven't read the book, it's one of those rare titles that I would recommend to almost any reader. The Giver follows Jonah as he comes of age in a community without conflict or inequality. When Jonah is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory, he encounters memories of life beyond his community and begins to question the foundations of his world.

The Giver is a quick, powerful read that will stay with you after you turn the last page. I would especially recommend it to readers who are interested in dystopian novels but aren't ready for The Hunger Games or Divergent.

If you've already read and enjoyed The Giver, you might also enjoy the following books:

Armageddon Summer - Jane Yolen & Bruce Coville

Armageddon Summer follows Marina and Jed, two teenagers whose parents have joined an end-of-the-world cult. As Marina and Jed wait in a mountain enclave for the end to come (and police and the media wait below), they struggle with questions of belief and with their relationships with their parents.

Suspenseful and complex, Armageddon Summer is a contemporary take on teenagers struggling with their beliefs and identities.


Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve

Fever Crumb is set in a future London where advanced technologies from the past are hoarded and studied. Young Fever has been raised by the tribe of Engineers to be rational and without emotion, but when she leaves home and starts experiencing the memories of London's deposed superhuman ruler, her life begins to change.

Reeve is an incredibly inventive writer, and Fever Crumb will dazzle science fiction fans with its colorful futuristic world. At the same time, Fever's journey of self discovery is very satisfying.

http://innopac.fauquiercounty.gov/search~S6?/tHouse+of+the+scorpion/thouse+of+the+scorpion/1%2C3%2C4%2CB/exact&FF=thouse+of+the+scorpion&1%2C2%2C/indexsort=-The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

Matteo is a clone of El Patron, the powerful, corrupt ruler of a country that has been carved out of the U.S. and Mexico. Clones aren't considered human, and Matt must leave his sheltered life in El Patron's house to confront his world and his identity.

The House of the Scorpion is a moving, memorable story set in an unusual dark future; if you've enjoyed books like The Giver or The Hunger Games, definitely pick it up.


Enchantress from the Stars - Sylvia Lousie Engdahl

Elana is a recruit for the spacefaring Anthropological Service; Georyn is a woodcutter's son on a planet without advanced technology. When Elana visits Georyn's planet to prevent an invasion, Georyn decides her technology is magic, and she's forced to play along.

Enchantress From the Stars explores this space-age encounter from three perspectives, showing different ways of seeing the same situation. It's a mix of science fiction and fairy tale that will appeal to readers who like their science fiction thoughtful and focused on characters (much like The Giver).

Becky @ Warrenton

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You're Invited: Grand Finale Party

The Teen Summer Reading Program is winding down and we've had a blast, but we've saved our biggest event for last. Come to our Grand Finale Party and celebrate with your friends. We’ll break out the games and challenge you to a round of Book Charades so brush up on popular titles. Won't it be fun to have a picture taken with your favorite Star Wars character (cardboard cutout, that is)? And it wouldn't be a party without plenty of pizza and ice cream so we've got that covered, too.

Don’t forget, every teen program you attend qualifies you for the Grand Prize Drawing of a Google Nexus Tablet!

The parties will be held at all three branches: Tuesday, August 5



          Book Reviews          


I hope you've kept up your summer reading, logging your books and earning prizes each week. Although I've been extra busy planning and presenting programs this summer, I've still managed to read a few good books.

Since the runaway bestseller, The Fault in our Stars, there seems to be a trend in young adult lit toward books about teens with disabilities or life-threatening diseases. These can be heart wrenching but powerful stories. Here are a few you will want to add to your reading list.

Pieces of Me by Amber Kizer

After a car accident leaves Jessica brain-dead, her organs and tissues are donated to help four other teens survive. What makes the story so unique is that Jessica’s spirit lingers, observing the people she saved as their lives become interconnected. The recipients become the main characters as their lives are forever changed and they each struggle with the meaning behind their salvation. For the teens, it’s an incredible gift to be given a second chance at life. They now have a chance at love and a future that they had never believed possible. Jessica also moves from anger to acceptance that her gift has made a difference. Pieces of Me is a powerful and emotional novel that will have you considering the issue of organ donation.

She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

British teen Laureth kidnaps her younger brother Benjamin and travels to New York to find their missing father, using clues from his notebook. Dad was supposed to be in Switzerland but a suspicious voice mail leads Laureth to believe he’s gone missing and she is determined to look for him. Not only does Lareth travel across the Atlantic to a strange city to investigate the mystery, but the fact that she’s blind makes her adventure even more amazing. That’s why she needs Benjamin (she didn't technically kidnap him) as sort of a human seeing-eye dog. The main story is interspersed with excerpts from their father’s notebook and his obsession with coincidences. Isn't it cool when you’re thinking about something and then suddenly that thing appears? It kind of makes you tingle. Coincidence happens often to Laureth and Ben as they get into and out of multiple predicaments. With the authorities bearing down and the bad guys closing in, only Laureth’s quick thinking can save them. This book will make you think about what it’s like to function in the world without eyesight.

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Guys-guy Arlo is not only a dirt-bike daredevil but he’s also a top-ranking video gamer. His skills at virtual drone warfare have caught the attention of the U.S. military – they want him to come work for them at a secret base in New Mexico. Fearless on his Yamaha 250 and in the Drone Zone, the 17-year-old is covering up his emotional scars. What’s left of his family is barely hanging on – he’s grieving the violent death of his mother, his father has lost his job and is wallowing in depression, and his little sister is suffering from a life-threatening disease and they can’t afford to get the necessary medical treatment she needs. So when the Air Force offers Arlo a substantial income to fly drones against insurgents in Pakistan, he is psyched. At first glance this novel seems made just for guys, all muscle bikes and warfare, but it’s also got emotional depth. There’s strong friendship, a love interest, a family coping with multiple tragedies and even a bit of humor.

Look for these books and more online here and don’t forget to drop in to any library branch to submit your (very short, no pressure) book reviews to be eligible for great weekly prizes!

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 or online.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Batman

This month, DC Comics commemorates the 75th anniversary of Batman's first appearance in 1939.

To celebrate, here's a list of great comics from our young adult collection. We have something for every reader—whether you like your stories serious, silly, adventurous, or thoughtful.

If you're new to comics, you'll find that the visual element can add a lot of depth to the reading experience. To get started, you might enjoy this helpful essay on how to read comics by a professional comics artist.


Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

Considering the occasion, I'll start with a Batman comic. Batman: Year One, written by comics legend Frank Miller, tells the story of Batman's first year on the job.

With its iconic portrait of a gritty Gotham City plagued by corruption, Batman: Year One is widely considered one of the best Batman comics ever. It's an exciting action / adventure story but also aims for realism, both in its characters and its stark, atmospheric art. If you're new to superhero comics, this book is an excellent place to start.



Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Selim, an ordinary guy in 19th-century Turkey, ends up as the unlikely accomplice to Delilah Dirk, a high-powered adventuress. Wherever Delilah goes, trouble and mayhem follow (and by "trouble and mayhem," I mean "explosions and beefy guys with scimitars.")

Cliff's gorgeous art will transport you to another place and time, and the adventures of this mismatched pair are gripping and funny. While a sequel is in the works, this volume is very satisfying on its own.



This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

This new graphic novel is a great summer read about two best friends and an emotionally intense summer spent in a beach town in Canada. (Half the artists featured in this post are Canadian—there must be something in the water up there.)

While This One Summer tackles serious issues, it's a very warm and funny portrait of two girls moving from childhood to adolescence. The vivid and expressive art pairs well with the thoughtful writing.



Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

The high school robotics club and the cheerleading squad both want funding from student council. Charlie, the head of the basketball team, somehow finds himself in the middle of a full-scale war between the two groups—until they decide to work together.

This is a hilarious, fast-paced story of robots and high school rivalries, populated by believable characters and brought to life by Hick's polished, very funny art.




Making Comics by Scott McCloud

If you want to learn to create your own comics (or are just curious about the process), don't miss Making Comics. McCloud explains the different aspects of comics, including character design, backgrounds, and arranging panels. 

I particularly enjoyed Making Comics because you can learn a lot from it even if you're still developing as an artist or writer. Even with my merely passable doodling skills, I had fun trying out some of the exercises.


Don't forget - once you read one of these books (or any other book), log your books and submit a short book review and enter it into our teen summer reading program "Read, Review, Win Cool Prizes" contest. Drawings are held weekly for great prizes. We also have special events weekly throughout the summer reading program - a full schedule of summer reading program events for teens is available here. 

Becky @ Warrenton


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Something Fun for Everyone!

The Teen Summer Reading Program is now in full swing; hope you've had a chance to attend some of our events just for 6th grade and up. If not, no worries…we still have six more weeks of exciting programs every Tuesday at all three library locations.

Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer fire fighter? Local fire company members will reveal the rewarding mission and training involved in serving your community. Learn about fireworks safety and see an actual fire and extinguisher demonstration. You could be an “everyday hero.” Click here for dates and locations.

Maybe you prefer something a little less daring…then try one of our creative craft programs. Bring an old, well-loved t-shirt and we’ll show you how to turn it into a reusable, environmentally-friendly tote bag. No sewing required!

If you enjoy building things and knocking them down, perhaps you’d like one of our catapult or engineering activities. In Crazy Bird Catapults, you will create your own sling machine and hurl rubber birds at a wall of blocks.

In Science @ the Library, teams will build engineering marvels using toothpicks and gumdrops. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the strongest weight-bearing structure! This program is presented in cooperation with Wakefield School.

If you prefer a calmer craft, perhaps our knitting class is more your style. Christmas in July participants will learn to knit a simple headband or stocking ornament. It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts! The library will provide yarn and knitting needles but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them.

And remember, for each program you attend, you will be entered into a special end-of-summer grand prize drawing for a Google Nexus Tablet! The more programs you attend, the more chances you will have to win!

For more details about our summer reading program, click here


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Reality television seems to have taken over the small screen. So what happens when a sleazy reality show comes to an elite arts academy? In The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer, a group of artsy friends concocts a plan to battle the show and take back their hijacked school. They secretly write and distribute a protest poem, which starts a budding rebellion. But when they are betrayed by one of their own, it’s up to the rest to reveal the high-level corruption.



Not all books of summer are light reads. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is the novel about four cousins spending summers on their family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Born to wealth and privilege, their apparent idyll lives have a shocking twist that will blow you away; the events sure surprised me! After the last page, you’ll want to go back and read it again to see how you missed the clues.




Good Reading!

Ann @ the Fauquier County Public Library

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