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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

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