Friday, August 26, 2011

Community

Have you ever wondered just what it is that defines a community? Sometimes a community is defined by its location as when those who live in a subdivision are considered members of a community. Sometimes location is combined with social circumstances in defining a community, as when those who have children attending school in a certain area, live in a certain voting district or subscribe to a particular political party are identified as a community. Whether we see each other at the local pool, attend school programs together, or stand in line to vote together, we soon discover that the dialogues, conversations and actions we engage in with one another form the true substance of our various community memberships.

How does the library fit into our sense of community? Libraries have traditionally been considered quiet sanctuaries where information is made available to studious individuals, but they are also very important to the formation and definition of community.

Through the Fauquier County Public Library you have access to the Fauquier County Code, Subdivision Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance and various other planning and budget documents which establish and guide the growth and development of the town and county in which we live. You will find local and national newspapers and magazines available in print and in the form of searchable online databases. The library provides free access to computer terminals and wireless service and encourages you to explore far and wide through the Internet in search of anything from games and Facebook friends to online college courses.

But then, closer to home, with respect to those all-important dialogues, conversations, and actions which substantiate our membership in community, visitors will find that the library supports a number of popular reading and discussion groups, lecture series, and special programs for children and adults.

Please stop at your local library branch in Bealeton, Warrenton or Marshall and let us help you use the materials and resources that are available to you. And then let us introduce you to other members of your community engaged in programs and discussion groups which you, too, might want to join.

Jeanne @ Warrenton

Monday, August 22, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 8/21/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2. The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
3. Full Black by Brad Thor
4. Victory and Honor by W. E. B. Griffin
5. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
6. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
8. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
9. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
10. Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
12. Now You See Her by James Patterson
13. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
14. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
15. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
5. After America by Mark Steyn
6. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
8. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
9. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker
10. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham with Raymond Arroyo
11. The Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler
12. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
13. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
14. A Book of Secrets by Michael Holroyd
15. Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Washington Post 8/21/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2. The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
3. Victory and Honor by W. E. B. Griffin
4. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
6. Full Black by Brad Thor
7. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
8. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
9. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
2. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. After America by Mark Steyn
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Zero-Sum Future by Gideon Rachman
8. 1493 by Charles C. Mann
9. Fish! by Stephen C. Lunden
10. Bossypants by Tina Fey


Monday, August 15, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 8/14/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. Full Black by Brad Thor
4. Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
5. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
6. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
7. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
8. Now You See Her by James Patterson
9. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
10. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
11. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
12. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
13. Split Second by Catherine Coulter
14. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
15. Back of Beyond by C. J. Box

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
7. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
8. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
9. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
10. Incognito by David Eagleman
11. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
12. The Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler
13. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
14. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
15. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson

Washington Post 8/14/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
2. Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
3. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
4. Full Black by Brad Thor
5. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
6. Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
8. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
9. Now You See Her by James Patterson
10. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
8. The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno
9. The Secrets of the FBI by Ronald Kessler
10. The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick

Friday, August 12, 2011

Books on the Go

I'm a commuter and while I love to listen to music while I'm traveling to and from work, I also enjoy listening to books from the library's audiobook collection.  Recently, I've listened to three very different titles--all equally enjoyable.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
     I  gravitate toward novels with good character development and Franklin hit his stride in this book.  The two main characters, an African American constable in rural Mississippi, Silas Jones and his one time friend, Larry Ott are so well developed that you come to a real understanding of each as a whole person---neither all good nor all bad, but a mix of both, like all of us.  The plot moves at a nice clip too, so it doesn't drag, as some character driven novels can.  Ken Kenerly, the reader on the CD, does a good job with the Southern dialects and makes all the characters come alive.

The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson
     I've read a lot of Erickson's non-fiction, but not much of her fiction.  I was pleasantly surprised with this historical novel which puts a twist on the old conspiracy that Anastasia was the one Romanov to survive their murder by the Bolsheviks.  Again, the characters are well drawn, although not all are likeable. This book made me go back and brush up on my Russian history and the relationships between the royalty of Europe in the early twentieth century.  (Everyone was someone's cousin it seems thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.)

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
     This is a lovely children's book and the second in a series of books about the four Penderwick girls, their father, their dog and an assortment of friends and adventures.  A simple story really, the book is timeless--it's actually difficult to set it in any particular era.  Although, I must admit, sometimes the voices the reader creates for certain characters can become a bit grating. 
     The first book The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy is a must before moving to book two.  You have to get to know the children's personalities, their father and their life circumstances.   I've listened to both of them on my commute and have thoroughly enjoyed them.  I'm looking forward to book three The Penderwicks at Point Mouette in the coming weeks. 

For those of you who ride and read by listening, give these novels on CD a try.   I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Dawn S. @ Warrenton

Birthday Greetings

Each month the reference staff at Warrenton Library create a book display of works by authors who are celebrating birthdays.  There are dozens of authors every month and August is no exception.  We'll name just a few birthday celebrants this month:

Herman Melville, 1st
Garrison Keillor, 7th
Frank McCourt, 19th
Orson Scott Card, August 24th

To check out some authors featured in previous displays, take a gander at the list below.


Vicky @ Warrenton

Monday, August 8, 2011

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 8/7/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. Full Black by Brad Thor
4. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
5. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
6. Now You See Her by James Patterson
7. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
8. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
9. Split Second by Catherine Coulter
10. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
12. The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader
13. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
14. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
15. One Summer by David Baldacci
16. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
7. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
8. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
9. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
10. Incognito by David Eagleman
11. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
12. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller
13. Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich
14. Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
15. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
 
Washington Post 8/7/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
4. Full Black by Brad Thor
5. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
6. Split Second by Catherine Coulter
7. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
8. Now You See Her by James Patterson
9. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
10. The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. Fish! by Stephen C. Lunden
6. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
7. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
10. The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick

Friday, August 5, 2011

So Many Books…So Little Time

Many readers keep a journal or list of books they haven’t had a chance to get to, but hope to read in the future. I started such a list about fifteen years ago but, for the sake of my sanity, gave it up after about a year. I soon realized that I would not be on this earth long enough to read everything on a list that grew exponentially each month.

Now I take a more “short-term” approach. As new books become available I try to at least look at each one that I’m interested in and make the decision while holding it in my hand whether or not I actually have the time and desire to read it right away. Because life slows down a bit during the winter months, I also select 3 or 4 books, different from my normal reading tastes, to read each winter holiday season. Even though the summer is not quite over I’m already considering some titles for this year: Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: the Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences by Kitty Florey; Emily Alone by Stewart O’Nan; Embassytown by China Mieville. There will probably be a few more titles I’ll think of before making my final selections in November.

Then there is the continuously shifting mental list of books I would like to read (or listen to—the only good thing about a long commute!) that maybe I just won’t get to…ever. One of these is The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I really enjoyed Collins’ The Woman in White but it was long and difficult and it took some effort to finish. Then there is The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens which I would follow up with Drood by Dan Simmons.

When I’m in the mood for something humorous I could read Boomsday or Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley. How about fantasy in the tradition of JRR Tolkein? I’m sure I’d enjoy books by Guy Gavriel Kay, such as Tigana or A Song for Arbonne. Of course, I’ve always meant to get back to the Sharon McCone mystery series by Marcia Muller. I read the first one, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, years ago. Number two, Ask the Cards a Question , and the 26 (!) others are waiting for when I have the time.

This list could go on and on but you get the idea. It’s one of a reader’s greatest frustrations: so many books, so little time.

Maryellen @ Warrenton

Monday, August 1, 2011

Best Seller Lists

 
New York Times 7/31/2011

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
2. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
3. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
4. Split Second by Catherine Coulter
5. Now You See Her by James Patterson
6. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
7. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
8. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
9. The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader
10. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
11. One Summer by David Baldacci
12. Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons
13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
14. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
15. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
5. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
6. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
7. Seal Team Six by Howard E. Wasdin
8. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
9. Reckless Endangerment by Gretchen Morgenson
10. Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow
11. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
12. Incognito by David Eagleman
13. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
14. Demonic by Ann Coulter
15. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James A. Miller

 
Washington Post 7/31/2011
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
2. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
3. Split Second by Catherine Coulter
4. Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
5. Now You See Her by James Patterson
6. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
7. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
8. Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
9. The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader
10. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
2. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
4. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
5. Go the ____ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
6. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno
10. The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick