Friday, March 30, 2012

Gardening Locally

I know it’s warm and sunny out, but calm down, be patient. The last frost dates in our area are the end of April, beginning of May. So don’t put those tender plants out just yet.

However, you can study up, read about them, and make a plan. The library has some wonderful books specific to gardening in our area, when the time is right.

My favorite go to book is Andre Viette’s Month-by-Month, Gardening in the Mid -Atlantic. This book contains monthly advice on what to do in the garden and when to do it, and covers several plant categories ranging from annuals to vines.


A brand new one is Donna Williamson’s Virginia Gardeners Companion. Williamson provides detailed, easy-to-understand information about the ins and outs of gardening in Virginia, from a Virginia master gardener, with advice from state gardening writers, horticulturists, and other local experts. 

Another title to consider is Jacqueline Heriteau’s Virginia Gardeners Guide.  Heriteau recommends 170 choice plant selections, including annuals, deciduous and evergreen trees, flowering bulbs, groundcovers, herbs, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses shrubs, and vines.  An entire chapter dedicated to creating ornamental water gardens adds a unique growing medium to the beauty of a Virginia landscape. 

Trees and Shrubs of Virginia, by Oscar Gupton is good for identifying what you may already have in your yard or what you might wish for.

Something you need to keep in mind when planting in our area, 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants, by Ruth Rogers Clausen.  Profiles of each  ornamental plant in this volume includes a deer-resistance scale, tips on growth and care, zone recommendations and full-color photos.

The whole gardening section (call number 635 in non-fiction area) is just filled many beautiful and helpful gardening books. Also, don’t forget the oversize section. That’s where you will find the Virginia Gardener Handbook, which is used by Virginia Master Gardeners. Look for more information about the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners available at the library or call the Master Gardeners---they have a help desk to answer all you local gardening questions.

Happy Gardening,

Sheree @ Warrenton

Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 3/25/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
2. Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning
3. The Thief by Clive Cussler
4. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
5. Private Games by James Patterson
6. Defending Jacob by William Landry
7. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
8. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
9. The Expats by Chris Pavone
10. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
11. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
12. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
13. Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta
14. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
15. A Rising Thunder by David Weber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
5. Better Than Normal by Dale Archer
6. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Quiet by Susan Cain
9. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman
10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
11. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
12. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
13. Revelations by Elaine Pagels
14. Full Service by Scotty Bowers
15. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

Washington Post 3/25/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Thief by Clive Cussler
2. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
3. Private Games by James Patterson
4. Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning
5. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
6. Defending Jacob by William Landry
7. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
8. The Expats by Chris Pavone
9. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
10. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. Better than Normal by Dale Archer
4. The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman
5. Thought Revolution by William A. Donius
6. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
7. Hollywood Hypocrites by Jason Matterra
8. Your Teacher Said What? by Joe Kernen
9. Great Again by Henry R. Nothhaft
10. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lyme Disease

Although it was discovered in 1975, Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness, has become more recognizable in recent years.  The library has several resources about Lyme disease, including information about its prevention and treatment. Here is a sampling:
Also, be sure to look at the library's health resources Web page.  There you'll find online resources and databases to search for articles on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses on The Centers for Disease Control  and the National Institutes of Health have helpful information on Lyme disease.

These associations provide information on and support for Lyme disease:
To see how governments are reacting, read about the current House of Representatives bill to establish a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee and see information about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s Task Force on Lyme Disease.

For more information about its prevalence in Fauquier County and prevention tips, see Fauquier Health’s The View from Hospital Hill blog post on ticks and Lyme Disease.

Mary Sue @ Warrenton

Monday, March 19, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/18/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Thief by Clive Cussler
2. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
3. A Rising Thunder by David Weber
4. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
5. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
6. Private Games by James Patterson
7. Chasing Midnight by Randy Wayne White
8. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
9. Defending Jacob by William Landry
10. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
11. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
12. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. The Expats by Chris Pavone
15. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Quiet by Susan Cain
6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
7. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
8. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman
9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
10. Revelations by Elaine Pagels
11. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
12. Full Service by Scotty Bowers
13. Becoming China’s Bitch by Peter D. Kiernan
14. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
15. House of Stone by Anthony Shadid


Washington Post 3/18/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Thief by Clive Cussler
2. A Rising Thunder by David Weber
3. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
4. Private Games by James Patterson
5. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
6. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
7. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
8. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
9. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
10. Defending Jacob by William Landry

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
2. The People’s Money by Scott Rasmussen
3. Doing More With Less by Bruce Piasecki
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
5. Becoming China’s Bitch by Peter D. Kiernan
6. Seeing the Big Picture by Kevin Cope
7. The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman
8. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
10. House of Stone by Anthony Shadid

Friday, March 16, 2012

Did you know the library has books about…The Great Outdoors?

There is no place quite like Northern Virginia in the spring, and you really don’t have to look much further than your proverbial “own backyard” for opportunities to enjoy all the beauty the region offers.

The library has many resources to help you enjoy the great outdoors:

50 Hikes in Northern Virginia by Leonard M. Adkins covers the Chesapeake Bay; eastern, western and central Virginia; and the Blue Ridge and Masanutten Mountains. There is a list of hikes at a glance indicating the distance, if they are good for kids, have views and/or waterfalls, as well as in-depth coverage of each hike.

The Best in Tent Camping by Randy Porter rates camping sites accessible by car in Virginia.

For those interested in learning about all things outdoor related, take a look at The Happy Camper by Kevin Callan. I love this book! It covers everything from packing, choosing a campsite, knot tying, starting a fire, “ruffing” it (camping with dogs) and includes a chapter called “What Else Can Go Wrong” – on bears, bugs and poisonous plants and animals. This book is full of good information and the authors have a good sense of humor as well.

We just added a new book from Field And Stream entitled The Total Outdoorsman Manual: 374 Skills You Need and it covers camping, fishing, hunting and outdoor survival. Even if you don’t tackle all 374 skills at once, it is loaded with tips and skills for the outdoorsman (and woman!).

If you would rather admire the outdoors from afar, check out the beautiful aerial photography book The Appalachian Trail by Mark Warner. Simply lovely.

A few other new titles for the outdoor lover:

Country Walks Near Washington by Alan Fisher covers the trails of 38 nearby locations.

If you choose to take to the water, you may want to check out Canoeing: The Essential Skills and Safety by Andrew Westwood or the American Canoe Association’s Canoeing guide. Both of these cover the canoeing skills, safety, stokes, and etiquette.

And when all else fails, speak to your local librarian for suggestions; many of us trade our sensible librarian shoes for hiking boots in our leisure time!

Natalie @ Bealeton

Monday, March 12, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 3/11/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
2. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
3. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
4. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
5. Private Games by James Patterson
6. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
7. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke
8. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
9. Defending Jacob by William Landry
10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
11. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
12. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
15. Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5 by Lisa Lutz

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
5. Becoming China’s Bitch by Peter D. Kiernan
6. Indivisible by James Robison & Jay W. Richards
7. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
8. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
9. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman
10. Quiet by Susan Cain
11. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
12. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
13. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
14. Once Upon a Secret by Mimi Alford
15. Coming Apart by Charles Murray
 
Washington Post 3/11/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
2. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
3. Private Games by James Patterson
4. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman
5. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
6. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
7. Watergate by Thomas Mallon
8. Defending Jacob by William Landry
9. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
10. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
4. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
5. Becoming China’s Bitch by Peter D. Kiernan
6. House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
7. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
8. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
9. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
10. The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman

Friday, March 9, 2012

It’s tournament time!

The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, that is!

If you’re a fan of crossword puzzles, you might want to sign up for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn, NY, from March 16-18. A bit too far away? Participants can sign up to solve the puzzles at home, by mail or online.

Those of us who enjoy a good puzzle, but aren’t quite fanatics, can also celebrate tournament time with a good book or movie.

A Clue for the Puzzle Lady  is the first book in The Puzzle Lady Mysteries series by Parnell Hall. Cora Felton is famous for creating crossword puzzles, but her niece Sherry actually constructs them. While Sherry keeps up this ruse, trying to keep her eccentric aunt out of trouble, real life mysteries start to pile up. Books in this series are fun and fast-paced, especially appealing to those who enjoy a solve-as-you-go puzzle.

There are books to help when you’re stuck on a crossword puzzle or word game. Matt Gaffney is a professional crossword puzzle constructor. His book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crossword Puzzles and Word Games, contains puzzles with annotated solutions to increase the reader’s puzzle-solving skills. If you want a puzzle dictionary, look no further than Random House Webster’s Large Print Crossword Puzzle Dictionary.  It’s useful for Scrabble too!

Looking for a movie? Wordplay focuses on the world of crossword puzzles, and the man most associated with them, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR Puzzle Master Will Shortz. This documentary features interviews with famous crossword puzzle geeks (President Clinton, comedian Jon Stewart, documentary maker Ken Burns, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina), as well as lesser-known participants in the annual crossword puzzle tournament.

Will Shortz may be known for crossword puzzles, but he also loves Sudoku. Have you always wondered how to play? Check out Sudoku Easy Vol. 1, great for beginners. Once you get started, you’ll want to reach for the other books on Sudoku.

You can also have fun working on giant crossword puzzles at Fauquier libraries this month and you can pick up a crossword puzzle based on Fauquier history to take home to enjoy at your leisure.

Happy puzzling!

Amy-Warrenton Library Volunteer

Monday, March 5, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 3/4/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
2. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
3. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
4. Private Games by James Patterson
5. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
6. Defending Jacob by William Landry
7. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
8. The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson
9. Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini
10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
11. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
12. Home Front by Kristin Hannah
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
15. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
2. Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
5. Indivisible by James Robison & Jay W. Richards
6. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
7. Quiet by Susan Cain
8. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
9. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
10. Bringing Up Bébé by Paula Druckerman
11. Once Upon a Secret by Mimi Alford
12. Coming Apart by Charles Murray
13. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
14. Hilarity Ensues by Tucker Max
15. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
 
Washington Post 3/4/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb
2. Private Games by James Patterson
3. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
4. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
5. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
6. Defending Jacob by William Landry
7. Watergate by Thomas Mallon
8. Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
9. The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson
10. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler
2. Ameritopia by Mark Levin
3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
4. Quiet by Susan Cain
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
6. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
7. Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
9. Coming Apart by Charles Murray
10. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Top Stores

Are you an avid shopper?  The March 2012 issue of Consumer Reports rates 10 major chain stores.  The Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed more than 26,000 subscribers about their shopping experiences, both online and in store, at stores such as Costco, Kohl's, and Walmart.  The winner may surprise you!

Or, if you're thinking about buying a TV, check out the ratings for LCD and Plasma TVs.

The March issue also has reviews and ratings for:

  • Butter substitutes
  • Lightweight laptop computers
  • Interior paint
  • Vacuums
The "Cars" section includes articles on the Toyota Prius V, the BMW X3, the Range Rover Evoque, and the Jeep Wrangler.  Other articles are on appliance fires and "junk" health insurance plans.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009.  You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Library card number.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Did you know the library has books about…Curb Appeal?


Spring is right around the corner and it is time to sweep off the porches, dust off the flower pots and get ready to enjoy Spring in Virginia! It is easy for the exterior of your home to get overlooked during the winter months, when we are all in a rush to get inside and get warm, but now is the time to consider freshening up!

Did you know that the library has books specifically about curb appeal? Whether you are considering adding a punch of color to your front door, enhancing your yard with a new patio or an updated walkway, creating drama with outdoor lighting or showy flowers, the library has some great idea books to help you get started!


Walks, Patios & Walls by Creative Homeowner has projects for all skill levels with step-by-step instructions. There are ideas for beautiful yet practical walkways, patios to extend your outdoor living space, and walls to add both character and privacy.

HGTV Curb Appeal is both practical and fun. There are a number of good ideas for adding interest to your home as well as solutions to some common curb appeal issues. In this book, there are some “show homes” but also some “normal” homes with very reasonable projects. This book also has a “What’s my Color Palette Quiz” (traditional, nature lover, romantic, modern or artsy). Fun stuff!

Front Yard Idea Book by Jeni Webber is loaded with ideas for creative entries, paths, steps, driveways, foundation plantings and decorative plantings. There is also an interesting portion on landscaping elements common to specific architectural styles (cottage style, colonial, Victorian, Mediterranean, rustic, farmhouse, contemporary, etc.).

Better Homes and Gardens Quick & Easy Curb Appeal has tons of fresh ideas. There is a good “Top 10 Yard Clean-Up To Do” list that addresses some of the practical elements of curb appeal as well as a step by step “entry makeover” that can add a lot of pizazz by focusing on just a few details. There is also – to my delight – an entire chapter devoted to porches!

Natalie @ Bealeton

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Club Discussions in March














The following books are under discussion at the library in the month of March. See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.

• March 6: “The Apology" by Plato (Warrenton -- Great Books) (full text is also available online)

• March 12: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Bealeton)

• March 14: Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck (John Marshall -- Afternoon)

• March 15: Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks (Warrenton -- Mystery)

• March 26: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (John Marshall -- Evening)