Friday, June 29, 2012

School's Out for Summer!

School is out for summer; now what are we going to do??? The inevitable “I’m bored” will be coming at any moment. I do believe it is time to stock up on library books, a few DVDs and maybe some books on CD.

My oldest son is 11, going into the seventh grade and has already started fussing at me because he needed more books. He had finished reading all the books I had brought home for him and was so desperate, he finally had to take a book from the book shelves at home while grumbling at me “Mom, can you PLEASE bring me home something to read?” Of course, this is easier said than done. I can’t just bring home any book, it has to be a book that interests him or he won’t read it (a book that interests him: meaning I am supposed to read his mind and know exactly the book he was thinking of when he grumbled about needing a book). So, I thought I would share some of the books currently piquing his interests in hopes of helping others like me.

It seems that right now, he is all about reading a series, the more books in the series the better. Recently, he’s read: The Ranger’s Apprentice series, which has 11 books; however, book 11 is more of a companion’s guide then an actual part of the series. He read those quickly and really enjoyed them. He also read the Maximum Ride series and is currently reading the sixth book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. These are all books in the Young Adult collection of the library. He is also reading the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham, which is located in the children’s library.

I hope that these suggestions will give you a place to start when searching for something to interest your “tweens” and keep them reading this summer. I will continue next time with suggestions from my nine year old (fourth grader).

Until Next time, Happy Reading….

Dawn P. @ Warrenton

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 6/24/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Calico Joe by John Grisham
2. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
5. Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
6. Canada by Richard Ford
7. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
8. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
9. The Innocent by David Baldacci
10. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
11. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
13. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
14. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
15. XO by Jeffery Deaver

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Amateur by Edward Klein
2. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
7. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
8. Not Taco Bell Material by Adam Carolla
9. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
10. Unintended Consequences by Edward Conard
11. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
13. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
14. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
15. My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman

Washington Post 6/24/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
2. Calico Jo by John Grisham
3. The Innocent by David Baldacci
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
6. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
7. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
8. Canada by Richard Ford
9. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
10. The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
2. A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver
3. Cowards by Glenn Beck & Kevin Balfe
4. The Amateur by Edward Klein
5. Unintended Consequences by Edward Conard
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. American Grown by Michelle Obama
8. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
9. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
10. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy

Friday, June 22, 2012

Indoor Air Quality

Are you concerned about airborn contaminants in your home?  The June issue of Consumer Reports lists several of the major home contaminants--household cleaners, interior mold, air fresheners--and what you can do to minimize the effects of each.  The issue also includes ratings on air purifiers and dehumidifiers for home use.

Worried about identity theft?  According to the Consumer Reports National Research Center, almost 16 million households were the victims of identity theft last year.  The June issue has a long article on Facebook and privacy, as well as ratings for computer security software.

Planning to paint your house this summer?  Check out the ratings for exterior paints and house & deck stains.  Also check out the ratings for gas grills, rated by small, medium, or large cooking area.  To protect yourself from the sun's rays while grilling, you might want to note the ratings for sunscreens.

Other articles in the June issue include ratings for pickles (Whole Foods's 365 Everyday Value Organic Kosher Dill was the winner), fast-food egg sandwiches (the winner here was Subway's Egg White and Cheese on Mornin' Flatbread), and cookware.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Public 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 Public Library card.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 6/17/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
5. Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
6. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
7. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
8. The Innocent by David Baldacci
9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
10. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
11. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
12. The Bourne Imperative by Eric Van Lustbader
13. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
14. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
15. Redshirts by John Scalzi

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Amateur by Edward Klein
2. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
4. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
5. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. Eat and Run by Scott Jurek
8. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
9. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
10. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
11. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
12. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
13. Winner Take All by Dambisa Moyo
14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
15. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy

Washington Post 6/17/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
2. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
3. Calico Joe by John Grisham
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Innocent by David Baldacci
6. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
7. Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
8. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
9. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
10. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me by Joan Rivers
2. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
3. American Grown by Michelle Obama
4. A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver
5. The Amateur by Edward Klein
6. The Great Destroyer by David Limbaugh
7. The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton
8. Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
9. Confront and Conceal by David E. Sanger
10. The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day Car Show

On June 17, the 16th annual Father’s Day Car Show rolls into Warrenton. Are you a car lover who knows everything about classic cars? Or maybe you’re planning to take someone to the car show and would like to learn more about what makes a car classic. Either way, get ready for the show with a little help from your library.

Do you love muscle cars? Then the 6-disc DVD set The American Muscle Car: The Complete Series is a must. Each half-hour episode is devoted to a particular car, reliving Detroit’s heyday. You just might pick up some new information, and will surely gain a new appreciation of this era in automotive history.

To simply browse through books of beautiful classic cars, turn to Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s by Eric Peters, or Mark Holmes’ Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. These books celebrate powerful performance and luxury vehicles, as well as some of the most famous cars ever built.

If you’ve wondered about the value of these older cars, or thought you’d like to buy one yourself, stop by the Reference Desk and ask to see the N.A.D.A. Classic, Collectible, Exotic and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide & Directory. This guide is updated three times a year, so the price information is current.

Finally, take a trip back in time with President Truman and his wife, Bess. Read Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo. This book is a glimpse into a bygone era, when a former President of the United States could get into a car and take a 2,500 mile drive with no Secret Service protection or press coverage.

Now you’re ready for the car show. Take a picnic, enjoy some ice cream and conversation, and have a Happy Father’s Day.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Wild Side

Books on animals are perennial favorites at the library, from purely informative ones on pet care or how to raise goats and chickens, to heartwarming classics such as James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small or Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron.

Interest in these books is not surprising since animals often meet our needs for love, companionship and entertainment or can be useful to us in many ways. Lately, though, I’ve been learning more about animals that don’t fit these categories, especially wild animals that are not useful to us in an immediate sense and definitely are not our friends.

Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals by Gordon Grice is a fascinating but sobering look at the myriad ways in which most wild animals, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals, can wreak havoc on the human body. Hyenas and Komodo dragons are one thing, but surely that beautiful little fish, that cute little chimp, that puppy-faced otter are benign? Think again — and you might want to read what Mr. Grice says about that ferret you bought at the pet store and that pig in your barnyard. Domestication is not a foolproof defense against “Nature, red in tooth and claw.”

If you need further evidence of wildlife dangers, try Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart. The author categorizes these repellent creatures as either “horrible,” “painful,” “deadly,” “dangerous,” or “destructive.” And then there are accounts of specific attacks on humans by wild animals, such as Twelve Days of Terror : A Definitive Investigation of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks by Richard G. Fernicola, the episode that inspired the movie Jaws, or The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears by Nick Jans which demonstrates how our tendency to romanticize and anthropomorphize wild animals can be a deadly mistake.

If you’ve never been much for outdoor pursuits such as hiking through the Rockies or swimming off the coast of Australia, these books will confirm your good judgment. Better to sit safely in your arm chair, leaf through books of gorgeous wildlife photography, and sample more titles of the heartwarming variety: A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, which describes a lion cub reared by the authors in London and his eventual rehabilitation to Africa; or Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer, about the bond between a circus elephant and her trainer. Though such relationships with humans are extraordinarily rare, they offer a glimpse into another, less disturbing side of wild animals. But all the books described above, among many others, will give you a greater appreciation for the animal kingdom in all its variety.

Beth @ Bealeton

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stieg Larrson Read-Alikes

If you enjoy the thrills provided by Stieg Larrson's Millennium Trilogy, the following authors might appeal to you...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 6/10/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
2. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
3. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
4. Calico Joe by John Grisham
5. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
6. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
7. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
8. The Innocent by David Baldacci
9. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
10. In One Person by John Irving
11. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
12. Canada by Richard Ford
13. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
14. Home by Toni Morrison
15. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Amateur by Edward Klein
2. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
3. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
6. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
7. Fearless by Eric Blehm
8. My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman
9. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
10. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
11. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
12. Service by Marcus Luttrell
13. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
15. The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton

Washington Post 6/10/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. The Storm by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown
2. 11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
3. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
4. The Innocent by David Baldacci
5. A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara
6. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
7. Calico Joe by John Grisham
8. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
9. Home by Toni Morrison
10. In One Person by John Irving

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
2. American Grown by Michelle Obama
3. The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper
4. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
5. You’re So Invited by Cheryl Najafi
6. The Amateur by Edward Klein
7. The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton
8. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
9. The Charge by Brendon Burchard
10. It’s Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas E. Mann

Monday, June 4, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 6/3/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
2. 11th Hour by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
3. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
4. Calico Joe by John Grisham
5. The Innocent by David Baldacci
6. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
7. In One Person by John Irving
8. Canada by Richard Ford
9. The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
10. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
11. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
12. Home by Toni Morrison
13. The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
14. Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell
15. The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Amateur by Edward Klein
2. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
3. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. My Cross to Bear by Gregg Allman
6. Unbroken by Lara Hillenbrand
7. The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton
8. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
9. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
10. The Real Crash by Peter D. Schiff
11. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
12. Service by Marcus Luttrell
13. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
14. The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
15. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Washington Post 6/3/2012
 
Hardcover Fiction
1. 11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. Stolen Prey by John Sandford
3. The Innocent by David Baldacci
4. Canada by Richard Ford
5. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
6. Calico Joe by John Grisham
7. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
8. Home by Toni Morrison
9. In One Person by John Irving
10. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. All In by Paula Broadwell
4. The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
5. The Amateur by Edward Klein
6. The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton
7. The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper
8. The Circle Maker Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
9. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
10. How Winning Works by Robyn Benincasa

Friday, June 1, 2012

Getting Fit

As the summer months approach, do you want to become more physically fit? There are various levels of impact and types of physical fitness to explore.


If you want to try a particular fitness program, try one of these: Denise’s Daily Dozen, The Biggest Loser Fitness Program, Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness or Gold Medal Fitness.


Besides books, the library has a great selection of DVD's to get you moving, like zumba, Sweatin' to the Oldies, and even hooping

So pick your favorite way to whittle down that waistline and feel better than ever.  Your journey to physical fitness can start now!