Friday, September 28, 2012

The Joy of Browsing

I fell in love with books and reading at a very early age. While I no longer remember my very first visit to the library, I do remember discovering the activity which to this day holds great joy for me. I am referring to browsing the stacks. Having been totally awed by the open stacks of the Cleveland Public Library at around the age of 12, I spent many wonderful hours over the next ten years browsing, making discoveries, reading, absorbing.


It is probably true that technology and the seemingly faster pace of current times have made this activity obsolete or at least extremely impractical. However, as I was working on shelf reading today, I had a small taste of the delight that browsing the stacks used to bring me. In one small section of the Warrenton Library I came across these gems:

Her Oxford by Judy G. Batson. As a fascinating history of women at Oxford, this book caught my eye because it immediately made me think of Dorothy Sayers (who is mentioned extensively) and my favorite of her books, Gaudy Night.

The Historical Guide to North American Railroads. My father worked for the railroad when I was a child and I am still a great fan of trains and train travel. I flipped through this book and sure enough, there was a listing for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad where my dad worked.

Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon by Lesley Adkins. This is the kind of book I started pulling off the library shelf when I was in high school (and I still do!).

I Love It When You Talk Retro by Ralph Keyes. It’s the title, the cover and the fact that how language changes is just fascinating.

When is the last time you browsed the shelves? You only need a few minutes to find something of interest. Do you enjoy cooking? Check the 641.595's to find recipes from exotic cuisines. Interested in US travel, but not sure where you want to go? Browse the 917's. Planning to do more knitting? Look in 746.432. Need to brush up on Civil War history? Browse in 973.7. Or be daring and just pick an aisle, scan the titles and see what joy awaits you!

Happy reading.

Maryellen@Warrenton

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


New York Times 9/23/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
3. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
4. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
5. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
6. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
7. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
8. Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
9. The Tombs by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
10. Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman
11. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
12. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
13. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
14. NW by Zadie Smith
15. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
3. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
4. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
5. The Amateur by Edward Klein
6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
7. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
10. The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
11. A Father First by Dwyane Wade with Mim Eichler Rivas
12. The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle
13. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
14. 500 Days by Kurt Eichenwald
15. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

NOTE: There was no Washington Post Bestseller List posted this week.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Protecting Yourself From Fraud

The cover article of October's Consumer Reports magazine deals with fraud and scams.  The Federal Trade Commission tracks fraud and identity-theft complaints, and notes that there were over 1.2 million complaints filed last year, up 800 percent from the year 2000.  The magazine lists 21 of the top scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Do you buy store brand items at the grocery store, or do you stick with the well-known brands?  Check out the "Store-brand taste-off" article, where 19 products are compared.

Have you considered buying a generator before the next big storm hits?  If so, check out the ratings for several portable and stationary generators.

The October issue also rates pasta (to go along with the pasta sauce ratings in the August issue), space heaters, lightbulbs, thermostats, and 7-8 inch tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy.

For those of us who missed the September issue of Consumer Reports, check out the cover article on vitamins and supplements which asks if they are really helpful.  Also included are ratings for desktop computers, streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu, sliced turkey, and olive oil.  Or, if you're planning to remodel a bathroom in the near future, the ratings for countertops, flooring, sinks, and toilets might be helpful.

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 online 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.



Monday, September 17, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
2. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Tombs by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
5. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
6. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
7. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
8. NW by Zadie Smith
9. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
10. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
11. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
12. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
13. Lord of Mountains by S. M. Stirling
14. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
15. Gone by Randy Wayne White

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. The Amateur by Edward Klein
3. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
6. The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle
7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
9. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
10. A Father First by Dwyane Wade with Mim Eichler Rivas
11. The Party is Over by Mike Lofgren
12. Paterno by Joe Posnanski
13. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
14. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
15. Dearie by Bob Spitz

Washington Post 9/16/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
2. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Tombs by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
5. NW by Zadie Smith
6. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
7. Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
8. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
9. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
10. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
3. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
4. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
5. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
6. The Amateur by Edward Klein
7. The Elements of Style (4th Edition) by William Strunk et al.
8. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Power of Three

In September we celebrate Whole Grains Month. A whole grain product is made with the bran, endosperm, and germ of the grain kernel. Hence, the power of three. Because the bran and germ are present, whole grain products have more fiber and antioxidants than their refined grain counter-parts. Perhaps your past experience eating whole grains has been like that of comedian Robin Williams, who said “The first time I ate organic whole-grain bread I swear it tasted like roofing material."  Well, cooking with whole grains has come a long way. Read on for a little guidance and inspiration in adding more whole grain foods to your diet.

When we think of whole grains, the first thing that usually comes to mind is bread. If you find the idea of baking your own bread a bit intimidating, how about first checking out a DVD on the subject? Video Bread Basics: My First Loaf offers step-by-step instructions. Video Bread How to Bake Bread at Home
demonstrates baking different kinds of breads, even pizza crust.

Turn to The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking  by Laurel Robertson. This book not only has clear, easily followed recipes, but the “Loaf for Learning” section offers explanations that will give you the knowledge to tweak recipes and bread dough rising times as needed.

Of course, whole grain recipes offer versatility far beyond just bread. Take a look at A.D. Livingston’s The Whole Grain Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye, Amaranth, Spelt, Corn, Millet, Quinoa, and More, with Instructions for Milling your Own . Or check out Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes for Barley, Farro, Kamut, Polenta, Wheat Berries and More.  You may find yourself on a short waiting list for this one, as it’s gotten quite a bit of well-deserved press attention. The author, Maria Speck, shares the history of whole grains, as well as a very useful quick guide to cooking various grains, and terrific recipes.

If some of the grains listed above are new to you, you’re not alone. I had to look up kamut, which is a brand of khorosan wheat. Although it’s closely related to wheat, people who are wheat-intolerant can eat kamut. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is considered a whole grain, but is actually a seed; it’s slightly crunchy with a nutty flavor.

At least half the grains we eat should be whole grains. Happily, whole grains are more widely available than they used to be, in grocery stores, schools, and businesses. So, have sandwiches with whole-grain bread. Try whole-wheat crust pizza, and offer popcorn to your kids when they come home from school this fall. Hopefully the library’s resources will make it a little easier and more interesting to add the Power of Three to your mealtimes.

Happy Whole Grains Month.  Amy @ Warrenton Library

Monday, September 10, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/9/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
3. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
4. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
5. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
6. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
7. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
8. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
9. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
10. A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
11. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
12. Black List by Brad Thor
13. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden
14. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
15. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. Paterno by Joe Posnanski
6. The Amateur by Edward Klein
7. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
8. Dearie by Bob Spitz
9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
10. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
11. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
12. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
13. Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton
14. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D. T. Max
15. Quiet by Susan Cain

Washington Post 9/9/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
3. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
4. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
5. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
6. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
7. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
8. Black List by Brad Thor
9. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
10. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
2. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
3. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
4. The Amateur by Edward Klein
5. The Power of Prophetic Blessing by John Hagee
6. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
7. Paterno by Joe Posnanski
8. The Elements of Style (4th Edition) by William Strunk et al.
9. You Can’t Lie to Me by Janine Driver & Mariska van Aalst
10. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson

Friday, September 7, 2012

Empty Nest?

Seems like everyone I know has a kid who went off to college this year. So what will you do with yourself when you no longer have to attend Friday night high school football or have to help with homework or pack lunches? Well maybe Dewey can help.


000, learn how to work that computer now that the kids are gone

100, figure out why you are so lonely and the kids are having such a great time at school

200, reconnect and find some inner peace

300, learn how to save for retirement once college is paid for

400, learn a new language--Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese are just a few of your choices.

500, enjoy the quiet of bird watching

600, reclaim your lawn and garden and learn how to cook healthier meals

700, turn that empty bedroom into a studio and start painting or scrapbooking

800, read all the classics that you made the kids read in high school

900, travel and visit the places that you have only read about

Or just come into your Fauquier Library location and browse without the kids rushing you.


Library staff

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 9/2/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
3. Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks
4. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
5. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
6. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
7. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
8. Black List by Brad Thor
9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
10. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
11. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
12. Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger
13. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
14. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
15. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Paterno by Joe Posnanski
2. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
3. The Amateur by Edward Klein
4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
6. Shadowbosses by Mallory Factor
7. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
8. Fool Me Twice by Aaron Klein & Brenda J. Elliott
9. Dearie by Bob Spitz
10. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
11. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
12. Solo by Hope Solo with Ann Killion
13. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
14. Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton
15. The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald

Washington Post 9/2/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
3. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
4. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
5. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel
6. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
7. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
8. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz
9. The Spymasters by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth
10. Black List by Brad Thor

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni
3. Topgrading by Bradford Smart
4. The Amateur by Edward Klein
5. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre
6. Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, et al.
7. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles … by Mark Batterson
8. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
9. Dearie by Bob Spitz
10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand