Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beyond the "New" Shelf: Tried and True Staff Picks

One of the greatest pleasures of working at the library is the book recommendations between fellow staff members and our patrons. Over the years we have each built lists of titles that we like to share and hope others will enjoy as well. Many of the titles we suggest have long been removed from “new” status and rest patiently among thousands of other buried treasures on our library shelves waiting to be read again. 

Below is a sampling from my eclectic list:


The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch is a good place to begin. Wendy Welch beat the odds when she opened a small bookstore in Appalachia during a time when bookstores were closing nationwide. The author shares how she overcame a myriad of obstacles and comical situations to fulfill her dream of owning a bookstore and building a community.


The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell will leave you guessing right until the last page. The story revolves around Rose, a naive (or is she?) police stenographer at the height of prohibition in New York. When a new and very flamboyant stenographer, Odalie, enters the scene a dangerous obsession develops. As their lives become entwined, Rose is enraptured by the prohibition underworld - with deadly consequences. 


Sena Jeter Naslund brings to life the wife of Captain Ahab (of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick) in her enthralling saga, Ahab’s Wife: or The Star Gazer. It is a moving story that spans the life of an intelligent and strong woman triumphing over tragedy. Full of adventure and memorable characters Ahab’s Wife will draw you in to 19th century Nantucket and beyond. 


Similarly, Seven Locks by Christine Wade tells the story of the poor wife of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. While it is not necessary to be familiar with Irving’s folktale of the lackadaisical farmer who abandons his family, you may enjoy that little gem as well. Wade’s writing will set you adrift on the Hudson River to the pre-revolutionary war Catskill Mountains to ponder what drove poor Rip into the woods. Maybe it was  the fear of things to come or his wife’s incessant nagging.  As his disappearance spans from days to years, the reader gains insight and comes to know the family he left behind.

Which brings to mind another mountain story: Many authors, from time to time, take a leap from their popular style of writing and delight us with the unexpected. So it is with David Baldacci, legal thriller superstar, who gives us Wish You Well. Baldacci, who has family ties to the Virginia mountain region, tells the story of two young siblings who must move from the big city to their grandmother’s home in the southwestern Virginia coal country. Here, the children learn some hard lessons about what is truly important in life and grow to appreciate their grandmother, her mountain and her post-depression era lifestyle. 

So many recommendations; so little blog space! 

Watch for more staff recommendations coming soon to Book Notes as staff shares more of their favorites! 


Julia @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/23/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
2. Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs
3. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
4. Stone Cold, by C. J. Box
5. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
7. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
8. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
9. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
10. The Chase, by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
11. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
12. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
13. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
14. Redeployment, by Phil Klay
15. The Accident, by Chris Pavone

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
2. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
3. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
4. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
5. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
6. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
7. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
8. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
9. Jesus, by James Martin
10. Overwhelmed, by Brigid Schulte
11. You Must Remember This, by Robert J. Wagner
12. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
13. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
14. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, by Dave Barry

PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Post Best Seller List was not published this week.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

National Craft Month - Start Making Something

March is National Craft Month, making it the perfect time to work on a craft. That beautiful outdoor weather is still some weeks off.  So start a new project, something you've never tried before, or warm up an unfinished project and polish it off.


Why not build some patio furniture in preparation for those wonderful Summer cookouts. Nail together some birdhouses to place around your yard. Take on a larger project and plan an arbor or trellis that will support a climbing shrub or vine. If you have children or grandchildren you can start gathering materials for a clubhouse or treehouse they can "help" you build.  With a little advance preparation work-together projects can be lots of fun. 
Brighten up a child's room with a hand made quilt.  You can complete a quilt in is as little as a day with one of these patterns for 24 hour quilts. Try doing some cross stitch pillows to spruce up your living room.  If you're interested in knitting or crocheting you might join the Book 'N Stitchers group at the John Marshall Library on Tuesday's. They have mid-day and evening meetings and are always glad to help those who are just getting started.  You might also check out the various craft classes offered by the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department - see their GoodTimes catalog for classes and times.      
If you're not sure yet just what kind of craft you want to try come to the library where you’ll find books and DVDs on many popular crafts. Check out our display on crafts or go to the shelves and browse.  

Below is a quick list of call numbers for popular craft topics to help you get started.  Jot down the number and browse the shelves next time you come in or click on the links and browse right now: 
           Learn to sew                                             646.2


Take up woodworking                            684


Try woodburning                                     745.514


Do beadwork                                          745.58


             Build furniture or toys                            745.59


Make dolls or puppets                           745.592


             Explore scrapbooking                          745.593


Try jewelry making                                 745.594


Learn to knit, crochet or felt                  746.43


Do some quilting                                   746.46


Happy Reading (and crafting!) 
Reference Staff @ Fauquier County Public Library 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Book Madness at the Fauquier County Public Library


Each year, when March rolls around, the term “March Madness” fills the air. You don’t have to be a fan of college basketball to know what we're talking about.  This year, the Fauquier County Public Library is holding a tournament of its own:  “Spring Book Madness.”  

We know you are as crazy about books as we are, so this is your chance to join the fun and help select Fauquier County's favorite book. The bonus? It's a great way usher in Spring (yes, I am certain it is coming!) 

The four divisions will be made up of 64 books from four different genres: 
  • Fiction
  • Classics
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
Each week the categories will face off until we're down to the final two books. Voting begins Wed., March 19 and voting on the first bracket will end at noon on Tues., March 22.  Weekly voting will go as follows:

  • Wed., March 19 – Tues., March 25 at noon (week 1)
  • Wed., March  26 – Tues., April 1 at noon     (week 2)
  • Wed., April 2 – Tues., April 8 at noon          (week 3)
  •  Wed., April 9- Tues., April 15 at noon         (week 4)
  • Wed., April 16 – Tues., April 22 at noon     (week 5)
  •  Wed., April 23 - Winners announced

Let’s take a look at our lineup!
Fiction:
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
vs.
Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg

The Art of Mending, by Elizabeth Berg
vs.
Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler

Family Pictures, by Sue Miller
vs.
One True Thing, by Anna Quindlen

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
vs.
The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

Classics: 
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
vs.
Emma, by Jane Austen

The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
vs.
Tobacco Road, by Erskine Caldwell

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
vs.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster
vs.
Middlemarch, by George Eliot


Mystery:
Drawing Conclusions, by Donna Leon
vs.
A Mist of Prophecies, by Steven Saylor
The Big Cat Nap, by Rita Mae Brown
vs.
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell, by Lilian Jackson Braun

Celebrity in Death, by J.D. Robb
vs.
Notorious Nineteen, by Janet Evanovich

vs.
Tomb of the Golden Bird, by Elizabeth Peters

Thriller:
Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
vs.
Plague Ship, by Clive Cussler

Absolute Power, by David Baldacci
vs.
Patriot Games, by Tom Clancy

The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum
vs.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by Lohn Le Carre

Kill Alex Cross, by James Patterson
vs.
Worth Dying For, by Lee Child

Cast your ballot at any of our library locations or vote online here! Haven't read all of the titles? Don't worry, you don't have to vote in all the categories! 

Winning titles will be announced each Wednesday on the library webpage, on our Facebook page and at all library locations.
Good Luck and Happy Reading!
Reference Staff @ Warrenton Library


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 3/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
2. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
5. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
6. The Chase, by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
7. Bone Deep, by Randy Wayne White
8. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
9. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
10. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
11. The Undead Pool, by Kim Harrison
12. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
13. The Fall of the Governor, part 2, by Robert Kirkman
14. The Martian, by Andy Weir
15. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
2. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
3. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
4. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
5. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
6. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
7. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
8. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
9. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
10. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
11. Showtime, by Jeff Pearlman
12. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
13. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
14. You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, by Dave Barry
15. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton

Washington Post 3/16/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
2. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
5. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Chase, by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
8. A King’s Ransom, by Sharon Kay Penman
9. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
10. Redeployment, by Phil Klay

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Falling in Love with American Again, by Jim DeMint
2. The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman
3. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. The Body Book, by Cameron Diaz
6. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
7. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
8. Endurance, by Alfred Lansing
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 2014 Consumer Reports: All About TVs




Are you planning to upgrade your TV this year?  The March 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has ten ways to save money and get a TV that has what you want. The article includes ratings for LCD and plasma TVs, listed by size.

Do you remember the days when you had only two or three kinds of toothpaste to choose from? The article "Too many choices?" notes the abundance of choices that consumers have now for many products, which can complicate decision-making while shopping. For example, did you know that there are eleven varieties of Cheerios? And over twenty choices for Head & Shoulders shampoo?

The "Cars" section has an interesting article on anti-distraction apps. These are free smart phone apps, offered by three major carriers (AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon), that block unwanted calls and texts while driving.    

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for bagged, ready-to-eat popcorn
  • Ratings for mattresses and the stores that sell them
  • Ratings for tablets with battery life of at least 6 hours
  • Ratings for upright vacuums and canister vacuums
  • Ratings for interior paints
  • Ratings for pharmacies

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 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.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/9/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Undead Pool, by Kim Harrison
2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
3. The Chase, by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
4. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
5. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. Blackberry Pie Murder, by Joanne Fluke
8. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
9. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
10. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
11. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
12. The Martian, by Andy Weir
13. Bark, by Lorrie Moore
14. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman
15. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
2. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
5. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
6. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
7. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
8. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
9. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
10. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
11. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
12. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
13. Young Money, by Kevin Roose
14. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
15. All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior

Washington Post 3/9/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Chase, by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
2. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
3. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
6. The Undead Pool, by Kim Harrison
7. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
8. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
9. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
10. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman
2. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
3. The Virgin Diet Cookbook, by J. J. Virgin
4. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
5. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
6. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick M. Lencioni
7. A Short Guide to a Long Life, by David B. Agus
8. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
9. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
10. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Genealogy 101: A Seminar for Beginners


The Bealeton library is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year at its current location on Willow Drive. As we look back over the past ten years, we would like to look even further back by helping our patrons look into their past by learning how to research their family history!

Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. The Internet has made access to databases and records easier than ever. On the flip side, the availability of so much information can be daunting. 

To assist you on your genealogy journey,the Fauquier County Public Library is offering a free program: Genealogy 101: A Seminar for Beginners.  
When:     Wed., March 12th, 3 p.m. 
Where:    Bealeton Depot
No registration required. 
For additional information, call (540) 422-8500 ext. 6872.

Here are some helpful tools for starting your genealogy research:

Genealogy for the First Time by Laura Best
Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe
Genealogy Online for Dummies by April Leigh Helm
The Online Genealogy Handbook by Brad and Debra Schepp

Are you curious about where and how your great-grandparents lived? Try some of these resources:

Forensic Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick
Finding Answers in U. S. Census Records by Loretto Dennis Szucs

Perhaps you are interested in your genetics and medical history.

Read Megan Smolenyak’s Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree.

Do you want to trace your ethnic roots? 

We have helpful resources for several ethnicities, including Italian, Irish, Scottish, British, German, European, African-American, and Native American. Please refer to the International Vital Records Handbook by Thomas Jay Kemp for more information about overseas ethnic genealogy research.

How about some more in-depth research and information about using specialized tools?

Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Other history and genealogy resources can be found at the Fauquier County Public Library. Patrons can also access an extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogy research in the Virginiana Room, located at the Warrenton library.  

We hope to see you on March 12th!

Mary Sue Marsh @ Bealeton

Join the Fauquier County Public Library in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bealeton Library at its current location on Willow Drive. Special programs and events held monthly; check out our calendar of events for details. 


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 3/2/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
2. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
5. Like a Mighty Army, by David Weber
6. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
7. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
8. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
9. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
10. Moving Target, by J. A. Jance
11. The Martian, by Andy Weir
12. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
13. The Counterfeit Agent, by Alex Berenson
14. The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom
15. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
3. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
4. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
5. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
6. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
7. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
8. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
9. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade
10. One Way Out, by Alan Paul
11. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
12. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
13. Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
14. Young Money, by Kevin Roose
15. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Washington Post 3/2/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
2. Private L. A., by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
5. One More Thing, by B. J. Novak
6. Like a Mighty Army, by David Weber
7. Still Life With Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
8. Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
9. Sycamore Row, by John Grisham
10. After I’m Gone, by Laura Lippman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. Duty, by Robert M. Gates
3. Super Shred, by Ian K. Smith
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
6. HRC, by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes
7. Zero to Breakthrough, by Vernice Armour
8. The Locust Effect, by Gary A. Haugen & Victor Boutros
9. The Necessity of Strangers, by Alan Gregerman
10. Strengths Based Leadership, by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie


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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Book Discussions at the library 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 3 - "Famine" by Xu Xi (Warrenton Great Books Group)

March 12 - "House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East" by Anthony Shadid (Marshall Afternoon Club)

March 17 - "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin (Bealeton Evening Club)

March 20 - "The Aviator's Wife" by Melanie Benjamin (Bealeton Afternoon Club)

March 20 - "Monkeewrench" by  P. J. Tracy (Warrenton Mystery Club)

March 31 - "Far From the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy (Marshall Evening Club)

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