Thursday, April 30, 2009

Celebrate Moms

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th. Here are some e-resources to help you make the day special:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Computer Basics Videos

Ran across these online videos this morning from Common Craft and plan on recommending them to patrons who take my Internet Basics Classes for Seniors...

The World Wide Web in Plain English

Computer Hardware in Plain English

Computer Software in Plain English

If you know someone who could benefit from watching these brief, easy-to-understand videos and/or by taking one of the library's free Internet Basics classes, please pass this post along.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22, is dedicated to building awareness and appreciation of the earth and the environment. Check out the following online resources for ideas and inspiration for 2009.

Web Sites for All Ages
The Earth Day Network has lots of educational materials, listings of events and environmental fact sheets. They even have an Earth Day in a Box section which has everything you need to organize, plan and promote your own Earth Day events.

Our own U.S. government hosts, a site with tips on saving energy/doing your part to "go green" at home and work, as well as activities for teachers and students.

On a related note, Celebrate Arbor Day (and the beauty of trees in general), which falls on April 24. Not only learn about trees, but access educational activities, suggested activities for the classroom, and even give trees as a gift.

Web Sites for Children
The Lorax Project challenges children of all ages to "do their part to conserve the places and species that are critical to the future of our planet." Kids will meet the friends of the Lorax (remember the Dr. Seuss book that espoused the dangers of ecological destruction well before it was fashionable?), including Gibbons, Lemurs and Red Pandas. They can also check out activities, games and even send a letter to the Lorax, describing what they are doing to help the planet.

Walden Media's Hoot Endangered Species Map allows you to click on your state to learn about its endangered species. This interactive map also shows the locations of the different biomes in the country. has lots of cool eco-friendly craft projects, coloring pages, games and activities. Watch out for the ads on this site, though (lots of them).

Web Sites for Teens
Planet Connect is a place where students who want to learn more about environmental issues will find a wealth of information on the environment (written/designed for teens by teens), as well as environmental clubs and activities around the country. They can also create profiles, "friend" each other, and post articles of interest and create groups—all while sharing their concerns about pollution, climate change, and biodiversity.

Go Green @ the Library - Be sure to set up your online account and include your e-mail address so that we can e-mail your notices instead of printing/mailing.

NetLibrary Titles Now Available For Your iPod

What do the authors Lillian Braun Jackson, Carl Hiaasen and Sharyn McCrumb have in common? You can now listen to the eAudio versions of their books (currently over 800 titles) on your iPod using your Fauquier County Public Library-NetLibrary account!

Until just recently, NetLibrary's collection of eAudiobooks were only compatible on devices that used the protected WMA format. eAudiobooks in protected WMA format cannot be played on iPods. iPods use the .aac file format which does not support the Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection required by eAudiobooks in protected WMA format. This DRM technology allows checked out items to expire on the due date, a feature that .aac technology does not offer.

In light of the popularity of iPods (many library patrons have asked for this service), this week, NetLibrary launched a new and improved Media Center for downloading and listening to eAudiobooks, including those which are iPod compatible, meaning you can now transfer and listen to eAudiobooks on a wide range of portable devices, including Apple iPods, iPhones and many other MP3 players.

To take full advantage of these exciting new features, you will need to login to your NetLibrary account and download the new version of Media Center.

Helpful links...

  • If you are an iPod user, click here for more information.
  • For more information about NetLibrary's Media Center, click here.
  • If you need to create a NetLibrary account and you're not in the library, click here to set up your account through Fauquier County Public Library.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free Access to Select Gale Databases

Celebrate National Library Week with free access to some of Gale's most highly praised online resources from April 12 - May 15, 2009. Some of these databases are already provided free of charge by Fauquier County Public Library. Those listed below in bold are currently not part of the library's offerings, but are available to you free of charge through May 15. Use the green search widget below to access these additional databases. (NOTE: You'll need to make sure you allow pop-ups, as when you choose a database, it pops open in a new web browser/window).

  • Global Issues in Context - offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance and provides background information on them, placing them in context. It offers students the ability to develop the framework to better understand 21st-century issues, helping them think critically about global connections and the interdependence of all nations.
  • Small Business Resource Center - acomprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center (library already provides access 24X7)
  • Business & Company Resource Center (library already provides access 24X7)
  • Gale Directory Library - cross-searchable, authoritative directories on companies, publishers, associations and more.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center (library already provides access 24X7)
  • DemographicsNow Library Edition - a helpful source of information for prospective and current entrepreneurs — as well as for students in business programs — or anyone who needs to identify cultural patterns or sociological trends.
  • Gale LegalForms (library already provides access 24X7)
  • PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles - a comprehensive, subscription-based database
    for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Can you say ‘Wow?’

Ready to discover the library's abundance of new books, DVDs, and CDs? Starting April 4, Fauquier County Public Library patrons can sign up with Wowbrary to receive free weekly e-mails and RSS feeds about the library’s most recent acquisitions.

Wowbrary reviews the library’s online catalog for items that are new, then categorizes the new items by subject/type and provides readers a summary, copy of the book’s jacket, and reviews from There is also a button next to each item that links directly to the library’s record in the library’s catalog so that library card holders can immediately place a hold on new items to be picked up at their local Fauquier library.

When you sign up, please note that the newsletter will come from the e-mail address (so set your spam filter to allow e-mail from this address) and the subject of the e-mail will be Newest Books, Movies, and Music at the Fauquier County Public Library System.

To recap, Wowbrary offers you the option to...

Receive free weekly email alerts or RSS
Discover the latest books, DVDs and CDs
Reserve bestsellers instantly
Enjoy the early notification
Completely private - 100% spam-free
Wildly convenient - view and place your holds from home

Sign up for Wowbrary today!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 2009 e-Resource of the Month: ReferenceUSA

Last month I alerted you to the fact that library card holders now have expanded access to the ReferenceUSA research tool. You can use this FREE online resource to conduct job searches, look for sales leads, find new business opportunities and suppliers, locate out-of-town companies, find addresses and phone numbers of businesses and old friends, conduct patent and market research, and much more. Log in with your library card today and see why ReferenceUSA is the No. 1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students and job seekers.

April is National Poetry Month

Celebrate the written and spoken word with the following resources...

On the Web
Library of Congress Poetry Resources - Covers resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. History buffs will want to look at the section on Civil War poetry, which features poets like Walt Whitman, Henry Timrod (a/k/a the "Laureate of the Confederacy") and Herman Melville.

Writing About Poetry - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the basics on how to write a clear, confident, well-supported essay about poetry.

Poetry Lesson Plans - EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has put together a variety of lesson plans covering various types of poetry, including epic poems, haiku, sonnets, modernist poetry, limericks and nonsense poems. - The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s. The website provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry.

The Poetry Foundation - Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation "works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture." Use their Poetry Tool to look up poems by poet, category, occassion, title, first line or by glossary term. Listen to the poem of the day, peruse the reading guides and check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).

Online Library Resources Available 24X7 With Your Library Card
Bloom's Literary Reference Online - Find literary criticism resources, primary sources, biographies and reviews on specific poets, poems and/or types of poetry.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select - Search the subject guide for poetry for critical essays on contemporary poets and authors.

The Oxford Premium Collection - Under Subject Reference, click on Literature. There you'll find The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, "the most comprehensive guide to modern poetry in English. Celebrated poets offer intriguing views on their fellow poets, such as Tom Paulin on Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney on Robert Lowell, and Anne Stevenson on Sylvia Plath. 1,500 poets are covered from W.H. Auden to Benjamin Zephaniah. There is worldwide coverage, including America, Britain and Ireland, New Zealand, Trinidad and Zimbabwe. There are also entries on magazines, movements, and critical terms."

Visit Your Library
If you're looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 800s (Literature), particularly the section 808.1. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry.