Saturday, April 30, 2011

Yom HaShoah

Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This year's Holocaust remembrance week is May 1–8, 2011. The theme for the 2011 observance is Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?

What can you do to ensure the remembrance of the Holocaust?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Be a history detective

Who Am I?: A History Mystery is part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War" online exhibition, and presents players with six historical characters that they have to identify using the text and image clues provided. To solve the mystery players have to match the visual artifacts to each character. Find out how well you listened during your history class lectures by trying out this fun and challenging activity:

There are also a number of other learning resources associated with this exhibition - teachers/students...check them out and enhance your knowledge of America at war.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Can't get away? Visit these historic sites online!

Want to explore some of our nation's historic treasures, but gas prices are just too high? Then check out, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing free primary source material for students, teachers and history enthusiasts. The site features a set of fifteen narrated panoramic tours of significant historic sites, including Davy Crockett's childhood home, Appomattox Courthouse, Thomas Edison's birthplace and Valley Forge.

Monday, April 11, 2011

FREE access to science/environmental resources and more

In celebration of National Library Week, you will have FREE access to the Gale resources listed below from April 10th - April 24th:
  • Gale News Vault - historical newspapers
  • Global Issues in Context - understand today's global issues
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources - get ready for Earth Day!
  • Powerspeak Languages - new languages include Italian, Russian and Korean
  • Science in Context - another great resource for your Earth Day research
  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive - covers debates over slavery vs. abolition
Use the search widget above to access these databases.

FREE access to Civil War documents, African American family research and more

To celebrate libraries in the U.S., ProQuest is offering free, open access to many popular online research tools from April 10 - 16, 2011, including:
  • ProQuest Civil War Era
  • ProQuest African American Heritage
  • Public Library Complete
  • School Collection
  • eLibrary
  • CultureGrams
  • SIRS Issues Researcher
  • SIRS Discoverer
These are NOT databases Fauquier County Public Library subscribes to at this time. If you have a research paper due, be sure to take advantage of this free access, one week only!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April is Financial Literacy Month

To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, the following resources can help children teens and adults become financially literate and savvy consumers:
And don't forget our Money 101: Financial Literacy for Teens workshop to be held at the Bealeton Library @ 7 p.m. on Tues., April 5. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the written and spoken word with the following resources...

Online Library Resources Available 24X7 With Your Library Card

Recommended Websites
  • 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.
  • Celebrate World Poetry - EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), focuses on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.
  •'s Teacher Site - Features an interactive poetry-making machine and inspirational activities for the budding poets in your classroom.
  • - 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, occasion, 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).
  • PBS NewsHour Extra: Poetry - Along with in-depth profiles of contemporary poets and poetry, features short video documentaries of Americans reading their favorite poems.
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 808.1 area in the non-fiction section. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 2011 eResource: InfoTrac Newstand

Easy access to comprehensive information on current events and news! InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. This full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section or other fields, eliminating random searching through newspaper archives. Features include:

  • Patrons/users may create individual account profiles, name and save any search in their profile, create news alerts and customize the interface

  • ReadSpeaker technology to listen to audio versions of articles, or download the MP3 file for listening later

  • Allows for on-demand translation of documents

  • Options to manage documents by e-mailing, bookmarking, downloading or printing

Use your library card to access this premium e-resource on the library’s Web site under Find Information > Search for Articles & More (see Magazines, Journals & Newspapers section) or ask a reference librarian for assistance.