Thursday, January 26, 2012

Science Fair Success

It's that time of year again, parents. Most science fairs tend to happen during the second half of the school year. Is your child -- and more importantly, are YOU -- ready?

Online sources for project ideas include:

  • Access Science - All you need is your library card number and you can access supporting articles and research for your science fair projects and research papers. Their Study Guides section provide a program of study and reference. The topics covered are linked to all relevant material for that topic on Access Science including encyclopedia articles, videos, news and more.
  • Discovery Education's Science Fair Central - Includes over 250 project ideas, tips from judges and previous winners and display tips.
  •'s Science Fair Project Ideas - Search/sort by grade and topic.
  • Neuroscience for Kids - The Experiment section of the Web site allows users to model a nervous system, create experiments on reflexes and advice on creating a successful science fair project.
  • - Aimed at elementary and middle school students, includes videos and printable directions.
  • - Use their topic selection wizard to figure out the best project for you. 
Search the online catalog to place holds/check out books for science project ideas, including:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tech Trends: Black History Goes Mobile

Tech Trends: Black History Goes Mobile - A free mobile application that helps you learn about local black history through your smartphone via augmented reality (AR), which adds a layer of digital info over the scene in your camera's viewfinder. Cities include Baltimore and Washington, DC. With Black History Month coming up, now is a good time to download and check it out on your next visit to DC.

*See also related posts on black history

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fauquier County Public Library e-books "how-to"

If you haven't taken advantage of the library's e-book service through OverDrive/the Blue Ridge Download Consortium, we have a "how-to" guide, specific to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, that will get you up and running in no time. These directions are specific to the three main types of e-readers:
  1. Checking out e-books on a Kindle device/app
  2. Checking out e-books on a NOOK, Kobo or other non-Amazon e-reader
  3. Checking out e-books on a tablet (iPad, Xoom, Vizio, etc.) or mobile device such as a "smart phone"
If you get stuck or have questions, be sure to stop in at one our drop-in sessions beginning Jan. 18:
  • Warrenton Library: NOOK/Sony/Kobo, etc. - 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays  
  • Warrenton Library: Kindles - 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays 
  • Warrenton Library: iPads/Tablets - 2-3 p.m. Fridays 
  • Bealeton Library: Kindles - 7-8 p.m. Mondays 
  • Bealeton Library: NOOK/Sony/Kobo, etc. - 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays 
  • Bealeton Library: iPads/Tablets - 2-3 p.m. Thursdays

What do you need to bring with you to a drop-in session? (1) A laptop if you are using a NOOK, Sony or Kobo; (2) any cords in case you need to connect to your laptop or your battery isn't charged; (3) your usernames/passwords for your e-mail account(s), Amazon account (if using Kindle or Kindle app), Apple ID (if using Apple device), etc.

If you can't make it to a drop-in session, call your local library (422-8500) and ask to speak with reference staff. Once you're set up with the OverDrive software and familiarize yourself with the checkout process, you'll be on your way to e-reading for free with the library's e-books.

For all e-book and e-audio book services offered by the Fauquier County Public Library, check out our website at Under Find Information (on left-hand navigation), you'll see e-books/e-audio books listed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ancestry - Coming Attractions in 2012

Ancestry recently announced 12 things to expect from them in 2012, including access to the 1940 federal Census, new U.S. and international church records and millions of new occupation-related records.

To access the library's AncestryLibrary database, visit any local branch. You can access the database from any public access computer or the special "database" computers located at the Warrenton (including the Virginiana Room) and Bealeton branches.

For additional information on the library's local history and genealogy resources, visit our Local History & Genealogy page on the library's website.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: Books & Authors

I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to spending the cold winter nights with a good book. If you're wondering what to read next, give Books & Authors a whirl. Books & Authors provides a number of predefined search and browsing options.
  • Browse by title, series title, author or genre; 
  • Who? What? Where? When? Search allows you to search by character, subject, location/setting and/or time period;
  • Recommended reading lists include award winners, expert picks and librarian's favorites;
Books & Authors also recently launched a My Reading Room feature that allows you to create, maintain and share lists of your favorite authors or titles as well as your own book reviews. 

Find Books & Authors on our Articles & Databases page (under Literature & e-books) as well as on our Readers' Tools page, which includes links to library staff picks, read-alikes, best seller lists and more.