Monday, July 30, 2012

Ready to Learn, Ready to Read

With fall and the start of school fast approaching, many parents are looking for ways to ensure their child(ren) are ready to start school. Let Fauquier County Public Library get you started with the following online and in-person resources and services that encourage literacy development...

Online and Print Resources
The Library of Virginia recently launched the Virginia Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar, where you and your child can embark on an adventure together through books and reading and the many fun-filled activities that spring from them. The calendar will help you identify events and activities that support early learning and ensure that your child is ready for school and ready to read independently.

The library's Parents web page is chock-full of links to books, DVDs and magazines, as well recommended websites. Favorite sites focused on learning and literacy include PBS Parents, which has a Child Development section that covers Baby & Toddler as well as Preschool & Kindergarten. Their Child Development Tracker includes a Literacy section, covering milestones by age.

Over on our Educators web page, along with numerous resources for grades K-12, you'll want to check the English and Reading resources, which includes links to great early literacy content from Reading Rockets.  Parents and caregivers of early learners should also take a look at the Center for Early Literacy Learning's practice guides for parents, which include everyday practices and activities to encourage reading, and Zero to Three's Early Language and Literacy section, with a range of resources that promote early literacy and language development.

The Educators area also has links for homeschool resrouces, and the library also subscribes to Home Education and Virginia Home Educator magazines.

Library Programs
In-person, the library offers a number of programs geared at our youngest book lovers:

Kindergarten Kick-off - Get ready for the big day! Enjoy story times, songs and finger plays, just like in school. Bring a bag lunch if you like.
  • John Marshall Library: 11:30 a.m. Wed., Aug. 15
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thur., Aug. 16
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thur., Aug. 16
Starting the week of August 27 (story times are suspended Aug. 13-24), our regular story times commence...

Baby Steps - A 30-minute program for infancts up to 18 months old; babies will have fun bouncing, clapping, seeing finger plays and singing with their caregivers.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Mondays
Half-Pints - Stories, songs and activities for 13- to 30-month-olds with a parent or caregiver.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Toddler Story Time - For 2- to 3--year-olds with a parent or caregiver.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Preschooler Story Time - Indendent story time for 3- to 5-year-old children. Parents and caregivers must stay in the children's area of the library.
  • John Marshall Library: 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays
  • John Marshall Library: 10:30 a.m. Fridays 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Olympics 2012 - Online Picks

With the summer games kicking off in just a few days (July 27 - August 12), the following online resources should keep you up-to-date with the athletes, medals and more:
P.S. You might also want to check out Newsbank's Special Report, The Olympic Games 2012. To access, simply go to the library's website and click on Search for Articles & More, which is a link on the left menu, under Find Information. Under the heading Magazines, Journals & Newspapers, you'll see America's Newspapers from Newsbank (you'll be prompted to enter your FCPL 10-digit library card if you are logging in from home). All of the Special Rerports are listed on the left-menu in Newsbank.

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    A couple of great articles I read this morning which should be of interest to readers of e-Resource News...

    Alison @ Warrenton

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Computer Skills Workshop - Seats Still Available

    Want to know how to jazz up your signature or set up an auto-reply in your e-mail? Wondering how to format the text in your resume? Sign up now for the August 15 Computer Skills Workshop at the Warrenton Library by calling the Reference Desk at 422-8500 ext. 6862. During the workshop, library staff will assist you with computer basics such as cutting and pasting text, customizing your web-based e-mail account and questions you may have about searching for information or filling out an online form. Workshop attendees will also be provided with a list of Computer Tips & Tricks to explore.
    • Warrenton Library: 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 15
    Update 7/18: This workshop is now full. Please call the Warrenton Reference Desk (422.8500, ext. 6862) to be put on the waiting list and/or to register for upcoming workshops (held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 9 AM at the Warrenton Library).

      Monday, July 9, 2012

      Art Appreciation - SmArtHistory.org

      Smarthistory.org, part of the Khan Academy, is a free multi-media "web-book" designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional (and expensive) art history textbook. The site includes audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, text, still images and content that is searchable by style (i.e., "Dutch Still Life"), artist or theme, as well as a chronological listing. This site is ideal for educators who teach art history or incorporate art into their curriculum, as well as the layperson who would like to have a better understanding and appreciation of art and architecture.

      Sunday, July 1, 2012

      e-Resource of the Month: Virginia Legal Forms Library

      The Virginia Legal Forms Library provides Fauquier County Public Library card holders with an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to addressing basic legal matters, such as the prepartion of a simple will, power of attorney, landlord/tenant agreements or employment incorporation.

      Forms available in the Virginia Legal Forms Library include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. "Official" forms for many states are also included.

      There are a number of ways to locate specific legal forms, including: an A-Z list of form categories (bankruptcy, divorce, incorporation, etc.); the ability to browse main categories (adoption, government, probate, etc.) and sub-categories of forms; browse by sample searches ("power of attorney - durable") and a search by either category or title.

      The Virginia Legal Forms Library also provides a dictionary of legal terms and definitions, a law digest (readings on particular legal topics) and sample legal questions and answers (for informational purposes only...these do not constitute legal advice). There are also links to tax forms and an attorney directory by state.

      Please note that while library staff can direct you to the Virginia Legal Forms Library online and assist you with downloading forms, staff cannot assist you in selecting the correct forms. Forms available must be selected by you.

      For additional legal resources, including links to federal, state and local resources (codes, etc.), be sure to check out our Legal Resources page.