Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014 and the year's animal sign is the Horse.

After checking out a book or two from the library, learn more about what is also referred to as the Spring Festival via these e-resources:
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Black History Month - Get Ready With These Resources

February is Black History Month. Whether you are looking for recommended resources to use in a report or in the classroom, or you would like to be better informed about this special month, here are some online resources to help get you started:
Note: Links marked with asterisk (*) require your Fauquier County Public Library card barcode to access.
  • findingDulcinea - Learning About African-American History is a well-researched collection of biographical articles and links to primary sources.
  • Biography In Context* has a special section dedicated to African Americans
  • The World Book Online Info Finder* has thousands of biography articles. When you log in, go to the Biography Center and browse the pre-selected categories, including "Leaders in the American civil rights movement," "Notable African American..." and more.
  • Britannica Online's* Guide to Black History Month is part of the Featured Spotlight section.
  • HeritageQuest Online's* Freedman's Bank Records - Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.
  •'s Black History Month exhibit features video clips, great speeches and biographies of great African American icons. Try and ignore the numerous popup ads.
  • hosts a number of black history videos, featured biographies and fast facts.
  • The Library of Congress has a number of resources from their collections, including images and audio/video.
  • The Smithsonian has a variety of Black History Teaching Resources for use in the classroom.
  • Find related lesson plans and resources, meet the people, places and stories of African American history on the National Park Service's Web site.
  • PBS has a number of online resources related to African-American history, including: African American World Profiles and The African Americans: May Rivers to Cross.
  • Fact Monster (from Information Please) provides history and timelines, biographies and other special features related to Black History Month.
  • Students will enjoy BrainPOP movies on Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson and Civil Rights. You can watch a few movies for free before being prompted to sign up for a subscription.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. - e-Resources

Eighty-five (85) years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was born. The federal holiday honoring the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader is observed on the third (3rd) Monday in January. This year, the holiday falls on Jan. 20. Aside from resources available through your local library (which, like all Fauquier County Government offices, will be closed for the holiday) be sure to check out the following e-resources for information and projects related to the civil rights leader:

~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tax forms, assistance available

The 2013 tax forms have begun to arrive and will be available at all library branches as they are received. Please note that the 1040 forms (A, EZ, etc.) probably won't arrive until late January, due to revisions (and the government shutdown in 2013), and probably all forms scheduled to be sent to the library won't arrive until late February. While the library receives some federal tax forms and instructions to hand out to patrons for free (while supplies last), we don't receive every federal form/instruction booklet. Call your local library (540.422.8500) in advance to see if the form you are seeking has arrive. 

Also, as usual, we will not get any Virginia state tax forms or instructions

Any form not available at the library will cost you $0.15 per page, to print out from the Internet. If you have a computer and a printer at home, save yourself a trip to the library and print them out (for free) at home. 

Tax Assistance

  • IRS: The IRS provides tax help for individuals. Just call 1-800-829-1040.
  • The Foundation for Tax Assistance: Beginning in February (Feb. 1 - April 10) elderly and low-income residents may make appointments to meet a volunteer at any library branch; volunteers will help eligible patrons complete the filing of their 2013 tax returns. Call (540) 422-8465 to make an appointment.
  • People, Inc.: Free income tax preparation for area residents with incomes at or below $52,000 (Feb. 1 - April 12). Appointments are available on Saturdays, 10:00 – 4:00 and Tuesdays, 5:00 – 8:00 at the St. James Episcopal Church. Call (540) 445-3020 to make an appointment and be sure to bring the following documents:
    • Photo ID
    • Social Security/ITIN  cards for the taxpayer, spouse and all dependents
    • Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents
    • Wage and earnings statements: W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers
    • Unemployment compensation , Form 1099-G
    • Interest statements from banks and dividend statements from stock
    • Miscellaneous income statements
    • Day care expenses paid for day care in 2013 and the day care provider’s name, address and federal ID number
    • Student loan interest payments
    • Record of tuition or student loan payments, 1098-E
    • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns
    • A check from your checking account or deposit slip from your savings account if you want to use for Direct Deposit for your  refund
    • If filing electronically and married filing a joint return, both spouses must be present
    • Not sure if you should bring something? Bring it along, so you won’t have to come back at another time!

~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

E-Resource of the Month: Zinio Digital Magazines

What is Zinio?
Full digital versions of your favorite magazines, including the Economist, House Beautiful, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Magazine and Weight Watchers.

Key Features:
  • New issues are released and ready for download at the same time as the print edition - many before they arrive at the library!
  • See the pages as they look in print - some magazines include features like video, audio and live links. 
  • Digital magazines are always available with unlimited users. 
  • You can read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device and read offline.
  • No limits - check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account for as long as you wish.
  • A computer or device with access to the Internet via a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • A valid Fauquier County Public Library number (when you create your Zinio Library account)
  • A valid email address
Optional:  Install a free Zinio Reader App on your computer or mobile device.

Step 1: Go to, which takes you to the RBdigital Gateway, which provides library patrons access to Zinio and Atomic Training

Step 2: Select Zinio
Step 3: Find/select a magazine title that you like by either browsing through the titles alphabetically or use the Genre drop-down box located on the right side of the page (tip - if you click into the Title search box, a list of all of the magazines available on Zinio will list) 

Step 4: You will be prompted to log in or set up an account (1 of 2) for access to the library's collection of magazines. If this is your first time using the service, you will need to set up a Zinio Library Collection account. You will need to enter in your 10-digit Fauquier County Public Library number, which is the barcode listed on the back of your library card (200...) and then fill out your name, e-mail address, etc. You now have an account for the Zinio Library Collection (tochoose magazines to read).

Step 5: Select the complete your checkout of the magazine button

Step 6: A new browser window will open, taking you to, where you will be prompted to register for a 2nd account. Important -- to read/view/download the magazines you select from theZinio Library Collection, you need to also create a personal Zinio Reader account Register for your account (or sign in if you already have one). You MUST use the same e-mail address you  used in Step 4, when you created your Zinio Library Collection account. In order to make your life easier, we also recommend you use the same password for both accounts.

To get new issues or select new magazines:

Accessing Zinio via Fauquier County Public Library 
The direct link for Fauquier County Public Library's Zinio collection is Be sure to add it to your favorites/bookmarks. Or, from the library website, on the left-hand navigation, under Services -- Downloadable Magazines. You can also access from Search for Articles and More -- Magazines, Journals and Newspapers. 
You can also find a link in the library's catalog (title = Zinio).

Need more information? Get complete details and FAQs.

~Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.