Last year, Americans made more trips to their local library than to movie theaters, according to a recent Gallop poll. Why? According to Gallop, despite the proliferation of digital-based activities over the past two decades -including digital books, podcasts, streaming entertainment services and advanced gaming – libraries have endured, including Fauquier Public Library.
People come to the library for many reasons – to read to therapy dogs, attend a business seminar, update their driver’s license or research their family tree. Examples abound that illustrate how Fauquier Public Library changes lives every day.
Fauquier County is home to a robust library system, with locations in Warrenton, Bealeton, and Marshall. As a hub of the community, Fauquier Public Library connects residents with resources, services and experience. Over 218,000 visitors step through library doors each year and discover the range of opportunities offered.
Walk into any Fauquier Public Library location and begin exploring. Start with the books. Over 228,000 line the shelves from popular bestsellers to literary classics and every genre in between. In addition to books, there truly is something for everyone.
Choose from 5,000 DVD titles, including feature-length films, popular TV and mystery series, non-fiction and children’s favorites. Prefer streaming? The library offers streaming videos from OverDrive Video, RBdigital, Acorn TV, IndieFlix, andPongalo. A wide selection of music CDs are also available, and over 1,500 full-length concerts and music documentaries will delight music lovers.
Business owners and entrepreneurs can access resources to write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy or generate leads using ReferenceUSA, Gale Business | Entrepreneurship, Gale Business |Plan Builder or one of the other free business, legal or market research tools. Job seekers can learn new skills, create a resume or practice for career-related exams with resources like Testing and Education Reference Center, LearningExpress Library or Universal Class.The library also offers computers, Wi-Fi and workspaces.
For another fun activity, browse the Virginina Room’s extensive collection of materials focusing on state and local history and genealogical research.
Children and teens can tackle tough homework assignments or master a wide variety of subjects and disciplines with tools like Cricket Media, Early Learning by World Book, Bloom’s Literature andOpposing Viewpoints in Context. There is also free tutoring by Liberty High School National Honor Society students for elementary and middle school students.
Story Times for children from infancy through kindergarten build a love of reading. The monthly STEAM for Tweens program uses fun experiments and activities to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math. Children can improve their motor skills, spatial reasoning, and creativity at the Lego Free Play program. Trained therapy dogs are great listeners who can’t wait for children to read to them at Paws to Read.
Be sure to attend one of more than a thousand programs each year, including book clubs, author visits and other special events designed to educate, enrich and inspire. Library cards are free to county residents and individuals working in the county and provide access to the library’s traditional collection as well as the electronic and digital resources. Programs and special events are free and open to all.
Visit the nearest Fauquier Public Library location, call or go online to https://fauquierlibrary.org to learn more about how libraries open doors to opportunities for all.
Fauquier Public Library locations:
Warrenton central library
11 Winchester Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Bealeton branch library
10877 Willow Drive North
Bealeton, VA 22712
John Marshall branch library
4133 Rectortown Road
Marshall, VA 20115
Contact Us: 540.422-8500
By Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier Public Library