May 28, 2007


The Jellyfish and the Clam from Jeff Moss’s Bone Poems

Said the clam to the pink jellyfish,
"You're no more than a lump of wet squish!"
You've no backbone or brain,
You're too dull to explain,
When they look at you, people go 'Ish!'"

Said the jellyfish back to the clam,
"I may look like thin raspberry jam,
But you're just a thick shell
And you don't even jell,
So I'm happy to be what I am!"

Well, I say let's give three big cheers
For these two and their lengthy careers.
Though they both may be dull,
With no spine and no skull,
Still they've lasted a half-billion years!

Superfund Jellyfish
time = 35 seconds
"A jellyfish thing I saw in the Willamette River at the McCormick/Baxter Superfund Site this fall. Also, my [the photographer's] dog."

Jelly Fish All Around
time = 56 seconds
"The jelly fish came to this lake in Palau through a tunnel which connected the sea and the lake a long time ago. Now the tunnel has closed, and the jelly fish came to have no poison in an environment where there's no predator. They live by photosynthesis because they cannot feed on anything in this lake. This lake is such a heaven to them that there are many of them living here."

Visit the tropical paradise of Palau or visit our travel books in the library. Travel through the written word.

May 26, 2007

Last call for teen volunteers!


Do you baby-sit younger siblings… read stories, play games, help on the computer, or make creative funny faces? Would you like to share that same fun with other children and families at the library this summer? We need your help! If you are at least 13 years old, read on.

Teen volunteers are needed at all Fauquier libraries this summer to help with the children’s summer reading program. Applications are available through May 31.

Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session prior to the start of the summer reading program. Training dates and times will be determined soon. Applicants should be prepared to sign up for specific volunteer time slots when they attend the training session.

Please email or call for more information:
Warrenton Library,Jennifer Schultz, (540) 349-1128
Bealeton Library, Helena Richardson, (540) 439-9728
John Marshall Library, Deborah Cosby, (540) 364-4910


May 25, 2007

Pirates in High School!

My English Project: A Pirates Story

"This is a video I made for my English project. The song is a poem called "Pirate Story" by Robert Louis Stevenson. I did my best with the singing...I had loads more footage but the song wasn't log enough; maybe I'll upload another one later with a different song to show off the other stuff I got. What was I thinking when I did this? A+ baby."

Pirate Poem

"It's kind've more like one of those story poems. It doesn't rhyme, yeah, but I prefer not to be restricted by rhyme. It's about how and why I became a pirate."

Critical note from librarian: The Fauquier County Public Library does not recommend imbibing in potent spirits, plundering, and pillaging until at least the legal age of 21, but preferably only in poetic, not real life. Of course, rescuing unclaimed treasure from the lonely depths of the sea is always acceptable. The library is happy to accept donations of doubloons, cursed Aztec gold, rubies, pearls, pieces of 8 and so on, to be used at our discretion.

Thank you for this interruption in regular blog broadcasting. "Carry on, Aarrrrr!"

May 24, 2007

In case you missed this Word of the Day

Conveniently brought to you by the Oxford English Dictionary blog feed. Thank you O.E.D.!


Full of or fraught with mystery; shrouded in mystery; hidden from human knowledge or understanding; difficult or impossible to explain, solve, or discover; of obscure origin, nature, or purpose.

Of speech, language, etc.: hard to comprehend, obscure, abstruse.

Of a person or group of people: whose identity, movements, character, or motives are secret or unknown; enigmatic, elusive, secretive; cultivating or delighting in mystery.

May 23, 2007

Summer Reading Program

"Ahoy mateys! Arrrgh ya ready to do some summer reading? Pirate Pete and his parrot Peggy learn what this year's Fauquier County Public Library Summer Reading Program is all about."

May 21, 2007

Math Test -- Music Video?!

Anyone taking SOLs? Pick up an SOL study guide for your grade level at the library branch nearest to you. Science, reading, math... and speaking of math, check out this study break music video made by creative high school guys.

"The Rap Video" time=4:35
Winner of the Best Music Video for the Reel Teens Film Festival 2007

A Trio of High School Students rap about a math test.

Starring: Jason Clark, Tom Miller, Rob Rizzolo
Written By: Jason Clark
Filmed By: Josh George


Math Test!
Oh no dude, it's gunna be dope, and by dope i mean bad and by bad i mean
and my brain is so slow, cuz it's nine in the mo'
and the doctors say your brain is not awake til 10:30.
Yo players chill out this is stuff we should know, Mr. A showed us like 10 times befo'
you square the side of a, and you square the side of b, and you add them together like this you see
No but i see your face, and it's looking ugly.

Class here it is. Yo, I've gots the quiz. And i'll give you 40 minutes to finish this.
Yo this test is whack!
Dude its front and back!
and the chump in the front wont pass it back.
Yo! pass it back!
pass it back!
pass it or i'll drop you like a needle in a haystack.
yo that analogy was not up to par
you can rap with us or you can wait in the car.
But this test is hard, like a candy bar, that was left overnight in the ussr.

Yo listen up, this test, it's corrupt like when Mcgill knocks down banks in the mighty ducks.
So we got to ditch!
No dude, man we cant!
Yo check, Mr. A, it's an elephant!
An elephant? Yo sick cuz, thats crunk. I can find the parabola of the curve of his trunk!

Yo! Here is here, and there is there!
Let's see who travels swiftest from here to there!
Son, I'll count to three and we'll exhert our legs and the last one there is a rotten egg.
Yo, a rotten egg? Dude how can you say that the place in this race effects our DNA

Yo i came in first
Dude first is the worst
First is the worst
First is the worst.
Yo first is the worst. second is the best. Third is the one with the hairy chest.
No its the treasure chest!
No, dude, the hairy chest!
No its the treasure chest!
Yo Check, It's Miss Metz!

Ms. Metz!
Whats chill?
Nothing much, whats up?
Yo, I's heading to the fountain to fillup this cup.
Why would you fill up the cup when you got this bottle?
I'm gunna drink 'em both up like what?
full throttle!

So miss metz don't you get that this test is a stretch and pest and a mess and
Oh snap it's mr. Fletch.... er.

Why hello thurre,
you shouldn't be hurre,
you got a math turst,
well excuse murre,
look and that chair,
its a bannanur?

Yo Jigga snap, dudes, that one was close!
Hey remember casper the friendly ghost?
We gotta chill out dudes, we got to hide.
I think he was the spirit of a boy who died. says to hide in an old-school hair salon, or bathroom, or closet, or cave, or other.
I think he had a couple bad evil blooded brothers.
Yo, chill out about casper the friendly ghost.
We gotta eenie eenie meenie meenie miney miney mo, so eenie meenie left
and eenie meenie right
and eenie meenie miney always gets the answer right.

So into the closet is where we'll hide out.
but don't go packin' we'll be back and rappin' soon.
No Doubt.

May 16, 2007

Ernie of Bealeton

6 toes on each foot, like the Hemingway cats

May 8, 2007

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May 4, 2007


Meet The Palmy's ..... and Lefty's niece!

The Art of Hand Reading by Lori Reid
Get an ink pad. Print your hands on blank paper and prepare yourself for enlightenment. Is your fate written in the lines of your hands? If you are drowning and need a life line, search your heart line for a clear head line. Each finger represents a different facet of life. Instead of hitching rides, your thumb can reveal "whether you have the determination to bring your talents to fruition." Even the loops and whorls on the fingertips reveal hidden knowledge about the personality. This book is full of photos, art, and practical ways to test out the ancient practice of palm reading. Print your hand in ink next year to see what has changed.

Palm Reading for Beginners: Find Your Future in the Palm of Your Hand by Richard Webster
Another book to explore the secrets of your unique hands.

The Left-Hander's World by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia B. Silverstein
Are you left-handed? Feeling oppressed by the right-handed majority? Weep not, for a book has been written to remind us all that, "there are no laws preventing left-handers from voting or holding jobs or eating or living where they wish." You don't have to move to Britain or New Zealand or other left-minded place where they drive on the other side of the road. You can if you want, but... Check out success stories like the fiddler crab who's left pincer is enormous and fits it's specialized needs. Read about the physical origins of left-dominant animals and humans. Examine split-brain phenomena. Learn how Leonardo da Vinci and Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) wrote in unique mirror scripts. Try writing with your own "weak" hand or toes or teeth. Turn the world upside-down and celebrate. Buy yourself a real set of scissors that cut for lefties the right way!

Hands by John Napier
For a more serious approach to hand analysis, try this book. The author "considers current knowledge of the evolution, structure, and function of hands and discusses fingerprints, fossil remains, handedness, palm lines, gestures, and tool using and tool making, both prehistoric and modern." A bit of everything for the anatomist or anthropologist.

The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language by Clayton Valli
Learn American Sign Language looking at thousands of illustrations. The index leads you to each sign's synonym. If you have active arms when you talk, here is a way to communicate more clearly.

The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
"Suspicious of sixteen-year-old Marnie, a newcomer to their village, the residents accuse her of witchcraft when she discovers that the village madman is not crazy but deaf and she begins to communicate with him through hand gestures."

What hands can do (creative advertising)

May 3, 2007

Grave at the Library

Please Bury Me in the Library written by J. Patrick Lewis

Please bury me in the Library
In the clean, well-lighted stacks
Of Novels, History, Poetry,
Right next to the Paperbacks,

Where the Kids' Books dance
With True Romance
And the Dictionary dozes.
Please bury me in the library
With a dozen long-stemmed proses.

Way back by a rack of Magazines,
I won't be sad too often,
If they bury me in the library
With Bookworms in my coffin.

May 2, 2007

Gerbil mourned at the Bealeton Library


Spice (Gerbil) passed away in Bealeton, Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, May 1, 2007 after a brief illness. Bealeton Library Manager Muriel McCabe rushed him to the Compassion Animal Hospital when he began exhibiting symptoms of distress, but sadly he died before treatment could begin. The cause of death remains undetermined, although some believe his ailment was exacerbated by the stress of being labeled a female, with consequent gender identity crises. Identity stress issues also arose over repeatedly being labeled a mouse, a rat, and a hamster. No autopsy will be performed.

Spice was born in 2005 to anonymous parents. He is best remembered as half of the gerbil duo, "Sugar and Spice," a popular southern-Fauquier entertainment act headquartered at the Bealeton Library. His merry antics entranced children of all ages, and it is estimated that he shredded at least 30 tons of cardboard during his brief life. Spice always endeavored to live up to the achievements of his heroes and mentors, the late "Kanga" and "Roo".

Spice is survived by one known sibling, Sugar, of indeterminate gender. S/he states that the act will go on; "it’s what he would have wanted."

No funeral is planned; the body was cremated. Sugar asks that donations be made to the Gerbil National Association for the Wee (GNAW).

May 1, 2007

Ah, spoonerisms!

Bittle Lum on a Sturbcone (variations)
Once a big molicepan
Saw a bittle lum,
Sitting on a sturbcone
Chewing gubble bum.
Said the big molicepan:
"Won't you simmie gome?"
"Tinny on your nintype!
"Said the bittle lum.

Once a big molicepan
Saw a blittle lum,
Sitting on the sturbcone
Chewing gubble bum.
"Hi!" said the molicepan.
"Better simmie gome."
"Tot on your nintype!
"Said the bittle lum.

Once a big molicepan
Met a berty dumb.
Sitting on the widesock
Booing gubblechum.
"Hey!" said the molicepan
"Gum and simmi come!"
"Sot your rotten kicking pox,"
Cried the berty dumb.

One a big molicepan
Saw a bittle lum
Sitting on the sturbcone
Chewing gubblebum.
"Lum," said the molicepan,
"Better simme gome."
"Tot on your nintype,"
Said the bittle lum.

What does "Not on your tintype" mean? NO!

What's a tintype? A photographic process invented before the Civil War.

For those of you not alive during the Depression Era, you'll want to know that there was a traditional rivalry between bums and policeman. Read again and pick the best poem.