September 29, 2007

Cards for Troops

Make cards to be sent to troops overseas. All materials supplied. Pizza and drinks will be served. If you are unable to make the program you may drop off homemade cards at the reference desk.

Bealeton Library: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1
John Marshall Library: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
Warrenton Library: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

September 27, 2007

Teen Coffee House - Anime Art design

Thank you everyone who drew and cut and glued at Bealeton Library on Monday, September 24th!

The children's story time area will soon be transformed into Howl's Moving Castle. Calcifer will warm the entrance to the castle, clinging to a log in the fireplace. Turnip Head (a.k.a. Prince Scarecrow) will hop on the wall nearby. And Heen, the dog, will stalk beside his friends along the stones. Who knows who/what else will appear.

Teens from Culpeper, Bealeton, and Warrenton middle and high schools are creating these paper creatures. The ghostly forest spirits (from Princess Mononoke) stare at the transformed baby (from Spirited Away) above their heads. Calcifer grins as he burns through the carpet, just kidding.

Poor Turnip Head still needs a body (paper, not human)! Taylor and Cedar Lee Middle School artists will fix that in time for the Anime Party.

Sen and Haku crouch in perfect poise as a local teen artist begins to sketch.

Oil pastel blended over colored pencil creates another (of many to be drawn) forest spirit from Princess Mononoke.

The Anime Party will be held on October 22 at Bealeton Library.
Arrive in costume (Rated G) at 6 o'clock and stay until closing at 9 p.m.
Watch a special Anime presentation, taste Japanese delicacies, draw Manga, and more.

September 26, 2007

By poet Shikiori Morikami

The wind strokes the me who merely crawls the ground.
Feathers and leaves dancing in the wind whirl around me...
I raise my flightless wing to block the mocking sun.
I pluck a feather and throw it into the wind -
Only to have it fall, spinning to the ground.
I finger the key tied around my neck;
not knowing what it is that is locked.
Dreaming of the world to which my love disappeared...
Is the key to unlock the gate of which it spoke
the parallel universe under the same sun?
End the breath of sadness
End it with the sound of a lock falling -
Driving insane for the moonlit starry sky
with all the heavens above the ground that I walk;
Fearing both light and dark
Trying to hold my own against the raging memories of the past -
Torn apart glowing memories flying with the stars
I hear wolves howling in the far off distance but...
My mind tells me it's a hawk's call for its young.
Should I believe what my mind tells me?
Or maybe I'll follow my heart instead.

September 25, 2007

Anime @ the Library

Check out Anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in Fauquier County Public Library's collection.

If you aren't Spirited Away by the exquisite art, the story line will take you to a world unlike any. Chihiro loses her parents, her name, and her childish whining in this fantasy film. Haku, a young prince rescues her from dissolving into thin air. A multi-armed boiler man gives her a job near hundreds of invigorated dust balls that carry coal chunks to stoke the fire. The bath house for spirits comes alive. How will she recognize the greedy pigs that her parents became? With No-face seeking her friendship, who will she be at the end?

Read Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones first and then watch it come alive on Miyazaki's animated version of Howl's Moving Castle {DVD}. View these incredible photoshop and paper crafted images of the interior, exterior, and complete construction of the castle that Calcifer moves for Howl.

-Try to build your own paper craft of Howl's rickety, odd castle.
-Bring it in to be judged at the Bealeton Library during the first Anime Party.
-The best one will remain on display (if you can spare it temporarily) in the Young Adult section


September 20, 2007

Play with words!

A Learical Lexicon from the works of Edward Lear
"A glossary of humorous and nonsense words featuring unusual spellings, hidden meanings, transposed letters, and onomatopoeic sounds, selected from the letters and other witty writings of the English author/artist."

Funny You Should Ask: How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay by Marvin Terban
"Offers an abundant cache of ideas about using words and wordplay to create engaging riddles and jokes."

Ounce, Dice, Trice by Alastair Reid with drawing by Ben Shahn
"A collection of old and new words, including those to be said in singing moods, words for times of day, and rude names for nitwits. Defines such words as gongoozler, tantony, and oosse."

Follow this link to a wild world of Word Play! More in depth exploration of this site will follow.

Or enjoy a reference book; always at the library!

The Oxford Dictionary of New Words: a Popular Guide to Words in the News

Brewer's Dictionary of 20th-Century Phrase and Fable

Test your skill at word scrambling:

DORMITORY:When you rearrange the letters:DIRTY ROOM

ASTRONOMER:When you rearrange the letters:MOON STARER

THE EYES:When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
THE MORSE CODE:When you rearrange the letters:HERE COME DOTS

SLOT MACHINES:When you rearrange the letters:CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY:When you rearrange the letters:IS NO AMITY

SNOOZE ALARMS:When you rearrange the letters:ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT:When you rearrange the letters:I'M A DOT IN PLACE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:When you rearrange the letters:TWELVE PLUS ONE

September 16, 2007

Get Carded @ the Library

Teens can "get carded" at the library throughout September in celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month. Any teen who shows their library card at a Fauquier library reference desk in September will get an (edible) prize!

A library card gives you access to books, magazines, music, films, and other familiar materials during regular library hours. But what do you do at midnight when homework is due the next morning? Take your library card in hand and hop online to our library web site. The databases connect you to full-text encyclopedia articles, newspaper archives, downloadable audio books, and even free practice tests. Explore Oxford Reference Online Premium for bilingual dictionaries, timelines, maps and illustrations, and excellent links to web sites. Click on Peterson’s Testing & Education Reference Center to take practice SAT, ACT, AP, GED, and career exams. Ask at a reference desk for help getting started.

Read more about how to celebrate this month at Fauquier County Public Library!

September 13, 2007

The light of the Twin Towers

September 12, 2007

September 11 simulation

For those of us who need to watch what happened from the inside, this computer simulation helps to address many questions about the impact from the planes. "Researchers at Purdue University have created a simulation that uses scientific principles to study in detail what likely happened when a commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001." You can also read the original news source article at

September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City by Wilborn Hampton
"Describes the September 11 attacks in the United States and presents several personal stories of tragedy told by New Yorkers who lived through the collapse of the World Trade Center."

9-11 by Noam Chomsky
"Presents a series of interviews conducted during the first month following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that discuss reactions to the attacks in the U.S. and abroad, U.S. foreign policy, and the new war on terrorism." Explore one political activist’s view of September 11th in this book.

New York City Guide [DVD]
60 minutes
"Ian Wright and Megan McCormick tour the New York boroughs of Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan-- home to the famous skyline and Central Park." Remember the way New York used to be before the tragedy of September 11th.

September 11, 2007

September 11th remembered

9/11 child's poem

September Roses by Jeanette Winter
This book can be held in the palm of your hand. It is physically small, but the words and drawings contained speak volumes. "On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa find a good use for the roses they have grown when the flower show in New York City is canceled due to the attack on the World Trade Center."

911: The Book of Help
What happened to you and your family? How did you respond? Are you still? Consider this "collection of essays, poems, short fiction, and drawings created in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, by authors and illustrators of books for young adults."

9.11.01: Terrorists Attack the U.S. by Patrick Lalley
"Discusses the events that led up to and followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and offers information on the World Trade Center, Islamic extremism, the war in Afghanistan, and the Middle East."

A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and its Aftermath
"A photographic chronicle of the "New York Times" coverage of the September 11 attacks includes original background essays by top writers and considers the worldwide aftermath of the attacks."

Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001
by photographers of the New York City Police Department
When there are no more words left. This book "[p]resents photographs--both aerial shots and those taken at ground level--of the attack on the World Trade Center, rescue and recovery efforts, the clearing of the site, and memorial observances through April, 2002."

Twin Towers burning

Mourning Parents by Kathe Kollwitz

September 7, 2007

Sad news from Bealeton



Sugar (Gerbil) died on September 3, 2007 at the Bealeton Library following an acute Labor Day illness. The exact cause of death is unknown, but some speculate that Sugar took the phrase "Labor Day" too literally and died from overexertion in shredding cardboard tubes. Library staff had also observed a general malaise since the demise of Spice, Sugar’s one known sibling, four months ago. The two had forged an unusually close bond as co-performers in the "Sugar and Spice" comedy revue headquartered at the Bealeton Library, Sugar serving as the straight foil to Spice’s "funny man" routine. Sugar lived by the motto "the show must go on," but sadly it went on only so long.

Sugar, who kept his male gender a secret until his death, was aptly named not only because of his white albino coat, but also because of his sweet and self-effacing personality. Although he shredded several times as much cardboard during his short life as Spice did, he never boasted of the fact. His generous nature led him to become an organ donor: his powerful front teeth and beady red eyes will go to another gerbil in need.

Sugar’s passing was marked by one controversy: the local chapter of GNAWERS (Gerbil National Association for WEe RodentS) complained that library staff acted insensitively by immediately replacing the gerbils’ glass enclosure with a cage of hermit crabs. Library representatives have assured GNAWERS that no offense was intended: "There is no moral equivalency between crabs and gerbils." They promise that new gerbils will be hired shortly.

No funeral is planned; those wishing to commemorate Sugar's life may contribute to GNAWERS or to the Bealeton Library Gerbil Replacement Fund.

Remember Spice.

September 4, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Warning! Warning! Warning!

Spoiler! Spoiler! Spoiler!

Warning! Warning! Warning!
a.k.a. Mrs.Norris
Spoiler! Spoiler! Spoiler!

If you are unafraid to read further,

September 3, 2007

Cans into lobster

September 1, 2007

Turtles or watermelon, yum