Above: Pam Lovera, reference librarian, assisting patron Renee Younes with Kindle
By Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier Public Library
Last year, Americans made more trips to their local library than to movie theaters. In fact, they made more visits to libraries than to zoos, amusement parks, casinos, and museums combined, according to a recent Gallup poll.
“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 as a place Americans visit nearly monthly,” concludes Gallup.
“People come to the library for so many reasons — to read to therapy dogs, attend a business seminar, update their driver’s license, or research their family tree,” said Lawrie Parker, Chairman, Fauquier Public Library Board of Trustees. “We see examples of how Fauquier libraries change lives every day.”
It seems many Fauquier County residents know about the wealth of opportunities at their local library — over half of county residents have a library card and nearly 700 people visit one of the library’s locations each day. Those who haven’t visited the local library recently are invited to come by and discover the opportunities that await. Here are just a few of the opportunities to explore.
Ace the Test
From in-person tutoring to online tools, the library can help you tackle even the toughest assignments thrown your way. Turn to powerful online tools like Bloom’s Literature, Access Science, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context to solve virtually any homework assignment.
Learning doesn’t stop when high school ends. Prepare for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT or find out how to increase your chances to win scholarships using the Testing & Education Reference Center or Method Test Prep. Consider exploring vocational careers and building skills to land a good job.
Never Stop Learning
Want to learn another language? Rocket Language can help with that. Interested in trying your hand at baking? Great Courses to the rescue. Or turn to Universal Class to learn yoga. Libraries put self-paced learning at your fingertips. Whatever your interest, hundreds of courses are available to choose from.
Uncross Your Wires
Technology not your thing? No problem! Our whip smart librarians can help with that. “I heard about getting ebooks free through the library. My Kindle was an older model, and I couldn’t figure it out. I took it to the library, and the staff showed me how to download a book,” said Renee Younes, a frequent library patron. Now she has over 23,000 free ebooks, audio-books, and e-magazines at her fingertips.
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The Washington DC metro area has one of the worst commutes in the country. Fortunately, more and more workers are able to telecommute and avoid the hours spent in a car. But telecommuting depends on having the space to work and reliable internet. A Fauquier Public Library branch can provide many of the tools a telecommuter needs — computers, Wi-Fi, hotspots, even workspaces.
Fauquier residents use their mobile phones at work, at home, while walking their dog, or waiting for the light to change. Ninety percent of that time is spent on apps. Now there is a mobile app to help library users access the library, wherever, whenever. It can be used to browse the library’s catalog, place holds, download free e-materials, learn about library programs, or even follow the library on social media.
“Our patrons expect to access library services from their phones — we are now able to provide them with an optimal experience. The app can even be used in place of a library card to check out materials,” said Alison Pruntel, the library’s Manager of Technology and Materials.
More, Much More
Each year, the library hosts over 1,500 programs, including book clubs, writing groups, story times, the Fauquier Community Read, Sunday with the Library events, and a summer reading program for all ages. And yes, we have books, lots of books.
Ready to begin discovering the opportunities at the library? All programs are free, but access to some of the library’s resources requires a library card. To get your Fauquier Public Library card, stop by any library branch or apply online. Library cards are free for Fauquier County residents. Learn more at fauquierlibrary.org.
Fauquier Public Library locations are:
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