Library Provides Support to Student and Teachers in New School Year
By Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier Public Library
A new school year is usually marked by the purchase of backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils and notebooks. Children board school buses, eager to tackle new classes and reconnect with friends. College students move into dorms and experience newfound independence.
That, of course, was before COVID-19.
For most, the 2020 school year will be like no other. Rather than sitting in a classroom with their peers, the school day may take place at the kitchen table. Even some college students will be attending virtual classes from home.
Amid the uncertainty of how the school year will play out – for children, parents and teachers – one thing is certain. As a community, we are called upon to provide support and resources to ensure academic success.
Fauquier Public Library is ready to meet that challenge.
“We like to say that the library has something for everyone and that is, indeed, true,” notes Maria Del Rosso, Library Director. “But during this unprecedented time we want to make sure that teachers and students know about the myriad of resources available to help with their students’ needs.”
On August 24, after five months of curbside service and remote-only access to library resources, Fauquier Public Library reopened its doors, with measures in place to protect both patron and staff safety.
“The building may look different when you walk inside,” notes Del Rosso, “but our commitment to providing valuable services and resources to our community is unchanged.”
Library cards are required to access the library’s traditional collection as well as the electronic and digital resources.
“Over half of Fauquier County residents already have library cards,” said Del Rosso, “but we want to see that number grow.”
To that end, the library has made it easier than ever to get a library card by accepting online library card applications. Applicants can apply online for temporary library card privileges at https://bit.ly/fplapplyonline. In a few days, they will receive their permanent card by mail.
With library card in hand, parents, teachers and students have access to dozens of free tools, many available online.
Here are a few favorites:
Children Preschool – Grade 5
The library has lots to offer young children to help them build early literacy skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
What: World Book Early Learning
E-books and activities for preschoolers make learning basic concepts—like numbers, colors and opposites—fun.
What: Virtual Story Times
Routines and familiar activities are important to young children. The library doors may be closed, but librarians are still reading stories and singing songs for children. Virtual story times are offered Tuesday and Thursday.
What: Story Times to Go
With 35 themes to choose from, these sets of books, songs, games and other activities are perfect for toddler and preschool children. Reserve one online to pick up at your nearest Fauquier Public Library.
What: Explora Primary
Get help with classroom assignments on this kid-friendly interface. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration and more!
Middle and High School Students
What: Learning Express Library: School Center
By building skills in reading, writing, math and basic science, students can tackle even the toughest homework assignments.
What: Opposing Viewpoints
Begin and complete your next assignment with confidence with quick access to credible sources
on topics you have been taught in class.
Whether this is your first foray into homeschooling or you are a seasoned educator preparing for your first “virtual” academic year, library resources can help you develop your curriculum and challenge students across a wide range of subject areas.
What: EBSCO eBook Collections
Aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards; includes the award-winning Cricket Media Collection as well as full-text e-books across all subject areas taught in elementary schools.
Where: https://bit.ly/fplcricketmedia (Cricket Media Collection)
Where: https://bit.ly/fplebscoK8 (K-8 Collection)
What: Gale In Context: Elementary
Empowers educators with resources that support the full progression of K-5 students as they develop their research abilities, including leveled content, topic pages and “I Wonder…” questions that engage young users’ curiosity.
Level: Elementary/Middle School
What: Access Science
‘Curriculum Maps’ will guide you to highly relevant and engaging content for use in your teaching, as well as skill-leveled projects aimed at STEM students and educators.
What: NoveList Plus
Quickly access recommended fiction and nonfiction titles that support curriculum ages 0-8, 9-12 and teens.
Level: Upper Middle/High School+
What: Bloom’s Literature
Includes curriculum tools for students and educators covering plagiarism, evaluating online resources and tips on teaching literature through film.
Provides students and researchers access to scholarly journals, primary sources and books, JSTOR in the Classroom and offers training materials and lesson plans to foster classroom discussion.
Where: https://bit.ly/fpljstor (JSTOR)
Where: https://bit.ly/fpljstorclassroom (JSTOR in the Classroom)
Adults and Recent Graduates
Learning doesn’t stop when high school ends. If you are looking to change careers or broaden your skill set, we can help.
What: Learning Express
Improve your job search, interview and networking skills or prepare for dozens of certification exams to enter a new field.
Improve your job skills with video-based training for more than 500 popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.
What: Testing & Education Reference Center
Practice for a career related exam, prepare for the GED, build your resume or learn how to find a new career.
What: Universal Class
Earn continuing education units or learn for fun through self-paced courses in over 30 subject areas.
Status of Library Operations
Visiting the Library
On Monday, August 24, library doors reopened for browsing. Visitors are required to wear a mask, complete a short health survey, and practice social distancing during their visit. Seating is reserved for computer/laptop users. The number of people in the buildings at one time is limited to maintain social distancing guidelines; patrons are encouraged to leave the library after completing their transactions.
WiFi is available at all Fauquier Public libraries; passwords are posted on the doors of each location.
Public Computer Use
The library’s public computers are available for use.
Place a hold online, use the MyLibrary! Mobile app or call 540.422.8500 ext. 3 to reserve materials. We will notify you via email or text when your hold is ready for curbside pickup.
Go to fauquierlibrary.org to learn more about available library services and hours of operation.