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Consumer Reports March 2020: Leafy Greens

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We usually consider a salad a healthy meal choice. However, E. coli bacteria outbreaks are becoming more and more frequent. Salad greens can be exposed to the bacteria at any time during the growing, harvesting or packaging process. This month’s cover article, “Leafy Greens Safety Guide,” explains how greens may become contaminated, how to read lettuce labels (organic, pesticide-free, etc.), and has tips on safe ways to eat greens such as cooking them until wilted or soaking them in vinegar. An added section on “The Health Benefits of Leafy Greens” discusses nine types of greens (from Arugula to Swiss Chard) and the vitamins and other nutrients each contains. (more…)

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Discussion Questions: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Summary

In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes – from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species – to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. (more…)

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Opportunities @ Your Fingertips!

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With the MyLibrary! mobile app, the Library is always by your side!

“With the MyLibrary! app on my mobile phone, I have my card with me all the time. I can even scan the barcode on a book that I see somewhere else and check if the library has it.”    — Laurel G. (more…)

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Excel!

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Student working on a laptop at table in libraryDon’t know the elements in the periodic table? Need to weigh the pros and cons of a trending topic? Can’t tell a haiku from a limerick? From in-person tutoring to online tools, the Library can help you tackle even the toughest assignment thrown your way.

“Tutoring at the Bealeton Library has helped me so much. I was reading at a 3rd grade level when I was in 5th grade. By the 7th grade I was reading at grade level and getting all A’s and B’s in my classes. ” – Jada S. (more…)

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What Fauquier County Read in 2019

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Fauquier County is a community that reads! Last year, patrons checked out over 400,000 items. While there is no question that residents were reading – a lot – what were the most popular books in Fauquier County?

Here are the favorites, based on total checkouts in print, e-Book and e-Audio format in 2019.

Adults

person on canoe paddling on water toward oceanWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Look Alive Twenty-Five: Stephanie Plum Series #25 by Janet Evanovich
The Fallen: Amos Decker Series #4 by David Baldacci
The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Redemption: Amos Decker Series #5 by David Baldacci
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Origin: Robert Langdon Series #5 by Dan Brown

Children

Boy wizard on broom stick flying under archesHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Teens

girl in red jacket holding sign "the hate u give"The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Uncross Your Wires

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Staff member helping patron with KindleTrouble navigating that big electronic world? No worries… our whipsmart librarians can help you navigate the online maze.

“I heard about getting e-books 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 books.”
— Renee Y. (more…)

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Tax Assistance Available

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Do you need help 100 dollar bills, 1040 tax form and post it note with "Tax time! Need Help" written on it.completing your 2019 income taxes?  Free help is available for seniors and low income residents of Fauquier County through a partnership with the Foundation for Tax Assistance.

All three library locations
Saturday, Feb. 1 – Saturday, April 11.
To schedule an appointment call (540) 878-8822.

 

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Consumer Reports February 2020: A Good Night’s Sleep

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February 2020 cover of consumer reports magazine with woman on top of pile of mattressesLast year, the top 15 online mattress sellers made almost $900 million in sales. Is it possible to purchase a great mattress online? “Sweet Dreams Are Made of These” lists steps to follow when shopping for mattresses online. Ratings for foam mattresses costing $1,100 or less, and innerspring mattresses costing $1,500 or less are also included. (more…)

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Library Opens Doors to Opportunities for All

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Press Release

Go to library website home pageFauquier County Library Launches Campaign to Promote Services

(Warrenton, VA) January 6, 2020 – Business owner Mike B. has mined thousands of customer leads, and it hasn’t cost him a dime. How? By using Reference USA, one of many powerful resources available free from the Fauquier Public Library.

Over the next three months, success stories like Mike’s will be the centerpiece of Fauquier Public Library’s campaign to promote a variety of valuable Library tools and services.

“Every day at the Library, we see how people’s lives are affected by what we can offer them,” says Maria Del Rosso, Fauquier Public Library Director. “By sharing stories, we hope that more area residents will take greater advantage of the Library’s resources.”

The campaign will feature a variety of stories about opportunities discovered at the Library:

  • Jada S. has improved her grades and gained confidence in the classroom thanks to free tutoring at the Library.
  • Laurel G. takes the Library with her wherever she goes – from the soccer field to a family vacation – thanks to the MyLibrary! mobile app.
  • David G. avoids exhausting daily commutes by using the Library’s free WiFi and workspaces.
  • Renee Y. is never without something to read after a trained reference librarian showed her how to download library e-books.

Opportunities for All is no exaggeration,” says Del Rosso. “With more than 228,000 items in our collection and 1,100 programs every year, the Library has a lot to offer our community.”

The campaign is made possible by a Technical Assistance Grant from the Path Foundation and generous financial support of the Friends of the Fauquier Library and the Library Board of Trustees. It was designed by The Ivy Group, an award-winning Charlottesville marketing firm with extensive experience working with public libraries.

Want to learn more? Visit the nearest library location to discover the opportunities that await, at the local library.

Fauquier Public Library has three locations to serve the citizens of Fauquier County. Each day almost 700 patrons visit one of our locations. To discover the opportunities that abound at your local library, visit our website at https://www.fauquierlibrary.org, call or stop by any Fauquier County Public Library.

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Contact: Lisa Pavlock
Public Information Coordinator
Office phone: 540.422-8518
Mobile phone: 540.272.0241
lisa.pavlock@fauquiercounty.gov

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Get Ahead of the Curve

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In today’s competitive environment, entrepreneurs and busy professionals need to work smarter, not harder. The Library’s business and market research tools can propel you along the road to success.

“Using ReferenceUSA for lead generation can save a business thousands of dollars a month. I couldn’t afford to contact the number of leads each day that I get from ReferenceUSA.”
— Mike B. (more…)

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