Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Davenport's Grimm DVD Series

American versions of classic folk and fairy tales From the Brothers Grimm
by Delaplane's own Tom Davenport are now available in DVD format.

You may have seen some of these stories on PBS a while back.
These award-winning live action Appalachian versions of traditional tales have a unique style and flavor, with memorable characters and settings in the hills and regions of the South.

Included are the following stories:
Ashpet, an American Cinderella set in the rural South during the early years of WWII
Hansel and Gretel, Bearskin, The Frog King
Jack and the Dentist's Daughter (based on The Master Thief)
Rapunzel, Bristlelip, the Goose Girl,
Soldier Jack, or the man who caught death in a sack
Willa, an American Snow White.

As a lagniappe, special features are incorporated with the tales.
Documentaries from the American Traditional Culture series by Davenport, such as The Ballad of Frankie Silver, a real murder immortalized in song, that took place in Morganton, NC in 1833, and Being a Joines: A Life in the Brushy Mountains about a master tale teller from Wilkes County, NC. enhance some of the DVD's.
Interviews with the filmmaker and behind the scenes footage and commentary are also provided.

Please note: some of these titles are recommended for older children.
The complete series is available at all three library branches.
For additional information and teacher resource guides check out Tom Davenport's website www.davenportfilms.com.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

New Downloadable Audio Book Titles for December

30 New Titles
With downloadable audiobooks, there's no reserves, no overdues, no parking problems!

See previous post for more information about starting a netLibrary account to access the
library's downloadable audiobook collection.

Death of a Nag -M.C. Beaton
Most Unsuitable Man, A -Jo Beverley
Chill Factor -Sandra Brown
Our Endangered Values -Jimmy Carter
Richest Man in Babylon, The -George Clason
Case of Crooked Letters, A -Lori Copeland
Quality of Life Report, The -Meghan Daum
Hot Six -Janet Evanovich
Going Out in Style -Chloe Green
Maggody and the Moonbeams -Joan Hess
How to Expand Love -Dalai Lama
Light from Heaven -Jan Karon
Ranger's Trail -Elmer Kelton
Regime, The - LaHaye & Jenkins

You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes -Laura Love
Bootlegger's Daughter -Margaret Maron
Teacher Man -Frank McCourt
John Paul the Great- Peggy Noonan
Callander Square- Anne Perry
Heather Hills of Stonewycke, The -Phillips & Pella
Cold Springs -Rick Riordan
Woodsman's Daughter, The -Gwyn Rubio
Black Mountain Breakdown -Lee Smith
Fury -Robert Tanenbaum
Liberating Paris -Linda Bloodworth Thomason
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -Hunter Thompson
Preacher's Son, The -Carl Weber
Everyone Worth Knowing -Lauren Weisberger
White -Christopher Whitcomb
Secret Man, The -Bob Woodward

Friday, December 02, 2005

Connect, Click and Listen

Now you can borrow audiobooks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with Downloadable eAudiobooks.

From the library’s website, click on "Databases and LInks" then, click on the netLibrary logo, enter your library card number and you can access the collection of over 1,000 titles, with 30 new titles from Recorded Books added each month.

Adult fiction, nonfiction, children’s titles, classics and Pimsleur Language instruction courses are available. They can be downloaded to portable listening devices that support Windows Media Player v9 and above.
(Sorry, not iPod or MAC compatible.)

Individual users can borrow up to 10 titles at any given time. Titles are always available-no need to place holds for what you want. Items are "checked out" for 21 days and are automatically checked in when that time is up. Each item can be renewed once.

In order to use the netLibrary collection, you need to have a netLibrary account.Fauquier Library cardholders must first come into the library and set up a
FREE netLibrary account or call the reference desk at 347-8750 ext. 30 to register for an account during regular library hours.

Once your account is created, you can check out and download the eAudiobooks from your home, office, or travel location. There is no need to come in to the library to borrow or return them; they are automatically checked out and checked back in from your computer or portable listening device. This account also allows you to access over 27,000 digitized print books (ebooks) from netLibrary as well.
For more detailed information, please enter your library cardnumber here at

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

World Music collection expanded at Bealeton Branch

Fans of the Putumayo music CD's can now find a wide selection at the Bealeton Branch.
Over 50 CD's featuring both adult and children's music from around the world are now available for checkout.

Expand your musical acquaintance with folk and traditional music of Africa, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Sahara, Latin America, the South Pacific, plus regional styles of America such as Cajun, Blues, Zydeco, and dance tunes of Calypso, Salsa, and Flamenco.

To see more of what's available, do a keyword search in the library's catalog under Putumayo.

Modern Scholar Series Latest Titles

If you enjoy Smithsonian lectures similar to their Residents Associate program, or wish you had time to enjoy them, the Modern Scholar audio CD series allows you to listen and learn in the comfort of your home or vehicle.

The latest two entries feature
Yale University Professor Harold Bloom discussing Shakespeare's great tragedies-Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet

Dante and His Divine Comedy is discussed by Professor Timothy B. Shutt, currently of Kenyon College. Professor Shutt formerly was a DuPont Fellow at UVA, and a Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Virginia.

To date, the library has over 40 titles in this series, covering a broad range of topics from history, religion, politics, philosophy, science, and sociology. Other notable presenters include: Alexander McCall Smith on medical ethics, Deborah Tannen on communication, Joseph Ellis on the American revolution, and Peter Navarro on business and economics.
Each month the library receives two new titles in this audio series from Recorded Books.

For a complete list of the Modern Scholar titles at the Fauquier Library,
you can do a Series Title search for Modern Scholar in the catalog.
For more information from Recorded Books about this program, see Modern Scholar

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Recently added audios

Some continuations of popular series and authors have been added the last two months in audio format:

Diana Gabaldon in Breath of Snow and Ashes brings her Outlander Series to the time of 1772 in North Carolina. The library has also added the whole series in CD format.

Frank McCourt continues his memoirs begun in Angela's Ashes with Teacher Man, covering 30 years as a New York City schoolteacher

Jan Karon's ninth book in the Mitford Series, Light from Heaven, will conclude the adventures of Father Tim in Mitford, although there are rumors that he will be heading off to
Holly Springs in the future.

LaHaye and Jenkins Left Behind Series continues the "prequel" trilogy with The Regime: Evil Advances.

Gregory Maguire continues the upside-down Oz tale of Wicked with Son of a Witch.

Understanding Grief

Among the many other commemorations in the month of November is National Hospice Month. As part of their effort to reach out to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, the Hospice of the Rapidan has donated copies of the book Understanding Grief: Helping yourself heal to all three branches of the library. Written by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, this book explores common myths and misunderstandings about grieving and addresses critical occasions such as anniversaries and holidays. For information about grief support see their website
Hospice of the Rapidan

Other resources available at the library include:
155.937 Levine, Stephen
Unattended sorrow: recovering from loss and reviving the heart c. 2005

155.937 K├╝bler-Ross, Elizabeth On grief and grieving: finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss c2005.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

How to Toon

Filmed at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in California, this new DVD uses imaginative exercises to develop skills in storytelling and drawing. Cartoonist Joe Was is the instructor on How to Toon: the art of visual storytelling. As a bonus, this hour-long DVD includes a live performance of "Once upon a Toon" and the story "Don on the Farm".

Oxford English Dictionary available at your house

Fauquier Library cardholders now have home access to some of the premier publications from Oxford University online.

The Oxford English Dictionary, (OED) considered by most to be the world’s leading authority on the English Language, provides easy access to over 20 volumes worth of words through one search box entry.

There are over 230,000 main entries, and over two million quotations, of which 20% are from the 20th century, and new words are regularly added.

For word-lovers and word game lovers, there are links to BBC Wordhunt appeal list, seeking people to help verify entries from the earliest usage of contemporary terms in books, magazines, movies, or other media.

Links to AskOxford.com have crossword sections, party games, Scrabble resources, including the rules, and other recreational use of words.

A second resource from Oxford University now available to Fauquier library cardholders is the Oxford Reference Online (ORO) Premium Collection. It has received numerous awards as one of the “Best References of the Year” by Library Journal, Booklist and Choice, as well as recognized in a Readers Choice Award for the best interface.

To explore these databases and others from the Fauquier County Public Library’s website,
www.library.fauquiercounty.gov, click on Databases and Links from the left side of the page, under Electronic Resources. This will take you to the page with the links to the Oxford English Dictionary, and the Oxford Online premium as well as all the other databases available through the library. Once you click on the database link, simply enter your library barcode number and you can search these reference resources any time of the day or night, in convenience to your personal schedule.

Do you speak American?

In this three-part DVD documentary, journalist Robert MacNeil travels across the country, exploring regional varieties of American English, with assistance from Jeff Foxworthy and Kinky Friedman, and Molly Ivans among others.
Explore the impact of diverse influences such as Maine lobstermen, Appalachian "English", hip-hop, Cajun, Spanglish, "Board-speak" of surfers and skate-and-snow boarders, technology, the Internet and other sub-cultures on our dynamic language. Do you speak American?

Twilight at Little Round Top

Former Fauquier resident Mr. Glen W. Lafantasie recently published his historical account of the pivotal one-day struggle at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, in a book titled Twilight at Little Round Top.

For many years, Mr. Lafantasie was a familiar face at the Warrenton Branch library, requesting interlibrary loan titles for research on this book. Noted with pleasant surprise: the kind acknowledgement of the Fauquier library staff in the preface.
Look for this book in the collection soon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Voice of the Poet

Traditionally, poetry is written to be spoken aloud, and heard with the inflections and emphases intended by the author.
The library now has a small but growing collection of rare archival recordings of well-known poets, recently released on CD, reading from their own works. The Voice of the Poet series includes acclaimed writers such as W. H. Auden, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, e.e. cummings, and T.S. Eliot. Each CD is an hour long, and includes a biographical and critical overview of the author, plus text of the poems, and photos.
To find these in the library's catalog, you can type in "Voice of the Poet" as a title, and see the complete list of authors included. The library will continue to add to this series as new CD's are released. To see what's currently available, please click Voice of the Poet Series

Monday, September 19, 2005

Earl Hamner Biography

Walton's Mountain fans take note: there's a new biography out about Earl Hamner,
Virginian author and series creator.
Titled Earl Hamner: From Walton's Mountain to Tomorrow it is an authorized biography by James E. Person, Jr.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Historian on Audio

We've received several inquiries about the audio version of "The Historian".

This hugely popular and hugely-sized book is now only available in abridged audio format. Even abridged, it's 12 hours of listening.

The library will be purchasing it in multiple copies, both in CD and Cassette.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

New Thoroughbred racing title

This October, George Rowand, business editor
of the Fauquier Times-Democrat, has an inspiring memoir coming out.
Diary of a Dream, published by Eclipse Press,
describes the ups and downs George experienced
in learning the ropes over 18 years breeding, owning and racing Thoroughbreds.

It will be available in the library's collection when released.
For more information, see Eclipse Press page
Diary of a Dream

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

August Authors

Herman Melville (8/1)
For a unique listening experience, check out Melville : six short novels on audio cassette available at the Marshall branch, and become introduced to Bartleby the Scrivener .
Did I hear someone say "I would prefer not to"?

Jonathan Kellerman (8/9)
Author's website

Russell Baker (8/14)
Born in Loudoun county, VA.
For some of Mr. Baker's best known quotes, see

Jorge Luis Borges (8/24)
For a fantastic website on Borges, check out the Garden of Forking Paths at

Leo Tolstoy (8/28)
Now that Oprah's made Russian literature less scary, consider Tolstoy for your next vacation read.

For more authors born in August, go to

Downloadable Audio

The library is exploring adding some downloadable audio materials to the collection.

We would like to get a sense of people's interest in this,
and what kinds of devices are being used.
Currently, none of the library subscription services for downloadable
audio are compatible with IPODs,
but are available for any Windows platform.

Fauquier Authors

Lately, the county has had several new books by residents.

Connie Sprague, formerly of the Fauquier Citizen, has written a contemporary romance, titled Tall Order.

Paul Borick, a local teacher, has published Water Warp : Daze of Reckoning, a teen fantasy novel

As part of fundraising for the M. M. Pierce school PTA, Kirstin Turner has published
several books, including We love the earth, the place of our birth : a kindergarten reader illustrations by Mrs. O'Connell's and Mrs. Thorn's Kindergarten class and The colt in the hay found his neigh with illustrations by Linda Sylcox's second grade class at M.M. Pierce Elementary School.

Joel Garreau's Radical evolution : the promise and peril of enhancing our minds, our bodies-- and what it means to be human argues that the acceleration of technological innovation is setting the course for the next stage of human evolution. The author raises questions about human culture, society, and the very nature of humankind.

Eldest is here!

Eldest, the second in Christopher Paolini's popular in-process trilogy, has arrived.
Currently, the library has 5 copies, with 16 reserves. The book was just released.

Most Requested

Some of the most requested titles this week at Fauquier
(besides Harry Potter, of course),
include Lifeguard by James Patterson,
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich,
and The Historian by
Elizabeth Kostova.

"The Mediator " Series

We received several requests for more in the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot.
So, the library now has all the titles in the series at all three branches.

Sixteen year-old Suze mediates between the living and the dead, and keeps having troublesome ghost problems. http://www.megcabot.com/mediator/mediator.html

Audio books

The newest batch of audio by Recorded Books is available.
CD's include:
In her shoes by Jennifer Weiner,
1776 by David McCullough,
Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton,
Light in the Piazza by Elizabeth Spencer- the basis for the recent Broadway show

Cassettes include:
No country for old men by Cormac McCarthy