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July 17, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: Library staffer works in “fun place”

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Ann Batson helped create this display, marking the number of books children read in the first four weeks of the library’s summer reading program. The total has since exceeded 15,000.
It’s lovely, very pretty and has a lot of variety. The people are nice and friendly. I love how the whole town becomes involved in the parades and First Night. I also love the Civil War history of the county.
— Ann Batson, describing Fauquier
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For 15 years, Ann Batson has encouraged children to read at the Fauquier County Public Library in Warrenton.

“I enjoy helping people and feeding their desire to learn,” Ms. Batson said.

Her job entails everything from helping children find books at the reference desk to planning story time and from decorating the library with creative book displays to brainstorming ideas for events in the children’s section.

• Home

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• Work

Library assistant in Youth Services at Fauquier County Public Library in Warrenton.

• Why you do the job?


I enjoy it. I like interacting with people. It gives me an outlet to be creative. I’m in a positive environment where people want to come here and it’s a fun place. I enjoy helping kids read and foster a love of learning. I do this job because I want people to keep coming to the library.

• Family

Five children: Emma, Thomas, Ethan, Susanna and Sam.

• Education


Bachelor’s degree in interior design from East Carolina University.

• Civic and/or church involvement

Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Warrenton.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?

18 years.

• Why do you live here?


Because this was where we found our first rental. It happened to be what fit for us and we stayed. We like the small-town atmosphere.

• How do you describe this county?

It’s lovely, very pretty and has a lot of variety. The people are nice and friendly. I love how the whole town becomes involved in the parades and First Night. I also love the Civil War history of the county.

• What would you change about Fauquier?

Nothing.

• What do you do for fun?

Watch my kids play baseball and softball. I do arts and crafts. Spend time with family.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

My home; wherever my family is. The ballfields, parks and being outside.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

Unfortunately, I think it will lose some of its “small town-ness” and it will be much bigger because people will find out about it.

• Favorite TV show?

“Castle”

“Supernatural”

“CSI”

• Favorite Movie?

“The Cowboys,” starring John Wayne.

• Favorite book?
“My Little Sister Ate One Hare” by Bill Grossman and “Edwards Eyes” by Patricia MacLachan.

• Favorite vacation spot?

Visiting North Carolina, where I am originally from.

• Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Rocky Road

• Who’s your hero and why?

My (deceased) husband Rick. He was a regular guy, but he worked hard everyday and was a phenomenal man. He was a hero to our family.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

Pay off all my bills. Do random acts of kindness. Give back to the community. Anonymously buy ice cream for everyone for a day, buy groceries for the person behind me in line, and buy dog food for the SPCA.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton



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