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Read and Feed

March 28, 2022
For several years, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) has hosted a “Food for Fines” drive each fall as a way of facilitating food donations to our partner organization, Food for Others, which offers library cardholders a reduction on their fines. As of Jan. 1, FCPL no longer charges overdue fines on most materials. To continue its partnership with Food for Others, FCPL is now hosting “Read and Feed” in April. Those who wish to give may simply drop off donations at any FCPL branch during its regular hours throughout the month of April. Most needed items include: Oil Cereal Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4 oz. – 1 lb. Canned meat (chicken, turkey, or seafood), 2 oz. – 15 oz. Rice, 16 oz. packages Spaghetti sauce, 14 oz. – 1 lb. (ideally in cans instead of glass) Canned fruit (packed in fruit juice instead of syrup) 11 oz. – 20 oz. Dried or canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.) Pasta Fruit juice (100% juice) 32 oz. – 64 oz. New or clean reusable grocery bags Can openers Food for Others is unable to accept donations of: Items that are more than three years expired, opened items, food that is not labeled, homemade items, cooked food, or toiletries.


March 23, 2022
Beginning Sunday, April 3, all regional and community branches will return to their regular schedules. Regional branches will be open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Community branches will be open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Community branches will not be open on Sundays. FCPL’s Access Service branch remains open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ask Your Library chat support via the website and text messaging continues to be available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Curbside pickup remains available to cardholders on the days branches are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congratulations; Staff Excellence Awards

March 11, 2022
The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening honored several staff members with its annual Staff Excellence Awards. Library users nominated their favorite staff members this February, and a board committee selected winners from nearly 150 nominations recognizing staff members from 12 branches and FCPL’s administrative services. Board members introduced each winner and shared an excerpt from their nomination during Wednesday’s virtual meeting. 2022 FCPL Staff Excellence Award Winners Vicki Corcoran, information assistant at Richard Byrd Library Renee Edwards, programming and educational services director at FCPL Administrative Services Kelly Gilbert, youth services assistant at Chantilly Regional Library Jane Girondo, early literacy assistant at FCPL Administrative Services Robert Harsher, reader’s advisor at Access Services Jill Johnson, branch manager at Burke Centre Library Christine Jones, branch manager at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library Rebecca LaPlante, assistant branch manager at Pohick Regional Library Christine Lomax, page manager at Woodrow Wilson Library Elaine McRey, librarian at City of Fairfax Regional Library Kim Nguyen, library aide at Burke Centre Library Shazia Shehryar, page manager at Oakton Library Rebecca Takacs, youth services assistant at Reston Regional Library Anita Toth, youth services assistant at Burke Centre Library Erica Tran, library aide at John Marshall Library Maree Watkins, librarian at City of Fairfax Reginal Library Nora Wickert, information assistant at Dolley Madison Library

Women's History Month

March 1, 2022
FCPL is offering events and programming this Women’s History Month to celebrate, honor and educate. You can also check out titles curated for Women’s History Month by FCPL librarians or view selections in Kanopy’s collection of films honoring women from around the world and their contributions to science, politics, art, society and more. Don’t have a Kanopy account yet? Learn more about this streaming service brought to you by FCPL. Book lovers can join author Joyana Peters at Patrick Henry Library Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. to learn about the Garment Workers’ Uprising in 1909 and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, events fictionalized in her book The Girl in the Triangle. Advance registration is required. For those interested in women’s involvement in World War II, three events delve into the subject: On March 9 at 7 p.m., virtually meet Kaia Alderson, author of Sisters in Arms. This fictional story is about two daring women who were part of the Army's first class of female officers and the first Black women allowed to serve their country during World War II. Advance registration is required. Irving Lubliner recently published the powerful stories his mother wrote before her death about her internment during WWII in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen, in the book Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust. Join him virtually Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. when he will share excerpts from the book and discuss his process in bringing the project to fruition. Advance registration is required. On Thursday, March 17, at 12 p.m., author Kayleen Reusser will share stories about some of the 350,000 American women who joined the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Army Air Corps during WWII. Advance registration is required. End the month with master storyteller Diane Macklin’s virtual presentation of “Threads of Freedom: Stories Woven Into African American Quilts” on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Traveling While Black

February 16, 2022
Register Now Immerse yourself in living history. Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria is hosting the Traveling While Black interactive program from Feb. 22 to April 2, 2022. Visitors to this cinematic virtual reality exhibit experience lessons about restricted movement and race relations in the U.S. as shared by patrons around a booth in D.C.’s historic Ben's Chili Bowl. Hourlong slots are available to the public and advance registration is required. Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a Washington, D.C., mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. From the stirring memories of Civil Rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, virtual reality connects the parallels of the past to the present. Can’t make it to the Sherwood Regional branch or want more information about the history of traveling while Black? Join the Burke Historical Society virtually on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. for the presentation “You Will Find It Handy: Traveling Through the Old Dominion With the Green Book.” Refusal of service and other threats made automobile and other travel extremely difficult for Black travelers. The Negro Motorist Green Book, published from 1936 to 1967 and renamed The Negro Travelers’ Green Book in 1952, provided a trusted guidebook to ensure safe travels. This presentation highlights more than 300 Virginia sites advertised in The Green Book between 1938 and 1967. Registration is required.

Staff Excellence Awards Nominations Now Open

February 14, 2022
Has a staff member at your local library branch recommended a new favorite book or helped you with a research project? Or maybe hosted a fantastic Fairfax County Public Library virtual program recently? Nominate them for a Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Staff Excellence Award using this online form. Nominations can be submitted online or in person Feb. 14 to 28. The FCPL Board of Trustees will recognize winners during its March 9 virtual board meeting. 

verDrive app logo on the left, Libby app logo on the right, arrow in between pointing at the Libby app logo

February 9, 2022
Digital content distributor OverDrive is removing its legacy app "OverDrive" from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Microsoft Store this month in preparation for the app’s full retirement. Libby, the OverDrive replacement app released several years ago, is now the primary mobile access. Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) cardholders who are using the OverDrive app can continue using the installed legacy version until its full retirement. FCPL recommends downloading Libby to ensure uninterrupted access to FCPL digital content. Both apps can run concurrently on one device. Libby offers several convenient features, elegantly handles multi-card households, includes easy navigation in ten different languages, and has more accessibility support than the OverDrive app. Amazon for Fire has not yet approved the Libby app for users; the OverDrive app remains in the Amazon Appstore for the short term. Read more about why they are making the change. Click here to watch FCPL's Library User's Guide to the Libby App how-to video


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