Monday, July 14, 2014

Fiscal Year 2014 in Review

With our new fiscal year just beginning, we want to take a look back at everything the Foundation accomplished with your continued support in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014! FY 2014, which concluded June 30, was very successful for Fairfax Library Foundation and we are pleased that we could share this past year with fellow library supporters like you. 

Fairfax Library Foundation was proud to be a co-sponsor for the library’s Summer Reading Program.  In addition to funding the printing costs of the coupon books, the Foundation sponsored great programs at library branches! We were proud to sponsor “Polkas You Can Dig,” “Tangle of Tales,” and “Uno, Dos, Tres con AndrĂ©s” last year!

Fairfax Library Foundation co-sponsored the library’s first-ever Book Club Conference in September, which brought together 250 book club members and library enthusiasts for a great day of workshops. The keynote speaker for this event was Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club.

The Foundation is a proud community sponsor of the annual Fall for the Book Festival! In FY 2014, Fairfax Library Foundation was pleased to present the Fairfax Prize to humorist Dave Barry. Additionally, the Foundation sponsored the appearance of Ralph Nader at this festival.

The 5th annual A Library Jubilee! Let Loose in the Library! was held at Burke Centre Library on October 5. This fundraising event successfully brought together library lovers from all over Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, to celebrate library services. Attendees participated in live and silent auctions and together we netted over $110,000 to enhance valuable library services. We would like to thank our sponsors for making this such a successful event, especially our Signature Guardian Sponsor, The Friends of the Burke Centre Library.

The Foundation awarded many continuing education and academic scholarships this fiscal year to library employees and volunteers. This year, the Foundation awarded 3 graduate scholarships totaling $9,500, 7 undergraduate scholarships totaling $10,500, and 7 Continuing Education Scholarships totaling $3,460.76. Special congratulations are extended to Bridget Ryan, who was awarded the Edwin S. Clay III Masters of Library Science Scholarship Award.

Along with other library supporters and advocates, the Foundation urged the Board of Supervisors to keep the proposed increase for library materials in the budget. Thanks to many library advocates, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed a budget for FY 2015 which included an additional $250,000 worth of library materials every year for the next four years, totaling $1 million to expand the library’s collection.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AmazonSmile

Thank you to all supporters who have already contributed to Fairfax Library Foundation by signing up for AmazonSmile.  You can sign up for AmazonSmile today, and with no extra cost to you, 0.5% of the purchase price can be donated to Fairfax Library Foundation. To start purchasing items on Amazon and making contributions to the Foundation, sign in to Amazon here.

We extend our appreciation to all individuals who have signed up for AmazonSmile and to Amazon for generously boosting our donation total this quarter.  There is no cap on how much Amazon will donate to the Foundation, so please sign up today.

Thank you!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Program of the Month: Presentations (Summer Reading Program)

Presentations, including Fall for the Book and the Summer Reading Program, remain popular attractions at the library.  These presentations encourage members to seek enjoyment from great literature, highlighting the importance of reading, literacy, and the library. 

Events for all ages demonstrate ability of the library to be used as a community gathering space while providing entertaining or informative activities.  Presentations show the overall versatility of such a valuable resource in the community.

The Summer Reading Program is a great way for children to stay engaged in reading throughout the summer months, and Fairfax Library Foundation is proud to contribute to the program, as one of the many community sponsors.  Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program offers exciting coupon book prizes to participants who complete the program, and fun programs at library branches throughout the summer.

Last year, over 205,000 library visitors attended over 13,000 library programs held at the 23 library branches, some events funded in part by the Foundation.

It's clear the librarians have done a great job developing their library branches as centers for education, enrichment, and entertainment in the community.  It was an honor to be part of this summer's programming at the library, and I look forward to the opportunity to return in the future.”

- Mike Schneider
Summer Reading Program, Pint Size Polkas

We hope you will join us at fantastic Summer Reading Program presentations this year! The presentations sponsored by Fairfax Library Foundation this year are listed below. See you there!

“A Bailar – Latin Dance”

·         George Mason Library – July 7, 2014 – 7 PM
·         Great Falls Library – July 14, 2014 – 7 PM
·         Martha Washington Library – July 26, 2014 – 10:30 AM
·         Burke Centre Library – July 26, 2014 – 2:30 PM
·         Centreville Library – August 5, 2014 – 10:30 AM
·         Tysons-Pimmit Library – August 5, 2014 – 2:30 PM

We invite you to donate to support presentations, like the Summer Reading Program, this month. You can give a donation designated for presentations, or any of our other program areas to make a positive difference in your community! Visit our Facebook or Twitter page to find out more about presentations that are funded, fully or in part, by Fairfax Library Foundation!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Academic Scholarship Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the employees and volunteers of Fairfax County Public Library and Fairfax Library Foundation who were awarded academic scholarships from the Foundation! Each year, the Foundation awards both graduate and undergraduate scholarships to employees and volunteers who demonstrate a potential for academic success.

We are pleased to announce the awardees of the Foundation’s 2014 academic scholarships.

The following individuals received one of our graduate-level scholarships:

Bridget Ryan, of the Catholic University of America, has been awarded to Edwin S. Clay III Masters of Library Science Scholarship as she works toward the completion of her degree.  Ms. Ryan was also granted a Masters of Library Science Scholarship from the Foundation in2013.

Thuy Nguyen, of San Jose State University, will use her scholarship towards her Master’s degree in Archives and Record Administration in order to help preserve books and documents.

Sarah Wycoff, of Simmons College, will use her scholarship towards her Masters of Library Science degree.

Additionally, Fairfax Library Foundation would like to congratulate the following individuals who were granted undergraduate-level scholarships: Shelby Allen, Rachat Bhagat, Thuy Hoang, Leah Johnson, Michael Sander, Kim Tran, and Laura Ung.  Thank you to The Rotary Club of Burke for generously contributing to Fairfax Library Foundation to help fund undergraduate scholarships this year.

Congratulations to all scholarship winners, and good luck on your academic endeavors!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jubilee Sponsor: George Mason Friends

Thank you to the Friends of the George Mason Library for generously contributing to Fairfax Library Foundation and becoming a sponsor for the 2014 A Library Jubilee! With their generous gift of $3,000, the Friends of the George Mason Library are editor-level sponsors for this year’s Jubilee, which is taking place on October 18, 2014 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Thank you for your support!

Our Jubilee sponsors are invaluable to us in reaching our fundraising goals! Each month, until our Jubilee on October 18th, we will be highlighting a Jubilee sponsor. We want to thank our sponsors in advance for their generosity to make the sixth annual A Library Jubilee! a great celebration of the 75th anniversary of Fairfax County Public Library and the 20th anniversary of Fairfax Library Foundation! If you would like to become a sponsor for the Jubilee, visit our webpage and fill out the sponsor form.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jubilee Sponsor: Burke Centre Friends

We are thrilled that the Friends of the Burke Centre Library are one of our sponsors for the 2014 A Library Jubilee! With their generous contribution of $20,000 to Fairfax Library Foundation, the Friends of the Burke Centre Library are publisher-level sponsors for the event scheduled on October 18, 2014 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library! Thank you Burke Centre Friends!

Our Jubilee sponsors are invaluable to us in reaching our fundraising goals!  Each month, until our Jubilee on October 18th, we will be highlighting a Jubilee sponsor.  We want to thank our sponsors in advance for their generosity to make the sixth annual A Library Jubilee! a great celebration of the 75th anniversary of Fairfax County Public Library and the 20th anniversary of Fairfax Library Foundation!  If you would like to become a sponsor for the Jubilee, visit our webpage and fill out the sponsor form.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Piece of Foundation History

Did you know that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fairfax Library Foundation this year? We are pleased to be sharing this important milestone in our history with everyone who has generously supported the Foundation during the past 20 years. With your help, the Foundation has been able to, and will continue to, enhance Fairfax County Public Library and the lives of all who use its valuable resources. Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation. With your help, it can remain a strong asset to the community, as it has been for the last 20 years.

Throughout the Foundation’s history, there have been two individuals who have generously contributed every single year since 1995, continuously supporting the Foundation and enhancing the library through their kindness. This month, we would like to recognize these individuals by extending our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to these dedicated donors. Thank you to Charles Fegan and Louise Meade for being constant supporters of the Foundation since 1995! Your support has helped make the Foundation what it is today.