Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Continuing Education Scholarship Awardees Announced!

Fairfax Library Foundation is pleased to acknowledge the following library employees and volunteers who were awarded Continuing Education Scholarships in July:


Matthew Moffett, Assistant Branch Manager at Burke Centre Library, received a scholarship to cover the costs of attending the American Library Association Annual Conference.


Gail Wellock, Youth Services Information Assistant at Chantilly Library, was awarded a scholarship to help pay for a class with the American Library Association, “Reaching Every Patron: Creating Outreach to Patrons of All Abilities.”


Laura Wickstead, Virginia Room Librarian, received a scholarship to attend “Ensuring Access: Archives and Records 2014.”


Congratulations to all scholarship recipients!


The next opportunity for library employees and volunteers to apply for continuing education scholarships is December 15. For more information on this scholarship, please visit our webpage.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Piece of Foundation History

Fairfax Library Foundation is thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of enhancing Fairfax County Public Library and we extend our greatest appreciation for all the support you have provided during our first two decades! Your dedication to the library and generous contributions have allowed Fairfax Library Foundation to grow tremendously over the past 20 years and we are proud to be sharing this milestone with all of you!

This month we are taking a look back at one of the Foundation’s earliest milestones; our first Board of Directors! Thank you to these individuals for their commitment to enhancing the library.

To learn more about the first two decades of Fairfax Library Foundation, we encourage you “like” our Facebook page for additional posts! We will continue to highlight these “Pieces of Foundation History” throughout the year!

Jubilee Sponsor: Oakton Friends

Fairfax Library Foundation thanks the Friends of the Oakton Library for generously contributing to Fairfax Library Foundation and becoming a sponsor for the 2014 A Library Jubilee! With their generous gift of $5,000, the Friends of the Oakton 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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fairfax Library Foundation Welcomes new Board Members

Library Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to welcome 4 new community members to the board for FY 2015. Welcome to Michele Duell of Process Point Consulting, Matthew Evans of Access National Bank, Dr. Frank Whittington of George Mason University, and Duwain Ketch, who has previously served on our Board.

We are thrilled to have these fantastic library lovers join our Board and we are looking forward to a successful FY 15. These community members join our returning Directors Brian Engler, Sushma Shenoy-Saluja, Kathleen Flaherty, Richard Peterson, Brownell Combs, Pamela McCarthy, Scott Proper, Jason Underwood, Bruce Yoran, and Yong Kim. Kim was re-elected to serve his second term on the Board.

The Foundation also extends congratulations to Charles Fegan, who is the newly elected Chair of Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. As Chair, Fegan serves on the Foundation’s Board as an ex-officio Director. Additionally, Michael Donovan has been appointed by the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees to serve as its representative to the Foundation’s Board.

Jubilee Sponsor: Pohick Friends

Fairfax Library Foundation thanks the Friends of the Pohick Library for generously contributing to Fairfax Library Foundation and becoming a sponsor for the 2014 ALibrary Jubilee! With their generous gift of $20,000, the Friends of the Pohick Library are publisher-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.

Summer Reading Program – Foundation Sponsored Programs

In addition to funding the cost of printing the coupon book prizes for the library’s Summer Reading Program, Fairfax Library Foundation is thrilled to also sponsor great family programs at several of the 23 library branches.

 In celebration of our 20th anniversary, the Foundation is pleased to sponsor presentations of A Bailar! with CantarĂ©, Latin American Music. We hope you will join us for salsa, cha cha cha and more fun Latin dance and music for the whole family!
 

A Bailar! is being presented at the following dates and locations:

July 26 – Martha Washington Library – 10:30 AM

July 26 – Burke Centre Library – 2:30 PM

August 5 – Centreville Library – 10:30 AM

August 5 – Tysons-Pimmit Library - 2:30 PM 


To learn more about our Summer Reading Program Presentations and to register for these events, please visit www.FairfaxLibraryFoundation.org/srp

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.