Fairfax Library Foundation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Library Week!

Join us in celebrating our library! April 13-19th marks the celebration of National Library Week; a nationally observed week sponsored by the American Library Association.  This week celebrates libraries as a vital resource and highlights how they impact our lives and enrich the community as a whole.

This is a week for you to celebrate how much you love your library! Maybe you will check out that book that you’ve wanted to read for a long time, or sit back and relax while reading an old favorite. However you decide to celebrate National Library Week, we hope you will take a moment to recognize the quality service provided by Fairfax County Public Library, and celebrate the library as an invaluable resource in our community

If you stop by the library during this week, please thank the incredible library staff and volunteers for all their hard work.

You can learn more about National Library Week at the American Library Association website.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Take a Stand! Advocate for the Library!

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is in the process of creating the budget for FY2015, and currently – there are proposed budget reductions for the library, including removing a $250,000 increase for materials to supplement and build the library’s collection.  The Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors asks the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to approve the library’s budget at $27.7 million as initially presented by the County Executive in the FY 2015 Advertised Budget Plan.

We encourage everyone to attend the County’s public budget hearings, where input from the public is considered as part of the budgetary process. Our budget advocacy efforts will culminate on April 9th at the Public Hearing on the FY 2015 Fairfax County Budget.  Brian Engler, Chair, Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors, will address the Board of Supervisors to advocate for our position regarding the library’s budget.  The Public Hearing begins at 3:00 P.M. and Engler is speaker number 32. 

Please join with us in showing support by attending this Public Hearing. By being there, you will bolster the Foundation’s presentation:

Public Hearing on FY 2015 Budget

Wednesday April 9, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Govt. Center Speak # 32 – Brian Engler, Chair, Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors.

For those who may not be available for Brian’s presentation, please consider attending the Public Hearing on the following day.  Will Jasper, Chair, Fairfax County Public Library, Board of Trustees, will speak at the Public Hearing on behalf of the library on Thursday, April 10th, Board Auditorium, Govt. Center.

Reaching out to your district supervisor is a great way to advocate for continued support of libraries; during the budget process as well as throughout the rest of the year.  Hearing from constituents, like you, allow the Board of Supervisors to gain insight on what is important to citizens within the county.  Encourage your supervisor to become a library advocate with you, to enhance the library and increase its impact on the community.

Share your passion for Fairfax County Library and let your voice be heard.

The FY 2015 budget calendar is available here.

The FY 2015 FC Advertised Budget Plan is available on the county’s website.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jubilee Sponsors: ExxonMobil

Thank you to ExxonMobil for their generous donation of $5,000 towards A Library Jubilee! Let Loose in the Library! They are the first sponsors for the sixth annual Jubilee scheduled for October 18, 2014 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library!

Our Jubilee sponsors are indispensable to us in reaching our fundraising goals! Each month, until the sixth annual Jubilee on October 18, 2014 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 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 for 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 flyer.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Continuing Education Scholarship Awardees

We would like to congratulate four Fairfax County Public Library employees on their recent Continuing Education Scholarship award!

Sondra Eklund is a youth services manager at the City of Fairfax Regional Library. She attended the ALA Annual Conference and Caldecott Preconference to help network with other youth services librarians, formulate innovative ideas for the library, gain more insight on upcoming publications, and to bring an energized new outlook to the library.

Carol Essen is a library aide at Richard Byrd who attended the Librarian’s Day Conference to expand her knowledge on Romance novels and to pass on that information to library visitors.

David Mercer is a tech lab assistant and a volunteer librarian for both Sherwood Regional Library and Lorton Library. He is using his scholarship to offset the costs of the VLA 2013 Annual Conference so that he can provide a higher quality of service to library customers.

Delia Ullberg is a children’s manager for Oakton Library and will attend the “What’s New in Young Adult Literature” conference to help advise children and young adults when they are selecting books to read, as well as provide new titles to keep in mind when planning other programs.

Once again, congratulations on your scholarship, and thank you for your dedication in continuing to provide a broader set of skills to Fairfax County Public Library.

Upcoming scholarship opportunities include the Masters of Library Science and Undergraduate Scholarship. Applications must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2014 in order to be accepted. We invite you to visit our webpage and fill out the Masters of Library Science or Undergraduate Scholarship forms today. Return these forms to Fairfax Library Foundation in order to apply. The next Continuing Education Scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2014.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Changing Lives Through Literature

Fairfax Library Foundation helps support several programs and services, including Changing Lives Through Literature, that help enhance Fairfax County Public Library and the Fairfax community as a whole. Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) is an alternative to formal court action for first time juvenile offenders and is used in conjunction with probation and parole. The program uses the power of literature to transform lives by helping participants learn about themselves, gaining insight about their own lives and behavior.

Through reading and group discussions, the program rehabilitates offenders by building self-esteem, encouraging critical thinking, facilitating an understanding of how one’s actions impact others, and teaching offenders that they are not alone with their troubles.
This program has been provided for more than 400 offenders to date in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, and greatly reduces the recidivism rates of participants. CLTL costs approximately $330 per probationer to complete the program as they learn the values of making more acceptable decisions in life.

We invite you to donate to the CLTL program this month to give first time juveniles a chance to better understand themselves as they study literature and learn values to help them for the rest of their lives. You can give a donation designated to CLTL, or any of our other program areas that we support to make a positive difference in your community. Visit our Facebook or Twitter page to find out more about CLTL!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Thank You eBook Donors

Thanks to donors that contribute funds for eBook purchases, the library’s selection of eBooks has grown to better support those in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax that enjoy reading eBooks. Electronic books are ideal for readers who do not have very much time to visit the library, for avid readers who couldn’t possibly carry all the books they want to read, and for those who just prefer eBooks over traditional ones.

Many readers turn to eBooks as a convenient way to check out and enjoy books. They take advantage of the wide selection of eBooks and enjoy the convenience of checking out books from the comfort of their homes.

Without our generous eBook donors, we would not be able to help the library provide such a large eBook selection at library users’ fingertips. Thank you again to all who have donated to expand the eBook collection! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Donor Like You – Monthly Recurring Donors

With the start of the New Year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors that have generously contributed to the Foundation monthly and have acknowledgement letters sent to them once annually. Thank you twelve times over for your generosity! Monthly gifts are so important to our ability to support library programs and services.

We thanked some of our monthly recurring donors in our December 2013 newsletter, and now we would show appreciation for the remaining individuals who generously contribute each month. This month we would like to thank the following monthly givers: Elaine Bochniewicz, Peter Conklin, Constance Cordovilla, Barbara Donne, Richard Fitzgerald, Dorien Garman, Marylou Hobbs, Judith Kelsey, Cuyler Taylor, Sara Wachspress, Donna Waters, and ABCD Heist. We also wish to thank our monthly contributors who wish not to be named.

If you would like to support the Foundation on a monthly basis, please fill out this form, selecting the amount and length of time you wish to be a donor, and return it to the Foundation. You can also become a monthly recurring giver through Network for Good. Please note that starting this year, we will only send one acknowledgement letter to our monthly givers in December with the total of your annual gift.