News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb. 6, 2013

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for February 6, 2013. Coming up, learn about free eBooks at the library, recycling, a new Fairfax County license plate, the first-ever Fire and Rescue Academy for citizens and how to subscribe to the “Weekender” newsletter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Fairfax County Public Library offers free eBooks. If you have a library card, you have access to thousands of eBooks in the library’s digital collection. Getting a library card is easier than ever. Just visit the library webpage at and click on Apply for a Library Card. If you need assistance learning to use a new e-reader or other device, check the library’s Events Calendar online for eBook workshops offered at library branches throughout the county.


Resolve to recycle beyond the curb in 2013. Not everything can be recycled at the curb on trash day. To help the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program hosts opportunities for recycling electronics, shredding and recycling paper documents containing sensitive information. It also collects fluorescent lights and other common household materials. Be sure to check out the county’s recycling website at for details, including event dates, times and locations.


In partnership with Visit Fairfax and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved an all-new Fairfax County license plate. The Department of Motor Vehicles requires 350 commitments in order to make the plate available for purchase at all Virginia DMV locations. The fee for this plate is $25 annually and revenue from the plates first goes to support the World Police and Fire Games, which the county will host in 2015. In following years the funds will be dedicated to tourism support and advertisement for the county. Visit Fairfax will be collecting all pre-orders for this specialty plate. Show your hometown pride by pre-ordering today at


Want to learn more about the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department? You can join in a fun-filled, nine-week program that will show you what firefighters and paramedics do every day. Applications to the first ever Citizens Fire and Rescue Academy will be accepted until Feb. 18, or until the class of 25 is filled. The Citizens Academy begins March 28 and will meet for nine consecutive weeks from 6-9 p.m. at various locations in and outside the Fire and Rescue Department. Each session will cover different aspects of the organization, providing an in-depth view of the department and its uniformed and civilian workforce. To sign up for the free program, you must be 18 to apply online at  


Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more, and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening.  Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county.  Subscribe to “Weekender” today at

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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