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Create, Share, Discover With BiblioBoard

 

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An online community engagement tool now available to FCPL cardholders, BiblioBoard provides access to unique content designed to enable users to create, share and discover all in one place. 


By Valerie Suttee, Richard Byrd Library Branch Manager


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BiblioBoard’s Pressbooks Public web-based self-publishing software allows you to create, edit, format and generate print-ready books through the library, with the option to publish to FCPL’s BiblioBoard site as part of the Indie Author Project. Already have a preferred writing tool? Use that and then share your work with others in our “Indie Virginia: Discover Books From Local Authors” curation collection. Alternatively, just use the Pressbooks software to create your book — you don’t have to share it. 

To get started, visit library.biblioboard.com/home, click "Menu" at the top left, and then click "Check my location for libraries" to reach the FCPL BiblioBoard homepage.

Share

FCPL’s BiblioBoard hosts much more than eBooks. Our community anthologies feature content created and shared by your neighbors displayed in virtual galleries of all types of art and storytelling. 

  • Community Events Collection submission, painting of an Asian girlThe Community Arts Collection showcases paintings, illustrations, crafted works, photography, graphic design, prose, poetry, recorded word, music and dance. Click here to start exploring and contributing to the collection and its curated online exhibitions. View the contributions we’ve received so far in the BiblioBoard anthology.
  • The Virginia Room Collection houses the COVID-19 Project, a sample of the poems, drawings, diary entries, photos and other media submitted by Fairfax County residents since April 2020 about their experiences during the pandemic. Submit yours using the online form (account required) or by emailing them to va_room@fairfaxcounty.gov. Learn more and view the materials already shared in the BiblioBoard collection
  • The Community Events Collection currently includes art from submitted by Fairfax County teens in grades 6-12 to the Black History Month and Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month teen art contests held in February and May 2021, as well as submissions by all ages for Summer Reading Adventure 2021 challenges. View the collection and stay tuned for more contests’ entries to be shared there.

Discover

Enjoy unlimited access to curations of the best eBooks and other digital media from around the world and around the corner. Browse more than 14,000 full-text eBooks and more than 24,000 pieces of primary source content covering a range of topics from the Alamo, Harriet Beecher Stowe and beekeeping to sewing, Stonehenge, vintage U.S. postcards and Washington Irving. Plus, discover the works of writers in your community with eBooks from local, independently-published authors.

To explore these collections and more, follow the same instructions provided for getting started with Pressbooks.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant