Friends of the Oakton Library
The Friends of the Oakton Library was founded in 2001 in response to community enthusiasm for creation of the new branch. Planning and design of the building started in 2002. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 8, 2006, and the new Oakton Library opened on Sept. 29, 2007.
The mission of the Friends of Oakton Library is to support and enhance library resources and services and to foster a strong connection between the library and the local community.
Accomplishments through 2015
In the nine years since the Oakton Library opened, the Friends organization has raised funds through the sale of donated books, membership dues and individual donations. These funds have supported the Oakton Library branch as well as the Fairfax County Public Library system in the following ways:
- Magazine and newspaper subscriptions and other materials including books, eBooks, audio books, CD and DVD resources – over $88,000;
- Replacement of worn furnishings – over $12,000;
- Programs: Summer Reading, Brain Games, LEGOs Read/Build Play, Play Café, performers and a speaker Series featuring local authors – over $13,000;
- Special events: National Library Week, Volunteer Fest, branch 5th anniversary, Fairfax County Public Library’s 75th Anniversary, 2012 Fairfax Library Foundation Jubilee, annual holiday open houses, annual volunteer appreciations – over $20,000;
- Support: Annual Fairfax Library Foundation donations including the scholarship fund, Fairfax Friends Forum, Fall for the Book, Easy Readers, Ready 2 Read and others – almost $30,000;
- General maintenance: furniture, fixtures, plants, feed, supplies, – over $7,500.
Friends’ Choice Award Recipients
October 2015 – Corinne Savage and Emilio Jaksetic.
Two major book sales are held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. In addition, an ongoing book sale is available in the library lobby during all open hours.
Donations of clean, gently used books, DVDs, CDs, audio books and especially children’s books are welcome and may be left on the Friends’ green book cart near the branch’s information desk. Magazines are not accepted. Current encyclopedia sets, comic books and vinyl records in very good to like-new condition are accepted. Donation receipts are available.
For larger donations, please arrange with an Oakton Library staff person to bring them to the back door. A maximum of five boxes/bags per day, per donor can be accepted due to our very small storage area. Thank you to our tremendous (six days per week) volunteer sorting staff! Fairfax County Public Library donation policies are outlined here<http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/bookdonations.htm>.
Oakton Friends Newsletter
March 2016< https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/friends/ok/newslettermarch2016.pdf> – This informative quarterly newsletter is emailed to all members of the Friends of Oakton Library.
Membership is open to all who support our mission. Annual dues are $10 for individuals and $25 for families. To become a Friend of the Oakton Library, please complete the online form<https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/friends/ok/frnd_app.htm> or use the form found on the final page of the newsletter (above).
Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of most months at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. The annual meeting of the Friends is held on the third Tuesday of January.
Friends Officers and Board
President: Barbara Hippe
First Vice President: Jackie Giovanelli
Second Vice President: Willow Martin
Secretary: Jane Sharnoff
Treasurer: Fred Pitman
Book Sale: Ralph Tener, Carole Dowd
Membership: Jackie Giovannelli, Ann Balch
Newsletter: Ann Balch
Hospitality: Jackie Giovannelli, Carol Fay