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Year of Literacy

May 6, 2022
Throughout 2022 Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is celebrating literacy in all its forms, showcasing a different type through programs, activities and resources each month. With Earth Day celebrated recently and spring blooming into summer, May is Environmental Literacy Month at your local library. What is Environmental Literacy? According to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) as noted by the Ecological Society of America’s Ecosphere journal, environmental literacy is “an awareness of and concern about the environment and its associated problems, as well as the knowledge, skills, and motivations to work toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.” Whether you’re an avid environmentalist or gardener already, or you’d like to learn more about contributing to a healthier planet — or simply a greener neighborhood — for the next generations, the following library programs and resources will help you nurture your understanding of the natural world and our impact on it. Free Environmental Literacy Month Events Join FCPL virtually on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about our favorite delectable and delicate foods that may disappear as a result of climate change. Advance registration is required. Visit Sherwood Regional Library this month for hands-on workshops: upcycle old pieces of paper and cardboard and learn the art of storytelling through collage May 12 at 10:30 a.m.; and learn to grow and use 12 common culinary herbs May 22 at 2:30 p.m. Advance registration is required for both programs. Explore gardening with native plants and wildlife in mind in a series of programs with local experts. Discover how to create a butterfly-friendly habitat in your own yard on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Pop into City of Fairfax Regional Library Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. for native plant seeds and advice from Fairfax County Master Gardeners. Explore ways to support songbirds and achieve personal landscaping goals with native plants in virtual presentations on May 9 and May 11. Advance registration is required for virtual programs. For more events like this, check out the library events calendar at Lifelong Learning FCPL cardholders can borrow fine-free* from the library’s collection and enjoy 60+ recommended books on the environment: Plus, find a curated list of virtual and in-person lifelong learning opportunities in the library’s online guide for Adults and 50-Plus at Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) are free, online, college-level courses from universities and other providers worldwide; numerous courses in environmental science and other environmental literacy topics are available at and More for Gardeners Find out how to help Fairfax County’s flora and fauna thrive in FCPL’s interview with a Plant NOVA Natives member. Read the article in the spring issue of Branch Out magazine: Have more questions about any type of gardening? Ask a Fairfax County Master Gardener at a plant clinic! Find times and locations at Finally, make sure you’re growing in healthy soil by picking up a soil testing kit from any FCPL branch: *Some special collections, including interlibrary loans, Chromebooks and hotspots, continue to accrue overdue fines.

Year of Literacy

April 6, 2022
Throughout 2022 Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is celebrating literacy in all its forms, each month showcasing a different type through programs, activities, resources and materials. With tax season in full swing this month, April is all about Financial Literacy at your local library. Everyone from toddlers to retirees can hone their money smarts this month as FCPL celebrates Financial Literacy. Sign up for Money Smart Storytime, a webinar about financing college, an estate planning presentation and more! What is Financial Literacy? According to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy as noted by, personal financial literacy is "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being." Financial literacy can give you the confidence to make smart decisions and reach your goals — no matter what stage of life or financial situation you’re in. Check out the library’s programs and resources below to boost your financial literacy this month! Free Financial Literacy Month Events Visit Centreville Regional Library any time in April to participate in a financial literacy scavenger hunt and turn in your completed form by April 30 for the chance to win a personal finance book. John Marshall branch is hosting Piggy Bank Family Storytime Saturday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Register for stories and a craft! Join FCPL virtually on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. for a workshop on Savings & Investing: The Basics with Suzanne McGovern of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Registration is required for this online event. If paying for education is in your future, join us virtually Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. for Learn About Virginia529: A Tax-Advantaged Way to Pay for Education. Registration is required for this online event. Bring your questions and learn about all aspects of Social Security from an expert in a presentation by AARP at Sherwood Regional Library on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. Investing in the Digital Age is a virtual briefing by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at noon on Tuesday, April 26. Register now to learn: Steps to build wealth  What to consider when using investing apps  Risks of digital assets, like cryptocurrencies  Meme stocks and trading based on social media trends  The risks of trying to pick winners or time the market Protecting your money from investment scams. Interested in tax help, too? Appointments are available through April 16 for AARP Tax Help at Herndon Fortnightly Library and VITA Tax Assistance at Kingstowne Library. Find dates, times and registration at Always-Available Money Management Resources FCPL cardholders now enjoy fine-free* borrowing from the library’s collection, which includes 500+ books, eBooks and audiobooks on personal finance: Plus, you can access digital resources anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection by visiting the online guide to Finance, Investing and the Economy at for curated information, databases, tools and more. *Some special collections, including interlibrary loans, Chromebooks and hotspots, continue to accrue overdue fines.

Read and Feed

March 28, 2022
For several years, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) has hosted a “Food for Fines” drive each fall as a way of facilitating food donations to our partner organization, Food for Others, which offers library cardholders a reduction on their fines. As of Jan. 1, FCPL no longer charges overdue fines on most materials. To continue its partnership with Food for Others, FCPL is now hosting “Read and Feed” in April. Those who wish to give may simply drop off donations at any FCPL branch during its regular hours throughout the month of April. Most needed items include: Oil Cereal Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4 oz. – 1 lb. Canned meat (chicken, turkey, or seafood), 2 oz. – 15 oz. Rice, 16 oz. packages Spaghetti sauce, 14 oz. – 1 lb. (ideally in cans instead of glass) Canned fruit (packed in fruit juice instead of syrup) 11 oz. – 20 oz. Dried or canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.) Pasta Fruit juice (100% juice) 32 oz. – 64 oz. New or clean reusable grocery bags Can openers Food for Others is unable to accept donations of: Items that are more than three years expired, opened items, food that is not labeled, homemade items, cooked food, or toiletries.


March 23, 2022
Beginning Sunday, April 3, all regional and community branches will return to their regular schedules. Regional branches will be open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Community branches will be open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Community branches will not be open on Sundays. FCPL’s Access Service branch remains open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ask Your Library chat support via the website and text messaging continues to be available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Curbside pickup remains available to cardholders on the days branches are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congratulations; Staff Excellence Awards

March 11, 2022
The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening honored several staff members with its annual Staff Excellence Awards. Library users nominated their favorite staff members this February, and a board committee selected winners from nearly 150 nominations recognizing staff members from 12 branches and FCPL’s administrative services. Board members introduced each winner and shared an excerpt from their nomination during Wednesday’s virtual meeting. 2022 FCPL Staff Excellence Award Winners Vicki Corcoran, information assistant at Richard Byrd Library Renee Edwards, programming and educational services director at FCPL Administrative Services Kelly Gilbert, youth services assistant at Chantilly Regional Library Jane Girondo, early literacy assistant at FCPL Administrative Services Robert Harsher, reader’s advisor at Access Services Jill Johnson, branch manager at Burke Centre Library Christine Jones, branch manager at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library Rebecca LaPlante, assistant branch manager at Pohick Regional Library Christine Lomax, page manager at Woodrow Wilson Library Elaine McRey, librarian at City of Fairfax Regional Library Kim Nguyen, library aide at Burke Centre Library Shazia Shehryar, page manager at Oakton Library Rebecca Takacs, youth services assistant at Reston Regional Library Anita Toth, youth services assistant at Burke Centre Library Erica Tran, library aide at John Marshall Library Maree Watkins, librarian at City of Fairfax Reginal Library Nora Wickert, information assistant at Dolley Madison Library

Women's History Month

March 1, 2022
FCPL is offering events and programming this Women’s History Month to celebrate, honor and educate. You can also check out titles curated for Women’s History Month by FCPL librarians or view selections in Kanopy’s collection of films honoring women from around the world and their contributions to science, politics, art, society and more. Don’t have a Kanopy account yet? Learn more about this streaming service brought to you by FCPL. Book lovers can join author Joyana Peters at Patrick Henry Library Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. to learn about the Garment Workers’ Uprising in 1909 and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, events fictionalized in her book The Girl in the Triangle. Advance registration is required. For those interested in women’s involvement in World War II, three events delve into the subject: On March 9 at 7 p.m., virtually meet Kaia Alderson, author of Sisters in Arms. This fictional story is about two daring women who were part of the Army's first class of female officers and the first Black women allowed to serve their country during World War II. Advance registration is required. Irving Lubliner recently published the powerful stories his mother wrote before her death about her internment during WWII in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen, in the book Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust. Join him virtually Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. when he will share excerpts from the book and discuss his process in bringing the project to fruition. Advance registration is required. On Thursday, March 17, at 12 p.m., author Kayleen Reusser will share stories about some of the 350,000 American women who joined the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Army Air Corps during WWII. Advance registration is required. End the month with master storyteller Diane Macklin’s virtual presentation of “Threads of Freedom: Stories Woven Into African American Quilts” on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Traveling While Black

February 16, 2022
Register Now Immerse yourself in living history. Sherwood Regional Library in Alexandria is hosting the Traveling While Black interactive program from Feb. 22 to April 2, 2022. Visitors to this cinematic virtual reality exhibit experience lessons about restricted movement and race relations in the U.S. as shared by patrons around a booth in D.C.’s historic Ben's Chili Bowl. Hourlong slots are available to the public and advance registration is required. Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a Washington, D.C., mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. From the stirring memories of Civil Rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, virtual reality connects the parallels of the past to the present. Can’t make it to the Sherwood Regional branch or want more information about the history of traveling while Black? Join the Burke Historical Society virtually on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. for the presentation “You Will Find It Handy: Traveling Through the Old Dominion With the Green Book.” Refusal of service and other threats made automobile and other travel extremely difficult for Black travelers. The Negro Motorist Green Book, published from 1936 to 1967 and renamed The Negro Travelers’ Green Book in 1952, provided a trusted guidebook to ensure safe travels. This presentation highlights more than 300 Virginia sites advertised in The Green Book between 1938 and 1967. Registration is required.


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