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Family enjoys FCPL's Fandomania on Saturday, May 20.

May 24, 2023
Fans of comic books, graphic novels, superheroes and more gathered together Saturday, May 20 to celebrate during Fairfax County Public Library’s Fandomania at Providence Community Center. This year marked the sixth time FCPL held the event, which brings together community members, small business owners and library and community center staff over a love of all things geeky, and the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that the fans were able to gather in person.    “A huge part of the library’s mission is building a community that values and celebrates freedom of expression,” said Marisa Rodriguez, FCPL’s school-age and teen services outreach coordinator. “And Fandomania does just that. We are bringing together a diverse group of people to celebrate a shared interest and allow everyone to express that interest in a like-minded and fun setting.”    The day was full of events designed for people of all ages to enjoy. A vendor hall featuring 18 small businesses allowed visitors to peruse wares including gaming supplies, art and figurines. Superfans showed off their best costumes in a cosplay contest, learned how to paint miniatures for tabletop gaming, tested their fandom food trivia and participated in a superhero training camp.     Award-winning author and illustrator Ben Hatke also joined the event. Hatke, whose works include the Zita the Spacegirl, Mighty Jack and Julia’s House series, discussed his writing process and demonstrated how he uses art to enhance the stories he tells. He followed his presentation with a reading of his book, Nobody Likes a Goblin, a Q&A session and a book signing.   While Fandomania is by far one of the library’s biggest events celebrating geek culture, it isn't the only way library visitors can enjoy all things nerdy. Check out the library’s events calendar for programming dedicated to anime and manga, sci-fi and fantasy series, and gaming opportunities happening throughout the year. Also, be sure to visit the online catalog for a complete list of available titles, including a wide selection of graphic novels, comic books and more.  

2023 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

May 16, 2023
At its meeting Wednesday, May 10, the Fairfax County Board of Trustees honored the 2023 Fairfax Library Foundation Scholarship Recipients. This year’s recipients included 17 undergraduate scholarship recipients and five recipients of scholarship for staff development.   Board of Trustees Chair Brian Engler congratulated each recipient individually and presented each with a plaque. Jennifer Disano of Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors and chair of its scholarship committee and Lisa Bryant, executive director of the foundation, were also on hand to congratulate recipients.   Congratulations to FCPL staff members Logan Counard, Erin Guyer, Shelley Levinson, Bethany Korenic and Carolyn Tirona on receiving staff development scholarships!  Congratulations to the students who received scholarships for their undergraduate studies:  Jocelyn Bliton, Virginia Tech   Sophia Brown, Dartmouth   Alice Cao-Dao, Virginia Tech   Katlyn Calustro, Pohick Friends’ Scholarship, George Mason University   Bhargav Garre Venkata   Calla Inman, Virginia Tech   Akale Kinfe, Myra “Micky” Shullman New American Initiative Scholarship    Zayan Meah, Christine Chambers-Chun Undergraduate Scholarship, University of Virginia   Liyanna Mohammed, College of William & Mary   Charan Narra, Pohick Friends’ Joan and Richard Vaaler Scholarship, Virginia Tech   Susan Pirnat, Burke Centre Friends’ Scholarship, Christopher Newport University                  Kaitlyn Purvis, George Mason University   Lor Ridgway, Pohick Friends’ Scholarship, College of William & Mary   Mia Simmons, George Mason University    Niamh Sosa, Columbia University    Danny Tran, University of Maryland, College Park   Lauren Tucker, University of San Diego 

Library Trustee Keith Foxx and John Marshall Branch Manager Ivelisse Figueroa-Gonzalez

April 27, 2023
Residents of the Rose Hill community gathered on Saturday, April 22 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of John Marshall Library. Throughout the day, visitors were treated to presentations on the history of the library and surrounding community as well as a musical performance from Haywood Middle School students, accompanied by refreshments and giveaways commemorating the day.   The establishment of the library was a united community effort, one of the “fruits of what people can do when they put their shoulders to the wheel,” said Carl Sell, president of the Franconia Museum board of directors during a presentation about the early days of Rose Hill.   In the six decades since its founding, the library and its staff have returned the favor, providing resources and services to everyone who has walked through its doors.  “This library is a staple of the community,” said Keith Foxx, who represents the Franconia District in which the John Marshall branch is located on the FCPL Board of Trustees. “Having been here for 60 years, it is such an integral part of Rose Hill and I am happy it means so much to so many people.”   The day’s guests included community members of all ages, many of whom expressed their gratitude for the library. “We enjoy having a library so close to our house and having great programs for our kids to attend,” said Amy Yang, who attended the event with her young daughter. “The library has been around here for a long time, and this is a great event to celebrate that.”  Carol Falkofske, who joined her sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren at the event, applauded the library for growing with the changing times, yet remaining a haven for those still seeking out physical copies of books to read. “I think there was a great human cry that we were going to lose libraries when everything moved toward technology, but as you can see my grandkids are here reading so I am very happy to see there is still a great use for libraries and the written word. Even more so with the introduction of modern technology. It’s been a really good thing.”  In describing the joyous the atmosphere of the celebration, John Marshall Branch Manager Ivelisse Figueroa-Gonzales said that it all comes down to the relationship between the library and its community. “We have a strong bond with our patrons,” she said. “As we celebrate our past today, we also look forward to continuing serving and supporting our vibrant community for many years to come.” 

National Library Week

April 24, 2023
National Library Week is April 23 through 29 this year. We are often asked how Fairfax residents can best support their library system. If you’d like to celebrate National Library Week this year, here are some ways to support Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL):  The Fairfax Library Foundation's Amazon Wish List is a quick way to make a difference! Purchasing a book from the Wish List helps fill FCPL's shelves with the books the library staff know we need most. With this contribution option, you can even be the first to read the book through the foundation’s First Loan Program and provide opportunities for other library cardholders to read it as well. All books purchased will be marked with a general bookplate to commemorate your generosity.  For a limited time (through May 2023), FCPL is accepting like-new condition copies of the following in-demand and hard-to-find titles. Please take them to the front desk (where you would check out books) if you have a copy to donate.  Books for adults:  Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus  Spare by Prince Harry  Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver  Atomic Habits by James Clear  Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor  Books for kids:  Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (any in the series)  The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels by Ann M. Martin  Who Is?/Who Was?/What Is/ What Was? by various authors. This is a series of biographies such as Who was Mr. Rogers?, Who is Oprah Winfrey? and nonfiction books on specific topics and events: What was Pearl Harbor? What is the Panama Canal?  Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta. Contains facts about two “potential combatants” comparing aspects such as size, brain structure and abilities to reason who would win a fight. Think Godzilla vs Mothra, but for real animals: alligator vs. python; falcon vs. hawk 

Read and Feed Food Drive

March 28, 2023
Since moving to a fine-free model last year, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) has replaced its popular annual “Food for Fines” drive with “Read and Feed.” This April, simply drop off food items at any branch to contribute. Donations will go to Food for Others (FFO) for distribution throughout Fairfax County.  Experts say donations are needed now more than ever. Inflation means a double-hit for organizations like FFO, said Anna Slaten, FFO’s director of development & outreach. Last summer, donations were down 30% from summer 2021. “With inflation, not just our clients are feeling the effects, but our donors are also,” she said.   At the same time, demand is increasing.   FFO provides for about 3,000 families each week and that number is rising, Slaten said. In fiscal year 2022, which ran from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, FFO met community need at over 233,000 distribution points, which include Power Packs with weekend meals for Fairfax County Public Schools students. That number indicated a 28% increase in need from the year prior, Slaten said.  FFO is serving 44 Fairfax County Public Schools by providing Power Packs to students in need. A total of 3,500 students a week currently receive Power Packs, and FFO has another 13 schools on the waitlist for similar help, Slaten said.  This January, FFO opened its Choice Marketplace, which allows its clients to select their food items in a grocery store setting. When the marketplace opened on Jan. 23, 330 families came through, Slaten said.  With pandemic-era SNAP benefits ending, organizations are trying to be as prepared as possible, she said. “Change is constant, so that’s the one thing we are always prepared for. With the uptick we’re expecting in clients, we’re trying to stay prepared,” Slaten said.  Throughout the month of April, FCPL will be collecting donations of food at all its branches for donation to FFO and other local partners. During the food drive, community members can drop off unexpired, commercially produced food items, new and clean reusable grocery bags and simple kitchen tools, like can openers, to any FCPL branch during regular hours. Donors will receive reusable food tote bags.  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, or cooked food. 

Community and library leaders cut a ribbon at the grand opening of the Maker Lab at Herndon Fortnightly Library.

March 21, 2023
HERNDON, VA – Community members and local leaders celebrated the grand opening of Herndon Fortnightly Library’s new Maker Lab Saturday, March 18. With its debut, the Maker Lab @ Herndon becomes the third such space across the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) system. These spaces are designed to allow library visitors free and equal access to space, expertise and resources for learning and creating a variety of projects.   “This Maker Lab is going to bring joy to many people,” said Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, whose district includes Herndon Fortnightly Library. “Converting an unused space into a tech lab is a great example of how creative our library system is.”  The new space includes a variety of tools and equipment library visitors can use to explore different STEAM concepts. With a 3D printer, sewing machines, robots, craft materials and more, Maker Labs are designed to appeal to people of all ages wishing to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art and math. These efforts are in line with the county’s vision of the future, Foust said.   “As chairman of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Council, I can tell you it’s going to help contribute to the goal we have of creating an ecosystem that attracts the innovative workforce in the 21st century,” he said. “Creating things like Maker Labs lets people know we care about technology and innovation in Fairfax County.”  After listening to speakers, guests explored the space. After the ribbon cutting, children and adults alike previewed what they will have to look forward to during future Maker Lab trips. “I’m thrilled we have such a fantastic social gathering place to bring our community together,” said community member Michelle Kimmel. “Especially with such a tech-focused community, this is a great way to find a creative outlet for all of our passions.”  The Maker Lab @ Herndon is open to the public at Herndon Fortnightly Library from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. More information about the lab can be found at 

2023 Staff Excellence Awards Recipients

March 14, 2023
ANNADALE, Va. - The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees gathered Wednesday, March 8 at George Mason Regional Library to honor the recipients of the 2023 Staff Excellence Awards. “As a community member who is invested in the library, that we do something for the staff made a lot of sense to us,” said FCPL Board Chairman Brian Engler. “We wanted to show library love to our exemplary staff.” From Feb. 1 through 14, library users nominated staff members for recognition. A board committee reviewed submissions and selected 12 winners and one honorable mention from more than 90 nominations. The Board of Trustees read excerpts from their nominations and celebrating all that they do for the people of Fairfax County. “Tonight, we’re celebrating the luck of the people of Fairfax County and Fairfax City because we have such a wonderful, dedicated staff,” said Board Vice Chair Suzanne Levy. “Every branch has superstars, and I am just glad we can be here to celebrate you tonight.” 2023 FCPL Staff Excellence Award Winners Lee Conselatore – reader’s advisor at Access Services Matthew Moffett – assistant branch manager at Burke Centre Library Kathleen McCarthy – youth services information assistant at Herndon Fortnightly Library Sahadev Poudel – information assistant and tech lab coordinator at Herndon Fortnightly Library Keri Gould – youth services manager at John Marshall Library Sarah Garcia – branch manager at Woodrow Wilson Library Allen Zapata – youth services assistant at George Mason Regional Library Laura Bumgarner – circulation manager at Lorton Library Catherine Noonan – branch manager at Martha Washington Library Azar Momeni – circulation manager at Oakton Library Ghazala Shah – assistant circulation manager at Chantilly Regional Library Sharon Okrend – librarian at City of Fairfax Regional Library Honorable Mention Staff of Patrick Henry Library


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