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Book Covers

October 17, 2019
Authors Offer Inside Looks at Books Connect with the creators of popular titles on history, culture, fiction and more at these author talks, book signings and events at various branches through December. Find branch addresses here, and follow links provided for venues outside the library system. OCTOBER 17 THURSDAY | 7:30 P.M. Bill Lewers. Meet the author of The Gatekeepers of Democracy series of fiction books that celebrate those who volunteer on Election Day to serve as election officers. Learn about “a day at the polls” as seen through the eyes of the election officers, who are truly the unsung heroes of the American election system. Books available for sale and signing. Patrick Henry Library. 19 SATURDAY | 10:30 A.M. Hispanic Heritage Storytime and Book Signing. Celebrate Hispanic American month and learn about Hispanic culture at an interactive event for ages 4-10 with author Tracey Kyle, who will read from her new releases Pepe and the Parade and Alpaca Patty's Fancy Fleece. Book signing to follow. Age 4-10. Centreville Regional Library. 22 TUESDAY | 7:00 P.M.  Author Michael Twitty. Meet Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South. Book sale and signing. Part of the Chat and Chew Racial and Social Equity Speaker Series. Cosponsored by Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and One Fairfax. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 1. Sherwood Regional Library. 24 THURSDAY | 7:00 P.M. Bob Levey: The Golden Era at The Washington Post. Bob Levey, author of Larry Felder, Candidate will share his experiences as the first reporter hired by Ben Bradlee, describe what it was like to sit between Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during Watergate and be on first-name basis with Katharine Graham, and discuss other tales about The Washington Post in the ‘60s, '70s and ‘80s. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 3. City of Fairfax Regional Library. 26 SATURDAY | 9:00 A.M. Kathleen Grissom at the Book Club Conference. Join book club members to learn about starting, running and enhancing book clubs while networking with fellow readers and hearing from keynote speaker Kathleen Grissom author of The Kitchen House. Light breakfast snacks, coffee and box lunch provided. Cosponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 5.  Fairfax County Government Center. 29 TUESDAY | 7:30.-9:00 P.M. Meet Cookbook Author Patricia Tanumihardja. Meet the author of Farm to Table Asian Secrets and two other books on Asian cooking and learn how to pair traditional Asian ingredients and techniques with what's readily available locally and seasonally. Watch a demonstration and taste a sample recipe. Books available for sale and signing. Registration opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 1. Patrick Henry Library. NOVEMBER 5 TUESDAY | 7:00 P.M. Meet Author Stephen Harding. Meet Stephen Harding, author of Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor and his newest book, Escape from Paris: A Story of Love & Resistance in Wartime France. Books available for sale and signing. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 22.  Pohick Regional Library. 8 FRIDAY | 7-8:30 P.M. An Evening with Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Meet Wendy Wan-Long Shang, bestselling author of middle grade titles including The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, The Way Home Looks Now and This is Just a Test. Books available for sale and signing. Age 8 to adult. Registrations open at 7 p.m. Friday, October 25. Please sign up each child and adult separately. George Mason Regional Library. 14 THURSDAY | 7:00 P.M. Climate Change and the Military with Author Michael Klare. Renowned Security Expert Michael Klare will discuss his new book, All Hell Breaking Loose, an eye-opening examination of climate change from the perspective of the U.S. military. Reston Regional Library. 19 TUESDAY| 7-8 P.M. David Baldacci: Author Talk & Book Signing Reston Regional Library is thrilled to partner with Bards Alley bookstore to host New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci for an author talk and book signing. Join Baldacci as he introduces A Minute to Midnight, a new story featuring FBI Agent Atlee Pine. 100 signed, free copies of the book will be distributed to attendees. Books available for sale and signing. This event is made possible by the generosity and support of the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Herndon Middle School, 901 Locust St, Herndon. 19 TUESDAY | 7:30-9:00 P.M. Civil War Historian William S. Connery. Meet the author of Mosby's Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, as he discusses Col. John Singleton Mosby, the "Grey Ghost." Learn about his raids in Fairfax and Rose Hill, his service in Hong Kong as U.S. consul and his mentorship of George Patton. Books available for sale and signing. Patrick Henry Library. 30 Saturday |10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Faces of Crime: Author Event. Join us for a special author event debuting The Faces of Crime by FBI forensic artist and laboratory supervisor Gene O'Donnell. This memoir takes the reader on fascinating journeys of true crimes. See how age-progressed images of two kidnapped children led Unsolved Mysteries to the Fontes boys, who, though missing for many years, were recognized and rescued, while their kidnappers were brought to justice. Adults. Centreville Regional Library DECEMBER 7 SATURDAY | 12:30-1:30 P.M. Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve. Part cookbook, travelogue and history, with glorious recipes, photos and stories, Bread and Beauty celebrates Montgomery County’s success in preserving Maryland farmland. Discover how our agricultural heritage can help us meet the challenges of the 21st century. City of Fairfax Regional Library 7 Saturday | 1-4 P.M. Mystery Authors Extravaganza. Authors from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime will present their 2019 novels and short stories. Books will be available for sale and signing. Seating is limited; arrive early. Reston Regional Library. 16 Monday | 7-8:30 P.M. Hear at Martha Poetry Reading. Local poets will read and discuss their work. Adults and teens. Martha Washington Library 17 Tuesday, 7:30-9 P.M. Genealogy and Adoptees. Shannon Combs-Bennett and Brianne Kirkpatrick will discuss their book The DNA Guide for Adoptees. Learn how to use genealogy and genetics to uncover your roots, connect with your biological family and better understand your medical history. Books available for sale and signing. Adults. Patrick Henry Library

TeenTober YALSA logo

September 27, 2019
Fairfax County Public Library Celebrates Teens and Teen Services with Programs All Month Long Fairfax County Public Library is celebrating TeenTober all month long with events and programs spotlighting the library’s free resources and activities to encourage teens from around the area to read for pleasure — not just school work — along with showcasing the great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Check out the list of events highlighted below and search the library events calendar for more programs and details. FCPL branches help extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom and foster their social development by offering a safe and supervised space where they can explore, create and share content and engage in creative, educational activities with peers and caring adults and mentors. TeenTober Events & Programs Events requiring registration are marked with an asterisk (*). Follow links to learn more and register. And the Winner Is… The winners of summertime teen contests are announced during TeenTober: Teen Cover Art Contest participants chose a book that’s been adapted for the screen and redesigned the cover. First place prizes were awarded to: Young Seung P. (grade 7-8 category); Noah H. (grade 9-10 category); and Christina P. (grade 11-12 category). Their cover art is featured throughout this story and will appear on a special bookmark series in October. View the runner-up awardees and all contest entries in the Stuff for Teens online guide. The Teen Film Festival invited teens to show off their film-making skills by creating a short film of any genre, and the winners of the competition will be announced at a special screening on October 18. Teen Cover Art Contest | Young Seung P. | Grade 7 (Winner) Settle in at the Library Teen Space | Thomas Jefferson | Mondays and Tuesdays in October, 3-5:30 p.m. Teens can access laptops with internet, art supplies, technology and games, work on assignments, enjoy snacks or just hang out. Age 12-17. Teen Time | Woodrow Wilson | October 5 and 26, 2:15-2:45 p.m. Teen De-Stress Time | Kingstowne | October 17, 4-5 p.m. Teens are invited to come de-stress and hang out at the library. Snacks and games provided. Grades 7-12. Teen Chill Zone | Chantilly Regional | October 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Need a break? Come hang out at the library! There will be games, crafts, and space to wind down a bit. Bring a friend or make some new ones. Grades 7-12. Teen Zone | City of Fairfax Regional | October 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Come hang out, play games or do a craft activity. Age 13-18. Join a Teen Advisory Board Want to make the Library a better place for teens? Attend meetings of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at your local branch to brainstorm and implement ideas to improve teen programming, gain leadership experience, make an impact on the community, meet other teens and earn volunteer credit. George Mason Regional | October 2, 5:30-7 p.m. Pohick Regional | October 3, 4-5 p.m. Oakton | October 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson | October 4 and 18 (every other Friday), 3-5 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional | October 7, 5-6 p.m. Centreville Regional | October 10, 7-8 p.m. Great Falls | October 10, 7-8 p.m. Herndon Fortnightly | October 10, 7-8 p.m. Reston Regional | October 10 and 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Burke Centre | October 12 and 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Chantilly Regional | October 30, 6-7 p.m. Get Creative TeenTober DIY* | Sherwood Regional Make Your Own Tote | October 2, 6:30-7 p.m. Glow up by designing your own unique fall tote! We'll be using sharpies to make your one-of-a-kind bag that you can use to carry books or other personal items. Grades 6-12. Tissue Paper Art | October 18, 5-5:30 p.m. Interested in meeting new people, stress busting, and being creative? Well, we've got all of the above in this tissue-paper art program for teens. Come on in and join the fun! Grades 6-12. Lip Scrub | October 25, 5-5:30 p.m. A part of the Teen Treat Yo'Self 101 series, you'll learn how to make your own lip scrub by using a few simple ingredients! Grades 7-12. Frankentoys Herndon Fortnightly* | October 5, 1:30-4 p.m. Make a “creature” by mixing and matching different parts of toys! All materials will be provided for this free activity. Age 12-18 Kings Park* | October 19, 1:30-3 p.m. Bring along a sense of destructive creativity as you make you own creepy toy. Make a “creature” by mixing and matching different parts of toys! All materials will be provided for this free event. Age 12-18. Richard Byrd | October 24, 7-8 p.m. Come and make scary toys. Age 13 to 18. Zombie Felties* | Martha Washington | October 17, 4-5:30 p.m. Learn to sew a small zombie friend. Grades 7-12. Recycled Book Art | Centreville Regional | October 17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Celebrate Teen Read Week and turn books into art as we use recycled book pages to make crafts like buttons, blackout poetry and collages! Grades 7-12. Henna Workshop* | Kings Park | October 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the history and art of henna to create Henna Tattoo from a professional artist. Attendees will be able to create their own design. Teens. Teen Art Club: Watercolor | Dolley Madison | October 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Join us for our monthly Teen Art Club! This month we will be painting with watercolor. Teens. As Seen on Instagram | Oakton | October 26, 2-3 p.m. Create your own DIY projects, as seen on Instagram. Age 12-18. Teen Crafternoon | Kingstowne | October 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Halloween craft to celebrate the holiday. Age 12-18. Teen Cover Art Contest | Noah H. | Grade 10 (Winner) Explore Technology Girls Who Code* | Oakton Library | Thursdays, October 3-24, November 7-21, December 5-19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn about computer science and coding while making friends and impacting the community. In-person registration only (both teen and adult must be present). Space is limited. Grades 9-12. Get Involved Teen Volunteer Information Nights October 3, 7-8 p.m. | George Mason Regional October 8, 7-8 p.m. | Oakton Do you need to earn community service hours for school and don't know how to get started? Volunteer Fairfax can help! This presentation will show teens how to find agencies in need of volunteers and explore upcoming volunteer opportunities including VolunteerFest. Hear from staff members at Volunteer Fairfax and get connected with the Youth Service Learning Directory to make volunteering a reality with impact for this school year and beyond. Teen Tech: One on One Technology Help | Dolley Madison Library | Saturdays, October 5-26, 2-2 p.m. Local teens help others (mostly older adults) with technology questions. Patrons bring their devices to the library where teens are available to answer questions and give one-on-one tech advice, training and support. Find a Book Club Homeschool Literature Group: High School | Oakton | October 4, 12-1:30 p.m. Consider new points of view as you discuss challenging books with other self-motivated home school students. Book: "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G.K. Chesterson. Grades 10-12. Homeschool Literature Group: Middle School | Oakton | October 4, 12-1:30 p.m. Come join this fantastic youth group for friendship and discussions of classic literature and Newbery Award Winning Books. Book: “Sugar Changed the World” by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. Grade 8-10. LGBTQA+ Book Club | Chantilly Regional Library | October 8, 4-5 p.m. A book discussion group focusing on LGBTQA+ themes. Grades 9-12. Herndon Teen Book Club | Herndon Fortnightly | October 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Talk about books with other teens. We will review "Six of Crows" We provide food! Age 12-18. Graphic Novel Book Club* | Martha Washington | October 24, 7-8 p.m. Come discuss various graphic novels of a monthly theme. October meeting theme: Mystery/Thriller. Grades 6-8. Pohick Teen Book Club | Pohick Regional | October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. A book discussion group for teens. Come for the books; stay for the snacks! Be Active, Be Entertained Teen Movie Night: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" | Woodrow Wilson | October 3, 6-9 p.m. Join us for teen movie night. Snacks welcome. Tween & Teen Trivia: Harry Potter | Dolley Madison | October 7, 6-7 p.m. Join us for trivia night at the library. Play as an individual or as a team as you answer questions. First, second and third place win a prize! Teens. Teen Comic Club | Dolley Madison Library | October 10, 6-7 p.m. Meet with other teens who share a love for comics or webtoons. We will share our favorites and create fanart and comics. Teens. Escape Room: Search for the Boogerloo | Burke Centre | October 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join four middle grade authors as they search for the missing Boogerloo during their school themed escape room: Jan Gangsei, author of Project Me 2.0; Mark Maciejewski, author of Electric Boogerloo: I am Fartacus; Chris Tebbetts, author of Middle School: Born to Rock; and Rob Vlock, author of Sven Carter and the Android Army. Books available for sale and signing. Age 11-18. This event is part of the Fall for the Book Festival. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library. Harry Potter Escape Room* | Martha Washington | October 12, 1-2 p.m. It's all fun & games until the birthday boy goes missing. Solve the mystery — or end up in Azkaban. *Spoiler alert!* Recommended you already be familiar with the entire series. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before this event begins; latecomers may not be permitted into the room. Teens. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein | Tysons-Pimmit Regional | October 23, 7-8 p.m. Join us for a spooky evening and festive Frankenparty celebrating Mary Shelley’s legendary horror classic. Cake and refreshments served. Teens and adults. Teen Spooky Storytelling* | Herndon Fortnightly | October 24, 7-8 p.m. Spooky stories, creepy costumes and frightening food. Teens are invited to this TAB-sponsored event. Enjoy free food, costume contest and some spooky storytelling. Registration Recommended. Ages 12-18. Teen Cover Art Contest | Christina P. | Grade 12 (Winner) Get Your Game On Dance Dance Revolution Plus | Woodrow Wilson Library | Tuesdays, October 1, 8 and 29, 5:30-6 p.m. Join us for DDR and other video games. Bring your friends and snacks. Learn to Play Dungeons & Dragons* | Centreville Regional | October 8, 4-6 p.m. Play the classic role-playing game with an experienced player. Beginners welcome. All supplies provided. Grades 9-12. Dungeons & Dragons* | Patrick Henry | October 11 and 25, 3:30-6 p.m. Players are forming a party and experiencing the excitement and imagination of Dungeons & Dragons. Whether you're experienced or just starting out, roll the dice and see what adventure awaits you! Grades 7-12. Board @ the Library | Martha Washington | October 11 and 25, 4-5:45 p.m. Board game club for teens. Bring your favorite game to teach or choose from the library's game stash. Grades 7-12. Practice, Practice, Practice SAT Prep* | Richard Byrd | October 7 and 21, 6-8 p.m. Jessica Yoo assists high school students with SAT prep and the college admissions process. Registration required and attendance at all sessions preferred. Walk-ins permitted if space allows. Teen Writers Group | Dolley Madison | October 24, 5-6 p.m. Join our monthly teen writers group were you will have the opportunity to create and share your writing. Bring writing you'd like to share or use one of our prompts to get started! Teens. Celebrate in Branches and at Home Teens, parents, educators and other community members are invited to participate in programs and events at the library during TeenTober, as well as to celebrate at home throughout the month and all year long. A few ideas for encouraging teen reading and technology literacy include: Going online with your teen to learn about new books or authors through FCPL’s Find Your Next Book and My Perfect Read services. Building an in-home library by shopping book sales at FCPL branches. Listening to audiobooks from RBdigital on trips or commutes. Discovering fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities, information and career ideas in the library’s guide to STEAM opportunities for Fairfax County youth. Accessing the library’s homework help resources including books and ebooks, magazine and newspaper articles, specialty databases with in-depth coverage of various topics, test prep for SAT, ACT and AP exams and free WiFi and computer access.

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September 15, 2019
¡Celebramos! Let's Celebrate! Mes de la Herencia Hispana  |  Hispanic Heritage Month During National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, we recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. This special annual tribute to Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America is timely. It begins each year on September 15, the day when five Latin American countries celebrate their independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, Chile on September 18 and Belize on September 21 and Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12. notes that today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and this month of appreciation and education is a nationwide reminder of the value of diversity and the importance of intercultural understanding to a thriving society and rich culture. We’re celebrating all month long with events across our locations—see below for the schedule and join us! You can also share in the festivities by learning or practicing Spanish at one of our Spanish conversation groups, accessing our Spanish language early literacy resources, exploring children's books on the subject, discovering life-changing books by Latinos like these 23 suggested by HuffPost or cooking up some Latin cuisine with one of our many cookbooks. For additional ideas and inspiration, ask staff for help finding resources about Hispanic and Latino art, history, dance, music, business and more.  Library Events Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 2019 | Patrick Henry Drop into Patrick Henry Library all month long for coloring sheets, word searches, crossword puzzles and other activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. (School age children) Leones de Oro Latin Dance Team Saturday, September 28, 2-4 p.m. | Richard Byrd The Leones de Oro Latin Dance Team has performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Kennedy Center, and now they join us to perform in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. (All ages) ¡Fiesta! Saturday, October 5, 3-4 p.m. | Thomas Jefferson Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a bilingual puppet show, crafts and piñata! (All ages). ¡Ven a celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con un espectáculo de marionetas bilingüe, manualidades y piñata! (Todas las edades) Hispanic Heritage Literary and Cultural Fair Saturday, October 5, 2-5 p.m. | Reston Regional Join local authors, including award-winning novelist Alfredo M. Del Arroyo and poet and novelist Fernando Gudiel, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Authors will share selections of poetry and stories. Books available for sale and signing. (Teens-adults) Hispanic Heritage Storytime and Book Signing Saturday, October 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Centreville Regional Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about Spanish culture at this interactive event. Author Tracey Kyle will read from her new releases, Pepe and the Parade and Alpaca Patty's Fancy Fleece with book signing to follow. (Ages 4 - 10)

Family uses library catalog at branch

September 9, 2019
Prepare for a better, more user-friendly experience. This November, Fairfax County Public Library is launching Polaris, a new catalog, to help you discover our collection of more than 2.3 million books, eBooks, audiobooks, eAudiobooks, movies and more. The new catalog will feature a more user-friendly experience with an updated design, plus: Smarter, faster and more intuitive searching. Account customization, including the abilities to log in with a unique username of your choice instead of your library card number and to choose text notifications. Auto-renewal, up to three times, of physical items borrowed from the library. Access to a wish list to save items to borrow later. The catalog will be available in Korean and Spanish, as well as English. Please pardon our (digital) dust as we make this upgrade. Here’s what you need to know: The new catalog will launch Wednesday, November 13. On Tuesday, November 12, all Fairfax County Public Library branches will be closed for the transition to the new catalog. The old catalog will not be available between November 8 and November 12. Between October 28 and November 12, customers will not be able to put books on hold, but they can pick up holds placed earlier and check out materials. During this transition period, no fees will be charged, and due dates will be automatically extended. You may notice a reduced number of books in the library’s Wowbrary newsletter. For more information, visit the new catalog information page, talk to staff in a library branch, email or watch a short video about the new catalog (also available in Spanish and Korean). We’ll also keep you updated on our website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we approach the launch date, so be sure to follow us and stay tuned. Thank you for your patience as we work to bring you a more modern, convenient catalog. We can’t wait to share it with you!

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September 9, 2019
Republished from Branch Out, Fall 2019. Connect with stories, resources and support for mental health in our branches. Your Library is a Safe Space If you’re a teen facing mental health challenges, you may feel as if you are alone—but you certainly are not. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports one in five, or 20%, of young people ages 13-18 are currently living with a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are not always obvious, they do not affect a specific “type” of person, and they manifest in very different ways from person to person. They include mood, behavior or conduct disorders, substance use, depression and anxiety—and the list goes on. Add to that the additional stress factors associated with being a teen, and it can be a recipe for major struggles.  We understand that sometimes it is difficult to reach out if you have hard-to-ask questions, whether you have a mental health condition or are just going through some tough times. And while the internet has tons of resources for you to browse through, your search history isn’t always private. Another option is your local library where our librarians are master guardians of privacy. We tell no one and try to make the information we have easy for anyone to access. If you’re scared to talk to someone about a tough topic and need more information about it, come to us. We’re here to help.  Books on Tough Topics (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health Edited by Kelly Jensen Edited by a former librarian who is passionate about writing for teen audiences, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a compilation of 33 essays that tell diverse stories about people, just like you and me, who have struggled with or just plain lived with some kind of mental health condition. Vibrant with graphics and art, this book illustrates truthful portrayals of people who are standing strong. Med Head: My Knock-down, Drag-out, Drugged-up Battle with My Brain As told by James Patterson and Hal Friedman Read the harrowing and heroic true story of Cory Friedman, an ordinary teenager whose courage and determination to climb out of lifelong medical turmoil and personal suffering enabled him to ultimately survive and thrive against all odds.   The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Going Out, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff  By Jeremy Daldry Covering everything from dating, kissing and shaving to moods, peer pressure and bullying with irreverence and true understanding, this guide offers the real deal on everything you want to know—without giving you a nervous breakdown. Trans Teen Survival Guide  Owl & Fox Fisher “Frank, friendly, and funny, the Trans Teen Survival Guide will inform, empower, and arm you with all the tips, confidence, and practical advice needed to navigate life as a trans teen. Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it’s like to go through cross-hormonal therapy, or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Owl and Fox have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know.” - Back cover. Locate Tough Topics on the Shelves Abuse.............................362.76 Abusive Relationships....362.8292 Alcohol...........................362.292, 613.81 Anxiety...........................152.46, 155.5, 616.8522 Body Changes...............612.6, 613.042, 613.0433 Depression.....................616.85, 616.8526 Divorce..........................306.89 Drugs.............................362.29, 613.8 Eating Disorders............616.85, 616.8526 Health & Hygiene..........613, 613.042 LGBTQ.....................306.76 Pregnancy................306.874 Rape........................362.883 Relationships...........306.73, 646.77 Self-Esteem.............158.1, 305.235 Sex...........................613.9, 613.9071 Skin Care.................616.5, 646.726 STDs........................616.95 Suicide.....................362.28, 616.85   Facing Tough Stuff? The library’s online guide for teens answers those hard-to-ask questions. Being a teen can be hard and they often have questions about themselves and the world around them that can be awkward or uncomfortable to ask. Access to information and resources from sources they can trust is key. Whether in crisis or just curious, teens have 24/7 access to our Tough Stuff online resource page with a list of local, regional and national organizations and a plethora of information about mental, physical and sexual heath as well as relationships, abuse and violence. Access the Stuff for Teens guide at If you’re in crisis, text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, reach out to a 24/7 resource: Call CSB Emergency Services at 703-573-5679; Text “CONNECT” to 855-11 to contact PRS CrisisLink; Call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077.

Branch Out Fall 2019 Magazine Cover

August 28, 2019
Introducing Branch Out Magazine Now available in library branches and other public Fairfax County Government locations throughout the county, the library’s first ever quarterly publication is designed to help community members make the most of Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) resources and services. Each quarter will feature a unique theme through which library events, technology, collections, databases, activities and more can be discovered and explored. Full listings of branch events are available online and in each branch. The inaugural issue of Branch Out magazine — the fall 2019 issue covering September-November — focuses on the importance of brain health, containing a wealth of information about the many ways people can improve their cognitive fitness and how the library’s services and programs can support those efforts at every age.  Keep reading for an introduction to the Branch Out: Brain Health content, then visit a library branch to pick up a copy of the magazine. What Are You Doing to Keep Your Brain Healthy? The library can connect you to activities and information for vibrant brain health. Take Control of Cognitive Fitness Our brains continuously change and develop throughout our lives. At no time do the brain and its functions just hold steady. With age and activity, some cognitive functions become weaker while others improve. And although the passing of years is out of our control, we can have some effect on how they impact our brain health. The inaugural issue of Branch Out looks at the many ways the library can play a major role in connecting you to the activities and information you need for vibrant brain health — from things you can do now to lower the risk of cognitive loss as you age to starting children on the path to a healthy brain and much more. A Good Start in Life By the time children are six years old, their brains have already reached about 90% of adult size, according to the National Institutes of Health. To give infants’ and children’s brains a good start in life during this critical period of growth, there are four things you can provide: Responsive, nurturing, positive experiences. Fun activities. Nutritious food. Active engagement with the world around them (and less screen time, as recent studies have shown). Library resources and programs can support children of all ages. For more information about children and teen programming and resources that support brain health, read pages 3, 5 and 9 in the magazine. Exercising Your Brain Like all muscles, the brain requires regular use and stimulating activity to stay fit, and reading is good exercise for brains at all ages. In a study published in September 2012 by the Stanford Report, Stanford researchers discovered that blood flow in the brain increased during a close reading of Jane Austen’s books and determined that “paying attention to literary texts requires the coordination of multiple complex cognitive functions.” Other types of reading increased blood flow in different areas of the brain, and researchers suggested that each style of reading may create distinct patterns in the brain that are “far more complex than just work and play.” Mentally challenging activities like reading may also play a role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Studies suggest that engaging in activities you enjoy may help maintain well-being as you age, with lower rates of dementia found among people who staysocially active, according to the National Institute on Aging. Aerobics and weight training are known to have benefits for brain function, but mind-body activities such as yoga and tai chi seem to have cognitive benefits as well. Researchers have also found that the brains of long-term meditators, at age 50, were an estimated seven and half years younger than the brains of non-long-term meditators at age 50. In that 2016 study, Eileen Luders, Nicolas Cherbuin and Christian Gaser concluded that meditation may protect against age-related brain atrophy. The library can help with cognitive fitness in many ways. Learn more about them—as well as AARP’s five pillars of brain health—in the inaugural issue of Branch Out magazine.

Man with trophy

July 17, 2019
Recognizing Outstanding Achievements Fairfax County Public Library's staff, branches and programs earn county, state, national and industry recognition for outstanding achievements and contributions to our customers and communities. The growing list below includes awards and grants for everything from individuals' support of fellow staff members and demonstrations of subject matter expertise to technology workshops and branch renovations. 2019 June Professional Associates Award | Sherwood Regional Branch Manager Linda Schlekau Linda Schledau, branch manager of Sherwood Regional Library, was presented the Outstanding Professional Associates Award at the Virginia Library Association’s June Council Meeting. The award recognizes excellence among the library Professional Associates in the Commonwealth of Virginia, honoring those who foster communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth and advance and strengthen the image of Professional Associates. Linda received the award for providing significant support to her staff and championing library support staff in a Virginia library. Volunteer Service Award | FCPL Volunteer Program The Fairfax County Public Library Volunteer Program won the 2019 Volunteer Service Award for best Fairfax County Government Volunteer Program. This award is a testament to the library’s amazing volunteers as well as its volunteer coordinators and supervisors. April Hometown Media Awards | "You’re Making Me Read What?" Podcast Channel 16 received seven Hometown Media Awards from the Alliance for Community Media, including one in the Audio Programming category for Fairfax County Public Library’s “You’re Making Me Read What?” podcast. The podcast features lively book discussions between FCPL Director Jessica Hudson and Deputy Director Christine Jones — two librarians who love a great book but almost never agree on what makes a book great. March Public Library Association Leadership Academy | Early Literacy Services Coordinator Tina Mraz Tina Mraz, Early Literacy Services coordinator, was selected to participate in the Public Library Association (PLA) Spring 2019 Leadership Academy. She joined 27 other exceptional librarians in Chicago, Ill, for the dynamic, four-day event of interactive education and networking. The PLA Leadership Academy empowers public library professionals to become innovative and successful leaders of change, shifting their libraries from an internal approach—focused on organizational operations—to an external approach—focused on community needs.  Allie Beth Martin Award | City of Fairfax Regional Library Youth Services Manager Sondra Eklund Sondra Eklund, youth services manager at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, has been awarded the PLA’s 2019 Allie Beth Martin Award. This award recognizes a public librarian for demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials, as well as the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sondra maintains a book review blog and has personally reviewed more than 3,000 titles. She recently completed her work as part of the 2019 Newbery Award Selection Committee — which selects the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” each year — and started a Newbery Book Club for young readers at her library which will start up again in October. The 2018 Newbery Medal went to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Find other Newbery winners online. Gordon M. Conable Award | FCPL Media Literacy Workshops with GMU Fairfax County Public Library was awarded the PLA’s 2019 Gordon M. Conable Award of $1,500, which honors a public library staff member, a library trustee or a public library that has “demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.” Fairfax County Public Library partnered with the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution to develop and present a series of public workshops around media literacy and civil communication, aimed at decreasing political polarization. The popular workshops, called “News, Blues and How to Defuse,” launched in 2017 and continue to teach media literacy skills and respectful dialogue techniques to encourage civil discussions of hot-button issues.  The library would like to recognize the committee for all its work on these community workshops. Committee members from FCPL include JJ Dickinson, Sarah Souther Rebecca Wolff and former employee Lorri Culhane. Committee members from George Mason include Julie Shedd and Samantha Borders. Grow with Google Free Workshops | Herndon Fortnightly Library Google and the American Library Association (ALA) hosted free workshops at Herndon Fortnightly Library — one of three sites in Virginia — aimed at creating economic opportunities through improving digital skills. The initiative, called Grow with Google, recognizes the critical role that libraries play in supporting workforce development. On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Grow with Google staff led four different in-person workshops for job seekers and small business owners as well as library staff members. Read more.  American Public Works Association Project of the Year Award | John Marshall Library Renovation The renovation and expansion of John Marshall Library was awarded the 2019 American Public Works Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Project of the Year Award. When the branch reopened in October 2018 after the 18-month, $6.3 million renovation, visitors were welcomed to a library with expanded public meeting space, newer and better technology (including a teen gaming station), a brighter and more open interior layout and numerous LEED®-qualifying green features. Read more. ASRT National Library Partnership Grant | FCPL The library was awarded $2,000 from the American Society of Radiologic Technologist’s (ASRT) National Library Partnership grant program. This allows the library to purchase books on medical imaging and radiation therapy to educate the public about radiologic technologists’ role on the health care team, patient safety measures and the science behind radiological procedures. Chantilly Regional, Kingstowne, Reston Regional, Sherwood Regional and Thomas Jefferson will host displays that focus on the subject area of Radiology—including books on Marie Curie, the Radium Girls and more. January ALA Mini-Grant and Promising Practice Award | Thomas Jefferson Library Thomas Jefferson Library was one of 250 school and public libraries awarded with $500 in microfunding from the ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (Dec. 3-9).  For its staff’s success in designing and hosting this Ready to Code program focused incorporating youth interests, engaging with communities and families, and demonstrating impact through outcomes, Thomas Jefferson Library subsequently received a “Promising Practice Award.” An ALA task force selected the Promising Practice recipients from the pool of 220 school and public libraries who participated in the grant-supported CS Ed Week programming, and Thomas Jefferson was one of only 10 libraries in the nation and one of only four public libraries recognized with this award. 2018 “The Great American Read” Grant | Reston Regional Library Reston Regional Library received a community programming grant from the ALA and PBS to host programs around “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which support public programs around the series. Reston Regional Library was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be selected. In addition to advance screenings of the series, Reston Regional offered special programs with authors, a green screen photo booth for people to place themselves in their favorite books, and monthly literary trivia nights concerning the 100 books on the list and a five-part lecture series exploring themes from episodes of The Great American Read.




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