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December 30, 2020
To wish you good luck in the new year, FCPL is offering: Something told: One Community, Many Stories Something new: eBooks of the Month Something borrowed: 2.1 million items available! Something to do: Winter Reading Challenge Our new One Community, Many Stories virtual storytime series will feature each month a member of a marginalized community reading a children’s book that reflects their lived experience. Stay tuned to our events calendar for more information and schedule details! Beginning January 1, we’re launching an eBook of the Month program, which will offer two hand-selected eBooks for unlimited use each month. Click here to learn more and find out which titles we’ve chosen for January! For more reading-related fun in the new year, plan to join in our new Winter Reading Challenges for all ages. Our virtual Summer Reading Challenges were a huge hit, so we didn’t want to wait a whole year to do it again! Plus, we’re eager to introduce Beanstack as our new platform for reading challenge activities and logs. Stay tuned to our website and social media for sign up instructions, and mark your calendar for a virtual author event with Gale Galligan on January 11 to kick off the youth winter reading challenge.

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December 31, 2020
Enjoy our play on Clement Clarke Moore's classic Christmas poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, as we welcome the new year with hopes for happy new beginnings and offerings of new ways to use and enjoy your library! 'Twas the night before New Year, when all through the library Not a creature was stirring, no one making merry. The books were lined along the shelves with great care In hopes that next year, customers could come there. This year had been hard, amid COVID-19; We closed, then reopened and kept it all clean. Throughout 2020 we had one thing to ask: “Come inside and check out books, but please wear a mask!” Thanks to all who abided and kept our staff well; After many hard months, 2020, farewell. We look forward to new things: programs and books; Stuff for all ages; we even bring in cooks! Inside all winter due to new-fallen snow? Browse a million+ titles of ours to borrow. And what to our wondering eyes did appear, But a Winter Reading Challenge to bring you great cheer! As you play games and earn badges, time will pass quick; Or just stick to books; you may each take your pick. We have classics and new reads; some wild, some tame. We whistle, and shout, and call authors by name: Read Steinbeck, read Dickens, read Austen and Tolkien! Read Gaiman, read Grisham, Atwood and Morrison! Curled up on your porch, or in the room down the hall; Just read away, read away, just read them all! As each month of the new year rolls on around, We’ll offer new storytimes from neighbors in town; One Community, Many Stories, it’s called; Watch on our YouTube, and for new stuff that’s not all! Read eBooks of the Month with no waits, no holds; One each for grown-ups and kids, the tales unfold. First up we’ll share The Only Woman in the Room, The true story of a quite famous woman whom You have seen in old movies; she was a film star, But also, a scientist! It’s Hedy Lamarr. Kids can read Dara Palmer's Major Drama About an adopted girl, by author E. Shevah. Choose eBooks to safely read to your heart’s content Without leaving your house, it’s how we prevent The spread of coronavirus in Fairfax. For social distancing options, we’ve got your backs! Not sure how to read on your Kindle or phone? See our website and YouTube where instructions are shown. Online you will find many more helpful items; Research tons of topics; learn language and customs. Discover your family’s past with Ancestry And use Science in Context for all things chemistry. But wait, there’s more! Readers, we know how you feel. Finished a book, seeking the next? Here’s the deal: Our readers’ advisors will pick out a book That is just what you want. Go on, take a look! An advisor who reads the same genre as you Can make recommendations; more than a few! As we prepare to enter 2021, These are some ways FCPL can help make it fun. We hope you find something that brings you much delight; Now “Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!”

My True Love Gave to Me book cover on photo of couple holding hands in the snow

December 18, 2020
Fend off winter chills and social-distancing slumps with a collection of heartwarming, bite-size tales. By Cristina Olson, School-Age and Teen Services Assistant Light on Length, Big on Fun Are you looking for a great read but don’t have the free time (or, perhaps, the inclination) to read a long book? Turn to short stories! For a collection that’s filled with all the holiday feels, check out My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. A dozen short stories by 12 bestselling young adult writers all wrapped up into one book makes this the perfect read for those in the mood for winter romance, catharsis or just a dose of the warm and fuzzies. As these stories take you through almost every emotion, you may find yourself crying, laughing, feeling angry or joyful —but always wanting more as you read each distinct tale. The well-known young adult authors featured include Holly Black, Matt de la Pena, Laini Taylor and more, and a highlight of the collection is their engaging characters. These authors introduce us to unique, diverse teens and showcase some compelling family dynamics. There is something (and someone) for every reader. My True Love Gave to Me has a little bit of every genre — from realistic fiction and fantasy to mystery. Skip around to read all of your favorite kinds of stories or challenge yourself to read straight through and maybe discover a new favorite genre. For added entertainment, search for the couples from each of the stories skating on the pond on the cover of the book! Whose story will be your favorite this season? "If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So, curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love." (Provided by publisher) Click here to find My True Love Gave to Me as a book, eBook or eAudiobook in our catalog.

"Food for Fines" with illustrations of canned and dry food goods

November 18, 2020
Fairfax County community members can help their neighbors and reduce their FCPL fines by up to $15 this December. Donations of nonperishable food items can be made at all currently-operating branches except Access Services. Each food item donated will reduce library fines by $1, up to a maximum of $15 per account. This donation drive is the third time FCPL has partnered with Food for Others, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides food to local families in need. Donations will be accepted Dec. 1-31. Most needed items include: Canned chili Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4 oz. – 1 lb. Canned meat (chicken, beef, 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. FCPL 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.


October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at its October board meeting. Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust appointed Sujatha Hampton to represent that district, which includes the Dolley Madison, Great Falls, Herndon Fortnightly and Tysons-Pimmit Regional library branches. Lee District Supervisor Rodney L. Lusk appointed Keith Foxx to represent that district, which includes the John Marshall and Richard Byrd library branches. Hampton currently works as the education chair for the Fairfax County NAACP. She is the author of the novel As It Was Written, published in 2010, and has held a variety of faculty and consultant appointments at the University of Virginia (UVA) and the George Washington University (GW). She holds a Ph.D. in special education from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in special education from GW and a bachelor’s degree in French from UVA. Foxx currently works as an engineering program management consultant executive for RK&K  in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University and sits on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington. The Library Board of Trustees is responsible for library policies and for making budget recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The 12-member volunteer board comprises: one member from each of the nine supervisory districts in Fairfax County, each appointed by the district supervisor; one member-at-large, approved by the chairman of the Board of Supervisors; one member appointed by the City of Fairfax Council; and one member nominated by the Fairfax County School Board. The library board’s policies support One Fairfax, Fairfax County’s social and racial equity policy. One Fairfax commits county government and public schools to intentionally consider equity when making policies and delivering programs and services based on the premise that all residents deserve an equitable opportunity to succeed — regardless of their race, color, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, disability, income or where they live. Library board meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month (except August) at the George Mason Regional Library, located at 7001 Little River Turnpike in Annandale. Meetings are currently being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Fairfax County public meetings calendar to confirm dates and locations.

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September 30, 2020
Leverage Fairfax County Public Library’s electronic resources to mix things up and make the most of time with yourself and your home. By Andrea Spira, Great Falls Library Branch Manager Whether you have spent the past six months bingeing hours of Netflix, finally reading all those “want to read but not enough to actually read” books you have lining your bookshelves, or manically cleaning out closets, garages and basements, chances are that at this point you’re looking back on that time at home and wondering if you could have used it differently — perhaps a tad more creatively or a bit more effectively. Fortunately, FCPL has you covered when it comes to ideas, resources and tools to inspire and enable a whole slew of new activities and projects. With a library card, some imagination and a little time, you can get those creative juices flowing and those DIY projects moving forward. Get Creative OK, you aren’t Shakespeare (who famously wrote King Lear while in isolation from the Black Death plague), but what better time to dust off that screenplay or map out your version of the great American novel than now? FCPL’s digital collection on OverDrive has nearly 20 electronic titles on writing, including classics like Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing by Stephen King, and The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr. For a more systemic approach, turn to the Universal Class online database. It offers nearly 60 courses in general writing skills and more than 15 courses in creative writing, including: Novel Writing 101; Romance Writing; Mystery Writing; Writing the Great American Short Story; Humor Writing; Poetry Writing; and even Paranormal Romance Writing. There is, quite literally, something for everyone. All courses are self-paced, and library cardholders can sign up for multiple courses at a time. Choose to enroll in courses “video only” (essentially like auditing a course) or take the full course with assignments, tests and access to student forums. Get Crafty As an industry, arts and crafts has experienced a boom during the pandemic. Sales of crafting kits skyrocketed and how-to videos on YouTube — like those created by FCPL staff — are racking up record high views. No doubt about it; Americans are getting crafty, and you can be too! OverDrive offers how-to eBooks on a wide range of arts and crafts for kids and adults alike, from knitting, crocheting and quilting to stamping, mosaics and papercrafts. You name it, the library can help you make it. So, knit away with titles such as Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor and French Girl Knits Accessories by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, or try your hand at other activities with Washi Tape Crafts by Amy Anderson or Sweet Paper Crafts by Molly Greene. Universal Class also offers structured courses on handicrafts that will help you bring out your inner creative. Options include Knitting 101, Acrylic Painting 101, How to Draw, Western Calligraphy, Soap Making and Photography 101. Get Home Handy For many of us, our homes have never been more integral in our lives than they are now. While they serve as safe havens and sources of comfort, staying safer-at-home has meant plenty of time to notice all those less-than-ideal things — big and small — that could use a little attention. A great place to start your research and planning is the Home Improvement Reference Center online database. Log in with your library card to access a collection of books, magazines, images and videos to help with basic home maintenance, renovation and improvement as well as a library of indoor and outdoor projects to tackle. FCPL's e-magazine collection on RBdigital is another valuable home improvement resource. Download current and back issues of Dwell and Architectural Digest for inspiration and Do It Yourself Magazine and Family Handyman for the detailed how-to. Finally, if you discover you need something done in your home that you can’t tackle yourself, be sure to take a look at Consumers' Checkbook. You’ll find unbiased reviews and undercover price research on services in the Washington, D.C., area, to help you navigate the challenges of finding the right companies to help with those larger or more difficult projects. Normally available in-branch only, Consumers' Checkbook is accessible at home while the library operates under the express service model. So, no more excuses. Log in, sign up and get started today!

Shipping pallets and boxes in the library's Technical Operations Center

September 28, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have taken on tasks that aren’t usually their responsibility — and the library is no different. During Fairfax County’s initial coronavirus response, FCPL’s receiving department became the library’s hub of logistics. Instead of processing books, this team received shipments of various disinfectant supplies, masks, face shields and more. They then ensured distribution to all branches. While most county employees teleworked, FCPL’s receiving team remained open at least one day a week to accept deliveries of new books. The library shifted its purchasing to digital titles in response to the governor’s stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders, but printed materials ordered prior to March were still incoming. FCPL re-opened to the public for Express Services on July 13, at which point the receiving team returned its focus to books just in time for a major rush. This year, the team’s busiest month was August, since publishers had postponed the releases of many books from April, May and June to later in the summer. During August, the FCPL receiving department accepted and confirmed more 23,000 items, representing about 2,400 titles. That meant opening and unpacking more than 800 boxes. During one four-day period, nine pallets of books and additional smaller shipments were received. Now you know the behind-the-scenes work that has gone into making your library continue to function and your favorite titles remain available during this year's stay-at-home and safer-at-home routines. For more behind-the-scenes looks at how books become library books, check out the Collections Development story from the summer issue of Branch Out magazine, and stay tuned for the next installment coming in the winter issue for a closer look at the receiving process!


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