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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,
Director

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For media queries call Marketing & Communications Director Erin Julius at 703-324-8319 or email her at erin.julius@fairfaxcounty.gov.



Martha Washington Reopens

March 23, 2021
Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) branches reopened their doors to customers Monday morning after two months of curbside pickup and virtual services only. At Reston Regional Library, customers were waiting at the door when branches opened at 10 a.m. Elizabeth O’Malley, a Vienna resident, browsed the “hot picks” section toward the front of the library. “I’ve done some [curbside] pickup but I’ve missed the library,” she said. Five-year-old Claire Dawson perched on a stool along the stacks, surrounded by her book choices. “We were very excited to come today, it’s a great library,” said Claire’s grandmother, Barbara Canody. Claire wanted scary books. “I like scary like Halloween,” she said. Their family also loves using FCPL’s eBook offerings and other materials, Canody said. Claire also picked out some Disney DVDs, including “Sleeping Beauty.” By day’s end, 379 people had visited the Reston branch. Library staff members are as excited to have customers back inside as the customers are to browse the stacks. Wanla Freer has worked at Reston Regional Library since 1994. Earlier this month, the FCPL Board of Trustees presented her with the annual Staff Excellence Award, which is based on customer nominations. “This is the happiest day,” Freer said of Monday’s reopening. “This is my home. Everybody knows me, and I know them.” Sujatha Perakalapudi, another Staff Excellence Award winner, was happy to see customers again. “I like to talk with new people every day and help our community,” she said. Across the county at Martha Washington library, Branch Manager Cathy Noonan accepted gifts and thanks from the Mount Vernon Rotary Club. The library and its services offered “a refuge, a place of peace” during the pandemic, said Mount Vernon Rotary President Helen Walutes. “I like to talk with new people every day and help our community.” Martha Washington library also did brisk business Monday, with about 200 customers stopping by to check out materials. Hannah Dorr browsed for new books with her mother and grandmother. Hannah had missed visiting the big stuffed owl that decorates Martha Washington’s children’s section, her mother said. While Hannah loves Dora the Explorer, she also discovered new books in grab bags put together by Martha Washington’s librarians for curbside pickup while the branches were closed, said her mother Jennifer. Though staff has worked throughout the pandemic putting together virtual programming, checking in books, filling curbside requests and more, Charlotte Reineck missed the bustle of customer activity, she said. Reineck, the page manager at Martha Washington, is another Staff Excellence Award winner. On Monday she was checking in and reshelving books. “I like creating order out of chaos and establishing relationships with patrons, the regulars,” she said. FCPL library branches are open for interior Express Service Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Curbside services continue to be offered Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Llama y escucha un cuento!

April 20, 2021
A partir de este mes, la Biblioteca Pública del Condado de Fairfax (FCPL) ofrecerá el servicio de Dial-A-Story. Los clientes podrán llamar y escuchar los cuentos leídos por los bibliotecarios de FCPL. Los cuentos se ofrecen tanto en inglés como en español. Este servicio permite a los padres y cuidadores que limitan el tiempo que los niños pasan frente a la pantalla o que no tienen acceso a Internet a que puedan escuchar los cuentos a través del teléfono. Los cuentos están dirigidos a niños de 3 a 5 años y cada dos semanas se agregarán mas a la lista. ¡Marque 703-246-book (2665) ahora para escuchar! El mensaje inicial está en inglés, marque el numero “2” para español.

Dial A Story 703-246-BOOK

April 5, 2021
Beginning today, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) is offering a Dial-A-Story service. Customers can call in and listen to stories read by FCPL librarians. Stories are offered in both English and Spanish. This service enables parents and caregivers who are limiting screen time or who don’t have access to the internet to view Storytimes. Stories are geared to children ages 3 to 5 and will be added in two-week rotations. Dial 703-246-BOOK (2665) now to listen! The initial prompt is in English and then a caller presses “2” for Spanish.

staff excellence award winners

March 11, 2021
The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening honored several staff members with its annual Staff Excellence Award. Customers nominated their favorite staff members this February, and a board committee selected winners from nearly 100 nominations honoring staff members from nineteen branches and the FCPL administration. Board members introduced each winner and shared a portion of the nomination during Wednesday’s virtual meeting. 2021 FCPL Staff Excellence Award Winners: Kevin Brooks – FCPL administration Wanla Freer – Reston Regional Jan Harrod – FCPL administration Ginger Hawkins – Patrick Henry Andrew Pendergrass – Pohick Regional Sujatha Perakalapudi – Reston Regional Charlotte Reineck – Martha Washington Barbara Rice – Kingstowne Kylie Sparks – Chantilly Regional Sailaja Vedula – Oakton Laura Wickstead – City of Fairfax Regional Honorable mentions went to the entire curbside pickup team at Pohick Regional Library and to Sarah Souther at the George Mason branch. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for your service to Fairfax County.

24 hour quarantine for FCPL materials

March 10, 2021
FCPL is reducing the quarantine period for our materials to 24 hours, as recommended by the Virginia Department of Health. Please give our staff two or three days to check in materials before ensuring your returned titles have cleared your account. For information on managing your account, please visit the account overview page. Library staff are available to answer your questions in real time, via web chat or text, five days a week. Learn more about this service by visiting the Ask Your Library page.

FCPL opens for Express Services March 22

March 5, 2021
Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) will reopen for interior Express Services Monday, March 22. Customers will be able to visit FCPL branches for up to 30 minutes Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about Express Services. Curbside pickup of materials on hold will remain available to customers Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capacity limits will be in place: up to 30 members of the public at a time may be in community branches and up to 60 may be in regional branches. Library programming will remain virtual and meeting rooms will remain closed at this time. Ask Your Library via the website and text messaging will continue to be available 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please do not visit a branch if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who tested positive or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. We will continue to offer robust virtual programming for all ages, which can be found on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Learn about the top 10 ways to access FCPL resources at home. Please find more pandemic-related information on the county’s COVID-19 webpage or the emergency blog. Learn more about curbside service at the library.

text your account questions to 571-556-5025

March 1, 2021
Beginning today, you can text your Fairfax County Public Library account questions to 571-556-5025 and receive answers in real time 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. If it's not during the real-time hours, you can still send a text! A ticket will be automatically generated and we'll respond when available. Learn more about this service by visiting the Ask Your Library page.

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