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Tysons unveiling

October 25, 2022
TYSONS, Va. - Fairfax County leaders and community members gathered at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library on Saturday, Oct. 22 for the unveiling of a bronze statue donated by a longtime employee of Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL). Promila Chhabra worked for FCPL for more than 30 years and, upon her retirement, donated the “Girl Reading” statue along with her husband Dr. Krishan Chhabra. “[Promila] was very passionate about her job and loved to help and guide the patrons,” said Krishan. “Even before her retirement, she had a great desire to do something and give back to the community as well as to the library in appreciation of their service.” In addition to Promila and Krishan, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, who led the initiative for the statue’s placement at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ meetings, was also there to mark the occasion. “One of the things that really makes [Fairfax County] special is...our libraries,” he said addressing the crowd. “Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Chhabra for your generous contribution and for your lifetime of service to the libraries.” Sujatha Hampton, FCPL Board of Trustees representative for Tysons-Pimmit branch and Dranesville District, also spoke. “When our community understands and gives back like this to our libraries in honor of the people who work in our libraries and make it special, it's so wonderful,” she said. “Especially now, when we need as much support as possible to keep our libraries open and accessible to everyone.” Jessica Hudson, FCPL director, echoed this sentiment and applauded the statue as a testament to the hardworking people who make the library possible. “This beautiful statue is just one tiny piece of a remembrance for the great services that the people who work in our library do for our community.” “Girl Reading” was designed by sculptor Dennis Smith. The statue can be viewed in front of Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.

VLA Awards Ceremony

October 21, 2022
NORFOLK, Va. - The Virginia Library Association (VLA) recognized two Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) staff members at the organization’s awards banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Sylvia Enriquez and Wilma Andrade are a part of a group of 11 recognized the ceremony honoring librarians and library staff in Virginia for their dedication and contribution to the communities they serve. Sylvia, a youth selection and Spanish language information assistant at Technical Operations, received the Outstanding Professional Associates Award. According to the VLA website, the award is given to “a library associate who advances and strengthens the image of Professional Associates as well as fosters communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth.” Sylvia has been with FCPL for 27 years. She has played an integral role in advocating for and developing the library’s Spanish language collections, an achievement the VLA cites as a reason she received the award. Wilma, a library information assistant at Reston Regional Library, received the Librarian of Color Forum Award. Per the VLA website, “this award recognizes librarians who promote an inclusive, positive environment in the libraries for persons of color, and enhances the image of librarians and library professionals of color in the community." Having moved to the United States from India, Wilma understands the struggles immigrants face and made it her mission to develop programs to help them, including English language learning and U.S. citizenship classes. Even through the pandemic, she taught classes virtually and recruited other community instructors to further develop these programs. “Wilma’s work is a wonderful example of how one person’s passion to help her community can have a profound impact on removing barriers between people of color and library information and services,” said the VLA, quoting from Wilma’s nomination. At the ceremony, Sylvia was on hand to accept her award while Kevin Osborne, Deputy Director of FCPL, accepted Wilma’s award on her behalf.

Lorton Library Ceremony

October 18, 2022
Library staff, county officials and guests cutting the ribbon LORTON, Va – More than 1,400 community members gathered Saturday for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Lorton Community Center and Library. The facility, which features a newly renovated and expanded Lorton Library, aims to bring many important county resources to the community in one convenient location. “This facility combines services, resources, entertainment and education,” said Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck “It's all in one place for all ages and all abilities...truly the center of Lorton.” In addition to Supervisor Storck, other county, state and federal leaders, both past and present, were on hand to mark the occasion. “Every square inch of this building, thought and energy was put into designing it in a way that it can accommodate the community's needs for such a long time,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay. “What I really love is when you walk through here, you'll see all the great amenities for seniors, the library, the teens and the young people in our community come together in one place . Not dividing our communities up but bringing people together in one place so that we can learn from each other.” Former Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland, under whose tenure the early stages of this project began, addressed the crowd, saying that with the center and other developments in the community, “Lorton became a place that people have now recognized as an absolutely wonderful, wonderful place to live … Lorton, which is not a negative anymore. It's a positive. We have in this community almost everything that a vibrant community would want to have.” One part of the ceremony enjoyed by guests on Saturday was the newly renovated Lorton Library. The rejuvenated branch makes up slightly more than one-third of the new facility, expanding from 10,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet and features multiple meeting rooms/spaces, a teen section with a gaming area, a colorful children’s area and many books and resources available for checkout. “This library, community center and park space are really the best of what our county has to offer,” said Jessica Hudson, Fairfax County Public Library Director. “When we join our spaces together, we’re able to offer one space that you can come in and get multiple different services … we want it to be perfect for all of you.” Also in attendance was U.S. Rep. Don Beyer who praised those who developed the facility, saying, “Thank you for creating this center … And for making these opportunities accessible to so many. It's a fundamental step to creating a healthy, active, sociable community; creating the social capital we also need, and this is all the more so after all the years of isolation and confinement with COVID.” Rep. Beyer also lauded the library specifically for providing the community with free Wi-Fi access. “We've learned that internet must be a basic human right in the 21st century,” he said. “And now so many will have a chance to reimagine and navigate their lives once we have universal broadband service.” Following the program and ribbon cutting, Hudson, library staff and volunteers welcomed guests into the branch, where they were able to experience many different types of services offered at the library. These included arts and crafts, storytimes, 3D printing demonstrations, a musical performance by Groovy Nate and of course, book checkout. Two community members who spoke as a part of the program best summed up the atmosphere of the day. Alicia Doe, a parent in the community who looks forward to attending the center with her children said, “This center demonstrates the impact that partners working together for the community will have on every life stage from youth, right through adult education and activities for seniors. This will benefit everyone from our community. Thank you for making this a reality for us all.” Ivan Robles, a community youth, added to this sentiment, saying “I'm happy that they have built this new center here in my community where we will have the opportunity to have more programs and a safe space to play and study.” Lorton Library is open Monday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about the branch and the services they offer.

Brian Engler and Cathy Pluchinsky

October 14, 2022
Library Board of Trustees Chair Brian Engler and Cathy Pluchinsky BURKE, VA – The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees and community members gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to celebrate the library’s Friends groups and recognize members nominated by their peers for their service. This year’s Friends’ Choice Awards took place at Kings Park Library and featured a program honoring 25 individuals and one community group for their support of the library and its mission. During the event, Board of Trustees Chair Brian Engler praised the Friends groups for their contributions to the library over the last year. “Together, the groups donated more than $430,000 from July 2021 to June 2022,” he said. These funds have been and continue to be used to support library programming, enhance the digital materials collection and provide opportunities for staff and volunteers such as scholarships and registration for professional organizations. Engler also spent time honoring each recipient for their contributions. Reading a summary of their nominations, he welcomed each honoree, presenting them with a certificate, gift card and pin as a token of the library’s appreciation. This year’s list of honorees include: Stan Gowin, Access Services Advisory Group Sandy Neuzil, Access Services Advisory Group Mary Ellen Hurley, Friends of Burke Center Library Sharon Gottovi, Friends of Centreville Regional Library Cathy Pluchinsky, Friends of Centreville Regional Library Virginia Uliana, Friends of City of Fairfax Regional Library Lynn Peterson Mobley, Friends of Great Falls Library Bonnie Ketch, Friends of Kings Park Library Makayla Adams, Friends of Kingstowne Library Katherine Varela, Friends of Kingstowne Library Willow Martin, Friends of Oakton Library Cindy Richards, Friends of Pohick Regional Library Laura Stokowski, Friends of Pohick Regional Library Eileen Evon, Friends of Reston Regional Library Terrill Evon, Friends of Reston Regional Library John France, Friends of Reston Regional Library Karen France, Friends of Reston Regional Library Beverly Greenblatt, Friends of Reston Regional Library Kerry Hum, Friends of Reston Regional Library Michael Hum, Friends of Reston Regional Library Charly Karlsson, Friends of Reston Regional Library Sujung Kim, Friends of Reston Regional Library Dianne Pretanik, Friends of Reston Regional Library Woman’s Club of Springfield, Friends of Richard Byrd Library Miki Wellck, Friends of Thomas Jefferson Library Vera Finberg, Friends of Virginia Room Community members wishing to become part of a Friends groups can find out more information on the library’s website. This page includes a list of the different Friends groups throughout Fairfax County as well as details on membership and how to join.

children play outside Oakton Library

October 3, 2022
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly and Oakton Library Branch Manager David Shaffer OAKTON, Va. – FCPL’s Oakton branch on Sept. 24 hosted a celebration in honor of its 15th anniversary. Guests including U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Supervisor Dalia Palchik and Virginia Sen. John Chapman “Chap” Petersen were on hand to pay tribute to the library’s longevity. To commemorate the occasion, attendees were treated to a variety of festivities including a presentation on owls from wildlife organization Secret Garden Birds and Bees, a performance from the Vienna Community Band, activities for children and a tour of the library’s rain garden. Additionally, the ceremony served to showcase the history of the library and how far it has come. “The story of Oakton Library is as unique as Fairfax County itself,” said Connolly. “The need for the library came during a time when many residents felt there was not a library nearby for them to attend,” he continued. Since opening in 2007, Oakton Library has received a Silver Rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a habitat for wildlife.   Oakton Library now offers many programs to people of all ages and backgrounds, including preschool storytimes, book discussion groups, guest speakers and more. According to Friends of Oakton Library Co-President Corinne Savage, “It’s impossible to imagine Oakton without a library. It continues to inform, educate and inspire all who step foot in here.” Learn more about the Oakton branch or find out how you can get involved with the Friends of Oakton Library.  

New modified hours for FCPL branches.

July 18, 2022
Effective Aug. 14, all regional and community Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) branches are moving to a modified schedule due to ongoing staff recruitment challenges. The modified schedule is: Regional branches: Monday and Tuesday: 1 - 9 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Community branches: Monday: 1 - 9 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. This schedule requires only one shift of staff a day, allowing FCPL to maintain all open days at its branches. View a system map and listing of regional and community branches. The Access Services branch located at the Fairfax County Government Center will maintain its usual hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. FCPL is always available online! Search our digital offerings via Libby, use your library card to access thousands of streaming videos or explore ten other ways to enjoy your local library from home. These hours will be in effect indefinitely.

Carmen Fernandez Meeting Room

July 11, 2022
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Fairfax County officials gathered Saturday to honor Carmen Fernandez, a longtime pillar of the Culmore community. A conference room at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church now bears plaques in Fernandez’s honor. The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees voted in June 2022 to confer the honor. Born in Cuba, Fernandez came to the U.S. in 1960 and worked as a social worker in Arlington County for 25 years before founding the nonprofit Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect (HACAN), according to her obituary. Fernandez spent many Saturday mornings in the Woodrow Wilson Library room that now bears her name facilitating community programs and activities for elementary school-aged children through a HACAN program known as Morning Star, as well as parenting education classes through the Morning Star Mothers program. “It’s Saturday morning and here we are at the Woodrow Wilson Library, where Carmen spent hundreds of Saturday mornings,” said Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross. “That was Carmen, always willing to give time and effort to her community … Her legacy is here, in the faces of the many children she inspired. HACAN is a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening families in Northern Virginia through parent education and out-of-school activities that serve and support youth, according to its website. Carmen Paredes, HACAN’s executive director, also had words of praise for Fernandez, calling her “an extraordinary woman who could see people’s potential and believe in them.” Fernandez’s children Silvia Brugge, Celia Fruchterman, Javier and Jorge Fernandez were on hand for the unveiling of the plaques.


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