Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Office: 8:30–4:30 M–F. Branch hours vary.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,

FCPL News and Special Events

Library-related news and special events for you and your family to enjoy. For a full list of events at your library visit our Library Calendar. Stay connected to your library by signing up for a newsletter or following us on social media.

For media queries call Marketing Director Mary Mulrenan at 703-324-8319.

Summer Reading Adventure 2018

May 23, 2018
Reading Takes You Everywhere! This year’s Summer Reading Adventure runs from June 15 to September 1. All you have to do is read over the summer; list the books you’ve read; and then turn in your reading log to the library to receive a coupon booklet with lots of prizes and discounts off all kinds of summer fun.   To earn prizes, you must read a certain number of books depending on your age: Preschool-3rd grade: read 15 books Grades 4-6: read 10 books Grades 7-12: read five books (Check our list of suggested authors for each age group) To participate, register online at Complete a paper or online reading log (either 15, 10 or five books depending on your age—and youngest readers can have books read to them). Visit a library branch by September 1 to pick up your coupon book. Use the coupons to play mini-golf; eat ice cream; watch a soccer game; go to a water park, and much more!  

PBS' The Great American Read

May 14, 2018
Grant will support library programs about Americans’ best-loved books How can we pick just one? If you are asked your favorite work of fiction, can you name it? The Great American Read, presented by PBS, will explore and celebrate the power of reading. In eight episodes beginning May 22 and ending in October, Americans will select the #1 book from 100 of our best-loved novels. Fairfax County Public Library is proud to be a participating library in this national celebration of reading. Reston Regional Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide to receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs around the television series. The Reston branch has the support of and will be working with local PBS station, WETA. “We are delighted to be part of such a unique initiative that encourages appreciation of reading and the world of discovery opened to us through books,” Library Director Jessica Hudson said. Watch a video about The Great American Read and see the top 100 book list. The library’s programming for “The Great American Read” will kick off with a premiere party for the series and special screenings for each of the episodes; offer a lecture series by local scholars including a roundtable debate on what makes a “great novel;” host writing workshops for adults and teens; hold an author talk by Newbery medal winner and Reston native, Kwame Alexander; and host a green screen photo booth for people to take pictures superimposed onto famous scenes from their favorite of 100 best-loved books in America. How many have you read?

Man Gardening

April 18, 2018
Get Ready … Get Set ... Hold up, Winter’s Back! (But don’t tell the daffodils!) Any day now, the weather will seduce gardeners back into their yards, balconies and community plots to grow flowers, vegetables and other plants. In addition to books, and a wide-ranging variety at that, the library offers special events, ongoing plant clinics and soil testing to support Fairfax County gardeners – those with or without green thumbs. Four things you can do this spring and summer: Attend an Event Spring Gardening 101, George Mason Regional Library, April 24, 7-8:15 p.m., no registration needed. Learn how to plan, create and maintain your garden for maximum enjoyment. A Master Gardener will teach gardening basics from planning to planting. Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden, Oakton Library, May 15, 7-8 p.m., no registration needed. Learn from a Green Spring master gardener how to invite hummingbirds to your yard with the use of feeders and plants to attract them. Herb Gardening for All, Martha Washington Library, June 16, 1-2:30 p.m. no registration needed. Green Spring Master Gardeners will teach you everything you need to know about growing your own herbs. Ask a Question at a Plant Clinic The events offered each month about gardening change from branch to branch and month to month, but one recurring service you can count on are the Plant Clinics offered by Fairfax County Master Gardeners. They are offered through August at the Chantilly, City of Fairfax, Kings Park, Oakton, Pohick, Richard Byrd and Tysons-Pimmit branches. The volunteer master gardeners are ready for all your plant- and garden-related questions. Hours vary by branch, so stop in at your local branch or visit us online to learn more. See the full Fairfax County Plant Clinic Schedule for 2018. Get Your Soil Tested Soil Testing Kits are available at all library branches. Soil testing allows you to determine whether your soil lacks nutrients and needs fertilizing. Healthy soil leads to healthy plant growth. The acidity of your soil also determines the color of hydrangea! Learn more about soil testing. Borrow a Book (or two or three) Of course we don’t have to tell you about the hundreds of titles we offer about gardening including books on herb gardening, organic gardening, container gardens, gardening in miniature, gardening with succulents, presidential gardens and memoirs of gardeners (including Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto by Leslie Buck). You could also search our catalog by the plant you are trying to cultivate like hydrangea, azalea, vegetables, foliage and native plants. Or you can search by the type of wildlife you would like to attract to your garden including butterflies, bees or birds. If you’re looking for something specific, ask your library staff; they are always happy to help you find the perfect book. Happy Gardening!

thank you to our volunteers

April 12, 2018
Twenty-One of Your Neighbors Were Honored This Month At Fairfax County Public Library In addition to being celebrated for the number of hours given to the library, five volunteers were recognized for providing volunteer service that was deemed exceptional by library staff. The impact of volunteers on daily library services cannot be over emphasized. In calendar year 2017, 1,581 volunteers dedicated over 115,000 hours to the library. These treasured volunteers were publically recognized and applauded at the recent library board of trustees meeting by staff, trustees and Delegate Mark Sickles, who served as MC at the event. Sickles said, “Volunteers play a significant role in the library’s ability to provide the highest customer service to county residents.” Sharing a quote that he said “truly recognizes the spirit of volunteerism,” Sickles said: “‘Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.’” “‘Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.’” The following volunteers are helping build the community we all want to live in, with a strong and well-loved library that supports all residents. 2018 Volunteer Star Awardees: Exceptional Service Honorees Margaret Culyba, Burke Centre Library Jennifer Brooks, Herndon Fortnightly Library Jaimi Turgeon, Herndon Fortnightly Library Pauline Reid, Oakton Library Georgia Chirieleison, Patrick Henry Length of Service Volunteers 5,000 Hours Su Davis, Reston Regional Library 3,000 Hours Sandra Griffith, City of Fairfax Regional Library Juanita Broome, Kings Park Library 1,000 Hours John Florio, Burke Centre Library Caroline Wilkinson, Burke Centre Library Ronak Mohammed, Centreville Regional Library Diane Redmond, Centreville Regional Library Emmi Rose Ayo, Chantilly Regional Library Maggie Belsan, City of Fairfax Regional Library Anita Lopez, Kings Park Library Betty Mackenzie, Kings Park Library Yolanda Gaines, Kingstowne Library Dianne McCune, Kingstowne Library Susan Luvison, Oakton Library Leanna Bell, Patrick Henry Library Ro Hofford, Patrick Henry Library    

National Library Week 2018 Logo - Libraries Lead

March 28, 2018
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized April 8-14 as Library Week in Fairfax County with a special proclamation during its March 20 meeting. Among other notable services, the proclamation lauded the public library for “supporting public safety, family services, mental and physical health, business development, information dissemination and child development and education.” In thanking the Board of Supervisors, Miriam Smolen, Vice Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, also recognized the “high-quality staff of the library’s 23 branches, and the 1,581 volunteers who donated 115,486 hours to the library last year.” She also applauded the financial contributions from the different Friends’ of the library groups and from the Fairfax Library Foundation for helping to enhance the library’s services. The library is pleased to join libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.” It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

Hot Topics: News Blues

February 23, 2018
Returning to a Branch near You in 2018: News, Blues and How to Defuse Workshops As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don't get our civility back we're in trouble. – Emmylou Harris Hopefully, you haven’t lost your civility yet, and let’s keep it that way. Our popular workshop series “Hot Topics: News Blues and How to Defuse” is returning to library branches in 2018. You are welcome to attend one session or all five. Take a glimpse of one of the earlier sessions (video). These interactive workshops are facilitated by experts from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Fairfax County librarians. Each session features a slightly different look at media literacy and how to promote civil dialogue on controversial issues. Attend all five and you’ll have a toolbox for dealing with fake news and pursuing civil discourse. No registration needed for any of the workshops. Session I Hot Topics: Search Strategies– Effective Listening Monday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m. George Mason Regional Library Session II Hot Topics: Evaluating Sources – Collaborative Communication Monday, February 26, 7-8:30 Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library Session III Hot Topics: Fact Checking – Effective Speaking Thursday March 29, 7-8:30 City of Fairfax Regional Library Session IV Hot Topics: Social Media Feeds -- Emotional Conversations Tuesday April 24, 7-8:30 Kingstowne Library Session V Hot Topics: International News – Cross-Cultural Communications Tuesday May 29, 7-8:30 Herndon Fortnightly Library No registration required. Can’t make it to any of the sessions? Pick up – or download – some recent titles and steel yourself for continued constructive conversations, online or in person, about topics safe (favorite local burger joint?) and sensitive (religion, politics, toilet paper over or under?). Check with your local library staff for more tips and resources on effective communications and determining authenticity of information. Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era, by Daniel J. Levitin A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, Daniel J. Levitin Words can Change your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy by Andrew B. Newberg The Chicago Guide to Fact-checking by Brooke Borel Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone

The Fairfax County Seal

February 22, 2018
Jane Miscavage of Vienna, Stella Pekarsky of Centreville and Philip Rosenthal of Fairfax Station have been appointed to the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. Miscavage is an at large delegate, while Pekarsky represents the Sully District and Rosenthal represents the Springfield District. Miscavage is an award-winning public affairs strategist who will serve on the library’s public relations committee. Currently she serves as vice president of outreach for the Fairfax County Council of PTAs supporting 175 local PTAs. She is a bookseller at Bards Alley Bookstore, an independent community bookstore in Vienna that she helped launch in 2017. Among her career accomplishments, she has: overseen grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of Fairfax County Public Schools, including the successful campaign that led to the first fully-funded schools budget (FY 2017) in 10 years; managed communications campaigns for non-profit, political, corporate and social service clients; been a substitute teacher; and served as President of the Thoreau Middle School PTA where she oversaw fundraising for a major school renovation. Miscavage has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. Pekarsky is a child advocate with extensive leadership experience, including managing programs, budgets and volunteers, and teaching and coordinating youth services for diverse populations. Currently she is co-owner of Skyway Air Taxi of Manassas where she manages strategic planning, marketing and customer relations. She serves as Secretary for the Fairfax Council of PTAs and is a member of the education committee of the Fairfax Chapter of the NAACP. Earlier, she served as president of the Greenbriar West Parent Teacher Association where she helped develop after school programs and coordinated all events; served as president of her Homeowners Association in Centreville; and advocated for students’ interests as an ESOL Teacher in Fairfax. She will serve on the library’s ad hoc policy committee. Pekarsky has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Mason University. Rosenthal is president of Nationwide Credit Corporation in Alexandria where he directs all management, personnel and overall operations. As part of that role, he oversaw the merging of National Capitol Adjustment Corp. with Nationwide Credit Corporation in 2000. He has advanced throughout the ranks of the American Collectors Association International, having held each executive officer position, culminating in serving as president in 1999-2000. He was twice awarded the Paul Bunyan Award, ACA’s highest honor. Currently he serves on ACA’s board of directors. He is a current member and past chairman of the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board and a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, among other business and civic organizations. Rosenthal will serve on the library’s finance committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.




7:00PM, Join us Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m., at Herndon Fortnightly Library for the…