Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,

'Twas the Night Before New Year


analog clock face approaches midnight with confetti streamers

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!”

Fairfax Virtual Assistant