Foundation raises $197K at A Library Jubilee!

Libraries exist with public funds, but supplementary contributions allow libraries to flourish. Much of the supplementary support for the Fairfax County Public Library comes from the Fairfax Library Foundation.

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Katherine Hanley, Former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Vice Chairman Penelope A. Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Chairman Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, all attended the event.

Recently, the organization hosted the event, A Library Jubilee! Soiree in the Stacks, at Woodrow Wilson Library. The money raised topped their expectations.

This year, the Foundation raised $197,038 through the Jubilee, with all proceeds going to Fairfax County Public Library. This exceeded their goal of $150,000 in part due to a gift from the Estate of Betty Waugh Downard.

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors. Their contributions make our support of the library possible,” Susan Harman Executive Director the Fairfax Library Foundation stated. “Vibrant libraries are essential to the communities that they serve.”

Some of the programs supported by the occasion include Changing Lives Through Literature, giving first time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action, and Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, bringing interactive reading experiences to preschool students.

During the event, attendees heard a moving description of the Changing Lives Through Literature program from facilitator Amanda Holmes Duffy. She described how the young people in the program learn about their own life challenges through the in-depth study of characters in literature.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Shirley’s Catering, and live music by the Mason Musicians, while mingling in the beautifully renovated Woodrow Wilson Library. The live and silent auctions created much excitement and raised more than $6,000 for the library. The program was emceed by Fran Millhouser, Mason District Representative, FCPL, Board of Trustees. Other speakers were Katie Strotman, Deputy Director, FCPL, Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Board of Supervisors and Penelope A. Gross, Vice Chair and Mason District Supervisor, Board of Supervisors.

They spoke about the importance of the Foundation to public libraries through its enhancements to programs and services, and shared their excitement about the future of Fairfax County Public Library.

Support of this event provides funding for scholarships, the Library’s Summer Reading Program, and new library materials, such as books and eBooks. Funding is always stretched for these important programs and initiatives, and new donor support is vital to the library. Donations help Fairfax County Public Library expand its reach to children and adults in every corner of our community.

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