May is Mental Health Awareness Month

One in five adults in the United States has a mental illness. However, 45% of cases of mental illness go untreated. A long-stigmatized issue, mental health has only recently broken taboo and become a topic of conversation. In order to facilitate the much-needed discussion about mental health, the United States has recognized May as Mental…

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Visit the Friends’ Book Sales

Our favorite partners (besides the library staff!) are the Friends of the Library Groups. Each of the Fairfax County Public Library branches is supported by individual Friends groups which provide essential support to their branches. We are so grateful for the work they do! It’s Book Sale Season! One way you can support your local Friends Group…

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Year-End Appeal to Support the Library

The library offers opportunity. The mission of Fairfax Library Foundation is to support and enhance Fairfax County Public Library’s ability to offer opportunity, beyond what the county budget supports. Libraries are the great equalizers in society. A place where everyone, regardless of income, birthplace, or education, is invited to expand his or her mind and…

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Library Comic Con

Thanks for making the first Library Comic Con a big success! Check out these photos of Library Comic Con! You can view footage from the first Library Comic Con in this video: Library Comic Con Fairfax County Public Library is presenting their first Library Comic Con on Saturday, May 13 from 10am – 2:30pm at Chantilly…

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National Poetry Month Round-Up

In case you missed it, April is National Poetry Month. Below is a round-up of some of the Foundation’s favorite things we’ve spotted so far during 2017’s National Poetry Month. Poetry Basics Let’s start at the beginning. What is poetry? We like the definition from… a website! Poetry.org: Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I…

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In Conversation with Local Indie Publisher

On April 15 Fairfax Library Foundation will partner with Curiosity Quills Press, a local indie publisher, for our next Barnes & Noble Bookfair Fundraiser. Curiosity Quills is sending six authors to the event, to chat with patrons and sign books. This collaboration inspired a conversation between the Foundation’s Director of Development, Abigail Fine, and Curiosity Quills’…

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Library Remarks at County Budget Hearing

In honor of National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017, we want to share the remarks made to advocate for library funding at the Fairfax County Public Hearing for the FY2018 Advertised Budget on April 5, 2017. Fairfax Library Foundation’s Board Chair, Brian Engler, and Fairfax County Public Library’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Karrie Delaney,…

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Women & Literacy

Women’s History Month In Review Women’s History Month in the United States began in 1987, with the intention of celebrating women’s excellence and giving credit to successful and innovative women of the world. Since 1987, every March has been dedicated to celebrating women for their accomplishments in math, science, politics – and literature. Prior to…

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Four Reasons to Join the Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors

Fairfax Library Foundation is looking to expand our Board of Directors. Here are the four main reasons professionals should consider board service (and with the Foundation in particular!): 1. Maximize Your Impact in Your Community The mission of Fairfax Library Foundation is to enhance Fairfax County Public Library. The county only contributes less than 1 cent per…

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Meet the Maker Movement

The Library will be at Maker Faire Nova on Sunday, March 19! On Sunday, March 19 from 11am-5pm the 4th Annual Maker Faire NoVa will be held at Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School in Reston. Fairfax Library Foundation and Fairfax County Public Library will both be at the Faire, with fun family activities…

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