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Did you tune in for the Giraffes Can't Dance Early Literacy in Action story and craft time last Friday? A staff member's...
06/03/2020

Did you tune in for the Giraffes Can't Dance Early Literacy in Action story and craft time last Friday? A staff member's nephew sure did — and he was so inspired to be creative that he went rogue and made a whole giraffe instead of just its ears!

🎥Watch the storytime video here: bit.ly/fcpl-early-lit-in-action-giraffes
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📩 Help us provide the best storytimes! Take a short survey to tell us how you've been enjoying FCPL Online Storytimes: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnlineStorytime.

06/03/2020
FCPL Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play: The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!" by Mo Willems and shares a rhyme about a duckling. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Little Duck Fingerplay Instructions:
I am a little duck that goes quack, quack, quack.
(Make hand be duck's mouth and move open and closed)
And I've got lots of feathers on my back, back, back.
(Wave hands near the bottom to indicate tail feathers)
And when I go down to the lake, lake, lake
I wiggle and I waddle and I shake, shake, shake.
(Waddle and shake around like a duck)
And when I go to sleep at night, night, night,
(Pretend to be sleeping with hands as pillows)
I close my eyes very tight, tight, tight.
But in the morning when I wake, wake, wake,
I wiggle and I waddle and I shake, shake, shake.

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Duck on a Tractor" by David Shannon
"Jump, Little Wood Ducks" by Marion Dane Bauer

Special thanks to Hyperion Books for Children for allowing us to share this story.

Haven't you heard? The library has a bunch of digital programming going on for "Adults, Too!" This week's highlights inc...
06/03/2020

Haven't you heard? The library has a bunch of digital programming going on for "Adults, Too!" This week's highlights include author insights and homemade drinks... Join us for these virtual events and more listed in the library calendar:
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🔜 YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN: The setting we know best is our hometown — the place we couldn’t wait to escape and the place we love to go back to. Dr. Kasie Whitener explores the details authors include and the ones they leave out when writing about their hometowns. Register to receive an invitation to the June 11 (7 p.m.) virtual class: bit.ly/3cmuhSQ

🔜 DIY SPECIAL TEA: Regular store-bought tea no longer good enough? Learn how to make a special tea using a few ingredients at home ! Premieres June 5 at 10:30 a.m. on YouTube: bit.ly/375lzYl
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#AdultsToo #WhatsNewWednesday

For high school students who will soon be applying to colleges while unable to make in-person visits to campuses during ...
06/02/2020

For high school students who will soon be applying to colleges while unable to make in-person visits to campuses during the pandemic, check out this 13-college panel series featuring current students and alumni from top schools in the U.S. to get to know them virtually!
https://bit.ly/36RgC5h

June has arrived, which means #SummerReading is just around the corner! Find all the details about this year's virtual p...
06/02/2020
Research Center Guides: Summer Reading for Youth and Adults: Youth Summer Reading

June has arrived, which means #SummerReading is just around the corner! Find all the details about this year's virtual program at the link below, and get ready to "Imagine Your Story" and take part in fun challenges and just-for-fun reading from June 12-August 14.

Starting June 12, sign up online and download a preschool (Birth-5), school-aged (Grades K-5), teen (Grades 6-12) or adult (18+) summer reading gameboard filled with challenges and prize milestones. Reaching each prize milestone provides the opportunity to be entered into a random drawing for an Amazon e-gift card!
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#ImagineYourStory 2020 Collaborative Summer Reading Program

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's summer reading activities!

06/02/2020
FCPL Storytime: The Wolf's Chicken Stew

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Wolf's Chicken Stew" by Keiko Kasza and shares a rhyme about a baby chicken. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

This Little Chick Fingerplay Instructions:
This little chick ate corn today. (Hold up thumb.)
This little chick ate worms, they say. (Hold up first finger.)
This little chick ate yellow meal. (Hold up second finger.)
This little chick ate a potato peel. (Hold up third finger.)
And this little chick like a fluffy ball, (Hold up fourth finger.)
Ate a teeny, tiny, bit of all!
Corn today! Worms they say!
Yellow meal! Potato peel!

Other books your child may enjoy:
"First the Egg" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
"Minerva Louise at the Fair" by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Special thanks to Putnam Publishing for allowing us to share this story.

📩 Help us provide the best storytimes! Take a short survey to tell us how you've been enjoying FCPL Online Storytimes: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnlineStorytime.

06/02/2020
Mark Rober

The squirrels are out and about, faster and smarter than ever!
Check out this amazing obstacle course created by Mark Rober, an engineer and inventor who worked for NASA and Apple. It might inspire some backyard engineering of your own!

Squirrels were stealing my bird seed so I solved the problem with mechanical engineering :)

Join the conversations about these intriguing titles in virtual book club meetings during the month of June — and visit ...
06/01/2020
Stay Connected with Virtual Book Clubs this Summer | Library

Join the conversations about these intriguing titles in virtual book club meetings during the month of June — and visit the library events calendar to see what other titles are coming up throughout the rest of the summer.

Fairfax County, Virginia - Join virtual conversations about selected titles in Fairfax County Public Library's online book club meetings in June.

After the holiday last week, our personal reader's advisory team is back with it's regularly scheduled My Perfect Read (...
06/01/2020

After the holiday last week, our personal reader's advisory team is back with it's regularly scheduled My Perfect Read (MPR) Monday themed book recommendations for all ages! In celebration of #PrideMonth in June, this week's theme is LGBTQ+. Search for these titles in OverDrive to access the eBooks. #MPRmonday #bookrecommendations

06/01/2020
FCPL Fun with Reading: Noni the Pony

Join Ms. Liz as she reads "Noni the Pony" by Alison Lester and shares a rhyme about horses. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Ten Galloping Horses:
Ten galloping horses,
Came through town.
Five were white,
Five were brown.
They galloped up,
They galloped down.
Ten galloping horses,
Came through town.

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach" by Alison Lester
"Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great" by Bob Shea (ebook)

Special thanks to Beach Lane Books for allowing us to share this story.

Curbside services begin today at Fairfax County Public Library! We're excited to start sharing the physical collection w...
06/01/2020

Curbside services begin today at Fairfax County Public Library! We're excited to start sharing the physical collection with you again — please follow all pickup and returns guidelines found at bit.ly/fcpl-curbside to help us do so safely and efficiently 😷🚗📚❤️⏰🎉

Can you name these children's picture books by a piece of their cover?Comment with you answers! We will post the titles ...
05/31/2020

Can you name these children's picture books by a piece of their cover?
Comment with you answers! We will post the titles later.

#booklovers #books #earlyliteracy

How amazing would it be to make a house or home for faeries and gnomes from materials you can find around your house? Jo...
05/31/2020

How amazing would it be to make a house or home for faeries and gnomes from materials you can find around your house? Join Sunny from Pohick Regional LIbrary and learn how to create your own faerie house or gnome.

https://bit.ly/2XbqWSd

#libraryprograms

When they say "universal," Universal Class means it! Log in with your Fairfax County Public Library card and discover cl...
05/31/2020

When they say "universal," Universal Class means it! Log in with your Fairfax County Public Library card and discover classes on more than just academics.

https:bit.ly/3eoizZw

“Everyone should carry a mask. Once upon a time, everybody had a handkerchief.” Judith Martin's new book is all about ma...
05/30/2020
Miss Manners' Guide to Contagious Etiquette - Andrews McMeel Publishing

“Everyone should carry a mask. Once upon a time, everybody had a handkerchief.” Judith Martin's new book is all about manners during Coronavirus times.
You can check out her previous "Miss Manners Minds Your Business", available as audiobook, and reminisce about the old days at the office:
https://bit.ly/2XdINrP

A concise collection of up-to-the-moment social guidance in the time of social distance from the most trusted name in advice. From how to connect when we’re physically distant to the most effective way to advocate for better public health practices in your community (hint: it is not by yelling at ...

Be prepared for your pickup! Print and fill in or save and edit this handy instructions sheet so you'll have all the inf...
05/30/2020

Be prepared for your pickup! Print and fill in or save and edit this handy instructions sheet so you'll have all the info you need to safely and efficiently use our curbside services starting on Monday, June 1. Find your branch's phone number by clicking "Branches | Locations +" in the left-hand menu on our homepage.

J.K. Rowling released a new online chapter book for children! Chapters will be released each weekday until July 10, and ...
05/30/2020
Home - The Ickabog

J.K. Rowling released a new online chapter book for children! Chapters will be released each weekday until July 10, and there's a competition for kids ages 7-12 to submit illustrations for the print version that will be published in November 2020!

Welcome! You’ve arrived at the website of my new story, The Ickabog. I had the idea for The Ickabog a long time ago and read it to my two younger children chapter by chapter each night while I was working on it. However, when the time came to publish it, I decided to put out …

What a cool way to experience reading and language learning at the same time!
05/29/2020
paralleltext.io

What a cool way to experience reading and language learning at the same time!

Learn languages by reading books on paralleltext.io. See translation for sentences and listen in parallel in many different languages.

Hey, Young Adult Fiction lovers! Download two thematically-paired eAudiobooks for free each week through July 29 with Sy...
05/29/2020
Free audiobooks for teens | AudiobookSYNC | AudioFile Magazine

Hey, Young Adult Fiction lovers! Download two thematically-paired eAudiobooks for free each week through July 29 with Sync: Audiobooks for Teens (it's for adults who love YA audiobooks, too!). The program uses the separate Sora app, but is super easy to set up! Learn more and start reading: bit.ly/3ey99uz

AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program from AudioFile Magazine for teens 13+ that gives away two paired audiobook downloads a week.

05/29/2020

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!" by Mo Willems and shares a rhyme about a duckling. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Little Duck Fingerplay Instructions:
I am a little duck that goes quack, quack, quack.
(Make hand be duck's mouth and move open and closed)
And I've got lots of feathers on my back, back, back.
(Wave hands near the bottom to indicate tail feathers)
And when I go down to the lake, lake, lake
I wiggle and I waddle and I shake, shake, shake.
(Waddle and shake around like a duck)
And when I go to sleep at night, night, night,
(Pretend to be sleeping with hands as pillows)
I close my eyes very tight, tight, tight.
But in the morning when I wake, wake, wake,
I wiggle and I waddle and I shake, shake, shake.

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Duck on a Tractor" by David Shannon
"Jump, Little Wood Ducks" by Marion Dane Bauer

Special thanks to Hyperion Books for Children for allowing us to share this story.

📩 Help us provide the best storytimes! Take a short survey to tell us how you've been enjoying FCPL Online Storytimes: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnlineStorytime.

05/29/2020

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Wolf's Chicken Stew" by Keiko Kasza and shares a rhyme about a baby chicken. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

This Little Chick Fingerplay Instructions:
This little chick ate corn today. (Hold up thumb.)
This little chick ate worms, they say. (Hold up first finger.)
This little chick ate yellow meal. (Hold up second finger.)
This little chick ate a potato peel. (Hold up third finger.)
And this little chick like a fluffy ball, (Hold up fourth finger.)
Ate a teeny, tiny, bit of all!
Corn today! Worms they say!
Yellow meal! Potato peel!

Other books your child may enjoy:
"First the Egg" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
"Minerva Louise at the Fair" by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Special thanks to Putnam Publishing for allowing us to share this story.

📩 Help us provide the best storytimes! Take a short survey to tell us how you've been enjoying FCPL Online Storytimes: www.surveymonkey.com/r/OnlineStorytime.

05/29/2020

Join Ms. Liz as she reads "Noni the Pony" by Alison Lester and shares a rhyme about horses. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Ten Galloping Horses:
Ten galloping horses,
Came through town.
Five were white,
Five were brown.
They galloped up,
They galloped down.
Ten galloping horses,
Came through town.

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach" by Alison Lester
"Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great" by Bob Shea (ebook)

Special thanks to Beach Lane Books for allowing us to share this story.

Join the William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science online for Marine Science Day tomorrow! All ages are welcom...
05/29/2020

Join the William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science online for Marine Science Day tomorrow! All ages are welcome for a fun, educational and engaging day of exploration including live-streamed talks and Q+A sessions with scientists. Learn more and register on the VIMS website.

Film lovers: you won't want to miss the first ever global film festival, free to stream on Youtube, May 29-June7, co-cur...
05/28/2020
We Are One

Film lovers: you won't want to miss the first ever global film festival, free to stream on Youtube, May 29-June7, co-curated by over 20 film festivals across the globe.

https://bit.ly/2ZJCDBu

#WEAREONE #filmfestival

Experience a film festival like never before during this first ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 21 film festivals from across the world. A...

05/28/2020
Access Services

Curbside Pickup is coming soon, but we know accessibility is an issue for many of our patrons. If you or someone you know cannot read standard print materials or are unable to physically visit a local library due to age, disability, illness or frailty, Access Services can help! Watch the video below to find out how.
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Email [email protected] or call at 703-324-8380 for more information.

The Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library removes barriers to library services for people with disabilities. Watch this video to learn ...

05/28/2020

Join us for a special broadcast of FCPL Storytime featuring the book "Giraffes Can't Dance."

Plus, we'll share an activity preschoolers can do using these materials found in your home:
• Template: bit.ly/fcpl-ela-template1
• White cardstock or paper (alternatively you can use yellow paper for the template and orange paper for the spots)
• Scissors
• Glue
• Stapler or tape
• Markers or crayons

Special thanks to Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., for allowing us to share this story.

05/28/2020
FCPL Storytime: Ouch!

Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Ouch!" by Ragnhild Scamell and shares a rhyme about hedgehogs. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Hedgehog Turn Around Fingerplay Instructions:
Hedgehog, hedgehog, sitting on a wall (one fist sitting on opposite outstretched arm)
Hedgehog, hedgehog curl into a ball. (circle hands around each other)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, scurry and run, (run in place with tiny steps)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, eating in the sun. (pretend to eat with paws)
Hedgehog, hedgehog turn around, (turn around one time)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, sleeping on the ground. (fold arms and pretend to sleep)

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Hedgehugs" by Steve Wilson
"The Hug" by Eoin McLaughlin

Special thanks to Good Books for allowing us to share this story.

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." -Leo TolstoyWhat is art?#Thursd...
05/28/2020

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced." -Leo Tolstoy
What is art?

#ThursdayThoughts

Beginning June 1, Curbside Pickup of holds and grab bags will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at all FCPL bran...
05/27/2020

Beginning June 1, Curbside Pickup of holds and grab bags will be available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at all FCPL branches (except Lorton Library). Visit bit.ly/fcpl-curbside for detailed instructions for the contactless pickup procedure. FCPL will also accept returns (via book drops only) starting June 1 on a staggered basis according borrowers' last names.

For a printable instructions sheet you can fill in with your branch's phone number and your library card number, click here: bit.ly/fcpl-curbside-printable-instructions

05/27/2020

Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Ouch!" by Ragnhild Scamell and shares a rhyme about hedgehogs. Follow along with the rhyme using the instructions below.

Hedgehog Turn Around Fingerplay Instructions:
Hedgehog, hedgehog, sitting on a wall (one fist sitting on opposite outstretched arm)
Hedgehog, hedgehog curl into a ball. (circle hands around each other)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, scurry and run, (run in place with tiny steps)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, eating in the sun. (pretend to eat with paws)
Hedgehog, hedgehog turn around, (turn around one time)
Hedgehog, hedgehog, sleeping on the ground. (fold arms and pretend to sleep)

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Hedgehugs" by Steve Wilson
"The Hug" by Eoin McLaughlin

Special thanks to Good Books for allowing us to share this story.

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's first-ever virtual career fair for college students and new grads (f...
05/27/2020

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's first-ever virtual career fair for college students and new grads (from anywhere, not just Fairfax County or Virginia) is tomorrow!

If you are (or know) a college student or a recent grad looking to start your career, you’ve come to the right place. We know college students and recent grads are not entering the workforce in the way they always dreamt they would‒ which is why we’re hosting a virtual career fair on May 28 for new grads to network with leading, HIRING companies in Northern Virginia.

Save the date: Thurs. May 28 from 1-4 pm ET.

Register today! https://hubs.ly/H0qKhPd0

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