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Every child should be read to from an early age.WDVM visited with us to learn about our new World Languages Bags featuri...
12/05/2019
For first time, Fairfax County Public Library is lending out books in Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, and Urdu

Every child should be read to from an early age.
WDVM visited with us to learn about our new World Languages Bags featuring children's books in some of the most widely used languages in Fairfax County. Now, more caregivers can share in the critical task of nurturing early literacy by reading in their native language.

CHANTILLY, Va. (WDVM) — Over 180 languages are spoken in Fairfax County homes, but up until recently, the Fairfax County Public Library wasn’t providing books in some of the most common…

You can build a piece of Fairfax County Public Library! This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kingstowne Library we ar...
12/04/2019

You can build a piece of Fairfax County Public Library!

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kingstowne Library we are building four 3D printers to be used at branches including Kingstowne, Richard Byrd and Reston Regional, and we need your help. Adults and ages 12 and up are welcome to join in this hands-on event.

Space is limited, so register now: bit.ly/2OKpnqh

“A child growing up in a home with at least 80 books will have greater literacy and numeracy in adulthood. … The average...
12/04/2019
A home library can have a powerful effect on children

“A child growing up in a home with at least 80 books will have greater literacy and numeracy in adulthood. … The average number of books in a U.S. household is 114 …”

(We assume some of them can be rotating library books!)

A new study finds that simply growing up in a home with enough books increases adult literacy and math prowess.

It's that time of year where the "Best of" articles pop up everywhere. Here's the Washington Post's list of the best boo...
12/03/2019
The best books of 2019

It's that time of year where the "Best of" articles pop up everywhere. Here's the Washington Post's list of the best books of 2019. How many did you read?
https://wapo.st/2RjfCRt
(Access the Washington Post online with your library card.)

The 10 books to read now.

Kids in bed on time AND more reading time for Mom?! This description from FCPL patron Joy sounds like the perfect ANY da...
12/02/2019

Kids in bed on time AND more reading time for Mom?! This description from FCPL patron Joy sounds like the perfect ANY day, not just a #PerfectLibraryDay!

"My perfect library day starts with a family trip to Burke Lake Park to play Pokémon GO, play in the playground, and take a train ride. Then we all go to the library. My husband and toddler take a class or watch a puppet show, my older son goes right to the Pokémon section and plants himself in a comfortable chair, and I hit the book sale.

"When we're all finished, the kids nap in the car on the way home, we read lots of books, and then the kids STILL go to bed on time. And I read more. Perfect!"

Who's making #NewYearNewYou plans to pick up or reignite a hobby? Start now! Studies suggest that having hobbies can lea...
12/01/2019
Branch Out Your Hobbies: Read the Winter Issue of the Library Magazine | Library

Who's making #NewYearNewYou plans to pick up or reignite a hobby? Start now!

Studies suggest that having hobbies can lead to better work performance and creativity as well as improved physical health and mental and emotional well-being.

You may be surprised at the breadth and depth of hobbies people of all ages can explore at the library. Pick up a copy of the winter issue of Branch Out magazine to learn more and get inspired!

Fairfax County, Virginia - The winter 2019-2020 issue of Fairfax County Public Library's Branch Out magazine, covering December-February, focuses on the importance of hobbies and how the library’s resources and programs can help kick-start or expand them.

Anyone in your house love puppets? The library has plenty of shows to choose from! http://bit.ly/2Ol91nC
11/30/2019

Anyone in your house love puppets? The library has plenty of shows to choose from! http://bit.ly/2Ol91nC

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11/30/2019

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There are 29 new bestsellers, one new audiobook, 60 new children's books, and 176 other new books, including one that is available online.

The new bestsellers this week include "Crime in Progress," "Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over," and "With All Due Respect."

Dreading the annual "search for the perfect gifts"?Consumer Reports already did all the work! Each year they tests thous...
11/29/2019

Dreading the annual "search for the perfect gifts"?

Consumer Reports already did all the work! Each year they tests thousands of the latest products and services to bring trusted ratings, reviews, test results and buying guides to consumers. Best of all? Access to ConsumerReports.org is FREE with your library card!

Use the library's online subscription - http://bit.ly/2OnWekD - and log in today to explore information on everything from refrigerators and strollers to headphones, leaf blowers and car insurance. Plus, the 2019 Holiday Guide also includes the best #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday deals on on TVs, laptops, robotic vacuums, small appliances and more.

Our branches may be closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday, but you can still access tons of online resources — inclu...
11/29/2019

Our branches may be closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday, but you can still access tons of online resources — including digital editions of many popular magazines and more than 28,000 unlimited access eAudiobooks on RBdigital (bit.ly/FCPL-RBdigital).

All branches will reopen tomorrow with normal operating hours (no pre-dawn doorbuster hours needed to get free stuff here 😄): http://bit.ly/2iMHj6a

Want to pass on to your kids an understanding of the holiday's history along with your family traditions? These books he...
11/29/2019
Kids Read: Thanksgiving books for kids that tell more of the story

Want to pass on to your kids an understanding of the holiday's history along with your family traditions? These books help reveal a bigger picture of the first half of the 17th century in America, the arrival of the Pilgrims and what it means to give thanks.

Find more children's books on gratitude in the library catalog to continue celebrating thankfulness year-round: bit.ly/2DhtO5d

Check out Reston Connection's recap of the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary celebration at Reston Regional Library!  Nearl...
11/27/2019
Reston Library Transforms Into Sesame Street

Check out Reston Connection's recap of the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary celebration at Reston Regional Library! Nearly 900 attendees turned out to enjoy the events, performances, photo ops, decorations, carnival games and rubber-ducky prizes honoring the show that has been teaching preschoolers their ABCs, 1-2-3s and other early literacy concepts for five decades.

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Reminder: The library will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. All branches will reopen Saturday...
11/27/2019

Reminder: The library will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. All branches will reopen Saturday with normal operating hours.

Savor the whole holiday season by spending time with your family and friends — including out-of-town guests — at free ho...
11/26/2019
Free Holiday Activities at the Library in December | Library

Savor the whole holiday season by spending time with your family and friends — including out-of-town guests — at free holiday-themed activities for all ages taking place at branches throughout December!

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County Public Library branches will host dozens of free holiday-themed events for kids, teens and adults throughout the month of December.

Library staff recommend some of their favorite books in this episode of "My Perfect Read" - from a climate change thrill...
11/26/2019

Library staff recommend some of their favorite books in this episode of "My Perfect Read" - from a climate change thriller and a social science study of what "work" means in a time of changing job markets, to historical fiction about a journey of enslavement to freedom, a behind the scenes look at astronaut life in space and more.
WATCH NOW: https://youtu.be/QVjrNeLCvFg

Have you read the NY Times article about how (and why) to find and make time for a hobby? Pick up the new hobbies-themed...
11/25/2019
How to Find a Hobby

Have you read the NY Times article about how (and why) to find and make time for a hobby? Pick up the new hobbies-themed winter issue of BRANCH OUT magazine - available in branches now - to discover how your library can get you started on a hobby today with books, events, free online resources and more about everything from model trains to strength training!

Learn more about Branch Out: http://bit.ly/2XO0CfT

In your quest for a balanced life, have you neglected your hobbies? It’s not too late. Use this guide to get inspired, spark your interests and follow your passion toward a new hobby.

Learn more about genealogy research, our special local yearbook project and "Memory Depot" DIY scanning centers in this ...
11/25/2019

Learn more about genealogy research, our special local yearbook project and "Memory Depot" DIY scanning centers in this episode of "Check It Out."
https://youtu.be/90z6GoUNYkU

Children's picture books are now available in Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and Tamil. This is a perfect way for grandparents an...
11/24/2019

Children's picture books are now available in Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and Tamil. This is a perfect way for grandparents and others to read to children in their native language. Learn more online or stop by any branch. http://bit.ly/2KDOdFJ

What a happy homecoming story!One of six matchbox-sized books created by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë "is headed back ...
11/24/2019
A Tiny Brontë Book Comes Home

What a happy homecoming story!

One of six matchbox-sized books created by a 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë "is headed back to the brick parsonage on the edge of the moors where it was created" to join four of the other miniature volumes in the series Charlotte called The Young Men’s Magazine.

A museum in Haworth, England, paid $777,000 for one of Charlotte Brontë’s matchbox-size books she wrote when she was a teenager.

Kids at Martha Washington Library dug for and made fossils and built their own dinosaurs for #Dinovember.
11/23/2019

Kids at Martha Washington Library dug for and made fossils and built their own dinosaurs for #Dinovember.

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11/23/2019

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There are nine new bestsellers, 23 new movies, 68 new children's books, and 105 other new books, including 15 that are available online.

The new bestsellers this week include "A Warning," "The Queen of Nothing," and "Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family." The new movies this week include "Downton Abbey," "Overcomer," and "Spider-Man: Far From Home."

One week until #BlackFriday! Want #EarlyAccess to the excitement?The library has tons of amazing #FREE offers every day ...
11/22/2019

One week until #BlackFriday! Want #EarlyAccess to the excitement?

The library has tons of amazing #FREE offers every day of the year! Learn about the resources available at your Fairfax County Public Library at bit.ly/FCPL-Home.

If you're not a cardholder yet, register today at bit.ly/joinFCPL and start enjoying all the benefits.

Is there a book you read as kid that you wished you could become a part of? Kids in grades K-2 can now jump into their f...
11/22/2019

Is there a book you read as kid that you wished you could become a part of? Kids in grades K-2 can now jump into their favorite stories (while practicing reading) at Chantilly Regional Library's new "Bringing Books to Life" program!

The series kicks off on Monday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a December 9 event and more dates in January.

Details and registration: http://bit.ly/2OeUcmN

Reminder -- The library will be closed November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.
11/21/2019

Reminder -- The library will be closed November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.

Familiar with the lifelong learning goldmine that is The Great Courses? Fairfax County Times recently toured the company...
11/21/2019
‘The Netflix of learning’

Familiar with the lifelong learning goldmine that is The Great Courses? Fairfax County Times recently toured the company's studios and offices at its headquarters in Chantilly and met with its staff to learn about their history and course production. Find nearly 800 DVDs - bit.ly/2QIhwLn - and CDs - bit.ly/2KCJqV0 - from The Great Courses in the FCPL catalog and keep learning today!

If you are a member of the “learning never ends” tribe, then you are probably aware of The Great Courses, a company that produces exceptional video and audio college-level courses

Fairfax County is kicking off a countywide effort to get the word out about the 2020 U.S. Census! Are you ready to be co...
11/20/2019

Fairfax County is kicking off a countywide effort to get the word out about the 2020 U.S. Census! Are you ready to be counted? Learn more on the county website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census

Food for Fines is BACK! During the month of December bring nonperishable food donations to your local library branch to ...
11/20/2019

Food for Fines is BACK! During the month of December bring nonperishable food donations to your local library branch to reduce your fines while supporting families in our community through Food for Others.
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2CZn4sy

Did you know that November is Family Engagement Month in Virginia? Check out these books about how parents can participa...
11/19/2019

Did you know that November is Family Engagement Month in Virginia? Check out these books about how parents can participate in their child's education! https://bit.ly/2Kpwi5D

This Sherwood Regional Library user finds her #PerfectLibraryDay in our magazine and top-sellers collections. Where's yo...
11/19/2019

This Sherwood Regional Library user finds her #PerfectLibraryDay in our magazine and top-sellers collections. Where's yours?

"My highlight of the day is being able to come to the library, sit at a table and read one of my favorite magazines — PEOPLE. I always appreciate the library having the new books from the top selling list, too. Thank you for making all the above possible for library patrons."

Did you know November 18 is High-Five a Librarian Day? If you can't make it into a branch to participate in person, comm...
11/18/2019

Did you know November 18 is High-Five a Librarian Day?
If you can't make it into a branch to participate in person, comment here with something you love about your Fairfax County Public Libraries to share a virtual high-five with our awesome staff!

Did you know that 30 million older adults fall each year—andone out of every five falls causes a serious injury? But agi...
11/17/2019
Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Did you know that 30 million older adults fall each year—and
one out of every five falls causes a serious injury? But aging doesn't have to mean a higher risk of falls.

If you or someone you care about may be at risk, don't miss a Fall Prevention for Older Adults seminar presented by Inova Health as part of its "Stay on Your Feet!" program. Join us Friday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Martha Washington Library to learn how to stay safe and independent and take steps to reduce your chances of falling.

Follow the link below for event details, and find more information from Inova Health System - bit.ly/2NUnOFT - and the CDC - bit.ly/2CLEJDZ.

Learn how to improve your balance and minimize your risk of falling. Presented by Inova Health.

See what's new this week at Fairfax County Public Library:*** http://wowbrary.org/nu.aspx?fb&p=956-481 ***There are nine...
11/16/2019

See what's new this week at Fairfax County Public Library:

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There are nine new bestsellers, 137 new children's books, and 148 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "A Warning," "Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History," and "A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston."

Who doesn't love the chance to interact with animals?!Kids age 2-5 with adult can learn about nature through stories, li...
11/15/2019

Who doesn't love the chance to interact with animals?!

Kids age 2-5 with adult can learn about nature through stories, live animals and activities in the monthly Riverbend Park for Preschoolers program at Herndon Fortnightly Library.

Next session is Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m.!
See details and more dates: bit.ly/2qVmqtz

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11/15/2019

Fairfax County Public Library's cover photo

We hope everyone is hitting their National Novel Writing Month word count goals! If you need a little more inspiration, ...
11/15/2019
9 Books That You Didn't Know Started as NaNoWriMos | Book Riot

We hope everyone is hitting their National Novel Writing Month word count goals! If you need a little more inspiration, check out this list of nine published books that started as #NaNoWriMo works...

You probably know of a few books that started as NaNoWriMos, but you might not know these titles that were low key NaNoWriMo projects.

11/14/2019

The Great Falls Library closed at 1 p.m. today due to lack of heat. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The wait is nearly over! All Fairfax County Public Library branches are CLOSED TODAY while we transition to the new cata...
11/12/2019

The wait is nearly over!

All Fairfax County Public Library branches are CLOSED TODAY while we transition to the new catalog system.

See what's in store: http://bit.ly/FCPL-Catalog

Fairfax County Public Library branches are closed today in honor of Veterans Day and tomorrow for the transition to our ...
11/11/2019

Fairfax County Public Library branches are closed today in honor of Veterans Day and tomorrow for the transition to our new catalog system.

View the closing alert: http://bit.ly/33lvSEG

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