Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Fairfax County Public Library reveals what 10 things staff are grateful for in December.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
The end of 2012 is around the corner, and to celebrate, the Fairfax County Public Library released a list of the top 10 things library staff in the county are grateful for in December. The full list was sent out via the library's email newsletter, FCPLease: 10. Good weather and electricity! We’ve stopped taking either for granted since blizzards, hurricanes and derechos have come to Fairfax County; you can’t check out a book or recharge your e-reader without electricity, and we need our books. 9. No bedbugs! Yes, we saw the New York Times article that shows some libraries in other parts of the nation are dealing with bedbugs in library books. This has not been a problem in Fairfax County, but if you want to cross your fingers, toss salt …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Magician Mike Klee performed as part of the library's summer reading program.
Magician Mike Klee presented his Dream Big and Read magic show at Burke Centre Library as part of Fairfax County Public Library's 2012 Summer Reading Program. Each of Klee's tricks connected to a children’s' book, including: Preschoolers through students entering grade 12 may participate in the Dream Big and Read summer reading program, registering online or at one of the library's 22 branches. Those who complete a reading log and return it to a library branch by Sept. 1 earn a coupon book with free and discounted items. Finishers are also entered into a drawing for the chance to win special prizes, including Sony E-Book Readers, Washington Nationals tickets, gift cards and books. In addition, each county library branch has scheduled …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Fairfax County Library Board met to discuss proposed cuts and requests for additional hours.
The budget for Fairfax County libraries has been cut almost 27 percent over the last four years. Now, the system is bracing for more reduction. Since 2008, the Board of Supervisors has cut the library's budget from $33.5 million in FY 2008 to $26.0 million in FY 2012. The cut within the proposed FY 2013 is 1.21 percent — another $324,359. “We cannot afford anymore cuts," said Charles Fegan, at large member of the Library Board of Trustees. The board met Wednesday night to discuss the budget. "The Board of Supervisors is very attune to this. We need to hit while the iron is hot. We have to take a stand.” "The cuts were intended to be on the edge, not [Library Director Sam Clay’s] significant programs," Griffin told The Connection earlier…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Panel, citizens agree a higher salary is needed to attract the right candidate for an impossible job
"We’re not going to get somebody in here on Tony’s salary," said a constituent at Supervisor John Cook's Town Hall on Monday night. Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin is scheduled to retire in April, and the Board of Supervisors has begun the process to replace him. According to Cook, Griffin currently earns about $240,000 a year. School superintendent Jack Dale earns about $320,000 a year, and many in the room said that discrepancy would need to be adjusted if the county wanted to attract top candidates for county executive. Supervisor Cook agreed. "The Board of Supervisors hasn't yet set any parameters, but when you're as big as Fairfax County, you find who you want and you get them," he said. "We’re going to pay what we need to pay…
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Best book lists abound, but are they comparing apples to oranges?
Many top ten (or whatever number) book lists are a collaboration between several people, says Lev Grossman in Time. Often the lists are comparing apples and oranges. "There are apples-to-oranges problems: how do you compare the moody, seedy greatness of a Kate Atkinson novel with a cerebral wreck like David Foster Wallace’s posthumous The Pale King (which so far, to my surprise, I’ve seen on exactly zero top 10 lists)," said Grossman. In the end, these book lists at least give an idea of what's being read, and provide choices of what I might want to read. In that vein, Burke Patch presents a comparison of three 'top book' lists for 2011. The books listed by Fairfax County Public Library are based on the number of times the titels were …