October advocacy opportunities

Here is an updated list of meeting dates:

  • 10/12/2013, 2pm, Herndon Library: Comprise meeting #3
  • 10/16/2013, 7pm, Lorton Library: 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton
  • 10/19/2013: 1:30pm, Kings Park Library: 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke
  • 10/21/2013: 7:00pm, Great Falls Library: 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
  • 10/26/2013: 2:30pm, John Marshall Library: 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria
  • 10/30/2013: 7pm, Hunters Woods Elementary School Cafeteria: 2401 Colts Neck, Rd., Reston
  • 11/06/2013: 7pm, Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria: 8201 Lewinsville Rd., McLean
  • 11/18/2013: 7pm, George Mason Regional Library: 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale

 

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Upcoming Advocacy Opportunities in Fairfax County

The following events represent an opportunity for concerned community members to voice their concerns.  Please take a look at your calendar and see if you are free to attend any of the following.

  • 09/26/2013, 10am, Chantilly Library: Ad Hoc Committee for Weeding and Disposal
  • 09/29/2013, 2pm 3545 chain bridge road suite 106, 22030(SEIUVA office): community meeting to organize to get people out to the public meetings Library staff and Friends and union leaders will be there Anyone is welcome who is interested It is NOT sponsored by the library
  • 10/02/2013, 7pm, Oakton: Comprise Meeting #1
  • 10/03/2013, 7pm, Centreville: Community Outreach Session (with FCPL BoT member Karrie Delaney)
  • 10/04/2013, 11am, Richard Byrd: Comprise Meeting #2
  • 10/07/2013, 7pm, Chantilly Library: community outreach session (Karrie Delaney)
  • 10/10/2013, 7pm, Luther Jackson Middle School: Outreach session with Supervisor Lynda Smith.
  • 10/12/2013, 2pm, Herndon Library: Comprise meeting #3

The Leage of Women Voters will also be hosting a series of meetings at which the topic of libraries will come up.

Visit http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/WhereWeMeet.html or http://www.lwv-fairfax.org/files/2013_October_Voter.pdf for more comprehensive information.

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More interesting stories regarding library discards.

As awareness continues to spread, more and more news sources are providing coverage on the issue of the “beta” and discarded books.  The following links provide some interesting insights:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cherish-dont-trash-books-in-fairfax-county/2013/09/13/650a9b8e-1b02-11e3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html

http://fairfaxnews.com/2013/09/county-libraries-ordered-stop-trashing-books/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/how-to-save-the-library/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-save-the-library

http://sbeasley.blogspot.com/2013/09/an-open-letter-to-fairfax-county-public.html

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Our success in the news.

Here are a series of news stories highlighting the recent decision to postpone the beta, and the 250,000 books that the county has thrown out.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2013/09/12/fairfax-library-board-suspends-strategic-plan-pending-input-from-public-employees/

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Va-Libraries-Vow-to-Stop-Throwing-Away-Books-223395251.html

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2013/09/12/cutting-librarians-in-the-old-dominion/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-fairfax-county-protests-over-dumping-of-library-books-could-not-be-hushed/2013/09/12/d7731f1e-1bae-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html

http://restoncitizensassociation.blogspot.com/2013/09/fairfax-county-library-cuts-librarians.html

http://annandaleva.blogspot.com/2013/09/llibrary-board-suspends-plan-to.html

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A most heartfelt thanks to our supporters.

Your Fairfax Friends of the Library groups would like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who has helped support your libraries.  Thanks to outreach and advocacy, the board has decided not to move forward with the beta at this time.

However, a new challenge awaits us.  We asked for a chance for more community input, and it looks like we are going to get it.  The next few months will be extremely important as the administration looks to make changes to the proposed plan.

We urge those of you who have been involved, to stay involved and keep working with your Friends group.

In the mean time, thank you once again.

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The upcoming Library Board meeting

 

We would like to remind all our supporters that the meeting of the Library Board is this Wed night Sept. 11th at 7:00 PM at the George Mason Regional Library – 7001 Little River Turnpike, in Annandale.  This meeting is our chance to show how strongly we support our library system, its patrons, and our community.

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Chairman Bulova will ask the library board to delay the beta.

We are thrilled to share the news that Chairman Bulova will ask the library board to delay the beta at the next board of supervisors meeting!

“I believe it is crucial that library staff and patrons are at the table to discuss this proposal and provide their perspective. This dialogue is essential to discern what changes will best improve our libraries both for the present and in the long-run.

At our next Board Meeting on Sept. 10, I will be joining several of my colleagues in asking the Library Board and Staff to delay implementation of the “beta testing” they are doing to make sure sufficient community and workforce engagement is included in the consideration of changes. “

Read the full story here: http://annandale.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/oped-lets-have-a-dialogue-on-library-changes_2d7a1b8b

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A new milestone, and a reminder.

Thank you so much to all the people who have voiced their support.  It is extremely encouraging to see residents taking a chance to voice their concerns.  We have just hit 800 signatures.  1,000 signatures won’t be far behind.

We would like to take a moment to reiterate that our goal is to work WITH our leaders, not against them.  There are some elements of the proposal that could result in very positive improvements to the system as a whole.  As stated in the petition, our goal remains taking some extra time to review the proposed changes; and considering the ramifications of those changes along with more detailed feedback from residents and staff.

It is imperative that we conduct ourselves in a positive and constructive manner, if we are to stay true to our mission(s) to support our libraries.

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Almost 300 signatures…

We are thrilled that in just a few weeks, almost 300 concerned citizens have affirmed that they do not agree with the changes being made to the library.  These results are extremely encouraging, and we hope to continue our momentum in the weeks to come.

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Your libraries need YOUR help!

Dear Library Patrons,

In the upcoming months, a number of sweeping changes will come to our libraries.  These changes include, but are not limited to:

- Drastically reducing the number of staff available to serve patrons in libraries.
- Eliminating the requirement for staff members to hold an MLS or advanced certification.
- Stretching a single programming resource across multiple branches and multiple audiences.

These changes were planned with little to no input from library staff, patrons, or the community in general.  Yet many of them will serve to decimate the level of library service that Fairfax county residents expect and deserve.  In the weeks and months to come, your library Friends groups will be working to ensure that these changes are not made without a thorough review, and without proper and complete input from the community that they will affect.

Your libraries need YOUR help.

If you are as concerned by the negative impact of these changes as we are, then we implore you to get involved!  You can help by:

- Signing our online petition to delay the implementation of these changes
- Getting involved with your local “Friends of the Library” Group (see menu at the side)
- Spreading the word via Social Media
- Attending the board of supervisors meeting on September 11th and voicing your concerns in person.

Thank you.

Your Local Friends Groups

 

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