Among the nominees available at our library are:
War Dances by Sherman Alexie
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Read more about each book in Pen/Faulkner’s February 23 media release.
Drum Roll please … Dolley Madison Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6 for renovation. We know this news has been eagerly awaited by our Dolley Madison customers. In 16 short months, you should have a more modernized library.
The Dolley Madison Library bookdrop also will close on March 6. To get more details about the renovation and the history of Dolley Madison library read the news release. A temporary site for the Dolley Madison Library while it is undergoing renovation has not been confirmed. While the Dolley Madison Library is closed, customers can visit any of the nearby branches including Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088 or Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.
This renovation was made possible through a 2004 bond referendum.
Fairfax County Public Library
According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, the biggest unofficial snow (before records existed) occurred in January 1772. Known as the Washington-Jefferson snowstorm (it was recorded in both their diaries), the storm may have dropped as much as 36 inches in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Another famous snow is the Knickerbocker Storm of January 27-28, 1922. More than 24 inches fell, causing the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre in D.C. to collapse. Ninety-eight people died and 133 were injured. In all, Washington D.C. has recorded 13 snowstorms equal to or greater than 12 inches since 1870. Northern Virginia, which began measuring snowfall at Dulles in 1962, has recorded seven storms equal to or greater than 12 inches in the past 48 years.
As you prepare for our second record snowfall of the season, visit the Winter Weather Preparedness page on the Fairfax County Web site for helpful information. You can also sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network, which will send weather and closing updates via e-mail, cell phone, text pager, satellite phone and/or wireless device.
In the meantime – when you aren’t out shoveling– spend the weekend with a few good books.
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The City of Fairfax will have its annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival February 6 & 7. City of Fairfax Regional Library is joining the fun with its own special events. Register online or call the branch to register at 703-293-6227.
All events will be held at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
Scouts and Crafts, February 6 at 10 a.m. Girl Scout Troop #1194 provides simple craft activities for children ages 4 to 8.
Chocolate Covered Fairy Tales, February 6 at 11 a.m. Award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd delights all ages with delicious versions of selected fairy tales. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
Glass Harp Music, February 6 at 2 p.m. World famous harpist Jamey Turner performs on the Glass Harp. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
Magical Moments, February 7 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jonathan Austin presents magic, movement and fun for all ages. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
The Vienna - Falls Church Chorus, February 7 at 2 p.m. A quartet from the chorus will perform in the lobby.
Mary Mulrenan, Fairfax County Public Library
Image used with the permission of the City of Fairfax.