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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's a Library Jubilee! Celebrating 75 years of Service

Please join us on Saturday, October 18 from 5-8:30 pm at the City of Fairfax Regional Library for the 6th annual A Library Jubilee! This year’s goal is to raise $175,000 – funds that will help the Library Foundation support and strengthen our library. The Foundation helps the library purchase new materials, support special programs like the Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach program and offer scholarship opportunities for staff and volunteers.  

The First Bookmobile
This year’s jubilee is truly a milestone celebration, marking the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary AND the 75th Anniversary of the library. Since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Fairfax County Free Library in 1939, the library has seen a lot of changes. This isn’t surprising, considering that the world in 1939 was on the cusp of tremendous change. It’s reflected in the bestseller list of that year.
The Cinderblock Library

The most popular books in 1939 include a look back at the 1930s American dust bowl in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and forward to the advent of WWII in Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Even the publishing world was getting ready to change with the launch of Pocket Books, the first mass-market paperback company in the United States.

The Film Library
Today’s library system has grown from a tiny cinderblock library on the County Courthouse grounds to 23 branches throughout the county. Library bookmobiles, shopping center kiosks, card catalogs and a reel-to-reel film library have come and gone.  Automation and technology have revolutionized the way we read, search and learn. But while services, buildings and technology may change, the relevance of our mission to “educate, enrich and empower our diverse community” remains strong. Stop by any library branch, and you’ll see our customers reading, browsing and getting help with homework. But you’ll also see people using technology to do everything from applying for jobs to learning how to download eBooks.
Children at the Cardinal School in Vienna
Libraries endure because they help share knowledge and ideas that enrich and illuminate our lives. They help everyone, regardless of background, income or education. 

So, come to the Jubilee, and share in the celebration; let’s get ready for another 75 years of sterling service.
-Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library

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