Public libraries are the great equalizers in society: everyone – regardless of income, birthplace, or education – is invited to expand his or her mind and access critical community resources. Today, while public funding dwindles, organizations like Fairfax Library Foundation make all the difference. The Foundation supports Fairfax County’s network of 23 public libraries, providing essential funding for programs and services that benefit more than 1 million residents. Monthly early literacy activities bring volunteers into more than 120 childcare centers and Head Start programs where low-income preschoolers gain essential pre-reading skills (and their very own book to take home). Changing Lives Through Literature offers first-time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action, building self-esteem and critical thinking skills ... and drastically reducing recidivism. Scholarships enhance the talents of current and future library staff, and funding for new books and materials (more than $100,000 in 2015 alone) ensures the largest possible selection is available to all. In an age when libraries are needed more than ever, the Foundation helps them flourish. So can you.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Fairfax

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All


  • Books distributed to underserved preschoolers:   30,000 each year
  • Juvenile first-time offenders served in the Changing Lives Through Literature program:   Nearly 600 teens to date
  • Funds provided to purchase books for the library:   More than $100,000 annually
  • Scholarship funds awarded to library staff and volunteers:   $230,000 and growing
  • Attendance at library programs:   210,000 annually

Awards & Recognition

Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach Program won the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award, 2014

Fairfax County Changing Lives Through Literature Program received two awards: An Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award and a NACo (National Association of Counties) Achievement Award, 2008

Art in the Pages, the first ever public art initiative in Fairfax, brought large decorative book statues to all library branches and other locations in the Fairfax area supporting programs and services, 2006

Foundation received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the library to create six new computer clubhouses throughout Fairfax County, 2005

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors issued a resolution declaring the month of October as Foundation Month in the County of Fairfax, 2004

Press

  • Library Jubilee Fundraiser in McLean
    Tue Oct 25 2016, Connection  
    "We raise money to enhance the library beyond the taxpayer funded budget," said Brian Engler, Foundation Board Chair.

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Fairfax Library Foundation is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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