Starting Monday, January 10, the library will change its hours due to staffing issues and COVID-19 concerns. The new hours will be in place through February 2022 and then re-evaluated. Learn more...
In-Person Programs and Conference Room Use Suspended; Group Study Rooms Restricted to 3 or Less; Masks Required in Library
Due to concerns about the recent increase in COVID-19 transmissions in the DC area, all in-person library programs and use of library conference rooms are suspended through January 31, 2022. Group study rooms may still be reserved, but are limited to groups of 3 or less. All visitors age 2 and over, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask in the library (and other City of Falls Church government buildings). Learn more...
Watch a recording of the library's community conversation about police reform in the City of Falls Church (held via Zoom on Wednesday, August 5). Learn more about the national Mayor’s Pledge (which was signed by Mayor Tarter in June); the City’s Use of Force Review Committee; the principles of 21st century policing; and what issues lie behind the "defund police" movement. Discussion panelists included:
Mary Gavin, Chief of Police, City of Falls Church
Sean Perryman, President of the Fairfax County NAACP
Steve Mason, HR Director, City of Falls Church (and former Alexandria police officer and investigator with Alexandria’s Office of Human Rights)
Jenny Carroll, Library Director, Mary Riley Styles Public Library
Re-Imaging America Series
Neighboring Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) recently held a virtual 3-part series seeking "to strengthen viewers ability to better understand the Black experience and encourage thinking critically about the national and international events and struggles for social justice." Facilitated by Mark C. Hopson, Ph.D. (Director of African and African American Studies, and Associate Professor of Communication at George Mason University), recordings of the series can be viewed for free through the FCPL’s webiste.
Part 1: History Taught Us: Exploring Yesterday’s Impact on Today
Part 2: "Why All The Protests?" Having "The Talk" About Race and Racism
Part 3: "If You Protest You May Die, If You Don’t Protest You May Die" A Generation-Z Perspective on Engagement
Social Justice & Activism: A wider selection of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from our Overdrive collection on social justice and activism.
#OwnVoices: "Own Voices are a subset of diverse books that include some type of first-hand experience. #OwnVoices authors share a diverse, minority, or marginalized trait with their protagonist."
Social and Systemic Injustice: A selection of 34 documentaries on the topic of social and systemic injustice from our online Kanopy film collection.
Tinner Hill: A Portrait in Black and White: "2011 collaboration between the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and Creative Cauldron to tell the story of segregation and civil rights right here in Falls Church, Virginia. This is an uplifting and educational story, it is also honest: This play includes images of lynching, allusions to violence, depictions of white terrorist groups & hoods, and racial slurs. These do not comprise the majority of the piece, but they are included. Learn about Mary Ellen Henderson’s work to provide equality and education access in Falls Church. Please support the work of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and their intersectional Social Justice Committee, not just today, but in to the future."
Proquest Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
Access primary source documents from historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more covering specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. Resources are curated into six time periods: Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860); The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877); Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932); The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945); The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975); and The Contemporary Era (1976-2000).