Community Conversations

The library hosts periodic community conversations and panel discussions on topics of interest to the Falls Church community. Watch recordings from previous conversations below. Information about upcoming conversations will also be posted here once specific topics and dates are scheduled. 

Affordable Housing in Falls Church

Watch a recording of the library's community conversation on affordable housing in Falls Church (held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020). Falls Church is one of the most desirable places to live in the region, but it is increasingly difficult for low-income people to do so.  Affordable housing is necessary for Falls Church to achieve its goals of diversity and inclusivity.  What are the barriers that exist in creating affordable housing in Falls Church and how can citizens get involved in overcoming them?  Discussion panelists included: 

  • Nancy Vincent: Director, City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services
  • Dana Lewis: Housing Program Analyst, City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services
  • Peter Davis: Co-Founder, Democracy Policy Network and Member of the City of Falls Church Housing Commission
  • Michael Chiappa: Director of Real Estate Development, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Police Reform

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, 2020). Learn more about the national Mayor’s Pledge (which was signed by Mayor Tarter in June 2020); 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