Branch Programs & Services

Listed here are programs and services funded through the Library Foundation that benefit individual branches of Fairfax County Public Library.

HSBC enhances Patrick Henry Library

A $7,500 check was presented from the 'world's local bank' to underwrite children's programs at the Patrick Henry Library. HSBC's Mid-Atlantic regional president, Aimee Daniels, and branch manger, Hong Pham presented the check to library branch manager, Sheila Janega, and Fairfax Library Foundation executive director, Bobbi Longworth, at the opening celebration of the new Vienna branch.

Sheila Janega said "Patrick Henry Library is honored to receive this award from HSBC Bank. The Library promotes early literacy as well as educational programs for school age children. This generous donation will be used to support programming for children of all ages."

Library volunteer, Mayor Jane Seeman, cut the grand opening ribbon for this new business in the Town of Vienna. The first HSBC branch customers, Peter and Ginger Sparber, made the recommendation for HSBC to support the library. Having served on the Fairfax County Public Library staff, Ginger knows the great value of the library to the Vienna community.

Fairfax City Regional Library Friends Donate $50,000

Fairfax Friends with the $50,000 check. The Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library donated a check for $50,000 to the Fairfax Library Foundation The generous gift, raised from used book sales proceeds, will be used to fund an enhancement following its relocation to the corner of Old Lee Highway and North Street in Fairfax City.

The Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library will continue to raise funds for the branch through their twice-yearly used book sales. "This very small group does a huge amount of work," says Marilyn Feldman, the president of the all-volunteer Friends group. "Their support of the Library is unstinting."

Grand Mart anniversary benefits Thomas Jefferson Library

Grand Mart donation presentation.Grand Mart, a Korean-owned international market, donated $1,500 to the Library Foundation to enhance Thomas Jefferson Library as part of the first anniversary celebration of the Arlington Boulevard store.

“Grand Mart is exceptionally supportive of our community to benefit our Library to commemorate store openings and anniversaries”, says Murphy, “Grand Mart sets a wonderful example for other businesses that might consider marking their success with such acts of generosity.”

“This gift is a sizable amount for our community library; it will have a notable impact”, Ray explains, “benefiting so many individuals who live, work, or study in this Falls Church community.”

Shelley A. Marshall Storytelling Series at Patrick Henry Library

A special memorial gift in the donor's words:

Shelley Marshall"My wife is one of the heroes lost in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. I established a foundation, placing Shelley's retirement savings and donations in an irrevocable trust which funds activities that mirror her interests. Children's storytelling hours at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna, where Shelley grew up, are a direct reflection of her love of reading to our children.

Reading to Drake (4) and Chandler (2) was about the spark she saw in their eyes… a spark of curiosity, imagination, and creativity yet to be unleashed… a spark that can change a life, and change the world." -Donn Marshall

"We have only a finite number of days on this earth -
make them extraordinary and fill them with passion . . . "
Shelley A. Marshall

Office Depot Grand Opening Benefits Patrick Henry Library

Office Depot Grand Opening.

Office Depot celebrated the grand opening of a new store in Vienna with a $500 donation to the Fairfax County Public Library, Inc. The funds are earmarked for the nearby Patrick Henry Library."Office Depot is proud to support Fairfax County Public Library and librarians' efforts in our community," said Mary Wong, director of community relations for Office Depot.

"The Patrick Henry Library enjoyed more than 300,000 visits from the public last year," Longworth said. "I am thrilled with Office Depot's dedication to this community. Doing good is good business, and I wish the store great success. Welcome to the neighborhood!"

Grand Mart anniversary benefits George Mason Regional Library

Library Foundation Executive Director, Roberta Longworth and George Mason Regional Library Assistant Branch Manager, Marilynn Zauner accept Grand Mart check from Korean community representative, Ilryong Moon.

Grand Mart, a Korean-owned international market, has donated $2,000 to the Fairfax Library Foundation as part of the second anniversary celebration of the Annandale Grand Mart store, located on Little River Turnpike.

The George Mason Regional Library used the gift to underwrite a Korean New Year Celebration. “It is a very popular event and was very much missed when it was not held one year due to lack of funding,” explained Assistant Branch Manager, Marilyn Zauner.

Woodrow Wilson Library After-School Programs

The O'Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation.

A $5,000 gift from the O'Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation was presented to the Fairfax Library Foundation to fund after-school programs at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church.

The O'Shaughnessy family owned a dairy farm in the Bailey's Crossroads area near the present-day interchange of Route 7 and Columbia Pike. Charlie and Mary O'Shaughnessy established the Foundation to make philanthropic gifts in the Northern Virginia area. Fairfax County's Mason District Supervisor, Penny Gross, made the check presentation on behalf of the Foundation.

"I want to thank the O'Shaughnessy Hurst Memorial Foundation and its Board of Directors for selecting the expansion of after school programs at the Woodrow Wilson Library," Gross says, "This Fairfax County Public Library branch has an extraordinarily meaningful presence in the Culmore/Bailey's Crossroads community."