The Fairfax Library is a beautiful building, and I think one of the nicest features is the bay windows. There are four bays, running along the south side of the building. It’s rare that we don’t have several people sitting in the chairs that are conveniently placed there, either reading, using a laptop, or contemplating the leafy view. Even if the library is bustling with people, sitting in one of the bays can give you a feeling of quiet and seclusion, a place to escape into the world within a book.
Thanks to Fairfax Friends of the Library, our bay windows have been enhanced by thermal shades. When the weather turns hot, and the sun shines directly through the windows, it can be uncomfortably warm in those seats, and the glare can make it impossible to read a computer screen. Now, pulling down the shade behind you will allow you to keep reading or working in comfort.
This is only one example of the ways in which Friends of the Library provides support. They paid for our meeting room to be painted at the end of December, where it now serves as a much cleaner and brighter palette for our monthly art shows. They regularly sponsor programs for adults, children and teens. Because they are a non-profit organization, any donations made to them are tax deductible, and recently they were the recipient of a donation to be used for children’s programs. Our Children’s Librarian was able to purchase two additional puppets, a rabbit and a frog, to use with the library’s popular “Mother Goose on the Loose” weekly program.
If you’re not a member of Fairfax Friends of the Library, please pick up a membership form the next time you visit the Fairfax Branch. Especially if you enjoy sitting in our bay windows.