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February 2023

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Celebrate  February     



  The Library will be closed 

George Washington’s Day/Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 20, 2023

February Events at Oakton Library

Click here for details and registration

English Conversation Group - Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and  
Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Oakton's Knitting Club - Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1:00 pm
Self-Defense for the Whole Family with Family Focus Martial Arts - Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Great Paperback Giveaway - Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
GIVE Tutoring at Oakton Library - Saturdays Feb. 4, 11 & 25 from
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Galantine's Day - Monday, Feb. 13 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Presidential Homes - Monday, Feb. 13 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
See children's programs below...

Children's Programs

To download a full calendar of Youth Services events and details
please click
 here.  For registration click here.



2023 FOL Board of Directors Elected


Seated left to right: Linda Byrne & Corinne Savage (Co-Presidents), Fred Pitman (Treasurer).
Standing left to right: Mark Deaton & Ann Balch (Membership Co-Chairs); Brenda Riffee (Newsletter Co-Chair);  Mary Colombi (Book Sales Co-Chair); Frances Ellis (Hospitality Co-Chair); Jane Sharnoff (Newsletter Co-Chair); Jayne Seidman (Hospitality Co-Chair); Marcy Troy (Habitat Co-Chair); Angie Hirzel (Secretary); Willow Martin (First VP); Barbara Hippe (Book Sales Co-Chair); Chris Niedzielski-Eichner (Habitat Co-Chair); Stan Ellis (2nd VP).

The focus of the Annual Meeting was a detailed Budget Review led by Treasurer, Fred Pitman.

Oakton Library is very fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers willing to serve on this active Board.  
We welcome and thank them, one and all!
For more information about the Friends of Oakton Library please click here.

Branch Update

We would like to welcome Sabrina Patton, a Master of Science Library & Information Science (MSLIS) candidate at Catholic University, who began serving her practicum at Oakton Library last month. Sabrina will be with us until April 8, focusing on Youth Services and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), as well as assisting at the Information Desk. 
A native of Fairfax and current Oakton resident, Sabrina earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. Her undergraduate studies contributed to her interest in promoting inclusive programming in libraries and communities. She is fascinated by languages, and together with Youth Services Librarian Anita Toth, will hold two bilingual story times this month (see the above flyer). 
Sabrina also hopes to eventually write bilingual children's picture books (illustrated with her own watercolors) and possibly chapter books. As for her own reading, she says she tends to read multiple books at a time, usually one fiction and one non-fiction. She enjoys a variety of genres, but her current favorite is fantasy, particularly books by Brandon Sanderson.
Sabrina, we are lucky to have you here at Oakton and hope you enjoy your stay with us!
Great Paperback Giveaway!

February 4 from 10 am - 2 pm

Just because we love our patrons so much.


The Friends of Oakton Library will hold a "Great Paperback Giveaway!"
Saturday, February 4, 10 AM - 2 PM, while supplies last. The offerings
include donated paperbacks that were retained after our November book sale. They are in good to very good to excellent condition. Genres include thrillers, romances, mysteries, classics and science fiction - no children's. Limit 10 per customer.

Your support makes a difference!

Vintage Travel Narratives for Sale

Also, we have received a donation of hundreds of vintage travel narratives. The books, published between 1850 and 1950, were written for the armchair traveler in an era when few people had the opportunity to explore the world. These narratives are a charming throwback to a simpler time, and often have lovely covers and illustrations. The books are displayed by region/country and are priced to sell. If interested, please email  or

 Book Donation Reminder

Keep your book, puzzle and DVD donations coming and tell your friends!  We need more great material to offer at our Spring Book Sale! Save the Date: April 19 - 22.  As usual we can accept up to 3 bags per donor on the green donation cart just beyond the lobby. THANK YOU!

- - Barbara Hippe & Mary Colombi

Did You Know?

In addition to supporting many programs at Oakton Library and contributing to the purchase of varied materials for FCPL Collections, The Friends of Oakton Library has helped cover the cost of American Library Association (ALA) membership and conference attendance fees for some staff members.  
We also provide water delivery service to the branch for our staff. 

What We Are Reading

Belle da Costa Greene served as personal librarian to J. P. Morgan and later to his son, all the while concealing her true Black identity to pass as Portuguese white to protect her family and her legacy. She was the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. The Personal Librarian, an historical fiction novel by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, received accolades when published in in 2021, and is a timely selection to read during Black History Month.

​​​​-- Brenda Riffee & Jane Sharnoff

What if you couldn’t die? Dara Horn explores the meaning and purpose of life in her novel, Eternal Life. Rachel is born in 1st century Jerusalem and is reborn as an 18 year old over and over again. She carries with her the memories of dozens of marriages and hundreds of children as she witnesses the arc of 2,000 years of human history and seeks, in the modern day, a possible finality to her worldly existence. Eternal Life was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2018, and the Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018.

In her 2017 novel, This Is How It Always IsLaurie Frankel portrays a modern family grappling with the revelation that their biological son identifies as a girl. Claude is the youngest of five boys, born to Penn and Rosie. As it becomes clear that Claude sees himself as little girl, his parents face the challenges of finding a path to an adulthood that both Claude and the world can accept. Laurie Frankel speaks from experience as she writes of how gender identity can be expressed in the modern world and of the impossibly difficult choices that parents can make for their children. This is How It Always Is is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection.

- - Mary Colombi

Branch Out this Winter

"Fun Facts About Books and Libraries" is the cover story in the Winter edition of FCPL's quarterly magazine, Branch Out. For instance, did you know Emoji Dick, a fully-emoji copy of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, is in the Library of Congress? The issue also features titles and recipes including "Cooking with Children" and "Reading and Cooking Through the Winter" as well as suggestions for recreating recipes from the books you're reading right now. In addition, there are many recommended book titles, brain games, and an article by FCPL Tech Ops Division Director Dianne Coan explaining "The Circle of Life - Library Book Style." Pick up a copy of Branch Out in the library lobby or read it online here.
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