We are a group of library Friends, staff, volunteers, and patrons determined to boldly advocate for quality public libraries in Fairfax County.
Please join us. Email:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Fairfax Library Advocates Chairman Dennis Hays Speaks for Libraries at Budget Hearing
14 Hours, Three Days, 200 Speakers
Schools, libraries, economic development authority and others seek more funding while tax-hawks call for reductions.
Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova watches as School
Board Chairman Tamara Kaufax makes her plea for full funding of the
schools at the April 7 budget hearing.
Excerpts from April 14, 2015 Connection article:
Board of Supervisors listened to more than 14 and a half hours of
testimony from approximately 200 speakers Tuesday through Thursday,
very much respect and admire the stamina and the force of will all of
you have demonstrated the last three days," said Dennis Hays, chairman
of the Fairfax Library Advocates, and the second to last of 214
am overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of the services this County
provides and I am proud to be a member of this community," said Hays.
Engler, of the Fairfax Library Foundation, and Charles Fegan, of the
Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees, addressed the cuts to
the library system. Libraries are part of educating the county’s young
people, and provide a myriad of other services to residents of all ages
despite significant cuts in recent years, they said.
Hays was the last to speak on the libraries, and the second to last speaker of all. Hays
cited studies from Minnesota, Florida, Colorado, Great Britain and
Korea. "All came to one conclusion," he said. "The library is an
economic engine,” providing high rate of return on investment.