Thursday, October 29, 2015
For Immediate Release Contact: Catherine Hanes
October 19, 2015 703-478-0283
Reston Town Center North Community Dialogue Meeting
On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Supervisor Hudgins will host a Community Dialogue meeting to discuss the future development plans of the Reston Regional Library and the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter as part of the redevelopment of Reston Town Center North (RTCN).
At the meeting, Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) will be soliciting comments from community stakeholders related to the Reston Regional Library and Embry Rucker Shelter. All residents interested in the future of these facilities and their role in our community are invited to come share in this process. A brief presentation will be provided about the Town Center North-Mixed Use Area, including the most recent Request for Proposal (RFP) process and potential development scenarios that may be considered for RTCN.
The meeting will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at South Lakes High School– Lecture Hall, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. To RSPV, please send a message to HunterMillRSVP@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-478-0283.
Additional information regarding the RTCN project, including maps, timeline, and benefits, is available on the County’s website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/restontowncenternorth/.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
"If we change the role of libraries and librarians without preserving the centrality of the book, we risk losing something irretrievable." From op-ed piece by Alberto Manguel, NY Times.
The rest of the article can be read here:
Plato, in the “Timaeus,” says that when one of the wisest men of Greece, the statesman Solon, visited Egypt, he was told by an old priest that the Greeks were like mere children because they possessed no truly ancient traditions or notions “gray with time.” In Egypt, the priest continued proudly, “there is nothing great or beautiful or remarkable that is done here, or in your country, or in any other land that has not been long since put into writing and preserved in our temples.”
Such colossal ambition coalesced under the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the third century B.C., more than half a century after Plato wrote his dialogues, the kings ordered that every book in the known world be collected and placed in the great library they had founded in Alexandria. Hardly anything is known of it except its fame: neither its site (it was perhaps a section of the House of the Muses) nor how it was used, nor even how it came to its end. Yet, as one of history’s most distinguished ghosts, the Library of Alexandria became the archetype of all libraries.
Libraries come in countless shapes and sizes. They can be like the Library of Congress or as modest as that of the children’s concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the older girls were in charge of eight volumes that had to be hidden every night so that the Nazi guards wouldn’t confiscate them. They can be built from books found in the garbage, like the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., set up in 1980 by the 24-year-old Aaron Lansky from volumes discarded by the younger generations who no longer spoke the tongue of their elders, or they can be catalogued in the mind of their exiled readers, in the hope of resurrection, like the libraries plundered by the Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories of Palestine. It is in the nature of libraries to adapt to changing circumstances and threats, and all libraries exist in constant danger of being destroyed by war, vermin, fire, water or the idiocies of bureaucracy.
But today, the principal danger facing libraries comes not from threats like these but from ill-considered changes that may cause libraries to lose their defining triple role: as preservers of the memory of our society, as providers of the accounts of our experience and the tools to navigate them — and as symbols of our identity.
The rest of the article can be read here:
Friday, October 16, 2015
A meeting on the Reston Town Center North redevelopment of the Library and Shelter parcel will be held for community outreach and participation, Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive in Reston.
Meeting announced by Andrew Miller of Fairfax County DPWES at the Library Board of Trustees meeting October 14, 2015.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The following letter-to-the-editor was printed this week in the Reston Connection.
To the Editor:
This is the link to the article:
This link has further information about the European COST study.