From: Prasher, Janet H. Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 2:47 PM To: LIB-Mgmt Teams Cc: Clay III, Edwin S.; Molchany, Dave; Gates, Karen Subject: Disposal of Library Materials Effective immediately, please do not put any discarded FCPL materials in the dumpster at your branch. No books or any other materials purchased with county funds should be put into the dumpster regardless of condition. This includes any discarded library books given to the Friends for their ongoing sales that have not sold and books that are damaged. We will be sending instructions on what to do with these items as soon as possible. In the interim, please hold them at your branch. If you have questions, please let me know. Thank you. Jan Janet H. Prasher Support Services Associate Director Fairfax County Public Library 703-324-8337 Government Center 703-222-3133 Technical Operations
Reliable sources tell us that Linda Q. Smyth, Providence Mill District Supervisor, was upset when she heard reports that the Fairfax County Public Library was destroying books. She decided to check it out.
First, she went to the Chantilly library "technical operations" center and checked out the dumpster. She found many books in very good or excellent condition, including a paperback Newberry Honor book in the dumpster. She took a camera and took photos. She was very upset.
She returned to the dumpster and filled her car with large art books and reference books. They were all in good condition. She went to the government center and showed County Executive Ed Long and David J. Molchany, the Deputy County Executive who oversees the libraries and archives, what was going to be destroyed. Sam Clay, director of the County library system, was called in to the office and ordered to stop destroying good books.
Hopefully, that ends this inexcusable County activity.
And, on behalf of all library and book lovers everywhere, especially those of us in Reston, thank you very much Supervisor Smyth. It's nice to know that at least one of our county's supervisors cares about our public libraries.