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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Re-post: Fairfax County Public Library and Friends of the Library clash over finances, Fairfax Times, June 22, 2018

The following is a partial re-post of a recent Fairfax Times article by Angela Woolsey on the dispute between FCPA and the Friends of the Library:

Visitors to the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library used book sale on June 1 through 3 received a slip of paper with their purchase warning that the quarterly sales could come to an end.
The paper explained that the book sales are at risk of ending due to an ongoing disagreement between Fairfax County and the various Friends of the Library groups that fund and sponsor many library activities.
The Friends of Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library then suggested that concerned citizens contact their local supervisor and the Fairfax County Public Library administration.
The rift between the library administration and the Friends stems from a new memorandum of understanding that outlines the responsibilities that each party has as participants in a public-nonprofit partnership.
Library administrators say the MOU is necessary to clarify the county’s relationship with the Friends groups, which are independent, nonprofit community organizations run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting library activities.
However, members of several Friends groups argue that the terms in the memorandum are intrusive and restrictive, especially when it comes to their financial reporting obligations, and that the library is using the threat of eviction to pressure them into signing a document despite their objections.
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