Fairfax Library Foundation’s 2016 Library Jubilee raised funds and friends for Fairfax County Public Library

dsc_0046McLean, VA – Fairfax Library Foundation hosted the 2016 Library Jubilee: A Dolley Madison Squeeze on Saturday, October 15th at Dolley Madison Library. The Foundation’s mission is to raise supplementary support for Fairfax County Public Library. This year the Library Jubilee raised $120,000, with greater proceeds than ever before going to library programs and services. “The Fairfax County Public Library is truly grateful for the generous of support our community. The annual Jubilee is a great way to donate to your library and have a great time!” said Jessica Hudson, Director, Fairfax County Public Library, attending her first Library Jubilee.

This event honored the namesake of the library, called the “Squeeze” because the parties Dolley Madison hosted in the White House as First Lady were so popular, guests had to squeeze in. She was famous for bringing people together—and for serving pink peppermint ice cream in the White House. The Library Jubilee did both: in attendance were more than 180 library supporters, and guests were served pink peppermint ice cream, specially made for the occasion by Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot.

dsc_0170Attendees were served delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Shirley’s Catering, while enjoying entertainment of a harpist from Mason Music Productions and two Dolley Madison interpreters. The famous silent auction was more popular than ever, raising $8,000 for the library. The evening was emceed by Brian Engler, Chair of the Fairfax Library Foundation Board of Directors. He announced two special initiatives at the Jubilee—the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program launching November 1st and funded by Fairfax Library Foundation, and the McLean History Portal project, for which the Library Foundation receives funds from McLean Community Foundation. We were honored to make McLean History Portal announcement while in McLean in the presence of local leaders, including the Honorable Lilla Richards.

Guests heard from Chairman Sharon Bulova before the introduction of keynote speaker New York Times Bestselling author Linda Castillo. Ms. Castillo writes mysteries and thrillers, including the popular Kate Burkholder series—crime thrillers set in Amish country. Castillo has published more than two dozen works, and has received industry honors including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion, and a nomination for the Rita. Ms. Castillo spoke about the importance of libraries to her as a writer, and her profound appreciation for librarians.

Ms. Castillo’s remarks were a perfect capsulation of the work the evening celebrated. Some of the programs supported by the Library Jubilee include Changing Lives Through Literature, giving first time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action, and Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, bringing interactive reading experiences to preschool students. The Library Jubilee was made possible by the generosity of many new and returning sponsors, including our Signature Sponsor, the Friends of Burke Centre Library. In addition to the programs mentioned above, support of this event provides funding for scholarships, the library’s Summer Reading Challenge, and new library materials, such as books and eBooks. All donations to the Foundation help Fairfax County Public Library expand its reach to children and adults in every corner of our community.

We are grateful for the support of all our Jubilee sponsors, including the Friends of Burke Centre Library (Signature Sponsors); Friends of Richard Byrd Library (Guardian Sponsors); Friends of Pohick Regional Library, McLean Community Foundation, Zulua Nyala Safari Game Lodge (Publisher Sponsors); Friends of George Mason Regional Library, Friends of Kings Park Library, Friends of Oakton Library, Friends of Sherwood Regional Library (Editor Sponsors); Friends of Dolley Madison Library, Brian & Maxine Engler, Frank & Joy Whittington, Nora Roberts Foundation, Richard & Christine Peterson (Author Sponsors), and many others. For the full listing of sponsors, please visit our website.


Fairfax Library Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the Library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community.