About The Friends of Oakton Library
The mission of the Friends of Oakton Library is to support and enhance library resources and services and to foster a strong connection between the library and the local community. As such we are an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The Friends of the Oakton Library was founded in 2001 in response to community enthusiasm for creation of the new branch. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 8, 2006, and the Oakton Library opened on Sept. 29, 2007.
The Oakton Library is at the center of our community and welcomes over 50,000 users every year. It provides our community with a place to gather, meet and learn both inside and outside. It gives the village of Oakton an identity. If only the 300-year-old oak tree across Hunter Mill Road from the library could talk and tell the area history. Perhaps it can through the books about it in the library.
If you would like to learn more about the story of the library and those who volunteered their efforts to making it happen, you can download that information by clicking here.
Since the Oakton Library opened, the Friends organization has raised funds through the sale of donated books, membership dues and individual monetary donations. These funds have supported the Oakton Library branch and the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) system as a whole, including contributions toward the following:
- Collections including books, eBooks, audio books, CDs, DVDs as well as magazine and newspaper subscriptions
- Recognition and celebration of FCPL volunteers
- Provision of updated furnishings and interior décor
- Youth programming such as the popular Summer Reading Adventure as well as Brain Games, performances, and film screenings
- Adult programs, including speakers, educational and entertaining events
- Events such as Volunteer Fest, the Oakton Library’s 5th and 10th Anniversaries, Fairfax County Library's 75th Anniversary, annual Holiday Open Houses, Friends' Forums and Fall for the Book
- The Fairfax Library Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, Changing Lives Through Literature and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs as well as the organization’s annual Jubilee fundraiser
- Oakton Library’s National Wildlife Federation-certified outdoor habitat, including native and ornamental plants, bird houses and feed, furniture and fixtures. Friends members maintain the habitat year-round.