Arnav Ketineni, 13, of Great Falls and a student at Cooper Middle School in McLean, prepares to check out “The Missing: Torn, Book Four” by Margaret Peterson Haddix, with the help of Sandy Souleles, Information Assistant, Fairfax County Library. Rebecca Wolff, Librarian II Fairfax County, stands to the side.
Photo by Mercia Hobson.
The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) reopened for interior Express services Monday, March 22.
Customers throughout the County can once again visit FCPL branches, like the one in Great Falls, for up to 30 minutes Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Social distancing and capacity limits will be in place. At any given time, up to 30 members of the public may be in community branches and up to 60 in regional branches. Library programming remains virtual, and meeting rooms are closed.
Monday morning, Arnav Ketineni, 13, of Great Falls and a student at Cooper Middle School in McLean, lingered outside the library, watching for his friend. Hearing the library would open in a few moments, Arnav waited for the doors to be unlocked. When they were, he went inside, making a direct line to the juvenile section.
“I hope to be back reading books from the library and coming to pick them out,” Arnav said at the check-out counter with his book in-hand.
According to the Fairfax County website, curbside pickup of materials on hold will remain available to customers Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ask Your Library via the website and text messaging will continue to be open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are very pleased to be open to the public once again,” said Rebecca Wolff Librarian II Fairfax County. “We are really looking forward to welcoming our Great Falls community back into the library.”
Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike is a gathering place for local residents. The library houses a collection of more than 50,000 items. Call 703-757-8560 TTY:711 or visit the library website for more information.