Today (10/1/20) marks the official first day for the joint FCPS/FCPL LEAP program providing every FCPS student with access to book checkout in any FCPL branch.

Here is the FCPL page for LEAP, and it includes downloadable flyers available in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and English. Please help publicize this program to our school community. This program is very important as it deals with library equity access for our students. Below are more information. As part of the One Fairfax initiative, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), and FCPS Library Information Services have partnered in the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) pilot program. On October 1, 2020 the LEAP program will go division-wide, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card. Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download. Families who do not wish to participate should have selected the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR & R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time. At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicated they are an FCPS student. A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee. However, only three books can be on an account at a time.
  • Checkouts are limited to physical books. eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account. Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.

The Fairfax County Public Library is open forExpress services and offers curbside checkout.  

Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups

Some scholarships available through the ALA Scholarship Program are geared towards individuals from groups currently underrepresented in the library profession. Please review the individual information and eligibility requirements of the scholarships below.

  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship – annually provides up to 60 students from racial and ethnic underrepresented groups with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds as they pursue a master’s degree in library and information science.
  • Century Scholarship – established by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum, the one-time award of $2,500 funds services or accommodations not provided by the university that will enable the student to successfully complete a course of study for a Master’s or Doctorate in Library Science.

ALA also has general scholarships, scholarships for library support staff, and scholarships for speciality or practice area. All ALA Scholarships can be applied for through the ALA Scholarship Program.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4279  or

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