Community Conversations

The library hosts periodic community conversations and panel discussions on topics of interest to the Falls Church community. Watch recordings from previous conversations below. Information about upcoming conversations will also be posted here as specific topics and dates are scheduled. 

Community Conversation on Mainstreaming African American History in the Schools

Mainstreaming African American History in the Schools 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 7 pm (via Zoom)

Come listen and participate in a conversation about recent efforts locally and nationwide to include more local African American history in school curricula. What would this curriculum look like and how would it be implemented? Panelists will discuss this and related topics including efforts to change school names to reflect a commitment to social justice. The panel will consist of 

  • Ronald Anzalone, retired Director of the Office of Preservation Initiatives at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Chair of the Falls Church Historical Commission
  • Edwin B. Henderson, II,  Founder of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the Falls Church Historical Commission
  • Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools

To request a Zoom invite to this program, please email Pete Sullivan at psullivan@fallschurchva.gov.

Affordable Housing in Falls Church

Watch a recording of the library's community conversation on affordable housing in Falls Church (held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020). Falls Church is one of the most desirable places to live in the region, but it is increasingly difficult for low-income people to do so.  Affordable housing is necessary for Falls Church to achieve its goals of diversity and inclusivity.  What are the barriers that exist in creating affordable housing in Falls Church and how can citizens get involved in overcoming them?  Discussion panelists included: 

  • Nancy Vincent: Director, City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services
  • Dana Lewis: Housing Program Analyst, City of Falls Church Housing and Human Services
  • Peter Davis: Co-Founder, Democracy Policy Network and Member of the City of Falls Church Housing Commission
  • Michael Chiappa: Director of Real Estate Development, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Police Reform

Watch a recording of the library's community conversation about police reform in the City of Falls Church (held via Zoom on Wednesday, August 5, 2020). Learn more about the national Mayor’s Pledge (which was signed by Mayor Tarter in June 2020); the City’s Use of Force Review Committee; the principles of 21st century policing; and what issues lie behind the "defund police" movement. Discussion panelists included:

  • Mary Gavin, Chief of Police, City of Falls Church
  • Sean Perryman, President of the Fairfax County NAACP
  • Steve Mason, HR Director, City of Falls Church (and former Alexandria police officer and investigator with Alexandria’s Office of Human Rights) 
  • Jenny Carroll, Library Director, Mary Riley Styles Public Library