Sunday, April 27, 2008

Success! Thank You!

As we closed the booksale this afternoon at 3:30 patrons were still shopping. Thank you Reston and surrounding areas for another fantastic Semi-Annual Used book sale.

We couldn't do it without --

-- the donations (yes, we LOVE your donations)
-- the sorters (these people make sense of what everyone donates)
-- the behind-the-scene volunteers (these people do everything else)
-- the library staff (these people make it easy to work through logistics and they're friendly)
-- the CUSTOMERS (yes, that's you)
-- the local businesses (they donate food for volunteers during the sale)

Ironically, every category mentioned also includes people from other categories. Many people who donate are also customers. Sorters are often customers AND donors. Behind the scenes people come from each category mentioned. Library staff spend money at our sale and many of them are also volunteers in their off-duty times. Local business people also stop by during the sale and become customers. When they accumulate too many books, they donate . . . and so it goes on!

In sum, this is a total community effort, doing the best kind of recycling available. Everyone wins. And the money? The Friends of the Reston Regional Library put that money back into the Reston library and other FCPL programs.

Give us a few days to catch our breath and then we'll start taking donations again. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the last weekend in September and watch this spot! We'll be showing you beautiful books that we have on our Amazon website available for purchase in between Semi-Annual sales!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Down to the Final Hours!

There's only one day left for the Semi-Annual used book sale by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Sunday, 26 April 2008, from NOON to 3:30 is your last chance to scoop some summer reads until the end of September.

The good news is that you won't just get "left overs." As I left the sale on Saturday evening, the re-stockers were putting more books out, ones yet unperused! True, there are some categories that we're low on, and that what's out is what's available, but some categories, especially fiction, have enough boxes left for you to fill your wish list!

Did you realize that Mother's Day is coming up? Yep, May 11! Why not stop by and see some of the beautiful books we have for sale in the display case at the library front door? Or come into the big room and search for mom's favorite author. You say she's from another country originally? Well, come see our travel books and some of the gorgeous books in our Specials room. If your mom loves books, you're bound to find something she'll enjoy.

We'll see you for the last day at 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA. Just up the street from Reston Hospital.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Don't Miss Today's Sale!

Friends Night last night was a huge success. Preliminary sales look to be great -- better than last Fall! Thank you FRIENDS!

This HUGE sale is open to the public beginning today, Friday April 25, at 10 a.m. You do NOT want to miss this sale. Unlike other area sales, we restock all weekend, so you can make repeat visits and still find treasures!

Our prices are reasonable, our supply is huge and varied, and our sales and assistance staff are the friendliest in the area! All proceeds benefit the Reston Regional Library and other branches and projects within the Fairfax County library system.

See you between 10 and 5! Bring your checkbook or cash! And don't forget your Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema tickets. They're valuable! 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20191

Thursday, April 24, 2008


The Reston Regional Library Friends group holds its Semi-Annual Used Book Sale beginning tonight, Thursday, 24 April 2008 at 6 p.m. Tonight is Members Night. If you're not a member, you may purchase a membership before shopping. Beginning at 10 tomorrow (Friday, 25 April), the sale is open to the public.

Prices at the sale:
Hardbacks $1.50 and up
"As New" 2008 or 2007 Hardcover $2.00 and up
Trade Size (Large) $1.00 and up
Small standard $.50 and up
Magazines $.50 and up
Maps $. 30 or as marked
Pre-Publication Book Copy (ARC & uncorrected proofs) -- as priced
VHS -- $1.00 per tape in pkg.
Single music cassettes $.50
Other Audio/Visual -- as priced
Specials -- as priced

Childrens and Young Adult
Hardback Large (ex. Picture Books) $1.00 and up
Hardback Medium (ex. Hardy Boys) $2.00 and up
Trade/Oversized Paperback (ex. Harry Potter) $1.00 and up
Standard Small Paperback (ex. Babysitters Club) $.50 and up
Book with 16 pages or less (ex. toddler board books) $.50 and up

Some books regardless of size may be priced higher due to size, condition or collectible status. Priced as marked.

See you at 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA 20190 tonight (members) or tomorrow through Sunday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

An "A" list event

Don't miss this "A" list event at Reston Regional Library! On Thursday night, April 24, beginning at 6 p.m., all the best bibliophiles and books will be rubbing spines at 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. in Reston. So you want to be in that number? Step right up and purchase a membership on the spot Thursday evening and we'll invite you in to peruse the pickin's.

Some of our treasures are shown in the blog here. For those who can't get to the library Thursday evening, but who are still VERY special to us, come by Friday, 10-5, Saturday, 10-4:30, or Sunday, Noon - 3:30. We RESTOCK all weekend, so the chance of discovering a treasure on Sunday is just as good as on Thursday, Friday or Saturday!

Join us!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Exceptional Sale Books!

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library have some exceptional books for sale. During our semi-annual book sale, April 24(Members Night) - April 27, all of these books are at the library and available for you to view. Ask for Charly, Pam or Kelley to see any of them.

Our hours:
Thursday, Friends Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
Friday, 10-5
Saturday, 10-4:30
Sunday, noon - 3:30

Reston Regional Library is at 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, VA. We're just up the street from Reston Hospital.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Winner of Final Drawing

The winner of our last pair of movie passes from Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema is Natasha Merchant of Herndon. Thank you everyone for your participation! Everyone who entered but did not win received a coupon good for savings at the book sale.

Speaking of the book sale, the countdown is upon us! Set-up begins on Monday and by Thursday evening (April 24), when Friends' Night opens at 6, the tables will be loaded and cashiers will be standing by waiting to take your money. If you're not a member, or you've let your membership lapse, you can remedy that on Thursday evening! On Friday at 10 a.m. we'll open to the general public, as we will on Saturday at 10. On Sunday we'll open at noon.

Speaking of money, we do NOT take credit cards but we do take cash and checks. We'll have three cashiers set up most of the time and we'll be happy to help you turn your movie tickets from Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema into savings on your purchases!

While at the sale, don't forget to look in the display case at the front doors -- it holds some nice gift books for sale...the kind you give to significant others and they think you paid full price at the retail store! If you decide to tell them where you got the book, they'll just think you're smart AND kind!

The book sale proceeds benefit Reston Library as well as other library programs throughout the county so come support your reading habit!

See you there!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

One Week and Counting Down

It is hard to believe, but the HUGE semi-annual used book sale at Reston Regional Library is only one week away. One week from this evening, the sale will open for Members' Night at 6 p.m. People who don't have memberships, or whose memberships have lapsed, can purchase them that night.

On Friday at 10 a.m. we'll open to the general public. Don't worry if you've missed Members Night. One of the truly unique things about the Reston book sale is that we restock all weekend. You have just as much a chance of finding that 'jewel' you're looking for each day! So come early, come often!

We take checks and cash. We do NOT take credit cards. We'll have three cashiers set up most of the time and we'll be happy to help you turn your movie tickets from Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema into savings on your purchases! And don't forget to visit our Specials Room, full of first editions, beautiful books, signed by authors, and otherwise special books. They're priced slightly higher than the books in the main room, but worth it!

The hours:
Thursday (Members Night) 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 3:30 p.m.

11925 Bowman Towne Drive (near Reston Hospital)
Reston, VA 20190

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Reston Friends Finds Another Winner!

Phyllis Krochmal of Vienna, Virginia is winner #5 in the Friends of the Reston Regional Library drawing for 2 free movie passes. The passes are provided courtesy of Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema.

There's only one more week to enter. Even if you've entered before you may do so again. So hurry to Reston Regional Library and put your name in the box!

The book sale is just around the corner now. The week of April 21 we'll set up and Members' Night will be Thursday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. If you want to get the first look, and you're not a member, you can purchase a membership that evening. It's good for a year, so you'll be set for Member privileges in the fall as well.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Reston Friends Are Winners

Four library patrons have won free movie passes (2 each) over the last four weeks at Reston Regional Library. The passes are provided courtesy of the Reston Town Center Multiplex Cinema.

The four winners are: Janelle Barksdale of Reston, Pat Allison of Reston, Jill Wolff of Oak Hill, and Sharon Hoyt of Reston.

Do you want to be a winner? Fill out a drawing slip at the front door of the Reston Regional Library and enter the drawing. If you don't play, you can't win! We have two more weeks of drawings. You may enter each week. The drawing is on Saturday morning.

All of this is leading up to the HUGE Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. Members Night is 24 April beginning at 6 p.m. Memberships will be available for purchase or renewal that night. The sale opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, 25 April, 10 a.m. Saturday 26 April, and noon on Sunday. We re-stock all weekend so come early and come often!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spring 2008 sale getting closer

Some of the unusual and exceptional books for sale at the Spring 2008 sale are on this list. These are set aside in the 'Specials' room.

The Spring 2008 sale is April 24-27th, 2008 and the Fall 2008 sale is September 25-28th, 2008). Save the date(s)!