Monday, March 30, 2009


In an effort to bring you samples of the various genre we have available at our Semi-Annual Used Book Sale, we have an interesting assortment to highlight today. The Iraqi Dialect Dictionary, published by Defense Language Institute (DLI) is an artifact of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. More of a general vocabulary book, it was produced in order to meet the needs of military linguists and focuses on local dialect vocabulary. It is in excellent shape and shows only minor shelf-wear. It does not focus on military terminology so might be a good book for someone planning to help with the rebuilding of Iraq as a nation. It is currently for sale on Friends1 at $45.

The GenoType Diet by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, a self-described naturopathic physician, is another book proposing a way to improve your physical health and quality of life. The author divides people into 6 genetic types and prescribes for them.  The critics are mixed on this. If you're interested in this type of thing, for $13.50 at Friends1, you might find something that works for you and your loved ones. He has a website and a blog that can help you stay connected with his theories and diet.

Duke University fans can pick up something to read now that they don't have to watch the rest of the NCAA tournament. This book is a celebration of the 2001 season when Duke Basketball was the undisputed champion. This book comes with a sealed CD and appears not to have been used. It is hardcover and available on our Friends1 site for $95. Remember the good days.

If you are looking for foreign language assistance, self-help, or sports books, you can find all three catagories at the Friends of Reston Regional Library Semi-Annual Used book sale at the end of April. During the sale, all three of these categories are in the hall between the main library and the big meeting rooms.  We don't get as many donations of foreign language and sports so those categories get picked through very quickly. That tells you to get to the book sale the first night -- Friends Night -- on Thursday evening. Yes, you'll need to have a membership (which you can purchase or renew that night) but it will be worth it! And if you don't make it Thursday night -- we restock constantly, so although overall there won't be as many in sports or foreign language as (for example) mystery or self-help, what is there will be constantly renewed as we open boxes in the back.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have books you want to donate for the book sale, don't waste any time. We will close donations on April 8 and will not reopen them until May 6. We're just stuffed to the gills with great selections for our customers, so if you can't get them to us before April 8, please hold them until May or donate to a different library. We love your donations and we love our patrons!

Here's the scoop for April:

Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30


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