Friday, July 31, 2009

Beautiful Children's Books

There are books for children that you let them "love to death" like the Sandra Boynton board books my children carted around for a few years. At one point my husband and I could recite the words together. "Three Singing Pigs Say La-La-La!" This kind of book represents the vast majority of what we will offer on August 22-23 in the Children's and Young Adult Used Book Sale. These books will be plentiful and inexpensive, so your child will be able to carry them anywhere and you won't worry about replacement cost!

Then there are books that were originally created for children, but that you protect from contemporary children in order to preserve their value. On occasion, these treasures are donated. It is amazing
that they survive the donation bin, but so far we've been very lucky. A few of these higher-priced books will be offered in August as well. With the holidays not far off, these make excellent gifts for collectors, or even for older relatives for whom these books will bring back fond memories.

We'll look forward to seeing you in a few weeks! The prices will be the same as Children's prices during the Spring 09 Sale.

  • Hardbacks/Large Format (ex. Childrens Picture Books) $1.00 and up
  • Hardback/Medium Format (ex. Hardy Boys) $2.00 and up
  • Trade/Oversized Paperback (ex. Harry Potter, thick bedtime) $1.00 and up
  • Standard Small Paperback (ex. Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children) .50 and up
  • Book with 16 pages or less (ex. Toddlers Board Book) .50 and up

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


Thursday, July 30, 2009


The First EVER, Children's and Young Adult Used Book Sale will start on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am at the Reston Regional Library in Meeting Room 2. We will be open until 4 that day, and then on Sunday the 23rd will be open from 1 to 4.

This will be your chance to shop for Children's, Young Adult, and TEACHER MATERIALS just before school starts.

These materials will NOT be available at the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale September 23-27.

Tell all your friends -- people with children, people who teach children, people who act like children and people who ARE children! There will be great choices and deals!


Friday, July 17, 2009


Please enjoy these Wordzzles by Kit and Charly again! Starting tomorrow, the Friends blog will take a 2 week vacation to recharge creative energies. See you on August 1!

From Kit:

As the rider in the lavender cowboy shirt,
road toward - the snow-capped mountain..
Shades of mauve, peachy-pink and gold,
glistened - like water from a fountain..
With an artist's eye - he viewed surrounding beauty,
and had a feeling - of flying over the moon..
Beyond that sacred space - above sun and sky,
a place where one - would somehow swoon.
For, life stood still - rendering him speechless,
it was an experience - he'd never had..
And, seemingly in that brief moment - he understood,
what could make - a heart feel glad..
A feeling of gratefulness - to have been born,
in a Country - offering much freedom to us..
But, more than that - a form of Thankfulness,
to that higher power - that we can trust.
He'd made little preparation for this sojourn,
actually, didn't know why he'd come..
But now he knew - it was to meditate life's purpose,
to that greater force - he was ready to succumb..
So, he took down his small zebra area rug,
and laid it gently - upon the Earth..
And, as he quieted his mind - the Universe did speak,
providing purpose - and the reason for his birth.

From Charly:

Prairie children were they, growing up in the days of obeying mother and father, never questioning actions. They had met at the age of 13 and had been sweethearts ever since; they were soul mates. He taught her to shoot a gun; shucks, she could out shoot him. The PREPARATION for a picnic down by the stream always excited them as it meant time alone. They were OVER THE MOON in love..picnics were their reward from hard work from sunup to sundown as work on a ranch never ends. Days like this were few--after spreading a small AREA RUG and setting out the food, hand in hand they strolled down to wade in the cool water. Life was good. But the day came when things changed. Johnny had to leave; his father had beaten him badly when he came in late one evening. He knew it was time to get out. As a ranch hand he could find work on the trail, but Mary Beth couldn't go. Her mother's health was poorly and there were three younger children that needed looking after. Her father had taken off to seek a fortune and never returned. Mary Beth taught school for a meager sum to help provide for their needs. No, she couldn't leave. As he held a sobbing Mary Beth, he knew this was the last time he would hold her. With sadness, he set her away from him and gave her a small package. It was a stone they had found in the stream. Knowing she liked lavender he had mixed berries to get the shade. On the stone, he had painted a LAVENDER COWBOY hat to remind her of the cowboy who had moved on and to remember the love shared. He dried her tears, and with one last kiss, donned his hat that had a ZEBRA band and rode off, never looking back. She watched him fade into the sunset, and only then looked at the message she held in her hand. It simply said: I love you, send this to me when you are free'..she burst into tears.

Thanks to Raven for hosting this each week!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Leadership and Arms

We have three offerings on RestonFriends1, our Amazon store-front, that fit the title. The first is called Coaching and Mentoring: How to Develop Top Talent and Achieve Stronger Performance. Published by the Harvard Business School in 2004, this paperback will help you understand and implement effective mentoring in order to make your business a place where employees want to perform at their best. We offer it for $11.25 at RestonFriends1.

For the true weapon enthusiast, or for someone needing a historically accurate reference for writing, Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783, is an invaluable resource. Detailed drawings and explanations will exhaust all but the most fanatic. This is an unabridged paperback by Harold L. Peterson that appears to never have been used or read. Peterson was chief curator of the National Park Service and well-known for his expertise
on the subject of arms and armor. The book has some minor shelf-wear on the cover. We offer it for $48 at RestonFriends1.

The Road to Rivoli: Napoleon's First Campaign by Martin Boycott-Brown is a detailed account of Napoleon's 1796-97 campaign into Italy. With mostly good reviews for the detail and the maps, this book is a
prize for a Napoleon enthusiast. Understanding how his early successes and frustrations in Italy influenced later decisions and strategies will give the persevering scholar a new insight into Napoleon Bonaparte. This a hardcover with a dust-jacket which appears to never have been read. The dust-jacket has some minor shelf-wear, but no tears. It can be yours at RestonFriends1 for $20.00.

If you're new to our blog or our organization, you may wonder why we have an Amazon storefront. You may even wonder if it 'takes away' from what we have to offer during the Semi-Annual Used Book Sales. The answer to the second question is a resounding "NO." The answer to the first question is this: We often receive donations of extremely unique books. Many of them are rare enough that they can command a higher price than the $1.50 hardbacks in the main room of our book sale. And while we do have a specials room for those higher priced books, there is only so much room to display them. Some of the expensive books are so "niche" that the odds of the particular buyer meeting up with the particular book during the 5 days of our semi-annual used book sale...well, you see our dilemma. In order to get exposure for those books, and to continually generate income for the Friends group so we can help the library, we offer some of the more expensive and unique books at the Amazon storefront. One of our volunteers puts in yeoman effort to make this happen. It has been extremely successful from the beginning, and has not slowed the sales in our special room at all. So...good stewardship demands that we continue.

AND, if you are local and a current Friend and you see something that you'd like to purchase, e-mail us and we'll make it happen without postage being involved. We value our faithful local members!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints? Talk to us.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fun Summer Events

Are there any monkeys in your house? There will be at the library on Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 with John Hadfield. This program is targeted for preschool. As of today, there are still openings, so call the library at 703-689-2700 or register here. John is a tremendously versatile performer and will have your monkeys swinging from your own chandeliers! Co-sponsored with George Mason Regional Library and Reston Regional Library. No actual monkeys will be present during the event.

Read Yourself Silly with Flow Circus is a children's event coming to the Reston Regional Library next Thursday. It's for School Age children (6-12) and begins at 10:30. You need to register by calling the library at 703-689-2700 or doing it here. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library.

And on Monday, July 27, get your preschoolers to the library for the fire safety show! Rather unimaginatively titled, "Lighters and Matches are Tools for Grownups Only", this is a puppet show about fire safety directed at the preschool crowd. It starts at 10:30 and participants will receive a helmet, activity book and parent brochure.
There are openings for Ages 3-5 with adult. You can register by calling the library at 703-689-2700 or going here.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Body and Soul

Today RestonFriends1 has food for your body and soul -- and a book on how to keep the food from overwhelming you!

If you can't travel to London to have a meal at The River Cafe, this paperback book may be the next best thing! Knowledgeable reviewers give it great feedback. This would be a great gift for a
cook looking to take Italian cuisine to a new level of detail. It is $27 at RestonFriends1.

When the blogger was in grad school, it was Patsy Cline that kept me sane. I could put her music in my tape player (yes, it was that long ago) and let her belt out that great voice while I wrestled with briefs. Somehow listening to her eased the struggle to concentrate. This is a complete
boxed set, on audio CD, of Patsy's recordings. It is in excellent condition. The enclosed booklet appears to never have been read. The box is slightly bumped on one corner. We offer it for $26 at RestonFriends1.

The Notemaker's Bible answers a need that many have in church -- wanting to take notes directly where the text occurs in the Scriptures. This Bible is designed to let you do that! It is a New Living Translation with wide margins and lines at the bottom of each page for those notes.
This appears never to have been used, and the reviewers of this Bible give it 5 stars. Get it from us at $52 at RestonFriends1.

My Big Fat Greek Diet by Dr. Nick Yphantides is written by someone who has been there. By all standards a success in life, this physician found himself at 467 lbs. and frustrated at all the books and advice that didn't work to lose weight. Being a smart guy, he developed his own plan, followed it,
and now wants to share it with others who are extremely overweight. His reviewers give this 5 stars consistently and say they listened to the audio version more than once! This is an abridged CD and is $14.50 on RestonFriends1.

So that's it for today. Go to our storefront at RestonFriends1 for a wide variety of books. You may find gifts or treasures for yourself. If you're a current local Friend and you find something, save the shipping by contacting us via e-mail!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wordzzle Saturday

Thank you again to Raven who thought up and runs Wordzzle! And thanks to Kit and Charly for providing such entertaining submissions! If you'd like to play, please do! Send your submission to our e-mail address:

The words this week:

Ten Word Challenge: sober, spoilage, knight, laugh and the world laughs with you, peak, blueberries, owl, drugstore, lampshade, keyboard

For the mini challenge: economy, Michael Jackson, ladder, clue, structure


The economy of life - is often found,
in ways that we may not see..
But others might find - it's our character,
making us - what we're to be..
For life's steps takes us - forward and backwards,
like climbing, a ladder's rungs..
And with every day - we walk this path,
we recognize - new choices have begun.
For we all - have an inner knowing,
of what is wrong or right..
Yet, somehow - we never have a clue,
how to reach a greater height..
The soul's structure for our lives,
will never guide us wrong..
And, if we sit - in a quiet moment,
we can hear - our own heart-song.
A song about living - in kind-hearted ways,
where we thrive in joy and peace..
And, like Michael Jackson's - earthly gifts,
fond memories - will never cease..
Then, there are the soldiers- who fight for us,
so we may continue - our cherished ways..
So, I ask that all - who read these words,
become the essence of harmony - in coming days.


Jonathan had to have some space as the day had been so emotional. As he walked briskly down the path he could hear the babbling-brook off to his left. Familiar sounds bringing back memories of his dad. He was soon at his destination, a spreading, old Oak tree. He found what he had come for; the tree house was still intact. The STRUCTURE was strong and seeing it, he became melancholy. He and his dad built this hideaway, a place he could play his music without disturbing the household. MICHAEL JACKSON, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and others--if he closed his eyes he could still hear the music echoing from within the house. What a fun day it was when they built it. He could still hear the laughter as his dad had no CLUE as to where to begin. But built it, he did..with bandage thumbs from hammering he accomplished a lop-sided, covered house. The LADDER to reach the top was merely leftover lumber nailed to the tree. As the ECONOMY was doing good, this house was furnished comfortably. He and his dad had spent many quality moments as he turned from youth to manhood and learning values never to be forgotten; one is never too old to seek quiet and time with dad. How fortunately dad had taken time to share his life with him. However, time has a way of changing things. As the future arrives and you board the train of life, distances take you away from those you love. Like so many elderly the years take a toll and health deteriorates. Jonathan only remembered his dad as his mom had died at his birth. His thoughts returned to the present, and the day had been a sad one. He reflected on the events and as his eyes teared up, he felt that he was the lucky one. He arrived in time to say 'goodbye' and holding his dad's fragile hand, had bent down and whispered, I love you, I'll see you one day in another tree house.

And, since Dr. Hill is taking a vacation, something different from the blogger: We've been watching the TV Production of P.G. Wodehouse's immortal characters Bertie and Jeeves...thus the challenge story:

Jeeves surveyed the spoilage of the Bertie’s excesses with a sober mien. At the peak of the event the night before, blueberries had been flying, a lampshade had become a hat, and Bongo Little had become a knight by the ministrations of Bertie’s umbrella. Rather than using a drugstore remedy Jeeves purposefully mixed his hangover cure and offered it to the suffering young man. The effect was immediate and Bertie was back to his obnoxious self. “Laugh, Jeeves!” Bertie crowed as he guffawed, “They always say laugh and the world laughs with you!” “Very good, sir,” answered Jeeves. “No, Jeeves,” Bertie responded, “you need to echo my laugh for that to be true!” “I see, sir,” said Jeeves. He continued, “this must be an American sentiment.” “Well, dash it all, yes!” answered Bertie. “They do come up with some toppers, don’t they?” Jeeves simply observed Bertie with an owl-like expression, waiting for something intelligent to come out of Bertie’s mouth. Instead, Bertie went over to the keyboard and Jeeves heard the first notes of Minnie the Moocher begin. He turned to take the glass to the kitchen murmuring to himself, “next time an important ingredient will be no where to be found.”

And the mini:

Poor Michael Jackson, growing up with any structure in his life to guide him. It caused him to climb a show business ladder that has few safety nets. And apparently, he didn’t have a clue as to how badly he was being betrayed by those who were turning his talent into a way to fund their own personal economy.

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: corn pone, delegation, nectarines, happiness, 12 going on 13, prancing horses, magenta, butterflies, fragmentary, arthritis

For the mini challenge: lavender cowboy, over the moon, preparation, zebra, area rug


Friday, July 10, 2009

Odd Lots Again

We're starting to get some interest in our Odd Lots sale. In response to some questions, here is some more information in form of FAQ's:

1. Do I really have to buy the whole box?

We won't hold you to buying the entire box, but remember, our goal here is to clear out space so we can save more great buys for the Semi Annual Used Book Sale.

2. What is a ballpark price?

The Friends always try our best to be fair in pricing. We ask that you do the same when you view the condition and quantity. Current magazines sell for .25 per in our on-going sale (although some go for .50 if they're a bit nicer). You can use that as a measurement against what you might want to offer. That said, we'd like to remind you that all monies go to support the Reston Regional Library at a time when more funds than ever are needed, so we'd love for you to be generous!

3. Do you really not want my collection of _______(fill in the blank)_________ magazine?

Unless they are vintage-valuable, no thank you. We really just cannot afford the storage. The only exception is that we will accept mint comics in bags (or mint unread comics). We have a market for those and we greatly appreciate their donation!

4. Do you have anything besides magazines?

Yes, in this photo you can see a collection of a teaching program for literature. We have the contents of the majority of 3 of these that were donated. Note that they are for West Virginia.

Also, in the other photo, a classic Mad Magazine awaits your purchase.

5. Why do I have to be a member of FRRL to participate?

We love to provide benefits to our faithful supporters. It's only $15 for a general membership and it gets you in on Friends Night for the fall and spring semi-annual sales! You can join at the same time as your purchase or by using our link here.

If you have more questions or would like to make an appointment to see the magazines, please contact us. Leave a message for Pam at the library by calling 703-689-2700 or send us an e-mail here.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Signed Virginia Woolf for Collectors

We currently have a limited edition of one of 500 copies of Street Haunting, printed by The Grabhorn Press in 1930 and signed by Virginia Woolf. The essay uses the quest to purchase a pencil as an opportunity to contrast carefree "street sauntering" with "street haunting" which hints at disturbing aspects of walking in the city.

This is No. 145 of an edition of 500, signed by the author. It has a decorative cover with green leather spine and gilt lettering. The book is tight and unmarked. The spine is somewhat rubbed at top and bottom. The lower front cover corner is bumped.

You may make an appointment to view this book by calling the library and leaving a message for Pam or Judy. The phone number is 703-689-2700. Or, you may use e-mail to contact them. Serious inquiries only, please.

The book is priced on RestonFriends1 at $1,800.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009


From time to time we receive donations of magazines in bulk. Usually they’ve been left at the back door anonymously. They’re not magazines we can resell in the front hall in our ongoing sale because of their age. Yet, they’re each a ‘collection’ of a particular magazine or genre so we’ve kept them pending a good idea.

The good idea has arrived – and it accrues to your benefit! We’re doing an “ODD LOTS” sale. This sale will be entirely by appointment only, and you must be a current Friend of Reston Regional Library (or be willing to purchase a membership) in order to participate. The way it works is that if you see a box of magazines you’d be interested in, you contact us. You can do so by e-mail or by telephoning the library and leaving a message for “Pam” telling her you’re interested in “ODD LOTS” and which box or boxes. The library phone number is 703-689-2700. You must buy an ENTIRE BOX, but since we’re selling them in bulk, we’ll make it worth your while!

Here’s the list of the LOTS.

v American Heritage Magazine, Hard Cover Issues

v Civil War Magazine

v Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America

v National Genealogical Society Quarterly

v Renaissance Magazine

v Realm (a magazine of British history)

v Classic and Sports Car (UK publication for the classic car enthusiast

v Dwell (interior decorating magazine)

v Knitting (we have 4 boxes of these)

v Scrapbooking

v Science Fiction

v Wildlife Magazine (4 color photographs plus text in German)

v Woodworkers Journal, Wood, ShopNotes

v Woodworking

v Comics (Batman, X Men, 5 boxes mixed)

First come, first served, so don’t wait! And by the way, we didn’t ask for these kinds of donations, and we do not want more of them, but good stewardship demands that we offer them for sale rather than just throw them in the trash. Why don’t we want more? They take up a LOT of room, and we’d rather use that for storing the books you love to buy at the Semi Annual Used Book Sale.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Simply MARVEL-ous

Our RestonFriends1 storefront has something for you comic book fans this week. This is only three of the many posted -- go to the site to see them all. Don't wait, as these won't last!

House of M: Incredible Hulk finds Bruce Banner living peacefully amongst the Aborigines in Australia. But you know Hulk, something's gonna tick him off...own the story in your own copy for $22 from RestonFriends1.

House of M by Brian Michael Bendis and Oliver Coipel. Does not appear to have been read. $12.50 at RestonFriends1.

Green Lantern: Baptism of Fire by Ron Marz. Tells the story of Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. This copy appears to be new, unread. It is $24 on RestonFriends1.

If you're a big fan of X-Men and Batman, you should know that we have a couple of boxes of comics sitting in our annex waiting for you to buy them! If you are a current Friends member (or would like to become one), you can make an appointment to review them for purchase. Leave your name and number at the Reston Regional Library for "Pam" and mention "Comics". She'll get back to you as soon as she can. Call 703-689-2700.


Monday, July 6, 2009

From The FCPS Reading List

The blogger's rising middle schooler had to choose a book for a summer reading project for school. Looking at the list, the blogger thought he might enjoy London Calling by Edward Bloor and picked it up at Reston Regional Library. The young man loves history and the book plug said it was set in WWII. In the meantime, the young reader found a different book, also on the list, which he liked. The blogger didn't have anything new to read over the weekend, so picked up London Calling in order to do a Monday review. Now the blogger is glad her son found a different book on his own.

In London Calling, Martin is a middle-school aged boy living in the U.S.who inherits a WWII era radio from his grandmother. He hooks it up just to listen to the white noise of static and begins time traveling as a boy named Jimmy, living in London during the blitz, asks for his help.

Concurrently, Martin has a big problem at the private school he attends that involves privileged kids, injustice, and manufactured myths about the founder. Martin's own father is absent more than present because he's an alcoholic.
Martin ends up getting suspended from school and thus able to work on an 'independent study' project which, of course, involves the radio. This enables him to do extensive research into the subject of the radio which brings him into a position of being able to debunk the myth of the school founder. It also allows him to heal the relationship with his father as much as possible and even with his mother who finally understands why Martin should not attend that particular private school. And, of course, it enables him to help Jimmy.

The original premise of this story is very good. The additional emotional junk is a unnecessary. Why publishers think teens need more angst than they already manufacture in their lives is a mystery. It is so difficult to stay well-balanced during the middle school years. Perhaps they think reading about other people their age who are experiencing upheaval will make them feel better. Unfortunately, for some kids like the blogger's son, it makes them suspicious of reading any fiction published since 1975. It is very telling that one of the Amazon reviews that gives this book 5 stars starts, "London Calling is one of the most emotionally wrenching YA books I've had the pleasure to read in the past year." Exactly -- that's fine for an adult, but the target readers here are kids!

If the 12-13 year old male in your life likes angst and drama and enjoys reading about time travel and this period of time, this is a good book. For others, this is a reminder that many boys this age cut way back on their reading, which does not serve them in the long run.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Wordzzle Saturday!

Charly and Kit continue to delight us! And Dr. Hill is back. If you're wondering how to play, go here. If you don't have a blog of your own to post on, just send it to FRRL by e-mail and we'll post it for you here!

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: Florida, spit, child bride, operatic, busy, holding pattern, sunflowers, ginger jars, office, superintendent: For the mini challenge:music to my ears, plot, powerful, braggart, super model

A Mini From Kit:

Sitting quietly unperturbed, I listen,
as music from other spheres..
Flowing purity of melodious tones,
bring music to my ears..
And, the powerful feelings that arise,
when heavenly chords, I hear..
I know without a single doubt,
I have, no earthly forms to fear.
For fear itself is nothing more,
than a plot to attack us all..
A way of lessoning deeper thoughts,
so we fail to hear the call..
The call to help one another,
as we breathe and live each day..
It's a braggart's way to create,
a deception along life's way.
So, let's all become a super model,
persons, who can be admired..
Be individuals who are willing to guide,
those with dreams desired..
For all of us have been given much,
and now it's our time to share..
And by sharing love without fear,
it will prove just how much we care.

A Mini From Charly:

As I drift in thought, I'm taken back to days when we would sit on the leeve, gazing at the Atchafalaya River, pondering what life held in store for us, a group of three teenage girls. The sound of the barges as they quietly passed under the railroad trestle, was MUSIC TO MY EARS; what a peaceful time it was. On a beautiful, sunny day watching the flowing water swiftly pass us by, we would PLOT how we would become a SUPER MODEL, become famous, and makea lot of money; some saw us as a BRAGGART; dreamers were we all. But dreams have a way of becoming reality and the paths one takes can be POWERFUL..what a blessing to have such freedom to choose. My thoughts continue to wander, but I hear applause thus bringing me out of my reverie and I realize it's time for me to speak. As the applause continues, I walk to the stage and on reaching the podium, I hear, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the President of the United States. As I look among the crowd, I think, what a great country we live in....Good evening everyone, I'm so pleased to be with you tonight...

The challenge from the blogger:

Dr. Hill woke to an OPERATIC tenor voice wafting the call to prayer. Looking around he discovered he was in a pleasant room that was obviously used as an OFFICE. There was a computer and fax machine, and on the shelf next to the desk, two GINGER JARS held several bright SUNFLOWERS, giving a cheery note to the room. He pushed himself up from the sofa he was lying on and walked over to a window. Pushing the curtain aside he looked down into a courtyard. His little friend Laila was there, tending to a SPIT over a fire, upon which roasted some kind of meat. Hill’s stomach growled as he realized it had been hours since he had eaten. Just then, Laila looked up and saw him, grinned delightedly, and waved to him.

He waved back and then went back to sit on the sofa. He started thinking about what had transpired earlier in the day. Tanks in the marketplace…yes, that was right. “Well,” he thought, “if there’s a government crackdown going on I’m in a HOLDING PATTERN to try to get out of here and back to FLORIDA where I belong.” As he thought along these lines there was a soft tap at the door. In response to his assent, the door opened and a young couple stood there. “Dr. Hill, you are our honored guest,” the woman said in perfect English. “I am Yasmin, Laila’s mother.” The young woman looked to be no older than 15 herself and Hill found himself assuming she had been a CHILD BRIDE. “This is my husband Mohsin.” Mohsin didn’t look much older.

“How did I get here?” he asked. “I mean, I know I was following Laila, but then everything goes black and then I wake up here.” Mohsin answered, “yes, Laila was bringing you home for safekeeping but you got tangled up in some laundry in an alley. You fell and hit your head. She ran to us and my brother helped me bring you here to recover.”

“Why was Laila so insistent on me coming here for safekeeping?” Hill asked. Yasmin replied, “Mohsin asked her to get you. He is a SUPERINTENDENT in the Ministry of Antiquities. He knew there would be an action against your project this morning.”

“But won’t you lose your job?” Hill wondered looking at Mohsin. “Perhaps,” he replied. He smiled diffidently. “Ours is a difficult culture in which to live trouble-free. For me it is a debt of honor. My father worked at the U.S. Embassy during the revolution. An American archeologist risked his own career to get my father out of Iran to the U.S. He was suspect because he had been working for the Americans. Because of the kindness of this archeologist, my father was able to study in California and raise our family there. That man’s name was Dr. Lemuel Parker. I regret to say that he passed away last year.”

“My mentor!” Dr. Hill exclaimed. “Yes, you spoke of him often to Laila and she spoke of him to us. Once I made the connection, I knew I could not let your work end in embarrassment and expulsion.” Mohsin said. “Dr. Parker always respected our culture in his work. You have continued that observation.”

Hill couldn’t resist asking, “how did you two meet?”

Mohsin answered, “I grew up in the Bay area. Yasmin and I met at Stanford.”

Hill asked, “then why . . .?” and gestured to the area around him. “Why did we come back here?” Mohsin asked. “We wanted our child to know her heritage and other family members and the country was stable. Our English is good, so we had no trouble with employment.”

Hill marveled, “so what’s next?”

Yasmin laughed, “Dinner! Laila has been helping cook, so she insists that we eat before it all gets cold. She’s a bit strong-willed. Then we will figure out how to get you out of the country without the notice of the authorities.”

Hill brightened, “I have just the thing!” He dug in his bag and pulled out a can of clam chowder. The expression on Yasmin’s face was priceless. He chuckled, “it isn’t as bad as the label promises.” Carefully he unscrewed the top of the can and took out some padding. As he emptied the can he pulled out a small paper twist. Opening it, he showed Yasmin and Mohsin six perfect small diamonds. “Yes,” Yasmin breathed, “I think those will solve your problem and probably ours as well.”

“Your problem?” Hill inquired.

“Later. Let us eat,” answered Mohsin.

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: sober, spoilage, knight, laugh and the world laughs with you, peak, blueberries, owl, drugstore, lampshade, keyboard

For the mini challenge: economy, Michael Jackson, ladder, clue, structure


The Spy and the Artists

The Spy Who Saved the World is the story of Oleg Penkovsky, a member of the Soviet Intelligence Services who funnelled critical information to the West during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although his actions helped the world step back from WW III, his story does not have a happy ending. This book is worth reading in order to understand that time in history. This book is very hard to come by, and ours is priced at $72 at RestonFriends1. This paperback appears to be unread, the prior owner's name is inside the front cover, and the book has mild shelf wear.

Artist Yuri Kuper is known for his work in paintings and mixed media work. This paperback book, Yuri Kuper, highlights some of his work. It is $45 at RestonFriends1.

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's work is featured in this book, Enclosure. Goldsworthy specializes in showing articles found in nature in a completely different light. This hardcover published in 2007 gets excellent reviews at RestonFriends1, where
we have it for $28.

All of the books we offer on our Amazon site are donations to the library not needed for the collections. Current local Friends of Reston Regional Library can save postage on any of these by contacting us via e-mail or leaving a message at the library.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Times & Fees In Effect

Can you believe it's already July?

Along with all the fun things scheduled for July, the county's belt-tightening measures in reference to our library have arrived.

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

New Hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday (regional branches only)
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New Fees:

  • The daily charge for overdue materials will be 30 cents for both adult and children's materials.
  • A charge of $1 will be assessed to customers who do not have their library cards with them but would like to check out materials, place holds or conduct other transactions.
  • A guest pass will be required ($2) for visitors, non library card holders or those who do not have their library cards with them to use the public computers.
An additional policy change will affect some customers July 1. The library accounts of customers who owe more than $15 or who have owed any amount for more than one year will be blocked; customers will not be able to place holds, check items out, renew items or use the public computers.

This gorgeous skyscape was captured over Lake Audubon on Tuesday evening by my canoers.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Science Show Huge Success

The Maryland Science Center came to Reston Regional Library on 29 June for an interactive science fest with the children of our area. The room was packed, and the kids were enthusiastic. This show was brought to you courtesy of Friends of Reston Regional Library and Friends of George Mason Library, and of course, with the able assistance of our wonderful staff members at Reston Regional Library.

Don't miss out on these great programs at Reston Regional Library that will entertain and delight your children this summer. Click here to discover more!

Photos by Darlene