Thursday, September 24, 2009

Book Sale Bonanza!

Wow! Friends' Night on Wednesday evening set a new record for sales. We don't know if it's changing the day to Wednesday (forced by new library closing times) or what, but LOTS of people came and LOTS of people spent money. We also know that it's due to LOTS of volunteers sorting, packing, and displaying great quality books at bargain prices.

So you feel like you missed out? Well, there are still 4 days of the book sale left, opening to the General Public today at 10. If you still feel left out, purchase a membership before the spring book sale (last weekend in April) and join us on Friends Night then!


If you're looking for something really interesting to do on the weekend (after attending our book sale), you might want to check this out at the City of Fairfax Regional Library:

Any of you who might have personal recollections of the 1930s (either your own or stories from your family) that you would like to share on tape come to Room 214 between 11 and 3 at City of Fairfax Library Saturday. Volunteers from GMU's Special Collections Dept. will be conducting oral history interviews that will be videotaped for posterity.

Other Special Events that day
Soul of a People: A Community Celebration of the WPA Federal Writers Project
September 26 at City of Fairfax Regional Library
Come learn more about the 1930s and the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers Project when the City of Fairfax Regional Library celebrates “Soul of a People: Writing America’s Story,” an event presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary and David A Taylor’s book. The library’s
Virginia Room will display photos of Fairfax County during the 1930s and will collect oral histories from Fairfax County residents, plus a series of events will offer glimpses into the culture of the 1930s, including the following:
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. — Award-winning musician Bill Wellington performs folk music from the 1930s. Storyteller Bill Wellington has entertained audiences, and especially young audiences, throughout America for over thirty years. He began his career in 1977 as artist-in-residence in a small mountain community in West Virginia. Bill is also a folk musician performing on banjo, fiddle and guitar. In 1987 he won the West Virginia Old Time Banjo Championship. Bill Wellington has performed at the National Theatre, the Smithsonian, the International Children’s Festival and at over 1,000 elementary schools. In September 2007 he toured in Denmark and Sweden with Troublesome Creek String Band.
3:00 p.m.Dick Stohr, That Yo-Yo Guy — who has set six yo-yo World Records! — performs tricks and discusses yo-yo history, including the story of Don Duncan Sr., who trademarked the name Yo-Yo and sparked its tremendous popularity in the 1930s.

The Friends of the Virginia Room are holding a Used History Book Sale in Room 103 from 10-4 on Saturday. There are lots of Virginia History and Civil War books, biographies and much more.

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