Thursday, April 30, 2009

Another BIG THANK YOU

It has come to the blogger's attention that there is a good Friend who helps with set-up for each sale. He also takes our "group photo" each sale.  We have several sales' worth now to look back on and they evoke wonderful memories.  (It is so great how he manages to keep any of us from aging!)

At any rate, Lee Phan is our group shot photographer and I apologize for not getting a thank you up for him sooner!

THANK YOU!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And Now, a Word FOR our Sponsors

THANK YOU!

Several local businesses contributed to the success of the Spring 09 Friends of the Reston Regional Library Used Book Sale. We want to make sure that they know how much the Board and volunteers appreciate them. The Board also wants to thank Helen T. for doing all the arranging, and Judy K. for helping with the toting!

Dunkin Donuts (Herndon)
Whole Foods (Reston)
La Madeleine (Reston)
Chutzpah Deli (Fairfax)

Willards BBQ (Chantilly)Fresh World (Reston)
KSB Deli (Reston)
Quiznos (Herndon)
Chipotle (Reston)
Domino's Pizza (Reston)
Vocelli Pizza (Reston)
Rubino's Pizzeria (Herndon)
Office Depot (Reston)
Dairy Queen (Reston)
Harris Teeter #81 (Reston)
Safeway #1431 (Fairfax)
Rite Aid (Reston)
Wal-Mart (Fairfax)
Safeway #1570 (Reston)
Safeway #0005 (Reston)
Edible Arrangements (Reston)
Home Depot (Fairfax)
Trader Joe's (Reston)
Lowe's (Chantilly)
Shoppers Food Warehouse (Herndon)
Costco (Fairfax)



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Photos of Fun


The Friends of Reston Regional Library organization is blessed with a couple of extraordinary photographers.  One of them, Darlene, captures everything from set-up to tear-down. She also takes photos between sales of anything we need. These are her photos from set-up last week and from Friends Night.

On Sunday several volunteers had set up the tables. There is an art to doing it in a way that allows maximum book display but compliance with Fire Marshall regulations. As you can see from this photo, the tables start out bare and expectant. There are signs to be posted and myriad details to be finished. Each book gets a final 'gut check' of whether it's good enough to be displayed for sale.
Next come the movers. Although our weather was less than inspiring, the movers were cheerful and indefatigable. Bringing the boxes in was the first step. The color splashes of their rainslickers and protective tarps gave a lift to an otherwise dreary day.

Two of our hardest working volunteers are Ron and Keith. Here they take a minute to pose. Before, during, and after the sale Ron is "Mr. Handcart" as he schleps the books back and forth. Keith is the gentleman who came from England to help us! You can see from this photo how the room was still pretty bare. That changed quickly. Stay tuned for more photos tomorrow!

Photos by Darlene
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Monday, April 27, 2009

WHEW!

Wow! After a fast and furious paced week, the Spring 09 Semi Annual Friends of Reston Regional Library is almost* finished. It was an interesting four sale days. The attendance at Friends night was consistent with past years. Both Arlington and Chantilly were having book sales the same weekend, so some of our dealer friends did not show up, perhaps choosing to go to one of those. Their loss because once again, the comments we heard from patrons who came to us throughout the weekend after visiting both of those was that (even at that point) Reston had more variety and books in better condition. (We do wish our fellow-Friends groups success -- we're all in this together!)

On Friday, when our local, long-standing patrons came in, there were many, many bargains on hand.  On Friday afternoon the tireless volunteers began the "Big Flip" (or as book sale chair Charly kept calling it, 'the flip-flop').  We continued that all weekend.  On Saturday afternoon a patron was heard to wail, "oh no, I already looked at that table and you're bringing fresh stuff out!"  She then promptly went back to select more books!

We continued flipping and restocking all the way through Sunday, and sales were still strong as we wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at 3:30.

Our final numbers aren't in yet, but at this point it is clear that we have at least matched past years if not exceeded them. And it's all due to:

a.  GREAT volunteers
b.  GREAT patrons
c.  GREAT library staff (many of whom are patrons as well as volunteers!)
d.  GREAT community support (especially in terms of food for the volunteers!)

Special Thanks to:

Keith & Margaret Weaver -- our British friends who came to work the sale (how would you like to spend your vacation sweaty and dusty counting books or money?)
Melody Warner -- our friend who comes from New Jersey each sale to help!
Stephanie Abbott -- member of FCPL Library Foundation Board of Directors -- worked at our Specials Room desk for several hours on Saturday morning
Andrew Pendergrass -- new branch manager at Reston Regional Library (talk about jumping into the firing line -- Andrew just started here April 1 and was hit with a MAJOR booksale!). He never stopped schlepping books from the staging area to the sales floor! We REALLY appreciate his involvement.

and all of our wonderful local volunteers -- I hesitate to try to name them all because I'd hate to leave someone out!

*almost finished because today is the charity donation pick-ups!

Photos to follow...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

BEST CREW EVER!

The Spring Semi-Annual Used Book Sale at Reston Regional Library is in full swing. Some of the comments overheard today:

"I can't believe there are so many books at such great prices!"

"Everyone working here is so friendly!"

"They keep bringing more in. I'll never be able to leave!"

Well, our friendly crew, our great selection and our constant restocking are proving to be the successful formula for the best book sale ever. Stop by tomorrow between 10 and 4:30 for great bargains -- even in between soccer games you can pick up something!

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Come One, Come All


Last night's Friends Night book sale opener was a great success.  We saw many Friends from earlier days and met many new ones! Attendance was good and sales were brisk.

Today at 10 we open the doors to the General Public. If you didn't make it to Friends Night, don't despair! We restocked last night and will restock this morning and all day as books are purchased. The restocking we do is one of the major things that distinguishes our book sale from others in the area. Look at the photo to get a taste of all the lovely books that await your attention!

While you're with us this weekend, don't forget to pick up a Friends of Reston Regional Library T-shirt, Mouse Pad or Lanyard. All proceeds go to a great cause and you'll be spreading the word about Reston Friends whenever you use or wear them!

We look forward to seeing you today!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
Friday, April 24, 10-5 
Saturday April 25, 10-4:30
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

Thursday, April 23, 2009

NO MORE EXCUSES!

You're out of time! Tonight is the night to be a Friend of the Library at Reston Regional. At 6 p.m. we'll open the doors to our book-loving Friends so they can purchase the first choice, first displayed books. The catch is that you must be a current Friend of Reston Regional Library to take advantage of this night. At this point, you'll need to come in person to purchase or renew your membership. The cost is minimal, but the pay-off is great!

For what reason should you become a member? Well, we have several thousand reasons displayed right now and first dibs on those is worth the membership cost. Additionally, being a member helps your community, contributes to improved literacy, and just feels good. If you become a member at a higher level of donation, you even get premiums!

Some ground rules for the sale:

1. Although we open the doors at 6, we will be set-up to check people in an hour before that. Our volunteers will be doing last minute prep. Many have already been working for several days and will continue to work for the next several days, so be kind to them.
2. Children's books are limited to 30 books per day per household. As noted before, this is one of the most popular categories, and proportionately, one of the least donated in a condition good enough to sell.
3. Have fun. If you come to the sale with the attitude of pleasant anticipation, you are far more likely to find something you'll enjoy purchasing.
4. Don't miss these unique shopping locations:
    a. Specials Room! It's in the back left hand corner of the main sales room and it's full of treasures.
    b. Ephemera -- on the table next to the Specials Room doorway. Lots of interesting book-related things that aren't necessarily books!
   c.  Gifty books -- in the literature section in the front of the room -- the northwest corner.
   d.  Sets -- in the hallway. Do not break the sets up! That makes them ... NOT sets!
   e.  Front Display Case -- in between the entrance and extra doors of the library. Some of the "Toplist" items will be there.
   f.  Friends Merchandise -- we will have T-shirts, Mouse Pads and Lanyards for sale at the Membership table.

We'll have 3 cashiers open when it's busy, and as this photo shows, Charly is willing to take your money whenever and wherever!  We look forward to seeing many of our 'old' friends and making some new ones tonight!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

photo by Darlene
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SET FOR LIFE

One of the great offerings we have at the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale is in the "SET" category. We get sets donated of all types of subjects. Many are Time-Life, some are for children. One absolutely beautiful set we have for sale is the one of Mark Twain books -- $150 for nearly everything Twain ever wrote! We also have several sets of different kinds of media from the Teaching Company Great Courses -- the World's Great Religions, Economics, and Philosophy.

The best choice for the sets occurs on Thursday evening at Friends Night. If you're not a member, you can become one that night. Be sure to come early -- we open at 6 -- and you'll be able to get in and take advantage of this member benefit.

The sets will be in the hallway, in the media corner and some will be back near the Specials Room. 

We'll see you tomorrow night!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

HIDDEN TREASURES


During set-up for the Spring 09 Semi-Annual Friends of the Reston Regional Library Used Book Sale yesterday afternoon, it happened again. One of our eagle-eyed volunteers noticed a book in the general offerings that seemed like it might be worth more than $1.50. It wasn't a pretty book, and really didn't distinguish itself in any way. She just had a 'feeling.' (Thank you C.R.!)

As it turned out, the book was valuable. It is the Index Islamicus, 1905-1955, a companion to the Index Islamicus, 1956-1960 that we have on our Toplist. We haven't priced the older volume yet, but the one on the toplist is $50.  (If you're interested in the 1905-1955, please e-mail us.)

So what is my point?
  1. YOU get a good deal with us: There are only three copies of the 1956-1960 Index available on Amazon.com right now. The least expensive, an ex-library copy, is $75. Our is not ex-library, and although it isn't "pretty", it's in better condition than one with ex-library stamps. YOU get the benefit of that by us offering it for $50 at our local used book sale.
  2. There are still hidden treasures to be found in the book sale. We don't see everything. And while we reserve the right to adjust a price if a book has been mispriced, it is possible that you will go home with something of greater value than any of us saw.
  3. ALL OF OUR BOOKS are of greater value than we charge. Anyone who can buy good condition hard-backed books with intact dust jackets for $1.50 is getting a great deal.
So, whatever you have planned this weekend, make sure it includes stopping by the Reston Regional Library for the book sale. Didn't you watch National Treasure?

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

photo by Darlene
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Monday, April 20, 2009

SHORT FINAL


As a pilot approaches an airfield, the last position before landing is called "short final". That's when the airplane is in the right position, all switches are in the right position, the gear is down, and the passengers and crew are in the right position to land. The end of the journey is close and everyone is filled with anticipation because as the first journey closes, the next adventure can begin.

Yet, it isn't time to relax. Despite the goal being very close in time and distance, the pilot cannot just stop flying the plane. He or she must guide it through the complicated processes that the pilot has trained for over and over. And, despite thousands of hours of flying time, every landing is unique, subject to the vagaries of weather, equipment and personnel.

Our booksale crew is on 'short final.' Charly is in the pilot's seat, skilfully lining everything and everyone up so that on Thursday evening, our Friends of the Reston Regional Library can start another awesome book sale, our next adventure. Today is "set-up" -- and we're certainly NOT relaxing! If you stop by today, you'll see a process that has been repeated over and over for years (and you might get drafted to help). Just like a pilot, as we gain more experience each sale, and equipment and personnel change, we tweak it each time. And while by now it's a well-rehearsed routine, we deal with the vagaries of weather (it's raining right now and we have to bring the boxes in from the shed), equipment (tables, boxes, signs, etc.), and personnel (we always need more muscles!) just as the pilot of the plane does.

So if you're by the library today and you see the increase in activity level and marvel at how we go from an empty meeting room to an awesome sale, just think of that big ol' jumbo jet lining up for a perfect landing and wish us "happy landings."

FAQ #10

Why don't you have more children's books?

We can only sell as many as are donated AND which meet our quality standards. Our booksale has a reputation for quality that we do not want to compromise. Every decent quality childrens book we get goes into the sale. Still, this is the category of which we have the LEAST left over after the sale to donate to charity--and of course, it is the category most charities want. You can help us by donating more children's books (when donations re-open), and if you are shopping this category, be kind to the ones that are there on display so that even if you don't want to buy a particular title, it is still in nice condition for someone else to do so.

Now, let's go land that plane!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
Sunday April 26, 12-3:30


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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Seeing Dots



Book Sale FAQ #8

Why do some books have green dots or yellow dots or special prices?

We have not raised the price on our hardback books since 1999. The vast majority of them are still a great buy at $1.50 each. However, we have started to sticker (with green or yellow dots) some books that the market dictates will support a little extra.  Remember, our purpose is to raise money for library programs.

Book Sale FAQ #9

What kind of accessibility do you provide for disabled people?

Our aisles are measured and tables placed exactly to comply with Fire Marshall requirements for safety. If you've attended a sale, you know that able bodied people have trouble moving through the crowd. If you need a walker or wheelchair, we are happy to accommodate you by offering you a chance to come shop for a short time before we open to the public. Please understand that to access this opportunity you need to contact us first. You can do so by e-mailing us here, or contacting someone at the library. They will get the message to us. However, we are volunteers and do not have phone or message boxes at the library. Your best bet is to e-mail us!

That said, per Fire Marshall rules, we cannot accommodate strollers. At all. Please do not ask. If you've attended a sale, you know that this is not the best environment for children. Please consider carefully whether your child or children are the type that can wait quietly for you to finish shopping. If they are likely to create a disturbance for other patrons, please reconsider bringing them. Our major concern is their safety -- people carrying boxes, bags or piles of books often do not see little ones under their feet.


SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

photo by Darlene
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Friday, April 17, 2009

ONE WEEK TO GO!

One week from today will be the first day of public admission to the Spring 09 Semi-Annual Used Book Sale! You'll want to attend EARLY and OFTEN. We restock constantly and we have thousands of titles. Bring your list, and prepare to be surprised by new finds and treasures!


The sale opens when the library does, at 10 a.m. This map will give you an idea of where the different genre await your patronage! Some things to remember:

1.  If you're going into the Specials Room, we'll ask you to leave your other books and bags outside on a cart with your name (we have slips) on them. This helps control the flow of books in and out of the Specials Room, helps minimize damage to the books there, and allows more patrons to move around in there searching for books. There are few things more irritating than not being able to see a book because someone's backpack or purse is in your way -- and the person is totally oblivious.

2.  Having addressed the topic of people being oblivious, it is time to address another delicate area.  Each sale we get a few complaints about a few patrons' behavior.  We ask that you remember that people of all kinds attend this sale. In a perfect world we would all be polite to one another. However, this isn't a perfect world and some people let their enthusiasm for good bargains trump what their moms should have taught them about common courtesy. If another patron's behavior is egregious, please notify one of the book sale workers. We will try to address the situation.  That said, we reserve the right to ask anyone who is being a nuisance to leave.

3.  Dealers. Some non-dealer patrons ask us why we allow dealers to come and purchase so many books.  Umm...because it's a book sale? The dealers have to make a living too. Some of our dealer and reseller patrons have been loyal and faithful book buyers for years. We appreciate their business. We know there are other book sales, and they choose to spend their money with us. If the non-dealer patrons would or could purchase the volume of books the dealers do, we could ban dealers. But we wouldn't because we LIKE our dealer friends, and we LIKE our non-dealer patrons, so we just ask that everyone give others a measure of grace. If we all act like we are civilized, we will all benefit from that. That said, we reserve the right to ask anyone who is being a nuisance to leave.


SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30

photo by Darlene
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Missing Books?

Our Friends1 site has gone on a diet! Normally there are around 800 books percolating on the site, but today it is down to just over 200. The reason is simple - the book sale is coming! So those of you who would like to know the benefits of attending the book sale, here's another one. Many of the books you've been interested in at our Friends1 site will be on hand, at a lower price, at the Semi Annual Used Book Sale!

If you're interested in any that you saw up there before the reducing plan hit, let us know! We have highly trained experts who locate them in our Specials Room and who can turn your dismay into joy!  And don't forget to look at our toplist (link to the right on the sidebar).

We start set-up on Monday. If you're one of those volunteering for set-up, you'll have heard 
from Charly by now. If you haven't heard from her, but want to be in on the beginning, e-mail us immediatelyYou must be physically able and cheerfully willing to move books, tables, boxes, etc. in order to be helpful at this stage of things.

In the meantime, here's a book that IS available at Friends1, and a good book it is! In a few years, books like this may be difficult to find as the "greatest generation" fades away. Jump on this for your children and grandchildren. America's All-Time Favorite Songs is $13.

SPRING 2009 SEMI-A
NNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
photos by Darlene
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BOOK SALE FAQ #5


Did anyone notice the FAQ's skipped a number? Oops...well, here it is.

What are you doing this time to make the sale more user-friendly?

We like to think our sale is always user-friendly, but we admit that the word has gotten out about what a great sale this is, so it is a bit crowded at times. To address that, we have a 3rd cashier station and we have people who count and total your purchase while you stand in line. We've made the tables more reader friendly by not stacking boxes underneath them, and by lining up the titles so they're easier for you to read. We've put new and safer shelving in the Specials Room, and we continue to recruit the friendliest and most helpful volunteers around. And, in order to give our patrons every opportunity to see every book, we'll continue our practice of constant restocking and we'll also practice the "Big Flip" sometime on Friday or Saturday.

This year we also have some great 'extras' for sale. Be sure to take a look at the Friends of Reston Regional Library logo items. We have beautiful dark green T-shirts, mouse pads (you'll
 never have to search for the blog address or e-mail address again), and lanyards for holding your name tag or security badge. Show your support for Reston Regional Library by picking up a few of these items!  Prices are:

FRRL T-Shirt:               $10 members/staff; $12 non-members
Mouse Pad:                     $4 members/staff; $5 non-members
Lanyards:                        $2 members/staff; $3 non-members

There is a way to get them free. Join the Friends of the Reston Regional Library at an increased giving level, and you can receive one or more of these items. The break-out is:

Good Friend ($50 level)         Lanyard
Best Friend ($100 level)        Lanyard and Mousepad
Special Friend ($250 level)   Lanyard, Mousepad and T-Shirt

If you joined or renewed at a level of $50 or above since January 1, 2009, we are going to try to catch you on Friends Night (April 23) to give you your premium when you check-in. However, if we miss you, please ask us about it!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

To Clear Things Up

The books we have today are representative of the specialized collections we sometimes receive as donations. If you're not a scientist in the particular area of crystallography, these books will probably do nothing for you. But if you are a researcher in this area, being able to acquire these books at below the market price might get your heart a-fluttering!

An Atlas of Hyperstereograms of the Four-Dimensional Crystal Classes is E.J.W. Whittaker's proposal for classifying crystals. To find out any more, you'll either have to look at the book, or know something about this field. It is definitely outside the blogger's area of expertise! Nonetheless, in its area, this book is rare and in demand. We offer it at Friends1 for $24.

The accompanying books we have available are:
Crystal Data: Systematic Tables (Hardcover) $25
Crystal Growth: An Introduction (North-Holland Series in crystal growth, v.1) $120
Phosphate, Arsanate and Vanadate Minerals: Crystal chemistry and Classification $28

Book Sale FAQ #6
Why do you let dealers use scanners?

As technology has advanced, our sales have changed. You may think it is just dealers using the scanners, but that is no longer true. We all want the best values for the money we spend, and we are all able to use scanners to help us decide how to proceed. Have you ever been in the grocery store and called home to the cook to ask if you should get product "A" or product "B"? Using a scanner is the same idea. The Friends use scanners on intake of donated items and price things accordingly. With dealers and other patrons using them as well, the playing field is leveled.

Book Sale FAQ #7
Why do you record so much information at the back table when dealing with specials?

In the years before we did this we had the problem of some high dollar books disappearing during the sale and no way of tracking what happened to them.  As stewards of the donations made to the Friends, and with a responsibility to maximize the return on those donations in order toe benefit the library, the Board decided we needed to try to track those books with a sale value of greater than $5. There have been occasions when patrons chose a book, we recorded the information, and the patron forgot to ask for their book at checkout.  We used the information recorded to contact the patrons who have been happy to be reconnected with that special book. All they had to do was stop by to pay us and take it home. So it works to the benefit of everyone concerned.

It's a little over a week away...so get ready! If you're a member, come Thursday night. If you want to come Thursday night and you're not a member, become one ASAP or that night! You can use the link on the right sidebar to fill out our membership form and pay via Paypal if you want to do it now.  See you soon!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Grand Illusion

Amaze your friends!  Confound your enemies! Confuse innocent bystanders! This Complete Illustrated Book of Close-Up Magic by Walter B. Gibson has only one review on Amazon, but it's from a magician and is 5-star! We have the only one offered for sale, and it is $38 on Friends1.

For more slight of hand, consider this book, Bill Gross on Investing. In case you don't know, he is the "Bond King" of the investment world. We have it for $11.50 on Friends1 -- the only copy there right now!


And what is a greater illusion than the world of politics? This book, With Honor, is about Melvin Laird and the times in which he lived. It gets consistently good reviews from Amazon. If you're sure you know the back story to the Viet Nam conflict, try reading this book. You might just learn something new. It is $16.50 at Friends1.

It is no illusion that the Spring Semi-Annual Sale is rapidly approaching and it is also no illusion that we have GREAT deals in store for you. Our categories are many; our books are great quality; our prices are eminently affordable. See you soon!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

BOOK SALE FAQ #'s 2, 3 & 4

A few more FAQ's...

2. Why are the crowds so big and what are you doing about it?

The crowds exist because word has gotten out that the books are a great deal at Reston Regional Library's Semi-Annual Book Sales. That's why you've come, right? So please be patient and courteous with your fellow bargain hunters. We run only one ad outside our immediate area, on www.booksalefinder.com. Everything else is local flyer or word of mouth.

We could diminish the crowds by charging a lot more for our books, but that wouldn't serve anyone's interest. We could spread the crowd out more if we had more room, but in the present library configuration, there's no way to do that. Be sure to let your voice be heard when
 the plans for renovation of Reston Regional Library come before the County Supervisors. The Supervisor for Hunter Mill District, where Reston Regional Library is located, is Cathy Hudgins. Feel free to contact her with your concerns.

3.  Why don't you extend the sale to the open area out in front of the library?

As the blogger sits here typing, it is pouring rain outside reminding me why we can't extend the sale outside.  Wet weather and books don't do well together.  Crowd control is also a big factor that makes this suggestion impossible. Again, as the plans for renovation of Reston Library get underway, your voice needs to be heard on this issue as well as the issue of increasing parking -- it's a problem every day!

4.  Why don't you have a separate children's sale?

This is an idea we've considered. To do it would require a couple of things to happen. First, we would need to have permission from the Reston Regional Library Branch Manager to hold an additional sale. With 2 semi-annuals, 1 Holiday, 1 Mystery, and 1 Puzzle and sometimes special sales tucked in, we may be hard pressed to get permission.  

Second, we need someone to run it. To run a book sale requires a full-time commitment from a number of people over several days. It starts LONG before the books go out onto the tables.

However, if this is something you think you'd like to run, contact us and we can explore the possibilities!

More FAQ's to come. We look forward to seeing you soon!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
photos by Darlene

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Spotlight Amazon


One of the unsung heroes of the Friends of Reston Regional Library's operation is Judy K. Not only is she a faithful regular sorter, but Judy is also the person who takes the Amazon offerings home, photographs them, and gets them posted. When they sell, she gets them into the mail to their new homes. The '
satisfied buyer' rating Judy has harvested on Amazon reflects her personality and for those of us who know her, is no surprise.  Thanks Judy  for all the hard work you do!

Here are some of her latest postings.

The Consultant's Quick Start Guide: An Action Plan for Your First Year in Business. This book got 39 5-star reviews on Amazon. If you've been fantasizing about being your own boss and master of your own fate, this book is worth reading. It retails at $24.95 but we have it, unused, at Friends1 for $15.50.

Think you know a lot about Shakespeare?  Even better, do you have a friend who claims to know everything about Shakespeare?  One who randomly quotes the plays in a faux-Elizabethan accent (as if anyone knows what that really sounds like!)? If so, this is the purchase for you! This Quotable Shakespeare Knowledge Cards deck can make you as obnoxious as your acquaintance. And since more parties and gatherings will be at home in 2009 due to the economy, you'll need a party trick or two up your sleeve. The deck is $11.50 at Friends1.

The Little Prince, by Antonie de Saint-Exupery is a classic read for children of all ages. It is ubiquitous in the paperback copy that everyone reads in grade school. But to have a hardback copy to reflect upon is exceptional.  This copy is a First Edition, 2nd printing. To be honest, its condition is not perfect. Although the text is clean and tight, with bright and clear pictures, the previous owner's
 name is blanked out on the fly leaf.  Also, there is no DJ and the back cover is slightly faded in some areas and it is lightly stained along the fold of the spine. Nonetheless, it IS a First Edition, and this is a story worth having, especially in times of uncertainty. It's $18 at Friends1.

These are samples of the Specials we'll have available at the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale at the end of the month. You do NOT want to miss this sale. If these seem to be out of your pocketbook reach, don't worry -- we'll have thousands of books priced under $2 each.

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Cup Runneth Over!


As of yesterday, April 8, book donations are CLOSED. We are stuffed to the gills with great books, poised for the sale. We will be happy to take donations again beginning on May 7.

If you just have to get rid of your books, please contact one of the other libraries in the FCPL system. The contact information for the branches is here.

See you soon at the sale!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Home is Where the Books Are

Rose Tarlow is a noted interior designer. The Private House offers her design perspective and experience in a memoir fashion. Most reviewers on Amazon love this book, recognizing that it is not a 'how-to' manual, but an expression of Tarlow's style and creativity. This copy appears to never have been read, and is $34 at Friends1.

Reston is a unique place, full of lakes, streams, byways and paths that take one right into the heart of nature. It is often difficult to remember that we are less than 30 miles from the seat of government for the free world. Ducks, geese, deer, owls, coyotes, squirrels, beavers, raccoons, foxes and possums make Reston their home. The Nature of Reston captures the serenity of the interaction between Reston 
residents and the animals that flourish around us. It is $37, and appears unread. This is an excellent gift book for those who have out of town or out of country visitors who are, as most, charmed by the area they're visiting. Check it out at Friends1.

We hope that you'll bring your out of town guests to a truly unique experience the weekend of April 23 (Friends Night) - April 26. Sure, there are other book sales that weekend, but the Friends of the Reston Regional Library book sale is the largest, our volunteers are the friendliest, and in addition to constant restocking, we practice the 'big flip', making sure that every box is opened and the contents considered for restocking the tables. To get more bang for your book buck, spend the weekend with us!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

BOOK SALE FAQ #1

What happens to any unsold books?

At the conclusion of the sale on Sunday afternoon (April 26), our amazing and hard working volunteers box all remaining books in the main sale floor and the hallway.

On Monday, April 27, pre-screened charitable organizations are invited to come and take a pre-requested number of boxes of books for their purposes. In the past, these groups have included those that provide books to medical patients, a Native American tribe in Virginia, and the library in India that was practically built by our book sale leftovers.

Because our up-front sorting standards are so high, the books that remain are also very good. They tend to be ones that we had duplicate copies of to begin with.  They are from both fiction and non-fiction categories, but there is no guarantee as to particular titles or genre.  Because we practice the "big flip", the sale patrons have had first choice.

If you are involved with a non-profit charity and would like to be on our list to receive books, please contact us ASAP.  The requirements are:

1) You MUST provide us a request on your organization letterhead, specifying your non-profit status.
2) You MUST pickup on Monday the 27th between 9:30am - 1pm
3) You MUST bring your own help for moving your boxes to your vehicle
4) You MUST be reliable as we have no place to store the books. If you say you're coming and you don't show, you will not be permitted to be on the list for a future sale.

You can e-mail us for more information.

NOTE: Tomorrow, April 8, donations close until after the sale. Get those books in today!

See you soon!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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photos by Darlene

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Glimpse of the Future

Boatbuilding: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction is a classic book for boat building enthusiasts. This copy looks unused, although the DJ shows a little shelf wear. It was published in 1980 and is one of many that Howard I. Chapelle published over the years of his life. It's $18.50 at Friends1.

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, as performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, directed by Herbert von Karajan with performances by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicolai Gedda 
and Rita Streich. Recorded in 1955, and digitally remastered for this CD format. It's $17 at Friends1. The slipcase shows a little wear, but otherwise fine. This is one of the series "Great Performances of the Century."

Mickey Mouse: My Life in Pictures is a 1997 pictorial autobiography of Mickey Mouse. This copy is a First Edition, and appears to not have been used. It is $75 at Friends1. It is the perfect gift for a collector.

These three books represent the quality of the books we will offer in less than three weeks at the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale. The rare and wonderful books of the Specials Room are the ones you really need to come on Friends Night to see.  Once you've joined us for Thursday night, it will be difficult to resist returning each day as we restock regularly, right up to the very end. To join us on Friends Night, you will need to have a current membership. If yours has lapsed, or you'd like to purchase one for the first time, please follow the 4th link down on the sidebar, or e-mail us!

SPRING 2009 SEMI-ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
FRIENDS NIGHT - THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6-8:30 P.M.
GENERAL PUBLIC
Friday, April 24, 10-5; Saturday April 25, 10-4:30;
 Sunday April 26, 12-3:30
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