Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hold That Thought . . Er . . Book!

We love your donations.  We can't do what we do without your donations.  But at this point, just before the sale (we start with Friends Night April 21), we can't take in any more of your donations!  Our shed is full!



While you wait for us to re-open, you can see our donations guideline here.  Feel free to print a copy and use it to evaluate what you want to bring us!  It may make your 'pending' stack shorter!

If you just can't wait, or you have items that do not fit our donation criteria, please feel free to donate with another Friends group or charity!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Old and Interesting

I hope that when I'm old I'm interesting.  But, if not, I hope I have old and interesting books to keep me company!

Here are some very old, and quite interesting bound copies of magazines from years gone by.  I keep looking at them thinking what fantastic resources they would be for writers who want to capture the flavor of a time gone by. It appeals to the mystery reader in me to figure out how some of these "newsy in their own time" articles would give context to a story set in that period.

None of them are overly attractive, but they are all very cool.  If you're interested in any of these, e-mail us.

Photos by Darlene

The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art
bound vol LI, Sept - Dec 1860 / ed & publ by W H. Bidwell, publ 1860 [NY] / 3/4 bound in leather, five ribs on the spine / marbled boards scuffed / marbled endpapers are bright / binding tight / index, 572 pgs, incl engravings

Harper's Magazine
bound volume / 1856 / incl Dickens serial, article on "Negroland", article on Great Seal of the US

The Atlantic Monthly: A Magazine of Literature, Science, Art, and Politics
bound vol XIX, Jan - Jun 1867
bound vol XX, July - Dec 1867
publ Ticknor & Fields [Boston]
each volume:  3/4 bound in leather, plain endpapers cracked at hinges but bindings tight / index, 764 pgs

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Top List Illustrated

Yesterday we published the toplist for the Spring 2010 Sale. Here's the link again.

Today we'll give you some glimpses of the contents of the list.

How about a book about the artist Miro, signed by Miro?

A First Edition of Robot Evolution?

Uncle Tom's Story of His Life: an Autobiography of the Rev Josiah Henson (Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom") from 1789 to 1876

More tomorrow...

All photos by Darlene

Spring 2010 Top List

These are the special books available through the sale, beginning April 21 at 5pm at Reston Regional Library. Only MEMBERS of Friends of the Reston Regional Library will be able to purchase them that night. Beginning 10 am on April 22, members of the general public will be able to purchase them.

If you have questions about them or our guidelines, please e-mail us.

We'll have some photos tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Making a List, Checking it Twice

What, no books yet?

The Semi-Annual Used Book Sale will begin with Friends' Night on April 21 at 5 p.m. You'll need to have a membership to get into the book sale that evening -- but you can purchase one at the door.  Membership prices:

$15 General Membership
$5 Senior (65+)

Donation Levels
$250 Special Friend
$100 Best Friend
$50 Good Friend

The sale will continue through until Sunday, everyone welcome, with slightly different hours each day.

Thursday & Friday, 10-5
Saturday, 10-4
Sunday, 1-3:30

All categories of books, except Childrens, will be in plentiful supply.

We take cash and checks. Our new Friends cookbook will be on sale at $10 each or buy 4 get one free.

Watch this space for the Toplist -- the list of antiquarian, collectible and unique books that will be available in the Specials Room or by request (depending on the fragility of the copy).

Questions?  E-mail us!

Photos by Darlene

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sale Success

The Spring Children's and Young Adult Used Book Sale was a huge success!  Sales for both days was higher than for the Inaugural Sale in Fall 2009. We credit this to:
  • getting the news about the sale
  • fantastic volunteers setting up and continuously moving stock
  • our sorters pulling out only the best and sale-worthy childrens books
  • gorgeous weather for people to stop by on their gallivanting around
Thank you to all patrons who donate. Thank you to all patrons who purchase!  Many of you are the same people, using the ultimate recycling opportunity.

Thank you to the volunteers who worked before, during, and after the sale. Thank you to the sorters who ensure we can have a sale worthy of your time.

Mark your calendars for the Fall -- in August we'll do another.

And for those of you who showed up and wondered where the 'other' books were, mark your calendars for the HUGE Semi-Annual Used Book Sale next month!

Friends Night (membership required)* April 21, 5-7:30 pm
General Public
Thurs - Fri, Apr 22-24, 10-5
Saturday, Apr 25, 10-4
Sunday, Apr 26, 1-3:30
*Membership Available for Purchase that evening
See you there!

Photos by Darlene

Friday, March 19, 2010




Saturday, March 20
10am -4pm

Sunday, March 21
1pm - 4pm

Please Note:
  1. These categories will NOT be sold at the Semi-Annual Sale in April
  2. NO Scanners permitted
  3. NO Backpacks or Large Bags/Boxes
  4. NO Rolling Carts or Strollers
  5. Quantities will be limited for the first four hours on Saturday
  6. Sale will also include teacher materials, children's sets, special collectibles in showcase

Questions? E-mail us!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Children's and Young Adults Sale



Saturday, March 20
10am -4pm

Sunday, March 21
1pm - 4pm

Please Note:
  1. These categories will NOT be sold at the Semi-Annual Sale in April
  2. NO Scanners permitted
  3. NO Backpacks or Large Bags/Boxes
  4. NO Rolling Carts or Strollers
  5. Quantities will be limited for the first four hours on Saturday
  6. Sale will also include teacher materials, children's sets, special collectibles in showcase

Questions? E-mail us!

Photo by Darlene

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Great Courses

You think the blizzards this winter were bad? Try listening to this as you drive in your carbon-fueled vehicle back and forth to work. It's at our Amazon Friends1 site for $22.

Want something different? Check out the Great Courses we are offering at our Friends1 site at Amazon. You can purchase them through the storefront, OR if you're a current, local Friend of Reston Regional Library, you can avoid shipping and purchase them by e-mailing us. If you buy in bulk, we'll probably even make you a deal!

So, what are you waiting for?

The Book of Genesis
Ancient & Medieval History: The High Middle Ages
Ancient & Medieval History: The Early Middle Ages
The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy
Old Testament CDs
New Testament CDs

Monday, March 8, 2010

Library Privileges

Did you know that in some countries one cannot remove books from the library?

Did you know that in some countries one cannot even USE the library if one is not a dues-paying member?

Many years ago I knew some people who immigrated from Peru. One of the most surprising (but delightful) things to them was that their children could actually take books home from the library to read with their parents. These parents wanted their children checking out as many books in English as possible so that the whole family would become proficient in English as soon as possible.

It worked.  All three of those children earned full scholarships to an Ivy League university. They truly became part of the "American Dream."

Now, we at Reston Friends don't think that the Fairfax County Supervisors are targeting the library budget because they don't believe in the good the libraries do. We think they're overwhelmed by the demands of the squeaky wheels. If no one speaks on behalf of the libraries, the libraries will die, little by little.

Next weekend is supposed to be rainy. If you're not doing much, stop by any library in the system on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  Take a look around. See how many newly-aspiring Americans are using the library. Look at the computer terminals. How many of those spots are filled by people of different hues? The blogger spent some time this Sunday afternoon at another library in our system, across the county. I saw there what I see at Reston -- every spot filled by people receiving tutoring, students studying, people doing research, and many of them were speaking (quietly) languages other than English.

The strength of Fairfax County is in our embracing the diversity of our population, and providing everyone the tools and opportunities to succeed. The families that are spending their time in the libraries on the weekends are the ones who are stepping up to that opportunity, gratefully and diligently.

Less than 1%.  That's the ENTIRE Fairfax County Public Library budget. That has to be spread between 22 branches. And the County Executive thinks it's a luxury?

Contact your county supervisor today!  If you live in Reston, that's Cathy Hudgins. hntrmill@fairfaxcounty.gov

As the immortal Yogi Berra said, "it ain't over 'til it's over."

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Great Unveiling


The Cooks' & Hash-Slingers' Guide to Great Grub is a collaborative effort of the Reston Library Friends and Staff! Full of yummy recipes (over 200 of them!) from Appetizers to Slow Cooking, this cookbook will make a GREAT gift.  You can purchase them by stopping by the library and asking at the circulation desk.  They're in the Display Case.

$10 per copy OR
Buy 4, get one free!

We will also have them available for purchase at the Children's and Young Adults Sale (March 20-21) and the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale (April 21 [Friends Night] - 25)!

Questions? E-mail us!

All proceeds benefit Friends of Reston Regional Library, Inc., and in turn, your library.

Photo by D. Strevey

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another Disney Treat

Another beautiful book the Reston Friends have available for sale at the Children's and Young Adults Sale March 20-21 is this Snow White. It is a large folio of the story, with the original Disney illustrations. The tops of some of the pages show where formerly something was attached -- perhaps a script that someone read along as the story was recorded? We have no idea, but the attachment residue does not detract and invites delicious speculation.

This book is available for viewing by contacting Pam at the library. E-mail us or call the library at 703-689-2700 and leave a message!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Teasers for Children's Sale

The Children and Young Adult Sale is coming soon. Mark your calendars for March 20-21 during regular library hours in Meeting Room #2. This is a MINI-SALE, meaning don't expect the quantity of books we'll have for the Semi-Annual Used Sale in April!  However, these are the high quality culled books that fall into the categories of Children's, Young Adults and Teacher Materials.  We will NOT have Children's Books at the Semi-Annual Sale.

Most books will be less than $5, but there are a few special finds that we will have available for viewing and purchase. The photos show you why.  This is a Hardcover Cinderella book from 1950. The pumpkin is still intact, although fragile. The gilt paint on the pages is still shiny, and the book is an absolute treasure. If this tickles your fancy, e-mail us or call the library and leave a message for Pam in order to see it and discuss pricing.

Photos by Darlene