Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?
A Friends of the Library Mystery

When she got outside it was dark. Celia leaned against the wall of the barn and gazed up at the clearest stars she had ever seen. The night was cool, but the warmth of the sun lingering on the barn felt good. She just rested there for a while, enjoying the view. Even with the light spilling from the barn, it seemed that the heavens were illuminated more brilliantly than she’d ever seen before. As she stood there she saw a falling star trace its way across the sky.

Star light, star bright, first falling star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. Please, I want to go home.

Celia heard a voice in the darkness.  “No!” a girl’s voice was saying. “I’m not going back to Lincoln!”

Celia realized it was Emajean’s voice. She held still, hoping she wouldn’t be noticed. Maybe this way she’d get some answers to this mystery.

“But I won’t be here, and your family needs you. Your father is not well and I need to go to Hungary to bring my mother here to Chicago. When I return I’ll come to Lincoln to get you.” The voice was clearly Lazlo’s.

“I’m afraid you’ll never come back from Hungary,” Celia heard Emajean say quietly.

“I promise, I will,” came the soft reply. Next Celia heard a rustling noise and László continued, “this is my only possession of any value. I’ve put it on a chain for you so you can wear it under your uniform each day, near your heart. So a part of me will be near your beating heart. I like that thought,” his voice rumbled.

Celia could hear the couple kiss and tried to ease away, but to her horror, she heard an awful ripping noise and felt a sudden draft. Lazlo and Emajean stepped into the light spilling through the doorway. Celia tried not to look like an eavesdropper.

“Will you please keep my secret?” Emajean asked. “You know I would be asked to leave school if the nuns find out I’m seeing someone, even one of their own doctors!” Celia started to argue that no school would throw out a good student in her last year, but once again, remembered these times were not her times.

"I won't say anything Emajean," she heard herself promising.

“There, you’ve said it again,” said Emajean. “Rosa said you were strange tonight, and I think I agree with her. But I do know you’ve always been a good friend, so I’ll trust you to not say anything to anyone. Thank you, Celia,” Emajean finished speaking and pressed her hand on Celia’s arm as she leaned close to her. A faint scent of floral perfume wafted up to her nose.

Celia suddenly felt woozy and began to sway. She heard Emajean’s voice as from far, far away, calling her name. Celia wanted to answer but couldn’t get the words out. The edges of her vision were growing gray and she slipped into a faint.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Evening at the Library

November 2
7-8:30 pm
at the Reston Regional Library,
author Kathleen Kinsolving
will talk about her recently published
biography of her dad, Les Kinsolving,
long time White House press correspondent.

From the book's website:

There have been legendary figures making up the White House press corps, but imagine a harmless-looking Anglican priest with a nose for an administration’s weak spots!

Such a combination of traits perfectly describes Les Kinsolving, a crusader for truth, a confidante, and a Washington fixture for decades. In short, a celebrated gadfly who has bedeviled press spokesmen and amused onlookers.

In this thoroughly engaging biography by Kinsolving’s daughter, Kathleen, the Gadfly’s life, work, and essence mesh to provide readers and lovers of Washington politics a delicious tale that sheds light on a bygone era when journalists loved reporting more than they loved the advancement of their own careers.

There will be copies of the book available for purchase, or you may bring your own for signing.

Light Refreshments will be served

Friends of Reston Regional Library

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fun for The Kids

Easy Reader Book Discussion (Level 2)

Did you know that even the young readers amongst us can have a "book discussion group"? If your child likes to talk, likes books, and likes to make crafts, the Easy Reader Book Discussion (Level 2) might be for her or him. Build the habit of participation in library events in your child at any early age!

Attendee must be between 6 and 7 years old, must register ahead of time, and the parent or caregiver must stay in the building while the program goes on.

Meeting Monday, October 25 at 3pm

Bee Healthy
So your preschooler feels left out? You need reinforcements when you say "brush your teeth and eat your vegetables?"

How about a puppet show that talks about good health practices?  Bee Healthy is for the 12months-5 years old group.  Tuesday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Mostly Ghostly

And how about a family date on Friday evening?

A program of "Mostly Ghostly" tales will go on from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, October 29. This is for ages 6 months and up!

You can sign up for any of these programs by going on line
call the library

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?
A Friends of the Library Mystery

Celia must have looked horrified because the other woman broke out in peals of laughter. “It’s fake, Celia!  Look at my costume!” she cried. Celia looked and realized that the other woman was dressed like a hobo. She had a tattered jacket over a threadbare vest, and under the vest a tunic of some kind. It might have been light blue at some point but it was covered with grayish stains wherever it showed through the vest. The pants were held up with twine around the waist and the girl had mis-matched, striped socks on. Most of her hair was pulled back into a red bandana, but some wild curls escaped around the edges. The only part of the costume that wasn’t authentic was her shoes. They were the same kind of sturdy white nursing shoes that Celia now had on her feet.
“Come on, Celia, I want you to meet our Hungarian. He’s here to give us real authenticity to the party!” The girl dragged Celia over to a table where a bowl with pink punch sat, poured her a cup, and then dragged her over to where a handsome, dark man was talking to several people.
“Hey everyone, Celia’s here now!” she exclaimed happily.László ,” the girl said, “I’d like you to meet Celia.”
“Another nurse?” The man took Celia’s hand in his, kissed it, and said, “it is my pleasure to be surrounded by so many beautiful women.” Celia blushed and took her hand away. He was tall and thin, with jet black hair combed back from a widow’s peak on his forehead. His eyes were dark and hooded, and his skin was a beautiful olive complexion. He had a generous mouth and even white teeth. His personal magnetism obviously had a pull on every girl around him.  As Celia tried to think of something clever to say that would not reveal how out of place she was, another girl came over dressed in nursing whites.
Celia turned to look at the newcomer and was shocked to see the face of the young girl from the 1933 Loyolan! “Why,” she began, “you’re Emajean!”
The girl laughed at her. “Celia, no one around here calls me that and you know it! Ever since I left Lincoln, Michigan I’ve been just Jean! Although some here might refer to me as ‘Maw’.” The other girls all laughed at that. She greeted everyone in the circle and leaned in to give Lazlo a kiss on his cheek. Celia tried to remember the names – especially the name of the first girl she’d encountered. Rosa. Okay, I just have to remember Rosa.
A commotion at the front of the barn revealed that several young men had arrived. A couple of them had more musical instruments. They threw together a few hay bales and began tuning up. Temporarily forgotten by László and the other girls, Celia walked over to the musicians. A drummer started laying down a beat, starting a fast rhythm that the others began to follow. Pretty soon a real tune was getting going with brass and even a clarinet, and couples were starting to dance. Celia looked over to where she had left the others and saw László and Emajean beginning a complicated dance together.

I’ve seen this on an old movie. I think it’s called the Lindy Hop! Celia’s foot began tapping to the rhythm. She thought the poetry of the couple moving together was exciting and energizing! A part of her longed to go out on the dance floor but she resisted.
“They’re really good,” commented a young man at her elbow. Celia opened her mouth to agree enthusiastically but was cut off by a second young man. 
“That dance is obscene. White girls should not be doing a dance like that with old Hungarian men,” he snarled. Celia was surprised by the venom in his voice. She couldn’t help herself. She turned to him and asked, “are you upset because the dance is energetic, the girl is white, or because she’s not dancing with you?”
 The young man turned to her in fury. “White girls should not dance with foreigners, especially gypsies!” he spat.
Celia was shocked and her mouth fell open. “What is wrong with you?” she cried. And then she suddenly remembered that if this was 1933, the issue of who white girls should dance with was still very much strictly controlled by societal mores. Being Celia, she plunged ahead anyway, “any girl should be free to dance with or date or even marry whoever she falls in love with!” she exclaimed. 
The tall blonde athletic looking young man sneered, “if you really believe that, try selling your daddy on a Gypsy son-in-law.” He spun on his heel and marched out the barn door.
“Just ignore him,” said the remaining man, “and enjoy the show.” They both turned back to watch László and Emajean execute a series of swirls and dips that left both of them laughing and breathless and the surrounding watchers clapping and cheering.
Rosa reappeared and asked Celia if she was having fun. “Oh yes!” she answered. “Well, except for that one insufferable man. What a racist!” she said bitterly. 
Rosa looked at her askance. “Racist? What does that mean?” she asked. “Oh you know, someone who dislikes other people because of their race and wants to keep the races separate,” Celia answered. 
Rosa responded, “I've never heard that word used for people like him." She sighed and added,"it's too bad he's so unpleasant. He’s a brilliant doctor.”
Celia said, "brilliance is more than just brains. What's his name, anyway?"
Rosa stared at her, "Celia, you know that he is Anthony Harper! You have been doing rotations with him these last couple of weeks!"
Celia tried to think of a quick recovery, "oh my, I must be losing my mind. I need to get some air." She turned and went outside, leaving Rosa's puzzled expression behind her.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Don't Miss John Fenzel

Reston Regional Library presents:

John Fenzel talking about his new book
The Lazarus Covenant

John is an Army Special Forces officer with 25 years in the service. At one time he commanded the special operations teams in Bosnia, working closely with the U.N. to secure indictments and convictions of war criminals in Srebenica. He is the only active duty military officer to testify at the Hague in support of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. "The Lazarus Covenant combines grisly Balkan history with a contemporary tale of nuclear terrorists on the loose."

If you want to know more about him, go to his website,

John will answer questions, sign books, and even sell you a copy if you don't have one! The event is free, light refreshments will be served.

Brought to you with the assistance of the Friends of Reston Regional Library, Inc.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Classy Lady

For those of you who think the Charly of the Book Sale is the only Charly we know (you know, the person who is somewhere between Field Marshall and Energizer Bunny, wrapped in positive thought), here is a photo of her at the award ceremony on Wednesday night.  But to "get this" you have to understand some things about the event.

  1. Charly was part of the nominating committte for the Reston Friends
  2. Charly agreed that we would nominate two people, Jack & Judy
  3. Someone else in our organization nominated Charly surreptitiously because this is her 10th year running the Book Sale!
  4. Charly had NO CLUE until she got there! She thought she was going to "show the FRRL flag."
  5. Our other winners were unable to make it that evening.
  6. A big group had just had their photo taken, and Mike Eaton (Access Services winner) had misunderstood what they were doing and jumped up to join them. They explained they were doing a photo of their group only, and he graciously sat down.
  7. When it was came to Charly's turn for the photo, she insisted that Mike was to join HER, and as you can see, he enthusiastically did.
This is typical Charly -- encouraging, kind, motivating, and the life of any party!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

GREAT Friends

The Friends of Reston Regional Library are pleased to announce our winners of the FCPL 2010 Friends Award.

Jack Waugaman has been serving the Friends of Reston Regional Library for at least ten years as an expert consultant. Jack travels from his home in Maryland on a regular basis to spend a day with our sorters going through books that have caught their eye and instantly pricing them. Throughout his years of helping in this way, he has continuously and generously shared his expertise in unique books with our other volunteers, providing on the job training for anyone interested in learning. This has enabled us to develop a core of local Friends group members who can evaluate donations with confidence, thus maximizing sales of high value books. Jack's gracious and generous nature has provided the confidence the Reston Friends needed in order to launch our highly successful Amazon site.

Judy Konnert has been serving the Friends of Reston Regional Library for six years. She wears many hats. First, Judy is a sorter, coming in on a regular basis to help separate and categorize saleable books. Second, Judy has served on our Board of Directors as Secretary for many years and in that capacity as well as a sorter, works to make each of our Semi Annual booksales the success they are. Finally, in 2006 Judy agreed to take on an experimental idea of selling our higher-value books on Amazon. Navigating the pitfalls of online selling, Judy has turned an experiment into a goldmine. Because of her hard work, our annual Amazon sales now total as much as one of our semi-annual book sales. As a trail-blazer, Judy has been generous in sharing her lessons learned both within our Friends group and with other Friend's groups, helping them launch on-line sales to the extent they're interested.

Charly Karlsson -- what do we say about Charly? She is the glue that holds us together. Her official title is Book Sale Chairperson, but that only scratches the surface. Charly is tireless working to keep the donations moving through our system in order to put on good booksales that produce huge amounts of money to assist Reston Regional Library. Charly's innovative ideas and implementation of same to organize the sorting have streamlined the process. Her insight into human behavior is the key to our booksales being described as "the best" and "the friendliest" by many dealers who go to many sales. She is always looking for ways to let volunteers and staff members know that they are appreciated, and it is often personal regard for her that keeps the rest of us coming back to a challenging job! Just as we say that you can't miss the efforts of the Friends when you look around the library, you can't miss the effect of Charly's indefatigable work when you look at the library as well. Many of the improvements were not only her ideas, but given a goal to fund them, she always comes through -- while taking care of everyone else in the process.

Congratulations to our three outstanding Friends!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


We need YOU to donate your used PUZZLES for the puzzle sale! It's that simple...the ultimate recycling. 

  1. You work the puzzle, 
  2. Enjoy the mental challenge,
  3. Show it off to your friends and family
  4. Get tired of working around it in your family/dining/kitchen area,
  5. Throw it in the box,
  6. Tape the sides!
  7. Donate it to the Friends of Reston Regional Library,
  8. Attend the Puzzle Sale Nov 4-8 and buy more at fabulous prices!
  9. Feel REALLY smart for planning ahead when the weather gets lousy!
Note to self: Do NOT buy the same puzzles I just donated!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Special Ops at Reston Regional Library

October begins a string of adult programs in which the Reston Regional Library will host local authors to talk about their books.  We will kick off the events with John Fenzel on October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The Lazarus Covenant
John Fenzel

John is an Army Special Forces officer with 25 years in the service. At one time he commanded the special operations teams in Bosnia, working closely with the U.N. to secure indictments and convictions of war criminals in Srebenica. He is the only active duty military officer to testify at the Hague in support of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. "The Lazarus Covenant combines grisly Balkan history with a contemporary tale of nuclear terrorists on the loose."

If you want to know more about him, go to his website,

John will answer questions, sign books, and even sell you a copy if you don't have one! The event is free, light refreshments will be served.

Brought to you with the assistance of the Friends of Reston Regional Library, Inc.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Puzzled Enough?

It's time for you to donate those puzzles that you've finished, or given up on . . . and to put our Puzzle Sale on your calendar so you can restock! Remember last winter when you were stuck inside and desperate for something to do?  STOCK UP!


NOV. 4-8
during regular library hours

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?

Wherefore Art Thou, Emajean?
A Friends of the Library Mystery

The researcher looked around, hoping to see any kind of structure that would be evidence of people. In the far distance she saw a rectangular shape that might be a shed or even a barn. Squaring her shoulders she began trudging towards it.

The sun overhead was hot and she was grateful for the unfamiliar bonnet. It seemed to her that she had been crossing the fields for a very long time, but she had no time reference without her watch or computer. The tickle in her throat was becoming a roaring thirst, but every time she looked up to see how much farther, it seemed as if the structure was the same size in the distance.

She sank down in the field to rest for a minute. This is not fun anymore. I can’t figure out what has happened. Maybe I’ve gone crazy. Maybe this is a dream. She tried pinching her arm to wake up, but accomplished nothing. She closed her eyes and curled herself into a little ball, with her head down, and arms around her knees. She wasn’t sure how long she had sat there when she began hearing faint music.

The researcher jerked her head up and looked towards the structure. Now it was only about 100 meters away and she could see that it was, indeed a barn, and could hear music emanating from the half-open door. She stood up and began walking resolutely towards the barn. To her relief, she could actually approach it this time.

“Oh, that’s too bad, you’ve torn your stockings!” she heard a woman say. The researcher looked down at her legs and to her surprise, she was wearing a white nursing uniform. Indeed, the stocking on her left leg was torn. She looked up at the person who had commented, and asked, “where are we?” The short, dark-haired beauty laughed and said, “oh come on, Celia, we’re at Garm’s barn! You’ve been here lots of times!”

The researcher (whose name actually was Celia) figured she’d better play along. “Oh, yes . . . I’m just really hot and thirsty,” she offered as an excuse. “Well come on in to the Hard Times party!” the girl responded. “I have to say, though, you didn’t put on much of a costume!” Celia couldn’t help but giggle inside. In my real life this would be quite a costume! I hate the sight of blood! The giggle must have made her face relax into a smile because the other woman smiled at her. When she did her lips parted to reveal a blackened tooth.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Just So You Know


These boxes are springing up all over Fairfax County.
They are NOT in any way connected with ANY of the Friends of the Library Groups at any of FCPL branches.

To ensure that YOUR donations stay in YOUR county and support YOUR library programs, donate your books to YOUR local branch of Fairfax County Public Library.

Keep it LOCAL!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Library Closures/Donations Open

The Reston Regional Library 
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 
will be CLOSED 
October 11 
for Columbus Day Holiday,
and again on 
Tuesday, Oct. 12 
in order to resurface the parking lot. 

The bookdrop will be closed from 
Monday, Oct. 11 when construction begins until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 when restriping is complete. 

The parking lot is likely to be inaccessible through October 13.

For details call the branch at 703-689-2700.

Due dates for items checked out at Reston Regional have been adjusted so no borrowed material is due during their closures. Bookdrops are available at our other branches 24 hours a day. For nearby locations see

Our Donation Bin is hungry again, so starting Monday, please feel free to bring up to two boxes per day per household to either the front lobby bin or to the back door.  Please ring the bell at the back door to ensure that the books are received. The weather is supposed to get wet again next week, and wet books are garbage.

For details of our donation policies, please CLICK HERE.