Monday, April 18, 2011

Preservation Ideas

The good folks at George Mason University are having an expert in the field of preserving family documents come talk this Thursday.  You can bring 2 items to be assessed.

George Mason University Libraries
Celebrate National
Preservation Awareness Week:
How To Preserve
Fragile Books
Family Papers
& Photographs

Johnson Center Library Instruction Room
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Conservator Bryan Draper, with many years experience from the well-known Etherington Conservation Center of North Carolina and currently at University of Maryland, will discuss techniques and materials used in proper storage and conservation of books, documents and photographs.  The presentation will include examples of materials, storage enclosures and slides of conservation projects.
You may bring in fragile books, family papers, scrapbooks or photographs for treatment evaluation and storage recommendations.  Please note that no work can be done on your items at this session.
Limit of two items per person, please.

For more information or to RSVP
:                                            There is no charge for
Deb Hogan: or 703-993-2491              attending, but the session
Lene Palmer: or 703-993-2667                 is limited to 60 people

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


to our corporate sponsors
for their support of the Spring 2011 Semi Annual Used Book Sale!

Cheesecake Factory, Fair Oaks Mall
Harris Teeter, Reston
Harris Teeter, Highland Crossing Drive - Herndon
Chantilly Donuts, Chantilly
Corner Bakery, Fair Oaks Mall
Target, Reston
Safeway, South Lakes
Safeway, Hunters Woods
Safeway, West Ox Road
Trader Joes, Reston
Office Depot, Reston
Shoppers Food Warehouse, Herndon
Home Depot, Reston
Starbucks, South Lakes
KSB Bagels, Fox Mill
Famous Dave's, Chantilly
Baja Fresh, Plaza America - Reston
Popeye's, Reston
Rio Grande, Reston Town Center - Reston
Chili's, Reston
Ledo Pizza, Reston
Vocelli Pizza, Reston
Rubino Pizzeria, Herndon
Lucia's, Herndon

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Semi-Annual Sale Closes


Our Spring 2011 sale is finished and all of our volunteers deserve a HUGE thank you!

We want to tell you that our overall numbers were down -- attendance and sales. We think there are a couple of reasons for that:

1.  COMPETITION - There were two huge regional sales going on at the same time -- the kind that dealers come from far and wide to attend. Many of our regular dealers shopped with us the first day, but then headed over to those events.

2.  TIMING - That should have given our local shoppers a much less congested and frenetic sale, but the numbers just didn't turn up. This is probably due to our second reason -- the date change. Normally our sale is at the end of April but due to the religious holidays, we had to shift. People are creatures of habit. We suspect that some of the 'regulars' will show up at the end of April asking how they could have possibly missed it.

3.  DONATIONS-- to be honest, the quality and quantity of our donations has been down. Is this due to the economy? Or the rise in e-books? We think a combination of both. People are buying fewer physical books, and thus donating fewer as well. What do you think? How can we make donating easier/more attractive for you?

But, overall, we cannot fault the energy, drive, and dedication of our great volunteers who sort, plan, set-up, restock, sell, tear-down, and distribute donations. Without them, all of this is meaningless.

And we mustn't forget the support of many local merchants who donate food and other items to contribute to our success.  That list will be posted in a couple of days.

Thank you, Reston and surrounding areas!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to the library staff who puts up with the disruption, and particularly, to Andrew Pendergrass, our Branch Manager.  He leads the staff in a positive attitude, and physically puts his hands on to help wherever needed. And our KUDOS as well to Fairfax County Public Library Director who is a great supporter of pretty much everything the Friends of Reston Regional Library attempt to do! It's easy to be a volunteer with an organization that appreciates your efforts!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Supervisor Packs It In

In support of our Semi-Annual Book Sale (going on now at Reston Regional Library), Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins came to help pack books for customers Thursday afternoon. We are grateful for her attention and assistance!

The sale is going well considering the lure of absolutely beautiful weather that is drawing people outside rather than inside!  If you want more details, see this article in Reston Patch.

We are restocking constantly, so if you haven't made it over yet, it's NOT TOO LATE!

Hours of remaining book sale days:

TODAY (Friday)


SATURDAY (April 9)




Friday, April 1, 2011


Don't miss the HUGE Semi-Annual Book Sale NEXT WEEK at Reston Regional Library.  You will be amazed at what's offered for sale, and how nice the condition of the books we offer is, and how inexpensive they are.

If you want first crack at the neatly laid out tables, and particularly, the goodies in the Specials Room and on the Toplist, you need to be a member.  What?  Not a member?  You can take care of that by joining, using the button on the sidebar, or by purchasing a membership on Friends' Night, April 6.  The booksale will start at 5, but we will be there earlier so you can purchase or check-in.

Hours of Operation:


April 7-8
10am - 5pm

April 9
10am - 4pm

April 10
1pm - 3:30pm

CALL US!  703-829-5467