Monday, June 27, 2011



Yep, we have an assortment of things that go together but don't necessarily make a complete collection. We need to make room, so an Odd Lots sale must occur. While we make more shelf room, you get to pick up great bargains.

If any of these interest you, you must have a current Friends of Reston Library membership to purchase. If you don't have one, they're easy to get. Just click on the sidebar where it says "JOIN".

To let us know that you're interested, E-MAIL US, or call us at 703-829-5467. First come, first served.

Here are 16 special bargains available first to Friends members in good standing!  (all items as is, no returns)

A)        $10        Professional Financial Planning Course / published by the College for Financial Planning

instructional / assumed copyright circa 2004
12 volumes in original shrink wrap plus 3 additional volumes spiral bound

B)        $10       Studies in Intelligence:  Journal of the American Intelligence Professional / and related items

for the layman as well as for the professional
10 glossy 4/C publications spanning 1986-2002 / stapled wraps, plus 1 perfect bound
most published by The Office of Strategic Services (CIA)

C)        $10        The New England Journal of Medicine

professional journals
51 issues spanning Oct 23 2008 - Oct 8 2009

D)        $15        Sporty's Complete Pilot Course

14 instructional VHS tapes plus 1 VHS tape "Finding the Best Flight Instruction"
comes complete in its original carton / contents as new, unused
published by Sporty's Pilot Shop [Batavia, Ohio] / copyright circa 2000

E)        $5        Fordham Law Review

professional journals / perfect bound
4 issues spanning 2009-2010

F)        $8        lot of 10 issues of Foreign Affairs magazine

scholarly magazine published by Council on Foreign Relations
spanning 2005-2009

G)        $8        The Great Ideas of Psychology / Great Courses / The Teaching Company

48 lectures on 24 audio cassette tapes, with course books

H)        $6        William Shakespeare:  Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
 / Great Courses / The Teaching Company

36 lectures on 18 audio cassette tapes, with course books

I)        $4        Buddhism / Great Courses / The Teaching Company

24 lectures on 12 audio cassette tapes, with course books

****    special offer!  all 3 Great Courses above on audio cassette for just $12
          [as is, no returns]

J)        $5        10 volume set / A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents 1789-1897
by James D Richardson, a Representative from the State of Tennessee
published by authority of Congress, Government Printing Office (1896)
hardcover volumes have been stripped of steel engravings of the various presidents
but steel engravings remain for various Federal government buildings,
including the Executive Mansion, the US Post Office Department, and the State and Navy Department
text blocks are probably complete
1 volume has water damage

K)        $5        lot of 19 magazines related to American History

assortment of issues of American History (7), American History Illustrated (9)
and American Heritage magazines (3)

L)        $10        lot of 77 issues of Popular Mechanics magazine / spanning 2000 - 2011

M)        $5        lot of 11 romance-related magazines / year 2010
issues of Romance Writers Report (6), RT Book Reviews (5)

N)        $3        lot of 7 issues / dog-related magazines / year 2010
issues of Dogfancy (4), Healthy Pet (1), Gun Dog (2)

O)        $8        lot of 20 issues Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine / years 2010 and 2009
P)        $10        lot of 28 gun-related magazines / year 2011
Guns / Gun Digest / Guns & Ammo / Gun Tests / Gun World / American Rifleman /
American Cop / Shooting Illustrated

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Book Worth Reading

The blogger tends to be anti-trend. If everyone else is reading a book, she tends to put that book at the very bottom of her list. But for some reason, this year the All Fairfax Reads book came to the top of the list, and the blogger came to the top of the "holds" list. (Yes, she has to wait like everyone else).

The book is "The Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Children of Nepal." Fully expecting another heart wrenching book about how the US involvement overseas ruins people's lives, the blogger opened the first page reluctantly. And . . .

FINALLY, a book that lives up to its hype. This book is a beautiful testimony of how cluelessness and no sense of purpose can be transformed into a love that knows no bounds.

One might think from the title that this book is about children who have been taken out of the home country by nefarious means, and the author's quest to return them. The truth is worse.  In the midst of the Civil War in Nepal, when parents were desperate to keep their children from ending up in the Maoist army, child traffickers promised the parents a future for the child in exchange for a lot of money. Once the children were in the system, the traffickers sold them to other Nepalese for use as beggars, servants, or worse.

Conor Grennan went to Nepal with no more than a vague idea that he would volunteer in an orphanage for three months and then get on with backpacking around the region. When he got to the orphanage, Little Princes, he discovered that these children were probably not orphans; instead, they were unable to be reunited with their families due to distance and war. The children at Little Princes were the lucky ones who had been rescued from the child traffickers pipeline. They were living in comparative luxury, with clothes and the opportunity to go to school.

In those three short months at Little Princes, Grennan was changed forever. In addition to caring for the boys at Little Princes, he was involved in trying to rescue seven more children whom he visited with and helped feed. Unfortunately, when the authorities went to rescue the children, they had been spirited away by the traffickers. Grennan left Nepal feeling he had been responsible for their fate, and resolved to return to make it right.

Grennan went from being a self-indulgent Westerner with little thought about the plight of others to a man determined to find out if he could return the children to their families some day. When he returned to Nepal with this goal in mind, the story he tells is gripping enough to stay up late at night turning pages.

Conor Grennan's writing is superb. He is honest about his humanity and selfishness, just as he is honest about the cold, the fear, and the joy.  The way he writes about the interactions with the children conveys love and great respect for his little charges who had endured so much. A particularly interesting part of the book is the moral dilemma set up by his contacting parents of these children. This white foreigner was telling them that their children were safe, well, and getting to go to school but that it was wrong to have let them go with the child traffickers (who of course did not represent themselves that way). Although they missed their children, they were delighted that they were doing so well, and feared that Grennan would change that in some way. It must have seemed odd to them for him to say they should not have done something that had benefited their child so much.

The blogger highly recommends this book. Even if you're not a trend follower, this All Fairfax Reads selection is worth being a lemming.

Grennan will present a program on September 21 as part of the Fall for the Book Festival. Watch for more details!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More Treasures From the Attic

So it's written in -- how about using that cover for something?

Music and sweet illustrations! What a find!
Art for a child's room?

An incomplete game with map blocks, cards, and a round spinner type thing.

The cover alone has texture and bling!

And this is an example of the illustrations contained therein.

Individually mounted ... who knows?

Charly's Attic Sale
July 15 & 16
July 17
at the Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Altered Art

Did you know there's a group of local artists who turn found objects into sculpture and other art forms? They refer to their group as Altered Artists and here's a sample of their work. They will be featured in during our Charly's Attic sale, so please stop by to appreciate the ingenuity and creativity they display!

Linda Yeatman, Patty Szymkowicz,Linda Scimeca

 Patty Szymkowicz, Linda Yeatman & Linda Scimeca

Fran Podlesney, Sandy Argall, Linda Yeatman, Linda Scimeca, Andrea Jennings-Taylor, Patty Szymkowicz

Lisa Murphy, Sandy Argall & Linda Yeatman

Fran Podlesney

Halloween box by Lisa Murphy

Leiann Quesnel

Jello Janes by Patty Szymkowicz

Sandy Argall
Linda Scimeca

Photos by 
Patty Szymkowicz, Linda Scimeca,  Lisa Murphy, Fran Podlesney, Sandy Argall, Leiann Quesnel

Charly's Attic Sale
July 15 & 16
July 17
at the Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Charly's Attic Mini-Sale

If you know our dear Charly, you might be a little nervous about what's coming out of her attic to sell . . .

but don't worry, these aren't things from her actual attic. Rather, they are things that have been donated in the last 18 months or so that are not books or are books but not saleable.

People donate all kinds of things, often things they've used as bookmarks. Other times, they donate books that have cracked spines or are faded and worn. Our Semi-Annual used book sale standards are high, so these don't make the cut.

HOWEVER, they might just be what a collector or an artist or crafter is looking for! This is the one time when tearing a book apart to use its contents, boards, end papers, illustrations or something else is not only approved, but encouraged!

So, enjoy these photos of some of our representative items and put this mini-sale on your calendar.  We'll be displaying some of the artwork a group called "Altered Artists" makes using found objects. Perhaps this will stimulate your creative or whimsical bone!

Molded, gilded cardboard Bible cover

We have no idea if this set is complete, but
the constituent parts are cool, too

The football legends - Ditka, Starr, Jurgensen, Namath

From an old LIFE magazine, great advertising
artwork, including this actor who went on to bigger jobs.

The binding is kaput, but the endpapers
are beautiful.

Charly's Attic Sale
July 15 & 16
July 17
at the Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Gifts for Dad

We haven't showcased our Amazon site lately. Here are some good gifts for Dad. You do know Father's Day is coming up, right?  In just under 2 weeks?

Does he like jazz?  This book has some great reviews by jazz aficionados.

John Coltrane: His Life and Music (The Michigan American Music Series) . Says one, "Porter's is the first jazz biography I've read that is a really musicological biography and worthy to stand up to the biographies written about classical music figures. Rather than create a portrait with personal meditations, as J.C. Thomas did in Chasin' the Trane, or beating a predetermined ideological drum, as Frank Kofsky did in John Coltrane and the Jazz Revolution of the `60s, or create a fanzine kind of portrait, as Bill Cole did (by far the best of the pre-Porter bios, but still lightweight musically) or create a sort of modern day hagiography, as Eric Nisenson did in Ascension, John Coltrane's Quest, Porter gives us a straight biography, with little personal interjection, and a lot of penetrating insights based on the actual music Coltrane produced."

Now, how can you resist that?

Maybe dad needs more peace and tranquility in his life. This book, The Jewel Tree of Tibet: A Complete Course on Essential Tibetan Buddhism, is a deal at $18.

Or perhaps he's a history buff. This interesting rare book might appeal to a sailor, a historian or someone who just enjoys a good adventure read. It's $52. There's also another book about the 1938 hurricane, "The Long Island Express." Check it out!

All of these books and many more are available at the Friends of Reston Regional Library site at If you're a current local member, we'll save you the shipping and you can pick it up at the library. Just e-mail or call us to arrange it.  Our number is at the top of the page.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saving Money on Audiobooks

Fairfax Bibliophiles issues the invitation to their last meeting and passes on info about a sale on audiobooks!

Aloha everyone.  Our last meeting for the 2010-2011 Biblio Year (BY) is fast approaching.  We will meet at the library, as usual, at 730pm on Tuesday, 14 June.  This meeting is BYOB—bring your own book, or books—to share with the group.  What prompted you to buy that book?  Is there something special about it?  Did you get it in some unusual situation?  Whatever the reason that this or that particular book is special, bring it and share with the group.



Friday, June 3, 2011

Our New Friends at Patch

In case you haven't discovered it, we want to alert you to the Reston Patch, an on-line newspaper that concentrates on the local things. You know, the kids from YOUR area who are doing amazing things and the adults from YOUR area who are making this a better place to live?  Or how often do you hear sirens and want to know just what happened?

If it's happening in and around Reston, Patch will cover it. And starting today, Patch is allowing our blogger to blog there as well. Hopefully, we'll get people excited about the library and becoming a Friend of the library.  If you haven't done so yet, how about clicking on the sidebar? We'd love to have you join us!

And don't just click and give money (although we really appreciate that), get involved!  We have so much fun every book sale -- come be a part of it!