Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eye on Books #5

 ARE YOU WONDERING whether “real” books will soon be relics? …that we will be relegated to squinting at tiny electronic devices, unable to read without electric help? …that future libraries will provide only computers?

The Pew Research Center’s recent Internet & American Life Project tells us that while “many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, [they] also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.”

Libraries are grappling with the need to provide digital services while meeting the needs of patrons who may not be techno-savvy or may lack the means to own the latest devices. As co-author of the Pew report Kathryn Zickuhr noted, “While many patrons appreciate being able to access new digital resources at libraries, they also say they value having print books and other traditional resources at libraries and still want a personal connection with library staff." Learn more at

In renovations and new buildings, library design contains best forecasts of what will be needed and wanted by library patrons. As Reston Regional moves toward a new phase, NOW is the time for public input. Just as the Friends need adequate space for sorting and accumulating materials for sales (continuing financial aid to the library!), so public meeting space, the balance of digital and printed matter, and learning aids all are factors. What should your library provide? Let us know your thoughts!

PERHAPS YOU SAW the Washington Post story in December, on the Nov. 26 passing of Jacques Morgan, outspoken contrarian owner of Idle Time Books in Adams Morgan. He was a regular at our book sales, distinctive with his long ponytail and thick mustache. The Friends offer condolences to his wife Val. The Post quotes her as saying, “He did everything he wanted in life. He never went for a job interview. He never had to get dressed up for work. That’s a lucky man.”

NEW OFFERINGS at the Fairfax County Public Library include Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno: A Novel; Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (both in Large Print); and a new edition of Paul Tillich’s The Courage to Be.

A BEST OF RESTON award goes to Friends of the Reston Regional Library for 2013! Thanks to the many volunteers over the years who made it possible for us to be recognized in this year’s Civic group category. Reston Interfaith sponsors a gala on April 11 to present the awards to groups and individuals.

Mystery mini-sale Thurs Feb 7- Mon Feb 11
Children’s and Teen sales Thurs Mar 14- Sun Mar 17
Big Spring Sale – late April


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eye on Books #4

We’ve turned a new calendar page to 2013, but we need to note a few milestones from the 2012 season that just came to an end—

The Friends Puzzle and Game Sale Nov 1-5 brought in just over $1,330, an increase of almost $300 over results from 2011.
Friends Holiday Sale Dec 6-9 totaled over $7,900, nearly $2,800 more than in 2011! Congratulations and thanks to our volunteers and attendees at both events.

Many thanks for down to earth hands-on efforts from the Reston Garden Club. Their members turned Friends funding into beautification of the Reston Regional Library site, with professional assistance from Hidden Lane Landscaping. Look for this project to frame our street sign and enhance curb appeal, especially when shoots and buds burst in the spring!

We are gratified by the November passage of the library bond, and look forward to the planning phase for Reston Regional Library facilities. We seek your thoughts and suggestions during this process. Let us know what you want! We will tell Supervisor Cathy Hudgins what’s important to you in planning this new facility.

And for those of you who love end of year lists, here’s a gift from Mary Mulrenan of the Fairfax County Public Library--

Most Popular Books in Fairfax County in 2012
Wondering what were the most popular books in Fairfax County this year? Here are the top five based on the top 100 checkouts from Fairfax County Public Library in adult, teen and children. The Hunger Games Trilogy leads with a combined 10,330 checkouts on all three titles. Dr. Seuss has staying power with 9,822 checkouts and John Grisham’s The Litigators has 4,868 making it the most popular title in the system.

Top Five Fiction
The Litigators by John Grisham
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Zero Day by David Baldacci
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
Top Five Nonfiction
Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Top Five eBooks
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Top Five Titles
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Top Five Series
Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

Top Five Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Fly Guy early readers by Tedd Arnold
Top Five Titles
The cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

And now that you’ve had your book brain cells stirred, what did YOU read in 2012 that you would recommend? Respond by leaving a comment! Reston Friends wish a very Happy New Year to readers everywhere! So many books, so little time!