The Spring Book Sale by Friends of the Reston Regional Library (April 24-28) brought in more than $31,300, including preliminary front desk sales! We’ve outdone our 2012 spring totals. Way to go, and hooray! Congratulations and thanks to all the volunteers whose dedication made this achievement possible…
Mark your calendars now for these upcoming FRRL book sale dates:
Attic/Breaker mini-sale– July 19-21
Teen/children sale – August 22-25
Fall sale – September 25 Members Night
September 26-29 Public sale
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Newsletter for May 3 has this to say about libraries and families:
The vast majority of parents of minor children – children younger than 18 – feel libraries are very important for their children. Fully 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6): 84% of them say libraries are “very important.”
The ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.
The importance parents assign to reading and access to knowledge shapes their enthusiasm for libraries and their programs:
- 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.
- 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
- 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.
Literary birthday jackpot-- May 27! Born this day: Dashiell Hammett in 1894, creator of The Thin Man and Sam Spade; Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) in 1907; John Cheever, 1912; Herman Wouk in 1915; and John Barth (The Sot-Weed Factor), in 1930. The next day, May 28, it’s Happy Birthday to Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. Check out some of their works as you browse through the library shelves! Try The Stories of John Cheever or Falconer (both by Cheever); Herman Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar or The Caine Mutiny; or a crime classic by Hammett.
The Wednesday Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m., June 12 at Reston Regional to discuss Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (adults).
Note in new acquisitions: Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir of growing up in the Bronx, My Beloved World, is now available at Fairfax County Public Library in electronic format.
And keep reading! So many books, so little time…