Sunday, August 11, 2013

There’s Still Time for Reading Fun Before School Starts!

....  so don't miss the Reston Friends semi-annual used book sale for children, teens and educators that starts Thursday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 25.

Over 10,000 books in great condition are waiting for you at the Reston Regional Library!

The hours for the children & teen sales are as follows:

August 22      Thursday, 10 am - 8 pm
August 23      Friday, 10 am - 5 pm
August 24      Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
August 25      Sunday, 1 - 3:30 pm

No scanners, please.  And to give everyone a fair chance to shop, a quantity limit per household applies on Thursday, August 22 only.  Payment by cash or check.  Sorry, NO CREDIT CARDS.

For more information, please email us at  or call us at  703-829-5497.

As always, all proceeds from Reston Friends book sales go to support the Reston Regional Library and the Fairfax County Public Library system.  Yes, donations of gently used children’s and teen books are always welcome!

The Friends of the Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA  20190

Monday, August 5, 2013

Eye on Books #9

Friends of the Reston Regional Library are proud to announce proceeds from Charly’s Attic Mini-Sale July 19-21 of just over $2,500!  Thanks for volunteering and buying to benefit your library!   Children and Teen Used Book Sale coming up August 22-25.  Fall Book Sale September 25-29!  Donate books now, then volunteer and buy at the sales!

So how are the lazy hazy crazy days of summer treating you so far??  Once school and many meetings have a summer hiatus, we often pick up something to read that we couldn’t fit in during busy regular time…  Whether it’s a beach read or a mountain hammock retreat, enjoy those guilty summer pleasures! website gives us a few interesting stats below gleaned from readers.

First, the top five most abandoned classics (Couldn’t get into them?  Hated them for whatever reason) are:
1.      Catch-22, Joseph Heller
2.      Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
3.      Ulysses, James Joyce
4.      Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
5.      Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

How long does it take you to decide continuing a book is a bad idea?
Fewer than 50 pages – 15.8%
50-100 pages – 27.9%
100 pages – 7.6%
100+ pages – 10.6%
I always finish, no matter what – 38.1%

Top Five Most Abandoned Books
1.      J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy (a far cry from the Harry Potter series)
2.      Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James (not for everyone)
3.      Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love (heroine seems whiny and self-obsessed)
4.      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (slow beginning and hard to wait for something to make me care)
5.      Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (only started because I saw the Broadway show)

Maybe you are a list maker!  How does your list of things to accomplish this summer stack up against the time remaining?  Uh oh…  Go ahead and schedule those household repairs, but while you’re waiting for parts or workers, grab a book to keep you company!  Feel daring?  How about picking up a Banned Book for the summer’s read?

Commonly banned classics include The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald; J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye; John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men;  Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird; Alice Walker’s The Color Purple; Ulysses; Catch-22; (see both as abandoned above!);  Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita; and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s June report indicates libraries are very important to both young and old!  Here are some highlights, especially young Americans’ library habits and expectations--—

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.
One major surprise in a new report from the Pew Research Center is that even in an age of increasing digital resources, those in this under-30 cohort are more likely than older Americans to use and appreciate libraries as physical spaces – places to study for class, go online, or just hang out.

The report paints a textured portrait of younger Americans’ sometimes surprising relationships with libraries’ physical and digital resources:
     Online: Almost all those in the 16-29 age group are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections, access library websites, and use a library’s research databases.
     On paper: However, younger Americans are also more likely than older adults to have read a printed book in the past year: 75% of younger Americans have done so, compared with 64% of older adults.
     On-site: Younger adults are also more likely than their elders to use libraries as quiet study spaces. Moreover, they are just as likely as older adults to have visited libraries, borrowed printed books, and browsed the stacks of books.
Library habits and priorities for libraries
The under-30 age group remains anchored in the digital age, but retains a strong relationship with print media and an affinity for libraries. Moreover, younger Americans have a broad understanding of what a library is and can be—a place for accessing printed books as well as digital resources, that remains at its core a physical space.

Overall, most Americans under age 30 say it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians and books for borrowing; they are more ambivalent as to whether libraries should automate most library services or move most services online. Younger Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and younger patrons borrow print books, browse the shelves, or use research databases at similar rates to older patrons; finally, younger library visitors are more likely to use the computer or internet at a library, and more likely to see assistance from librarians while doing so.

Additionally, younger patrons are significantly more likely than older library visitors to use the library as a space to sit and ready, study, or consume media—some 60% of younger library patrons have done that in the past 12 months, compared with 45% of those ages 30 and older. And most younger Americans say that libraries should have completely separate locations or spaces for different services, such as children’s services, computer labs, reading spaces, and meeting rooms: 57% agree that libraries should “definitely” do this.

Along those lines, patrons and librarians in our focus groups often identified teen hangout spaces as especially important to keep separate from the main reading or lounge areas, not only to reduce noise and interruptions for other patrons, but also to give younger patrons a sense of independence and ownership. A library staff member in our online panel wrote:

“Having a separate children’s area or young adults area will cater solely to those groups and make them feel that the library is theirs. They do not have to deal with adults watching them or monitoring what book they pick or what they choose to do—it’s all about them and what they want with no judgment. Children and teens love having their own space so why not give them that at the library?”

Younger Americans’ priorities for libraries reflect this mix of habits, including various types of brick-and-mortar services as well as digital technologies. Asked about what it is “very important” libraries should offer, for instance, librarians were at the top of the list:
  • 80% of Americans under age 30 say it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians to help people find information they need
  • 76% say it is “very important” for libraries to offer research resources such as free databases
  • 75% say free access to computers and the internet is “very important” for libraries to have
  • 75% say it is “very important” for libraries to offer books for people to borrow
  • 72% say quiet study spaces are “very important”
  • 72% say programs and classes for children and teens are “very important” for libraries to have
  • 71% say it is “very important” for libraries to offer job or career resources

However, even as young patrons are enthusiastic users of libraries, they are not as likely to see it as a valuable asset in their lives. Even though 16-17 year-olds rival 30-49 year-olds as the age groups most likely to have used a library in the past year, those in this youngest age group are less likely to say that libraries are important to them and their families. Parents and adults in their thirties and forties, on the other hand, are more likely to say they value libraries, and are more likely than other Americans to use many library services.  [For the full report, visit]

Now pour a glass of lemonade and start reading!  So many books, so little time…