Thursday, August 9, 2018


Our upcoming Book Sale (Sept 27-30) will offer an amazing selection of books, DVD’s, CD’s, e-Games and more.  We would like to share with you some of those items. Enjoy the previews across a variety of categories and stop by at the sale to see these previewed items and so much more!


At our fall book sale, we will offer a large selection of children’s books in many languages to include: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French and German. 

Just a small sample of what you will find in the Children’s Room.  
Children's  Books in Chinese

Of particular note is a very large selection of children's books in Chinese.

Exciting stories in Korean

As always, there are picture books and story books for all ages. 

All books are in good condition and priced from $.75 to $3.00.  Come early for the best selection!

Military History Books – the Osprey Series

We have an unusually large quantity of books from the Osprey series. This series covers warfare in the Ancient World, examining the equipment, uniforms, training and tactics of soldiers and warriors on the battlefield, from the Spartans of Ancient Greece to the legendary Roman Legions.

  Several series include: the Campaign series where major battles are analyzed; the Elite series focusing on a single army and military tactics; the Warrior series; and the Fortress series addressing the history of military architecture. 

The Osprey books contain vivid illustrations, diagrams, and charts in black and white and color that enable the reader to immerse themselves in the action of the time.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Did you know:  The day after one book sale ends, we start working on the next one.  The lifeblood of our book sales is your donations.  When you visit the library, you may notice a collection of boxes and bags in the lobby, next to a bin.  Something like the picture here.  Although it may seem daunting, we dig in and look for those hidden treasures that make our sales successful and allow us to support so many library and community activities. 

Here is what the George Mason Friends do after you drop off your donations:  First, we check them for condition.  Next, we sort them into the many categories you see laid out at every book sale.  Volunteers price the books and pack them for storage until the next sale. They have developed expertise in what book sale customers want and what a fair price is for used books in their categories. 

We are always on the lookout for titles that the library can add to its collection. Library staff provide us with specific titles that they need, and a list of titles that are in high reader demand.  In addition, we give the system copies of books that can replace those in poor condition.  Finally, we share surplus books with schools, local charitable organizations, and other Fairfax County Library Friends groups.

In addition to our twice-a-year book sales, we maintain an Amazon store to sell selected books all year round.  See

In these ways, we strive to make the best possible use of your donations to support numerous library projects and activities at George Mason Regional Library, in the community and throughout the Fairfax County Public Libraries. We sincerely appreciate your generosity!

Saturday, June 30, 2018


     The Spring 2018 Book Sale has ended and our semi-annual event was another terrific success. With the proceeds, George Mason Friends will be able to once again provide a $50,000 grant for the Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program; sponsor the adult and children's programming at George Mason Regional Library; provide supplemental professional development funds for our hard-working library staff; and help fund important literary events like Fall for the Book. 

     An event like our book sale requires thousands of hours of time, muscle (and sweat) of adult and student volunteers who set up the sale, staffed it, cleaned up afterwards, and sorted, categorized and priced donations throughout the year. 

     It also requires lots and lots of donated material. We get wonderful books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books from our community every week, year around.

     An additional essential component of the event is the patience of the library staff, who tolerate the week of upheaval and disorder with smiles and goodwill. 

     And the final essential component of a terrific sale, certainly not least, are our customers from the community. We love seeing old friends who have been coming for years and greeting new customers. We look forward to seeing you again at our next book sale in September 2018.