Friday, March 10, 2017

George Mason Friends Sponsors New Library Science Scholarship

George Mason Friends board members present scholarship check to the Fairfax Library Foundation.
George Mason Friends has donated $50,000 to the Fairfax Library Foundation Scholarship Program to sponsor a graduate-level scholarship in library sciences. The donation will cover an annual $5,000 scholarship for ten years, with the option to renew sponsorship for additional 10-year periods. The scholarships are specifically designated for current Fairfax County Library employees and volunteers wishing to pursue a graduate degree in library sciences.

The Fairfax Library Foundation established these scholarships to enhance Fairfax public libraries' ability to ensure current and future library staff have the expertise to deliver high quality service to the residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.  Scholarships are available at the graduate, undergraduate, continuing education and graduate levels. For more information on the scholarships and how to apply, visit the Foundation's scholarship program web page.

Pictured in the photo above are, starting on the left: Mohammed Esslami, George Mason Regional Library Branch Manager; Susan Harman, Executive Director, Fairfax Library Foundation; Brian Engler, Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors; Duwain Ketch, Foundation's Board Director and Chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee; Gail Coleman, George Mason Friends Board Member; Kate Kroehler, George Mason Friends Co-President; Claudia Gander, George Mason Friends Treasurer; and Nancy Allard, George Mason Friends Co-President.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers!

Kora and Reem get an early start
on their community service hours
Heartfelt thank yous to the many volunteers who gave their time in the last six months to make this sale a success, and especially to those who pitched in over the last two weeks to move furniture and set up tables in FIVE parts of the library, unpack 1200 cartons of books, magazines, DVDs and CDs, put up signs, cashier, bring food, serve food, clean up food, pack remainders, take down signs, move more furniture, and finally restore the library to its normal, peaceful state.

Dale sends customers off with a friendly word,
while Gene mans the "Shed Shuttle." 
It's a lot of work, to be sure, but it's a lot of fun, too, as you can tell by these smiling faces. And it's well worth the effort to fund the county summer reading program, adult and children's programs, and more.

Think you might want to help, too? You don't have to wait until the spring sale -- we are right back on the job sorting and pricing new donations. Email us to learn more!
Jim and Doris help a customer check out.

New friends Laura and Sohier
take a break between customers.

Jayne and Bob have been loyal book
sale volunteers for many years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Half-Price Sunday!

Happy customers at the Fall Book Sale!
Our Fall 2016 book sale is wrapping up today, but we still have plenty of terrific bargains waiting for you.

To make sure as much as possible ends up in good homes, all items are half-price on Sunday!

The book sale (but not library services) will open at noon and closes promptly at 5 pm on October 2.

Hope to see you there!

Important Book Sale Information

Welcome! The doors will open on Thursday, September 29 at 3pm sharp, and we hope you'll have a wonderful time browsing and finding some treasures! Before you come, please review the following book sale policies:


George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Book Sale Hours

Thursday, Sept. 29, 3 pm – 9 pm
Friday, Sept. 30, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, Oct. 2, Noon – 5 pm (half price day; no library services until 1pm)
  • The book sale ends each day promptly at the announced closing time. 
  • Please be in line to pay for credit card purchases at least 15 minutes before the end of the sale day, since the library wireless network (which we use to process payments) shuts down promptly at closing.  We may announce an earlier deadline for getting into the credit card purchase line if the checkout line is lengthy.


  • Park only in marked parking spaces. 
  • If you park along Hillbrook, you're likely to get a ticket. 
  • Please use the nearby shopping centers for overflow parking.


  • We accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards. 
  • Credit and debit card purchases may not be available at all cashier stations

Return Policies

  • All sales are final and as is. 
  • Be sure to check all cases before purchase. When we placed the items on the sale table, all CDs and DVDs were in their containers.
  • We haven't viewed the DVDs, nor listened to the recorded books or CDs.

 Bins and boxes and piles

  • No large bins or wheeled bins of any size going down the sale aisles or stored at the end of the aisles.
  • You may carry one copier paper box or banker's box with you in the sales area.
  • We will have designated areas for you to leave your boxes, marked with your name, while you continue to shop.
  • At busy times, we may limit how long you may leave your boxes or containers and how many containers you may store in the designated areas.


  • No  strollers or solid-frame backpack child carriers are permitted in the sales area; they must be left in a designated area.
  • Wheel chairs are always welcome.

Finding Areas of Interest

  • Maps and volunteers are available to help you find what you're interested in.
  • While many locations are the same from year to year, some categories have been moved.
  • Look under the tables for overflow boxes.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fourth English edition of Don Quixote, 250 years old

250-year old English 
edition of Don Quixote

This fall we are offering a 4-volume set of The Life & Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra, translated by Charles Jarvis and published in 1766.

This is the 4th edition of "the Jarvis translation." The name is an immortalized misspelling; the translator was Charles Jervas, an early 18th century Irish portrait painter and translator. His 1742 translation of Don Quixote  was the definitive and most popular English translation through about 1885, and continues to be reprinted to this day.

Jervas is credited with was first to provide an preface to the novel. Being the fourth edition of his translation, the set we are offering at the fall sale includes this original preface, a supplement to the preface, and a life of the author.

An interesting side note: the first publisher listed, J. and R. Tonson in Strand, refers to booksellers and publishers Jacob and Richard Tonson. Jacob Tonson is notable for first publishing works by Milton and Dryden, and for the little coup of securing a copyright on the plays of William Shakespeare by buying up the rights from the heirs of the publisher of the Fourth Folio. Tonson also established the famous Kit-Cat Club. Not to be confused with the infamous Berlin nightclub, Tonson's circle of literary and political luminaries was committed to promoting the Whigs' principles -- and drinking toasts to the reigning beauties of the day. 

This wonderful set is bound in black quarter morocco with marbled boards, and gilt ornamentation on corners and spine. It is on display in the lobby and will go on sale on Sept. 29 at 3pm for $400.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Sale Preview: Rare Early Edition of Brontë Masterpiece

Rare, early edition of Brontë's Villette, in beautiful condition.
In this fall's sale we are thrilled to feature a rare, three-volume set of Villette, published in 1853 under the name Currer Bell—better known to the world as Charlotte Brontë.

Our experienced rare books specialist is strongly inclined to believe it's a first edition, based on following observations:

  1. The publication date on the title page is the same year that the novel was released.  
  2. It is in three volumes, which consistent with the fact that the first edition (subsequent editions were published in one or two volumes).  
  3. The title page information, layout, and typography appear consistent with those of other first editions posted by several rare book dealers and Wikipedia. (See photos.)

Unlike more modern books, the bindings offer no clues to the edition. In the past, novels were usually published in plain boards, and book-lovers would take their books to a private bookbinder if they wanted something more attractive. Such was the case for the edition we are offering at the fall sale: all three volumes have lovely bindings of quarter-morocco leather over marbled boards, with beautiful gilt embossed titles and ornamentation on the spines.

The novel itself is notable, too. Considered the most autographical of Brontë's novels, it tells of a young woman who moves to Brussels to teach at a girl's school and wrestles with her unrequited love for a married professor. Many Brontë devotees consider it an unrecognized masterpiece.  George Eliot, for example, wrote "Villette is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power."

In an impassioned 2014 article, "Why Villette is better than Jane Eyre," author Lucy Hughes-Hallett writes "A funny, penetratingly observant realist novel, Villette is a visionary and fantastic depiction of a sequence of extreme emotional states."

You can view this gem in the lobby display case. It goes on sale on Sept. 29 at 3pm for $500.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Sale Highlights: Special Children's Books Now on Display

Delightful children's books are now on display!
Special selections from the children's books available for the Fall 2016 Book Sale are now on display

They will go on sale starting at 3 pm on Thursday, September 29. Below is a list of titles and prices for a selection of lovely children's books. Not all are on display -- please ask at the sale to see them. The information here may be revised or updated, and items in the case are subject to change.

at George Mason Library in the glass case on the right side of the lobby as you enter.


First Editions

Selection in the 2016 Fall Sale display case.

A Treasury of Illustrated Children’s Books ― $15
Leonard de Vries   
Abbeville Press, 1989
1st edition

Dinosaurs ― $10
Sabuda and Reinhart   
Candlewick Press, 2005
Pop-up, 1st edition

The Magic Butterfly ― $10

George Obligado
Golden Press, 1963
1st edition

MOI ― $10
Marie Chardin, Bess Bethell Illus.   
Mae Carden, 1936
1st edition, in French

There is a Dragon in my Bed ― $15
Sesyle Joslin   
Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1961   
1st edition

Beloved Classics

Endpapers, The Patchwork Girl of Oz.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz ― $50L. Frank Baum, John R. Neill illus.   
Reilly & Britton, 1913
Beautiful endpapers

The Magic of Oz ― $8
L. Frank Baum, John R. Neill illus.   
Reilly & Lee, Later printing of 1919 edition

Robin Hood ― $10
Louis Rhead, Author and illustrator
Harper & Brothers, 1912

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ― $10

Mark Twain
Harper & Bros, 1917

McElligot’s Pool ― $20

Dr. Seuss   
Random House, 1947

Pop Up and Novelty Books

Pop-up spread from Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leonardo Da Vinci ― $10  Provensen
Viking, 1984

A Walk in Monet’s Garden ― $10
Francesca Crespi   
Bulfinch Press, 1965
Pop-up diorama

Merry Christmas ― $4
Music Box Diorama in the shape of a book

Bible Stories from the Old Testament ― $10
Christos Kondeatis
Simon & Schuster, 1993

Sailing Ships ― $10
Van der Meer & McGowan
Viking, 1984

The Pop-up Action Circus Book ― $10
Tim & Greg Hildebrandt   
Questor Ed., undated

Winter in White ― $10
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon, 2007
Mini pop-up, 1st edition

Vintage Treasures

Uncle Wiggily's Travels.
Book Trails for Baby Feet, vol. 1 ― $10
Child Development
Child Development Inc., 1946

Uncle Wiggily’s Travels ― $10
Howard R. Garis   
Platt & Munk, 1939

The Funny Bunny Factory ― $10
Adam Green
Grosset & Dunlap, 1950

Champions of the Industry; Achievements in the Future ― $10
Chaulde Laurent, 1969


Wonderful Illustrations

Old French Fairy Tales ― $15
Comtesse De Segur   
Hampton Pub., 1920
Note: Missing 1 illustration

d’Aulaires’ Trolls ― $10
by ingri & edgar d'aulaire
Doubleday, 1972

From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss: Book Covers 1860-1960 ― $8

Harold Darling
Chronicle Books, 1999

Stories from Around the World

The Adventures of Remi ― $10
Hector Malot, Mead Schaeffer (Illus.), Philip Schuyler Allen (Trans.)
Rand McNally, 1927

Folk Tales from the Soviet Union: The Caucasus ― $8
Raduga Publishers, 1987

Folk Tales from the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldavia ― $8
Raduga Publishers, 1986