Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lynn McCaffree Recognized at 2017 Friends Choice Awards

Thank you, Lynn, for all your hard work!
The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees honored Friends of the Library  volunteers on October 11, 2017 with a special reception and awards ceremony at Kings Park Library.

The George Mason Friends Board selected Lynn McCaffree in honor of the key role she has played in our Friends organization for many years. Few of our Friends work as tirelessly as Lynn does as our children’s books specialist, categorizing and pricing the thousands of donated materials for young readers, and then setting up and staffing the children's room during the sale.

Lynn is deeply committed to making sure every kid can take home just the right books, at a price that suits their allowance. She is equally thoughtful about the books she sets aside for donation to schools and other literacy programs -- she makes sure they are all current, in good condition, and age-appropriate. And she works closely with our GM Library staff to identify replacement copies for high-demand children’s books.

As if that weren't enough, Lynn is the go-to person for any questions about sorting books for all categories, pitches in on any daily work that needs to be done, assists other people with their categories, and serves on our board of directors. All in all, Lynn is an invaluable member of our team, and we all look forward to seeing her smiling face and generous spirit in our Friends’ room every day! Thank you, Lynn!

The fruits of Lynn's labors: a well-stocked
children's sale room sorted by topic and reading level!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thank You, Volunteers!

At the check out area.
A huge thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who pitched in to make the Fall 2017 book sale a success! 

Whether you unpacked books, cashiered, tidied tables, schlepped boxes, or helped pack up after the sale, we are so grateful for your time, enthusiasm, and energy! It was a terrific sale, and it's all because of you!
Getting ready to
pack up after the sale.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

What Will YOU Find at the Sale?

At the Spring 2017 sale, this couple came to the check out table laughing, because they were buying a book that they themselves had donated a couple years earlier! At the time, she didn't think she'd have any further use for her textbook on artificial intelligence, and no one else in her house seemed interested.

But then, recently, her son started asking about that old AI book that was laying around. He wanted to read it. So she came to the sale planning to buy a book on artificial intelligence, and was tickled to end up buying the exact same book!

We'd love to hear your favorite book sale story, from bumping into a long lost friend to discovering something that intrigued, tickled, or moved you. Drop us a line at

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Sale Starts Today!

Young customers show off their favorite finds at the
George Mason Friends Book Sale.
Our semi-annual sale starts today and runs through Sunday. With thousands of items to choose from, you're sure to find just what you're looking for!
  • For families with young readers, the George Mason Friends' sale features books an entire room dedicated to  children's titles, sorted by subject and reading level. It includes a great assortment of board books, picture books, easy readers, children’s fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction, and books in other languages.
  • The book sale is also a great resource for older students looking for classics on their school reading list, reference works, language study materials, math, science, art, and sheet music.
  • If you're thinking ahead to the upcoming holidays, you'll find beautiful books in gift-quality condition on cooking, travel, sports, health, fitness, art, and more.
  • And last but certainly not least, customers come for the entertainment galore: movies, TV shows, music, games, popular and classic fiction, humor, comic books, and graphic novels.
Proceeds from the book sale support the George Mason Regional Library, the Fairfax County Summer Reading Program, and library-related programs and events in Fairfax County. Click our new Book Sale tab above to get all the details.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Great Deal on Beautiful Korean Children's Books!

This fall, we have a huge number of Korean children's picture books in our sale!  Topics range from Bible stories to folk tales to favorite board and picture books to science and math.  All books are in great condition and priced at just $2 each! Here are just a few examples:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Selected Children's Books now on Display

Special children's selections now on display.
Special selections from the children's books available for the Fall 2017 book sale are now on display at George Mason Library in the glass case on the right side of the lobby as you enter.

They will go on sale starting at 3 pm on Thursday, September 28.

Below is a list of titles and prices for every book in the display case. Please note that the information here may be revised or updated, and items in the case are subject to change.

Charming pop-up books

Fairies & Magical Creatures    $25
Sabuda and Reinhart    Candlewick Press, 2008, 1st edition

In the Beginning  $20
Chuck Fischer Little, Paper engineering by Bruce Foster, Brown, 2008

Beetles  $10
Sabuda and Reinhart, Hyperion, 2001, 1st edition

Winter in White  $10
Robert Sabuda, Little Simon, 2007, 1st edition

Winter in White pop-up book and
Mr. Fix-It's Mixed Up Christmas

Mr. Fix-It's Mixed-Up Christmas  $10
Richard Scarry. Little, Simon1st edition

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip  $10
George Saunders. Villard, 2000. 1st edition

New Chronicles of Rebecca  $15
Kate Douglas Wiggin. Houghton Mifflin, 1907. 8 illustrations, 1st edition

Growing Up with Dick and Jane  $10
Kismaric & Heiferman. Collins, 1996. 1st edition


The Real Wizard of Oz  $4
Rebecca Loncraine, Gotham Books, 2009

The Land of Oz  $10
L. Frank Baum, Reilly & Lee, 1904
Montgomery & Stone endpapers
The Scarecrow of Oz    $10
L. Frank Baum, Illus by John R. Neill, Reilly & Lee, 1915

Tik-Tok of Oz    $25
L. Frank Baum, Reilly & Lee, 1940s reprint

Dorothy & the Wizard in Oz  $15
L. Frank Baum, Illus by John R. Neill, Reily & Lee, 1908 reprint

Speedy in Oz  $20
Ruth Plumly Thompson, Reilly & Lee, 1934. 12 color plates

Pirates in Oz  $10.
Ruth Plumly Thompson, Reilly & Lee, 1931. 6 color plates
The complete Chronicles
of Narnia


The Chronicles of Narnia    $50
C. S. Lewis Folio Society, 1996

Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book    $10Howard R. Garis. Platt & Munk, 1939

Komantcia    $10
Harold Keith. Thomas Crowell, 1958, 2nd printing. 1965 Newberry Award.
Newberry Award-winner

Cowboy Andy    $10
Edna Chandler, Random House, 1959

Elsie and the Looking Club  $10
Monte Sohn. American Crayon Co., 1946 republication

Rascal    $10
Sterling North. E. P. Dutton, 1963

Little Plum    $15
Rumer Godden. Viking Press, 1963


The Very Fine Clock  $15
Muriel Spark, Illus by Edward Gorey, Alfred Knopf, 1968

The Water Babies  $10
Charles Kingsley, Illus by Jessie Willcox Smith, Dodd, Mead; 1916

Heidi  $10
Johanna Spyri, Illus by Jessie Willcox Smith. David McKay, 1922

Once Upon a Time  $10
Ed. Margery Darrell, Illus by Arthur Rackham, Viking Press, 1972

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book Sale Preview: Rare, Fine, and Unusual Books on Display

Rare books, art books, and other collectibles are on display in the left glass case in the George Mason Regional Library lobby. These items will go on sale starting at 3 pm on September 28.

Lancelot-Grail, Old French
Vulgate Translation
Below is a list of titles and prices. We reserve the right to correct any mistakes in the prices or descriptions published here. Books may be removed or added without updating the list.

 Highlights include a 2-volume set of Paul Klee's notebooks; and a first My Home is Far Away, an autobiographical novel of prolific 20th novelist, playwright, and social satirist Dawn Powell. Also, a fine, 5-volume English translation of the Lancelot-Grail, which are 13th century manuscripts of Arthurian legend written in Old French.


My Home Is Far Away
First Edition
My Home is Far Away  $100
Dawn Powell. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1944. 1st Edition. Autobiographical novel of prolific 20th novelist, playwright, and social satirist.

Tennis  $25
Helen Wills. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928. Inscribed by author. 

The Phoenicians $40
Sabatino Moscati. Bompiani, 1988 . 1st Edition 

The Etruscans, $30
Mario Torelli, Editor. Bompiani, 2000. 1st Edition 


Paul Klee Notebooks
Paul Klee Notebooks. Volume 1: The Thinking Eye. Volume 2: The Nature
of Nature.  $250
Jurg Spiller, Editor, Ralph Manheim, Translator
Overlook Press, 1992

Lancelot-Grail: The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-vulgate in Translation, 5 volumes  $150
Norris J. Lacy, General Editor. Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993

The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions, 3 volumes  $75
Robert Briffault. The MacMillan Company, 1927

Nimrud and Its Remains, 3 volumes    $75
M.E. Mallowan, 1966

Freer Chinese Bronzes, 2 volumes    $100
Freer Chinese Bronzes, Vol 1 & 2
John Alexander Pope, Smithsonian Institution, 1967 & 1969


The World of Beryl Cook  $20
Jess Wilder, Jerome Sams. Prestel, 2007

Metamorphosis: The Fiber Art of Judith Scott  $25
John M. MacGregor. Creative Growth Art Center, 1999

Hommage a Marc Chagall: Oeuvres de 1947-1967  $25
Fondation Maeght, 1967

The Course of Human History Personified  $25
Tamara de Lempicka
Marcel Dzama. David Zwirmer, New York, 2005

Tamara de Lempicka: Art Deco Icon  $25
Royal Academy of Arts, 2004


Inventory of Early Architecture  $15
Christopher M. Gregson. County of Henrico, Virginia, 1998

The Lost Palace of Whitehall    $20
Simon Thurley. Royal Institute of British Architects, 1998

The Lion and the Unicorn  $25
Henrietta Goodden. Unicorn Press, 2011

Hokusai, Beyond the Great Wave  $35
Timothy Clark, Editor. Thames & Hudson, The British Museum, 2017   

Qing dais hui hua feng (Mandarin Chinese edition)  $25
Chongquing chu ban she, 1995

Chinesische Kunst  $25
Lubor Hajek. Artia, 1955

Along the Border of Heaven: Sung and Yuan Paintings from the C.C. Wang Family Collection  $25
Richard  M. Barnhart. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983

In the Western Manner, Paintings by Chinese Export Artists, Catalogue 53  $15
Martyn Gregory Gallery, 1989

Images of the Mind: Selections from the Edward L. Elliott Family  $30
Wen C. Fong, et. al. Art Museum, Princeton University, 1984


Leading Figures in Venezuelan Painting of the Nineteenth Century  $15
Inter-American Development Bank, 1999

Feathered Serpents and Flowering Trees: Reconstructing the Murals of Teotihuacan  $25
Kathleen Berrin, et. al. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1988

Cuatro Siglos de Pintura
Cuatro Siglos de Pintura Puertorriquena  $25
Banco Santander. Puerto Rico, 1998


Antonello da Messina, Sicily’s Renaissance Master  $20
Gioacchino Barbera. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005

Heroic Deeds and Mystic Figures: A New Reading of Rubens’ Life of Maria de’Medici  $25
Millen and Wolf. Princeton University Press, 1989

Ingres and the Comtesse d’Haussonville  $30
Edgar Munhall. Frick Collection, 1998

Degas Landscapes  $30
Richard Kendall. Yale University Press, 1993

Rembrandt, Etchings    $45
Introduction & Catalogue by Yevgeny Levitan, Andrew Baratt, Translator. Aurora Art, 1973

Qur'ans of the Mamluks
Qur’ans of the Mamluks  $25
David James, 1988

La Alhambra Palais  $75
Owen Jones y Jules Goury. Ediciones Akal, S.A., 2001


Flower Paintings of Ellis Rowan  $80
National Library of Australia, 1982
ABC and XYZ of
Bee Culture

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture  $30
A.I. Root Company, 1950

Boscos Vells, Mature Forests: Artists for Nature in the Catalan Pyrenees $35
Lynx Edicions, 2003


The Art of Soviet Palekh (37 of 39 plates; numbers 4 and 26 missing) $40
Moscow, 1958

Siberia and the Exile System, 2 volumes  $
James R. Osgood and Company, 1883

The Annunciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin  $40
I Ya. Kachalova, et. al.Moscow Iskusstvo Publishers, 1990


Adolphe Stoclet Collection (Part 1)    $40
J.P. van Goidsenhoven, 1956

Aspects of Art, A Painter’s Alphabet  $25
Tom Phillips. Bellew Publishing, 1997