Monday, August 15, 2016

So Many Ways You Can Help!

History books waiting to be unpacked.
Our fall semi-annual book sale is fast approaching, and we need your help! The Friends of George Mason Regional Library provide funding for many Fairfax County Public Library projects not included in the county budget. We are especially proud to be a major sponsor of the Children’s Summer Reading Program for the county. But we can’t do it without a lot of community support.

Here’s how you can help:


Our book sales are wonderful opportunities for community participation, and offer great benefits: the warm glow of contributing a few hours to a worthy cause, the fellowship of a friendly, interesting, and dedicated group of people, and pre-sale buying privileges (with a couple restrictions – see this post for details). Volunteers typically serve the following roles:

  • Publicity volunteers help put up signs and post to online calendars. We are particularly in need of a volunteer with graphic design experience!
  • Hospitality volunteers plan and purchase the food needed to sustain the hard-working sale volunteers. They also set up, serve and clean up during the sale.
  • Set-up and re-stocking: starting September 19, we will be packing up the Friends’ work room, putting up tables, and unpacking and arranging books. Volunteers also restock the tables during the sale and pack up and restore the library to its normal layout after the sale.
  • Cashiers and assistant cashiers: As many as we can get, to keep the check-out lines moving along.
Whether you want to contribute just a few hours or a whole day, we can use your help! Just drop us a line at

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Check out our new Facebook page!

We now have a Facebook page so you'll never miss a post about the sale, special previews, and the great programs offered at George Mason Regional Library. And by clicking “Like”  you can help spread this information to your community!

Buy Great Stuff!

And of course, a fun and easy way to help is to simply shop the sale and take home bags of terrific books, music, movies, and games. So much entertainment and educational goodness!

In these tight budgetary times, community support for your local library is more important than ever. Email us to ask a question or to volunteer.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Our other big sale...

Recent feedback on the George Mason Friends' Amazon online bookstore.

While you are waiting for our next huge, semi-annual book sale,(beginning September 29), you can still get great deals on high-quality books by browsing our Amazon store.  You can save on shipping for any purchase from our Amazon Store by picking your order up at George Mason Regional Library. To do so, contact us at 703-813-6616 or before placing your order. 

In our Amazon store we offer time-sensitive books that we don't want to store until our next sale, such as text books and the latest best-sellers.  We also offer books on subjects that are not normally purchased at our sales, such as books for teachers and educators, some collectible volumes, and unusual niche-market items.

Examples of books recently offered in the George Mason Friends Amazon bookstore.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

George Mason Friends Supports the Summer Reading Program

This young reader gives Summer Reading
Challenge a big thumbs up!

One of the biggest contributions the George Mason Friends makes every year is to the Fairfax County Summer Reading Challenge.  Thanks to our generous book donors and enthusiastic customers, we were able to donate $50,000 to the program for 2016.

These programs, which Fairfax County Libraries hosts in partnership with Fairfax county Public Schools, are important to foster a love of reading and to help kids maintain their reading schools over the summer. Last year, more than 54,000 young library patrons, from birth through high school, participated in the program, and we're expecting to sign up at least that number again this year.

In addition to reading challenges, older aspiring authors and artists can compete for prizes in the Teen Cover Art contest and the Essay and Poetry Contest for a chance to win $100. Students in rising grades 7-9 are eligible to enter. The contest ends September 3.

Challenge accepted! Filling in his
reading log.
Throughout the summer the library schedules performances for kids, teens and families at all branches. These events provide fun, free entertainment and learning opportunities while also promoting reading and our program. It works like magic! – The Summer Reading Challenge remains popular year after year.

For more information about everything the summer reading program has to offer, visit -- or just turn off your screens, load the kids in the car, and head to your local library!
Library staff visit local schools to get kids excited about summer reading.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Your Donations Fund Important Library Programs!

Browsing books at the
Spring 2016 sale.
Let's be honest. When we're at the big semi-annual book sale, are we really thinking about where the sale's proceeds will go? Well, maybe if we need to rationalize a little, as in, "I don't really need another stack of novels, but it's supporting a great cause, so really, I should buy it. Right?"

But you should be curious, because seeing where the George Mason Friends distribute these proceeds will remind you of what a truly wonderful resource we have here at George Mason and throughout Fairfax County. And whether you buy books, donate them, or volunteer, you should be proud of the role you play in keeping that resource strong!

What follows is a summary of what George Mason Friends' funds support. In upcoming posts, we will go into a few of them in more detail.

Library staff help kids sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge
  • The Fairfax County Summer Reading Program, which encourages children and teens to read for pleasure during summer vacation.
  • Children, teen and adult programs held at the George Mason Regional Library. Browse the schedule, and you'll be amazed at the diversity of offerings, from story times to internet assistance to yoga classes.
  • Fall for the Book, a week-long, regional literary festival held at George Mason University, Fairfax County Libraries, and other local sites. This year, the festival runs from September 25-Friday, September 30.
    Chef Joe Yonan leads a
    cooking demonstration.

  • The Fairfax County Library Foundation Jubilee, an annual celebration of our libraries and the Foundation's primary fundraiser for county library programs like Changing Lives Through Literature, which gives first-time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action, and Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, which brings interactive reading experiences to preschool students.
  • The Fairfax County Library Foundation Scholarship Program, which awards four different scholarships annually to enhance the skills and talents of current or future library staff and volunteers in Fairfax County.
  • George Mason Regional Library support for special purchases, such as the tables and chairs in the meeting room, re-upholstery of the library's club chairs, and special cases such as the one used to display Hot Picks and Staff Picks and the various theme displays.
  • George Mason Gardeners, the volunteers who plant and maintain the beautiful flower beds around the library.
  • Grants to the Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson community branch FCPL libraries.
  • George Mason Regional Library staff support for things like professional development opportunities and recognitions.

We are able to do all of this because of your purchases and donations. If you would like to do more, we are always looking for volunteers to process donations, do publicity, and staff the book sales. Please email us at or call 703-813-6616.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Thank You!

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped us set up the book sale, serve as cashiers and otherwise help during the sale, and clean up at the end of the sale.  We couldn't do it without you!

Thank you also to the generous donors of books, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, recorded books, and other items in the sale.  We couldn't hold a sale without your help too!

And thank you to the many shoppers.  We hope you enjoyed the sale and found some treasures.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Half-Price Sunday

Our Spring 2016 book sale is coming to the end today, but we still have plenty of good stuff 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 May 1.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Important Book Sale Information

Welcome! The doors are will open April 28 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:

Book Sale Hours:

Thursday, April 28, 3 pm – 9 pm
Friday, April 29, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 1, 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.