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 2016 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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Reading Program Helps Kids Fight August Doldrums

There's plenty of time yet to read
wonderful books and finish
your summer reading log!
Summer break is half over -- are your kids bored yet? There’s still plenty of fun to be had through the library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program!  

Enjoy a bunch of great books with your kids, engage your teens’ creativity with essay writing and cover art contests, and sign your kids up for fun programs at the library.

If you're not signed up yet,  the program works like this:

  • Babies through third graders read (or have read to them) 15 books; fourth through sixth graders read 10 books; and teens in grades 7–12 read five books.
  • Ebooks and audio books count toward the total.
  • Kids and teens can read any books they choose.
  • Kids and teens can track their reading online or use a reading log they pick up in any Fairfax County Public Library branch.
  • Take the completed log to a library branch by September 2 to pick up your coupon book of free prizes and discounts. Teens will also be entered in a drawing for a gift card prize.

“The Summer Reading Program is Fairfax County Public Library’s way of supporting our schools…it aims to encourage children to enjoy reading,” said George Mason Regional Library Youth Services <anager, Jane Anspaugh. "It’s important for kids to read over the summer so that their reading abilities can grow and not diminish in preparation for the next school year."

The Children’s Summer Reading Program also seeks to stimulate new reading interests by providing fun group experiences that give children a chance explore their creativity and the world around them, and build social skills in the process. Programs range from story times to special events like Beech Tree Puppets, Leesburg Animal Park, Cupcake Wars (yum!). Enroll with a friend and make it a play date!

So beat the summer doldrums. Dr. Seuss once said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” Sign up for the Summer Reading Program and have an amazing, magical time.

The George Mason Friends has been a major sponsor of the Fairfax County Summer Reading Program for years, and provided a $50,000 grant to the program in 2017. GMF has also established an endowment to ensure the program is funded in the future.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Adult Summer Reading Program: Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?

Mason District Library Trustee Fran
Millhouser is half way through
her summer reading list.
As we hit the warm months of summer, budget and work demands may prevent a dream vacation on a far away island, drinking out of coconuts while staring into the clear, blue waters -- but you can still escape the summertime blues through the pages of a good book. And through the George Mason Regional Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, you can even earn a reward for having fun.

The adult program, Reading by Design, works like this: come to the library to get a log, read five books before the end of the program, fill in your log, and then return it to the Information Desk to get your choice of a free book from a provided selection or a coupon for a free book worth up to $5 at the George Mason Friends Fall Book Sale. You'll also be entered in the Adult Summer Reading Program Prize Drawing. And if you would like to earn extra entries in the prize drawing, you can write a review what you read as well!

So treat yourself to a chance to relax, try something new, and talk to friends and neighbors about what you've read. Demonstrate to your kids that taking time to read is important and talk with them about its pleasures. George Mason is home to thousands of books and Fairfax County Public Library offers many more online. Every one is a new adventure, just waiting for you!

Pick up your summer reading log at the Information Desk.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Congratulations, Mohammed Esslami!

Mohammed explains the summer
reading program to patrons.
Staff and George Mason Friends bid a fond farewell to George Mason Regional Library's Branch Manager, Mohammed Esslami, who has been promoted to Regional Branch Manager as of July 8.

"Under his leadership over the past three years, George Mason Regional Library has enhanced its role as a significant community resource," said Friends past co-president Nancy Allard. "From iPad stations in the children's area to increased programs for children and adults, Mohammed and his staff have worked hard to serve the public, and we have welcomed the opportunity to support them with funding."

Ready to serve the
cake at his farewell party.

In a recent chat about his time at George Mason, Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the incredible diversity of the people around him. He noted the people he worked with were some of the most motivated people he has ever met, and that they make the environment at George Mason very welcoming.

We wish Mohammed all the best as he takes on his new responsibilities, and look forward to seeing him as he makes the rounds in his new role!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Suzanne LaPierre Wins 2017 George Mason Friends Scholarship

Duwain Ketch, Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair, presents the 2017 George Mason Friends Scholarship to Recipient Suzanne LaPierre. With (from left) FCPL Trustee Suzanne Levy; Fairfax Library Foundation Executive Director Susan Harman; FCPL Director Jessica Hudson; George Mason Friends Board Members Charlotte Sell and Laura Noble;  FCPL Trustee Fran Millhouser.
We are proud to announce that Ms. Suzanne LaPierre is the recipient of the 2017 George Mason Friends Graduate-Level Academic Scholarship. She is a Library Information Assistant at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, and is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina.

As you can see from  her comments below, Suzanne has an impressive background and a thought-provoking vision for what she'd like to accomplish in the future:

After eleven years working in Information Services for Fairfax County Public Library, I am happy to finally have made the leap towards a Masters in Library and Information Science with a generous scholarship from the Fairfax Library Foundation and the George Mason Friends. 

Now more than ever, I think libraries have an important role to play in helping all citizens become more discerning users of information. With ever more information at our fingertips, ironically it’s become harder to sort fact from fiction. Social media has changed the way we receive news; search engines are tailored increasingly to the user’s biases, causing people to become more entrenched in one world view. I’m interested in exploring ways libraries and librarians can help untangle some of the confusion.

Another passion of mine is the arts. I have a background in visual arts and museums, with a MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. I'd love to explore how libraries can partner with creative groups in Fairfax County to forge meaningful opportunities for community empowerment and engagement.

And of course - I love to read, recommend books, and find out what other people are reading!  I am one of the writers for the Fairfax County Library blog About Books:  So if you see me at the library, don't hesitate to exchange reading recommendations!

Congratulations, Suzanne, from all of us at George Mason Friends!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GMF Receives Recognition for Book Donations

Our beautiful award from the DC
CFSA for supporting literacy.
In addition to the semi-annual book sales and year-around Amazon sales, George Mason Friends also shares a portion of the book donations we receive with the library and other local organizations.

In March, one of those organizations, the DC Child and Family Services Agency, expressed their appreciation to us and the Friends of the Tyson-Pimmit Regional Library for contributing hundreds of books to inspire reading among the children the agency serves.

We, in turn, extend our appreciation to all our donors, who generously provide so many good-quality books and media, allowing us to support important literacy efforts in the region. Thank you!