The Fall Book Sale will start on Thursday, October 21, at 5 pm. For opening night, we have permission from Fairfax County Public Libraries to stay open until 9 pm. This is good news for shoppers because, normal library services will end at 6 pm. From 6 to 9 pm, the shoppers won't need to compete with library users for parking places. Since most of the staff will leave at 6 pm, we will have their parking places to use, too. Another bonus, after 6 pm, buyers have more choices inside the library for space for collecting their purchases before check out.
The bad news for shoppers is that you won't be able to combine book sale and library use unless you arrive before 6 pm. After 6 pm, you will not be able to check out books, use the library computers, get a library card, ask for help from the Information Librarian, or pay bills.
The sale will follow library hours on Friday and Saturday. Friday hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday hours are 10 am to 5 pm. On Sunday, we will get a one hour jump on library hours (and get more parking spaces) by opening the sale at noon. Library services will start at 1 pm. Sunday hours end at 5 pm.
As an added bonus for families planning to come to the sale on Saturday, Annandale is having their Fall Festival. The morning parade will include the Annandale High School Marching Band at over 100 strong. Generally, there is a fair showing of candidates for public office as well. The Fall Festival continues with activities in the parking lot of Safeway on Little River Turnpike, about a mile from the George Mason Regional Library.