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!

Friday, May 5, 2017


It takes many hands and many, many hours of hard work to pull off a book sale like ours -- but you pitched in cheerfully and helped us raise enough to help fund the Fairfax summer reading program, library programs, and more.

And just importantly, thanks to your hard work, book lovers of all sizes and interests found something to smile about! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today: Half Off Everything at the Sale!

Our Spring 2017 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.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Important Book Sale Information

The cookbook section, beautifully
arranged and ready for you!
Welcome! The doors will open on Thursday, April 27 at 3pm sharp. We hope you'll have a wonderful time while you're here!

Here is some important sale information:


  • Park only in marked parking spaces. Seriously.
  • If you park along neighboring streets, you will get a ticket. Spare yourself the grief, and use the nearby shopping centers for overflow parking.


  • We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards.

Check Out Time

  • The book sale must close each day promptly at the library's announced closing time. 
  • Please be in line to pay for  purchases at least 15 minutes before closing.


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 are allowed in the sale area.
  • You may carry one copier paper box or banker's box with you in the sales area.
  • You may leave boxes, marked with your name and drop off time, in a designated holding area while you continue to shop.
  • At busy times, we may limit the time and quantity of boxes you may leave in the holding area.


  • No strollers or solid-frame backpack child carriers are permitted in the sales area.
  • Wheel chairs are always welcome.


Finding Things

  • Volunteers and maps are available to help you find what you're interested in.
  • We do not restock during the sale. Everything is out on the tables, with overflow boxes stored on the floor below.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We Need Volunteers!

Earn community service hours for school, or
or just pitch in to support a great cause.
Our volunteers are awesome. There's no other word for it. They tackle the huge mountain of work that is the GMF sale, and make it flat out fun. Just look at those smiles.
You can be awesome, too! Volunteer slots are still available, especially for Sunday. Contact us at

Volunteers share a laugh while setting out some of
the 80,000 books for the sale.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Sale Preview: Fine Art and Photography Books

Fine art and photography books now on display
in the George Mason Library lobby.
Beautiful books on art and photography are on display in the George Mason Library.

Below is 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.


The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher, Introduced and Explained by the Artist. Taschen, 2008.  $50

Joan Miro: Campo de Estrellas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 1993.  $25

Paul Outerbridge, A Singular Aesthetic: Photographs & drawings, 1921-1941 : a catalogue raisonne. Elaine Dines, Ed. Laguna Beach Museum of Art, 1981.  $20

Kokoschka Paintings. Richard Calvocoressi. Ediciones Poligrafa, S.A., 1992.  $25

Lee Krasner. Robert Hobbs. Harry N. Abrams. 1999.  $20

Ambrogio Lorenzetti:
The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena
Ambrogio Lorenzetti: The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (Great Fresco Cycles of the Renaissance). Randolph Starn. George Braziller, 1994.  $30

The Art of Jean Hugo, Richard J. Wattenmaker. Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973.  $20

Kugach, Kugach, Kugach: Three Generations of Russian Artists. American Universiy, 2009. $25

A. Paul Weber 1930-1978. Handzeichnungen & Lithographen. Rheinland-Lerlag GmgH, 1978.  $30

Diego Rivera: the Detroit
Industry Murals
Diego Rivera: the Detroit Industry Murals. Linda Bank Downs. W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.  $20

Picasso, The Classical Period. John Richardson. C&M Arts, 2003.  $25

Hokusai, The Collector’s Portfolio: Ten Reproduction Antique Prints. Aurum Press, 1990.  $25

Giunti Dossier Art
No. 43: Klee (Federica Pirani).  $10
No. 64: Schiele (Eva di Stefano).  $10
No. 70: Toulous-Lautrec (Giorgio Cortenova).  $10
No. 106: Mucha (Patrizia Runfola).  $10


Women as Portrayed in Orientalist Painting
, Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi & Tony Willis, Oak Spring Garden Library, 2009.  $100

Women as Portrayed in
Orientalist Painting
Masterpieces of Indian Painting Formerly in the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collections. Alice N. Heeramaneck, 983. $30

Jade in Ancient Costa Rica, Julie Jones, Editor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998.  

Nicaraguan Antiquities; Facsimile Edition of 1886 original. Carl Bovallius. Editorial y Litografia San Jose, 1970.  $20

Al-Andalus, The Art of Islamic Spain. Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Editor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.  $35

The Orientalists, Painter-Travellers 1828-1908. Lynne Thornton. ACR Edition, 1983.  $30

British Etchers 1850-1940. Kenneth M. Guichard. Robin Garton, 1981.  $40

Places and Cultures

Legado Sagrado: Edward Curtis and the
Indians of North America

Legado Sagrado: Edward S. Curtis y Los Indios de Norteamerica
Edward S. Curtis. Verve Editions, 2005.  $25

Timur and the Princely Vision, Persian Art and Culture in the 15th Century. Lentz and Lowry. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.  $30

Waterworks. A Photographic Journey through New York’s Hidden Water System
. Stanley Greenberg. Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.  $25

Lahore, The City Within. Samina Quraeshi. Concept Media, 1988. 1st Printing. $30

Shogun’s Shrine, The Magnificent Nikko Toshogu: Human and Animal Carvings/Paintings. Graphic-Sha Publishing Company, 1994.  $20

Remembrance of Patria, Dutch Arts and Culture in Colonial America 1609-1776. Blackburn and Piwonka. Albany Institute of History and Art. $25

100 Chinese Emperors. Wu Luxing; Lu Yanguang, Illustrator. Asiapac Books 1996.  $25    


Islands of Silence: The
Photography of
Donata Wenders

Optical Fundamentals of Underwater Photography. Gomer T. McNeil. Mitchell Camera Corporation, 1972.  $30

Samantha. David Pilosof. H. Lonay & D. Pilosof, 1977. 1st Printing.  $25

A Photographer’s Legacy. I. Willard Counts, Jr. Metropolitan Printing Co., Bloomington, IN, 1979.  $20

Islands of Silence, The Photography of Donata Wenders. Prestel.  $25    

Derry: the Troubled Years. Eamon Melaugh. Guildhall Press, 2005.  $30

Art Criticism

Abstract Expressionism, Other Politics. Ann Eden Gibson. Yale University Press, 1997.  $35

The Body of Christ in the Art of Europe and New Spain 1150-1800. James Clifton. Prestel, 1997.  $35

Art and Embodiment, from Aesthetics to Self-consciousness. Paul Crowther. Clarendon Press, 1993.  $25

Modernity & Nostalgia, Art and Politics in France Between the Wars. Romy Golan. Yale University Press, 1995.  $45

Saturn’s Fable, La Favola di Saturno: Analysis of a Restoration and Artistic Research on a Painting by Daniel Seiter. Gangemi Editore, 2005.  $20

Fundamentals of
Chinese Floral Painting, 4 vol. 


The Fundamentals of Chinese Floral Painting, Johnson Su-Sing Chow. Ho Kung-shang, 1997
No. 1: Book of the Plum.  $25
No. 2: Book of the Orchid.  $25
No. 3: Book of the Bamboo.  $25
No. 4: Book of the Chrysanthemum.  $25

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Notable Antique and Collectible Books Now on Display

Tales of a Grandfather,
by Sir Walter Scott.
Select antique and collectible books are now on display in the left glass case in the George Mason Regional Library lobby. Highlights include a first American edition of Brave New World, and splendid copy of London Types with woodcuts by renowned Victorian printmaker William Nicholson. These items will go on sale starting at 3 pm on April 27.

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.

Tales of a Grandfather, 3 Volumes. Sir Walter Scott. Adam & Charles Black, 1888.  $50

Fine woodcuts in London Types.
London Types: Quatorzains by William Ernest Henley, woodcuts by William Nicholson.R.H. Russell, 1898.  $300

Siberia and the Exile System, 2 volumes. George Kennan, The Century Company, 1891.  $35

The Black Arrow. Robert Louis Stevenson. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1888.  $35

Page, Squire, and Knight: A Romance of the Days of Chivalry. W.H. Davenport Adams, Editor Estes and Lauriat, 1883.  $20

Brave NewWorld,
First American Edition.
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1932. 1st American Edition.  $75

The Tragedy of King Lear. William Shakespeare. Roycroft Shop, 1904.  $30

William Cobbett, A Biography, 2 Volumes. Edward Smith. Sampson Low & Company, 1878.  $50

Battles for the Union, Willard Glazier. Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875.  $20

Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Abner Doubleday. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886.  $75

Civil War titles
The Capture, Prison Pen and the Escape. Willard W. Glazier. J. Munsell,.  $50

A Bird’s Eye View of our Civil War. Theodore Ayrault Dodge. James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.  $50

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Sale Preview: Notable Children's Books and DVDs

Notable children's books and DVDs are now on display!
Special selections from the children's books available for the Spring 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 at 3 pm on Thursday, April 27.

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


Limited Marine Corps
ed. of John H. Glenn, Astronaut

The Big Green Book. Robert Graves; Maurice Sendak, Illustrator. Crowell-Collier, 1962. 1st edition. $15

Outside Over There. Maurice Sendak. Harper & Row, 1981, 1st edition. $15

John H. Glenn, Astronaut. Lt. Col. Philip N. Pierce & Karl Schuon. Franklin Watts, 1962. Limited Marine Corps Edition; signed by authors. $15

Delightful Pop-Up Books

Page spread from Peter Pan.
Peter Pan. Robert Sabuda. Little Simon, 2008. 1st edition. $10

Cinderella. Matthew Reinhart. Little Simon, 2005, 1st edition. $10

Steam Locomotives. Keith Moseley. Orchard Books, 1989. 1st edition. $10

International Circus (reproduction of 1887 edition). Lothar Meggendorfer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. $10

600 Black Spots. David Carter. Little Simon, 2007. Stated 1st edition. $10

Beloved Classics

Beautiful copy of Glinda of Oz,
White series reissue.
Glinda of Oz. L. Frank Baum; John R. Neill, illustrator. White Edition series, reissued circa 1965. $20

The Complete Peter Rabbit Library. Beatrix Potter. Warne, 2012. 23 volumes, like new in slipcase. $20

Peter Pan and Wendy. J. M. Barrie; Edmund Blampied, illustrator. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1940. $10

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass (2 books in slipcase). Lewis Carroll; John Tenniel, illustrator; Fritz Kredel, colorist.Random House – Special Edition, 1946.  $10

The Children of Dickens. Samuel Crothers; Jessie Willcox Smith, illustrator. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929. $10

Uncle Wiggily's Travels. Harold R. Garis. Platt & Munk, 1939. $10.

Vintage Treasures

Title page spread of The Boy Mechanic.
The Boy Mechanic: 700 Things for Boys to Do. H. H. Windsor. Popular Mechanics Co., 1913. 800 B&W illustrations. $25

Betsy Was a Junior. Maud Lovelace; Illustrated by Vera Neville. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1947. Like new dust jacket. $20

Betsy’s Wedding: A Betsy Tacy Story. Maud Lovelace; Illustrated by Vera Neville. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1955. Near fine dust jacket. $20

Book Trails for Baby Feet. Child Development Vol. 1. 1946. Leatherette boards, illustrations in color and B&W. $10.

Sticks Across the Chimney. Nora Burglon. Holiday House, 1938. $10

Beautiful vintage book covers for
Adventures of Perrine and
The Wee Men of Ballywooden
Adventures of Perrine (the Windermere series). Hector Malot; Milo Winter, illustrator. Rand McNally, 1941. $10

The Wee Men of Ballywooden. Arthur Mason; Robert Lawson, illustrator. Garden City Publishing, 1937. $10

Stories of the Olden Time. Ednah Cheney; Nelly Littlehale, illustrator. Lee and Shepard, 1890. $10

Enchanting Illustrations

If I Ran the Zoo, Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1950. $15

Dr. Seuss from Then to Now, Exhibition Catalogue of the Retrospective Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art. Random House, 1986. $10

The Magic Butterfly. George Obligado. Golden Press 1963. First edition. A giant Golden Book with full color illustrations. $10
Dr. Seuss exhibition catalog, and If I Ran the Zoo.

The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature. Martignoni, ed., Grosset & Dunlap, 1955. In good condition slipcase. $10

Chimney Corner Stories. Veronica Hutchinson; Lois Lenski, illustrator. Minton, Balch & Co.

From Around the World

Folk Tales from the Soviet Union:
The Cacaucaus

Folk Tales from the Soviet Union: The Cacaucaus.
Raduga, 1987. $8

Folk Talkes from the Soviet Union: Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldavia. Raduga, 1986. $8

Ho-Ming Girl of New China. Elizabeth Lewis; Kurt Wiese, illustrator. The John C. Winston Co., 1934. $15

Children’s Illustrated English-Scottish Gaelic Dictionary. Hippocrene Books, 1999. Like New. $10


The Magic School Bus, Complete Series (8 Discs). Like new, in original box. $20

The Lion King. Walt Disney, 2003. Platinum edition, 2 discs. $10.

Wallace & Gromit, 3 Adventures on DVD. Dreamworks, 2005. New. $10

Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. Warner Bros 2011. $10

Friday, April 14, 2017

So. Many. Comic Books...

Comic books for every collector at the Spring Book Sale!
Boxes and boxes and BOXES of comic books -- Marvel, DC, indies, graphic novels, you  name it. They were donated by people who clearly love comics: they are in beautiful condition, and some are protected with backing boards and poly bags.

Whether you love classic superheroes, kooky crossovers, goofy Archie antics, or artsy, edgy fantasies, you'll find something to love at this spring's sale, all at bargain prices.  Look for them in the Collectibles section.

New, gently used, and collectible e-games and guides, too!
And while you're getting your geek on, be sure to head over to the Sports and Games section to check out the super cool selection of new, used, and collectible video games, game guides, RPG manuals, and even have a few complete Dungeons and Dragons game sets, nearly all under $5.
Plus Dungeons and Dragons and other RPG goodies!

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.