SATURDAY, 10/19 – SUNDAY, 10/27: Library Food for Fines

October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From Saturday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 27, Mary Riley Styles Public Library will be offering its annual Food for Fines program. This initiative provides patrons the opportunity to help those in need by donating non-perishable groceries as payment for fines on overdue items.

Food for Fines operates as a one-for-one exchange: a single grocery item (can of fruit, cake mix, etc.) will cover the fine for a single overdue item, including books, videos, DVDs, audio cassettes, or CDs. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared or the quantity of overdue materials that can be returned.  Bills for lost or damaged library materials cannot be paid by this program.

Glass jars, opened containers, bulging or damaged cans, items past their expiration date, sample or trial sized-items, or any items needing refrigeration or freezing cannot be accepted for donation due to safety reasons. All donations go to aid local community organizations that work with the City’s Housing and Human Services Division to provide assistance to area families.

For more information, please contact the Mary Riley Styles Public Library at 703-248-5030


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The American Association for University Women will hold its book sale at the Falls Church City Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, on Friday, April 12 from 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to 4 pm. The event will feature more than 40,000 books for browsing and buying, with most books priced at $3 or less. There will be a huge selection of books, including hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and children’s books.

Profits benefit scholarships for women and girls, including Falls Church area high school senior women.


April 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 40,000 books for browsing and buying. Huge selection. Most books priced at $3 or less.  Hardbacks, Paperbacks, Fiction, Non-fiction, Biography, Childrens Books.  Bargains!

Falls Church City Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street. Near the intersection of Route 7 and Lee Highway in Falls Church.

Friday, April 13….9 am-9 pm.  Saturday, April 14….9 am-4 pm.

November at the Library

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October 30, 2011

The Library will launch its new downloadable ebook service on Wednesday, November 16.  Over 1000 titles will initially be available, covering all age groups (children, teens, and adults) and a wide range of topics and genres, including general fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, biography, history, religion, essays..and much more.  New titles will also be added each week. 

The downloadable eBooks will be compatible with most standard reading devices like Nooks, Sony Readers, iPads/iPhones, and Android phones and tablets.  Many will also be compatible with Kindles!

More information will be available about this new service as the launch date approaches.  Until then, please feel free to visit the Reference Desk or call 703-248-5035 with questions

November book discussions include The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara on Thursday, November 3, and Second Epilogue to War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy on Tuesday, November 8.

Details on these and many other November events are available in the Library’s monthly newsletter.

October at the Library

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October 4, 2011

In support of local food banks and shelters, the library will conduct its annual “Food for Fines” drive from Sunday, October 23 through Saturday, October 29.

October family events include Twilight Tales for Halloween on Wednesday, October 26 and Halloween Magic with Wes Iseli on Saturday, October 29

Book discussions include Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham on Thursday, October 6 and A Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley on Tuesday, October 11.

Details on these and other October events are available at the library’s website.

September at the Library

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August 31, 2011

September book discussions include City of Thieves by David Benioff on Thursday, September 1 and Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal Omar on Tuesday, September 13.

Story hours resume in the Youth Services Room on Monday, September 12.

A special story hour will be held on “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, Monday, September 19.

Details on these and other events are available in the library’s monthly newsletter.


August at the Library

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August 2, 2011

The library’s website is being redesigned and folded into the official City of Falls Church site, which will – once the redesign is complete – provide easier, more direct access to both library and City services.  During the redesign, which should take a few more weeks, patrons will not be able to access library services and information through web address. Instead, a temporary page with basic information has been mounted on the City of Falls Church web site.

August  book discussions include Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison (August 4) and The Great Wall of Lucy Wuwith author Wendy Shang (August 9, ages 9-18).

Sunday hours, reinstated July 10, continue, however the library is now closed Wednesday mornings.

The Local History Room is only accessible by appointment. (To schedule an appointment to use the Local History Room, please stop by the Reference Desk or call 703-248-5035).

THURSDAY 9/15: Author Talk with Sara Fitzgerald

The League of Women Voters of Falls Church will kick off its 2011-12 program year with an event featuring a new biography of a nationally known female political leader written by one of its members.

The book signing, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday September 15 at One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland Street, will spotlight “Elly Peterson: ‘Mother’ of the Moderates,” written by Sara Fitzgerald. The event is free and open to the public.

Peterson was a leading figure in moderate Republican politics in the 1960s and 1970s. She was an early leader of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and later served as co-chair, with Liz Carpenter, of ERAmerica, the coalition of organizations, including the League, that worked for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1976, she served as deputy chairman of the Gerald R. Ford’s presidential campaign, at that time the highest professional job a woman had held in a presidential campaign. She was the first woman to chair a state party organization for the Republicans, ran for a U.S. Senate seat from Michigan in 1964, and twice served as assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee.

When Peterson stepped down from the RNC in 1970, the late David S. Broder wrote: “It is, I think, accurate to say that her abilities would have earned her the national chairmanship were it not for the unwritten sex barrier that both parties have erected around that job.  Certainly, her organizational talents made her views as respected and her advice as sought-after among her colleagues in the party as anyone in the past decade. . . .”

Fitzgerald, a former editor at The Washington Post, earned a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper. Her work on the book included personal interviews with Peterson before her death in 2008. Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Haynes Johnson contributed a Foreward to the biography.

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