Spring Book Sale at the Beatley Library


The Friends of Beatley Central Library invite you to their spring book sale, Thursday, March 18 through Sunday, March 21. Don't miss out on the opportunity to select from thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and more. Not only will you save on these wonderful deals, but the sale proceeds benefit the Friends groups, which in turn leads to more funding for library programming and events. Find out more about becoming a Friends Member.

March 17-20, 2016

Thursday, March 17     10:00am - 8:30pm
Friday, March 18        10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday, March 19    10:00am - 4:30pm
Sunday, March 20        1:00pm - 4:30pm

Presented by the Friends of the Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

Hachette Reading Day

Hachette Book Group held there Reading Day Event this past Saturday and what a pleasure it was to attend. Having attended similar events with other publishing houses, this was my first one with them and definitely look forward to their upcoming. 

If you have never attended one of the events before, I encourage you to attend. They are so much fun. Not only do you get an opportunity to interact with some of the most amazing authors out there today but you get an opportunity to get to learn about different books, meet other book lovers and converse and the best part is getting free books! 

If you are as passionate as books as I am, than you know having a chance to be able to talk with, depending on whose attending, that author whose book you couldn't put down is such an invaluable opportunity. What I love so much as a reader is getting the chance to learn about authors that you may not have ever heard about. With there being so many books out there, I personally just added some great new selections to my reading list that I may not ever would've heard of. For those who are upcoming authors, I think hearing the journey of the writing process from others in the field give you an opportunity to learn and grow.

This event included authors: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Chris Culver, George Pelecanos, Nicholas Dawidoff, Lily Koppel, Joanne Lipman, Jeanne Murray Walker, Amity Gaige, Kathleen Kent, Benjamin Percy, Daniel Woodrell, A.S. King, Kate Locke and Elin Hilderbrand. They all were part of panels that discussed themselves, their works and joined the audience with an informative and entertaining Q &A. 

So, overall I thought the day was wonderful. For me personally, I was able to connect with an author that I wrote about which was a wonderful experience. It gave me an opportunity to express how much I enjoyed her work. How many people get that opportunity? I know they will be having another in the fall, so check their website or I will post the information when it becomes available. So, if you have a friend who loves to read, bring them along. You'll have a great time!

A Fun Night With Author Stephanie Evanovich

Alright, let's get the obvious out of the way. I'm sure you are like so many people who probably are thinking, hey I love you're books! I've read every single one! No, this is not her. We can't deny how amazing the name Evanovich is in the book world, but for those who don't know she is her niece. After last night, her name will definitely be someone we will all love and whose books will be must reads.

To my surprise, Stephanie is a local gal whose Jersey roots highlighted her witty charm. I have to say I haven't laughed that much in a long time. I haven't read Big Girl Panties yet but considering the enthusiastic response from those who attended and read last night, I'm thinking about excelerating this must read to the top of my list because clearly I'm missing out on a lot of fun. With the support of her family and friends, inspired by her aunt and other phenomenal women writers, she is clearly on a great path to an amazing career.