Foundation Book Fair

Our Winter 2017 Bookfair will be Saturday, December 16!

Please mark your calendars to join us Saturday December 16 at Barnes & Noble Fairfax. 10% or more of your purchases that day will support Fairfax County Public Library!

123 Andrés will be performing in the children’s department at 2pm, New York Times best-selling author Lisa Maxwell will be signing books, we’ll have complimentary gift wrapping and activities for kids all day, and the one and only Grinch will be stopping by! Check back here for more details and the full schedule.

 Art by Alyssa Roman

April 15 Bookfair was a big success!

Our most recent Bookfair was Saturday, April 15 at Barnes & Noble Fairfax! We raised funds and friends for Fairfax County Public Library, in celebration of National Library Week!

Fairfax Library Foundation’s Barnes & Noble Bookfair is an easy way to support the library! 10% (or more!) of your purchase will be donated back to the Foundation. 100% of funds raised support programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library! Purchases in the B&N café count towards the fundraiser, too, as do toys & games, gifts, music, DVDS (and everything except for NOOK-related products)!

Schedule for April 15 Bookfair

Activities especially for kids are highlighted in orange!

11am-5pm – Free activities for kids, National Library Week pledge, learn about Fairfax Library Foundation, and great shopping!

11:00am – Foundation Storytime

11:30am – Children’s author Kevin Sherry, storytime and signing

12-2pm – Professional balloon artist from Dream Face Art – FREE!

1-2pm – Book signing with authors Marianne Kirby and Michael Shean

2-3pm – Book signing with authors Keith Fentonmiller and Adriana Arrington

2:00pm – Tea & Coffee Tasting in the cafe

3:00pm – Children’s author Alissa Buoni, storytime and signing

3-4pm – Book signing with authors JP Sloan and Courtney Sloan

5:00pm – End of Bookfair, shopping continues online through April 20!

Local Children’s Author Kevin Sherry will visit at 11:30am with his books including I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Kevin Sherry grew up in Southern New Jersey before moving to Baltimore to study Art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

He is the author and illustrator of many children’s picture books including I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean (Dial/Penguin), which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and a spot in the Original Art Show hosted by the Society of Illustrators. He is also the creator of the hilarious chapter books series The Yeti Files (Scholastic).

He is a chef, an avid cyclist, and a performer of hilarious puppet shows for kids and adults.

Local Children’s Author Alissa Buoni will visit at 3pm with her book Oh, the #Adulting You’ll Do

We’re excited to welcome author Alissa Buoni to our fair at 3pm. Her newest book is fun for kids and adults. From Oh, the #Adulting You’ll Do:

Look at you, an #Adult, isn’t it fun?!
You’re awesome, responsible, and tired all in one.
Do you dream of the simpler days; you know it is true.
Before you had all this #Adulting to do!

When you were a kid you couldn’t wait to grow up
Well don’t you feel silly now drinking out of your coffee cup!

Tell your kids and tell your friends, really any child, woman or man.
Remember to slow down, and be a kid when you can.

Just added! Six local authors from Curiosity Quills Press, 1-4pm

We will have six local adult and young adult authors join us for book signings throughout the day from local press Curiosity Quills!

From 1-2pm, Marianne Kirby will be signing copies of her upper YA debut, DUST BATH REVIVAL alongside Michael Shean, signing his books including futuristic crime novel BONE WIRES.

From 2-3pmKeith Fentonmiller  will be signing his just released adult fantasy KASPER MUTZENMACHER’S CURSED HAT. Adriana Arrington will sign her thriller BLEED THROUGH.

From 3-4pm, we’ll have JP Sloan signing his books including the adult fantasy series, THE CURSE MERCHANT. Joining him will be author Courtney Sloan, signing her urban fantasy, OF SCIONS AND MEN.

A professional balloon twister from Dream Face Art will visit the Bookfair from 12pm-2pm!

All the Book Fair Details

Location: Barnes & Noble Fairfax, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033

Time: Saturday April 15, 2017 from 11am-5pm

Show Your Support: Use the Foundation’s special code (12092839) in-store on April 15 or online April 15-20 and Barnes & Noble will donate 10% of your purchase to support Fairfax County Public Library.

Volunteers: If interested in volunteering, please contact Abigail at

Spread the Word: Help us spread the word about the Bookfair fundraiser by hanging up this poster. Thank you!

Book Fair Online – Instructions

To support the Bookfair and give back to your library online, visit Do your shopping as usual, and then on Payment Page, scroll to the bottom and select “Check this box if it is a Bookfair order.” Finally, add our code: 12092839.

Note: If customers are signed in to an existing account, from the Checkout screen they should click on the Change button in the Payment section to get the full payment screen and the bookfair ID field.

So Many Shopping Opportunities at the Bookfair!

cheesecake_factory_harry_davidThe Barnes & Noble Bookfair is not just about buying books to raise money for the library. Did you know you can purchase a Cheesecake Factory frozen cheesecake for $35 (approximate price) and that goes towards the fundraiser, too? It’s a great way to get a delicious dessert ready for your next partyand so easy! Read all about the B&N café offerings.

Our November 2016 Bookfair

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Barnes & Noble Bookfair in the store and online. We raised $650 for the library, and met many new library supporters!

On November 13th we had special guest authors Lindsay Smith, author of A Darkly Beating Heart (12pm-2pm), Natalie D. Lorenzi, author of A Long Pitch Home (11am), and Paul Herbert, author of Treason in the Rockies: Nazi Sympathizer Dale Maple’s POW Escape Plot(2pm). We’ll have children’s activities including storytime and complimentary gift wrapping!

To make the day even more special for our visitors, there was a professional face painter at the fair from 11am-1pm.

Our Inaugural Bookfair

On April 30th, 2016, Fairfax Library Foundation held its inaugural Bookfair Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Fairfax, in order to raise support for Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation is grateful for all the library supporters, special guests, volunteers and Barnes & Noble staff for making this event a huge success. You can read a wrap-up of the event here. We’ll be back for another Bookfair in the fall!

Photos from April 30, 2016

Bookfair photo collage 1

Bookfair photo collage 2

All about the Book Fair

All money raised at the Bookfair goes to the programs and services of Fairfax County Public Library that Fairfax Library Foundation supports, like Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, Changing Lives Through Literature, Presentations like the Summer Reading Program and Fall for the Book, and Scholarships. You can read all about the programs we support on our Your Gifts at Work page.

For more information about hours and events at the Fairfax Barnes & Noble, please click here.