Getting Books at Deep Discounts

As a mother of young children, I think that it is important to give them lots of exposure to reading. And, in doing this, I have filled the shelves of my home with children’s books. Of the the hundreds of books that we have, only a handful were purchased at full price. Most were purchased at discount sales. And, here’s the good part, those sales almost always have fiction, non-fiction, and media for adults also.

Library Book Sales

These are sales put on by the advisory boards of libraries across the county. Each sale is different and not every library has one. They are selling donated books to benefit their library. Note: these sales are usually not selling discarded library books. Here are the 2018 sales in Loudoun County. Unless noted, they are held within the library.


Ashburn Donations of books (all formats), CDs, and DVDs will be collected Jan. 4-23 during regular library hours. Pre-sale ($15 admission) Thursday, Jan. 24:
6-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Brambleton Donations are not currently accepted but will be at some future date when the Friends of Brambleton Library have formalized plans.  TBD 
Cascades Donations accepted in spring. Dates TBD. TBD
Gum Spring
Donations accepted late winter. Dates TBD.
Lovettsville Donations are no longer accepted. They will resume summer 2019. Oktoberfest in September
Middleburg Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  
Purcellville Donations of books, CDs and DVDs accepted beginning May 3. No magazines, outdated textbooks, encyclopedias or videos. May 4-5
Rust Gently used books, DVDs, CDs and video games  will be accepted in November. Dates TBD. TBD
Sterling Donations are no longer accepted at this branch.  

In addition to the sales put on by individual libraries, there is one mega sale held every summer by The Loudoun Library Foundation, Inc. The 2019 sale, held in June will be their 30th annual event. The 2012 sale brought in over $40,000 with an estimated 3,100 shoppers!



Once a month there is an online auction for surplus items and often there are entire pallets of books being sold for just a few dollars. I like books, but not enough to dig through all kinds of random books that I have to bring home in the back of my pick-up truck.

Thrift Stores

Books are cheep at thrift stores. Most books sell at about 5-10% of their new cover price. There’s lots of thrift stores in Loudoun and some are better than others for finding a good selection of books. For a list of stores, click here.

The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, which runs the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop, holds an annual rummage sale at Morven Park in October. There is an entire barn dedicated to used books of all kinds. This rummage sale is so great. It has been named the BEST CHARITY EVENT IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA for three years in a row by Virginia Living Magazine.

Book Swaps

Ok. This one won’t really increase your collection. But, as your kids grow, so do their interests in books. Why not find someone who’s also bored with their books to do a swap. I usually do this at least once a year with my mother’s group and end up bringing home a few good books that I didn’t have before.  If you have a group of adult friends with similar interests, you may want to do this sometime. If you’re the coordinator, you can offer to collect any unwanted books (how sad) at the end of the swap and donate them.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Dream,Believe…Act!”, focusing on the dream of achieving racial equality and harmony in our community and nation.

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019, Downtown Leesburg

Marchers will gather on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn in downtown Leesburg at 10 a.m. and will proceed from the courthouse on East Market Street to the Douglass Community Center (405 East Market Street) beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. Individuals, families, churches, and community organizations are invited to participate and walk together during the march.

East Market Street, from King Street to Church Street, will be closed at 9:30 a.m. in preparation for the march. Once the march begins, rolling street closures will take place in the eastbound lanes of East Market Street, from Church Street to the Douglass Community Center, as the parade proceeds. Drivers should follow police direction and be prepared for minor delays.

Following the march, refreshments will be served at the Douglass Community Center. Musical performances, presentations, and inspirational offerings will be made by members of the community, including keynote speaker Mark “The Speaker Man” Wiggins, an international motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator, and coach.

There will also be a community forum offered at Douglass from 9 to 10 a.m. featuring a dialogue between youth and elders.

Attendees to the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration are encouraged to participate in a canned food drive to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief. This local charity has a special need for nonperishable meat products. Drop off area for the food drive will be at Douglass Community Center from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The founding sponsors for this event are the Loudoun NAACP, Douglass Alumni Association, Bluemont Concert Series, and the Baha’i Community of Loudoun. Individuals, families, schools, businesses, civic and religious organizations are all welcome to participate. For more information, contact Tammy Carter at 571-331-4721, Kimberly Etherith at 703-314-1491 or Lily Dunning at 540-539-5651


5th Annual Leesburg Area Preschool Fair January 16, 2019

Leesburg families have an opportunity to learn about many of the area preschool opportunities all in one place. Get answers to questions about the different schools from representative from at least 20 schools. Children are welcome to attend this event, too!

The event is organized by MOMS Club® of Leesburg, whose members will be on hand collecting non-perishable food donations for Loudoun Hunger Relief. The mission of MOMS Club® is to support stay-at-home moms and their families. In order for parents to get the most out of their time, Bella Ballerina has volunteered their services to entertain children.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9:30 am – 11:30am

Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center, 19357 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg, VA

RSVP (not required) at:

Schools Attending the Fair:

The Rosie Uran Jewish Education Center (RUJEC)
St. James’ Preschool
Leesburg Presbyterian Church Preschool
Paxton Campus Open Door Learning Center
Golden Pond
Providence Academy
BASIS Independent McLean
Little Blessings
Kiddie Academy of Leesburg
Preschool Learning Center
Virginia Academy
A Room to Grow Preschool
Destiny School of the Arts
Harrison Street Academy
Little Tree Huggers
Loudoun Country Day School
St. John the Apostle Preschool
Evergreen Christian Preschool
Open Arms Leesburg
St. David’s Episcopal Preschool in Ashburn

*MOMS Club® is not affiliated with any of the the attending schools.

Leesburg Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 8, 2018

Leesburg’s annual holiday parade will start at 6:00 pm on Saturday night. It will move from Ida Lee Drive, along King Street through the heart of downtown and finish at Fairfax Street. 

Prior to the parade, historic downtown Leesburg will feature festive entertainment including roaming characters, strolling musicians, horse drawn carriage rides, and photos with Santa. While shopping in downtown Leesburg, be sure to grab a bite to eat in one of Leesburg’s many fine restaurants!

Traffic on King Street will be closed at 5:30pm. For more details about the Holidays in Leesburg activities, please call 703-777-1368 or visit


Leesburg Kiwanis to Host 62nd Annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The 62nd  annual Leesburg Halloween Parade, hosted and organized by the Leesburg Kiwanis Club, will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, through downtown Leesburg. 

One of the oldest Halloween parades in the eastern United States, first held in 1957, the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m., starting in the front field at Ida Lee Park and proceeding down King Street to Fairfax Street.

King Street will be closed to traffic from Bridgette Place to Catoctin Circle, beginning at 5:30 p.m. No cross traffic will be allowed across King Street during the parade. The street will be reopened once clean-up operations by the Town’s Public Works Department are completed. Motorists should plan on alternate travel routes during this time and follow the designated detours.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring food donations for Loudoun Hunger Relief, who will collect items towards the end of the parade. Please visit for a list of most needed items.

For more information about the parade, including participation guidelines and registration forms, please visit

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Requested donation canned goods for Loudoun Hunger Relief



Downtown Parking info at


9th Annual Airshow at Leesburg Airport on September 29, 2018

The Leesburg Executive Airport will be hosting a thrilling air show this fall for the 9th year in a row. There will be antique aircraft, aviation related displays, exhibits, moonbounces, and food vendors.

At noon there will be demonstrations of radio-controlled aircraft.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the skies above Leesburg will come alive with daring aerobatic performances.  Featured performers include Adam Messenheimer who grew up in Nothern Virginia and began flight training out of Leesburg. This is his first season of air show flying.  Scott Francis will demonstrate thrilling aerobatics in his MXS, along with performances by RJ Gritter, members of the Flying Circus, a wing walker, and the CAF National Capital Squadron. This year’s announcer will be Howard “Howdy” McCann Jr., an Honorary Army Golden Knight who has been announcing airshows for more than 30 years.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

11:00am – 4:00pm

Requested donation of $3.00/person or $5/family.



Tuscarora High School, 801 North King St.

Cornerstone Chapel, 650 Battlefield Parkway

Shuttles will run continuously from 10:45am until 4:30pm.

Airport parking reserved for those with DMV issued disabled permit.


For more info:

Academies of Loudoun 2018 Fall Plant Sale

The annual fall plant sale to support Loudoun students in plant science and biotechnology will be held at a new location this fall. Previously held at Monroe Technology Center, the sale is now at the new Academies of Loudoun school.

As in past sales, shoppers can expect to find part of the school transformed into a make-shift garden center, packed with mums, pansies, cabbages, kale, and so much more.

*Accepts credit cards for small fee.
Academies of Loudoun

42075 Loudoun Academy Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175

September 19

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

September 20

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

September 21

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Loudoun County Parks and Recreation Host 4th Annual International Festival at Douglass Community Center, Leesburg

Douglass Community Center

405 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20175

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12 noon – 6:00 pm

Confirmed Presenters Include:

Main Stage                      
12:00 p.m. – Bolivian Performance by Trobadores del Sur
1:00 p.m. – Japanese Performance by Washington Toho Koto Society
2:00 p.m. – West African Kora and Djembe Performance by Akua Kouyate
3:00 p.m. – Japanese Kimono Fashion Show & Demonstration
4:00 p.m. – German Alpine Horn Performance
5:00 p.m. – Columbian Performance by De SanGuashington

Second Stage 
12:30 p.m. – Jun Lee Taekwondo
1:30 p.m. – McGrath Academy Irish Dance
2:30 p.m. – Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden
4:00 p.m. – Fado Nosso

LFMOMC Consignment Sale: Early Shopping Pass Giveaway

Twice each year (spring and fall), the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) holds a huge consignment sale. Shoppers will find lots of gently used clothing, toys, and other items. As parents of multiples and siblings, there will be enough to fill an elementary school gym and cafeteria with everything from infant to teens!

We are giving away two early admission passes to the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Sale. Contest runs September 11th and again on September 18th. Passes are good for EARLY ADMISSION to the sale. Winners may bring along a friend or family member. Visit our Facebook page to enter. Winner will be selected at random and notified on September 19th.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ashburn Elementary School
44062 Fincastle Drive, Ashburn

9am – 12 noon
Early admission pass holders, club members, and volunteers: 8:00 am
Pre-Sale: 8:30 am (military, & first responders)
No strollers permitted inside sale area.
Cash, check w/ID, or credit w/$3 fee.

Eligibility: Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Early Shopping Pass Giveaway is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals and Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC), both located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in the contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
Contest Period: The contest begins on September 11, 2018 and ends on September 18, 2018 at 11:59PM. Entries that are submitted before or after the contest period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the contest only online through Facebook.
How to Enter: Visit our Facebook page ( and follow the directions provided. Limit two (2) entries person, per Facebook account, and per household for the duration of the contest period. Entries received from any person, account, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Prize Drawing: On or about September 12th, 2018 and again on or about September 19, 2018, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will select potential winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals will attempt to notify the potential winner via Facebook or email on or about September 19, 2018. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, Loudoun Mom Discounts and Deals may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.
Winner Notification: The potential winners will be notified by Facebook messenger. Each winner will be required to respond within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her early shopping pass.
Prize: Two prizes given away. Each is an early admission pass to the Loudoun/Fairfax Mothers of Multiples Club (LFMOMC) Consignment Sale on September 29, 2018. Early admission begins at 8:00 am the day of the sale.
General Conditions: If the contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, but not limited to, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems, or any other causes, which, in the sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and determination of fairness, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and to select winners from eligible entries received prior to such action, in accordance with these official rules. Sponsors may disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, operation of the contest, or violates these official rules.

Friends of Leesburg Public Arts Presents 2nd Annual “Arts in the Alley” Street Fair on September 22, 2018

The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts (FOLPA) is hosting its second annual “Arts in the Alley” street fair in downtown Leesburg on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The fair will be located in the alley between the Town parking garage and the businesses on King Street, between Market and Loudoun streets. More than 50 artists’ will be featured including art demonstrations, children’s activities, a puppet show, and two stages of live entertainment. 

Performing groups will include Last Ham Standing, Saturday Morning Brass Ensemble, Loudoun Chorale, Potomac High School’s Classical Guitar Ensemble, RedSand Dance, Bharatanatyam Dancers, and the Sterling Playmakers. A schedule will be available online.

There will also be a live auction at the Art Sweet Art, 2B Loudoun Street, featuring “Windows on Leesburg Arts”, from 4 to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit FOLPA art projects in Leesburg. 

Admission to Arts in the Alley is free and parking will be available in the Town Hall Parking Garage and at the Church Street parking lot. The event will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, all activities will be held inside the parking garage at the Loudoun Street entrance. For more information, visit