Foundation Book Fair

The Holiday 2017 Bookfair continues online thru December 21st!

A big thank you to all who came out to support the library on December 16—we had a record-breaking day! A special thank you to the amazing staff of Barnes & Noble Fairfax, Lisa Maxwell, 123 Andrés, Dream Face Balloon Art and the Grinch for making the day so special!

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: 12128419.

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.



Art by Alyssa Roman


December 16 Holiday Bookfair was a big success!

Our Bookfair at Barnes & Noble Fairfax on December 16, 2017 was a big success, with record-breaking participation from library supporters! We were the largest Bookfair at B&N Fairfax this year (and in recent memory). That means we raised more funds & friends than ever before for the library!

We send out a great big thank you to our special guests, volunteers, and the stellar staff of Barnes & Noble Fairfax who made the day so wonderful. 123 Andrés performed a fantastic, interactive show in the music department, New York Times best-selling author Lisa Maxwell signed her books and talked writing, there was a talented balloon artist, kids made bookmarks all day, and the one and only Grinch stopped by to greet guests!

December 16 Book Fair Schedule

11am-5pm – Holiday shopping and free activities for kids all day!

11am – Storytime in the Children’s Department

12pm-2pm – Free Balloon Art by Dream Face Art

1pm-2pm – Book signing with New York Times best-selling author Lisa Maxwell

2pm – Performance by 123 Andrés in the Music Department

TBA Surprise – Visits from the Grinch!

5pm – End of Bookfair, but shopping continues all day in store and December 16 – 21 online!


All the Book Fair Details

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

Time: Saturday December 16, 2017 from 11am-5pm

Show Your Support: Use the Foundation’s special code (12128419) in-store on December or online December 16-21 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 – Download the poster


Lisa Maxwell at 1pm

Stop by between 1 – 2 pm to meet Lisa Maxwell, local author of Young Adult books. She’ll be signing books and chatting with shoppers!

Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of The Last Magician. The book is being translated into six languages and has been sold in eight territories. Her other books include the award-winning Unhooked, as well as the critically acclaimed Sweet Unrest and Gathering Deep.  She has a PhD in English and currently is a professor at a community college outside of D.C.  She has a soft spot for loud music and fast cars, so when she’s not teaching or writing, you can probably find her catching a live band or going on adventures with her husband and two boys in the Challenger she named Viola.

On The Last Magician: “A gorgeous, timeless, all-consuming tale.” –New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins

123 Andrés Performs at 2pm

123 Andrés is one of the area’s most popular performers for children and Latin Grammy winner! You don’t want to miss his performance at 2pm!

“123 Andrés is a rock star for little language learners.” – Billboard

Andrés Salguero, better known as 123 Andrés, is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene in the US and Latin America. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés brings to audiences joyful sounds, passion for bilingualism and a high-energy love of music that gets kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English.

His most recent album entitled Arriba Abajo, won the Latin Grammy for best children’s album in 2016 as well as the Parent’s Choice Gold Award. His Latin-Grammy nominated debut album, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres Andrés en español y en inglés!, and was hailed by the Boston Globe: “His joyous new album… hopscotches around the Spanish-speaking world, seamlessly switching from bachata and bolero to mariachi and vallenato.”

Balloon Art from 12pm – 2pm

Dream Face Art will be back again, creating whimsical balloon creatures, by request, in the Children’s Department. This was a huge hit last Bookfair, so we’re thrilled to have this artist back again!


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.