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Reston Used Book Store turns 35, soon to be only bookstore in Reston

Mohammed Safar and his son Yousuf Bagban check out books at Reston’s Used Book Shop on Lake Anne Plaza. The shop is celebrating its 35th anniversary there on Sunday. (Mark Finkenstaedt/For The Washington Post)

Fortunately, that one bookstore is Reston’s Used Book Shop on Lake Anne Plaza, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Sunday. This cozy place is exactly what you want in a bookstore: comfy, jam-packed yet well-organized. It’s long been a gathering place for book clubs and other groups, a great spot for kids book readings, and a place where I’ve found many gems over the years, and unloaded a few too.

Reston’s Karen Goff spoke with co-owner Susan Burwell, who bought the place with her husband Bud in 1999 from founders Sue Schram and Sue Wensell, and who informs that both Sues have their own rocking chairs in the store. In the Fairfax County Times, Gregg MacDonald speaks with Wensell, who said she brought the idea for such a store back from Colorado, and thought Lake Anne would be perfect for it.

A celebration is planned for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. (before the Redskins game) and book purchases will be discounted by 35 percent. So go down to Lake Anne and keep books alive in Reston, whatever their age.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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