Rust Library, Leesburg Businesses to Host ‘Game of Thrones’ Night July 21

Rust Library, Leesburg Businesses to Host ‘Game of Thrones’ Night July 21

Dress like your favorite character, try your hand at trivia or have your photo taken in the Iron Throne when the Loudoun County Public Library celebrates “Game of Thrones” Night from 7 to 10 p.m. July 21 at Rust Library in Leesburg.

The event celebrating the work of “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin is exclusively for adults 21 and older and is free to attend.

In addition to “Game of Thrones”-themed, trivia, crafts and a costume contest, the event will feature beer, wine and hard cider tastings ─ for a small fee ─ by Delirium Café, Casanel Vineyards and Wild Hare Hard Cider. Three food trucks — Ali Baba Kebab, Golly Waffles and PokeMan — will have food for sale in the Rust Library parking lot.

“We were blown away by the turnout for last summer’s Harry Potter Night,” LCPL  Division Manager of Programming Susan VanEpps said. “So for “Game of Thrones” Night, we’ve greatly increased the space and activities. And of course, we’re grateful for our local business partners that are helping turn downtown Leesburg into Westeros.”

Thirteen downtown businesses already plan to participate by offering discounts or specials July 21 and 22 to customers who present their library cards. South Street Under, Tuscarora Mill and Fire Works Pizza are providing raffle prizes.

Wildlife Ambassadors and Heeling House, both Loudoun County organizations, will help set the scene by bringing animals such as “Direwolves.”

Attendees will also have a chance to discover the library’s free resources for adults, such as music services, online technology training books and classes, business marketing databases and 3D printing.

Loudoun County Commuter Services is offering free shuttle service from the Government Center parking garage in Leesburg to the Rust Library from 6 to 10:30 p.m. to handle anticipated parking demands.

More attractions will be announced the week of July 9.

Businesses providing discounts and specials July 21 and July 22 to patrons presenting their library cards include:
Bike TrAle Brewing: $1 off pints
Books and Other Found Things: 10 percent off purchases
Casa Nostra: 10 percent off purchases
China King’s Restaurant: 10 percent off dinner purchases
Dog Money: 15 percent off food and beverage purchases
King Street Coffee: BOGO drinks
King Street Oyster Bar: 10 percent off purchases and $5 drink specials from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
MacDowell Brew Kitchen: $10 Leesburger in Paradise with fries
Rouge Boutique & Spa: 10 percent off purchases
Shoes Cup & Cork: 15 percent off purchases
Very Virginia Shop: 10 percent off one item; free food samples
The Wine Kitchen: 5 to 10 percent off purchases and specialty cocktails

For more information about “Game of Thrones” Night, visit

Library offers ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ cards

“Game of Thrones” Night, which is made possible by the A.V. Symington Gift Fund and the Loudoun Library Foundation, is the perfect chance to show off your new “Dark Side of the Moon” album cover-themed library card.

All LCPL branches are currently offering the limited-edition cards, featuring a literary tribute to Pink Floyd’s iconic album.

Both new and current library users can receive one of the 10,000 commemorative cards while supplies last.

The design was inspired by this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Loudoun Library Rocks.” A play on the classic “Dark Side of the Moon” cover art, it depicts through a prism the benefits of the “Joy of Reading,” a tenet of LCPL’s vision statement.

“Initially, we just planned to use the design on our Summer Reading Program staff T-shirts,” said LCPL’s Division Manager of Communications Peter O’Brien, “but it was so popular we wanted our customers to enjoy it too. What better way to show libraries rock than with a card that does just that?”

Current card-holders can exchange their existing card for a new one by asking a librarian at any LCPL branch. New library users can apply for a card in person or online at

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Joseph Dill