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SOLD OUT Meet the Author: Jane O'Connor

  • Nannie J Lee Memorial Recreation Center 1108 Jefferson St Alexandria, VA 22314 United States (map)

Come dressed in your fanciest ensemble (that's fancy for "outfit") as we welcome back Jane O'Connor! Jane will present and sign her final Fancy Nancy picture book, Oodles of Kittens.

Recommended for children ages 3 and up. 

Your enthusiasm (that’s a fancy word for excitement) for Jane O’Connor and Fancy Nancy has outgrown the capacity of our bookstore. The event will now take place at the Nannie J Lee Memorial Recreation Center. You will pick up your books, signing line tickets, and purchase merchandise onsite at the auditorium. Enjoy the program from the comfort of a plush seat! See the FAQs below for more information.


Still want a signed copy? Stop by the store or call us at 703-548-4092 by Wednesday, February 7 to purchase a copy of Oodles of Kittens. We will have your book signed and personalized. Also, for the cost of shipping, we can ship your book to anywhere in the U.S.


Q: Is there a wait list?

A: We are taking names for a wait list. The purchase of a Fancy Nancy book is required to be placed on the wait list. We will get your personalization information at the time of purchase so that no matter what, you will get a signed and personalized book. 

Q: When can I pick up my book(s)?

A: Book/Ticket pick-ups will begin at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 10, at the Rec Center.

Q: What time does the auditorium open?

A: Doors will open at 11 am. 

Q: What can I expect at the event?

A: Please plan to arrive early so you may have plenty of time to pick up your books, signing line tickets, and get settled in your seats. The timing for the event and signing is as follows:

  • 10:30 am: Book/Ticket pick-up. 
  • 11:00 am: Auditorium Doors Open.
  • 11:30 am: Event Begins with Jane.
  • 12:00 pm: Tentative start time for signing line.

You will not need to stand in the signing line until your group letter is called. Your group letter will be printed on your ticket. While we are unable to provide a time for when your group will be called, we estimate that each group will take approximately 15 minutes. We will also live tweet when groups are called. Follow us: @hfbooks.

Q: How will I know when it is time to get in the signing line? How will I know my group letter?

A: A staff person will announce the group letters in the auditorium. We will also live tweet when groups are called. Follow us: @hfbooks. Your group letter will be printed on your signing line ticket. 

Q: What happens if I come late? Will I be able to pick up my book and ticket after 11:30?

A: You are welcome to come to the event and pick up your items at any time. Be mindful of the schedule and remember if you are in an early group, you will be through the signing line early in the afternoon.  

Q: Is there reserved seating?

A: Because this event is so special and fancy, we have added the option to purchase priority seating in the first seven rows in the auditorium. This option gives you a little more time to arrive at the event and know that you will be seated near the stage. NOTE: You will NOT be assigned a specific seat row and number, and we cannot guarantee that large groups will be seated together.

Priority seating is available ONLY to customers who already have been assigned a spot in the signing line by purchasing Jane O'Connor's book from Hooray for Books! Purchase of a priority seat will not change your signing line group or move you up in the signing line.

Each priority seat ticket costs $5. To purchase your priority seat ticket, please call the store at 703-548-4092 with your credit card info. We will take orders until Friday, February 9 at 4 pm, or when the seats sell out. 

Q: Is there parking at the Rec Center?

A: There are 2 parking lots at the rec center. Rec Center staff will be directing parking. There is also residential parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Q: May we bring food?

A: No, food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium. There are drinking fountains available in the Rec Center lobby. You are welcome to leave the auditorium for a break, but please be mindful of your group letter before you leave. Nearby food options include:

  • District Taco ( 701 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314)
  • Firehook Bakery (430 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314)

Q: I am unable to attend the event. Can I still get a book signed?

A: Yes, we can take orders until Wednesday, February 7 until 8 pm EST. If you need a book shipped to you there is an $8 shipping and handling cost. 

Q: Will there be books and merchandise available to purchase?

A: Yes, Hooray for Books will set up a pop-up shop in the Rec Center Lobby. We will be able to accept cash or cards. 

Q: Still have a question?

A: Call the store Monday - Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm at 703-548-4092. 










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