The highly anticipated Friends of the Library spring book sale begins this weekend with over 500,000 books and other items available at ridiculously low prices.
The sale, held annually in the spring and fall, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 and noon to 6 p.m. April 24-27 at the Book House, 430 N. Main St. .. On April 26, everything will be half price, and on April 27, everything is 10 cents.
Be sure to bring boxes or bags to carry your purchases. Payment methods include cash, credit card, check, debit card, Apple Pay and Google Pay. Masks are encouraged for all shoppers inside the building.
Ellen Smith, vice-president of Friends of the Library (FOL), said a Scottish piper will be at the book sale at 9am on Saturday to lead book lovers into the house of the book.
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Sue Morris, president of advertising for FOL, said this spring book sale features books and other items in 64 categories, including classic and modern fiction, children’s and young adult books, textbooks Kindergarten through college, large print books, cookbooks, hobby books, law books, audio books, music, CDs, DVDs, manga, comics, vinyl records and more. Most items cost between 25 cents and $4.
The shelves will be constantly replenished throughout the sale with new books and other materials.
The sale of books began in 1950 with just 500 books, but has grown to include over 500,000 books and other materials.
Smith said Friends of the Library has provided the library district with more than $5.4 million since 1986, when the Alachua County Library District became an independent special tax district. Contributions fund exceptional programming, in-demand materials, and redesigned projects at library branches.
Rachel Cook, public relations and marketing manager for the Alachua County Library District, wrote via email:
“The Book Sale is a great opportunity for buyers to pick up great deals on all kinds of books (cookbooks, romance novels, fiction, children’s books, etc.) while supporting their local libraries and programs. of literacy. Semiannual Friends of the Library sales support the Alachua County Library District in endless ways, including paying for special guest programs, establishing quiet reading rooms in our branches, and funding scholarships. studies for staff to obtain advanced library degrees. We are very grateful for FOL’s unwavering support and encourage everyone to visit the book sale. There’s nothing quite like the festive atmosphere in the moments before the sale opens on Saturday morning.
The Collectors’ Corner, open only Saturday through Tuesday, is a unique feature of the book sale and includes first editions, signed copies and rare books.
The featured book includes:
• “The Dream Keeper” by Langston Hughes, first edition, rare, 1932.
• “Old Tales and Trails of Florida”, by Myrtle Hilliard Crow, 1987
• “A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of George Washington Delivered in the Baptist Church”, Savannah Georgia, January 19, 1800, very rare.
• “Dragon’s Teeth”, by Upton Sinclair, first edition, 1942.
• “Trump: The Art of the Deal, 2016 Election Edition”, signed by Donald Trump.
• “Been Here and Gone”, by Frederick Ramsey Jr., with a letter from the author, 1960.
• “Machu Picchu, A Citadel of the Incas”, by Hiram Bingham, limited to 500 copies; includes detachable map, first edition, 1930
Funds raised benefit Alachua County Library District projects that serve the county through its 12 branches. FOL donates unsold books to non-profit organizations.