Annual Friends of Library Book Sale is July 24-26

Calling all book lovers
By Linda Arnold | Jun 23, 2014
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The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held from July 24 to 26 at the Waynesville Main Library downstairs. Times will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 25; and 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

Managed by the Friends of the Library, an organization that supports library programs, the sale features DVDs, CDs, vinyl, puzzles, and books on tape/CD in every category.  Aside from some specially priced higher quality, rare or unique books, most hardcover, soft covers & trade paperbacks cost $1. The children’s books range from 50 cents and up.

The Friends of the Library has provided for patrons of all ages, quality programs, new equipment, new materials, electronic books,  summer reading programs, changing exhibitions, movies, book discussions, newsletters, lectures, plays, concerts, craft workshops and more.

Fiction is sorted by the author’s last name and there is a large American and world history collection, including a large number of Civil War fiction and nonfiction. There are books for the sports fanatic or the armchair athlete with special sections on golf, boating and water sports and life stories of sports figures and coaches. Plenty of books are available for all crafters from needlecraft to woodworking. There are more biographies than in past years. Books for music lovers, art lovers for instruction and enjoyment are available.

For the gardener, there are books in great condition with some older, unique titles. There are lots of classic literatures, presenting the best writing through the ages.  High school and college students can get a head start on required reading at bargain prices.  There will be books to help everyone stay healthy, deal with a medical condition or get that perfect body.

Separate alternative medicine, diet and exercise books are on the shelves.  New areas and categories will make it easier to find books on one’s favorite subject or discover something completely different.

The children’s books are plentiful — everything from baby books to young adult.  There is also a great deal of books that would be helpful for home-schoolers of all ages.

There will be some of the newest books by authors like David Baldacci, Mary Higgins Clark, Sara Gruen, Sidney Sheldon, Tom Clancy, Robert Parker, James Patterson, Ann Rice and Stuart Woods.  These are bargains —  get a $27 book for as little as $2 to $4.  Also some of the older books by many authors are  in the $1 room. Paperbacks will be priced from 50 cents to $1 to 2.

Books on tape and CDs are plentiful again this year, along with puzzles to do while you listen to the music.  Many sets of books are available at a bargain price.  There are many odd and ends items that have been donated, from framed art to some office equipment.

There will be volunteers to help and carry out these books. The Friends of the Library invite non-profit groups to contact us about books they might like for their causes.  Donations of gently used books may be made at any time until July 7. They may be dropped off at the library’s front desk during regular business hours.  Transportation may be arranged for pick up of large donations.

All stock will be out the first day of the sale, with no restocking every day.  This annual sale has been going for more than 30 years. Bring sturdy bags or boxes to carry books purchased. Do not bring large strollers, if at all possible, especially the first morning.

This is for children’s safety as well as other patrons. Volunteers will be available for to assist with getting those rare finds back to one’s car. Volunteers will be needed for the sale to help cashier, floor walk, help customers and clean up at end of sale.

For information, to arrange pick up of large donations of books or to volunteer, call Chairwoman Sandy Denman at 627-2370.