Friends Book Sale Offers the Best Bargains for Book Lovers

Book lovers will pick from for nearly 100,000 books on September 20, 21 and 22, 2013, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre during the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Traditional genres, like biography, arts, romance, mystery and children’s books, are priced at $1 or $2. A Premium Section (special edition, signed by author or like-new books) offers more value, with prices ranging from $3-$20.

Friends Book Sale shoppers find bargains during "Friends Night" 2011The sale opens on Friday from 6pm-9pm to members of Friends of the Library. This year, a $5 admission fee will get you in the door on opening night. You may still purchase a Friends membership to show your support all year long, and then no admission fee will apply. Get first pick over classic and the latest books, vintage records and favorite tapes, popular DVDs and CDs. Concessions available.

Saturday(9am-5pm) and Sunday(10am-5pm) are free admission days. The bargains get better as the selection becomes picked-over, so it’s important to keep coming back, especially if you’re a book hound. Sunday is a Bag Day, which means all the books that you can fit into a grocery sack (provided) are yours for $5/bag, excluding the Premium Section. View a map of the book sale layout here.

Book sale proceeds are donated back to the library for programs such as summer reading.

“Each book a person buys at the Friends Book Sale helps us put a new book in the hands of children and teens enrolled in our summer reading program,” said Sherryl Longhofer, Friends board president. “The book sale is a great opportunity to join the Friends and reap the members-only benefits, including discounts all year long in our Chandler Booktique.”

The Friends of the Library were able to contribute $135,000 to the library’s programs, services and collections in 2012 as a result of efforts of member volunteers who collect, sort and sell books in their store, Bag Day sales, half-price days and the annual September sale.

For more information, contact Mary Campbell at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 580-4445, or go online at

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  • Dave Wooster


    When paying by personal check at the annual Book Sale, to whom should the check be payable? (And is there more than one way to make that check out?)
    Thanks; see you there.

  • Lisa Coble-Krings

    Hi Thanks for the question. We look forward to seeing you at the sale. Checks should be made out to Friends of TSCPL.

  • E.C.

    So on Friday night it is just a “preview” night and you are unable to buy books correct?

  • Lisa Coble-Krings

    E.C., Please come shop with us on Friday! Friday is first dibs night, not a preview. You pay for those “dibs” 😉 You can pay $5 admission per person at the door or become a Friends member for $20 and reap the rewards all year long.

  • E.C.

    ok great thank you so much. will definately be there.

  • Don Loux

    What types of payments are accepted?

  • Lisa Coble-Krings

    Don, you may pay in cash (there will be an ATM on scene). Checks are okay and should be made payable to the Friends of TSCPL. And, new this year, the Friends Book Sale clerks will be accepting credit cards. Thanks for your question. See you at the sale.

  • Dick Francis

    Why are my books on such deep discount?