Good Books, Good Deals at Friends Annual Book Sale

Book pickers will bargain for nearly 100,000 books on September 16, 17 and 18, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

“Each book a person buys at the Friends Annual Book Sale helps us put a book in the hands of each child enrolled in our summer reading program,” Linda Hayse, Friends board president, said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to advocate for the library by becoming a Friend.”

A special feature is the Premium Collection with books priced from $3-$20 that are special edition, signed by author or like-new. For traditional genres, like biography and arts to romance and mystery, books are priced at $1 or $2.

The sale opens on Friday from 6pm-9pm to members of Friends of the Library, but if you buy a membership at the door for $20, you can get first pick over classic and the latest books, vintage records and favorite tapes, popular DVDs and CDs.

Saturday(9am-5pm) and Sunday(10am-5pm) free admission days and open to the public. The bargains get better as the selection becomes picked-over, so it’s important to keep coming back.

“The sale earns money to support essential library services. Supporting the library is the whole reason the Friends exist,” says Linda Hayse, Friends president.

The Friends of the Library contributed $82,500 to the library’s programs, services and collections in 2010.

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

The book sale is supported by: Kaw Valley Bank, Capital City Bank, BT & Co, Briman’s Jewelers, Community National Bank, Educational Credit Union, HTK Architects, Schendel Lawn & Landscaping, Dillons Stores and Hy-Vee.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

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