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Prices and Exceptional Products Keep Customers Raking Through Shelves at Library’s Annual Fall Book Sale

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

It’s not just the prices that keep Library customers coming back each year to the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. It’s the products!

With rows of more than 15,000 items for sale – all $2 or less – readers will have their picks from hardback and paperback books, children’s books, magazines, records, cassettes, CDs, and videos. It’s all coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), 10 am – 4:30 pm on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013. A special sneak-peek sale for Friends of the Library members will be held from 8 am to 10 am on Friday, October 25.

“Our regular customers wait months to stock up at the Friends of the Library book sale,” said Friends member and volunteer Cynthia Hawes. “This year’s categories will include signed books, John Grisham, Christmas material, coffee table books, Judaica, and large print books to name a few,” added Herman Markell, another Friends member and volunteer.

Offering books on countless topics carefully sorted and arranged, the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is also known for its community contributions. Friends of the Library President Jacque Jenkins said, “The Friends organization invests a lot of our income to early learning, youth, and teen programs and services. These funds play a big part in supporting literacy programs throughout the city, Central Library, the branches, many neighborhoods, and in schools!”

Friends volunteer Sherman Dixon said he agrees. “These sales are vehicles for recycling gently-used books for new readers to enjoy! They keep thousands of books alive and relevant at affordable prices!”

See the complete price list below.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Price List
Hardbacks$2.00
Paperbacks$0.50
Children's Hardbacks$1.00
Children's Paperbacks$0.50
Children's Board Books$0.50
Records$0.50
Cassettes$0.25
Loose Magazines$0.25
Videos & CDs$1.00
Readers' Digest$0.25

Each year the Friends of the Library, consisting of 99 percent volunteers, filters through more than 300,000 items donated to the Library, along with discards from Library collections. To keep these items on bookshelves in Greater Memphis homes instead of landfills, community volunteers organize and revive materials for readers of all ages!

“The Friends of the Library book sales and other revenue streams have contributed up to $400,000 for our Library during each of the last three years, and we can do more,” Markell said excitedly.

For more information on the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale or how to become a Friends member, call 415-2840.