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Library’s 35th book-sale bonanza kicks off with preview Friday eve


If you’re looking for some great science fiction, westerns or mysteries to get you through the winter, book sorters have been piling them high for the Flower Memorial Library’s 35th annual book sale, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the library, 229 Washington St.

But if you’re more into crime fiction or romantic novels, there are boxes full of books by Robert Parker and Nora Roberts. And, for action lovers, there is a whole series of Indiana Jones books that continue the popular adventures.

The book sale, sponsored by Friends of Flower Memorial Library, runs during regular library hours.

“For the second time, people can shop on a Sunday because the library is open from noon to 5 p.m.,” said Friends member Glenn Gough, promotions coordinator for the sale.

Books are $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks. Premium books, many of the “coffee table” variety, cost more but are still greatly discounted.

The bag sale, at which patrons can fill a bag full of books and buy it for a buck, begins a week later, on Saturday, Nov. 2, and runs through Monday, Nov. 4.

Again this year, the library will feature a Book Sale Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at which Friends members may each purchase up to 50 books or other materials, including CDs, DVDs, magazines, children’s books, cookbooks and first-edition local history books.

Book lovers can sign up for memberships that evening as they enter the side door of the library for the preview event. Membership prices are $15 for patrons and $10 for seniors.

Friends volunteers have been busy sorting through cartons of donated books and other materials for this year’s sale, according to Susan M. Johnson, chairwoman of the book sale.

“We had mountains of books,” she said. “We’ve been working since the Thursday after Labor Day.”

She noted that there are some exceptionally nice paperbacks which dedicated volunteers have carefully organized in many categories, such as self-help, military, romance and science fiction.

The sale is the Friends of the Library’s annual community fundraiser and is used to fund the library’s fiction collection.

Last year, the sale raised $11,625, Mrs. Johnson said. Approximately $10,000 is set aside yearly to buy new fiction and the rest of the money is used to decorate the building with holiday wreaths in December and to buy other items on the library’s wish list.

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