Library book sale due back Feb. 25-27
The annual Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Book Sale will be held Feb. 25, 26 and 27 in the center of the Boone Mall.
The early bird gets the bookworm, or the early bookworm gets the apple, as a private pre-sale for Friends members will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5 until 9 p.m. If you're not a member of the Friends of the Library yet, you can sign up on the spot and enjoy the benefits immediately.
Membership begins at $5 and it not only allows you to shop early, the membership donation supports many reading and literacy programs in Watauga County.
"We will have a table called 'Oldies but goodies,'" said Claire Olander, president of the Friends of the Library. "These are old and sometimes rare books. They will have some research attached to them to be below the going price."
The nonmember book sale will be open to the general public on Friday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tables will be refilled as books are sold, so plan to return daily for more treasures.
With thousands of books to choose from, this year's Friends of the Library Book Sale provides a great opportunity to stock up for reading on long winter nights. Specially created gift bags and baskets with themed books and gifts will highlight the sale, Olander said. Prices for most items remain at 2009 levels, with most hardcover books at $1; paperbacks at 50 cents; children's hardcover books at 50 cents; and paperbacks at 25 cents.
"There will be CDs, DVDs, books on tape, and all kinds of media," Olander said.
Specially priced books of a higher value for collectors are a little above the standard sale price, but still at a bargain price, she said.
The Friends contributions to the library include the Summer and Winter reading programs, arts and music workshops, the Ice Cream Social, Boone Downtown Christmas Parade party, and sponsorship of visiting performers, speakers and writers.
The annual book sales and ongoing book sale in the library foyer provide funding for library equipment, furniture and popular audio books.
The Friends of the Library maintain an events calendar on a Facebook page. For more information on the sale, call Olander at (828) 264-8958.