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Friends of the Library Book Sale, Aug. 12 and 13

Attention all book lovers, bargain hunters and supporters of the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library — the 27th annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The “opening” will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, a premier opportunity for current and prospective members of the Friends of the Library to make their purchases before the general public sale on Saturday 8 a.m.–1 p.m..

Book prices will be the same both Friday and Saturday, but those attending Friday’s event will have the first opportunity to select their treasures.

It is simple, inexpensive and worthwhile to become a member of the Friends of the Library and become an early shopper. Annual dues (Aug. 12, 2011-Aug. 9, 2012) are $15 for a single membership and $25 for a family membership. Lifetime memberships are also available. The money that is received from dues and from the sale of books is used throughout the year for improvements that make the library a better resource for everyone in the community.

This year there will be more than 500 boxes of books offered for sale. All of these books are in good condition; some have been removed from the shelves at the library, while many others have been donated to the library over the past year. There are both fiction and nonfiction books and books for children as well as adults.

To make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, volunteers will be working hard throughout the day on Friday to separate the books into many categories.

The annual meeting for renewing and new Friends of the Library will begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper. You are asked to bring a favorite dish to share. Beverages and table service will be provided. You are also asked to call the library (264-2208) with a reservation so the Friends Board will have an idea how many people to plan for. There will be a very short annual business meeting, after which the shopping will begin.

Book prices are generally $2 for hardbacks and large soft cover books. Children’s books and small mass market paperback fiction books are $1. CDs and DVDs will be available for $2, and videos and cassettes will be $1. Puzzle lovers will find bargains at only 50 cents. Some rare books, oversized books and sets may be individually priced.

Bags will be available at checkout, but serious shoppers have been known to bring their own wagons, plastic totes, boxes and fabric bags. Friends of the Library will also have sturdy reusable book bags and other reading related items — journals, bookmarks, note cards, etc. — for sale.

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