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Bargains await at the Friends of the Library Book Sale

Book lovers of all ages are invited to the 28th annual Friends of the Library Book Sale, to be held this weekend.

The sale for Friends of the Library members (you can easily become one) will open tomorrow evening, Friday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. with a potluck buffet before the sale begins.

The sale for the general public will be Saturday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The sales will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Dues for a Friends membership are $15 for a single, $25 for a family, or $100 for an individual lifetime membership. Memberships purchased on or before Aug.10 will be for the 2012 preview sale. Any memberships purchased Aug. 11 or after will be good for attendance at the 2013 Friends membership sale. Friends members have traditionally flocked to the “preview sale” to get the first choice of titles.

There will be thousands of books available on both days, at true bargain prices. These books are in good condition and will be sold at a small fraction of the original prices. Hardbacks are $2; doft cover and children’s books are $1. There will be CDs and DVDs available for $2. Audio books will be priced according to the number of discs in the set, and there may be some book sets, rare books or collections that will be priced somewhat higher. Cash or checks will be accepted. There will not be a setup for credit card payments.

For your shopping convenience, Friends volunteers will be busy Friday morning sorting books into categories and placing them on clearly-marked tables. This will help you head directly to those books you are most interested in. With the selection ranging from A to Z — adobe architecture to zoo animals — why would you want to miss this opportunity?

Avid shoppers in the past have arrived with rolling carts, barrels, large boxes and shopping bags for toting their treasures. There will be bags available for your purchases as well.

If you are a Friends member renewing your membership for this sale, or if you would like to join, plan to arrive at 6 p.m. Friday for the potluck and a short (usually under 10 minutes!) annual meeting before the sale begins. You can shop until the doors close at 9 p.m.

If you are planning to attend the potluck, call the library, 264-2208, to let staff know how many people will be in your party and what type of food dish you plan to bring to share. Table service and a beverage variety will be provided by the Friends.

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