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Seven truckloads of books and more at Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

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Literally dozens of books about gardening will be available at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale beginning Oct. 18-22. at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

This just in from the intrepid community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District:

Seven and one half tractor trailer loads of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and more will be waiting for you when the doors open at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex on the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 22. Parking is free on the fairgrounds at 3001 N. Grant Ave. You can also by way of Kansas Expressway from the west on Norton Road.

Seven loads means even more bargains. And lucky for sale shoppers, everything will be unloaded, organized and identified by category, genre, age level and price. Adult, young adult and children’s books and most audiovisuals are $1 or less; better books are $2 and up.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 21; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Saturday is Half-Price Day and Sunday is the ever-popular Bag Day, when everything you can stuff in a sack is $1, or $5 from the better books side. Cash or checks accepted and checkout is easy.

Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. That night only, bring your Friends of the Library membership card to get in free, or pay $5 at the door, shop all you want and you can join the Friends that night.

This is a great opportunity to stock your home library for yourself, your children or home day care. You can find great gifts for the holidays or upcoming birthdays with many like-new items. Indulge in your sci-fi or romance novel fandom for pennies on the dollar.
Besides the giant collection of paperbacks, best-sellers, cookbooks, craft and children’s books, here’s what’s “extra” this year:

  • Military history documentaries on CD
  • A special collection of James Bond books
  • Korean children’s books
  • Old collectible children’s books
  • Atlases from the 1800s to early 1900s
  • TV series on DVD
  • 80 banker’s boxes of genealogical materials

The Friends return the proceeds by sponsoring library concerts, author events, the Summer Reading program and major projects including the Mobile Library and the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library renovation.
Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org. Ozarks Living publishes a list of books about gardening and related topics in each issue, in partner with the Springfield-Greene County Library District

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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