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Find Bargains on Books and More at Friends of the Library Book Sale April 23-28

Make room on your bookshelves and the stacks by your bed, everybody – the Friends of the Library giant Spring Book Sale starts Tuesday at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road.

You’ll be able to get books by the bushel for a fraction of retail. You can also load up on CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, puzzles and board games at bargain prices in the week-long event. They’ve reloaded the 3.5 trailers that filled the big fall sale, so there’s plenty to go around.

The sale runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Admission is free.

The much-anticipated sneak preview known as the Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Monday. Friends members with current dues get in free. That night only: If you’re not a Friends member, you can pay the $5 membership at the door and join the Friends anytime that night.

This is the perfect chance for young parents to start or grow their children’s home library; for home-schoolers to build their materials; for collectors to find treasures; for tutors and student teachers and beach-book shoppers to scoop up bargains.

Children’s books are 50 cents or less; adult and young adult books and most audiovisual items are $1 or less; and better books for children through adult are $2 and up. The Friends accept cash or checks only.

The Friends go into this sale with a long history of successes. The very first sale in 1985 on the parking lot of the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library (then called Main Library) saw $2,500 in sales. The event has moved several times since then, but sales jumped from $23,548 in the fall 2006 to $96,391 in spring 2007 when it moved to its current home at the spacious Remington’s.

Then last year the 400 Friends sale volunteers celebrated two record-breaking sales of $121,522 and $125,779, and boosted membership to 1,370.

The community benefits in so many ways from the Friends’ dedication. Sale proceeds supplement the property tax funding and grants that keep the district humming. Among other things, last year the Friends funded more than $180,000 in grants to the library district, and pledged $300,000 for the Brentwood Branch renovation project.

We invite you to join the bargain hunting. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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