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Find Bargains at Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale This Week; Thrills Continue with Oh, The Horror Series

Customer browsing tables full of books at Friends of the Library Book Sale.The Friends are ready. Are you?

The huge Friends of the Library Fall Book (and CD, DVD, audiobooks) Sale kicks off with the Friends Night Preview Sale from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.

Bring your Friends membership card required that night only to breeze on in. Not a member? You can pay $5 at the door to get in; you can convert that to a Friends membership that night.

The regular sale runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 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.  

The prices are the same whenever you come: $1 or less for most adult, young adult, children’s and audiovisual items; $2 and up for better books. Cash or checks accepted. Parking is free; enter through Gate 4 from Norton Road. 

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Our fascination with hauntings and psychological thrillers goes way back. Throughout October, the Library spotlights the horror genre with a spine-tingling series of programs for adults.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, a panel of Drury and Missouri State University professors will talk about Horror in Pop Culture.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, we’ll serve s’mores during weird Ozarkian Campfire Tales by the authors of “Feral: A Journal of Ozarkian Gothic.”

Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, it’s an Ozarks Travelogue featuring “Missouri’s Haunted Route 66” author Janice Tremeear.

Friday at 7 p.m. at Springfield Little Theatre, horror author Grady Hendrix will present a free program “Summerland Lost: A Ghost Story.”

On Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, Hendrix talks about the horror paperback boom in “Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction.” He will sell and sign his books after the event.

For more details, visit thelibrary.org and click on Programs & Events, Adults, or click the Bookends icon.

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

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