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Eight Tractor-Trailer Loads of Books and More Ready for Friends of the Library Book Sale

Can you guess what’s black and white and “read” all over, and comes in eight tractor-trailers?

The thousands of books (plus CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, audiobooks and games) headed for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.  

The sale runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 17-20, Half-Price Day; and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21, or Bag Day. Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 16. Friends members are admitted free; others can pay $5 at the door and join that night.

Most items for all ages are $1, or $2 and up from “better books.” Cash or check only.

This sale has an unusually large number of art, Westerns and foreign-language titles. Items of note: “Character is Destiny” by John McCain, signed; “Cape Cod” by Henry David Thoreau, dated 1896; and an Agatha Christie Mystery Collection including her rare “Poems” volume. 

There’s also a silent auction featuring five rare, collectible books. Bidding opens on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 19.  Bids will be accepted only at the sale.

The auction features: “Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls, First Edition, 1961; "In the Clearing" by Robert Frost, First Edition, 1962, signed; "The Wishing Tree" by William Faulkner, First Edition, 1964; "The Outsiders" by S E Hinton, First Edition; and "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler, the "Wedding Presentation Edition," 1942. For details about the silent auction call Bill at 417-850-1999.
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If your genealogy search has ever led to you “Hall’s Index” at the library, you can thank the late William K. Hall, who would have been 100 on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Dr. Hall indexed Springfield newspaper items of genealogical interest from high school days until his death in 2009. He cut and pasted newspaper articles into old magazines and then created an index of the items, including announcements of births, deaths, marriages, engagements and anniversaries from 1900 to present. He produced printed books with photocopies of his newspaper clippings and index, which he gave to the library. The books, officially the “Index to Items of Genealogical Interest,” are the most used collection in the library district. 

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

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