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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale This Week

Gather up your spare change – it’s  bargain-book buying time.

The annual Spring Book Sale begins this week, brought to you by the Springfield-Greene County Library District Friends of the Library.

This hard-working army of volunteers has spent the last six months loading and sorting three semi-tractor trailer loads of books, CDs, DVDs in all genres and ages. If you were there last year, you know it’s huge.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, through Saturday, May 1; and from 1 to 5 p.m. May 2 at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road.

The Missouri State University Lady Bears and coaches will be guest volunteers at the sale from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Friends of the Library members-only preview sale is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Non-members may join at the door for $5.

The Spring Book Sale and Fall Book Sale are the ultimate recycling projects for bibliophiles: Gently used books and other materials are donated by the public or weeded out by the library district. The Friends sell them at rock-bottom prices – most 20 cents to $1 (better books individually priced) – and they are read by new owners…who may then donate them for the Fall Book Sale.

Meanwhile, the Friends provide grants to the 10 libraries for community members to enjoy: Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens; library furnishings, the bookmobile and special music events.

You get great bargains at the Friends sale. What’s better, says Friends member Marijo Taylor, “They’re not only helping themselves but they’re helping the community. The money stays in the community.”

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Make plans this week to meet Newbery-winning author Richard Peck, who wrote this year’s Big Read selection, “A Long Way from Chicago” and a host of other tales. For details see

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

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