The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri

Friends of the Library Fall Sale Oct. 17-21
Features Big Bargains and a Silent Auction

September 20, 2018 — The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale returns to the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds on Oct. 17-21, with bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and a new twist for collectors – a silent auction featuring five rare, collectible books.

The annual fall event launches with the Friends Night Preview Sale from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Friends members are admitted free to this sneak peek sale; others can pay $5 at the door and convert it to a Friends membership that night. 

The regular sale runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 17-20; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Saturday is Half-Price Day; Sunday is Bag Day, when shoppers pay only $1 for a sack of books, or $5 for a sack from “Better Books.”

Bargains abound every genre, and for every age. Adults, young adult, children’s books, games and most audiovisuals are $1 or less. Better books are priced $2 and up.

The Friends accept cash or check only. Parking is always free.

The Silent Auction bidding opens on Friends Night from 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Bids will be accepted only at the sale. 

The auction features these five rare collectibles:

  • "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
  • "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler, the "Wedding Presentation Edition," 1942

For details about the silent auction call Bill at 417-850-1999.

Items of note for sale that week: 

  • “Character is Destiny” by John McCain, signed
  • “Cape Cod” by Henry David Thoreau, a two-volume set dated 1896
  • “Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic” by Frank Garcia, signed
  • Agatha Christie Mystery Collection, contains about 100 volumes. Included is the rare “Poems” volume by the author.

The sale also features an unusually large selection of art, Westerns and foreign language titles, all found in Better Books and Dollar Books sections.

Proceeds from the fall and spring book sales operated by the Friends of the Library benefit the Springfield-Greene County Library District through sponsorship of concerts, author events, exhibits, children’s Summer Reading Program performers and numerous capital projects through the year.


Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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