Good Books, Great Deals at Friends Annual Book Sale

By: From 13 News, TSCPL, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, TSCPL, Posted by Ralph Hipp

FROM THE TOPEKA LIBRARY -- Book lovers will pick from nearly 100,000 books on September 14, 15 and 16, at the Agricultural Hall at the Kansas Expocentre during the Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Traditional genres, like biography, arts, romance, mystery and children’s books, are priced at $1 or $2. A Premium Section (special edition, signed by author or like-new books) offers more value, with prices ranging from $3-$20.

The sale opens on Friday from 6:00 until 9:00pm to members of Friends of the Library, but you can buy a membership at the door for $20. Friends can get first pick of classic and the newest books, vintage records and popular DVDs and CDs.

Free admission days are Saturday (9:00am till 5:00pm) and Sunday (10:00am till 5:00pm). The bargains get better as the selection becomes picked-over, so it’s important to keep coming back, especially if you’re a book hound. Sunday is a Bag Day, which means all the books that you can fit into a grocery sack (provided) are yours for $5/bag, excluding the Premium Section.

Book sale proceeds help support the library programs, such as summer reading.

“Each book a person buys at the Friends Book Sale helps us put a new book in the hands of children and teens enrolled in our summer reading program,” said Linda Hayse, Friends board president. “The book sale is a wonderful opportunity to become a Friends member, and be a part of an organization that offers members-only activities as well as member discounts all year long in our Chandler Booktique.”

The Friends of the Library were able to contribute $100,000 to the library’s programs, services and collections in 2011 as a result of efforts of member volunteers that collect, sort and sell books in their store, bag sales, half-price days and the annual September sale.

For more information, contact Mary Campbell at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 580-4445, or go online at

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