Topeka's Library shifts its annual Book Sale, to Marvin Auditorium

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Read all about it! The Friends of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library are introducing a new format for selling books and now offer more opportunities to shop for books at bargain prices.

And in 2018, it'll all be happening four times a year, starting January 19th.

“Quarterly sales give people more opportunities to shop during the year and a more manageable collection to choose from,” said Mary Campbell, Friends of the Library manager. “Holding the sales at the library will also be easier for volunteers. Transferring thousands of books, movies and music to an off-site venue was labor intensive.”

As hugely popular as it was, the annual one-time a year book sale inside the Ag Hall will now be found in the History section..

Diana Friend says the quarterly sales, which will be held inside the Library's Marvin Auditorium, will alleviate their backlog of books to save until the annual sale, and will keep the book donations flowing year-round into new hands.

The 2018 Book Sale dates are:
January 19 – 21 in the library’s Marvin Auditorium.
* Friday is Friends’ members-only night from 5 to 8 p.m. for those who want to get a head start on the sale. Memberships are sold at the door.
* Saturday, January 20th, the sale is open to the public from 9:00 till 3:00.
* On Sunday, January 21st, the ever popular bag sale day will be held from noon till 3:00, where shoppers may fill a grocery bag (provided) with books and media for $10.
(all sales will follow the same schedule as January with the exception of March, The schedule change also includes)
March 23-24 (no Sunday sale)
July 20-22
October 19-21

For more information about the sales, visit

The Friends of the Library support the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy. Friends of the Library help the library stay on the cutting edge of technology, services and programs that promote lifelong learning. Since 1971, the Friends have donated more than $1.6 million to the library.