Monday, June 15, 2009

A Great Week for Book Lovers

If you love books and you're anywhere close to Abilene this weekend, you ought to stop by the huge book sale sponsored by Friends of the Abilene Public Library.

The Friends fill the exhibit hall at the Abilene Civic Center with thousands of books, and people come in from all over to pick up some great book bargains. It's one of the best book sales of its kind in the state.

The sale begins Thursday evening, June 18, 5 to 8 p.m., with a preview sale for members of Friends. Memberships are available at the door, and quite a few folks join every year just to get first pick of the books.

The sale opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hardback and trade paperback books are $1.75, mass market paperbacks are 75 cents, and there is a section of nearly new books at a fraction of the cover price, and another section for old and rare books. On Sunday, shoppers can fill a big brown paper bag with books for just $6 per bag.

All the profits from the book sale benefit the Abilene Public Library. But perhaps the best thing is that the sale gives new life to old books. It gets them in people's homes and allows more readers an opportunity to enjoy them.