August 3, 2001

Friends of the Public Library Hosting Eighth Annual Main Library Parking Lot Tent Sale September 7-9

<Preview Sale for Friends� Members September 6>

Over 30,000 books will find new homes and delight new owners during the Eighth Annual Main Library Parking Lot Tent Sale, set for the weekend of September 7-9 at the Main Library, 800 Vine Street. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library, will include a Preview Night for Friends� members on September 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

For those who like a little �mystery� with their book purchases, fiction and mysteries in Books by the Box will again be offered this year. �Anyone who pays $15.00 will get a whole box full of books,� said Mary Lu Aft, President of the Friends.� �There are 40 to 50 hardbacks or 75 paperbacks, normally selling for anywhere from fifty cents up to three dollars each, in each box.�

A Preview Sale for members of the Friends will be held on Thursday, September 6, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The evening gives members first choice to select from a wide variety of collectibles, including limited editions, lithographs and engravings, posters, and thousands of books for children and adults. There is no cost to attend, and nonmembers can purchase a one-year membership at the door for as little as $15.00 a year.

This will be the first sale since the Friends� move to their new warehouse in Hartwell in early July. �Moving to a new location with twice the sorting space has given us an opportunity to select the very best for this sale,� said Anne Keller, Executive Director of the Friends.

Proceeds from all Friends� sales benefit the Library by providing programs for children and adults, support for the summer reading club, and funds for the purchase of items for the Library�s collection.� This past summer the Friends provided over $50,000.00 for the summer reading club to present hundreds of programs, and a free book for each child who read at least 25 books.

Hours for the sale are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, call the Friends� Warehouse at 369-6035.���






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