Spring book sale kicks off Saturday

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will include an African-American fiction section featuring books by Terry McMillan, Alex Haley, Omar Tyree and other authors.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.

Thousands of book lovers are expected to line up — many camp out overnight and some 24 hours before doors open — to get first choice at the more than 500,000 books, DVDs, magazines and other items that will be offered at ridiculously low prices at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale.



What: The Friends of the Library 2013 Spring Book Sale.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and noon-6 p.m. April 24.
Where: Friends of the Library Bookhouse, 430 N. Main St.
Cost: $.25 cents-$4, with more for special collection items; cash and checks only.
Information: Call 352-375-1676.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and noon-6 p.m. April 24 at the Friends of the Library Bookhouse at 430 N. Main St. There also is a sale in the fall.

Black Heritage books, African-American literature and history books and copies of African-American magazines, such as Ebony and Essence, will be available, too.

To make sure you can carry all of your purchases, bring a box or a bag. Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Sarah Harrison, volunteer in charge of publicity, said items will be priced really low, with prices ranging from $.25 cents to $4, and more for special collection items.

Harrison said that as the sale progresses, prices will drop, so that on Tuesday, everything will be half price, and on April 24, the last day of the sale, everything will sell for $.10 cents.

Before the doors opened at the book sale last fall, Harrison said there were about 750 people waiting in line, and some had camped out overnight. She said the first five people in the door were book dealers — most from out of state — and one of them camped out 24 hours before the sale.

Harrison said proceeds from the fall book sale usually average about $160,000, but last fall sales dropped to about $140,000. Proceeds from the spring sale average around $150,000.

"It (the amount) varies on how many donations we receive and what else is going on (in town)," Harrison said. "Typically, the fall sale is better than the spring sale."

This year, there are more than 500,0000 books and other material for sale, including fiction, textbooks, large print books, first edition and rare books, cookbooks, hobby books, DVDs, comic books, artwork, posters, records, videos, games, puzzles and magazines.

Lilla Moye, along with Linda Connell, Holly Prugh and Jim Dahlman, coordinate the Collector's Corner, which features special items, such as rare books, leather-bound books, Black Heritage books, first editions and signed copies of books.

The Black Heritage books available in the Collector's Corner will include "Profile of a Black Heritage" by Dr. Lester F. Russell, a unique, out-of-print book that chronicles the life of Zacharias Hubert, who started his life as a slave and became the largest landowner in North Central Georgia. Between 1865 and his death in 1926, Hubert had amassed a land fortune in excess of $100,000.

Other Black Heritage books will include "Black Saga" by Charles M. Christian, "Extraordinary Ordinary People" by Condoleezza Rice, "Juneteenth" by Ralph Ellison, "An American Beach for African Americans" by Marsha Dean Phelts, "Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance" by Laban Carrick Hill, and others.

"This year, there are more African-American sections, but many books are still mixed in the collection," said Harrison, adding that there are many magazine titles available, including Ebony, Essence and "O" The Oprah Magazine, as well as a large selection of DVDs.

In the African-American literature section, there's a big selection of author Maya Angelou books, such as "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now." There's also "The Norton Anthology of African American Literature" by Nellie Y. McKay and Henry Louis Gates and books by Alice Walker, James McBride and other authors.

"For those who don't like large crowds, Monday is the best day to shop," said Harrison. "We start restocking bookshelves about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and it keeps going."

Harrison said more than 300 volunteers work each day of the sale to help guide customers. She said the books are not arranged in any certain order within sections, so come prepared to do a lot of browsing.

There will be volunteers on the floor to answer questions," she said.

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