Readers, start your engines.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library Spring Book Sale starts Thursday and features more than 100,000 books that bibliophiles can get at bargain prices.
The books will be available in a white tent set out on the west side of the library and include all genres and types. There also will be CDs, vinyl records, video games and DVDs available. Anyone can buy the donated books, though members get priority the first day of the sale.
Even with the steep discounts, the twice-yearly fundraiser is a huge source of programming revenue says Friends of the Lawrence Public Library coordinator Ruth DeWitt. DeWitt notes that the fall sale raised about $40,000 for the public library. That’s a huge amount that can help fill out the library’s collections, resources and add to its general programing.
“That money all reverts back to programming and collections at the library. So, we (partially) fund things like the summer reading program and collections and the Friends just bought some new computer stations in the children’s library. We do adult book group collections, we do the Book Club in a Bag program that we have, that is all Friends money,” DeWitt says. “We get to supplement things that the library does.”
Dates, hours and special pricing for the sale:
Thursday, April 7: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Members only)
Friday, April 8: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 10: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Half price)
Monday, April 11: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($7 per bag)
Tuesday, April 12: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($5 per bag)
Saturday, April 16: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Giveaway)
Sunday, April 17: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Giveaway)