Fall book sale offers readers an ideal way to stock up for winter

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Avid readers who want to stock up on new titles for the cold winter months ahead have a great chance to do that this weekend. 

The Friends of the Library is hosting its fall Used-Book and Media Sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cartersville Public Library's garage at 429 W. Main St. on the corner near Main Street.

"I'm expecting a big turnout from Friends members and the general public alike," sale manager Valerie Gilreath said. "Friends can begin shopping at 9 a.m.; the general public can come in at 10 a.m. If someone wants to shop early but isn't a Friend currently, they can become a member [for $10] on the spot and take advantage of that extra hour."

The final hour has been designated the Bag Sale, where shoppers can buy a Friends bag for $5 or bring one they've purchased in the past and stuff it as full as they can get it for an additional $5.  

Gilreath said the fall event is "typically one of the most popular" sales each year.

"I think the cooler weather contributes to the fall sale's popularity," she said. "The weather is more mild and conducive to browsing. Also, everyone has returned from summer vacations and settled into their school-time routines. Perhaps readers stock up at the fall sale for the cold-weather months when you want to stay inside with a book."

But Gilreath said she knows the sale, which raises money for youth and adult library programs and is an "important resource for keeping library offerings plentiful and diverse," has some competition this year. 

"I know we'll be competing with Pioneer Days, the start of the college football season and other Labor Day weekend activities this year so I'm hoping people keep a place for the sale in their schedules," she said. 

Front and center at the sale will be a table showcasing "more rare and unique items" that have been donated, Gilreath said. 

"These may be vintage books in great shape or really nice coffee-table books," she said. "We may also pull aside first editions or rare books to feature. These sometimes have a higher price indicated based on their increased value."

Other merchandise being sold at the same prices as past sales includes fiction and nonfiction hardcover books ($1), paperbacks and children's books (50 cents each or three for $1) and audio books, DVDs and videotapes ($1 each).

"The inventory for this sale is incredible," Gilreath said. "In particular, the number of children's books we have to offer is the highest I've seen in the past two years. Also, we are no longer keeping any inventory from sale to sale so buyers should see new titles each quarter."

Cash, checks and credit/debit cards are accepted as forms of payment.

Educators who need reading materials for their classrooms will be offered an unbeatable deal. All public, private and home-school teachers who show their school ID at checkout will receive 15 free books. 

Gilreath said the summer sale raised $1,497.04, which included books sold and new memberships paid at the door.

"Collectively, the book sales are the second-largest fundraiser conducted by the Friends of the Library," she said. "Only the annual Toast to Literacy event, which was in February this year, brings in more money."