The Big Book Sale, an event area many local readers look forward to each year, will take place this Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Lansing Public Library. This is a sale of books in every size and genre, all in good condition. The sale has a couple of new features this year.
Most notably, all books—for adults, children, and in-betweens—will be sold for $5.00 a bag throughout the two days of the sale. Books of any size, on any subject, as many as a person can fit into a bag, will go for $5.00 a bag. Uniform-sized bags will be provided. There is no limit on the number of bags people can fill and purchase at $5.00 each. The $5.00/bag offer applies also to CDs, which will also be available at the sale.
This year, the books will be displayed in boxes on and under tables, most identified by genre. The goal of this is to make searching for books more efficient.
Sale of gently-used handbags is another new feature. These will be displayed in a space just outside the room full of books, and will include bags in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. Handbags will sell at prices marked.
All purchases can be made with cash, money order, check, or credit card. Financial donations will also be accepted during the sale.
The sale is sponsored by Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) and the book sale takes place in the meeting room at the north end of the Library (950 Abbot Road in East Lansing).
FOELPL uses all donations and proceeds from the sale to support the financing of materials, programs, and other offerings at the library. FOELPL also operates a Friendshop within the library which is always open during library hours. The shop offers used books in fine condition, artwork, and occasional other items. This shop will be open during the Big Book Sale, for purchase of books at regular prices, paid at the Library checkout station.
Sponsoring the Big Book Sale serves two FOELPL goals—to raise funds for the library and to encourage love of reading by making resources available to all. Friend volunteers work diligently year-round to process donated books, circulate them through their shop, and store them for the Big Book Sale.
The Friends are expressing their gratitude to the Lansing franchise of College Hunks Moving Junk for donating their services to bring books from storage to the sale this year. Their efforts contribute to the sale being possible and ensure all the proceeds can be devoted to the East Lansing Public Library.
Disclosure: Sheila Taylor is a volunteer member of FOELPL Board.