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The Friends will hold their annual Independence Day book sale from 8:30 am to 3 pm on July 4th but with a twist this year. The doors will open the day before between 3 and 5 pm for a “Members-Only Presale” to give members an early bird opportunity to purchase their favorite books, according to Kathy Sullivan, event planner.
“We’ve never been able to do something special for our members in the past because the logistics were simply unmanageable,” she explained. “But, by setting up the inside portion of the sale early on July 3, we will be able to invite our members for a pre-sale event.”
While only about two-thirds of all the books will be displayed inside, the most popular categories will be available in the pre-sale. “We won’t set up the outside book tables until the morning of July 4,” Sullivan explained, “but there will be plenty of great options inside for members the day before.”
The Friends will have a membership table set up where lapsed or expiring memberships can be renewed and new memberships can be acquired for anyone wishing to attend the pre-sale. “If your membership status is active, remember to bring your membership card to expedite entry into the sale,” advised Judy Gillen, membership chairperson.
The Friends expect to have more than 20,000 books, CDs, DVDs and magazines displayed in the two-day sale, including nonfiction, fiction, biographies, cookbooks, religious books, self-help, lifestyle, classics, children’s and more.
“In 2019 we decided to move part of the sale inside the Wisner Center to give shoppers some respite from the brutal 100-degree heat,” explained Sullivan. “While that arrangement has benefitted both shoppers and volunteers working the event, some people still don’t realize that there are a lot more books inside than there are outside. We’re hoping to resolve that problem with more signs and volunteers giving direction.”
The Fourth of July sale is the Friends single biggest event of the year, with many of the thousands of people who come out for the township’s holiday festivities dropping in for some low-priced used books.
“We’ve actually reduced our prices from their pre-pandemic level,” Sullivan said. Adult hard cover books are $1, paperbacks are $0.50, and oversize books are $2. Children’s hard covers are $0.50 and paperbacks $0.25. CDs, DVDs, and books on tape are $0.50.
The "Members Only Presale" on July 3 will be followed by the main event on July 4.
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