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Friends of the Library holding annual used book sale

KNOXVILLE -- The Friends of the Knox County Public Library (Friends) will hold its 2012 Annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, March 10 – Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Knoxville Convention Center at the Holiday Inn on the World's Fair Park.

All proceeds of the sale benefit the Knox County Public Library. The book sale is one of many activities that highlight the mission of the Friends to encourage a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County community. The Friends have supported the Knox County Public Library and its patrons for over 40 years with financial support for children, teen and adult programs, events and materials.

The Friends now offer drive-up curbside service where volunteers will be available to load purchases in the car.

Most hard covers for adults sell for $2; paperbacks are $1. Hard covers for children cost $1; board books and paperbacks sell for 50 cents or less. The book sale also includes a wide selection of affordable movies, magazines, music, plus a rare and special collection.

The first day of the sale, Saturday, March 10, is reserved for members of the Friends. (New members are welcome to join at the door.) The remaining days, beginning on Sunday, March 11, are all open to the public. During the week special prices are extended to all shoppers. On Monday the purchase of five books earns one free book of the same price. On Tuesday books are "buy four, get one free"; Wednesday, "buy three, get one free;" Thursday, "buy two, get one free;" Friday, "buy one, get one free."

New this year is an Early Bird Bag Sale for teachers and librarians. On Friday, March 16 the hours from 4:00-8:00 will be set aside for these educators to shop and purchase a shopping bag of books for only $5. On Saturday, March 17 the $5 per bag price will be extended to the general public.

For additional information on book sale hours, directions to the sale, or the location of convenient nearby parking, visit the Friends' website at

The Friends gratefully acknowledge the continued support of this year's sponsors—the Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR- TV Channel 10, and Comcast.

Year-round shoppers can also enjoy finding affordable used books at these same prices at the Friends @Rothrock Used Book Shop, located downtown at Lawson McGhee Library and open daily.

Members' Preview Sale: Saturday, March 10: 11-6 p.m.
Public Sale: Begins on Sunday, March 11: 1–6 p.m
Weekday Hours: Monday-Friday, March 12-16: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Early Bird Bag Sale: For teachers/librarians Friday, March 16: 4-8:00 p.m.
Public Bag Sale: Saturday, March 17: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Published February 18, 2012

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