Weekly Specials, News & More

Bookstore News July 20 - 23

"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?"  She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose."  George Carlin

You won't even have to ask in the Friends Bookstore, since all of our signage is strategically placed to direct you to anything you may be looking for.  Arrows on our end-caps point to Biography, History, Classic, etc.  Shelves within a section are also labeled wherever appropriate (for example, there is a World War II shelf in the History section).  So come in for a highly organized browsing experience.  We are staffed with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers, for those who are not into the self-help experience.  We are also fully air-conditioned; something you surely want to know this week.

In the spotlight (i.e. organized on special carts) are Hard-cover Fiction, Hobbies & How-To, Travel, Cooking and Gardening


Sidewalk Sale - Saturday, June 4

We are genuinely grateful for the generous donations we receive from the community. We exist because of them. However, we are in the unusual position of needing to ask our friends and patrons to delay bringing in donations until after June 6. Our available space is full, but it won’t be for long. The giant annual Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, June 4 (see below for details) and when the thousands of books we will sell at this sale have found new homes, space will be available again. We appreciate your help and understanding.

What: Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale

When: Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 to 3:30

Where: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street


  • Books are 10¢ each or buy a bag full for $2.00 – your bag or ours
  • Fiction (general fiction, mystery, sci-fi, and romance), assorted nonfiction, lots of children’s books, lots of large print
  • Proceeds help support the library
  • Call 553.7821 with questions


Friends Sidewalk Sale

Bookstore News November 18 - 21

If you enjoy a good mystery, we have a sale for you. Select hard cover mysteries are on sale this week for 50¢ each. But wait, if you want to save even more money and stock up for the winter, you can buy 3 for a dollar! Books include titles by classic and current mystery authors. You’re sure to find many books you will enjoy.

Holiday books are available. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books for children and adults are just the thing to help you begin to get into the spirit of the season.

The annual Gift Book Sale begins a week from Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Mark your calendar for Friday, November 27. The sale begins at 10:00 a.m. The word is out about the quality of books at this sale. Beautiful, gift-quality books are available at a fraction of the retail price. Start your holiday shopping on Friday, November 27 at the Friends Bookstore and I promise you will feel great about both the gifts you’ll buy and the (small) prices you’ll pay.


In the Bookstore November 11 - 14

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross, author

Our small bookstore is filled with ideas to contemplate, facts to learn, and stories to immerse yourself in.

I want to share with you a list of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. Lots and lots of food for thought.

Architecture, Art, Biography, Black Studies, Business, CDs (music), Children’s, Civil War, Classics, Collectibles, Computers, Cooking, Crafts, Diet, Drama, Education, Fiction, Fitness, Food, Foreign Language, Gardening, Geography, Government, Health, History, Hobbies, How To, Humor, Language, Law, Literature, Marriage, Mathematics, Medicine, Michigan, Military, Miscellaneous, Music, Mystery, Native American, Nature, New Age, New Arrivals, Occult, Parenting, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Reading, Reference, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Seniors, Sociology, Speaking, Speech, Sports, Spy, Travel, True Stories, Westerns, Women’s Issues, Writing, Young Adult Fiction

We welcome you to come in and browse.


Bookstore Specials November 4 - 7

Today I woke up to the morning radio DJ announcing that there are only 52 shopping days left until Christmas. Time seems to go so fast! I think I hear this statement or say it myself almost every day. Today, as we do every Tuesday in the bookstore, we talked about what to spotlight this week. We all agreed it’s time to put out the Christmas and Hanukah books. So, if you are ready to plunge (or maybe just wade) into the holiday season, we have the books to help you do just that. Our Holiday Books cart includes fiction, both children and adult, and holiday crafts and cooking.

Also this week VHS videos remain at ½ off our low price (most are only $1.00) and we have an extra cart of Hobbies and How To… books available.

We are still quite low on children’s books. Perhaps you have books your children have outgrown and have been thinking about donating them. Now would be a great time. We will gratefully accept and appreciate your donation. Check out the Donating Books & Media link on our website or call 553.7821 with questions about donating.


Bookstore Specials October 28 - 31

Vintage or antique objects are valued for several reasons including age, beauty and rarity. Determining whether or not an item is vintage or antique is often a subjective decision. The standard that I use is simple; it must be older than I am. That rule doesn’t strictly apply to some of the” vintage” items we have for sale this week. I’m using the term anyway to describe the collection of vintage postcards as well as the vintage University of Michigan Football Programs.

We have a really charming collection of postcards from as early as 1918 and many from the 1950s and 1960s. The postcards are divided by location; including cards from Michigan, Chicago, New York City, Florida, California and more. Looking through these old postcards bring back memories of days gone by and provide a glimpse of social and cultural history.

College football programs also provide a glimpse into the past. The University of Michigan Programs available include: Indiana – Michigan, Nov. 12, 1949; Michigan – Illinois, Nov. 10, 1956; and Michigan – Michigan State, Oct.12, 1957. These programs are in very good condition and are only $5.00 each.

Other items in the spotlight this week are Hobbies and How To (we have a lot of great books) and VHS videos on sale for ½ price.


Help Us Celebrate Our Golden Anniversary

We’re celebrating! For fifty years the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library has been committed to supporting and promoting the library, literacy and reading. To help us celebrate, on Saturday, Michigan author and historian, Larry Massie will present "Old Books, Trash or Treasure" a program designed to help audience members evaluate the worth of their books. (See last week’s post for more information.)

We are also celebrating this important anniversary in the store. What better way to do that than by offering our customers an opportunity to shop from a very special selection of books, and a very special sale? In honor of this milestone we have put together a large and diverse selection of Michigan-themed books. These books include local history (both cities and state), Michigan authors, biographies, cook books and more. In addition to this exceptional selection of Michigan-themed books, we have a really special sale you won’t want to miss. Our regular customers are familiar with our book bundles. A bundle consists of four trade fiction books that normally sell for $2.00 a book. But because we are celebrating you can buy a bundle, four books, for only $2.00. That’s eight dollars worth of books for only $2.00!

Come celebrate with us!


Author Larry Massie presents "Old Books: Trash or Treasure?"

Book Donations Are Appreciated

People often ask if we accept donated books. My answer is "gladly and gratefully." Books donated by the members of our community fill the shelves at the Friends Bookstore. We are often amazed at the wonderful books that we receive.

Donating books is an easy way to have a positive effect on our community.The simple act of donating materials to the bookstore results in a couple of constructive outcomes.  Gently used donated books are gently priced so everyone is able to afford to buy and own books. In addition to that, the proceeds from book sales go to help support the library and its programs. Its a win-win situation.

Please consider donating your gently used books (in good condition) to the Friends Bookstore. For specifics on what we do and do not accept click on the Donating Books and Media link. Our goal is to provide desirable books that are clean and in good condition in the store. Your gently used donations make this possible.




Bookstore Specials January 14 - 17

The weather forecast for the next week or so triggers a strong desire in me to stay in and stay warm, and of course to spend time reading. This week's bargains will make it easy and economical  for you to stock up on reading material and help you enjoy your time inside. Select hard cover fiction is priced at two books for $1.00. This selection of sale priced books includes recent mysteries and fiction. Other specials which might interest you include military history books and a selection of Beatles books and music. We also still have select biographies at half price.


Bookstore Specials January 7 - 10

There is a wealth of new material in the bookstore this week. Books and book sets abound. Apparently many  members of our community used the holiday break to sort through their books and kindly decided to donate those they felt they could live without. Because of that generosity we can now offer you many more wonderful books at wonderful prices.

This week's specials include a large selection of military history books, the entire set of the Britannica Great Books, the Time-Life Library of Arts, and a 2005 and 2007 set of World Book Encyclopedias.

We have also received a donation of about 25 hymnals in excellent shape. We would gladly give these to a church or individual who could use them. Please contact Carol at Friends@kpl.gov or call the store (553.7820) for information.