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Bookstore & Book Sale News Weekof May 25, 2016

I hope you’ve marked your calendars for our big Bag-of-Books Sale on June 4. It will be held in the library parking lot from 9 – 3:30. I think it’s the only place in town you can fill up a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00!

This week in the store all music CDs are only $1.00 per disc. Stock up on some great tunes for the summer.

April 6 - 9 Membership News

Join the Friends – Become a Member 
Our fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31. It's a perfect time to join. 

Joining Friends says to everyone that you care about your library and value its resources. Each new member makes us stronger. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting our mission.

Member Benefits
• Annual Friends newsletter
• 20% discount coupon for one Bookstore purchase (good any time except for rare books and the holiday sale)
• A 50% coupon good one Saturday (to be announced)
• An invitation to a private November pre-sale of our gift quality books
• A special Friends button to put on your coat or book bag

Membership Options :
Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library offer a variety of membership options. You decide which one works for you. Your dues are tax deductible* and 100% (except for mailing costs) goes to benefit the library. Friends proceeds help fund many things including the Reading Together and Summer Reading Programs.

Membership Levels
• Individual $15.00
• Family $25.00
• Supporter $50.00
• Patron $75.00
• Benefactor $100.00
• Other Amount $____


Fall Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, Oct. 3

Mark your calendar! The fall Bag-of-Books Sale will be held on Saturday, October 3. The sale will be held in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of Central Library. The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:30.

This sale will feature all the old regulars - fiction ( both hard cover and paperback) romance, science fiction, assorted non fiction, children's books and various audio/visual materials. We will have a lot of music CDs. Everything is 10 cents each or only $2.00 for a grocery-sized bag full of books.

We will have paper bags that you can fill, but I encourage you to bring a sturdy reusable bag that won't tear apart as you carry home your treasures.We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 10/3/15. Call 269.553.7820 with questions.

Book Sale - Saturday (1/31/15)

Mark your calendars for our next Bag-of-Books Sale coming on Saturday, January 31. As usual, books are 10 cents each or you can fill up a grocery-size bag and pay only $2.00. Please feel free to bring your own sturdy bags. We will have grocery bags for those who need them. The selection will include:


  • Fiction, mystery, romance, and science fiction
  • Assorted nonfiction
  • Children's books
  • Assorted audio visual materials
The sale is at Central library and begins at 9:00 closing at 3:30. Please call 553-7820 with any questions.


Bookstore News October 15 - 18

I’ve received several calls from people wondering about dates for upcoming sales. So grab your pencil and calendar or (more likely) your phone and record these dates.
     •The Annual Gift Book Sale begins the day after Thanksgiving (11/28/14) and continues until supplies are gone. In case you don’t know, the Gift Book Sale features wonderful, like-new, gift-quality books priced at a fraction of retail.
     •The Winter Bag Sale is scheduled for January 31, 2015, and will take place in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library

Bag-ofBooks Sale - Saturday

Our 3rd Bag-of-Books Sale of the year is this Saturday! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to shop from thousands of books divided by category and priced at only 10 cents each or $2:00 for a bag full!

The sale is at Central Library and starts at 9:00. Come early for the best selection. The doors close at 3:30 so don’t be late! The selection includes fiction & mystery, romance, science fiction, assorted nonfiction, children’s books and a variety of audio and visual materials. We hope to see you there!

September Bag-of-Books Sale(1)

I love having things to look forward to. The anticipation of something that I think will be fun or rewarding makes me happy. Here are two things that are coming up soon that I’m looking forward to. First, Labor Day, which translates into a three day weekend and that makes me very happy! Second, the September Bag-of-Books Sale. I love the Bag-of-Books Sale because it’s a fun (if super busy) day for us. I think you will love it because you can choose from a wonderful selection of books all priced at 10¢ each or you can buy a bagfull for only $2.00. Here is what you need to know:

     • DATE: Saturday, September 6, 2014
     • TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
     • PLACE: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street

I encourage you to bring your own grocery-size sturdy bag. You can buy a brown paper bag from us for $2.00 (includes the books you fill it with) if you’d like. Reusable bags are less likely to split open and environmentally friendly too.

Books will be separated into the following categories: fiction & mystery, science fiction, romance, children’s books and assorted nonfiction. Audio/visual materials will also be available including: audio books, videos, DVDs, and CDs.

I hope to see you on the 6th.

Waldo is in the bookstore starting July 1


Where’s Waldo in Kalamazoo? Waldo is hiding in 25 local businesses in Kalamazoo

3-2-1-HUNT! Pick up your FIND WALDO LOCAL passport here at the bookstore (or at any of 25 other participating businesses listed in the passport) and start searching for Waldo. Win prizes when you collect stamps or signatures from at least 10 different businesses, win even more with 20 or more. For more information click on the following link:

Look for this guy (left)


The store will be closed Saturday afternoon

Long time Friend’s volunteer and member of the Friends Board, Ann Schwendener, died last Saturday. After learning of her diagnosis and hearing the prognosis for 6 months, I thought she’d pass in the fall. I dreaded the fall, but she went on the first day of summer. For some weird reason that gives me the tiniest bit of consolation. I don’t know why. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted her around for as long as possible, and I already miss her. But for me, the first day of summer is a happy time, a good time to do anything.

Ann volunteered with the Friends for many, many years. She spoke at this organizations 50th anniversary celebration and shared memories of the early years. Since she died, I’ve looked for a record of when she started volunteering here and I can’t find one. Of course I regret that. Maybe someone else knows.

In addition to working in the bookstore and at book sales, she was on the board and was the treasurer for many years. Ann was one of 3 or 4 people who shared the collective memory of so much of the early days of FKPL: she knew the history because she’d been part of it.

Ann was an outstanding woman, an amazing person. She really lived, she experienced so much, enjoyed so much, and right up to the last year she never seemed to slow down.

We’re closing the store on Saturday afternoon so that those who knew her can attend her memorial service. We will close 1:00.