Weekly Specials, News & More

Bookstore News August 20 - 13

I’m going to assume you know we have a great selection of books, mostly because I’ve been repeating that phrase every week, all summer. So, for right now, that’s a given. This week I want to tell you about two slightly unusual collections that we are spotlighting.

1) We have a good-sized collection of New Age books in very good condition. I looked up the definition of New Age because I always felt it was such an ambiguous phrase. Here’s the first definition I found: “a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism”. That seems a good description of the books we have. I’ve also included non-western, alternative health books. If that sounds interesting to you, come take a look.

2) We received a large donation of piano music. We have scores for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. The collection includes popular music (mostly from the 60s) and an impressive selection of classical music. The 60s pop music is mostly sheet music and I enjoyed a very entertaining trip down memory lane while looking through it. We don’t often have a selection like this.


Bookstore News August 13 - 16

Our bookshelves are so full we hardly have room for display easels! We have so many books we’re considering selling them by the pound. (Not really) This, of course, means there is a lot to choose from. The selection continues to be wonderful. Carve out a little time in your week to do something just for you. And what could be better than spending some time pursuing rows and rows of books. Each book offers a new story, or new information, or maybe just the offer of an escape. Sound good? I hope we see you soon.

The next Bag-of-Books Sale is Saturday, September 6 at Central Library. Mark your calendars now.


Bookstore News August 6 - 9

We put together a cart of Michigan themed books this week. There's a lot of Michigan history including local histories, books on Michigan birds and trees, environmental issues and nature, also books about famous Michiganders and books by Michigan authors.

We're also continuing to put out a lot of general history books. If you're a history buff plan to stop down and check these books out.

Bookstore News July 30 - August 2

So many books – so little time! That is the story of my life. Truthfully I could fill a box with books that came in this week that I want for my own. The donations have been superior. When you can buy wonderful books at one or two dollars apiece it’s easy to quickly have more books than time, but what a glorious problem.  I want you to know that I didn’t fill a box because that would just be greedy and because I want you to come in and be bedazzled by all the wonderful choices!

Bookstore News July 23 - 26

We’ve been having so much fun with the “Where’s Waldo in Kalamazoo” game participants. I think we have had some of the cutest and smartest kids in Kalamazoo visit our store in the last couple of weeks. You still have time to start your search. If you don’t already have a Waldo passport, pick yours up at the bookstore. Get your passport stamped at the store and in the Children’s Room in the library.

In the spotlight this week:
• Art
• Poetry
• History and Military History
All VHS videos ½ off – this means single videos are only 50¢

We added lots of new books to most categories. The selection is great!


Bookstore News July 16 - 19

Specials this week include:
• A great collection of military history books and magazines
• Special collections of art, hobbies and gardening books
• All vhs videos ½ off – most only 50¢

Bookstore News July 9 - 12

It’s an especially good week to come browse at the bookstore if your reading choice is nonfiction. We received a large donation of really nice books, mostly nonfiction; many are history, science, sociology, and travel books. In addition, we pulled together a collection of art books that’s varied, interesting and priced right. We look forward to seeing you.

Waldo is in the bookstore starting July 1

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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: http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/event/wheres-waldo-kalamazoo-kick-0

Look for this guy (left)

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Bookstore News June 25 - 28

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 a list with you of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. 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 News June 18 - 21

I just walked through the store, giving it the once over before I go home for the night, checking to make sure that things will look good when we open for business tomorrow. At the same time I was trying to decide what to write about in this weekly bookstore blog. Voila, I thought why not write what I see? Here are a few titles that caught my eye.

   • Local author Margean Gladysz’s book – A Spy on the Bus
   • Local author Mark Nepo’s book - Unlearning Back to God
   • The Social Animal by David Brooks
   • Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
   • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
   • I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark (April 2014)

None of these books cost more than $2.50. Good books and great prices; it’s a winning combination.


Bookstore News, June 11 - 14

I saw lots of familiar faces Saturday at the Bag-of-Books Sidewalk Sale. What a day! I often say this is as much a community event as a sale. There’s an air of excitement and anticipation while people are waiting for the yellow ribbon to be cut and the sale to start. It almost feels like a party. On the other hand it’s serious business for many folks too; they come prepared with multiple bags, a bit of patience, and the resolve to hit the book bargain jackpot! The Bag-of-Books Sidewalk Sale during June Jubilee weekend signals the beginning of summer. I hope you were able to stock up on lots of great books for your summertime reading at our sale.

Spotlights in the store this week include: gardening and cooking.


Bookstore News May 14 - 17

 This week it looks like May showers will be bringing June flowers. That means it’s a great time to rest up in preparation for the gardening and lawn work that’s just ahead. You might as well be reading a good book while you’re resting! We have a couple of specials you might want to check out. This week you’ll find:


• Select hard cover mysteries priced $1.00 each and these select books are Buy One Get One Free
• A really interesting selection of Michigan books: histories, biographies, nature books, Michigan authors, and more


Bookstore News May 7 - 10

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 a list with you of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. 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 News April 9 - 12

Classics and literature are in the spotlight this week. We received a very large donation with many classics mostly in literature, but also in philosophy, and religion. The literature includes novels, criticisms, and biographies of authors. Many of these are older books but still in good condition and if you are a lover of literature I think the titles will surprise and please you. This collection includes some unusual things that we don’t often see and as usual you can’t beat the prices. If you’re a fan a Faulkner you will definitely want to check this out.

Bookstore news April 2 - 5

April is National Poetry Month. Beginning in 1996, each April we take time to recognize and celebrate poets and poetry. In 1996, President Clinton commemorated poets saying “Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best." This week we pulled together a really nice selection of children’s poetry including classics by Silverstein, Stevenson, Tomie dePaola, and Judith Viorst. You’ll also find rhymes, tongue twisters and even poetry by Dean Koontz. There’s a little bit of everything. It’s a fun collection that presents lots of opportunity for reading out loud with the child of your choice.


Bookstore News March 26 - 29

This is the last full week of our fiscal year. Next Tuesday is the beginning of our new year. The long, cold, winter was a little tough on sales. If you haven’t been in for a while or if you’re planning on coming in soon; how about this week? Help us finish up the year with a great week. I promise you’ll find lots to make you happy. We have lots of new things in almost every category. I look forward to seeing you this week!

Bookstore News March 19 - 22

 We received a donation of some wonderful needlework magazines. Yarn forward and Interweave Knits include knitting and crochet patterns, colorful pictures and interesting articles. Quilting Arts Magazine is a high quality magazine with inspired quilt designs and Belle Armoire – Art to Wear has fantastic designer quality sewing projects. These magazines are priced between 25¢ and $1.00. These are just a few of the fine needlework publications we have available. There are loads of great ideas and lovely, creative projects in these magazines.

 Do you remember the Landmark Book series? The books are true stories about American History and were written in the 1950s and 60s. We have a nice collection of these books. I know many homeschoolers like them. These books are not in “collectible”” condition, buy they are good solid reading copies, mostly without dust jackets. At $2.00 each it’s a great deal.

 


Bookstore News March 12 - 15

Donations have picked up and that means the selection in the store is better than ever. We replenished our shelves and you’ll find lots of great new things from which to choose. There are a couple of spotlights I’d like to share with you.

This week you can choose from a small but nice selection of The Great Courses by the Teaching Company, on DVD including: The Human Body: How We Fail and How We Heal, Great Religions of the World, The Life and Work of Mark Twain, you can choose from 14 different interesting topics.

And, for the younger crowd we have a nice selection of books from The American Girl Library. There are books about Addy, Samantha, Molly and the rest, as well as American Girl books on manners, math, boys, horses and more. If you know someone that likes American Girl books, we have a good selection at a great price.

Bookstore News March 5 - 8

March is National Reading Month. The National Education Association began Reading Month to encourage reading particularly with and to young children. We have so many wonderful children’s books to choose from. You can find a book for any age child, board books to teen fiction, it’s all here. The selection is great and the price is too! Most books cost about $1.00. Come down and see us and make it a family outing. We have books for everyone.

If you are a fan of classical music you won’t want to miss coming in this week. We have a large collection of classical music on CDs. I’m not an expert but I’ve been told that the selection will put a smile on your face if you love classical music.

Bookstore News February 26 - March 1

“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”
― Helene Hanff, Q's Legacy

I love this quote. Come on down for a little “bookstore therapy.” As always we have lots of new things to choose from this week.

Bookstore News February 19 - 22

Recently a customer stopped me in the store to tell me how much he enjoyed shopping at the bookstore. His comments stayed with me and I thought I would share them with you. He remarked that what he likes about the bookstore is that it combines the best of two worlds for him. He loves ”the thrill of the hunt,” never knowing what treasure he might discover, finding unusual subjects and titles or maybe a book read and loved many years ago, these are the things he feels create the essence of a good used bookstore, but he also really appreciates being able to shop in a store that is a well-organized, bright, space that also contains a great selection of many current titles and best sellers. I have to say I agree with him.

This week: The BOGO special continues on select popular authors and in response to your requests, we now have a selection of audio books on tape back in the store.

Bookstore News February 12 - 15

Buy one get one free this week on select recent titles (2012 and 2013) by popular authors. Authors include: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Mary Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Iris Johansen, Jonathon Kellerman, Fern Michaels, James Paterson, and Stuart Woods. Such a deal!


Our featured authors this week are J.A. Jance, Karen Kingsbury, and Tracie Peterson. We feature an author when we have a big collection of their work. Karen Kingsbury and Tracie Petersen are popular Christian Fiction writers. If you enjoy this genre, come peruse our extensive Christian Fiction section.


We also have a large selection of “Inspirational Romance” in large print. This is something we don’t see very often so if this is your cup of tea, come see us this week.


Bookstore News February 5 - 8

We put out lots of great new stuff this week. Check out Science, History, Biography and Psychology / Self-Help especially for interesting new titles. We have 2 featured categories this week. You’ll find a cart of Religion books in the center aisle filled with a diverse and unusual collection of books on religion. The other category of books we’re featuring is cookbooks, but not just any cookbooks. This week we pulled together a collection of all the Spiral-Bound Church and Community Fundraiser Cookbooks we could find. These cookbooks, priced at $1.00 each often contain regional specialties and in the older ones you may find long-forgotten recipes from days gone by. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Bookstore News January 29 - 31

This is the last week of the first month of 2014. It is time to evaluate the progress made on month-old New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe not. Perhaps you didn’t make any resolutions this year. Possibly you’ve been considering what it is you really want to resolve to do. Let me offer 10 Friendly Resolutions for you to consider. These resolutions are easy to keep, they’ll save you money, and you will be helping yourself and others. Here they are:

1. Tell two friends about the bookstore
2. Shop at the Bag-of-Books Sales in:
       January
       June
       September
3. Shop at the bookstore once a month
4. Bring a friend to the bookstore on one of your visits
5. Read the bookstore’s blog to learn more about weekly specials
6. Renew, and consider upgrading, your membership in the Friends of KPL
7. Invite a friend to join FKPL
8. Attend the annual meeting of Friends
9. Try a new author –at these prices you can afford to take a chance
10. Mark the day after Thanksgiving on your calendar as the public opening of our annual Gift Book Sale. (You will have already had a sneak preview on Tuesday afternoon before Thanksgiving if you are a member.)

Bookstore News January 8 - 11

The Friends Bookstore is opening on Wednesday 1/8/14 after being closed for a week. Our volunteers spent that week making some changes that we hope will improve your shopping experience.
We’d like to welcome you back to our new and improved bookstore with a couple great sales.

SALE - January 8 – 11

All Trade Edition Fiction (larger paperback) is 50% OFF*
All Premium Edition Fiction (bigger than Mass-Market & smaller than Trade) is 50% OFF

*excludes books on “New Arrivals” bookshelf


Holiday Schedule

We will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week. All of next week we will be closed. When we reopen on Wednesday, January 8th we will be reorganized and reinvigorated and ready for the new year.

Happy holidays!

Bookstore News and Holiday Schedule - December 2013

Are you traveling over the holidays? Long drives are the perfect time to enjoy an audio book. We just received a big selection of books on CD. We have a lot of fiction and mystery and a smattering of very good nonfiction too. As always the prices are hard to beat.


Are you still gift shopping? We still have quite a few gift-quality books. In addition to the special “gift-quality” books there are many wonderful books on our shelves that would make great gifts.


Holiday Schedule:
     • The week of the 16th – open all week – regular schedule
     • The week of the 23rd – Closed on the 25th and open the 26th, 27th, and 28th
     • The week of the 30th - CLOSED ALL WEEK


Bookstore News December 11 - 14

Many of us are seriously occupied with gift buying decisions right now. Buying and giving just-the-right gift is a wonderful thing! Sometimes thinking of just-the-right gift is a frustrating thing. I can whole-heartedly recommend browsing the bookstore for any reader on your holiday list. We have a great selection of books and the bang-for-your-buck is hard to beat anywhere in town. While you’re here check out our Collectibles Cabinet. The Collectibles Cabinet contains all sorts of special books; you will find rare, signed, and unusual books. Here are a few examples of the signed books we have:

• The Life You Imagine – signed by Derek Jeter
• Garden of the Beast – signed by Erik Larson
• Theodore Boone – signed by John Grisham
• White House Diary – signed by President Jimmy Carter

Just ask at the counter and we will be happy to let you look through our collectible books. Maybe just-the-right gift is waiting for you there.


Friends Bookstore News December 4 - 7

What a busy and transitional time last weekend was! We put away the autumn and Thanksgiving décor and immediately put up the Christmas decorations. My head is swimming a little. The Friends Bookstore began its annual Gift Book Sale on Friday and our little shop was buzzing with activity all day. Several people mentioned that the store was crowded, but that everyone seemed happy. We have plenty of gift-quality books left, so please don’t worry that you’ve missed out if you didn’t make it down last weekend. We will continue to put out new things as we can. Come downtown, enjoy the decorations on the mall and in the park, take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley, and come see us at the bookstore.

Friends Bookstore News November 27 - 30

Happy Thanksgiving! The Holiday Season has officially begun. I'd like to suggest to you again this year that you start your Black Friday shopping in downtown Kalamazoo.  I'd like to further suggest that you make your first stop the Friends Bookstore. Friday is the first day of our annual Gift-Quality Book Sale. You will find a fabulous selection of books that you will be proud to give as gifts. In addition to the joy you will feel at finding just the right gift, you will be very pleased with yourself  because you will pay just a fraction of the retail price!

Bookstore News November 13 - 16

Gift-quality books from a used book store. Really? If you’ve never been to our annual Gift Book Sale you might question that. But, if you have been to the Friends Gift Book Sale you most likely have it marked on your calendar and have plans to be here when the doors open.

All year we set aside books for this sale. These books must meet one very strict standard; they must look like new books. Surprisingly we receive enough “like new” donations to put together a pretty awesome sale every year. So here’s the bottom line – you can buy gift-quality, “like-new” books for a fraction of retail price.

The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Start your holiday shopping at the Friends Bookstore and I think you’ll get off to a very rewarding start!

This week: Buy select trade fiction, normally priced at $2.00 each, two for a dollar.

Bookstore News November 6 - 9

November is Picture Book Month. I think it’s fitting that we set aside an entire month to celebrate picture books. Picture books make a valuable and significant contribution in our lives. If you love stories there’s a good chance that love was nurtured at a very young age. It’s a good bet that the pleasure you receive from a well-told tale began snuggled up with mom or dad and a picture book. We know that reading to children is a nurturing activity that encourages a love of reading. So, this month we will celebrate picture books!

We have an enormous supply of picture books. We have picture books that tell comforting stories, teaching stories, exciting stories, well, all kinds of stories. And don’t forget the “picture” in picture book. The pictures add so much to the story and the artwork is often phenomenal. Most of our picture books are priced at a dollar or two. Come down to the bookstore and help us celebrate picture books this month!

Bookstore News October 30 - November 2

As you walk in the front door of the bookstore, just to your right, is a bookshelf which houses our New Arrivals and Staff Picks. “New arrival” often means very current, recently published books. Staff picks are books that volunteers have read and recommend. Here’s the titles of a few I picked out to share with you, to give you an idea of what we have.
• “July 1914 Countdown to War” by Sean McMeekin, published 2013 – a history of the decisions that led to the war in 1914
• “Say Nice Things About Detroit”, by Scott Lasser, published 2012 – a suspenseful tale set in Detroit and recommended by Elmore Leonard
• “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou, published 2013 – a memoir about Maya Angelou’s relationship with her mother
• “The Orchard A Memoir” by Theresa Weir, published 2011 – a gripping memoir of woman’s “struggle, resilience, and love in the American heartland”
• “The Quest” by Nelson DeMille, published 2013 – DeMille’s latest thriller
• “Brotherhood, Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream” by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra, published 2013
That’s just a few titles to whet your interest. I hope you’ll come down this week and see what else we have.

Bookstore News October 23 - 26(1)

Here’s what’s half price this week:

Select tween/teen books, mostly fiction with a bit of nonfiction are ½ off!  Many if not most of these books are only 25¢ or 50¢ now!

All our Halloween books are reduced by half so they will fly out of the store and into someone’s home where they can work their Halloween magic before the big day!

Select fiction that’s part of one of our quirkier sales – all the books have orange or black or orange & black colored spines. It’s an interesting and totally diverse and dissimilar collection of books. Hey the good things is they are normally $2.00 books that are only $1.oo this week

Come and take a look.

 


Bookstore News October 23 - 26

Here’s what’s half price this week:

Select tween/teen books, mostly fiction with a bit of nonfiction are ½ off!  Many if not most of these books are only 25¢ or 50¢ now!

All our Halloween books are reduced by half so they will fly out of the store and into someone’s home where they can work their Halloween magic before the big day!

Select fiction that’s part of one of our quirkier sales – all the books have orange or black or orange & black colored spines. It’s an interesting and totally diverse and dissimilar collection of books. Hey the good things is they are normally $2.00 books that are only $1.oo this week

Come and take a look.

 


Bookstore News October 16 - 19

This week in the store:
   • Select Children and Tween books are ½ off. Great prices on great picture and chapter books!
   • A spotlight on Biographies. Biographies can inspire, entertain, and teach, why not read a biography of someone    interesting this week? We have a great selection.
   • Halloween Books –“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers,’ tis near Halloween.”  It's almost here, enjoy it!

Bookstore News October 9 - 12

Recently I was reading an article about children’s picture books online. I’d like to share a paragraph with you that I think captures the essence of reading picture books aloud.

“The words in a picture book are written to be performed. They are meant to be read aloud. Each syllable, each line break, each sentence’s placement on the page and where those critical page-turns occur, the rhythm, the word choice, the repetition (and maybe even the rhyme, if it’s done well) — all of these are massively important. The goal is for everything to come together in such a way that the reader of the book becomes a star performer and their audience adores them. The read-aloud experience should be so extraordinary that practically as soon as the book is closed, everyone just wants to open it up and do it again.”


http://archive.hbook.com/magazine/articles/2011/may11_frazee.asp

Reading a picture book aloud should be an EXPERIENCE. Reading aloud is a shared activity, as much fun for the reader as the read to. Stories we hear as children often stay with us our whole lives, teaching lessons that become part of the fabric of who we are. The memories of being read to can also last a lifetime.

The Friends Bookstore has a wonderful collection of children’s picture books and older children’s books also. This week you will find many on sale for ½ off. For a dollar or less you can create an experience and make wonderful memories too.


Bookstore News October 2 - 5

“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 that will carry you away.

I want to share with you a list of the categories of books we have available in the bookstore. You'll find 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, Vintage Volumes, Westerns, Women’s Issues, Writing, Young Adult Fiction

We invite you to come in and browse.


Bookstore News September 25 - 28

We’ve worked very hard to get out the message that the Friends Bookstore has an exciting selection of recently released titles and currently popular books. We’ve gone to great lengths to let people know that we are not the kind of bookstore that is full of dusty old volumes with long forgotten titles.

But people do like old books too. And many people enjoy looking through books from days gone by. So this week we have pulled together a cart full of vintage volumes for just those folks. If you are one of those people, come down and peruse our golden oldies.

In addition to vintage volumes we are spotlighting hunting books this week.  From wild turkey to deer and big game, there’s a lot to choose from. 

 


Bookstore News September 18 - 21

The Bag-of Books Sale was a great success! Many wonderful books found new homes and space was made for “new” books to make their way into the bookstore. The next Bag Sale is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014. In November we hold our annual Gift-Quality Book Sale. That sale begins the day after Thanksgiving and you can buy wonderful gift-quality books for a fraction of retail price. These are both special events to look forward to. In the meantime we are open four days a week, every week, with great selections at amazingly low prices.

Bookstore News August 28 - 31

The Children’s Book Sale continues this week. People walked out of the store with armloads of great children’s books last week for ½ of our already low prices. No worries if you missed the sale last week, not only are all children’s books still ½ off but all the shelves have been refilled and the selection is fantastic!

If you have ever dreamed about starting your own business, you might want to plan on paying us a visit this week. We have a great selection of books that might give you some ideas and suggestion on ways to make that dream come true and show you ways to profit from doing what you love.

And don't forget - Saturday, September 14, is the next Bag-of-Books Sale!

 


Bookstore News August 21 - 24

This week ALL children's books are 1/2 off! That means all picture books, all chapter books, all science books, all classics, all easy readers, all myths and folk tales - well I thnk you get it - ALL chilldren's books are 1/2 off!

Bookstore News August14 - 17

Books for 10¢ each! A grocery-size bag filled to the very top with books for only $2.00! It’s almost time for the annual Friends Fall Bag-of-Books Sale! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14. The sale will be on the third floor of Central Library and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You will find lots of fiction, assorted non-fiction and children’s books. Stay tuned and I will fill you in on the details as we get closer to the date.

In the store this week we have lots of new children’s books, CDs, cookbooks, and unique and interesting reference materials.

Bookstore News August 7 - 10

Back to school, those are either dreaded words or music to your ears, depending on your perspective. We’ve already had people in looking for books from class reading lists. We have a good selection of the classics, literature, and quality fiction that teachers often ask their students read. Think about us when you get ready to buy. Why pay $10.00, $15.00, or more when you could buy it here for $1.00 or $2.00?

We have put together a cart of books for Back to School. It includes reference materials like dictionaries, atlases, grammar and writing aids, and other things that will be helpful in school.

And, on a totally non-school related topic, we have a nice collection of Nancy Drew books. These are hard cover, with a yellow binding, published in 2000. They’re a deal at $2.00 apiece.

Bookstore News July 31 - August 3

Videos remain on sale this week. Popular movie titles and new and classic children’s videos are only 50¢ each. If you’re feeling a little nostalgic for the “good old days” you might be interested in the Collector’s Edition of Soap, the popular and controversial prime-time soap opera spoof that ran from 1977 to 1981. The complete show is available in 20 videos.
     Are you the type of person who read encyclopedias when you were a kid? Do you love trivia? Do you surf the internet looking for interesting information? If you said yes to any of these questions we have a collection of books that might be right down your alley. This week we have a very interesting assortment of reference books on some unusual topics. You will find a compendium of aliens, robots and space ships, an encyclopedia of cowboys, an atlas of ancient Egypt, a dictionary of soldier talk, a book of famous villains, and more. You really need to come see for yourself.

Bookstore News July 24 - 27

We’re running a ½ price sale on all our VHS videos. We have a large selection of videos including popular movies, Walt Disney movies, nature videos and more. Individual videos are only 50¢ and sets are ½ off too.

Poetry is also being featured this week. Select poetry is ½ off. We have also refilled our shelves with a lot of “new” poetry. There is much to choose from.

Bookstore News July 10 - 13

This week in the bookstore:
• A select group of paperback and hard cover mystery is priced at only 50¢ each – try a new author
• A 2000 World Book Encyclopedia Set (22 volumes) for $50.00
• DVDs and CDs for only $2.50 each
• Great Art books!
• James Patterson’s 12th of Never, Clive Cussler’s Zero Hour, and Nora Robert’s Whiskey Beach, along with many other new releases

Bookstore News July 3 - 6

 

“Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.”
― Virginia Woolf, Street Haunting

I love both the “wild, homeless books” and the “domesticated volumes” and happily we have access to both at KPL and Friends of KPL. Plan to visit this week, the adventure awaits you! ~ Carol

Literary (Trade) Fiction is still 1/2 off this week.


Bookstore News June 26 - 29

This week:
- All literary fiction (a.k.a. trade fiction) is ½ off – normally $2.00, only $1.00 this week!
- Lots more great art books
- A wonderful selection of music book; books about music, instrument construction, and musicians
- Great donations this week means great choices for you!

Bookstore News June 19 - 22

We’ve put together a couple of great collections in the bookstore this week. We received an awesome donation of art books recently. You’ll find art by Diego Rivera, Cezanne, Magritte, Gauguin, and many others. You’ll also find a bit of how to – art technique books and books on design and architecture.

The second special collection we put out is what we call “Hobbies and How to” this category consists of books on crafts, games, collectibles, home improvement, needlecraft, and photography. You’re sure to find something to inspire you here.

Bookstore News June 12 - 15

If local history interests you; if you enjoy reading about local people, architecture, ecology, and events, both past and present, you’ll want to take a look at our Michigan Books collection. Here are just a few of the books you’ll find in the store when we open on Wednesday:
 • Kalamazoo: Nineteenth Century Homes in a Midwestern Village by Schmitt and Korab – Beautiful photographs that provide an inventory of historic homes in Kalamazoo
• The Events of October by Griffin - The story of a devastating murder on the campus of Kalamazoo College
• A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach by Niewenhuis – One woman’s trek of the perimeter of Lake Michigan
• Cooper Trails and Iron Rails by Massie – A fascinating look at Michigan’s history
• Michigan Gardener’s Guide by Boland, Coit, and Hair – The what, where, when, how & why of Michigan gardening

Sidwalk Sale Saturday, June 8

Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday! I love this sale and this day in downtown Kalamazoo. There’s so much going on in Kzoo that day; the book sale, Do Dah Parade, Greek Fest, and so much more. The energy level is high and everywhere you look people are having a good time! Come enjoy the fun, stock up on books for 10¢ each or bring a grocery-size bag and fill it up for $2.00. When you buy books in the sale you get a coupon to use in the store. And don’t make the mistake of neglecting the store on Saturday, you’ll find all sorts of great deals inside too. If you read my blog or if you read this on Facebook, take a minute and say hi if you see me. I love to make those personal connections with other book lovers!

Bookstore News May 22 - 25

 Come on down and see us this week. We put out lots of new stuff on Monday and Tuesday. If you’re here at noon on Wednesday you’ll get first pick of all the new books shelved this week. But we put out new books almost every day so any day is a good day to shop at the Friends Bookstore.

 Our science-fiction BOGO continues this week – with new books added daily.  We put out a lot of great science and nature this week and also have a $1.00 science and nature cart with lots of  bargains on it. You’ll also find sale carts of military history and  black studies, both marked 1/2 off.

 


Friends Bookstore News May 15 - 18

Here are two sales to check out at the Friends Bookstore this week:

  • Select Science Fiction is Buy One (for $1.00) and Get One Free
  • Select Black Studies is ½ off our regular low prices

Good selection at great prices!

Also, we put out an exceptionally nice selection of art books this week. If you enjoy art books, hurry down, these always go fast.


Bookstore News May 8 - 11

Five Reasons You Should Buy Your Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift at the Friends:
   1) Great low prices mean you can buy lots of books, DVDs, CDs, and/or audio books.
   2) Great selection means you’re sure to find something your mom will like.
   3) Gift Certificates are available, so you can let Mom enjoy choosing her own books.
   4) Your mom will appreciate how thrifty and sensible you are.
   5) Your mom will be proud and happy that you got her a great gift while supporting your local library!
Check out our pre-selected Mother’s Day books that are ½ off this week, but don’t limit yourself to our selection, there are many books throughout the store that will make wonderful gifts.

Bookstore News May 1 - 4

One of the things that keep people coming back again and again to the Friends Bookstore is the element of surprise. You never know what will be available from week to week. Each time you visit the store you will see something different; you might find a collectible vintage volume or a New York Times Best Seller. Here’s just a sample of the many hundreds of books put out this week:
• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachael Joyce
• The Trials of Lenny Bruce – the Fall and Rise of an American Icon, with CD, by Collins & Skover
• The Striker by Clive Cussler
• The Plan of Chicago – Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, by Carl Smith
• Netherlanders in America, A Study of Emigration and Settlement in the 19th and 20th Centuries in the United States of America by Jacob Van Hinte ( a hefty 1155 page tome)
• Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
• The Tin Ticket, The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss
• The Kalamazoo County Polk Directory 2012
• 250 new children’s picture books!

Bookstore News April 24 - 27

Spring

I’m shouting
I’m singing
I’m swinging through trees
I’m winging sky high
With the buzzing black bees.

I’m the sun
I’m the moon
I’m the dew on the rose.
I’m a rabbit
Whose habit
Is twitching his nose.

I’m lively
I’m lovely
I’m kicking my heels.
I’m crying “Come dance”
To the freshwater eels.

I’m racing through meadows
Without any coat
I’m a gamboling lamb
I’m a light leaping goat
I’m a bud
I’m a bloom
I’m a dove on a wing.

I’m running on rooftops
And welcoming spring!

- Karla Kuskin


This is the last full week of National Poetry Month. We’ve been featuring poetry all month and we still have so many wonderful children’s poetry books available! I’m going to try and tempt you with a special sale this week, Buy One and Get One Free! I think you’ll have a great time just paging through these books, and I know you’ll have fun reading them out loud!

We also have great special sales on trade fiction and mystery. Oh, and there’s a wonderful selection of poetry for grown-ups too.



Bookstore News April 17 - 20

We have two sales in the bookstore this week that I think you’ll want to check out. A large and varied selection of our trade fiction is on sale– buy one for $1.00 and get one free.(If you’re curious by what I mean by trade fiction, read below) You will find lots of popular authors and recent titles. These are garage sale prices! Come in and stock up! The other sale is on select short stories. We have a very nice selection of short stories for ½ off our regular prices, which makes most of these books 50¢ or $1.00.
If you haven’t visited us for a while, do it this week. In addition to all the great fiction we have books on everything from agriculture (gardening) to Zen Buddhism.

Paperback trade fiction is probably the most popular fiction that we sell in the bookstore. Occasionally someone will ask what exactly trade fiction is. Paperback books are published in three formats – mass market, trade and premium. Mass market paperbacks are the small paperbacks that usually sell for $7.99 new, premium paperbacks are the newest edition to the paperback family and are the same width as mass market paperbacks but about ¾” taller and sell for $9.99 new, and trade fiction are both wider and taller than both of the other formats and sell for $14.99 new. Trade fiction paperbacks are often referred to as book club books.

Bookstore News April10 - 13

April is National Poetry Month. It is the month that we celebrate and honor poets and poetry. We put together a cart of poetry for children, geared for the most part toward younger children, and featuring humorous and whimsical poems. What child can resist a good rhyme? Take advantage of National Poetry Month to share the joy of poetry with a child you love. We have not left adults out of the celebration either. You will find a cart full of poetry we pulled together for you. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to savor a beautifully written poem may be just what you need.

Bookstore News April 3 - 6

Spring is here. I know that, not because the weather has convinced me, but because I see the school-age children out and about, off from school for (it must be) spring break. It looks like the weather is not going to cooperate by providing warm, sunny, spring days, for playing outdoors. So if you find yourself looking for something to do with your kids, I have a suggestion.
KPL is offering a series of fun events and activities geared for young school-aged children. The
program is called Spring Break Staycation and it runs all week. Check out the KPL website to learn more. While you are at the library with your children, be sure and visit the bookstore on the lower level. We have a wonderful Children’s area, filled with many story books, picture books, and nonfiction. There is also a teen/tween section filled with books for your middle or high schooler.

This week we have a great selection of Caldecott and Newbery award winning books available. And as a special spotlight for spring break we have a cart full of tween/teen fiction priced 3 for $1.00.

Finally, because April is poetry month, we have put together a cart full of children’s poetry. There are some really fun and entertaining poetry books I think you’ll enjoy sharing with your children.

We look forward to seeing you.

Bookstore News March 27 - 30

The Buy One Get One Free special continues on select Teen Fiction this week. Buy one book for a dollar and get a second book free. There is a lot of good reading available at this stunningly low price.

We are also spotlighting Michigan books this week. We have put together a collection of Michigan-themed books. It’s a varied and interesting collection of recent and older books. Here’s a sample of some of the topics: ship wrecks on the Great Lakes, city histories, lore and legends, native plants, gardener’s guide, and much more.

Friends Bookstore News March 20 - 23

Teen and Tween fiction is on sale this week. Don’t miss this special Buy One Get One Sale on select Teen and Tween fiction. When you buy one book for $1.00 you get the second one free. Stock up. Spread the word. This is a wonderful way for voracious readers to assure a supply that will stave off the anxiety that arises when the book pile starts to dwindle. (That isn’t just me is it?)

Bookstore News March 13 - 16

The sale on select Large Print books continues this week. It’s a super sale – buy one for $1.00 and get two free – that’s three for the price of one! These are hardcover books, mostly fiction, and a real eclectic group of authors and titles. This is the last week to get these Large Print books at this extraordinary price!

If you like Science Fiction you will want to plan a visit. We have a lot of Sci-Fi so we put out an extra cart-full, that’s an extra 150 plus Science Fiction books to choose from this week.

Large Print Sale - March 6- 9

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing! Right now we have way too many large print books. Boxes and boxes (and boxes) of large print books – good books – but they’re taking more than their fair share of space. I think our solution will make some people very happy. The books are out of the boxes now and starting Wednesday, we are offering a very special deal on select large print books, buy one for $1.00 and get 2 free! The books are hardcover and most are fiction, but not all, there is a sprinkling of assorted nonfiction. If you know someone who likes or needs large print, please let them know about this sale. I’m sure they’ll thank you.

Bookstore News February 27 - March 2

You can Buy One Get One Free this week on select hard cover fiction; buy one book for only $1.00 and get a second book free. This collection of books includes general fiction, mystery and even a little sci-fi. You will choose from recent titles and popular authors. This is another one of those deals you don’t want to miss.

Every once in a while donations coming into the bookstore slow down. Maybe it’s the weather or just the time of year, after all it’s cold, often with rain or snow. We are beginning to get low on certain categories of books. We are presently looking for GENTLY USED books in the following categories:

• Literature and Classics – this is our greatest need
• History
• Civil War
• Art
• Cook Books

You can click on this link http://www.kpl.gov/friends/bookstore/donating.aspx for information on donating or just click on the Donating Books and Media link to the right of this post.

We truly appreciate your help.

Friends Bookstore February 20 - 23

 Here are a couple of reasons you should visit the Friends Bookstore this week:

  • We added many lovely leather-looking classics by the Franklin Library Press to our Classics and Literature collection, think Jane Eyre, The Scarlet Letter, Paradise Lost, etc.
  • This is the last week for our 10¢ sale on select children’s books
  • We put together a nice selection of Black Studies books in honor of Black History Month
  • We have a spotlight on Science Fiction
  • We have a spotlight on Children’s folk tales, myths and legends
  • We have great deals every day!

 


Bookstore News February 13 - 16

The donations we receive from the generous people in this community keep our little store fresh and interesting. Almost every day we unload boxes and bags filled with books which we then sort, price and shelve. I can assure you that the people in this community are not only generous but also interesting and well read. We love receiving the wide range of topics and titles we are given.

We do get a lot of questions about the types of books we want or need. I appreciate questions. There are certain books or types of books that we don’t have a market for. For example, old text books are not big sellers, neither are old encyclopedias or old health or legal books. This link www.kpl.gov/friends/bookstore/donations will give you the information you need.

Right now we are in need of current nonfiction. We are looking for history, science, psychology, self-help, art, travel and geography books. We know that many people read their books and save them; other’s read and pass their books along. If you have current nonfiction that you are ready to pass along we would love to accept it and get it out in the store for others to enjoy. Your donations make great books available for others to read and help raise funds to support our local library. Please call us at 553.7820 if you have any questions.

Bookstore News February 6 - 9

This is definitely the time of year that you do not want to run out of books to read; it’s cold, it’s snowy, and it’s just plan difficult to get around. There is an easy way to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. Bundle up and come on down to the Friends Bookstore, bring $10.00 with you. With an investment of $10.00 and a little time spent looking through our books, you could easily walk out of here with enough books to get you through the worst part of the rest of this winter.

Spotlights this week include: Black History, Children’s Folk Tales, Memoirs, and Valentine’s Day books.

Bookstore News January 30 - February 2

 

“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. You'll find 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.


Bag-of-Books Sale Saturday, January 26

This is the week you’ve been waiting for. The first Bag-of-Books  Sale of 2013 is this Saturday and once again two dollars buys a grocery-size bag full of books! There are thousands of good books to choose from. Books will be divided by category, and you can select from general fiction and mystery, science fiction, romance, large print, assorted nonfiction, and children’s books. There will also be CDs, videos, and audio books.. You never know what treasures you may find!

 
The sale starts at 9:00 Saturday morning and winds up at 3:30. It takes place on the third floor of Central Library. We encourage you to bring your own bag but we will have a limited supply of bags available. All books and a/v materials at this sale are 10₵ each or only $2.00 for everything you can fit in a grocery-size bag. 

 
Call us at 553.7820 if you have any questions.


Bookstore News January 9 - 12

This week our normal business hours resume. The new year is firmly underway and we begin 2013 grateful for the opportunity to continue the rewarding relationships we have with the Kalamazoo Public Library and also with the Kalamazoo/Portage community.

The Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library was organized in 1937 by a group of residents that valued and wanted to give support to the public library. (Click here to learn more about the history of the FKPL http://www.kpl.gov/friends/history.aspx  ) The present Board and members of the Friends of KPL continues to be dedicated to promoting the library as an essential institution in our community. We feel privileged to be able to carry on these efforts and proud of our local public library and all the important services it offers to our community. We believe that the Kalamazoo Public Library is truly one of Kalamazoo’s greatest assets.

Kalamazoo is a community that values and supports its library. One of the ways this community shows that support is through generous donations to the FKPL. We are constantly surprised and delighted by the quantity and quality of the donations we receive.

So as we begin this new year we want to thank the Kalamazoo Public Library for the amazing contributions it makes to our community, we want to thank all of the wonderful people that donate books and music and movies, and we want to thank our customers who over time have become our friends.

Spotlights this week are: Religion, Political Science, and Poetry

Bookstore News December 26 - 29

Holiday Store Hours:

This week the store will be open Friday (12/28) and Saturday (12/29)

Next week the store will be open Thursday (1/3), Friday (1/4), and Saturday (1/5)


Bookstore News December 12 - 15

The Christmas and New Year Holidays will disrupt our normal business hour this year. We will be open reduced hours the weeks of December 24 – 29 and December 31 – January 5. We don’t want you to make a trip to see and find us closed so jot our holiday schedule down.
• Christmas week will be open only on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th
• New Year week we will be open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – the 3rd, 4th, and 5th

This week in the store we have a spotlight on Michigan books. This collection  is a mixed bag of books about Michigan’s history, environment, people, and books by Michigan authors both fiction and nonfiction. There are some very nice books here. Many would make lovely gifts. Speaking of gifts, we are continuing to add to our Gift-Quality Book Sale. Remember us as you start or continue your holiday shopping.

Bookstore News December 5 - 8

Every week we add new books to our Gift-Quality Books Sale. And, of course we always add hundreds of new books each week to our bookstore shelves. Think of us as you start or continue your holiday shopping this season.

I have a couple ideas to share that could help simplify some of your holiday challenges. Here are three gift suggestions I think you can use.
1. Gift Quality Books – Last Friday was the first day of our Annual Gift Book Sale. At this sale you will find “gift quality” books, simply put that means books that look brand new. This sale is held while supplies last. I think you will be pleased to find great gift books still available. But, hurry!
2. Gift Certificates – what a wonderful gift for a book lover! At the Friends Bookstore, a small investment in funds reaps a big reward. This is a place where you will get bang for your buck!
3. Peruse our shelves – I guarantee that there are plenty of books on our shelves that would make lovely gifts. Although not all the books on the shelves may be “gift quality” there are so many interesting topics and new and popular titles that you are sure to find something great to give as a gift.

We look forward to seeing you.

Bookstore News Nov. 28 - Dec.1

The holiday season is in full swing. I was surprised by the explosion of Christmas trees and outdoor holiday lights that appeared almost overnight in my neighborhood last weekend. I’m grateful; it gave me the nudge I needed to get started on my holiday to-do list.

I have a couple ideas to share that could help simplify some of your holiday challenges. Here are three gift suggestions I think you can use.
     1. Gift Quality Books – Last Friday was the first day of our Annual Gift Book Sale. At this sale you will find “gift quality” books, simply put that means books that look brand new. This sale is held while supplies last. I think you will be pleased to find great gift books still available. But, hurry!
     2. Gift Certificates – what a wonderful gift for a book lover! At the Friends Bookstore, a small investment in funds reaps a big reward. This is a place where you will get bang for your buck!
     3. Peruse our shelves – I guarantee that there are plenty of books on our shelves that would make lovely gifts. Although not all the books on the shelves may be “gift quality” there are so many interesting topics and new and popular titles that you are sure to find something great to give as a gift.

We look forward to seeing you.

Bookstore News - November

THE BOOKSTORE WILL CLOSE AT 3:30 ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Friday, November 23 is the first day of our annual Gift Book Sale. The Gift Book Sale features gift-quality, like-new books at a fraction of retail price. These are books you will be proud to give as gifts! The large and diverse selection includes: art, nature and science, classics, memoirs, travel, history, cookbooks, children’s books and much, much more. The sale starts when the doors open Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, at 10:00 and continues until supplies are gone. Mark your calendar for this one!


Bookstore News 11/11/2012

“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. You'll find 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.


Holiday Parade Day Special 11/10/2012

If it's Saturday, November 10, 2012 and before 4:00 p.m., you still have time to take advantage of our Holiday Parade Day special. All children's books are Buy One - Get One FREE! We mean ALL our children's books. When you buy one you get the second of equal or lesser value free. Come down and stock up.


Friends Bookstore News November 7 - 10

Hopefully by Wednesday morning we will be in a post-election week. I recommend taking a break from politics. Treat yourself to a visit to the Friends Bookstore and check out all the great new stuff that came in this week. You will find:

  • A great selection of Art Books – this collection includes art, architecture, and design
  • A wonderful assortment of cookbooks filled with tempting recipes – including Rachel Ray’s 30 Minutes Meals, The Ritz-Carlton Cookbook, and The Philosopher’s Kitchen
  • Popular new releases in fiction and nonfiction
  • An eclectic selection of music CDs, many popular DVDs and books on CDs
  • And of course…so much more! 

FriendsBookstore news October 31 - November 3

This week at the Friends Bookstore you will find these popular new releases:
   • James Patterson’s Zoo
   • Clive Cussler’s The Tombs
   • Debbie Macomber’s The Inn at Rose Harbor
   • Jeffery Deaver’s XO
   • Iris Johansen’s Sleep No More

Our extensive collection of large print books includes authors like:
   • J.D. Robb
   • J.A. Jance
   • Anne Perry
   • David Baldacci
   • Jonathon Kellerman

All Halloween books are ½ off.

Thanksgiving books are now available.


Bookstore News October 24 - 27

Halloween is almost here. This week all Halloween books are ½ off. Shop from our selection of Halloween books for all ages. You’ll find spooky stories, scary legends, tales of horror that will rob you of your sleep and a large dose of Halloween fun too. Pick up a book or two to share with your little Trick or Treaters and maybe a good scary tale to enjoy yourself.

On sale this week: Select science, nature, and archeology. We have a cartful of interesting reads all priced at a dollar or less.


Bookstore News October 17 - 20

This Saturday is Sweetest Day and we have some very sweet deals for you! Indulge your sweetie with a treat from the bookstore. With most books priced between 50¢ and $2.00 you can make a big splash with very little cash! Whether you buy one special book you know will be enjoyed or buy ½ dozen (and still probably spend under $10.00) your special someone will appreciate your thoughtfulness. In addition to fiction, mystery, science fiction and romance, we have over 65 categories of nonfiction – from architecture to writing.

Spotlights this week include: Halloween, Religion, Hobbies and How To, History and Military History, and select ½ price Biographies.


Bookstore News October 10 - 13

This week we are celebrating our library’s 140th birthday. For 140 years the Kalamazoo Public Library has been a priceless resource to this community providing books and valuable services to our residents. Working in the library I have found that people love to share stories of what the library means and has meant to them. I have heard countless stories of happy hours spent in the library while growing up and the long lasting positive effects that practice had.  I think it goes without saying that our community is a better place to live thanks to our library. So I hope you’ll join me in saying Happy Birthday KPL!

To honor our library, we would like to celebrate with you by offering all our large size paperback fiction that normally sells for $2.00, for only $1.40 this week. We have a great selection of this quality fiction. Come stock up while it’s on sale.

Spotlights this week include: Art, Halloween, and Hobbies and How To (we have a great selection of craft books)


Bookstore News October 3 - 6

We’re honoring our volunteers this week. We feel so lucky to have such a great group of volunteers. These are people that care deeply about the importance of our library and also believe in the importance of making sure there is affordable reading material available for the community, so that as many people as possible can own their own books. When you stop in the bookstore this week, take a minute and tell one of the volunteers how much you appreciate the work they do.

The new spotlight this week is: Art

Continuing spotlights are: Halloween Books and Michigan Books

Bookstore News September 26 - 29

I’d like to briefly fill you in on our Bag-of-Books Sale that took place last Saturday. It was a huge success! I measure success for our sales in three ways. Of course, making money to help support our worthy library is important, and moving books out to make room for new donations is also crucial, but finally and really every bit as important is sense of accomplishment we all feel from taking part in a hectic but truly happy day as hundreds of people shopping through thousands of books fill their bags with treasures at rock-bottom prices! If you missed this sale don’t despair, just mark your calendar now for January 19, that’s the date of our next Bag-of-Books Sale.

The spotlights in the store this week include:

Halloween Books – It’s the time of year again for reading stories about witches, ghosts, goblins, and vampires. We’ve got a great selection here for kids and adults.

Michigan Books - We have a very nice collection of books that are about Michigan or by Michigan authors.

Science and Nature – We have books on biology, zoology, cosmology, and more.

And...we have a beautiful 22 volume Time-Life set – The Old West. The Old West is a series of books about the founding of the American Old West. This set looks brand new.

Bag-of-Books Sale - Saturday, September 22!

Saturday is the big Bag-of-Books Sale we’ve been talking about for the last couple weeks.  It’s one of our three big sales that book bargain hunters tell us they look forward to all year. The prices are almost impossible to beat. All books are 10¢ each or you buy a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00. You will find fiction, science fiction, romance, mystery, and assorted nonfiction for both children and adults. The sale starts at 9:00 and concludes at 3:30. It will be held on the third floor in Central library. You may bring your own bag or buy one of ours. Please feel free to call us at 553.7820 if you have any questions.

We are celebrating Constitution Day, this week by pricing all our books in the Government and Politics section ½ off. Look for the red slash through the price sticker on the back. Constitution Day, observed on September 17, celebrates the adoption of the United States Constitution which was signed on September 17, 1787. Other spotlights this week include: Poetry, True Stories, and Religion.

Bookstore News September 12 - 15

We are having a BOGO Sale (buy one get one free) on select music CDs this week. I’m beginning to wonder if everyone is going digital because the CD donations have been steadily increasing over the past few months. So in order to make room we decided to offer this diverse selection of music CDs at a price that’s hard to resist, pay $1.00 for one CD and get the second one free.

Spotlights this week include: True Stories: adventures, memoirs, stories of actual events that are interesting, exciting, or motivational, Religion: books on faith, various religions, spirituality, and inspirational writings, Poetry: everything on the poetry cart is new this week.

Don’t forget the Bag-of-Books Sale is Saturday, September 22. The sale takes place on the third floor of Central Library; it starts at 9:00 and concludes at 3:30. All books are 10¢ each or only $2.00 for a grocery-size bag full.  Please feel free to bring your own bags or use one of our grocery bags. Call 553-7820 for more information.

Bookstore News September 5 - 8

The arrival of September signals a time of change and annual autumn events begin again; school starts, temperatures begin to drop, high school football teams battle their rivals, apples, cider and doughnuts tempt us again, and the Friends annual September Bag-of Books Sale is held once more. Here are the specifics:

Saturday, September 22

9:00 - 3:30

Third Floor Central Library

All books are 10 cents each or $2.00 for a bag full

Tables will be filled with fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance. We will also have a large selection of non-fiction, much separated by category. mark your calendars now.

 


Bookstore News August 29 - September 1

 

Items of special interest in the store this week include:

·         A complete 12 volume Interpreters Bible ($75.00) - The Interpreter’s Bible is a valued resource and study tool. The Bible text, the King James Version and the Revised Standard Version, is displayed in side by side columns for easy comparison. Below the text are an exegesis for clarification and an exposition for interpretation.

·         The 4 volume Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary ($20.00)

·         Kalamazoo Lost and Found by Lynn Houghton and Pamela Hall O’Connor ($25.00) This treasure is out of print and this copy is like new.

·         Using Native Plants to Restore Community by Nancy Cutbirth Small and Tom Small ($15.00) This wonderful resource is out of print and contains great information about local plants, plant communities, and natural landscaping.

·         A great collection of poetry

·         Continuing spotlights with new additions this week are: History, Military History, and Science and Nature.


History and Friends in the Park

We've added some new volumes to both the Science and Nature and the Military History carts for this week.  History buffs will be doubly pleased with our selections as we have also added a cart full of American History.  These books are in mint condition with colorful dust jackets intact.  Many are recent publications with titles such as, Lincoln's War  by Geoffrey Perret, Liberty and Freedom by David Hackett and Burr, Hamilton & Jefferson: A study in Character by Roger G. Kennedy.  There are also a few volumes of World History on the cart. Napoleon's Buttons - How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny L. Couteur & Jay Burrison or Richard E. Rubenstein's Aristotle's Children are two stand-outs in this category.  All could be used for gifts since they are like new and all are priced at a fraction of retail cost.  Our regular shelves of both fiction and non-fiction have been stocked with new bargains as well, making this a prime time to visit the Friends Bookstore.  We've even selected some "back-to-school" volumes for the front desk display.

Anyone who can't make it to the store this week will have an additional chance to view bookstore wares at the Library's party in the park for the end of summer reading games. Friends' volunteers will have a small assortment of books representativeof our store stock for sale. So put your buying hat on. Remember, there is no such thing as too rich, too thin or too many books!

 


Bookstore News August 15 - 18

John Adams said “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” If you enjoy reading about war, battles, campaigns, strategy, weapons, great commanders, and codes and ciphers you should be able to find something that will interest you in the Military History spotlight this week. There is a great selection to choose from.

Also featured this week: Science and Nature, Native American, and Children’s Read-a-Loud books.


Bookstore News August 8 - 11

Featured books this week include Hobbies and How To, Nature and Science, Native Americans, and Children’s Read Aloud Stories.

The Hobbies and How To Spotlight continues from last week, but with many new additions. You’ll find books on just about any hobby or craft and books that tell you “how to” do things properly from making a toast at a wedding to cleaning your mini blinds.

Nature and Science books include many oversize books on various animals, with wonderful pictures, and books on natural wonders from tall grass prairies to galaxies.

Native Americans books about and by Native Americans, you’ll find Native American histories, cultural studies and fiction.

Children’s Read Aloud Stories include many favorite stories both old and new.


Friends Bookstore

Our Hobbies and How To category is divided into nine sub-categories of books; Crafts, Photography, Needlework, Collectibles and Antiques, Home Improvement, Decorating, Games, Pet Care, and Vehicles. We are featuring Hobbies and How To this week and you will find a whole cart of great How To books priced for the most part at $1.00 or $2.00. Here is just a sample of the titles you'll find:

  • Family Fun and Games
  • Colonial Furniture in America
  • Martha Stewart's Housekeeping Handbook
  •  Keeping Koi 
  • The Best Baby Boomer House Plans
  • The Complete Step by Step Craft Book
  • New Directions in Metal Clay
  • I Love You Vol I (Palindrome Encyclopedia)

We have a lot to choose from and you can't beat the prices.

Also featured this week: Music, Art, and Cookbooks

 

 

 


Bookstore News July 18 - 21

Have you ever wondered who the bestselling or most prolific authors are?  These are the kinds of questions that come up as we are sorting, pricing, and shelving books while getting the store ready to open. Based on the books that are currently popular, one might be tempted to guess that James Patterson is one of the most prolific authors. It seems like he is turning out a new book every couple months. After checking, I found that he has written 71 novels. That’s very respectable, however, that pales in comparison to Jose Carlos Ryoki de Alpoim Inoue who according to Guinness World Records, had 1,075 novels published between 1986 and 1996! You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that the bestselling author of all time is Agatha Christie. Since 1920 Ms Christie’s books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 45 foreign languages! She is outsold only by the Bible and the Bard.

Well, that’s my book trivia for the day. Now, what you really want to hear from me is what’s new in the bookstore! In addition to lots of James Patterson and Agatha Christie (I don’t think we have any Ryoki Inoue) we have many more of your favorite authors and the following categories featured this week:

  • Music – we have books on opera, jazz, ragtime, popular music and more
  • Hobbies and How to -  crafts, needlework, home improvement, collectibles, and games
  • Cooking – we have a huge selection of cookbooks
  • Art -  books on artist, how to, styles of art and more

Come down and see us. We’re air conditioned!


Bookstore News July 11 - 14

If you love to cook, if you love to peruse cookbooks and try new recipes, if you love a good deal, I think you will love our cookbook special. We have an exciting and large assortment of general and specialty cookbooks. The good deals you’ll find are cookbooks mostly priced between $1.00 and $2.50. Plan to come this week, shop early for the best selection.

We are continuing to put out art books every week. We have how-to art books and books on specific artist and styles of art, photographic art and more. We have a large selection to choose from.

Christmas in July is also continuing this week. Choose from Christmas fiction, crafts, cookbooks, and decorating.


Friends Bookstore News July 5 - 7

We are closed Wednesday, July 4th. Happy Holiday!

It’s Christmas in July at the Friends Bookstore. I can’t offer you cooler temperatures or any of that fluffy white stuff, but I can offer some terrific deals on Christmas books. All books are 50¢ or $1.00. Our Christmas collection includes children’s books, Christmas fiction, Christmas music on CDs, arts and crafts, and decorating and cooking. These are great deals and you can never start thinking about Christmas too soon.

If you speak or understand German and enjoy movies, we might have something just for you. We recently received a nice donation of vhs videos. There are children’s videos as well as movies from the Batman, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters series and more. These are priced at $1.00 each.

Also this week we have really good selection of art books. I keep adding new art books every week.

Finally, we have a cart of music CDs for $1.00 each. There is a little bit of everything here, come check it out.


Friends Bookstore News June 27 - 30

Over the last several months we have received many large donations of CDs. (Is everybody going totally digital?) We now have an extensive eclectic collection of CDs that we are offering for only $1.00 each. These select CDs include many genres of music – classical, popular, jazz, country, and some quite frankly that are a mystery to me. For $1.00 you can hardly go wrong, and you might find a real treasure.

Other features this week include: History – celebrating Independence Day we have brought together an interesting collection of early American History, and Art.


Friends Bookstore News June 20 - 23

Select Large Print continues to be featured this week – buy one for $1.00 and get the second one free. Many new books have been added so be sure and give this special a second look. We put out lots of new books this week in almost every category. There are lots of new titles for you to peruse.

Also featured this week: History, Art, and a small collection of books on Vehicles – mostly cars.


Friends Bookstore News June 13 - 16

News that you can use or share this week: select large print fiction is on special, buy one and get the second free. There is a very good selection of current titles and popular authors. Please share this information with anyone you know that enjoys large print books, I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.

Also on special this week: Gardening, Art, and History


Friends Bookstore News June 6 - 9

The June Jubilee kicked off the summer season; gardens are planted, summer vacations are being planned, and schools almost out. Kids on summer break often have a lot of times on their hands, and I’d like to suggest a summer activity that should be both fun and worthwhile. How about planning weekly trips to the Friends Bookstore? For as little as 50¢ a child can own their own book. Most of our books are priced between 50¢ and $2.50. That makes starting ones very own library an affordable venture. It’s a nice way to encourage reading and to spend some quality time with your child or grandchild.  Plan your visit soon. We are open four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday.

Featured this week: Science and Nature, Gardening, and select Romance –Buy One Get One


Bookstore News May 25 and 26

There’s one day left this week to stop into the bookstore and pick up something enjoyable to read over the Memorial holiday weekend. We’re open 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and generally parking is free on the weekend, so plan to stop by. For 50¢ or $1.00 you can walk out the door with a good mystery, action novel, science fiction, or whatever appeals to you.

It’s Michigan Week, so you might enjoy browsing through the collection of Michigan related books we’ve pulled together for the occasion.

Don’t forget – next Saturday is the Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale. June 2 at Central Library from9:00 to 3:30.


Friends Bookstore News May 16 - 19

It's coming! Two more weeks until the Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale. On June 2, you can stock up on books priced at only 10 cents each or pay only $2.00 for a bag full. Click on the 'Events" link to the right (under Weekly Specials, News and More) for more information.

Featured this week in the store: Cookbooks, Hobbies and How To,  and Myths and Legends


Friends Bookstore May 9 - 12

Children’s Book Week is celebrated this week, May 7 through May 13. This celebration of children’s books began in 1919. According to BookWeekOnline.com “Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers.” I think all of us that love and value reading would agree with that.

You can celebrate Children’s Book Week and share the wonderful world of children’s books with the children in your life with a visit to the Friends Bookstore. There is something available at the bookstore for children of every age. There are many hundreds of picture books for the youngest and for older children there are easy readers, chapter books, and books for young adults.

Also...don't forget to mark your calendars for the Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale on June 2. Click on the 'Events' link (under Weekly Specials, News & More) on the right for more information.


Bookstore News April 25 - 28

I just talked to some folks this weekend who told me theyread this blog each week to find out what’s new in the bookstore. I loveknowing that. Every once in a while someone will mention that they keep up withthe bookstore news through these weekly posts. That’s good to know. I liketalking about our bookstore, our books, and our specials, so I’m happy to know thatyou like to hear about them.

This week we are continuing to feature history – American, world, and military. There was a lot of newmaterial added this week. In honor of William Shakespeare’s recent birthday, weare also featuring Shakespeare’sworks. Individual plays in paperback are only 25¢! We also have several copiesof the complete works of Shakespeare for only a dollar or two. Finally we are havinga ½ Off Sale on our encyclopedia sets.This includes a 2005 Encyclopedia Americana set with 30 volumes, sale price is$50.00 – the Americana is geared toward high school and first year collegestudents; a 2003 New Book of Knowledge by Grolier with 21 volumes, sale price$30.00 – this set is geared for elementary and middle school age children; a2002 Compton’s with 26 volumes, sale price $17.50 – right for middle and highschool students; and lastly a 1988 Encyclopedia Britannica with both micropediaand macropedia in 29 volumes, sale price $25.00. As you probably know theBritannica is no longer being published in a hard copy format. It is anencyclopedia well known for its in-depth articles. All these are great dealsand very hard to beat. Come see us.


Bookstore News & Oshtemo Book Sale April, 21

Celebrate Earth Day with us at our Earth Day Book Sale on Saturday, April 21 at Oshtemo Branch Library. The sale will take place outside on the lawn on the west side of the library. We planned this sale to coincide with the Earth Day Concert being held at Oshtemo and featuring the Earthwork Music Collective. (For more about the concert – go to http://www.kpl.gov/events/earth-day-concert/ )  

 

 

Day: Saturday, April 21

 

Time: 1:30 – 4:30

 

Place: Oshtemo Branch

 

All books will be 3 for $1.00. You will find a little bit of everything- both fiction and nonfiction and books for both children and adults. Celebrate Earth Day by recycling a book!

Be sure and visit us in the store too this week. In the spotlight:

 

  • A large collection of history books – American, world, and military

 

  • Buy one get one on select mystery

 

  • Vintage children’s books

 

 

 

 


Bookstore News April 11 - 14

This week we have a special treat for anyone that loves children’s literature- especially vintage children’s literature. The collection I’m referring to is mostly (though not exclusively) from the 1940s through the 1970s and they collectively represent a window into some of the best children’s literature of that time. In addition to the older classics like” Little Women”, “The Wind in the Willows”, “The Jungle Book” , and “Swiss Family Robinson”, you will find books by Lois Lenski, Marguerite de Angeli, Eleanore Estes, Betty Cavanna, Keith Robertson (Henry Reed), Tove Jansson, and more. This collection also includes many Newbery Award winners. The condition of these books lets you know they have been read and loved by many, but what they lack in looks they make up for in personality and nostalgia value. The books are only $1.00 each and many have wonderful dust jackets that will kindle fond memories of the past.


Bookstore News April 4 - 7

April is National Poetry Month. Each April starting in 1996, poets, schools, libraries, literary organizations, booksellers, and publishers have worked together to spotlight poetry and celebrate both poetry and poets. Through publicity, special events, and resources that guide and inspire, the Academy of American Poets hope to increase the visibility and appreciation of poetry.

The Friends Bookstore will participate in National Poetry Month by spotlighting poetry during April. We have put together a special selection of poetry for both children and adults. If you enjoy poetry, I think you’ll like what you see. If poetry is not your favorite reading material, maybe it’s time to give it another try.

Don’t forget –The Friends Annual Brunch is Saturday, April 14. Local author Margean Gladysz will talk about her experiences she describes in her book "A Spy on the Bus." Click on the “Events" link on the right or call 553.7821 for more information.


Bookstore News March 28 - 31

We recently received a very large donation of music on CDs. Our donor (if it was one person) had very eclectic musical taste. There is a lot of classical music, as well as operettas, show tunes, country music, popular music, and a little jazz, ragtime, and blues. Single CDs are priced at $2.50 each.

This week we have a great selection of trade (large size paperback) fiction and mystery priced at only $1.00 each. That is ½ off their regular price. You’ll find many popular authors in this collection.

Continuing, and for the last week, we have select Children’s – preteen – books priced at 3 for $1.00. There are many interesting fiction and nonfiction books in this sale.

Finally – another reminder about the Friends of KPL’s Annual Brunch on Saturday, April 14. You’ll want to reserve your seat to hear local author Margean Gladysz share stories about her time as “A Spy on the Bus.” Please see last week’s post or call us at 553.7820 for more information.


Friends Bookstore March 14 - 17

You’ll find real bargains this week on motivational books on CD. Authors like Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, David Bach, Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) and many others you’ll be familiar with. These self-help books deal with many different topics including leadership, finances, parenting, and more. All of these particular books on CD are priced at only $2.00.

Also this week you can buy select Tween (preteen to early teen) books two for the price of one. Buy one book at the regular price and get the second (equal or lesser value) free. These select books include fiction and nonfiction books.

As always we have lots of new materials in almost all categories.


Friends Bookstore News March 7 - 10

It’s a week for great deals at the Friends Bookstore. I know many of you have been taking advantage of the Buy One Get One (BOGO) sales we have been holding in recent weeks. This week we have BOGO sales on select Science Fiction, Youth books (both fiction and nonfiction) and Westerns. Buy a hardcover book from the selected books for $1.00 and get another $1.00 book free. Select paperbacks are 50¢ each, buy one and get another one free.

Also this week, select Religion books are ½ off our regular low prices.


Bookstore News February 29 - March 3

I have received a lot of calls lately from people that want to know what kind of books we accept as donations. Those of you that read this blog probably have seen the Donating Books and Media link on this website. Clicking on that link gives all the information about what we do and do not accept. When I am asked and need to give a quick succinct answer the two most important things I stress are 1) fiction and nonfiction books should be gently used and 2) nonfiction should be relevant and current, in other words the books should contain information that is presently useful. I like to use law and medical books as examples. No one wants irrelevant law or medical information! Donations are our bread and butter and we’re grateful when people bring us their books, CDs, and DVDs. We hope it makes them feel good to know that their donations are helping us help the library and helping to provide gently used, low-cost materials to our community.

New and continuing specials this week include:

  • Select hardcover science fiction Buy One Get One
  • Religion – many new books added
  • All materials from the Black History special are 1/2 off this week

Bookstore News February 22 - 25

Have you checked out our children’s books? We have a wonderful selection of books for children, ranging from board books for the littlest ones to popular teen books. For young children there are many colorful, interesting, picture books as well as a many, many nonfiction books all arranged by category. The Tween section contains currently popular series (think Harry Potter, Twilight, Gossip Girls) and older popular series (think Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys) as well as books by popular authors like Rick Riordan, Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, and others. Finally, we have a children’s classics section that you won’t want to miss. You can share the books you read as a child with the children in your life - classics like The Wind in the Willows, Little Women, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Special this week – both new and continuing:

  • Black history
  • Religion
  • Buy One Get One – select paperback mystery and hard cover science fiction

Friends Bookstore News February 15 - 18

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. You'll find 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 News for February 8 - 11

February is the month we recognize and honor Black History, and celebrate Valentine’s Day as well as President’s Day. We have pulled together a selection of books for each of these special occasions.

  • We have an interesting selection of books that commemorate Black History and celebrate the achievements of African Americans.
  • Our Valentine’s Day books are mostly for children – Do you know someone that would like “Froggy’s First Kiss” or “SpongeBob’s Secret Valentine”?
  • Biographies are being featured this week – check these out for some great biographies of U.S. Presidents.

We are having two Buy One Get One sales this week. The BOGO sale for select hard cover fiction continues and we have a new BOGO sale this week on select children’s picture books. There are some wonderful children’s picture books for $1.00 and your second selection is free.

Finally, we received several fascinating looking books about mathematics this week. If you love math / numbers you might be interested in:

  • Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
  • The Universal History of Numbers by Georges Ifrah
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative information by Edward Tufte
  • Nature’s Numbers the Unreal Reality of Mathematics by Ian Stewart

Bookstore News February 1 - 4

I hope you’ll start February out with a visit to the Friends Bookstore. We had a great sale last Saturday and sold thousands of books at 10¢ a piece or $2.00 for a bag full. The sale was upstairs on the third floor but the store was super busy as folks came down to continue shopping and to use their coupons in the store. Lots of books went out of here, but the store has been refilled and refreshed and we’re ready for business.

Featured categories this week include: Black History, Cookbooks, books about vehicles – cars, boats, and planes, and a Buy One Get One sale on select hardcover fiction – buy one for $1.00 and get a second one free.


Friends Bookstore News

The Mid-Winter Bag-of-Books Sale is this Saturday. This is the time to stock up on reading material for the rest of the winter at really low, bargain prices. Bring your own bag (or we can provide one) and fill it up with books for only $2.00 or if you want you can buy your books for 10¢ each. The sale starts at 9:00 in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library. Come early for the best selection or come a little later for a more leisurely shopping experience. But be sure to give yourself enough time to shop – the sale ends at 3:30.

This week, featured items include cookbooks - a very nice selection, select trade fiction for only 50¢ each, and if you are a fan of Brian Jacque's Redwall series, we have all the books in the set (located in Science fiction).

Please come down and see us after you shop the sale upstairs.


Bookstore News January 18 - 21

The selection is great this week. We filled the shelves with lots of new and interesting titles in many categories. Classics and literature volumes are particularly abundant, but you will also find lots of “new” biographies, psychology, science, nature, history and more.

The select hard cover Mystery BOGO Special continues this week with a refilled Mystery cart – buy one for a dollar and get the second one free. 

The Mid-Winter Bag-of-Books Sale is a week from Saturday! All books are 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery size bag full. We invite you to bring you own bag or we will provide grocery bag for you to fill for $2.00.

There will be thousands of books to choose from. Books are sorted onto tables in categories including hard cover fiction, paperback fiction, science fiction, and romance. Children’s books and assorted nonfiction are on carts for you to peruse.

Day: Saturday, January 28

Time: 9:00 to 3:30

Place: Central Library, Third Floor


Bookstore News January 11 - 14

The first “Bag” Sale of the 2012 is scheduled for the end of this month. Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28. As usual we will hold the January Bag Sale in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of Central Library. The time is 9:00 to 3:30. You will find a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, and all books will be 10¢ each or $2.00 for a grocery-size bag full. I don't think you can find a better deal anywhere!

The spotlights in the store this week include: select hard cover mystery – BOGO -  buy one (for $1.00) get one free; a nice selection of P.G. Wodehouse; and a diverse and interesting collection of short stories.


Bookstore News January 4 - 7 2012

Did you know that we have a “Collectibles Cabinet” that in addition to other special books, houses our signed books collection? We frequently receive donations of books that have been signed by the author. Within the last year or so we have sold books signed by Ronald Reagan and Robert Frost. Currently, we have three signed books I’d like to bring to your attention. We have two books signed by former presidents; “Giving – How Each of Us Can Change the World” by Bill Clinton and “White House Diary” by Jimmy Carter. Perhaps you’d be more interested in a famous college football coach. We also have a book signed by the late Bo Schembechler; his book “Michigan Memories” is available. 

Spotlights this week include: Religion – including a lot of books on eastern religions, and Business.


Bookstore News December 28 - 31

Hopefully everyone is relaxed and rejuvenated from a little time off work or recovering while back at work from the hectic holiday activities. The New Year is just around the corner and that brings with it an opportunity for more festivities. If a little downtime sounds good to you about now, stop by and pick out a good book to read. There are few things more relaxing than a comfy chair and an enjoyable read. We are open our normal business hours this week Wednesday through Saturday.

All of us here at The Friends of KPL want to wish you all Happy New Year.


Holiday Store Hours Dec. 21 - 23

The store is open this week Wednesday through Friday, but closed on Saturday.

Here are some last minute gift ideas – books from our Gift Quality Book Sale, including many ‘like new – gift quality’ books on a wide range of topics and for all ages; Gift Certificates – any gift certificate of $5.00 or greater comes with a free hand made holiday gift card; books, CDs, DVDs at our wonderful bargain prices.

Happy Holidays!


Bookstore News December 14 - 17

Have you been downtown lately? I hope you consider doing some of your holiday shopping in downtown Kalamazoo. The mall is lovely at this time of year and there are interesting stores and restaurants that might surprise you if you haven’t been here for a while. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a convenience and an adventure for young and old, and runs between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Wednesday through Saturday. And of course the Friends Bookstore is located in downtown Kalamazoo. We still have a wonderful selection of gift quality books, and plenty of great books that (even though they aren’t part of our “gift quality” selections) will make great presents, tons of fantastic children’s books, CDs, DVDs and don’t forget Gift Certificates. Just two more weeks till Christmas. We hope to see you soon.


Bookstore News December 7 - 10

A gift certificates from the Friends Bookstore is a gift that really maximizes the bang you’ll get for your buck. A five dollar gift certificate has the potential to buy ten paperback books or five, like-new, hardcover books! That’s a lot of gift for $5.00. During the holiday season we have a special gift certificate offer. You will receive a free, beautiful, handmade card with the purchase of a gift certificate for $5.00 or more. These cards are really lovely and were made by our own resident artist, Linda Kubinski. Consider a gift certificate – it’s the perfect gift for a book lover.

Many gift quality books are still available, but you’ll want to shop soon while supplies last.

We have a large selection of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. These uplifting and inspiring books make a thoughtful gift.


Bookstore News November 30 - December 3

The annual Holiday Gift Book Sale began when the store doors opened last Friday morning at 10:00. People were patiently waiting in line to discover the bargains inside. Based on the comments and the piles of books bought, I can assure you people were happy with what they found. We still have hundreds of mint condition, gift quality books available at a fraction of retail price. Of course, you don't need to limit your gift book buying to only the books in this special sale, our shelves hold many great gift giving opportunities.


Gift Book Sale Begins Friday, November 25, 2011

THE BOOKSTORE CLOSES AT 4:00 WEDNESDAY

Black Friday, as it is now known, is the traditional beginning of the holiday gift-buying season. At the Friends Bookstore we kick off the season with the annual Gift Book Sale that people return to year after year. I’ll warn you the bookstore will be a busy place at 10:00 on Friday morning, but folks are always cheerful as they begin to find wonderful gifts at extraordinary prices. In addition to all manner of books for all ages, you will also find DVDs, CDs, games, and don’t forget the stocking stuffer books. So, add it all up – wonderful, mint condition books; prices at a fraction of retail cost; cheerful people; and holiday shopping in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo – that’s the way to kick off your holiday shopping! The sale begins on Friday and continues while supplies last. There should be plenty of fantastic books left on Saturday and for weeks to come.


Bookstore News November 16 - 19

Publishers have tried to help fiction readers by assigning genre classifications to various styles and types of stories. There are at least nine major fiction genres currently used in contemporary fiction. The major fiction genres include:  action-adventure, crime, detective, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, western, and inspirational. In addition to these major genres there are an increasing number of subgenres including classifications like paranormal romance, leisure horror, and culinary mysteries. Within the mystery genre there are bookstore mysteries, knitting mysteries, and cozy mysteries just to name a few. This week in the bookstore we are featuring inspirational fiction. Inspirational fiction is often defined as faith-based fiction and some of the better known authors include Janette Oke, Karen Kingsbury, Beverly Lewis, and Wanda Brunstetter. We have a nice selection. You might even find the perfect Christmas gift for an inspirational fiction reader you know.

Speaking of Christmas, we have a cart full of holiday books. We have stories, cookbooks, and crafting books for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza. We are also continuing to put out new biographies and memoirs. If you enjoy biographies be sure and check out the biography spotlight again this week for new titles.

The annual Gift Book Sale is on Friday, November 25 – the day after Thanksgiving. This is the sale you don’t want to miss! Gift quality books at a fraction of retail price. These books truly are quality books that you will be proud to give as gifts. The sale starts Friday at 10:00 and continues until supplies are gone. Plan to come on Friday, but if you can’t don’t worry there will still be a good selection on Saturday. Just don’t miss this sale!


Bookstore News November 9 - 12

According to the website Ricklibrarian.com there are many reasons to read biographies. The list includes eight reasons, but my favorite are: to find out about fascinating people, to learn history, and to get the dirt. We have such a diverse and interesting collection of biographies, you will certainly be able to find something to read that will do one or all of those things. Some of the interesting characters you can read about include: Alberto Santos-Dumont inWings of Madness Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight, the story of a Brazilian aviation pioneer that built the first airplane in Europe and lead a fascinating life in Paris devoted to promoting and advancing flight, but ultimately was driven mad by the destruction capability of the flying machines used in WWI. You might enjoy reading about Helle Nice, who was called “the fastest women in the world” in the 1930’s. The book Bugatti Queentells the story of the woman that was a ballerina, a cabaret dance, a nude model, and also shattered records as a woman race car driver and placed in numerous grand prix in France as well as in races in the United States and Brazil. You might want to read about Napoleon’s exile on Saint Helena in The Black Room at Longwood or about Picasso through Marina Picasso’s eyes in Picasso My Grandfather. We have so many wonderful biographies to choose from. Come in and look them over. I’m pretty sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy.


Bookstore News November 2 - 5

The holiday season is about to begin. Thanksgiving is in three weeks. Following that preparations begin in earnest for Christmas and Hanukkah. We have a small but interesting collection of Thanksgiving- themed books; many are children’s books about the holiday. We have a much larger – in fact a very large – collection of Christmas-themed books and a few Hanukkah and Kwanza books. The Christmas collection includes a wonderful selection of craft books, holiday cookbooks, holiday stories for children and adults, DVD and VHS videos, and great Christmas music on CDs. These items are really priced to sell; most books are only 50¢ or $1.00.

Bookstore News October 26 - 29

Multitasking refers to the ability of an individual to perform more than one task at time. The term became popular in the late 1990’s and seems to have become a way of life for many of us today. Recently, multitasking has been given somewhat of a bad rap and some researchers are even advising against doing it. But I have to come out in favor of it in at least one instance. I am pretty sure that no matter how long I live I will never be able to read all the books I would like to.  Enter – audio books. I love being able to “read” a book while I am taking care of other business – cleaning the house, working in the yard, or driving to and from appointments. I tell you all this because I’m hoping you’ll get psyched up for a little multitasking which involves enjoying a book too. We have a very large selection of audio books right now. If you have a tape player you’re really in luck because we have hundreds of books on tape and we’re selling most of them for only $1.00 each. We have lots of popular authors and titles. No tape player - don’t worry. We also have a lot of books on CDs and even some prerecorded digital audio books. Prices on the CDs and digital books vary but most are between $3.00 and $5.00.

Also in the spotlight: Cooking - many books at 50¢ each, Biographies, Miscellaneous – some unusual and even quirky topics.


Bookstore News October 19 - 22

I was recently reading an article on the benefits of reading. There were many benefits listed that related to improving one's intelligence through developing  analytical thinking skills, improving vocabulary, increasing general knowledge, improving writing skills, and so on. But I was really struck by the mental health benefits listed. These benefits are stress reduction and greater tranquility. What an easy and effective means of relaxing! Reading a great book is an instant distraction from stressful situations and can take you to another place or time. There are so many compelling reasons to read, but I know I’m preaching to the choir. Anyone reading this post probably already loves to read. I’m happy that the Friends of KPL can help you do that and save money too.

Specials this week include: Cooking – a nice, large selection of books, many at only 50¢, Biographies – we’ve got a lot, Michigan-themed books, and Halloween – don’t forget it’s almost here.


Bookstore News October 12 - 15

I enjoy my home state of Michigan so much this time of year. The vibrant fall colors, the warm days and cool nights create those perfect autumn days I wish could be bottled and saved to open and re-live in January. Ah well….If you enjoy Michigan and reading about local places, history, people, and events, we have a collection of books for you. Here are a few of the Michigan-themed books you’ll find at the store this week...

  • Kalamazoo Lost and Found by Houghton and O’Connor
  • Portage and Its Past by Potts
  • Kalamazoo the Place Behind the Products by Massie and Schmitt
  • Richland From Its Prairie Beginnings by McKean, Harrison, and McBride
  • Nineteenth century Homes of Marshall, Michigan by Skjelver
  • Many, many more

All these books are in very good condition.

If you read French or Spanish and would like to add to your home library, make a point of coming to the store this week. The French books include many novels, some history, biographies and a great selection of some wonderful children’s books. The Spanish books also include fiction with popular authors like Tom Clancy, Nora Roberts, and Jean Auel. There is also a good selection of interesting nonfiction.


Friends Bookstore News October 5 - 8

The Kalamazoo Public Library and the ACLU have joined together to celebrate your freedom, as an American citizen, to freely read whatever you choose. The celebration takes place this Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Central Library. This celebration follows Banned Books Week which ended last Saturday. We have pulled together many of the titles that are frequently challenged or banned somewhere in the United States. Come down and look through these books. You might feel motivated to exercise your right to choose.

It’s October and that means Halloween will be here soon! We have a cart full of wonderful Halloween books for children and adults. This collection contains books filled with costume ideas, scary stories fit for little ones, and spine-tingling stories for teens and adults about werewolves, witches, vampires, and ghosts.

If you enjoy Art books, you will definitely want to check out our Art spotlight. Michelangelo, Manet, Giotto, O’Keefe, Gauguin, Leibovitz, Picasso, these are a few of the names you will see as you peruse this collection.

Finally, select trade fiction is still priced at only 50¢ each. This is a super bargain and not a sale that you will see repeated often. Stock up now.


Bookstore News September 28 - October 1

Everybody knows that books come in various formats. Of course there are hardcover and paperback books, but there also are various sizes within those two basic types. One of the more popular sizes of paperback books is referred to as a trade edition, which measures approximately 7 ½ by 5 ½ inches. I bother you with this only because I want to be sure we’re on the same page when I tell you about our sale. We normally sell a trade fiction book for $2.00, but this week we have select trade fiction for only 50¢ each! You’ll find lots of popular authors, even a Pulitzer Prize winner or two. Don’t miss out on this deal.

Other categories of books that have many new and interesting additions are Religion, Civil War, and Native American. As always though, there are new books in almost every category!


Bookstore News September 21 to 24

If you enjoy crafts, or needlework, or if DIY is the way you make improvements at home, we have a special selection of books for you. Hobbies and How To books are in the spotlight this week.  This category of books includes: crafts, needlework, home improvement, decorating, collectibles and antiques, and more.  There are many wonderful books in this collection but I’d like to mention a few that I think are particularly noteworthy. First, there are many lovely knitting and quilting books – these are books with great patterns, techniques and ideas, lots of great projects for the cold winter months ahead. Also, for those of you interested in collectibles and antiques, there is The Smithsonian Illustrated Library of Antiques, this set (books sold individually) contains volumes on antique toys and games, oriental rugs, pottery, enamel, boxes and more, there are fifteen volumes in all.

Also in the spotlight: Music, Military History, and Civil War 


Bookstore News September 14 - 17

We had a great sale Saturday!  My best guess is that 8000 plus books were purchased by very happy customers for 10¢ a piece or for $2.00 a bag full. I saw parents and teachers buying bags of children’s books! The large print table dwindled rapidly. It was obvious that sci-fi fans as well as romance novel enthusiasts knew where the bargains were on Saturday! Many people left the sale on the third floor and came directly down to the store to continue shopping. As at every sale, we had many new customers that were unfamiliar with our store, but were thrilled when they realized the great selection and prices that are available to our customers every week of the year! Sales were remarkable and all those books that sold left room for lots of new material that we put out this week. Be sure and come in to check out all the exciting new books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and more.

Bookstore News September 7 - 10

Big Book Sale this Saturday! This is the week for the sale you don't want to miss! It will be six long months before you can buy books at these prices again. Books will be priced at 10¢ each or $2.00 for a bag full. Thousand of books will be organized by category on tables and carts in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of Central Library, this Saturday from 9:00 to 3:30. The categories include:

  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • Children's Books
  • Assorted Nonfiction

You may use one of our grocery bags or bring your own reusable bag and fill it full of great books to help get you through the long winter ahead.

Spotlights this week include: Military History - a truly exceptional collection of books on wars and more. Civil War - many great titles. Continuing spotlights include Michigan and Religion.


Bookstore News August 31 - September 3

Well depending on which source you believe, the dog days of summer are over or about to end. The weather has certainly changed and we are experiencing more comfortable temperatures. The End of Summer Reading Party took place in Bronson Park on Sunday, and by all accounts was a big success. Labor Day is this coming Monday, schools start next week, and the Friends Annual September Book Sale is Saturday, September 10. 

As you know this is an event you don’t want to miss! There will be thousands of hardcover and paperback fiction, children’s books and assorted nonfiction to choose from – all at 10¢ a piece or a bag full for $2.00. Plan to be at Central Library between 9:00 and 3:30 on the 10 th.

Spotlights this week include: Business books, select Children’s books priced between 25¢ and $1.00, Art and Architecture, Michigan-themed books and Religion books.


Bookstore News August 24 - 27

 

September is right around the corner. I thought you might want to flip the calendar page forward and mark the date for our next Big Book Sale. Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 to 3:30 is the date to save. It will be held in Central Library on the third floor in the Van Deusen Room. There will be lots of books – fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults – available at 10¢ each or a whole grocery-size bag full for $2.00. Please feel free to bring your own reusable bags to fill.

If you are a Deadhead or know someone who is we have a large collection of books about the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. There are at least 20 books to choose from. If you are a fan of the 70’s band you will want to check this out.

Specials this week include: Art and Architecture, Religion, Westerns, and select Mysteries priced 25¢ each or 5 for $1.00.


Bookstore News August 17 - 20

Features this week include Religion books, Michigan-themed books, Westerns, The Teaching Company’s Great Courses and select paperback Mystery.

Religion: A diverse selection of religion, spirituality, and inspirational books.  A few titles you will find include:

  • The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts, an Amazon editorial review says “ This handsome 1957 cloth bound edition of the authoritative English translation of the Aramaic (Syria) Old and New Testaments--the language of Jesus--clarifies difficult passages and offers fresh insight on the Bible's message. 

  • Sufism the Transformation of the Heart by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

  • The Search for the Beloved Journeys in Mythology and Sacred philosophy by Dr. Jean Houston

  • Buddhist Scriptures  selected and translated by Edward Conze

  • The Jefferson Bible The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson

Michigan-themed books:  Includes books about Michigan and by Michigan authors. Of special interest are;

  • My Michigan by Gwen Frostic

  • Several Cully Gage books

  • Several John Earl Fetzer books on the Fetzer family.  

Westerns: A huge selection of paperback westerns.

The Great Courses by the Teaching Company – a dozen different courses at unbelievably low prices, mostly on CD.

Select paperback mystery priced at  25¢ each or 5 for $1.00


Bookstore News August 10 - 13

You never know what you might find during a visit to the Friends Bookstore. Committed used-bookstore shoppers enjoy exploring; searching through the shelves for a new reading adventure. The pleasure is derived from both the hunt and the discovery.  

 Here are a few samples of what awaits you this week: 

  •  More than 200 newly donated paperback Westerns priced at 50¢ each 
  •  Signed books – these include two books signed by U.S. Presidents and several books signed by well known authors 
  •  A couple of great old books in colorful dust jackets that some of you will remember – The Mystery of Cabin Island (The Hardy Boys, 1929) and The X Bar X Boys with the Secret Rangers  (James Cody Ferris, 1936) 
  •  Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum, published by The Reilly & Lee Company with lots of great black & white illustrations 
  •  A beautiful hard cover copy of Jaimy Gordon’s National Book Award Winner – Lord of Misrule 
  •  A whole cart full of puzzles and games – most priced at 50¢ each 
  •  And so much more….. 

Also…I want to remind our loyal customers that they have an opportunity to vote for the Friends Bookstore in the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Readers’ Choice Awards Contest. Voting takes place until August 15. This is an easy way to voice your opinion and let others know about our great little used bookstore in downtown Kalamazoo.  

  http://topics.mlive.com/tag/Readers%27%20Choice%20Awards/index.html  

 

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Bookstore News August 3 - 6

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. You will find many worthy ideas to consider here.

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 News July 27 - 30

Like most weeks we have received a lot of outstanding donations. If you like fiction and mysteries you’d be doing yourself a big favor by coming in and seeing what we have. We put out extra carts of fiction and mystery to give you an even better selection than usual, most of it priced at only $1.00.

Let me also try to tempt you with a few other special items you can pick up here this week.

  • The Merck Index – An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals  14th Edition. This book sells for $101.00 new  & starts used at $33.00 on Amazon, but you can get it here for $25.00.
  • Art Books – we have lovely art books, both art technique books and books on specific artists and art styles.
  • DVDs – we have a large and eclectic selection of mostly current movies.
  • The Popcorn Puzzle – If you like a challenge this is the puzzle for you. Our volunteer puzzle genius, Su McAullife says it’s the most difficult puzzle she’s ever done. And you can have all that fun for $1.00!

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


Friends Bookstore News July 13 - 16

National Parks of the American West, Off the Beaten Path – A Travel Guide to More than 1000 Scenic Places, Eyewitness Travel Guide to the Greek Islands, New York Landmarks, and Chicago on Foot, these are a few of the titles in our travel spotlight this week. If you like to travel or are interested in reading about other countries, we have an exciting selection of travel guides, books about other countries and cultures, and travel memoirs you will enjoy looking through.

If you don’t have the time, the money, or maybe the inclination to travel, perhaps you’ll enjoy staying home and cooking up an exciting meal of international cuisine. We have pulled together an inspiring collection of cookbooks featuring international, ethnic, and of course great American recipes.


Bookstore News July 6 - 9

July is National Anti-Boredom Month. I didn’t know this until today. Luckily, I work with some exceptionally bright and well-informed people at the bookstore and Linda Kanamueller, volunteer extraordinaire, shared this fact with me. My interest was piqued and I did a little research.

National Anti-Boredom Month and The Boring Institute (theboringinstitute.blogspot.com) were created in 1984, by author Alan Caruba, as a media spoof. Caruba states in his blog that “boredom is your mind demanding to be ‘fed’, ‘stimulated’, fulfilled in the same way the body must be fed.” Caruba attributes many of society’s problems, including crime and failed marriages, to boredom. He suggests activities to help eliminate boredom and remarks that “as a longtime book reviewer, I cannot fail to say that reading is absolutely essential to avoid boredom. There are few pleasures that can rival a good book whether it is fiction or non-fiction. They shine a light in the dark and empty places of the mind”

You can fight boredom, enjoy yourself, and help support the library this week all by stopping by the bookstore and buying a book or two! We look forward to seeing you.

In the spotlight this week: Poetry, Hobbies and How To, Science and Nature, Military, and Science Fiction.


Bookstore News June 29 - July 2

This week spotlights will continue on Hobbies and How To, Religion, and Science Fiction. New this week is a spotlight on Military History and particularly Military Aircraft. I'll fill you in a bit on the kind of books you can expect to find in our featured categories.

Hobbies and How To: Books sorted to the Hobbies and How To category come from a whole series of different topics including: crafts, needlework & sewing, photography,decorating, games, home improvement, pet care, antiques & collectibles, and vehicle care,

Religion: Religion books you might find in the store this week include books on various world religions, spirituality, religion and politics, Christian fiction, Bibles, Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and more.

Sci Fi: Lots of current and older sci-fi in paperback and hard cover.

Military: Histories of several wars, a Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II, many large nicely illustrated books of battle ships and aircraft, and more.


Bookstore News June 22 - 25

Summer officially began this week. For many of you, especially those of you with children at home, this means a vacation is imminent. I always feel that the anticipation of the trip is half the fun. The actual travel to your destination, however may not be so much fun particularly when it’s peppered with “Are we there yet?” A couple of things that you can pick up here at the store might help make the journey a little more pleasant. Think about bringing along a bag full of books. One of the really nice things about buying books here is the price. (You already knew that!) When you buy books for 50¢ or a dollar you can put together a mini-library and if one book doesn’t fit the mood just move on to the next. Audio books are another thing you might want to bring along on your trip.  Traveling in a car is sometimes more conducive to listening to a book than reading it. We have lots of audio books – on CDs, on tape, and digitally prerecorded. I’ll bet you can find something for everyone.

In the spotlight this week: Hobbies and How To, Religion, and Sci Fi & Fantasy


Bookstore News June 15 - 18

This week, like every week, we’ve put hundreds of “new” books out onto the bookstore shelves. Most weeks we add new books to almost every category. That’s why I tell people to check back often if they’re looking for a specific title. The title you couldn’t find today could easily be here tomorrow.  We also have a request service for those looking for a particular book.  Ask about it next time you shop at the store.

This week we have a couple unusual featured items.  We have a large selection of Playaways – preloaded, digital, portable, audio books. All you need is a triple A battery and a set of earphones and you’re ready to enjoy your audio book. You can select from classics, children’s books and popular authors.  Playaways are $4.00 each.  We also have a nice assortment of operas on CD’s. These Opera d’Oro CD’s are 1, 2, and 3 CD sets priced to sell at between $2.50 and $3.50.

Also in the spotlight this week:  Science Fiction, Art, and Historical Biographies


Bookstore News June 8 - 11

I hope you were able to join us on Saturday for the Sidewalk Sale. What a day! Shoppers eagerly paid $2.00 and filled their bags with books from the thousands available. It’s always such a fun and exciting day. Even though the first hour or two are crowded and hectic, people seem happy and are very helpful as we keep adding more books as the supply dwindles. If you missed the sale or are already looking forward to the next one, I have the date for you. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 10. I will fill you in on the details closer to that date.

In the spotlight this week: Art and Architecture – lots of new books added this week, Gardening, and Historical Biography.


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

More:

  • 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

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Bookstore News May 25 - 28

I hope you will help us spread the news about the Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale on June 4. Our annual sidewalk sale takes place on one of the busiest days in downtown Kalamazoo. The KIA Art Fair, the Greek Fest, and our Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale all take place on the same day.

I'm particularly excited about this sale because we have so many great books this year.In addition to the great hardcover and paperback fiction, mystery, romance and nonfiction we will have an especially large selection of children's books and large print books. Do your friends and neighbors a favor and let them know about the great books they can buy for 10¢ a piece - or a bag full for $2.00!

The sale takes place under the portico at Central Library from 9:00 to 3:30. Bring your own bag and fill it up for $2.00 or buy one of ours. Call 553.7821 with questions.

Spotlights in the store this week: Art Books, Knitting and Quilting Books,  Michigan-themed Books, select Buy One Get One Children's Books.


Bookstore News May 18 -21

Did you know it is Michigan Week? Michigan Week was first celebrated in 1954 as a way to promote state pride and to honor the state’s rich heritage and distinctive characteristics. It is celebrated annually to encourage Michigan’s residents to appreciate the special place they call home. We are celebrating Michigan Week by pulling together a great selection of Michigan-themed books for you to enjoy. You will find books on Michigan history, biographies of famous Michiganders, books by Michigan authors, Michigan cookbooks, children’s books and more.

The June Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is two weeks from this Saturday – June 4! The sale starts at 9:00 and ends at 3:30. There will be tons of fiction and nonfiction books. We will also have a lot of children’s books and large print books this year. Remember books are only 10₵ each or $2.00 a bag. Bring your own reusable bag and fill it up for $2.00. Call 553.7821 with questions.


Friends Bookstore News May 11 - 14

The Buy One Get One Sale on select children's books is continuing this week. Many new books have been added to the sale cart. The select books include children's picture books and teen/tween fiction and nonfiction. This is a super deal that you won't want to miss - buy a book for $1.00 and get another free!

In the Spotlight this week: Music, Pets, and Civil War 

Mark your calendar – June Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 to 3:30. Watch future posts for additional information.


Friends Bookstore News May 4 - 7

Mother's Day is this Sunday. We have a small but delightful collection of motherhood- themed books assembled for the occasion; something thoughtful to give to your mom to let her know she’s appreciated. I’d like to suggest that you don’t limit your Mother’s Day book shopping to the theme books though, because we have so many books throughout the store that would make great gifts. Take a little time and look through the shelves. A book on art, gardening, history, arts and crafts or maybe a really good mystery might make the perfect gift. At our prices you could give your mom a bag full of books and have money left over to take her out to dinner.

We’re having a BOGO sale this week! On select children’s books you can buy one (for a dollar) and get one free. BOGO books include select children’s picture books and teen/tween fiction and nonfiction books.

Finally, don’t forget the Friends Annual Meeting – The Founding Friends of Libraries - this Saturday morning. For more information read last week’s post or call us at 553.7821, there are a few seats left.


Bookstore News April 20 - 23

This month our country is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Civil War buffs will enjoy looking through the collection of Civil War books we have in the spotlight this week.

Continuing in the spotlight this week: Military History, Poetry, Easter and Passover books.


Bookstore News April 13 - 16

April is National Poetry Month. Beginning in 1996, April was set aside as the time each year to recognize and celebrate poets and poetry. In 1996, President Clinton promoted the commemoration of poets saying “Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best."  We’ve pulled together an interesting selection of poetry books for both children and adults. We have a particularly nice selection of children’s poetry. Help celebrate National Poetry Month and enjoy the enrichment that poetry can bring to your life.

Bookstore News April 6 - 9

Well it’s April and that’s about the time of year to begin thinking about spring cleaning. Many of us start making plans not only for that ambitious, thorough, house cleaning, but also for repairing, painting, building projects and yard work. We put together a collection of books to help you tackle any of the special projects you may be thinking about undertaking this spring. Most of these books are priced at 50¢ or $1.00. Come find a book that might just make your life a little easier.

Also in the spotlight this week: Military History – an exceptional selection of books on various wars and conflicts; Religion – also a very nice selection of books including many different religions; current titles and classic authors; Music – this collection of books is truly unusual, topics include opera, jazz, Broadway, music theory and more.


Bookstore News March 30 - April 2

Great books, great selection, great prices, that about says it all. It’s been another wonderful week to be the Friends Bookstore Coordinator. I have to admit that it took me a little longer than usual to price books this week because there are so many interesting books to appreciate and to spend just a little extra time with. You will find lots of current titles and interesting topics that I think you’ll enjoy looking through too.

In the Spotlight: Religion, History, and Music. We also still have some train books.


Bookstore News March 23 - 26

If you are a train and railway enthusiast you will probably want to visit the bookstore this week. We still have quite a few very nice train books, but they are going fast.The great deals on the interesting selection of train books encouraged some of our customers to buy them by the armful. Plan to come down early in the week to  have your best chance at finding a special train book to enjoy.

Two categories of books in the spotlight this week are history and music. The history books are weighted toward military history but there is a good range of historical topics. The musical topics include opera, jazz, rock and roll, composing, and more. The books in these two categories cover interesting topics, are in very good condition, and are priced at our everyday low prices. If music or history interest you, you really should check these collections out.


Bookstore News March 16 - 19

We recently received a large donation of railroad and train books. Train and railway enthusiasts should find much to pique their interest in the 200 plus books we have available. Freight, passenger, electric, steam trains and more - even a few model train books are included in this collection. These books are priced to sell. I checked the prices of these books in comparable condition on both Railpub and Amazon, then I priced our books at less than ½ those prices. Most books are in very good condition and are $15 to $20, some are more and some are less. 

Select pet books are 1/2 off this week. We have a very large selection of books about cats.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. You still have time to look through our collection of books about St. Patrick's Day or Ireland. Maybe you'll go home with a cookbook to guide you through the preparation of a yummy Irish meal.


Oshtemo Branch Book Sale and Bookstore News March 9 - 12

If you are a Book Lover and Bargain Hunter your stars are aligned to bring you the best of both worlds this Friday and Saturday - a great selection of books at incredibly low prices. Here's the place to be this weekend to score great deals on books.

Oshtemo Branch Library – Community Room

7265 West Main Street

Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12

10:00 to 4:00 both days

All books are 50¢ each or 3 for $1.00

You know, of course, that the bookstore downtown has great deals on books four days a week. This week is no exception. We put out lots of new, interesting history, literature, biography and much more. I hope you can visit us downtown and at Oshtemo this week.


Bookstore News March 2 - 5

A lot of important events occur in March. There are, to name a few, St. Patrick's Day, and the First Day of Spring, March Madness, the Ides of March, and National Pig Day - seriously, it's on March 1st. I have another event to add to that list and you may want to mark it on your calendar. Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 you are invited to join us for the Friends of KPL Oshtemo Branch Book Sale. The sale will take place in the Community Room (Oshtemo Branch) from 10:00 to 4:00 on both days. Books are priced at 50¢ each or three for a dollar. You will find a huge selection of fiction, nonfiction and children's books. There will be a much larger selection of children's books than we normally have at these sales. I hope to see you there. Please call the bookstore at 553.7821 with any questions.

In the bookstore this week we have more really nice art books. There is a great selection of new (this week) "how to" painting and drawing techniques. We also have a large selection of pet books. If you are a cat fancier you really need to check this collection out. Dog and horse people - there are good books for you too. Topics include animal humor, care, stories, and more.


Bookstore News February 23 - 26.

I'm so happy to be at the bookstore today. I'm usually happy to be here, but today, the fact that it's warm is a big added benefit! As I write this I am still without power at home and I know that many of you are too. I hope that you will come enjoy the warmth with us this week and spend some time browsing and shopping in the store. We put out a lot of good material this week. A couple of areas that were stocked with some particularly nice books are gardening, literature, and history. Good new arrivals are not limited to those subjects by any means.

We have a big selection of audio books on tape. There are many good titles and we have books for both children and adults.  The price - only $1.00!

Art, Teen Fiction, and Black History continue in the spotlight.


Bookstore News February16 - 19

It was such a pleasure sorting through our donations and getting them ready to go out into the store this week. I always enjoy this part of my job because it's exciting to see the newly arrived donations. Truthfully there are some weeks it's more fun than others and this was one of those extra fun weeks. This translates into good news for you - our customers. We put out a lot of extra good, interesting material in many different categories. I think you'll really enjoy browsing through the shelves this week.

In the spotlight: Art - including a big selection of "how to" painting and drawing techniques. Teen Fiction - lots of good reading and Black History - in addition to history there is poetry, folktales, biographies and more.


February 9 - 12

We are continuing to celebrate Black History Month. The selection of books honoring African Americans includes biographies, history, political science and more.

We also have a very good selection of military history books this week. This collection includes books on the Civil War, the Vietnam War, both World Wars and more. If you enjoy military history you will want to check this out.


Bookstore News February 2 - 5

In honor of Black History Month we have gathered together an interesting selection of books celebrating African Americans. This collection includes biographies, history, fiction and more.

We are running a special on Religion Books this week. All religion books are 1/2 off our normal low prices. We also have a selection of religion books on a cart all priced at 50¢

Select hardcover fiction and mystery are priced only 50¢ each this week.

Come see us - weather permitting.


Bookstore News January 26 - 29

The Mid-Winter Book Sale is this Saturday. This is the time to stock up on reading material for the rest of the winter at really low, bargain prices. Bring your own bag (or we can provide one) and fill it up with books for only $2.00 or if you want you can buy your books for 10¢ each.  The sale starts at 9:00 in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library. Come early for the best selection or come a little later for a more leisurely shopping experience. But be sure to give yourself enough time to shop – the sale ends at 3:30.

This week, Wednesday through Friday, all biographies are ½ off our normal low prices. Saturday we’ll try to have a few nice surprises for you in the store. Please come down and see us after you shop the sale upstairs.


Bookstore News January 19 - 22

The Mid-Winter Bag-Of-Books Sale is less than 2 weeks away. On Saturday, January 29 you can buy books for 10¢ each or fill up a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00.You'll be able to choose from fiction, mystery, science fiction, romance and assorted non-fiction including cooking, biographies, hobbies & crafts and much more. There will be both children's and adult books. The sale begins at 9:00 and ends at 3:30. It takes place in theVan Deusen Room on the 3rd floor of the library downtown.

Continuing this week all our Diet and Fitness books and our Health and Medicine books are on sale.  This is not just a select group of books but all the books in those two categories in the store are sale-priced 1/2 off the sticker price. If you are in the market I'm sure you will find something to fit your needs. 

Also this week: a select group of hardcover fiction and mystery are 50¢ each and all Christmas books (last week) are 1/2 off.


Bookstore News January 12 - 15

One New Year's resolution that a majority of us have made at one time or another is to become more physically fit and healthy. In keeping with that perennial goal we have reduced  the price of all our Diet and Fitness books and our Health and Medicine books by 50 percent.  This is not just a select group of books but all the books in those two categories in the store are sale-priced 1/2 off the sticker price. If you are in the market I'm sure you will find something to fit your needs. 

Also this week: a select group of hardcover fiction and mystery are 50¢ each and all Christmas books (last week) are 1/2 off.

Remember- the Mid-Winter Bag Sale is scheduled for Saturday, January 29 from 9:00 to 3:30 in the Van Deusen Room at Central Library.


Bookstore News January 5 - 8

The holidays are behind us and the new year is ahead and full of promise. I always feel optimistic in January - it is a time of new beginnings and potential. The bookstore is stocked with lots of new material and open for business again beginning Wednesday January 5th.

This week we have a sale on select hardcover mystery and fiction for 50¢ a book.  Also, all the holiday books, music, and movies are 1/2 off.

The Winter Bag sale is coming soon! Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 29. This is the sale you don't want to miss - $2.00 a bag or 10¢ a book! The place is the Van Deusen Room, third floor of Central Library - the time is 9:00 - 3:30. Come join us, you'll be glad you did.


Bookstore News - December 27 - January 4

The bookstore is closed this week. We plan to spend the time reorganizing, cleaning and stocking the shelves. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 5 at noon. We look forward to seeing you next year. Happy New Year!

Bookstore News

Last minute shopping! If you are still doing it, I have a suggestion. We are open Wednesday (noon - 7:00 pm) and Thursday (10:00 - 4:00) and we still have a great selection of gift books. For really hassle-free shopping you can buy a gift certificate in any amount you choose. Remember, in addition to books we have CDs, DVDs, videos and audio books. Stop in and see us for a calm and stress free shopping experience.

Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza books are 1/2 off this week.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Next week December 29 - January 1 the store will be closed. It will reopen Wednesday, January 5.


Bookstore News December 15 - 18

The Great Courses (The Teaching Company) are college level courses taught by engaging professors. Their advertisement tells you "It's the adventure of learning without the homework or exams." The courses sell online for hundreds of dollars, but you can select from eight courses that are 'like new' at the bookstore this week starting a $15.00.  Topics covered by the courses we have include: Shakespeare, The Greek Legacy, Chaucer, Voltaire, the Symphonies of Beethoven, Virgil and Homer.

We still have a good selection of gift books at great prices. And don't forget our gift certificates - the gift that will make your book-lover happy and is easy for you.


Gift Certificates

Most of us would like to avoid standing in those long, return lines after the holidays.  Well, here's a great way to accomplish that goal - give a Gift Certificate!  The Friends Bookstore has lovely, holiday gift certificates that can be purchased for any amount.  Gift Certificates are very budget friendly since $5.00 can buy several top-quality volumes at the store's fraction-of- retail prices.  They are also easy to shop for (one size fits all) and proceeds from their sale benefit the Kalamazoo Public Library.  This allows you to accomplish your holiday shopping and charitable contributions with one stop.  It's a win-win situation so come on down to the lower level of the library, buy some Gift Certificates and see how many people you can cross off that pesky list!  You'll be able to buy a book or CD for  yourself with the money you've saved.

Bookstore News December 1 -4

This week in the bookstore you will continue to find many gift-quality books as the Gift Book Sale continues. Gift-quality books are like-new books priced at a fraction of retail prices.You will also be able to choose from great new arrivals, holiday books, movies, music and audio books and so much more.

If you are buying books for children, please come down and browse our children's section. We have a wonderful large selection of children's books and you will also find an abundance of lovely children's books in the Gift Book Sale.


Bookstore News November 24 -27

A book is the gift that is opened again and again. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the Friends Bookstore is the place to find many books that will make wonderful gifts. The Annual Gift Book Sale features gift-quality, like-new books at a fraction of retail prices.  The large and diverse selection includes: art books, science and nature, classics, music, cookbooks, memoirs, children’s fiction and picture books and much, much more. There really is something for everyone. Little books also make great stocking stuffers. You will find a charming assortment of fun and meaningful little books on many different subjects. Don’t miss this sale if you are a book lover or are looking for a gift for a book lover. Although the sale begins on Friday it continues throughout the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you.

Members of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library may attend the Preview Sale on Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30. The opportunity to shop early is one way we thank our members for their support.

The store closes Wednesday, this week only, at 3:30.


Bookstore News November 17 - 20

I know it's not polite to brag, but today I feel compelled to do just that about our selection of children's books. Some days I want to shout from the top of the library " Fabulous children's books at extraordinarily low prices!" If you have children or grandchildren or if you know of children who might enjoy some new books, please come check these books out. We really do have an amazing selection of children's picture books and tween/teen books.

For those of you interested in audio books we just received about 40 titles of pre-loaded digital audio books. All you need to listen to these books is your own ear phones.

Remember that the Gift Book Sale begins next Friday, November 27, and if you are a FKPL member you are invited to the presale on Tuesday, November 23 from 3:00 - 6:30.


Bookstore News November 3 - 6

Bookstore friends this post will be brief. Alas, I broke my arm and typing with one hand is slow and tedious. So just the facts today.

In the spotlight this week: Thanksgiving Books (mainly children's books), Christmas Books (crafts, cooking, decorating, and stories), Michigan Books (many interesting books about Michigan and Michigan History Magazines, and Reference Books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, and much more).

We also have a wonderful, large, selection of children's books and a huge assortment of videos including children's and adult, fiction and nonfiction.


Bookstore News October 27 - 30

Halloween is Sunday. We have a frightfully fabulous selection of Halloween and scary books for children and adults. Immerse yourself in the holiday. This is the time of year to enjoy reading about Things that go bump in the night.

In the spotlight this week: reference materials. In addition to dictionaries and atlases, you will find reference books on heraldry, the renaissance, music, Shakespeare, a dictionary of phrase and fable and much more. We also have several very nice encyclopedia sets: the Encyclopedia Americana 2005, 30 volumes for $100.00 and The New Book of Knowledge 2003 for $75.00


Bookstore News October 20 - 23

Autumn in Michigan can be a breathtakingly beautiful time of year. The colors of the leaves, the way the sunlight shimmers on the yellows and reds, and the lovely gentle way the leaves float to the ground make spending time outdoors an almost spiritual experience. Most Michiganders love fall (even if they dread the following season.) If you enjoy this state and are interested in its history, people, lakes, environment, and more, you will want to check out our Michigan-themed collection of books. I think you'll find many topics and titles to pique your interest.

Many of you are familiar with our book bundles, four fiction books which normally sell for $2.00 each are bundled together and sold for only $2.00 for all four books. It' a wonderful deal - but you must take what is available, the titles that come bundled together. This week we decided to offer a "Make Your Own Bundle Sale." You may mix and match, pick any four books from the selected books and pay only $2.00!

We have received an abundance of really nice donations recently. Be sure and come in and check out your favorite sections of the store. We have a lot of new things.

Here's a real deal for someone - a 2009 PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) for only $10.00!


Bookstore News October 13 - 16

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 News October 6 - 9

We have several special collections of books for you to look through and enjoy this week. We have a very interesting assortment of African American studies. On the Road to Freedom by Charles E. Cobb Jr. is a guided tour of the civil rights trail. Representative John Lewis says "This book represents a rare opportunity to walk through the pages of history with a man who was there. A window to a not-so-distant past, it reveals the heart and soul of a movement that transformed America." Another fascinating read is A Stronger Kinship by Anna-Lisa Cox. This book is written about Covert, Michigan. It is the true and inspiring story of a nineteenth century town where blacks and whites lived as equals. These are just two of many interesting books.

Also in the spotlight this week : Art, Halloween, and fiction.


Bookstore News Sept. 29 - Oct 2

Banned Books Week began last Saturday and continues through to the end of this week. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. According to the Banned Books Week Organization, Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read. The celebration began in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in challenges to books occurring in libraries, schools and bookstores. In addition to celebrating freedom of speech, the sponsors of BBW want to encourage people to consider the ramifications of censorship.

We put together a small selection of the more than 1000 books that have been challenged since 1982. I promise you some of these titles will surprise you. Come in and look it over.

Also in the spotlight this week: African American Studies.


Bookstore News September 15 - 18

This week I would like to point out some special books that I think deserve to be brought to your attention. There are thousands of books in our little bookstore and sometimes real gems can go unnoticed. Each week we try to spotlight one or two categories of books, but this week I want to draw your attention to a few specific treasures.

The Firefly Visual Dictionary describes/defines words in pictures. This 952 page book contains 35,000 terms and 6,000 color entries. $12.00

Michigan Through the Centuries by Willis Frederick Dunbar is a four volume set of the history of Michigan beginning in the 17th century. $60.00

The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant is an eleven volume history of Western civilization for the general reader. $30.00

Britannica's Great Books published in 1993 contains 60 volumes and is touted to include most of the knowledge important to attain a solid liberal education. This set is missing volume three. $45.00

Compton's Encyclopedia 2002 - 26 volumes. $25.00


Bookstore News September 8 - 11

The annual September Book Sale is this Saturday. It will be held in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of the library. It begins at 9:00 and concludes at 3:30. All books are 10 cents each or you can buy a bagful (our bag or yours) for $2.00! Sale books include fiction, nonfiction, and children's books and lots of nonfiction. Don't miss this super sale!

In the spotlight this week: Religion, History, and Michigan-themed books.


Bookstore News September 1 - 4

Eleven days until the Bag Sale. I hope you have reserved Saturday, September 11 for attending the big sale. This year we will have a lot of assorted nonfiction in addition to the various genres of fiction we always have.  Three times a year we offer these extraordinary prices to our customers; 10¢ a book or $2.00 for a bagful of books. Everything in the sale sells for the same price. This is all you need to know:

  • Saturday, September 11
  • Third floor - Central Library
  • 9:00 - 3:30

We look forward to seeing you.

In the spotlight this week: Westerns, Religion, History, Michigan.


Bookstore News August 25 - 28

The annual September Bag Sale will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 9:00 to 3:30 in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of the downtown library.   All books are 10¢ each or you can fill a grocery-size bag with books for only $2.00. As always you are welcome to use one of our bags or bring your own;  $2.00 will buy you the opportunity to fill it up. General fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance as well as children's books and a big selection of assorted nonfiction books will be available at the sale. We will also have a lot of large print - mostly fiction. Mark your calendar now so you don't forget.

In the spotlight this week: religion, mystery, and Michigan-related books.


Bookstore News August 18 - 21

Last week many of you seemed very pleased to find our large collection of music on CDs. Well, we hope that makes you happy again because we have more. We put out many new CDs this week, mostly classical and most priced at $2.50.

We have had a fairly constant influx of VHS movies over the last several weeks. This week we have a cart of all new titles. You will find lots of great recent titles and some grand old classics.

We continue have a lot of hardcover mysteries and a lot of great large print fiction. You're always welcome to come in and browse.


Bookstore News August 11 - 14

Book bundles are back! Book bundles are a terrific deal on four trade fiction books tied in a bundle and sold together. One of these books normally sells in the store for $2.00. But when the books are bundled all four only cost $2.00! That means you actually pay for one book and get three books free. That's a hard deal to beat anywhere. It's a great low (almost no) risk way to try out some new authors or maybe a different type of book. Be sure and check them out soon. They won't last long.

We received a large donation of music on CDs this week. There is a lot of classical music, also show tunes and movie soundtracks, some jazz, and various other types of music. Most are priced at $2.50.

We have a large selection of whodunits for mystery lovers. In addition to our regular mystery section we have a cart in the center aisle filled with both classic and current mysteries priced at $1.00.

Finally, we continue to have a great selection of large print fiction priced at 50 cents and $1.00.


Bookstore News July 28 - 31

Noteworthy this week is an interesting collection of books on writing. Within this collection you will find books on fiction, nonfiction and technical writing as well as books on the research process. If you are a writer or interested in reading about writing, you will want to check these books out.

We continue to have a lot of large print books available. We also have some great, new, current fiction, including The 9th Judgement by James Patterson and Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker.


Bookstore News July 21 - 24

One of the gratifying things about working in the bookstore is witnessing the matchup of a person and a book.  I have seen such joy on the faces of people who have found “just the perfect thing.” Sometimes that happiness occurs simply because a customer finds exactly what he was looking for. Sometimes joy is the result of a new discovery; a book unheard of until that moment but which quickly becomes a “must have.”  Occasionally I will look at a book or a set of books, maybe something a little unusual, and wonder if someone will find it and be thrilled.

Let me tell you about a couple unusual things we have in the store this week. We recently received the multi-volume Theologisches Worterbuch Zum Neuen Testament. For those of you who don’t speak German, that is the Theological Dictionary to the New Testament. This set is written in German and according to Logos.com is “one of the most widely-used and well-respected theological dictionaries ever created (and) is indispensable for studies in the Greek New Testament.”  The set is in good condition and contains volumes 1 – 8. Another interesting set of books is the four volume Chronology of World History. Each volume covers a different time period; the ancient world, the medieval world, the expanding world, and the modern world. The books include detailed listing of events from 3000 B.C. to 1998. This set is only $35.00 and is a real find for a history buff.

Finally for those of you who are already thinking ahead to Christmas, we are having a Christmas in July Sale. You’ll find great deals on crafts and cookbooks, most priced at only 50 cents.


Bookstore News July 14 - 17

Each new week the store is stocked with new and different books, movies, and music. Shopping at the bookstore is always interesting because you never know what treasure you may uncover. Those of you that regularly shop here know that you may find a brand new book that has just been published, a lovely old leather-bound classic, a set of recent encyclopedias, or a copy of a book you read as a child and haven't thought of in years. You just never know what you'll find.

This week we have put together a couple of carts of books on religion. There are some very interesting titles, both current and classic works. We have a cart of art books and continue to have a lot of videos and DVDs.

Come down and see us this week.


Bookstore News July 7 - 10

Large print books make reading possible for many people and more enjoyable for many more. We have a big selection of large print books. In addition to the books available daily in aisle 11, we have a sale cart of large print in the center aisle of the store. If you know anyone that needs large print please let them know about our books. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

In the spotlight this week: large print, art, cooking and videos.,


Bookstore news June 30 - July 3

The long 4th of July weekend is tantalizingly close. I'd bet that some of you are looking forward to a little time spent with a rod, a reel, and maybe a boat slowly drifting on a lake or river. If you do enjoy fishing, you may also enjoy shopping from the nice selection of books we have to offer on that topic. If it rains this weekend you could at least read about fishing. In addition to fishing we have a diverse selection of sports book; books on horseback riding and boxing and almost everything in between.

 Other books in the spotlight this week include; cookbooks and large print fiction.


Bookstore News June 23 - 26

One of our favorite customers bestowed a lovely donation of beautiful books upon us this week. These books are in mint condition; all the dust jackets are protected by Mylar covers, all are clean and bright, and most are first editions. Authors in this donation include John Updike, E.L. Doctorow, Philip Roth, Peter Gent, Saul Bellow and others. Any of these books will be a pleasure to own and they are marked at our regular great low prices.

Lawyers, law school students, or others involved in the law may be interested in an eight volume set of West's Michigan Compiled Laws 2008 Compact Edition. This complete set contains compiled laws sections 2.1 through 555.1 and the comprehensive index. The set is in very good condition is priced at only $75.00.

In the spotlight this week: cookbooks, videos (we have a lot!), and sports.


Bookstore News June 16 - 19

Each week on Monday a group of volunteer "sorters" sift through the week’s new donations and sort them into their proper categories. On Tuesday new donations are priced and placed on the shelves in the store. Every week many hundreds of new books are put out before the store opens on Wednesday, and more books are put out each day the store is open. Every time you come into the bookstore you should be able to find something new.

The Friends Bookstore offers great selections (thanks to your donations) and great low prices. Come visit us and I can almost promise you you'll be happy you did.


Bookstore News June 9 - 12

What a wonderful day Super Saturday was. The Sidewalk Book Sale was a big success. We sold thousands of books for 10¢ each. The really savvy shoppers who bought (or brought) a bag paid only $2.00 and usually paid even less than 10¢ a piece for their books. It's astonishing to think of selling books at that price and still making over $1000 for the library. Thank you to everyone that came to the sale. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

In addition to our books "in the spotlight" this week (listed below) there are a couple of especially nice sets of books I'd like to tell you about. First, we have a complete set of the Harvard Classics in very good condition. This beautiful set of books is priced at only $50.00. Please believe me this is a wonderful deal.

The Harvard Classics a 51 volume collection of classic works from world literature. It was compiled and edited by Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot and published in 1909. Dr. Eliot believed that one could acquire a liberal arts education by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five foot shelf. The Harvard Classics are the books selected by Dr. Eliot.

The second set of books I'd like to tell you about is the Time-Life series on World War II. This is one of the most popular sets of Time-Life books. According to Time-Life  each volume "chronicles in full the events of the second world war." The set is filled with illustrations and maps. We have 37 of the 39 volumes; priced at only $37.00.

In the spotlight this week: Hobbies and How To, select Young Adult Fiction (2 for $1.00), and Sports.

 


Bookstore News May 26 - 29

The long Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away. Hopefully you will be able to find a little time to relax, put your feet up and enjoy a good book. We have a great selection of books at prices it's hard to beat. Most book are priced between 50¢ and $2.50.

This week we have a very large selection of Large Print books. A sale cart is in the center aisle with large print fiction priced at 50¢ each. In aisle 11 you will find even more large print priced for the most part at $1.00 each.

We also continue to have a large selection of biographies - many new this week.


Bookstore News May 19 -22

Three weeks from this Saturday is the date of the annual Friends June Sidewalk Sale. Super Saturday is June 5 and it is a jam-packed weekend of fun activities in downtown Kalamazoo. You can start your Saturday morning with us, under the library portico, stocking up on books priced at 10¢ each or an entire bag full for only $2.00. The sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come early and get the best selection or come a little later and avoid the rush. Just make sure you come.

In the spotlight this week: large print books, biographies, DVDs and videos.


Bookstore News May 12 - 15

The Friends Annual Meeting is tonight at 6:00 at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University. Registered guests will be entertained by Arnie Johnston singing and reading from his works.

This week is  Michigan History Week. We have pulled together an interesting selection of Michigan-themed books. Celebrate our state by becoming better informed about it's past and enjoying books about Michigan and by Michigan authors.

We have a wonderful large selection of DVD's priced at $3.50 each even more VHS videos priced mostly at 50¢ or $1.00. These include classic and current titles.

Also in the spotlight this week: poetry and cooking.


Bookstore News May 5 - 8

Last week we ran a Jottings ad in the Gazette asking  for donations. Several nice donation have shown up since the ad ran. We're very grateful. We can use more, especially children's books. If you have books you no longer need, if you have books left after a garage sale, if you want to get rid of some books so you have room for some new books, think of us. Your gently used books will be much appreciated. Most of the books we sell are donated by members of the community and proceeds from sales go to help support our wonderful public library. Check the Donations link on the Friends web page for information on how and what to donate.

In the spotlight this week: Adventure and True Stories, Biographies, Cookbooks and VHS Videos.


Bookstore News April 28 - May 1

We have great news for movie lovers– assuming you have a VCR at home. We recently found out that we will be receiving a very large donation of VHS movies. We received the first part of this large donation this week, but we will continue to get additional movies for at least a couple more weeks.  This week you will find a cart of VHS movies in the center aisle of the story, filled with both children and adult movies. We will make every effort to keep this cart full as long as we have refills in the back. The movies are priced at 50¢ and $1.00.  

We are also continuing to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday this week. According to tradition Shakespeare was born on April 23 of 1564 and died on April 23 fifty two years later. We  brought together a nice collection of Shakespeare’s works for you.  Did you know that research has shown that reading Shakespeare has a dramatic effect on the human brain? Check out this link if you want to know more. http://www.physorg.com/news85664210.html

Other categories of books “in the spotlight” are music and cooking. We have a good selection of both  and they’re priced to sell.

If you have not already registered for the Friends' Annual Meeting, be sure and do that soon. You won't want to miss hearing Arnie Johnston's presentation. Please read last week's post to get more information.


Bookstore News April 14 - 17(2)

Pet and animal books are in the spotlight this week in the bookstore. We have all kinds of books on how to care for and enjoys dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and various other animals. We even have a book  that promises to help you "probe the depths of the canine psyche" titled How to Live with a Neurotic Dog. Don't feel left out if you have a cat, we also have How to Live with a Neurotic Cat.

We have a nice selection of books on boating. Most of the books are about sailing, both how to sail and true stories about sailing. There are also books on basic boat maintenance and repair.

A large selection of books on religion is available to peruse. Of special interest is the Interpreter's Bible in 12 volumes. This set is ex-library and is priced at only $35.00.


Bookstore News April 7 - 10

Occasionally we spotlight an author when we have a lot of his or her books available at the bookstore. This week two dissimilar authors are "in the spotlight." If you are a fan of either W.E.B. Griffin or V.C. Andrews this is your lucky week. We have almost everything written by both authors. We have paperback and hardcover editions priced at 50¢ and $1.00. You will find these books located on a cart in the center aisle.

We still have a good selection of audio books on tape. This select group is priced at only $1.00 each. You probably want to get in early in the week - these books are moving pretty fast at this price.

We also still have a wonderful selection of cookbooks. There is a lot to choose from including many ethnic and regional cook books.


Bookstore News March 31 - April 3

This week we are featuring hardcover fiction. We have a wonderful selection of current hardcover fiction that looks brand new. Most of these books are priced at $1.00 or $2.00 - that's a small fraction of what you would pay for an identical book at retail price! These are current selections by popular authors.

We are also offering a great deal on books-on-tape. If you have a tape player you can take advantage of this sale on some really great fiction books-on-tape. Only $1.00 for audiobooks by well known authors including Koontz, Jance, Cussler, Patterson, and many more.

If you like to cook, or just to read cookbooks, you will definitely want to check out the selection of cookbooks we have on hand right now. We have cookbooks to inspire you no matter what kind of cooking you enjoy.


Bookstore News March 24 - 27

We are celebrating March Mystery Madness! We have put out close to 200 beautiful hardcover mysteries and at least as many paperback mysteries this week, These are not library discards and most look like new. Most hardcovers are priced at $1.00 and paperbacks start at 50¢. Authors include Harlan Coban, Joanne Fluke, Ian Rankin, Laura Childs, Ed McBain, and James Lee Burke to name just a few.

Bookstore News March 17 - 20

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is the week when everybody is a bit Irish and green is our favorite color. St. Patty's Day makes us think of shamrocks, leprechauns, and wearing of the green. A little green somewhere on your clothes will protect you from those pesky pinches you might otherwise receive on Wednesday. You can also save some green (as in dollar bills) by shopping for your books this week at the Friends Bookstore. Our prices are always low and there is always a lot to choose from. Items in the 'spotlight' this week include cookbooks, paperback mysteries, and paperback westerns.

Erin Go Bragh!


Bookstore News March 10 - 13

March seems to be Mystery month at our bookstore. We have mystery books galore. We've put together a large cart of paperback mysteries all priced at 50¢ each. The cart of mysteries is in addition to the mystery books in both paperback and hardcover that fill the bookshelves week in and week out. The Friends Bookstore is the place to go this week if you want a good mystery to read at a great price.

Other items of special interest this week include music, mostly classical, on CD and a large selection of VHS cartoon Bible stories.

There are always many new books, music, and movies to choose from every week. We look forward to seeing you.


Bookstore News March 3 - 6

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.


New in the Bookstore February 24 - 27

As usual we have received many wonderful donations this week. I will share a few of them with you with the hopes of encouraging you to come visit us. We received The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons, in seven volumes. It is an impressive looking set quarter-bound in leather with decorative gold lettering on the spine. We also received six of The Great Courses by the Teaching Company. All six are lectures on CD. The titles are:

  • Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
  • After the New Testament
  • Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective
  • Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy
  • The Italians before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean
  • War and World History

Finally, we have a very nice selection of craft books, including a good size selection of needlework and decorative painting books. The needlework categories include blackwork, thread painting, ribbon embroidery, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Medieval embroidery, and much more.


Bookstore News February 17 - 20

We have lots of new (well new, gently-used) books for you to choose from this week. Be sure and check out the New Arrivals bookcase when you come in.

Also, take a look at our "Overstock Sale" cart. Popular books make for popular donations. That means we get lots of copies of some titles. In order to  make a little extra space in the back room, we have put together a cart of books (those that we have multiple copies of) and priced them at only 50¢ each. For instance, you can buy a beautiful, like-new hardcover copy of The Greatest Generation (Brokaw) or Teeth of the Tiger (Clancy) for 50¢!

The last book I'd like to mention has a fairly limited appeal. If however, The American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory is something you can use - you'll love our price. Ten dollars will buy this "comprehensive guide offering industry details on approximately 29,000 wholesaler and distributors in the United States." It is the 15th edition.


Bookstore News February 10 - 13

The weather forecasters are painting a pretty dismal picture for the next few days - snowing and blowing and cold. Reading is the perfect activity for days and evenings like these. For little more than spare change you can buy a book (or two) at the Friends Bookstore. There's plenty to choose from in both fiction and nonfiction.

In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday this week, we have put together a collection of  books about our 16th president. He was one of the truly great men in American history.

In honor of the handyman or woman who has decided to use these cold winter months to get some work done on the house, we have put together a collection of home improvement books. You will find books on drywall, wiring, carpentry and more.

We hope to see you soon.


Big Book Sale this Saturday, February 6

This Saturday we are having our big mid-winter book sale. You are invited to join us to take advantage of the super bargains available. From 9:00 to 3:30 in the Van Deusen Room (on the third floor) all books are 10¢ each or you can fill a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00. We will provide bags or feel free to bring your own. The sale includes a little bit of everything; there will be fiction, mystery, science fiction, and romance. You will also find assorted nonfiction including many biographies. 

Spotlights in the store this week include select audio books on tape priced at only $1.00 each. This selection includes many popular and current titles in fiction and nonfiction. We also have a very nice selection of coffee-table books on many different topics, most priced between $2.00 and $5.00.

We hope to see you soon.


Bookstore News January 27 - 30

Our mid-winter book sale is scheduled for Saturday, February 6. This is the sale you don't want to miss. About the only way we could offer a better deal is if we give the books away. The sale is from 9:00 to 3:30 in the Van Deusen Room on the third floor of Central Library. All books are 10¢ each or you can buy a bag full for $2.00. We will provide bags or you can bring your own. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out on this great sale. 

This week we have a really nice selection of audio books. These are books on cassette. You can choose from current fiction and nonfiction titles. Some nonfiction titles include Adams vs. Jefferson by John Ferlinf, Gettysburg by Stephen Sears, Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson, and Puppetmaster by Richard Hack. Among others, fiction authors include Robert Parker, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and Harlan Coban. 

All biographies continue at 1/2 off our regular low prices this week. 


New in the Bookstore January 20 - 23

Reading biographies is a great way to learn not only about an interesting person's life but about human nature, history, and geography. Biographies are often inspirational and a wonderful way to learn from another's mistakes and victories. This week in the bookstore all biographies are 1/2 off our low prices.

We still have a lot of nice cookbooks. We added some very fine ones this week. It's the perfect time of year to add a couple new soup or casserole recipes to your repertoire.

If you like puzzles you're in luck. We have about a dozen 500 to 1000 piece puzzles priced at only 50 cents each. Putting together a puzzle will help keep you entertained during these long winter nights - it could even be a family project.


New in the Bookstore Jan. 13 - 16

This week there are several interesting additions to our inventory that I'd like to bring to your attention. First, we have a small,  but very nice selection of Louis L'amour books in hardcover. These are part of the Louis L'amour Hardcover Collection published by Bantam books and in very good condition. We also have a lovely eleven volume set titled The Works of Shakespeare.This is the Eversley Edition published in 1902 by the Macmillan Company. The books are a deep wine color with gilt lettering and this set is also in very good condition. We just received a 2007 World Book Encyclopedia set. World Book is a very accessible encyclopedia, considered by many to be among the most readable. It uses a "simple-to -more-complex" approach within articles so the information can be understood by various age levels. It is a wonderful reference to have in the home and is priced at only $125.00. Finally we have a large selection of cookbooks available.  Here are a just few of the types of cookbooks we put out this week: pasta, Italian, Greek, soup, slow cooker, stir fry, vegetarian, and one dish meals. There are a lot more. We look forward to seeing you this week.


Bookstore News January 6 - 9

Noteworthy this week is a good size collection of civil war books. Authors include Shelby Foote, Bruce Catton, and Burke Davis, among others you will recognize. A few titles include Six Years of Hell by Hearn, The Last Days of the Confederacy by Hoehling, and Strange Battles of the Civil War by Garrison.

Also, we have a very large selection of VHS videos.  These are recent films as well as some great old classics. The selection includes both children and adult titles. We have added almost 200 videos to our video collection this week. Most videos are priced at $1.00.