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The next Friends Bag-of-Books Sale will take place on Saturday, September 22. This is one of three “Bag” sales we hold every year. All books in the sale are 10¢ each or you can buy a grocery size bag full of books for only $2.00. The sale will be held on the third floor of Central Library from 9:00 to 3:30. Thousands of books will be organized in the following categories on tables and carts:
- Science Fiction
- Assorted Nonfiction
Mark your calendar now. I’ll have more information for you as we get closer to the date.
The annual June Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday. Plan to join us and cash in on the wonderful bargains under the library portico from 9:00 a.m until 3:30 p.m. All books in the sidewalk sale are 10¢ each or you can buy a grocery bagful for only $2.00. You may bring your own bag or use one of our donated grocery bags . Either way you give us $2.00 and then fill up your bag with all the books you can fit in. The sale features fiction, romance, science fiction, large print, adults and children's books and lots of assorted nonfiction. You will also find audio visual materials - videos, CDs, and audio books. There will be an unusually large selection of nonfiction books at the sale this year. The store is also open and you will find a great selection of books at our everyday low prices inside.
In the spotlight this week: Science and Nature, Cookbooks, Hobbies and How To
The first Saturday in June begins a weekend of exciting activities in downtown Kalamazoo. The Friends’ annual sidewalk sale is one of the highlights of the day, and one I know many of you look forward to all year. Here is the important information:
- Saturday, June 2
- Central Library, 315 S. Rose
- 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- All books 10¢ each or $2.00 per bag
You will find: fiction & mystery, romance, science fiction, assorted nonfiction, children’s books, audio books, movies, music, and more. There will be more than 10,000 books!
Please feel free to bring your own reusable grocery-bag size tote. Call 553-7820 with questions.
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
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.
April 14, 10 am, Central Library
The treats at this year’s Friends’ Annual Meeting will not be confined to the yummy brunch. Local author Margean Gladysz will treat the audience to stories of her time as the “Spy on the Bus.”
It was quite an adventure for an 18 year old farm girl and college graduate to leave home back then, let alone travel all over the country, by herself, on a bus. Her job was to pose as a passenger and report back to the company on the bus driver’s honesty and performance. An excellent speaker, Margean is sure to entertain you with her humorous anecdotes about life on the road in the 1940s. Her detailed recollections (sparked by finding the letters she wrote home carefully saved by her mother) provide a colorful portrait of the period.
You don’t have to be a Friends’ member to join us for this highly anticipated program but reservations are required. Just send your name, with $10 per person to cover the cost of brunch, to Friends of KPL, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or drop your reservation with payment at the Friends Bookstore by April 7. We look forward to seeing you!
We are genuinely grateful for the generous donations we receive from the community. We exist because of them. However, we are in the unusual position of needing to ask our friends and patrons to delay bringing in donations until after June 6. Our available space is full, but it won’t be for long. The giant annual Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday, June 4 (see below for details) and when the thousands of books we will sell at this sale have found new homes, space will be available again. We appreciate your help and understanding.
What: Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale
When: Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 to 3:30
Where: Central Library, 315 S. Rose Street
- Books are 10¢ each or buy a bag full for $2.00 – your bag or ours
- Fiction (general fiction, mystery, sci-fi, and romance), assorted nonfiction, lots of children’s books, lots of large print
- Proceeds help support the library
- Call 553.7821 with questions
Friends Sidewalk Sale
Whether you are a true history buff or just like to learn more about the area in which you live, this presentation is sure to please. Four local historians will hilight some of the earliest "friends" of libraries. Lynn Houghton will inform us about Edwin & Cynthia VanDeusen's donation of the origninal Kalamazoo Public Library. Shirley Clay Scott will speak about the Meader family's involvement with the WMU Library. Paul Smithson will concentrate on the A.M. Todd family and K College Library and Sharon Carlson's focus will be the Ladies Library Association.
This interesting program will be presented on Saturday, May 7 at WMU's Fetzer Center by the Friends of KPL and the Friends of WMU Libraries. Plan to gather at 9:30 a.m. There will be a very brief business meeting at 10, followed by a lovely brunch and the program. Cost for the event is only $15.00 per person. Please call Friends of KPL at 553-7821 to register or email Friends@kpl.gov. The deadline for registration is Sat., April 30, so don't delay! Call or email right away!
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.
The annual June Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday. Plan to join us and cash in on the wonderful bargains under the library portico from 9:00 a.m until 3:30 p.m. All books in the sidewalk sale are 10¢ each or you can buy a grocery bagful for only $2.00. You may bring your own bag or use one of the bags donated by the Parkview D & W Store. Either way you give us $2.00 and then fill up your bag with all the books you can fit in. The sale features fiction, romance, science fiction, adults and childrens books and lots of assorted nonfiction. The store is also open and you will find a great selection ofl books at our everyday low prices inside.
In the spotlight this week: sports, videos, and large print.