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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.

Spotlight on Childrens and Teen Books

Hello Bookstore fans.  Carol's broken arm unfortunately required surgery so, in her absence, I'll post our weekly specials, etc.  This week's special is children/teen books.  There are two carts full of some wonderful titles at our usual low prices.  Many beautiful children's picture books and stories fill the children's cart.  The teen selection includes some nice non-fiction as well as  popular stories.  This section could prove to be a bonanza for home schoolers!  Hope to see you in the store.


Sale of Childrens/Teens Books

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 August 4 -7

We continue to fill our LARGE PRINT area with new material.  Many mystery authors such as PD James, John Nance or Ngaio Marsh are represented as well as fiction writers like Andrew Greely and Arthur Hailey.  The selection is extensive, so please ask if you don't see your favorite out on the cart.  Remember, large print is easy to read in that glare at the beach and these volumes make thoughtful gifts too.

The children's area has also been re-stocked with picture books, easy readers, classics, non-fiction and chapter books for tweens and teens.  Bring your children or grandchildren in to shop at the store.  They can go home with several books for only $1 - less than the price of a package of gum (and much better for their teeth)!

Like to unwind with a good who-dunnit?  The store's selection of both hardcover and paperback mysteries has never been better.  Most are priced at 50 cents or $1 so be sure to stop by for a few to top off you summer reading pile.  Happy Shopping!



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 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.


June Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday

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.

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.

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.

Friends Annual Meeting

Come to the Friends' Annual Meeting and enjoy a presentation by local novelist, playwright, educator, and performer Arnie Johnston.  Johnston will entertain the audience with anecdotes from his illustrious career as well as songs and readings from his works. 

The Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 11 at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University.  Plan to arrive at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by a brief business meeting and then our featured speaker.  The cost for dinner is $25.00 per person.  You may choose either Pecan crusted chicken or Cheese ravioli in Lobster sauce as your main course. Both entrees are served with a house salad, fresh baked rolls, coffee, tea, or soda and Oreo chocolate mousse for dessert.

Reservations may be made by stopping at the Friends Bookstore or sending your check (made out to FKPL)  and meal choice to Friends of KPL, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  This promises to be a popular event so reserve your space as soon as possible.  The Fetzer Center has ample free parking and is completely handicapped accessible.  Hope to see  you there!


Dinner with Friends

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.