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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)


Coming Soon - January Bag-of-Books Sale

Mark your calendars for the first Bag-of-Books Sale of 2013! At this sale you can buy a grocery-size bag full of books for only $2.00. Now that's a deal that's hard to beat. You'll be able to buy fiction (both general fiction and mystery), science fiction, romance, children's books and lots of assorted nonfiction. There will be many thousands of books to choose from. Here's the information you need: 

DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2013

TIME: 9:00 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: Central Library, Third Floor, Van Deusen Room

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SALE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 19, AND THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED. Call 553.7820 with any questions.


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.


Annual Gift Book Sale

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 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.


Be-Friend Your Library

Join the Friends today.  The Friends exist to support the aims and programs of the Kalamazoo Public Library.  We believe that a free public library is one of the most important institutions in our community.  It allows everyone equal access to books, media and technology.  For many in this trying economy, a library card is the only means of bringing books, music and movies into their homes.  The library also offers access to exciting programs and speakers on many diverse topics. Michael Gorman put it best when he said that libraries "....honor the past and create the future."

Friends membership offers you the way to become a part of this future.  Dues contributions add together to make a substantial financial contribution to our library and membership numbers add up to a community that is committed to the ideals of literacy and service.

Be a part of  that commitment ! Print the membership form on the Friends web page and join us today!


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.


September Bag-of-Books Sale

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:

  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Romance
  • Children’s
  • Assorted Nonfiction

Mark your calendar now. I’ll have more information for you as we get closer to the date.


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


Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale June 2

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


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.


Super Saturday Sidewalk Sale

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.


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.


Margean Gladysz at Friends Annual Meeting

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!


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.