Story & Photos by Joseph Boyle
50 cents? That’s right! I bought a John Grisham paperback that retails for $7.99 for 50 cents at the FRIENDS of Lakewood Library Book Sale.
Do you love to read? Do you love to save money? Do you love to support your library? If you do, let me tell you what is happening at our Lakewood Library located at 6300 Wildaire Rd SW, just off Gravelly Lake Dr SW across from Clover Park High School in the City of Lakewood.
In March and October of each year FRIENDS of Lakewood Library host a multi-day book sale in the library basement. Money raised supports the Lakewood Library and the Tillicum Library, both of which are in our City of Lakewood.
Ok, so here is what you need to know. You can find out all kinds of information by going to the calendar tab of the Pierce County Library website which is www.piercecountylibrary.org.
There is a series of three book sale events coming up in March as follows:
Member Appreciation Night on Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To become a member, you simply need to join FRIENDS of Lakewood Library by picking up an application at the front desk or from the continuing book sale area right inside the front door. Annual memberships start as low as $15. You can even join at the door on the day of the book sale. When you join, the FRIENDS presents you with a free attractive tote bag in which to carry your books.
Each member may purchase up to 25 items at this event.
There are free refreshments at this event too. I love free refreshments.
Members Only Pre-sale on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are no limits on what you can buy at this sale event. Oh, there will be more free refreshments.
Public Sale on Friday March 18, 2011 and Saturday, March 19, 2011. The hours for both days run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Anyone may attend this event. You do not have to be a member of the FRIENDS.
You will need to bring your own refreshments to the Public Sale.
The used paperback books, hardback books, CDs, DVDs, VCR tapes, magazines, 45, 33 1/3 & 78 phonograph records, maps, old books, large print books are all donated to the FRIENDS. Yikes! If you are interested in children’s books, don’t miss this sale. There are tons of children’s books.
There is a group of hard working volunteers that spend countless days in the windowless basement all year long sorting and pricing the donated materials. They are known as the Mole Patrol.
FRIENDS of Lakewood Library have been helping our libraries since 1960. Let’s help the Friends help us.
Check it out! Browse this fantastic treasure hunt. You are not obligated to buy anything, but I just “betcha” you will not be able to get out of this book sale without taking at least a few good finds home with you.
Aren’t we lucky to have two libraries in one city? Enjoy.