Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Friends of the Library Book Sale Slated Feb. 25 and 26

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Friends of the Library Book Sale Slated Feb. 25 and 26

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If you are looking for a good book, stop by the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System's annual book sale Feb. 25 and 26.

More than 150,000 books will be on sale, starting at 5 cents, in the Made in Oklahoma Building at the fairgrounds. The average cost is 50 cents to 75 cents for a book, said Debra Krittenbrink, director of public relations for the library.

The categories of books include: cookbooks, craft, self-help, military, Oklahoma history, Oklahoma authors, art history, architecture, photography and presidents.

Collector's Choice is a special section featuring individually priced books that are rare or valuable due to their age, condition or the number of books originally printed. The cost ranges from a couple of dollars to a couple hundred, Krittenbrink said.

Last year the event raised $72,000, which was used to fund literacy, outreach for senior citizens and staff enrichment programs.

"Money is not the main objective," Krittenbrink said.

"What we're after is getting books into as many people's hands as possible," she said. "If a little kid walks up with a handful of pennies and asks if it is enough for a book, it is."

Nine years ago, the sale started out in three libraries and made $6,000. It took three months to organize the event with three categories of books.

The majority of the books have been donated by people all over Oklahoma County and some are books the library no longer uses, she said.

Howard McKinnis, booksale coordinator, said this is one of the largest booksales in the country.

The presale party for the 2,800 members of Friends of the Library is Friday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Membership costs $5, which can be paid at the door.

The booksale will be from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 26. More than 600 volunteers will work at the event.

Non-profit organizations who qualify are eligible to select an unlimited number of the books that remain on Feb. 26.

For permission to select books for a non-profit organization, send a letter to Friends of the Metropolitan Library System. . .

Sunday Matinee Added A Sunday matinee has been added for the Ballet Oklahoma production of "Romeo and Juliet" due to strong ticket sales, said Ann Schmidt, public relations and marketing director.

Ticket sales exceeded the largest single ballet performance except "the Nutcracker" with ten days left to the opening, said Gail Beals, general manager. In the early 1980s, "Rodeo" brought in $27,000. …

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