Volume Discounts Area's 2nd Largest Book Sale Offers 250,000 Items
Fenning, Esther Talbot, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
The Friends of the Library Book Fair has come a long way since its early years, when volunteers kept all-night vigils in the book-sale tent.
Proceeds amounted to $6,000 at the first sale in 1988 at the library district's administration offices on Spencer Road in St. Peters.
Now, the book sale is the second largest in the St. Louis area. More than 250,000 used books, records, magazines and other items are sold each year to bibliophiles, collectors and dealers from Missouri and bordering states.
Proceeds from last year's sale came to nearly $30,000. The money was divided among the six St. Charles City-County district libraries for new furnishings and equipment.
The ninth annual Friends of the Library Book Fair is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran High School, 5100 Mexico Road, St. Peters. Admission will be $5 Friday for the general public, and there will be no charge for Friends of the Library members and children 12 and under. Admission will be free Saturday and Sunday.
Sale items include cookbooks, children's books and writings on crafts, Westerns, mysteries, science fiction and biographies. Most hard-cover books will be sold for $1 each and paperbacks for 50 cents. Magazines will sell for 10 cents. Complete sets of National Geographic will sell for $1.
Books will sell for $2 a bag on Sunday. As an added convenience to browsers, adult fiction will be divided into two sections this year: A to M and N to Z.
Old books are popular with collectors and readers who recall their childhood favorites with fondness, said book fair co-chairperson Naomi Findley.
"Those books that were published prior to 1945 fit into this category," she said. …