Spring Sale of Books and AV materials
After six months of sorting and a frantic day of set-up, the Spring Book Sale, held by the Friends of the Euclid Public Library, will be on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, with a preview night for members on the 28th.
There has been talk of raising prices, but, for this sale at least, they remain at 50¢ for hardbacks and 25¢ for paperbacks. There will be one table of special books with higher prices. The highest standard price is $2.00 for a DVD; other audio-visual media are $1.00 or less.
Houses don’t stretch, and neither do libraries. But every year, there are thousands of new books that people want to be able to check out. The only way to make room for them is to get rid of the old books. Fifty years ago, libraries used to burn them! Now they are given to the Friends of the Library, who sell them to make money to help the library.
In addition, houses being the unstretchy things they are, many people have books to give away. The Friends sell those, too, everything from a 1942 wartime cookbook to a current best seller, seemingly unread. Material has been collecting the previous sale was still going on in October.
The books are roughly sorted by broad–very broad!--library number categories. For instance, the 600s (Technology) include books on carpentry, gardening, and cooking, but also business, child care, and health. The 700s (Arts and Recreation) cover everything from fine art to football. The 000s (General Works), cover computers, trivia, journalism, Bigfoot, and flying saucers. And the 300s (Social Sciences) contain all the stuff about human society and how it works from economics and education to politics and true crime.
Fiction has its own category, as do mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, biographies, and large print books.
And the children’s and young adult books are worth checking out even if you have no children; often, they have the most interesting information and the clearest pictures.
Place: Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St., Euclid, OH 44123
Time: Friday, April 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members preview night. The library is closed, so there will be a line outside. Bring your Friends Membership card--not the same as your library card. If you can’t find the Friends card, you can be looked up at the door, or you can join for $5.00.
Saturday, April 29th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a good day to come; there are tons of books, and it’s not crowded.
Sunday, April 30th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bag Day. You buy a paper grocery bag for $3.00 and fill it up. Your own larger bags or carts can be left outside the room to wait for you.
The library is on East 222nd Street, north of I-90/OH-2. Coming from the freeway, turn right immediately after you see the Veterans’ Memorial, which includes a Vietnam-era tank that’s hard to miss. Or, coming from Lake Shore Boulevard, turn south on 222nd Street. The library will be on your left, right after City Hall.
Bonita Kale lives in Euclid. She is a rapidly aging member of the Friends of the Euclid Public Library.