Time to build up your library

Mark your calendar for the Carmel Clay Public Library’s fall book sale featuring more than 20,000 books starting Oct. 4. (Submitted photo)

Mark your calendar for the Carmel Clay Public Library’s fall book sale featuring more than 20,000 books starting Oct. 4. (Submitted photo)

By Terri L. Spilman

Bibliophiles are in luck. The Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library Fall Book Sale will feature more than 20,000 books in a variety of categories such as romance, mystery, biography, nonfiction, hobby and children’s literature.

“Some of the books are weeded from the library’s collection, and the rest come in through the Friends of the Library donation program,” said Beth Smietana, communications director for the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The books are sorted and grouped with signs so shoppers can navigate the large stacks on sale and the books will range in price from 25 cents for small books and magazines to $3 for CDs and audiocassettes.

But be prepared – children’s books go fast, Smietana said.

An exclusive preview for Friends of the Library members will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3. so they can shop the sale before the general public and have a chance to win Friends bookstore gift certificates.

Other special events include a Senior Citizens Coffee to be conducted from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 4.

Proceeds from the Fall Book Sale are used toward summer and winter reading programs for all ages, the Things-That-Go Rodeo, monthly movie nights and other projects. The group also supplies volunteers to run the bookstore and represent the library at a variety of community events during the year. They also award an annual scholarship to a high school senior who works or volunteers for the library.

The Fall Book Sale runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. The last day of the sale is Bag Day, in which shoppers can fill a canvas bag (provided courtesy of Whole Foods) with books for only $8.00. There is no limit on the number of bags a customer may purchase.

For more information call Beth Smietana at 571-4292 or visit www.carmel.lib.in.us.

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