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The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library’s big Spring Book Sale has made some changes, but the most important things have stayed the same: Friends volunteers have prepared a huge banquet of gently-used books, puzzles, games, DVDs, CDs, albums, and more at the Spring Sale. And you’ll still enjoy low prices and benefit the Library while you have fun browsing and buying.


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The selections have changed, of course. The Friends always start with a clean, empty warehouse in late October and stock hundreds of shelves with newly donated books, meticulously sorted into over 70 categories. Beryl Barr, one of the two Sale Coordinators, notes that the Sale has extended some shopping hours by popular demand. Bag Day (Tuesday, May 19) will run from 10 am – 8 pm instead of starting at noon. On the Sale’s special shopping day, Wednesday, May 13, Senior Day (60 and over) is from 10 am – 4 pm, Student Night (16 and over) from 3 pm – 8 pm, and items are priced lower than on the previous Monday.

Sale proceeds benefit the Library, the Finger Lakes Library System, and Tompkins County organizations promoting literacy. “To make it even easier for you to buy the books you want, we can now accept Discover Card, and shoppers can now use their debit cards with their PIN,” explained Clare Green, Co-Coordinators. Also, Greene said, the Sale is now required to collect state sales tax, “so tax exempt shoppers should remember to bring their tax-exempt forms and check in with a volunteer.”

A lot is new in the sections, as well. The Young Adult section has been enlarged and the always-huge selection in the Children’s area now includes large-print children’s books. Children’s and young adult books abound on just about every imaginable topic, from archaeology to astronomy, doodle bugs to dinosaurs, rickshaws to racecars, and puppies to pandas. Barr also noted, “For our very youngest shoppers – and parents – there’s a brand-new baby changing station in one of our almost brand-new restrooms!”

“Our new special exhibit on ‘Oprah’s Book Club’ fills an entire bookcase,” Barr points out. The Graphic Novels and Comics area has animé DVDs – while they last. The Foreign Languages section boasts books in over fifty languages, including over two hundred Japanese books and many books in Arabic and Persian. Gift shoppers and bargain hunters will want to spend some time in the renovated, spacious Collectors’ Corner, which features gift selections, first editions, rare books, signed copies, lavish art books, and more.

Can’t wait for the Spring Sale to open on May 2nd? Barr explained there are two ways to shop a bit early, at “first-day” prices: “Volunteers who have donated more than 30 hours of their time before each sale can shop at a pre-sale for a limited quantity of books, as can those who have become members of the Friends at the $100 level or above.”

The sale runs three, three-day weekends (plus) from May 2-4, May 9-11, and May 16-19. First day hours are 8am to 8 pm. All other days are 10am to 8 pm. May 13 is Senior/Student Day. Seniors, 60+, from 10-4pm and Students, 16+, from 3-8pm.
On Bag Day, the 19th, the price is $1.00 for all the books you can fit in a Wegman’s plastic shopping bag.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.