ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca’s biannual Friends of the Library Book Sale returns this weekend with a fresh stock of thousands of books.

The Fall Book Sale will take place Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 17 (for senior day and student night), and 20-23. Seniors are considered 60 and older. And students must be 16 or older with a valid student ID. The book sale is held at 509 Esty St., Ithaca.

Photo Gallery: Shelves packed and ready for biannual Friends of the Library Book Sale

Every book sale, there are thousands of books, CDs, games, music and other items for volunteers to sort through, and each sale offers a completely fresh stock of books and items.

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is held at 509 Esty Street in Ithaca twice a year. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
The Friends of the Library Book Sale is held at 509 Esty Street in Ithaca twice a year. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

As always, there are some interesting finds in the Collector’s Corner like “Sylvia Plath: Drawings,” a collection of pen-and-ink drawings she made on her honeymoon. Visitors can also find a translation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in the Dreamtime” into the Australian aboriginal language Pitjantjatjara.

The May and October book sales are the main source of funding for the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library organization. They typically make around $250,000. Proceeds mainly benefit the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System. Money also goes to local nonprofit organizations for reading-related materials, toward educational grants for residents pursuing library degrees and for other reading-related projects.

For more information about the book sale, visit www.booksale.org.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.