By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager
Dr. Seuss advised everyone to “fill your house with stacks of books, in every cranny and every nook.” And lucky us, we can celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 109th birthday by filling bags with cheap books at the library’s annual book sale next weekend.
The book sale opens to members of the Manhattan Library Association (MLA), the library’s friends organization, on Friday, March 1, 5:30-7:30. An MLA membership is as little as $10 and can be purchased at the door if you want to be among the first to shop. Saturday, March 2, the book sale is open to the public from 10 to 4. Sunday is a catchall day with remaining books sold by the bag or box from 1-3:30.
“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”
Bargains abound with thousands of books to browse. Some books are gently read donations from personal collections, and others are books withdrawn from the library’s shelves. Many donations are recently published books in excellent condition. Adult books fill the auditorium and the Groesbeck Meeting Room, arranged by genre, from historical romance to paranormal to self-help. Paperbacks are 75 cents or 2 for $1. Hardcover books are $1.50. Many popular young adult books are available this year, as well as children’s titles including picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and novels. Children’s books can be found on the 2nd floor across from the auditorium, and they are only 75 cents each. Look for DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and even some VHS and cassette tapes on sale in the Groesbeck room.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
On Saturday, you can also bring a child to our 11:00 storytime or get something good to eat at the bake sale to support teen programs at the library. In the “Move & Groove” storytime for all ages, Ms. Jessica will be reading stories to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and leading some silly rhymes and songs. Children will get a Seuss craft to take home. Young adult librarian Keri Mills and several of our teen volunteers will have delicious goodies for sale from 10:00-2:00, including Seuss-themed cupcakes. Exchange your change for some home-baked goods to raise money for teen summer reading prizes.
Donations for the library’s book sales are always welcome, although the sorting has already begun for this year’s event. Amazing volunteers keep the donations organized year-round and stock our Rosie’s Corner Bookstore where we sell used books in the library all the time. In the coming week, volunteers leading our friends group will be working tirelessly to get items set up for the sale, along with some help from library staff and other volunteers from around town.
All proceeds from the Book Sale go to the friends group, which in turn funds many of the library’s guest speakers, special children’s programs, summer reading prizes, new books and media for our collection, and library furnishings and supplies.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”