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Feb 2 2011

Book Sale, Book Sale, Book Sale

by Lesley B

We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next – Saul Bellow

There’s never been a better time than this weekend to find that next book.  On Saturday, February 5, the Friends of Decatur Library have their annual Winter Book Sale.  They’ll have thousands of great books for you on the ground floor of the Decatur Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But wait—there’s more. The Friends of Toco Hill – Avis G. Williams Library Book Sale starts Friday, February 4 at 1 p.m.  (Join the Toco Hill Friends that morning and you can get in on the Friends-only preview from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ) They’ve got so many books that the sale continues on Saturday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And even though it’s not a library sale,  I want you to know that Briarlake Elementary is also hosting a book sale on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5.

3 book sales in one weekend! I picture many happy readers,  driving up and down Clairmont with their new treasures piled in the back seat.  The prices are right, the causes are good—take a friend and find your next book(s).


Oct 22 2010

AHC 4th Annual Booksale

by Jesse M

Want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping for book-loving friends and family this year? Then you may want to check out the Atlanta History Center’s 4th annual book sale this Saturday, October 23, from 9:00am-2:00pm. Held in the Kenan Research Center’s Draper Members Room, shoppers will be able to choose from a selection of over 2000 titles in subjects including American and world history, genealogy, biography, and fiction. While acquiring books at bargain prices shoppers are also helping the Research Center; proceeds from the sale support the mission of the archives and library in promoting the preservation, conservation, and care of the permanent collections. Once you finish shopping, make a day of it and check out some of the fascinating exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center. And don’t forget to keep your receipt! Proof of purchase from the sale entitles visitors to enjoy a $5 discount on admission (but only on that day, October 23). For more information on the sale, call 404-814-4049.

And the bargain shopping need not end there! Many DCPL branches host ongoing book sales where books, magazines, and other media can be procured at rock bottom prices, with proceeds from all purchases going to support your local library. Contact individual branches for pricing and other details. A full list of branches is available on our website.  You can also check out the many book sales held by the Friends of the Library, by checking this page.


May 19 2008

Embrace Your Inner Librarian

by Nolan R

Librarything_2 So you’re at the Friends of the Library booksale, and you can’t remember if you already own a copy of a particular book.  It’s only a dollar, so you buy it, only to get home and realize you already own not one, but two copies.  If only you’d known about LibraryThing sooner!  Similar to GoodReads, which will help you remember if you’ve already read a book, LibraryThing will help you keep up with which books you actually own.   

According to the website: LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 80 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, “tag” books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection.

By setting up a user name and password, you can input and catalog up to 200 titles for free.  If 200 titles doesn’t quite cover your personal library, then you can pay to catalog unlimited titles ($10/year or $25/lifetime membership).  Memberships are also available for non-profits, book discussion groups, and for-profit companies.  LibraryThing provides options for social networking, local event information, online book discussions and personalized recommendations.  You can check out other people’s libraries for ideas, and even buy an inexpensive barcode scanner if you want to add large numbers of books quickly.  You can view your library online, sort by author, title, subject, call number and more, and create a printable list of your library.

All that, and you don’t even have to sit through a single class in library school!


Mar 12 2008

Bring out yer books!

by Heather O

Library book sales are not only a great way to add to your home library, but you can support your local library at the same time. Sales are sponsored by the Friends of the Library (Friends also get first look at the sales!) and the proceeds add to and support library programs.

Let’s talk donations: 

Some items in our sale have been withdrawn from branch collections. Often these are spare copies of past bestsellers, books that have been slightly damaged or worn, or titles that are no longer in heavy demand. Many of our book sale items are donations from patron and visitor alike. Any book donated to the Library which is not placed in the library’s collection, plus books donated specifically for book sales, are made available to the public at Friends of the Library book sales.

WesleyChapelAll branches that have book sales or year-round sale tables would love your books in good condition. If you have a good amount of them; please call your branch ahead of time so we can help bring everything in faster!

Many branches also take movies, music, or books on CD/tape such as: Decatur, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Covington, Doraville, Dunwoody, Flat Shoals, Lithonia, Redan, Stone Mountain, Tucker, and Wesley-Chapel.

These branches will also accept magazines for their sales: Covington, Redan, Dunwoody, and Wesley-Chapel.

Any questions: call your local branch to see if they will accept something; I’ve seen vinyl in some book sales before and I’ve seen nice children’s toys cleaned up and happily played with in the children’s area.

Normally Northlake and Salem-Panola both have year-round book sale tables; but as they are closing this year for expansion and renovation they will not accept donations at this time.

Further information about DCPL book sales and upcoming dates can be found through the main DCPL website.