For some, the smell of paper and ink in their hands as they enjoy entering a new world of tales and stories makes their day. For others, it might be losing themselves in a good movie or escaping reality in an audio book as they travel to and from work or on a vacation.
This year’s Friends of the Elkin Public Library used book sale, which includes paperbacks, hardbacks, video and audio selections, kicks off Friday with a special members-only sale. But a person doesn’t have to be a previous member to attend the sale, the friends group will be selling memberships at the door opening night for $15.
“It is a way to see the books before they are picked over,” said Martha Smith, librarian at the Elkin Public Library.
The preview sale will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The book sale will open to the public Saturday with special sale hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following Saturday’s sale times, shoppers can visit the sale for purchase during the library’s regular business hours through Oct. 10 — Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year second to our fund drive,” Smith explained of the sale. “The funds are used for our summer programs, programs during the school year, holiday events. They are all free because of the funds raised.”
The popular holiday event occurs Light Up Night and features a puppet show and crafts for the children, explained Nancy Ball, president of the Friends of the Library.
Also, this year during November, which is National Picture Book Month, Smith said she will have storytellers coming in to celebrate picture books for an event. And near the end of October an event is scheduled featuring a storyteller sharing ghost stories for teens and adults.
Items at the book sale are priced at 50 cents for paperback and children’s books; $1 for hardback books; and special pricing in some situations and for audio and video selections.
“We’ll have a room full of books. I’d estimate between 5,000 and 7,000,” said Smith.
Ball said, “The room will be full and exploding with books.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.