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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Friends of the Library Book Sale starts this weekend in downtown Gainesville

<p>“I wish I had a million books,” said Lily Mills, 7, before she sat with her brother Hayden, 5, at the Friends of the Library book sale. The sale, which started Saturday and ends Wednesday, raises money for the Alachua County Library District.</p>

“I wish I had a million books,” said Lily Mills, 7, before she sat with her brother Hayden, 5, at the Friends of the Library book sale. The sale, which started Saturday and ends Wednesday, raises money for the Alachua County Library District.

Paging all book lovers: The Friends of the Library Book Sale is this weekend.

More than 700,000 items — including books, CDs and artwork — will fill the Friends of the Library Bookhouse, located at 430 N. Main St.

“It’s gonna be an absolute hoot,” said Sue Dudley, volunteer publicity chair of the book sale.

The sale will kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. with a Scottish bagpiper playing outside the bookhouse, Dudley said. It will last until 6 p.m. that day, then reopen from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the merchandise is half-price, and everything is 10 cents on Wednesday, she said.

The sale features a Collector’s Corner with rare and first-edition books. Dudley said this year’s corner will feature an edition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with pages in English and Klingon, a fictional language spoken in Star Trek, among other items.

UF English and history junior Kathleen O’Leary, 20, said she’s planning to scope out the sale.

O’Leary, also a UF Library Ambassador, said if she finds something Saturday she can’t live without, she’ll buy it then. But she plans to go back for other purchases on 10-cent day.

“You’ve got to do multiple rounds,” she said.

[A version of this story ran on page 1 on 4/11/2014 under the headline "Massive book sale starts downtown"]

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