For avid readers in the Alliance region, August means one thing – the Friends of Rodman Public Library’s annual used book sale.
Held in conjunction with the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival, the sale will run from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.
For the third straight year, it will be held at the Alliance Commons (the former Neighborhood Center), 405 S. Linden Avenue. The site is located at the corner of High Street and Linden Avenue, just a short walk across Arch Avenue from Rodman Public Library where parking will be available.
Those attending the sale should approach from the Arch Avenue side of the building and enter through the Door No. 4 ramp. Directional signs will be placed throughout the area to help guide shoppers.
More than 10,000 items are available for sale, including books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, magazines and some puzzles and board games. More than 75 percent of the items are donated and 80 percent is nonfiction in many popular categories, including history, biography, science, cooking, crafts, travel, religion, art, photography, business and much more. Also, a large variety of children’s books will be available as well as a selection of collectible books, a list of which is available at rodmanlibrary.com/collectibles.
Prices for books increased slightly from last year, the first increase since the 1980s, which places the Friends of Rodman Library’s sale in line with others. Hardback books are now $1 each and paperbacks are 50 cents each. Meanwhile, the other prices remain unchanged, including children’s books, which are 25 cents each or 5 for $1; magazines, which are 10 cents each, or 12 for $1; books on CD are $3 per box; CDs and DVDs are $1 per disc; and vinyl records are 25 cents per disc.
As usual, the sale kicks off on Saturday during the festival, which will be August 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be for Friends of Rodman Public Library members only. Memberships will be available at the door and will cost $5 for individuals 15 years and older. A patron membership is also available for $25 and more.
The sale will continue from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 6 as well as 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. the following three days, August 7 through August 9. On Tuesday, August 8, shoppers will earn a ticket for a special raffle giveaway with purchase.
On the final day, Wednesday, August 9, shoppers will be able to pay by donation all day.
Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted, but there will be a 3 percent processing fee on all cards.