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Well, since you all know my weakness for books, it only seemed fitting to share the news: fellow Jacksonville residents, another warehouse book sale is on its way!  Click here for more information and to be taken to the official book sale flyer/page.  The sale will take place at the University Boulevard location, March 2 (for members only) through the 4th, and then one more day on March 10.

Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library is hosting this warehouse book sale, and let me tell you, it is worth going to see what’s there!  Especially if you’re a book junkie like me.  🙂  I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to this one, but I figured someone else might benefit from the news.

Last year I went and found several books I had been looking for.  Sometimes it can be hard to find a particular book because they just have them in boxes and stacked on tables by author name.  So make sure you have time to dig around if you go!  There are thousands of books to look through, and it is SO much fun!  (That is, if you’re not afraid of a little clutter and disorganization here and there.)

So, go!  Explore the sale, and let me know what you find!


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Everyone, I am very happy to announce that my trip to the Great Jacksonville Book Sale was a success!!!!   I had a lot of fun browsing and picking through box after box of books… books about travel, about food, about rock climbing, about animals, about photography – you name it, it was there!  Row upon row of tables chock full of delightful reading material.  Well, I’m sure some of it was not exactly delightful, but you get my drift.  Anyway, yes, I had a lot of fun, and yes, I did buy a nice stack of books (see picture for reference)… a total of 19 books to be exact, and for a grand total of $14.50 too!  I was so excited!  I really didn’t have anything in mind that I wanted, but I really wanted to go.  So I talked to my dear friend in Japan, (who is coming to visit soon – woohoo!) and asked if there was anything she would like.  I also talked to another friend who lives in a neighboring city and asked if she was interested in anything.  So, that gave me a starting point, and I just improvised from there.  In the end I found several books for my two friends as well as three for myself! (And if the girls don’t want some of the ones I picked up for them, well, I’ll be happy to keep them instead!)

Of course, there are limits to how organized these kinds of sales can be, but I was surprised at how well this one seemed to be layed out.  It was divided into major sections (children, young adult, adult fiction, travel, sci-fi, etc.) Then, in each section the books were loosely divided up by the first letter of the author’s last name.  So, you might find Bains next to Brown and Burge, but at least if you knew the author’s last name started with “B”, you could narrow your search down to about 20 square feet of table space (plus the floor space under the table). From there it was simply a matter of sheer patience and dogged determination.

At first I was at a loss as to the pricing… I couldn’t figure it out.  Until I asked a little Korean lady and she kindly smiled and pointed to the paper signs attached to the poles all throughout the building.  Silly me.  So, I walked over to check out the prices – I was pleasantly surprised to find all prices ranging between 50 cents and $5!!  From that moment on I knew were deals to be had indeed!

Oh, and best of all, I when I first walked into the building, someone was making an announcement over the loudspeaker.  “All adult fiction is buy one get one free today, folks.”  Music to my ears!  All in all, it was a fun way to spend 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon, and I would definitely do it again!

Tomorrow is the last day of the sale, so there is still time if you’re interested.   Tomorrow’s special prices? Its “Brown Bag Day” meaning they will have large paper bags available and whatever you can fit into it you can get for $10!  You can’t beat that!  Granted, by tomorrow I would think most things will be picked over, but you never know!   If you would like more information, click on the link at the beginning of this post, and it will take you directly to the advertisement on the Public Library webpage.

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Book sale!

For you fellow book-lovers who happen to live in the Jacksonville area, I wanted to share some news:  there will be a gigantic book sale at the Jacksonville fairgrounds March 3 – 6!  Friends of Jacksonville Public Library is hosting this huge sale, and the proceeds will be donated (quite logically) to the Jacksonville Public Library!

Apparently, this is an event which takes place twice a year… and I’m just now finding out about it!  Since I’ve never been to one,  I’m not sure what constitutes a “bargain” there, but I’m sure there must be a few good finds!
You also can donate books to the sale by dropping them off at the libraries around town, so if you have some you want to get rid of, this would be an easy option.

For more information, just click here http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/lib/friendsofjpl.html.  It will take you to the library website.  There is more to this than just a book sale, so take the time to scroll down to the bottom of the page and read about the related projects.  There might be something you are interested in even if you don’t want to make a trip to the fairgrounds!
I’m definitely going to try to make an appearance!  (Both to look and to get rid of a stack or two of my own!)

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