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Friends of the Livingston Library Announces Dates for Annual Summer Book Sale

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Friends Board member Teresa Allard (standing in back) and Library employee Ken Lambert with Library patron Ariel Bernstein
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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friends of the Livingston Library has officially announced the dates of its annual Pool Prose and Beach Books Sale, which will be held from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 in the Program Room at the Livingston Library. 

On Friday and Saturday the Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday will be a “bag sale” day, open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The sale will offer some 8500-9000 books for adults and youth as well as a wide selection of puzzles, games, and tabletop toys.

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“We started the tradition several years ago of offering light summer fare to our patrons at extremely low prices with this sale,” said Friends President Mary Jane Dough. “Adult books are exclusively fiction and are sorted into categories including general fiction, romance, mystery & thriller, and science fiction & fantasy.”

This year, as a result of a special donation, Friends will also offer a section of naval fiction featuring the works of Patrick O'Brian and many others. The youth section—both fiction and non-fiction—is sorted by age including sections for children, young readers, and young adults.

“We have added a third day for the sale this year to allow for a ‘bag sale’ on Sunday where patrons can fill up a shopping bag with books for $3 per bag or 4 bags for $10 ($2.50 a bag),” said Dough. “Our sale prices are extraordinary—half the price of our already every-day low prices.” 

Adult-fiction hardcovers are $.50, adult-fiction softcovers are $.25, and all children’s, young readers and teen books are $.25. Games and puzzles also very reasonably priced.  For patrons interested in non-fiction books and non-print media, the Ongoing Book Sale shelves will continue to be stocked with merchandise available at the regular low-shelf prices.

All funds generated by the sale go toward supporting the Library and its use. The Friends sponsors the Summer Reading Program, Yoga for Kids, and several series including this year’s Library Centennial Concerts series, Senior Happening, and three signature cultural series. 

The Friends funds the Museum Pass Program and the purchase of technology and books.  Friends also supports the E-reader Experience that allows patrons to borrow e-readers preloaded with books as well as the subscription to Book Page, a nationwide monthly newsletter featuring book reviews and author interviews.

Friends of the Library welcomes the donation of gently used books, games, table-top toys, CDs, DVDs, and audio books all year round. Friends also accepts textbooks that meet certain criteria—published within the last 10 years and at the college level or higher. 

Donations may be left at the Friends Desk during any time the Library is open. A tax receipt is available from the Help Desk. Friends is no longer able to accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, and textbooks below the college level and those more than 10 years old. Friends requests that these items not be brought in for donation. 

For more information about donating or about the sale, visit our website livingston.bccls.org (Friends section) or call 973-992-4600 x505.

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