By KIM POINDEXTER
Cherokee County residents looking to pick up good reading material on the cheap are already planning shopping sprees at the Tahlequah Public Library’s annual used book sale.
Library clerk Julie Poor said this year’s event is slated for Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 5 in the Carnegie Room. The sale runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ll be selling any books that have been donated to the library or the Friends of the Library by the people of Tahlequah,” Poor said. “We usually have a good variety of fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, and audiobooks. It looks like we have quite a bit of kids’ book this year.”
The Friends of the Library group has been accepting donations since earlier this month, according to member Shirley Pettengill. Volunteers have been sorting through the bounty every Wednesday and preparing it for the sale.
“We’re doing pretty well, although it’s really hard to separate some of the books into different sections,” Pettengill said. “We always have two tables full of religious books, and a lot of literature. I think we’ll have a lot of science fiction paperbacks this time.”
Cookbooks are always a big draw, and there will be plenty of those. And a few surprises may be on the horizon.
“People can still bring in books during regular business hours until Sept. 27,” Pettengill said. “If they do bring something in, it needs to be in a bag or box.”
Donations aren’t necessarily limited to paperback and hardback books. Pettengill said they’ll take magazines and periodicals. Last year, a patron even brought in some vinyl records.
“I got some really good records myself,” she said.
Pettengill said prices may vary, but in general, they’ll be $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks.
“If you want to get the best selection, you’d better get there early Thursday,” she said.
“There will be a line – there always is.”