Books. CDs. Books. DVDs. Books. Puzzles. Books. More Books. That is what you will discover at the Fall Book Sale, which the Friends of the Van Alstyne Library will host Sept. 22-24 at the Van Alstyne Community Center.
This event and the First Saturday Breakfast (also at the Community Center) are the two major fundraisers for the Friends. Audrey Slack, a founding member of this group, said the Friends have been holding
these book sales almost from the beginning of the Van Alstyne Library back in the early 1970s; however, it became an established annual event in the 1990s.
This year, the Friends also held a Spring Book Sale and are planning for it to be an annual event as well.
The Friends collect books and the other items through the Library all year long. These are then brought to the Community Center and sorted into categories. Every sale has thousands of books — some well-loved and many practically new. Cookbooks, history books and arts and crats books seem to be very popular, but each sale ends up having its own favorite category. A relatively new category for the sale is young adult fiction. The children’s section is filled to overflowing with a variety of styles of books for the little ones.
The money raised from the sale will benefit the Van Alstyne Public Library by sponsoring the Summer Reading program and the Young Adult Group: the Anime Club and by providing much-needed updates to the facilities and other programs at the library.
This year, the sale will be part of the the Fall der All celebration. Come and browse and stock up for winter with a good book (or 20 good books), a CD or two or a stack of DVDs and, of course, a challenging puzzle.
The sale begins with Preview Night on Thursday, Sept. 22 for members of the Friends from 7-9 p.m. Light snacks will be available. Membership to the Friends may be purchased that night, as well.
On Friday, Sept. 23 the sale goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.