2007 Library News

Annual Friends of the Library Booksale Gearing Up with Rare Book Finds!

The 28th Annual Friends of the Library Booksale 2007 is finally here! And this year's booksale has more books than ever before, including a large collection of beautiful children's books from the early 1900s and many books by Oklahoma authors.

The booksale will be held this weekend -February 24 and 25, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM; admission is free. On Friday, February 23, there will be a pre-sale party for members of the Friends from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM . All Booksale events will be held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in the Oklahoma Expo Hall (formerly the Made in Oklahoma Building ). Those who would like to join the Friends may purchase memberships in the lobby the day of the party from Noon to 4 PM and again at 6 PM . Annual dues are $10 for individual or family memberships (4 tickets) and $6 for seniors (2 tickets).

The selection will include more than 400,000 books, covering a wide range of subjects; fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, biographies, medicine, westerns, romance, children's books, encyclopedias and reference books, plus a large selection of videos, DVDs and books on tape.

“The rare children's books that have been donated are so wonderful,” enthused Metropolitan Library Commission member and Booksale volunteer Shirley Pritchett, “you'll love them even if you don't have any children of your own. Some of them have been read hard by the children who owned them, but most of them are in really good shape.”

Another special collector's volume is a first edition of the 1921 publication “Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.” “This book is just gorgeous,” Pritchett said. “Many of the illustrations are actual prints. We're offering this one through our silent auction, with a minimum bid of $100.”

“Howard Pyle's Books of Pirates” is just an example of the tremendous bargains available at the Friends Booksale. Look it up online and you'll find that copies sell for as much as $1,000.

These volumes, and many more, will be available in the Collectors' Choice section. The books there will be individually priced, but most are priced at less than five dollars.

Booksale 2007 will continue to offer rock-bottom bargain prices for great reads. In the General Section, hardbacks are one dollar, paperbacks fifty cents and magazines twenty-five cents each or two dollars a bundle. The Friends has always worked hard to keep service at a maximum and waiting time to a minimum. Their goal is for everyone to have a pleasurable experience at Booksale 2007.

Proceeds from Booksale are used to purchase items not covered by the Library's budget and to provide funds for special programming. Over the past 28 years The Friends has given more than two million dollars in the form of grants to the Metropolitan Library System.

Co-coordinators for Booksale 2007 are Friends volunteers, Kenny Wilkerson and Larry Willrath. For more information or to volunteer to work at Booksale call the Friends office at 606-3763, or contact the website at friends@metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City . You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.