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Friends of the Library 30th Annual Booksale – Undercover Adventures

The 30th Annual Friends of the Library Booksale 2009 will be held on Feb. 21 and 22, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm with free admission at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. A pre-sale party for members of the Friends will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. To join the Friends and attend the pre-sale party, memberships will be available for purchase in the lobby the day of the pre-sale party from noon to 4:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm. Annual dues are $10 for individual or family memberships (4 tickets) and $6 for seniors (2 tickets).

This year’s Booksale will offer more than 400,000 books, covering a wide range of subjects: fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, biographies, medicine, westerns, romance, children’s books, encyclopedias and reference books, plus a large selection of videos, DVDs and audiobooks.  “The Booksale is quite a bargain. Free admission and every kind of book you can imagine, and most for just a dollar a piece,“ Carol Gilbert, Friends of the Library Coordinator said recently. “Even if you don’t read much, you probably know someone who does.  And if you have children, there is a huge section of children’s and teen books.”

In the General Section, hardback books are just $1, paperback books 50 cents and magazines 25 cents each or $2 a bundle.  In the Collector’s Choice section, books are individually priced, most less than $5. Proceeds from the Booksale are used to provide funds for the Metropolitan Library System ‘s special programming and for items not covered in the general budget.  Over the past 30 years, the Friends has given more than $2.3 million in the form of grants to MLS.

Co-coordinators for Booksale 2009 are Friends volunteers Joe McReynolds and Larry Willrath. For more information or to volunteer to work at the Booksale, call the Friends office at 606-3763 or email 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.