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Be a Bookworm at the Friends of the Library Booksale

The 31st annual Friends of the Library Booksale will be held on Feb. 20 and 21, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.  Admission is free and everyone is invited.

On Friday, Feb. 19, there will be a pre-sale party for members of the Friends from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Those who would like to join the Friends may purchase memberships in the lobby of the Expo Hall on the day of the party from noon to 4pm, and again at 6pm.  Annual dues are $10 for individual or family memberships (four tickets) and $6 for seniors (two tickets).

The theme for this year’s Booksale is “Be a Bookworm . . . And Get Hooked on Reading!”  Posters, bookmarks and tickets bear the image of an underwater scene with a bookworm reading to an audience of fish.

The Booksale will offer more than 400,000 books covering a wide range of subjects, including fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, biographies, medicine, westerns, romance, children, encyclopedias and reference, plus a large selection of videos, DVDs and books on tape.  All of the books are offered at rock-bottom prices.  In the General Section, hardbacks are $1

and paperbacks are 50 cents.  Magazines are 25 cents each, or $2 a bundle.  In Collectors’ Choice, books are individually priced, most less than $5.

Proceeds from the Booksale are used to purchase items not covered by the Library’s budget and to provide funds for special programming.  Over the years, the Friends have given more than $2.4 million in the form of grants to the Metropolitan Library System.

Co-coordinators for the Booksale 2010 are Friends volunteers Joe McReynolds and Larry Willrath.

For more information or to volunteer to work at Booksale call the Friends office at (405) 606-3763, or visit the Friends website, 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.