What: Book Sales
Who: All Ages
Where: Some Broward County Library Branches
How Much: Usually less than $3 per book
We all know you can check out books at the library. Duh… But you may not know about these super cool people called Friends of the Library and all the bargains and resources they have to offer. Friends of the Library is a group of volunteers who sponsor book shops, book fairs, and programs for everyone at many local Broward County libraries. I love them because I can buy donated best-sellers in great condition for like $1 or $2. They also sell CD's, DVD's, audio tapes and magazines. I find incredible books for my sixth-grade classroom library and books for K., my nine-month old, at unbeatable prices. My local Friends of the Library has a little shopping area right by the entrance of the branch. It’s a pleasure browsing through the shelves of almost-new books that are conveniently organized by author’s last name. Just like at the bookstore, but at a fraction of the cost. Now, obviously, they don’t have the selection you will find at Borders. But, you can’t complain when you’re buying great books for a buck. The Friends at Main Library in Fort Lauderdale have something called First Friday Fair. The first Friday of every month from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, they put out the best books that have been donated that month and sell them at a discount. They have a great selection of children’s books. Friends of the Library have 32 local chapters. I know you’ll find one close to your house. West Regional, Weston, Coral Springs, Tamarac, and Dania Beach are just some locations. Now you can satisfy your inner bookworm even in an unforgiving economy.
Upcoming Book Fair
Saturday, July 18th, 11 am - 4 pm
Weston Branch sponsored by Weston Friends of the Library
P.S. I'm going to do some research about Miami-Dade County. They must have something like this.