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Good books galore: Library fall sale coming this weekend
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Rows of fiction books for sale pile up in the meeting room earlier this year at the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System. - photo by Nick Bowman

Books of almost every genre will be available for purchase this weekend at a book sale in the Hall County Library System’s Gainesville branch.

“We have a little bit — or in some cases a lot — of everything,” Lisa MacKinney, Hall County Library Director, said about the book selection.

The two-day event is hosted by Friends of the Hall County Library, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fundraise and advocate for the library system.

Hall County Library Book Sale

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4

Where: Hall County Library System, Gainesville Branch, 127 Main St. NW, Gainesville

More info: www.hallcountylibrary.org

“We will have children's books, we will have Spanish books, we will have large-print books,” she said. “This year, we have a really, really good fiction selection. We had one very large donation of very high quality, like-new almost, fiction.”

She said prices of the books will mostly range between 50 cents to $1, and on Sunday there will be a “fire sale” with items sold $5 per bag.

“You fill that bag just as high as you can fill it,” she said. “I have been astonished at what some people can get into one bag. It is truly amazing.”
MacKinney said while they have a book sale every year, this will actually be the second one for 2018.

“We had one in May, but we’re having a bonus book sale this fall because we’re trying to get rid of anything we can move out for the renovation,” she said, referring to the construction set for early next year.

She said the book sale is one of the system’s most important fundraisers, as proceeds help pay for library activities.

“It raises more money than anything else, and it pays for a huge chunk of our Summer Reading Program every year,” she said. “This is really our biggest fundraiser.”

And it’s also pretty popular.

“We’ll probably see 1,000 people,” MacKinney said. “Usually when we open, the line is wrapped around the library building.”

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