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Labor Day Book Sale

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Labor Day Book Sale Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Members shop EARLY on Sunday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door starting at $15 for individuals or $25 for a family.

Monday, September 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Big Book Sale FAQs Cost? The sale is free and open to the public! On Sunday, book prices are $1 for hardback books and 50" for paperback books. Books located in the Special Book area will be sold as marked. During the Membership Sale, Friends members may shop this area for = price. Cant make it to the sale on Sunday?

Come on Monday. All books will be half- price or $5 a bag. Paper grocery bags will be provided. The Friends, normally sell a thousand bags on Monday so there is no reason to stay home. There are plenty of great books left and the prices cannot be beat.

Where and What? Located in downtown Decatur, the Decatur Civic Center Arena (1# Gary K Anderson Plaza, 62523) offers plenty of free parking, as well as an air conditioned environment large enough to house the over tens of thousands of books offered for purchase. Customers are encouraged to bring boxes, bags, and rolling carts. A limited number of grocery carts will be available on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers will be available for anyone needing help moving books to their vehicles.

Genres and Special Items? Every year volunteers sort all of books into categories for the big sale. We have fiction, non- fiction, mystery, romance, cooking, travel, foreign language, science fiction, biography, drama, poetry, childrens, art, large print, textbooks, and special books to choose from. Special is the FOL way of saying rare books, old treasures, books sets and other interesting oddities. Books in this area range in price from several dollars to hundreds of dollars.

On Monday rare books are 1/2 off for everyone! See you at the Civic Center!

Books Between Bites

September 7th - Dr Patrick White, President of Millikin University: The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation. NY: Public Affairs, 2016. Authors: Antoine W. van Agtmael and Alfred Bakker.

October 5th - Tim Rapson will share about his family of readers. 6 generations of family members who started reading at an early age.


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Friends of the Decatur Public Library Mission

The purposes of the Friends of the Decatur Public Library are charitable, literary and educational. These purposes are:

We hope you will consider joining us in our mission to help Decatur Public Library serve our community in the best way possible!

Katie Gross, Head of the Children's Department at Decatur Public Library had this to say:

Over the past quarter of a century that I have been head of the Children's Division, the Friends have provided, among many other things, ongoing financial support for quality summer reading programs, and birthday gift books for one-year-olds, enhancing the library's partnership with Baby TALK.  The hard work and dedication of the Friends is a real morale booster,  saying volumes about the importance of the library to people in our community.  The  Friends' efforts are integral to providing good library service at Decatur Public Library!