Books galore

T-R FILE PHOTO The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place this weekend at the Marshalltown Public Library, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m., inside its meeting rooms. Adult and children’s fiction, new releases, vintage goodies, westerns, romance, travel, mystery, biographies, cookbooks, science, history and more, are just some of the genres to be had. In addition, puzzles, videos, DVDs, CDs and other media will be available.

It’s that time of year again.

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place this weekend at the Marshalltown Public Library, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m., inside its meeting rooms.

Adult and children’s fiction, new releases, vintage goodies, westerns, romance, travel, mystery, biographies, cookbooks, science, history and more, are just some of the genres to be had. Hardcover books and trade paperbacks will sell for $1, with mass market paperbacks selling for 25 cents. In addition, puzzles, videos, DVDs, CDs and other media will be available.

“The sale benefits the Friends of the Library, who then in turn give us the funds so we can buy new materials,” said Library Director Sarah Rosenblum.

On Sunday, the library will sell these books for $1 a sack.

“It’s a great opportunity to buy a lot of books and stock up for free little libraries, or your summer cabin,” she said.

New this year will be the inclusion of a “Collectors Corner,” a special section of the sale, positioned near the check out desk, that will feature more distinctive items.

“These are items that have a little more value [than the other books], and we’re hoping to raise some extra dollars with these,” Rosenblum explained. “We also know there are a lot of uses for old books, including altering them for art projects.”

The materials include autographed novels, Little Golden Books, vintage Disney novels, collectible magazines, and retro mystery novels. Some books are early and/or rare editions.

“We hope this will draw a lot of people,” she said. “A lot of this will span collectors’ interests.”

The library is currently accepting donations, from now through Friday. Drop off materials in the community meeting rooms. If you have donations that would be a better fit for the Collectors Corner, contact Rosenblum directly at: 641-754-5738 ext. 5.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com