By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK– One of the largest booksales in the nation, hosted by the Metropolitan Library System (MLS) Friends of the Library, will take place in Oklahoma City on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.
The MLS Friends of the Library are offering thousands of affordable titles at their annual public booksale event. There will be over 700,000 materials including books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape or CD, and vinyl records.
A pre-sale will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. for Friends members. Those wishing to join the Friends may purchase memberships online until Feb. 22 for $10 by visiting supportmls.org/fol and clicking on membership. Memberships may also be purchased for $15 in the lobby the day of the pre-sale party from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again after 6:00 p.m.
In the general section, hardbacks are $1 and paperbacks and magazines are $0.50 each. Books in the collectors’ choice section are individually priced, most less than $5 per item.
Lisa, with the Oklahoma Natural Gas “Volunteers with Energy” group loves working the booksale who said, “You get to tell everyone how much fun it is while representing our company in the community.”
Another volunteer, Anna has been working the booksale for over 15 years. She said, ”I absolutely love it and I look forward to it every year. What a great way to spend a weekend. Get a book for a $1 or 50 cents if it’s a paperback – it’s great entertainment.”
Proceeds from the booksale are used to fund expenses not covered by the library system’s budget such as additional computers, artwork, special programming, and many other needs. To date the Friends have given more than $4.2 million in grants to the Metropolitan Library System.
The Friends of the Library is a 501c3 non-profit that raises funds to support the Metropolitan Library System through annual grants. The Friends are funded by annual dues paid by members, proceeds from annual book sales, and online through their Amazon store.
In partnership with the library’s 19 branches, they accept donations of used media materials including books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape or CD, and vinyl records at each library location as well as their sort site location.
Coordinators for this year’s booksale are Friends volunteers, Jason Wiggins, Joe McReynolds, Larry Willrath and Don Dobry.
“We are excited to present a sale that is bigger and better than ever – with more volunteers and more books but the same reasonable prices,” said Willrath. “As a volunteer, there is joy in seeing people light up when they find a book they wanted. And it is something they can feel good about, because they are supporting their local library system.”
For the first time, this year credit/debit cards will be accepted at the Friends of the Library Booksale this year with a minimum purchase of $20. Cash and checks are accepted for any amount, and an ATM will be available in the lobby. All proceeds support Metro libraries.
To volunteer to work at the booksale, visit: www.supportmls.org/fol and click on volunteer. If you have questions about the online volunteer signup process or the Friends, call Heidi Port at 405-606-3763 or email [email protected].
Due to the weather, the Booksale Committee is offering additional volunteer times for set up: 8 am – 4 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 22. Sign up here.