Friends of the Lorain Library Inc. volunteers spent September 12 converting part of the second floor of the main branch of the Lorain public library system into a mini-bookstore as they prepared for their triannual book sale , which begins this weekend.
The group holds three book sales a year at 351 W. Sixth St. in downtown Lorain, with proceeds going to fund library services at the Main and South Lorain branches.
Books, CDs, DVDs and other media are available at very attractive prices.
The sale begins at 5 p.m., September 15, with a special preview sale for Friends of the Library members.
It opens to the public on September 16 and continues from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 17.
Hardcover books are 50 cents each and paperbacks are only a quarter for the first two days.
Deals continue from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., September 19-20, when every item is priced 50% off; From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 21, prices for each item drop to a nickel; and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 22, the last day of the sale, all items are priced at a penny.
“We don’t sell everything, but a good deal of it,” said Debra Jackson, president of Friends of the Library.
The items for sale are a combination of materials that the Main and South Lorain branches no longer need, Jackson said.
This year’s sale includes an engineering section created from a huge donation from a private collection of books devoted to the subject.
Jay Metzger, a volunteer with the Friends of Lorain library, which acts as the de facto inventory manager for sales, said the library has contacted local trade schools to let them know the books are available.
“These books tell you everything from how to test concrete to designing and building homes and apartments for the disabled,” Metzger said.
Donations like engineering books are what make the Friends of Lorain library sale so special, he said.
“That’s what makes every sale eclectic,” Metzger said. “You never know what someone will bring you.”