The Friends of Brown Library is holding an annual book sale
Posted at 5:00 PM Thursday, January 19, 2023
The Friends of George H. and Laura E. Brown Library Book Sale is a reader’s paradise because they can peruse over 25,000 books, mostly donated, divided by genre. The annual sale takes place at the Washington Civic Center, where bookworms of all ages, shapes and sizes are met by the first earthy aroma of worn pages.
Started more than 20 years ago, the annual sale attracts hundreds of people every year (except for 2021 and 2022, when it was canceled due to concerns related to the COVID pandemic).
Friends of the Brown Library Tim Steiger says what he enjoys most about the book sale is the “camaraderie” between board members, volunteers and customers. Steiger’s best tip is to look at a map that shows sales so readers know where their favorite genres are.
On his list to buy at sales are books on science and sports.
Graham Young had a stack of seven books that he carried to a sale – finding literature his stepdaughter wanted him to buy. He hoped to find science fiction novels for his personal collection. This was Young’s second time attending the book sale. He said the sale this year was just as big as it was four years ago when he first attended.
Erwin and Bertie Manning were looking for two books for their granddaughters who are in college. They hoped to find Jane Austen’s Emma and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
“I look forward to this sale every year,” Ervin said, “and I always come early.”
Erwin said he’s been to a book sale in Greenville, but prefers it in Washington. The Mannings have attended book sales at the Friends of Brown Library for at least 10 years.
According to a letter written by Kathy Lake, president of the board of directors of the Friends of Brown Library, membership over the past year has been able to help; fund summer reading programs for children, teens and adults and Harry Potter Day, and purchase new e-books, CDs and other materials. They were able to obtain licenses to use special computer programs such as Ancestry.com, African American Heritage, and movies. Also purchased materials for preservation of items in the history room.
The book sale started on Thursday (January 19) with an exclusive member’s time from 12pm to 6pm. The sale opens to the public on Friday (January 20) from 9am to 5pm and continues on Saturday (January 21) from 9am to 5pm and Sunday (January 22) from noon to 3pm Most paperbacks are priced between 50 cents and one dollar, but in hardcover – two dollars. There is a section with old books, the prices of which are individual. On Sunday, books will cost five dollars a bag. Credit cards are accepted.