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Book Fair supports literacy programs

staff report • Mar 4, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Friends of Kingsport Public Library and First Book — Greater Kingsport will hold the 2013 Kingsport Book Fair from March 7-10 at Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive.

The regular Book Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 10. Admission is free for these three days.

A special preview sale will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 7. Admission for the preview sale is $10.

Beginning this year, sales of $25 or more may be paid with cash or major credit card. Sales of less than $25 are cash only. Items are priced from 25 cents to $10, based on age, condition and popularity.

Since mid-March 2012, donations of various items have been received from area residents. Among them are thousands of printed books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and older audio-visual media.

Each item has been individually priced and sorted in one of 30-plus categories, based on format and topic. Two new categories for 2013 are history/biography and large print. Both categories are a direct result of customer requests at previous Book Fairs.

As with previous Book Fairs, the 2013 inventory has exceptional quality and quantity: fiction, non-fiction, children’s, religion, music cookbooks, DIY, gardening, textbooks, and art/coffee table books. The Regional Interest category includes books by Times-News’ columnist Vince Staten, the FoxFire series, books on hiking the Appalachian Trail or in the Great Smoky Mountains, and fiction by Jefferson Bass and Adriana Trigiani.

Volunteers who have priced this year’s donations have commented on the significant collection of items related to WWII, including several sets of Winston Churchill’s multi-volume opus.

Profits from the Book Fair are split equally by Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book — Greater Kingsport. Each organization uses these funds to support local literacy programs.

Volunteers are needed to help unpack books beginning at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 7, as well as to help throughout the weekend sale, and to repackage items beginning at 5 p.m., March 10.

The first Book Fair was held in 1961, a project of the Kingsport branch of the American Association of University Women.

Every other year through 2011, AAUW collected books and multimedia items for the Book Fair, seeing it grow from a few tables to thousands of boxes filling the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

The Friends of the Kingsport Public Library joined the Book Fair with the 2007 sale. Beginning with 2012 Book Fair, FOL and the First Book — Greater Kingsport continued the Book Fair tradition, while making it an annual event.

As with the original Book Fair, the profits continue to be used locally to support literacy and educational programs.

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