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30,000+ books, CDs, DVDs await you at library’s annual book fair

Matthew Lane • Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 1:26 PM

KINGSPORT – If you're a book lover, then you're going to be in book heaven come this weekend.

Kingsport's annual book fair is scheduled to take place from March 1 through March 4 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. The event is coordinated and sponsored by Friends of the Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport.

Dates & Times

March 1 – a special preview sale will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

March 2 and 3 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 4 – 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Further details of the event

There's no admission for the three-day event, and continuing from previous book fairs, patrons buying at least $25 worth of items can use cash or major credit cards. Sales under $25 are cash only.

Everything will be half-price beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and the $10 bag sale will take place beginning at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

“It's our largest fundraiser Friends does, and every year they're gaining more and more steam on it,” said Hannah Powell, interim library manager. “They actually have to rent a trailer to keep all of the material in they collect during the course of the year.”

Two trailers, in fact, is what Friends had to rent this year to hold the more than 30,000 books and other material donated by local residents throughout the year. If you saw boxes of books in the lobby of the Kingsport Public Library this past year, the book fair is where all that stuff ends up for sale.

Book Fair offerings

You'll be able to find thousands of books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and vinyl records at this year's sale. Each item has been individually priced and sorted in one of 30 categories (based on format and topic).

Kingsport Book Fair does not scan books for "gems" to be sold online.

Categories will include fiction, nonfiction, history, biography, children’s, religion, music, cookbooks, DIY, gardening, textbooks, vinyl and art/coffee table books.

Gail Preslar, a volunteer with Friends of the Library, said there are quite a few regional history books in this year's selection, along with a good number of religion, World War II and comic books. Plus, there's a ton of VHS movies, she said.

Profits from the book fair are split 50/50 by Friends of the Kingsport Public Library and First Book – Greater Kingsport. Each organization uses the funds to support local literacy programs. Last year, after expenses, each organization made about $12,000 to $13,000.

For more information or to volunteer your time, call (423) 967-7135 or email [email protected]

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