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October 31, 2012

Friends host 26th Great Old Book Sale

NEWBURYPORT — The 26th Great Old Book Sale opens tonight with Members Night from 6:30 to 8:30 at Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

Members of the Friends of the Library will get first choice of the used books that have been collected for the sale. New members may join for a small fee, which is $5 for seniors, $7 for individuals and $15 for families. Memberships will be available at the door. The event is weather dependent.

The sale opens to the public Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hardcovers will be sold for $2 and paperbacks for $1. Organizers said there are an unprecedented number of hardcover novels being offered in this sale. Gardening and nature books are also well stocked. Children’s and young adult books are also plentiful.

The sale continues Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with reduced prices on books. (The library will close for regular business at 5 p.m.)

Saturday is bargain day with bags of books sold for $2. From 2 to 3 p.m., all remaining items will be available for free.

Weather conditions may force a delay in the sale.

Offered twice a year, the Great Old Book Sales are the Friends of the Library’s major fundraisers. All proceeds support library programs and services, including patron materials; programs for adults, teens and children, museum passes, and computers and updating software.

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