The 22nd Annual Friends of the Newark Public Library Book Sale started on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to 5 pm. In Centennial Hall at the Main Branch of the Newark Public Library (at 5 Washington Street, just outside of Washington Park), the Friends of the Library shared their bounty of used books, magazines, VHS tapes, CDs, and DVDs.
The selection on Saturday was great, although they seemed to have fewer books than previous years it was still plenty. We were told that the book dealers stopped by right as the sale opened and scoped it out for hidden treasures, but the thousands of books they left behind were sure worth it in our opinion. There were classics, contemporary hits, famous and infamous biographies, and classic and well-loved children’s books galore.
The books were sorted by section, and whether they were hardcover or paperback. Some great sections included the New Jersey section, where I personally bought a lot of my selection, and the Literature section, which contained many classic greats from Plutarch to Poe and some more contemporary treats, such as Pulitzer winner Karl Shapiro’s Poems of a Jew.
Everything at the sale is a terrific deal. Hardcover books are $2 and softcover books are $1. Those are the most expensive items (except for the special table in the front of more valuable choices, the Treasures)! Regular paperbacks are only 50 cents, while children’s books and magazines are only 25 cents. And there were certainly plenty of children’s books and magazines, more than most other types of books at the sale. Even the Treasures were a huge bargain. I grabbed myself a compact edition of the Oxford English Dictionary for only $10 (retail value: $400).
Many of the books were donated by residents over the past weeks. All proceeds from the sales of the books and media go to the Newark Public Library. Funds will support the library’s programs, workshops, and collections. You can still catch the sale at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, April 24: 11 am – 8 pm
Thursday, April 25: 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, April 26: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, April 27: 9 am – 5 pm