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Sanibel library offering bags of books for $1 at sale

By Staff | Jul 28, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Margie Klein and Beth Jarrell restock the book sale at the Sanibel Public Library.

The Sanibel Public Library recently kicked off its “Fill-A-Bag for A Dollar” book sale.

As of earlier this month, the public – both library cardholders and non-cardholders – have been encouraged to stop in and browse several tables that have been set up with hundreds of books. Staffer Margie Klein explained that it has been a long-standing tradition for the library and its patrons.

“People love it because it’s a huge variety of books,” she said.

The library holds the event at least once every year.

“During the year, we typically do what we call ‘weeding,'” Klein said, adding that staff search for duplicate titles and such. “And we clean up our collection of books that people have donated.”

The pulled materials are set aside for the sale, which helps free up shelf space for new items.

The event will continue daily until the inventory is depleted.

“It usually lasts a few weeks,” she said.

The books can be found in the library’s puzzle area, as well as in the main entrance areas. Bags are provided for shoppers; they can take one or as many as they like, then fill them up with items.

“They just grab a bag, fill it up and it’s a dollar per bag,” Klein said.

“They can get some pretty good bargains,” she added. “Some of these books are $20 or $30 books, so it’s a pretty good deal.”

The items will include hardcover and paperback books, fiction and nonfiction.

“It’s mostly adult and lots of nonfiction. Some biographies, some recent fiction and then older stuff, too,” Klein said. “There’s really popular authors like Stuart Woods, some John Grisham, Jude Deveraux. So it’s a real cornucopia.”

Shoppers are encouraged to stop by more than once.

“Stop by at least a couple of times a week,” she recommended, explaining that staff are constantly replenishing the tables as items are removed and bought. “We do add to it when they’re sold.”

Proceeds from the sale help to fund adult and youth programming at the library.

“It’s funneled through the library foundation, which gives money to the children’s programs here, our author series – which is really popular,” Klein said, citing some of the activities the group supports.

She noted that the library is following safety recommendations for COVID-19.

“We are doing all of the precautions,” Klein said, pointing out that social distancing and masks are implemented. “All the safety measures are in place, so people can feel comfortable coming in.”

The public is encouraged to swing by.

“If you’re a book lover, it’s the best bargain in town,” she said. “So stop by the library – it’s a beautiful spot to check out in the hot summertime.”

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.